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My Apologies for the Server Hiccup

I had to do an unplanned upgrade of Ubuntu on the system that runs the blog for reasons unrelated to the blog. My home server does other chores, and I had something break that required an upgrade to fix. Sadly it was a more urgent priority. I debating waiting until late tonight to do the fix, but not being able to decide, I tossed a coin six times, and sorry to say the blog lost all six times. Don’t know how that happened. Must have been an Iowa quarter.

I’ve gotten spoiled since all the other machines I work on have SSDs or RAID arrays with nice big battery backed-up caches. The blog server at this point is six years old, and still runs on spinning platters. I had forgotten how slow software mirrored platters really are. At some point it’ll be time for a new server.

7 Responses to “My Apologies for the Server Hiccup”

  1. Bitter says:

    “I debating waiting until late tonight to do the fix, but not being able to decide, I tossed a coin six times, and sorry to say the blog lost all six times.”

    And this is why I love you. :)

  2. thomas says:

    I highly recommend virtual machines. Even on stand alone systems you get some really nice options.

    • Sebastian says:

      I’d need a bigger server for that.

      • Patrick Henry, the 2nd says:

        Why not just set up a DigitalOcean droplet then?

        • Sebastian says:

          Because a) I don’t believe in the cloud, and b) they charge for it. I already need a business class FiOS connection for other reasons, and I need to run a server for other reasons, so the blog piggybacks on things I already pay for.

      • Nick L. EMT-P NYC says:

        Have you ever taken donations? I;m sure plenty of us would chip in to keep things running smoothly.

        • Sebastian says:

          If I decide to upgrade the server, I may take donations for the cause. But I generally don’t like begging people to give me money. But if I have a specific blog related expense, that’s a bit different, so maybe.

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