Saturday, June 13, 2009

And the slide to hell continues

Juan Cole has the details of the fraud in Iran. Basically the numbers don't even make superficial sense given the details of Iranian electoral politics, people who should have gotten a "hometown bounce" in their own hometowns didn't, and the most unpopular candidate of all won with the kind of landslide victory that simply doesn't happen in truly democratic elections contested by credible candidates.

Meanwhile at work for the second week in a row I got yet another wave of bad news. Look at yesterday's post about the economy and about how everybody is shoving money under (virtual) mattresses rather than spending it on investments for the future and apply it to what investors might be doing to my personal economy and you're close. I still have a job, but right now I see only a 50% chance that I will have one six months from now and I'm being optimistic. Fiddling while everything burns down happens in places other than Rome-on-the-Potomac too...

So anyhow, my response: I went thru the In-n-Out drive-thru and had a double-double animal style with pink lemonade and a chocolate milkshake for supper last night, and then went off to Fry's Electronics and bought three 1-terabyte drives and 4 gigabytes of memory for my Linux server. I verified that there was no useful data on the three 160gb drives in that server and yanked them out and replaced them with the 1 terabyte drives. While I was doing this I was downloading Ubuntu 9.04 Linux, AMD64 Server release (I have a Intel Core2 Duo 2.4ghz but this is the right one for it). I also found out that the 2-year-old Mushkin memory that I had in there had failed, the Crucial I replaced it with works fine. I paid $5 extra for the memory with the red heat spreader and LED's, I am such a nerd! So anyhow I replaced the defective memory with more Crucial today, configured the three 1tb drives as a RAID5 array, and I'm now up and going with 2.5 terabytes of storage (with the existing 500gb RAID1). That'll store quite a collection of penguin porn, yay! Or at least a few backups of my Macbook :-).

So that's that. I had dol sot bi bim bap for lunch today. It was quite tasty and not much more expensive than the burger the previous day, but hopefully that's the end of pigging out, my penguin rotundity does not need additions :-). If six months from now you see a disheveled penguin pushing a shopping cart down El Camino Real with a couple of cats hanging out around his feet, say hi...

-- Badtux the Pessimistic Penguin

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