As I said…busy, busy, busy.

By | December 8, 2013

When I said I didn’t know how much I’d get to post due to starting a new job, well, I wasn’t real sure what I was in for.  It’s been busier for me than expected.  My commute pretty much sucks as I have to do my training period at a location that takes me 2 hours to get home due to rush hour traffic.  My work day is always hectic too…not much chance of me ever posting while at work.  Weekends aren’t much different as they’re now about the only time I have to catch up on my Master’s projects for the week.  However, I have had to keep things going in my HTPC environment and it has led to a few new toys.  Unfortunately, most have been maintenance-related, as I’ve had a few things kick the bucket.

First, it was my Windows 2012 Server system, which was primarily my WINS, WSUS, and Usenet box.  Not quite sure what went wrong with it, but it just wouldn’t boot anymore.  It was old, so I couldn’t really complain.  I hit eBay up and found a suitable replacement in a used Dell SC1435 1U system.  It had dual Opteron 270 quad-cores and 8GB DDR2 in it.  No drives, but I popped a leftover SAS 5/iR in it and had a spare 10K 146GB SAS drive for the OS and a 320GB SATA drive for storage.  It’s been working quite well and it was super cheap.

I also had to replace the SSD in my bedroom HTPC.  It was one of the cheap Microcenter rebranded ADATA drives that many had issues with.  Mine worked well, but after 2 years of reliable usage, it started to show signs of what plagued that drive in its infancy – not showing up at boot and dropping completely offline out of the blue.  I replaced it with a 64GB Kingston drive and it’s been working great.

Finally, I went to Microcenter yesterday and purchased two new Toshiba 3TB drives for my unRAID,  One will be used to get the last three 1TB drives out of my system, consolidating all that data, and then adding the second to give me additional storage.  I’ll probably stick the leftover drives in something else, despite being pretty old.  They won’t be counted on for keeping anything critical anyway.

I barely get to participate on the MB3 site anymore and that’s probably the hardest thing.  I do keep up with what’s going on, but it’s just from an outside-looking-in perspective.  Better than nothing, I suppose.

Well, for now, that’s about it.  Hopefully I can find some time to drop back in and leave something of more worth, but in due time.

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