Jun 262010
 

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted an update on whats going on. Lots has changed since my last post too! This site (and the others hosted here) have been moved to a new server kindly donated by Andrew Van Slageren – which means the old dual P3 1Ghz with 1Gb of RAM has been replaced with a 1RU Dual Opteron 2.4Ghz with 7Gb of RAM. I had a few issues with the server running out of RAM(!), however a bit of tweaking over the past few days seems to have brought that under control.

In the phone world, I’ve moved on to a HTC Touch Pro 2. This is a fantastic phone. I did have an issue with the USB connector on the phone and had to send it in for a warranty claim, however it seems to be much better now. There are still a few minor issues with keyboard LED brightness on one key – I can live with that though. The stock ROM from HTC is pretty damn good – certainly a big step from back in the Hermes days where the stock ROMs were full of crud. I’m even liking WM6.5 – which was something I found VERY hard to do on the old Hermes – probably due to the lack of CPU/RAM on the older models.

I’ve started doing from night VFR for my flight training – however as the beginning of winter is rolling in it is making it difficult to get suitable days. Due to the height of the Melbourne CBD the cloud base needs to be 3100ft or heigher – which is rare right now.

I’ve also rejigged all my home systems to run on Xen in CentOS 5.5. I upgraded my old fileserver to an Intel Core i5 CPU which supports hardware virtualisation and now have many linux VMs and one Windows XP VM. Much more useful than running a single instance on a physical machine! I now have 1 PC for Asterisk (as it doesn’t run in a VM well!), 1 PC for my VMs, 1 x Via CN1000 as my router (using a CF card as a HDD), my Mac Pro as my desktop, a Dell Inspiron 8600 as my girlfriends main system, and a new ASUS EEEPC 1005P as my netbook. I think this is the favourite setup I have ever had for computing!

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