PS:356 – Back Up and Running!

I ran an upgrade command to update macOS Sierra -> High Sierra which prevents the new FS from being converted just in case, for now, once its better tested by the community, I’ll run it – for now, just don’t want to fiddle with it when it comes to non-standard Mac hardware.

However, nothing happened. The screen was black, no progress, but HD indicator was running non-stop, so let it run, then it just stopped.

Well once I got Clover up I saw it said I was trying to load a 10.13 system, so it upgraded, however, it appeared a number of things simply were not talking 10.13 – so after some forums time I got myself running, upgraded a few kexts and I was running, however, no audio. Some more research I re-installed ACL1150 stuff, and low and behold it’s actually better than it was before! Have all the audio lines listed, and once I get things put back together – gonna be nice.

But playing catchup, had a lot of moving related things this past weekend, and a down computer so a lot of catch-ups tonight, hoping to not be awake too much longer, just super tired. Tomorrow is going to be an even more productive day. Night.

PS:350 – The week that didn’t stop!

Oi! This was one of those weeks that while I’m excited about extra hours for consulting, I’d just as soon be done and sleeping!

I have 3 more tasks on the docket this evening, finishing a quote, a server, a piece of software.

Honestly? At the rate I’m going I think I’ll get 2 out of 3 unless I get a large boost in what I’ve got coded already. It’s glitchy, to begin with since I’m working with a really hard to work with the codebase. For instance, I’m having to embed javascript into javascript, to produce something that would have been easier and made the site function better if they simply avoided javascript in the first place.

I’m all for progressive coding ideas to give a real-time experience, no refreshing, however, honestly? for what this site does it should have been flat PHP generating HTML no buzz, no fluff, just HTML.

Now, this week will eventually end, but hopefully, I can get some rest before a busy week ahead.

PS:348 – Tech Burnout?

I’ve done tech forever. No really. Even as a kid it was taking apart this, or that – then it was computers. I like to really just fiddle and work with things, I may not have a degree – but honestly? I could probably get one just for the fact that I’ve used things for so long, I probably know them just about as well as someone who studied, because I have – daily.

So here I sit typing on a computer I built, it’s not supposed to be able to run this OS, but it does. OSX home built machine and it does the job. But lately, tech has started to honestly bore me a bit. I have dived into a world of creation using 3D Printing, looked at laser engraving, screen printing at one point, and photography both land based and aerial based.

Video editing is a newer joy, I can still edit a mean photo – but honestly lately I just feel so adrift in the world as to what I’m going to do, and I know some of it is simply I’m exhausted and burnt out, not a real “break” in ages, doing the family man thing doesn’t always leave room for “me” time to just chill. It’s: change a diaper, clean a potty, give a shower, get meds, take temperatures, go to class, pick up this, go there, etc. so while I do have a job, my other job is Dad/Husband.

Some moves coming up soon which are going to leave me missing my space here. I have a TON of room, but the space I’m moving to will soon be smaller for about a year or so if all goes as planned, but it means even less room for trying to have “my space” and that’s a bit to swallow for now. Sure its a “year-ish” but how I wish it wasn’t.

I need to find a way to recharge on a regular basis. Some more me time, so time that isn’t all family or all work because 90% of the time that’s what it is. I need to draw some more boundaries with customers, get some more clients growing, and really just find a day to really rest. Not just say I’m resting, but actually unwind, unplug, and do my best to be me vs. always on, always connected, always working on no sleep and high stress – Me.

Maybe then, the burnout will slow and I’ll find a passion and a greater desire for tech again, as it is, I’m thinking tonight I’m going to clear off 80-90% of the random apps I don’t need on my iPad, and maybe same on my phone, and maybe breathe life into my Nexus 6 as maybe more of a daily driver vs. the iPhone – then again, I may just go to bed, it’s nearly 2am.

PS:347 – Dying Drive

Ugh. A customer had a broken computer, the drive is failing hard. Currently hooked up with the NAS doing a full RSYNC of everything – it made about a 1/3 of a pass and the drive shut down.

They had Carbonite running so there is a solid backup, but that leads to the bigger issue, their backup server. It’s not running! It cleared 44.4GB before it completely ate it, and as of posting it’s at 53GB of +300GB of data restored. I’m not sure why they don’t make it run off BitTorrent or something, spread out the data as I’m sure its replicated – but it is what it is!

