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Archive for December, 2008

Moving from Typepad to Blogger

Posted in Geek, Hacks on December 28th, 2008 by leodirac – 8 Comments

For a while now I’ve wanted to move this blog from Typepad to something else like Blogger. I keep finding more reasons to do this as Blogger improves and Typepad stagnates. Some reasons include: Better WYSIWYG editing in Blogger. (I can’t change any font characteristics in Typepad without going into raw HTML. Ugh.) Typepad’s lack of support for Chrome, Google’s awesome new browser The awkward and limiting way Typepad assigns human-readable URLs to posts Blogger is free, while Typepad costs >$100 per year Cool new features being added to Blogger like Followers Adding new features in Typepad is a p.i.t.a….

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RAID repair successful

Posted in Geek, Hacks, Hardware on December 21st, 2008 by leodirac – Comments Off on RAID repair successful

For everybody who has been waiting with baited breath to hear whether or not the repair of the RAID array worked or not, it did. It took several days, but since we were away on vacation seeing my dad receive the Fleming Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the waiting was pretty easy. To convince myself that the repair was successful, I unplugged one of the previously functional drives, and saw that all my files were still there when the array was running just on the new drive and the other previous drive. I recommend this to anybody who thinks…

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Repairing a degraded EVMS RAID 5 array

Posted in Geek, Hacks, Hardware on December 14th, 2008 by leodirac – Comments Off on Repairing a degraded EVMS RAID 5 array

A while back, lightning scrambled one of the disks in my home RAID 5 array. I figured out how to recover it. And I got the critical data off. Here I describe the steps I took to add a new drive and get it working with the old RAID array. I share this with the net in hopes it will make it easier for somebody else who has to go through this process themselves, and selfishly as notes for me to refer to. It’s a testament to the power of EVMS and a warning to anybody who thinks it might…

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