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Friday February 16, 2007
10:49 AM

My very own weather station.

A long standing item on my "wish list" has been to build my very own weather station that logs various weather parameters (tempurature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction etc) to a database so I can publish that information to my website.

Well the magazine Nuts & Volts Magazine has an article series that is giving this project a huge leg up.

What does any of this have to do with Perl?

Well of course, the actual storage of data into a database is going to be done in Perl. Expect to see entries of this ongoing project here as I have time to work on implementing it and writing the Perl code.

Monday October 23, 2006
09:51 PM

Time to upgrade my Linux box... wonder what I'll build?

I'm about to consider building my next Linux box for my use at home. I'm sure I'm not ulike a lot of folks here at this site in that I have very demanding specs for a "home machine."

My current machine was underpowered the day I built it, but I didn't realize that at the time. After all, who is going to need more than 512Mb of memory for a home machine? But then I installed Apache, Tomcat, mod_perl, Postgres, MySQL and a bunch of other stuff. Since this machine is my incoming MX I installed SpamAssassin and portsentry and a bunch of other IDS packages.

Then I noticed my disk light stayed lit pretty much all the time and the system spent a lot of time swapping and paging. Gee.. I guess I need more memory this time around.

So... which motherboard? Well, the two Intel motherboards that I bought to build my son and daughter's machines didn't work out so well. They ran hot and my son's machine crapped out altogether. My ASUS motherboard seemed to work just find. Guess I'll stick with that. And more memory...

Who would have thunk 80Gb of disk wouldn't be enough... now my disk is 85% full all the time and damifyknowwhy. Oh.. and why do I only have one spindle. Maybe I should look at SATA this time and set up a RAID.

But wait, RAID5 is notorious for the "write penalty" you pay. Hmmm.. wonder how bad that really is? More testing.. yeah that's it.. more testing...

12:14 PM

So... I have a journal... this is a first.

[ #31395 ]


I'm not normally one to keep a journal on the web or even a paper one. This is a first.

Let's see how long I can keep this up....