I’ve let the drive chill some today and going to do one more final pass before it’s done, but a great feature for this NAS is having shell + USB access drive access, makes it SUPER easy to backup to! I’m thinking of suggesting an ASUSTOR AS1002T for their office! That way we can disassemble the BIG beast and retire it, save some power, and make it easier to keep running.

For now, it’s back to evening projects! May have to wrap early as I have a small girl who isn’t tired and keeps trying to snuggle a sleeping mom who has to be awake in a few hours.

PS:346 – Budgets!

It was a rough summer, that’s all I’m going to say about that end of budgeting – but here today, looking at the expenses of last month, some fat to trim.

The joys of running a business I suppose, but too you never realize how much a small child can need in a month, apparently she likes to eat 🙂 but honestly just a busy month that required a bit more out and about than planned, so some tweaks here and there and hopefully lead into the last quarter of the year a tad leaner.

I’ve taken some money too over the last few months and invested it into Crypto Currency, a good idea it seems as my buy in price for litecoin alone was good as it’s had a good spike recently, now to see if it holds!

Overall found some I could cut, and one of which I am going to try and work on over the next 3 days and see if I can work it out, as it’d cut a BIG bill each month – so when and where I can save it seems good! For now, it’s nearly 1:30 in the morning, must get some rest sooner or later, as I know my Monday while others are off will be busy since I’m not off, and they’ll have website questions! 😀

PS:343 – The NAS Project – NFS Mounted

For whatever reason, and mind you all I have is previous experience on a Mac is NFS tends to be faster. Not sure why that is, but currently have the NFS services fired up and my first NFS shared I’ve got rolling is Mac Photos, it had lived on the 5TB drives, but this allows it to live on the NAS which honestly has been great.

Data sync did take forever, but these aren’t NAS drives. They are honestly USB drives which were meant for storage, not speed. Long-term maybe I’ll swap them out slowly for something a bit more speedy in the NAS world of drives, but honestly? Not sure I’ll take the investment.

I will say the AS1004T is a great little NAS. Again don’t expect enterprise level speeds, storage, software, etc. but honestly? If you are a home or small office user you will NOT notice. I am running mine directly into a Google OnHub (1 Gigabit port), and over Wifi to the OnHub from my Hackintosh – decent speeds. Initial backups and such if you are doing TimeMachine are going to honestly take days, not hours, days. Be aware of that if you are going after this and have a LOT of data.

In the end, once the final sync of the RAID 1 array is done (I’ve been moving data around not letting it finish) but once it’s done I’ll have 10GB of usable storage, 1 failover option and I’m going to be happy. The move from RAID1 -> RAID5 in the software looks easy enough but might be the end of this week before the 3rd drive even gets a chance to work on the system aside from being plugged in internally.

Going to do a full write-up on TechFriendly.help later this week. Some pics, going to clean up the desk a bit and snap some shots but honestly a great investment – once it’s 100% synced and data is moved around into the folders I want to make it easy to manage long-term, I’m going to be very happy and all my video footage for FlockUpdates and such will no longer have to live in a pile of USB3 storage drives, looking forward to better storage setup.

I’ll post a link when things are online and posted @ TFH.

PS:340 – The NAS Project – Copying & Building

So far I must say – not a bad NAS.

I’ve had experience with a few before, both custom built FreeNAS setup or two (even a simple build on my own) and commercial NAS products from other companies, but honestly? ASUS has done a great job for this price point. Very nice.

Now I won’t know the overall performance for another day or two, as I’m copying 2.8TB of data to the RAID1 to clear off the 3rd drive, but even that is chugging along while finishing building the array.

Software wise, I have looked around and overall? Not too shabby. Once it’s not copying and rebuilding data I hope to have a better look and install a thing or two for some testing, but as-is, logged in via SSH using rsync to mirror the USB 5TB drive (Formatted HFS+ which it was able to mount without issue!) and it’s not too shabby! It contains a lot of various things including a few old Time Machine backups from Mac’s long gone.

I’d say about a day more of copying, then it’s letting the RAID1 finish building, once that’s done then after I do a few spot checks of data (ensuring the Photos are safe is a big one) then I’ll get the 3rd drive moved into the array and running smoothly as RAID5.

For now, a night of work ahead, picked up a new contract, and some data to get moved around… honestly makes me a little tired just thinking about it lol. So off I go.