Windows, Mac or Linux.

Been a tad quiet around here as of late, the job thing was a no-go. I could write a post, but meh. Wasn’t the right time anyhow.

Work has been nuts, working on a business idea, servers, outages, cool touch screen kiosk projects, websites, and getting a Windows 10 workstation setup on one of my two desks. Why? Well, I needed it to get my Hackintosh working again and had the hardware from an old system salvage, but specs are nice:

  • i5 3350P @ 3.10Ghz
  • 8GB RAM
  • NVidia GeForce GT 620
  • 250GB SSD pull from another system

Aside from the SSD, it’s all that came in the pretty dell case – and it works. However not sure how I feel about Windows, but then again with my MacBook Pro battery failing, it leaves me in the “What do I get next?” stage? I’ve considered a nice Linux box running Fedora or Ubuntu – would be a cheap entry point for the most part probably $600 or so maybe a bit more if I want to make it dual monitors.

The Windows rig works and is honestly a nice change of pace, last time I used Windows was honestly 98/2000 versions and since then only dabbled in Windows 7/8 – so a fulltime rig with Windows 10 isn’t bad, but even dabbling in a slight bit of gaming, I’m tempted to grab a bigger GPU than the card on machine.

I have dabbled with a Linux rig or two virtually but that’s where I’m at in choices Linux/Windows/Mac on a Laptop replacement for the MacBook Pro as I’ve looked and while I could spend around $120 and do my own Battery Replacement on an older MBP and maybe a year or two additional on it, or try to just hold off for now and save up for a new MBP when finances amp up, or a nice Linux/Windows rig as my new portable rig, as Chromebook “works” for mobile, but honestly it’s not the power I need on the go.

Many choices, not sure which direction I’ll go, but for now what I have rolling works for day to day, but would be nice to have a good mobile rig that’s got enough power for on the go to get done anything.

 

PS:183 – Faster.

The great thing about servers is they can be pushed to limits. Saves money, and allows for a decent density of customers, but at some point you hit limits. Things won’t go faster.

I’ve always been one who is not a “SMUSH EM IN!” type of business. I don’t oversell. I have limits on each box and I stick to them, not even a “Well this customer isn’t really using it…” type of line, if they are a user, they are taking up resources. Plain. Simple. Easy.

So this weekend I’ve been moving folks from one set of servers to another. A fresh new VPS cluster not using Virtualizor but Proxmox which seemed a little more “Grown up” to me. It’s been around for ages and finally just decided – transition = something new.

Things thus far are running insanely well. I was able to migrate a number of mail servers over with so far 0 issues. 0. As in none. This re-structure thus far is going great!

This blog even just finished it’s move over and it’s a bit more snappy network wise, pure SSD setup is snappy, and all of my settings carried over just have to shift a cPanel license as soon as the remaining two sites are fully migrated and then it’ll kick this out of “Trial Period” mode and onto full production.

An insanely busy week ahead. My body isn’t having it – long hours, high stress, deadlines galore. I’ve gotten a lot of things on my plate as of late as I noted with these contracts, one of which is going to live in a small Linux virtual here on my laptop so as I’m traveling the code goes with me and I can test in a dev environment which requires no network connection.

Thankfully the trip the first part is about 5.5 hours to Sacramento, which has WiFi, so occupy a small child, do some work over the VPN (which also is rebuilt and on this speedy network) and have hotspot in tow just in case – a lot try to squeeze into the next 3 days – thus why I’m posting the blog at just about 1AM vs. later tonight. Go Go Go. Lots to get accomplished and it feels more and more like so little time.

Have a good week all!

 

PS:81 – New Servers

For the two years I’ve been with a server company of which, we have had maybe five huge outages, no hardware failures, no “Oh hey, we lost your server” moments. I’ve been with some server companies over the years, and I’ve experienced a TON. I mean it all started way back when with my brother in our bedroom using a company in San Diego which did some amazing stuff back before “cloud” – they did a fantastic job, and they are still around!

But with some outages, and the latest dealing still with “Power” I have to make a move. I hate migrations, but I also love them, fresh hardware gives a new chance to push new configurations, also presents like in my recent testing errors like:

The system changed the password for the database user “XXXXXX” to a random string because the original password used an old and insecure format that is incompatible with MySQL version (x.x.x.x-MariaDB). You must manually change the password for “XXXXXX” to match the original password in order to ensure that applications that use the credentials will continue to function.

An easy fix (change the password to the old password) 🙂 but that’s easy when it’s in maybe ten sites of my own, throw in customer configurations Oi. 100+ sites migrated with a Database connection error? I can already fear the tickets…. so many tickets.

New servers are coming, looking at moving away from OpenVZ as well, I like its easy nature, but KVM would offer me the ability to do some things including a virtual desktop I want to setup over the VPN, so I have a Windows Rig in the cloud 🙂

Say a prayer, going to be a BUSY April!

PS:41 – Migration Weekend.. Bleh.

Another weekend of work. I know it’s my birthday weekend, but sadly work waits for no man, I just want to get things stable for a batch of a customer’s customers.

So far it’s gone somewhat smoothly, few hiccups as always. Now to attack them. Hopefully, I can find a work-free Birthday, but I somehow doubt it – time will tell!

Friday Morning?

The life of a server guy is a quiet one sometimes. If all is right, your night is quiet, simple, may even include sleep. Now if you are me you’re doing something for a client because in daylight hours, if you make a mistake you get the following text, call, carrier pigeon, smoke signal, you name it… but no matter what always in ALL CAPS which reports to your various communications as such:

WHAT DID YOU DO?!

Well like everything in life, as an admin you have the best plans to do everything without issue, quick CSS edit on a site, regenerate, ancient code goes sideways and the entire site looks horrible, followed by the fore-mentioned barrage of texts and such.

Now do it the other way it’s so much more pleasant, it is like this:

Hey! How’d things go last night? We get upgraded?

So much smaller. Happier. Friendly… did I mention smaller? Yes you have time to get any unexpected bugs out-of-the-way, a little spit and polish, and you’re the good guy, the goto guy, the fix it man. 4 letters: H E R O.

Well lately I’ve had a number of hats, from Newsletter Designer to Server Admin – and it can be a lot to shoulder sometimes! Lilly tries to sleep and let me work, but sometimes she just wants to slam the keyboard and say:

Da Da Da (Oh who’m I kidding!) Ma Ma Ma Ma!

Well things are going good with Work, might lose the Newsletter Designer, but either way still plenty of work, now my to-do list contains Website Updates, Trouble Tickets, Server Migration and Website Designer, a lot to do, and this is my only break scheduling this for a few hours from now vs. my 8pm time – but just a quick break to write, to put down what’s up – and now it’s me, working the night away… and I’m exhausted. Insanely so.

I could do this before without blinking an eye, evening would burn through and then suddenly I’d wonder “Why is it bright outside?” then I’d put two and twelve together and realize “Oh its morning…. Goodnight!” without fail most nights like this I wake up to the followup call, person checking on my progress from the late night dig-in, not realizing that their project finished about 15 minutes ago, and I just got to sleep, but the joys of this industry, even if it was a 9-to-5, late night work like this must be rare or exhaustion never let’s go.

So I’m going to dig in, get this finished up and get to bed hopefully before 8am, so have a great weekend, stay tuned for next week, going to give some updates on my impressions of Google Fi, Random Movie Reviews, talking more about servers, and maybe a picture or two of a little girl who’s now 1, walking, and with this last set of shots, cleared for Disneyland… Time for a 5th job. 😀

Be blessed all! Happy Friday!