some walking trails i’ve taken during my last trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia.
i’m backing up in total ~90GB of mysqldumps each night. the more data, the bigger pain it is.
a brain-dump from my recent trip to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Czech Republic.
at work we’ll soon make use of dns-based geo load balancing to have users in americas / asia ‘talk’ with north am site and rest of the world – with the european site. we preferred to avoid modifying the client application so the dns based solution seemed reasonable. below – quick overview of the setup ... Read More
while rescuing data from server having problems with either disk or raid controller i had to clone data from 2x 1TB RAID1 to 4x 500GB RAID10. as it turned out the space available on the destination server was 1GB less than on the source machine. shrinking the source drive with gparted-live and dd’ing over the ... Read More
below – a description of somewhat convoluted backup system that so far have been serving me pretty well.
in branch offices i tend to install two identical pcs running linux and working in active – hot-spare setup. things evolved over time – one location has both routers running under vmware esxi on two different hosts, another – hardware raid, other – desktop-class pcs with single hard drives. hardware raids are good as long ... Read More
wd [and other vendors] sell green drives; they are reasonably cheap but have annoying tendency to spin down very very quickly. i bought recently 2x WD20NPVT-00Z2TT0 with intention of using them [in very unprofessional fashion] in PERC6 RAID1 array.
i got another chance to visit Asia. instead of suffering cold, dark and cold January in Sweden i’ve spent 3 weeks in mild Hong Kong & Macau, tropically hot Singapore and pleasantly warm Vietnam.
few days ago, after 19 weeks of waiting, i have finally received my raspberry pi.
… that did not drive me crazy so far.
i’ve been thinking about working remotely for a few weeks from some warm[er] country for quite some time. finally i’ve tried – i’ve spent 3+weeks in Portugal while taking just 2 days of holidays. all went surprisingly well.
so i’ve hit the road again – packed my trusted 8-10yo travel bag, took laptop, camera + 3 lenses, kindle with 400+documents waiting to be read or deleted, mp3 player, gps, two mobile phones, earplugs, some old clothes and nothing more. i’ve even left intentionally at home travel guides borrowed from the local library – ... Read More
we’ve been poking around ossec for a while. it’s nice and all but… i never liked the idea of opening additional ports on the production server or letting it ‘call home’ with alerts to the central monitoring machine. i prefer ‘polling’ model where central server communicates with monitoring nodes. ideally all should be done via ... Read More
this post inspired me to check how much performance can we gain by just upgrading to more recent kernel on the internet-facing proxy servers at work.
for the last 10 days of my Asian adventure i was traveled around Philippines.
from Singapore i flew to Bangkok Thailand and stayed there for 5 days.
after 10 days in Hong Kong my next stop was Singapore. i had 2.5days to use for some meetings and sightseeing.
i’ve spent last month in Asia – Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines. totally new experience in many ways.
by a coincidence [process well described in this xkcd’s comics] i’ve stumbled on the definition of Benford’s law. since i have access to quite a lot of different economic & financial data i’ve decided to check if that law applies also to it.