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iotop on Debian Etch
Date: August 23rd, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing, Linux

One of my servers has a pretty high I/O load and I’m not quite sure where it’s coming from. Tried to install iotop but failed due to some missing dependencies. apt-get -t etch-backports python2.5 python2.5-minimal was not enough (and as you can see required backports packages) to have the deb package from lenny install,but actually just downloading the source package and running python2.5 seems it would work.. if only I had compiled my kernel with io performance counters 🙁

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Date: August 13th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Interweb


Update: Via Marcosaxo, the google cache link

Update 2: Via ditCh, now we see why !

So where IS Georgia?

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I know Kung Fu!
Date: August 11th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun

Kung Fu Panda

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New PC!
Date: August 7th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing, Hardware, Home

Since this weekend I’ve assembled my new PC after it being in boxes for a few days. I simply didn’t have the space to do it.

I bought a new one because the old one started crashing a lot … in the end Windows wouldn’t even boot and I worked on my laptop for over a week. It’s amazing how much more you do around/in the house when you don’t have a working computer 😉

Specs of the new one:

  • Intel Core2 Duo E8400 (3GHz), Zalman cooler
  • 2x 2GB DDR2
  • Asus P5Q-WS mainboard
  • 2x 250GB WD SATA HD on 3Ware 9500S
  • Geforce 9600GT 512MB Zilent
  • Lian-Li PC60 Silver case
  • Plextor 16x DVD-ROM
  • NEC 16x DVD-RW with Lightscribe
  • Hauppauge WinTV PCI (Almost 10 years old!)
  • 2x Samsung Syncmaster 920N 19" TFT

Should be OK for the upcoming years, and the upcoming GTA IV, I hope 😀 

(And the first game I’m going to play on it is… OpenTTD, yay for such power hungry apps :D) 

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Papouch thermometers
Date: August 6th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing

Anyone in Belgium in want/need of some USB/serial/Ethernet temperature sensors?

I would like to order 2 for personal use but the shipping cost is quite steep, sharing it would be useful for all…

Here’s the info page 🙂 If you’re interested, please let me know. 

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Power up!
Date: August 6th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Home

Last sunday Bertem lost power for about 2 hours. The fact that it went down at 20:00 -precisely- was a bit odd I thought, called Electrabel and heard an ITR of 2 hours…which was about right.

At those times you realise a) how nice it is to have a UPS b) how little you can do without power.

Watch a movie, nope. Read, nope, too dark. Clean up, hardly, too dark. Watch TV, nope. Computers, nope. All my computers, servers, routers, modem, etc had power, but Telenet was down, too. Sigh 😉 

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