Network Addressed Storage.. [NAS]

Looking for a NAS, with gigabit interface (l’m done with slow access speeds via usb interface to my internal gigabit network) so as to speed up my rendering server farm file access, and expandable with support for additional sata drives and affordable. Finally settled for the DLINK DNS-321 for $130 and bought just one 1Tb SATA drive that was on sale for $87 – a Samsung 10,000rpm 32Mb buffer drive. As sata drives fall in price and l get more bang for a buck l can add to this unit. I can mirror a drive, but the unit doesnt support ntfs etc – which is fine for me since my shared files on this will be media files, mp3 and rendered jpeg pictures. It has a web interface control and can be accessed remotely via ftp anywhere on the net. This system is built on a GPL / Linux based system, and will format your drive to ext2 format. There might be a hack out there for a more native windows file system support.

Update: 5/14/09. I’m returning this item. The file transfer time to and fro ext2 to my ntfs formatted drives is so so slow, about 10-20x (even by Windows wrong estimates). The gigabit connectivity makes no noticable difference, even when on the same Cisco 5 port Gigabit switch as my server. I’ve ended up overloading my faithful dell sc430 server by “creatively” adding this 1Tb drive to it, the server is designed to support only 2 sata hard drives. See picture below.

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See this website on links for DNS-321 NAS Hacking

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Microsoft Hyper-V…

Using Windows 2008 Server Operating system, this allows you to create a server based virtualized computing platform.

  • An x64-based processor. Hyper-V is available in x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008—specifically, the x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.
  • Hardware-assisted virtualization. This is available in processors that include a virtualization option; specifically, Intel VT or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V).
  • Hardware Data Execution Protection (DEP) must be available and be enabled. Specifically, you must enable Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit).
  • An applicable example is the Intel XEON E5430 Quad core CPU

Good microsoft setup link here.

This week 04252009….

Got a good deal on an executive chair with good back support (really need it) from Office Depot – seems tons of items are marked for clearance. They may be closing soon some say…

Cant wait to see the movie X-Men: Origins Wolverine which comes out on 5/1/2009 [USA] He is my favorite character of them all.

4-25-2009-10-21-34-pm

Update on Wolverine 5/14/2009:

Amazed to find out the african city where the x-men travel to is LAGOS, NIGERIA !! Also guess what, my tribe [ibo] seem to be [according to the movie] the source of adamantium – the core metal used to make Wolverine invincible – hmm, wonder why l’m not. Sad – my tribesmen and women get wiped out in the movie, such is how most tales mentioning africa go. For more upbeat fealing, listen to Akons Africa song.
Installed Ubuntu 9.04, this install went flawlessly on my HP laptop as well as the updates, wireless card support and nvidia video card support.  To get ubuntu to run/play DVD’s, mp3, quicktime, windows media files etc – run:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extra

Finally gave up on working on my stop and go, 2 year old lawn mower – had a choice between a basic new push mower for 149 and and electric (no gas, no fumes etc) mower for 50 more, went for the second. Seems the old one may have some rusts parts in it, and l’ve done the drain fuel/dis-assemble/assemble routine one too many times as well as some creative engineering for the pull rope to work. Now if only l could afford a robot lawn mower and gardner….

NBA: Saw Yao Ming of the Houston rockets at the Starbucks – Pioneer square early last week. He’s 7’6″ and had to bend down to get out of the door. We werent allowed to take pictures, besides seems no one was crazy to see him given that Houston beat the Portland TrailBlazers on the 1st playoff games. Sucks – SAS lost today to Dallas. Hope the Blazers win the next game against Houston. Here are some pictures l took at the Rip City Party on the Portland Blazers getting into the playoffs. Didnt get pictures of the players while at a meeting for work.

Posted pictures l captured as l used 3Ds max 2009 with V-ray at this link.

Benchmarking my system using Maxon Cinebench R10

My results: OpenGL test – 2868, single CPU 2692, Multiple CPU render test: 9374.

Canon Xti Flash Shoe issue…

Broke the flash shoe on my camera a couple of months ago when the camera accidentally fell and landed mainly on the flash, which caused the shoe to bend upwards at an awkward angle. I also got very expensive quotations from various repair shop.
Decided to google today and find out if someone else had a similar issue. Found this website.
I’ve posted pictures of my camera before and after l implemented the fix. The camera works great in sync with my Canon Speedlite 430ex flash which is essencial to me for filling in good raw pictures.
Here’s the link.

Disclaimer: If you are not confident about camera repair or your warranty, please see a professional.

Deleting a SQL Server maintenance plan….

If you keep getting this error:
The DELETE statement conflicted with the REFERENCE constraint “FK_subplan_job_id”. The conflict occurred in database “msdb”, table “dbo.sysmaintplan_subplans”, column ‘job_id’.
The statement has been terminated. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 547)

RUN:
(1)
Use MSDB
GO
Delete from sysmaintplan_subplans
Where subplan_name = ‘xyz’
GO

If theres a reference error to sysmaintplan_log, first get the subplan_id
(2)
SELECT
[subplan_id]
–,[subplan_name]
–,[subplan_description]
–,[plan_id]
–,[job_id]
–,[schedule_id]
–,[msx_job_id]
–,[msx_plan]
FROM [msdb].[dbo].[sysmaintplan_subplans]

then RUN:
Use MSDB
GO
Delete from sysmaintplan_log
Where subplan_id = ‘0805BDF5-4A25-4175-8D3E-D6B041714D30’
GO

(above subplan_id was from my server)

Then run query #1 again.

Internet Explorer 8….

Installed this on my laptop and workstation.
I visited Wellsfargo online banking and immediately got a warning that it only supports the older browser, IE7 or Firefox 3. I could not go on further, and either have to use firefox which l have installed or re-install IE7.
Then l remembered that IE8 offers a compatibility mode, so l simply added wellsfargo.com to my list of sites under this option and bingo – it worked! l could use the banks website from IE8!

World Community Grid…

Please join my team. African3

Current statistics:

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World Community Grid’s mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.

as of 5/11/2010

World Community Grid Points = 9,056,280

Results returned = 16,351

As of 3/25/2009
World community Grid total credits = 808,331 and SETI@home credits = 103,712

5/15/2009

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Total credit 158,259
Recent average credit 1,035.21