Discs and pads and cables, oh my

Long time no write…

I bought a new car last week. Of course, by new I mean not previously in my possession, as the car itself—an Audi 100 2.8E Quattro—is fifteen years old, which hardly qualifies as new.

I had no end of trouble raising the money for it, as my bank had technical difficulties (they were struck by a computer virus which their AV didn’t catch, and decided to shut down large parts of their office network to prevent it from spreading), but they pulled through at the last minute. Yet paying for the car was the easy part. I then had to drive it home five hundred kilometers across the mountain—by night—in mid-winter…

That wasn’t too bad, though. It’s not a car, it’s a frigging battleship. The marital unit immediately christened it Tirpitz. Continue reading “Discs and pads and cables, oh my”

Detect drives done, no any drive found

(actual diagnostic message from the on-board JMicron RAID controller on an Asus P5B-V motherboard)

I learned a few lessons on Monday:

Lesson the first
If you have a RAID 1 array, and one of the drives suddenly drops out of it, do not simply assume it was a software error and reassign it, or you will be very unhappy a few months later when that drive really fails. Continue reading “Detect drives done, no any drive found”

So they hanged him

Does anybody really think that solves anything?

Does anybody really think he got a fair trial? Does your definition of a fair trial include being prosecuted by the victims of your alleged crimes, defended by attorneys who face threats and frequent attempts (sometimes successful) on their lives, and sentenced by a judge who would most likely be assassinated if he acquitted you?

Does anybody believe that the world is a safer place today than it was before March 20, 2003?