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A while back I wrote a script to use nvidia-settings to get the core and ambient temperatures from the three GTX465 video cards in my system. All the way up until today it has worked great and is currently tied in with conky to show the temps. Today when I Read more…


So, what does failure sound like? I am not sure but I think I know what impending failure looks like, like this:

end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 844726271
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Unhandled error code
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda]  Result: hostbyte=0x04 driverbyte=0x00
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: cdb[0]=0x28: 28 00 32 58 e9 1f 00 00 38 00

The system is set up with all 4 nets (green, red, blue and orange) configured though I am presently only using two full time. Any time someone or something I don’t trust needs to get onto the internet I put an AP on the blue net and let them have at it.


Perhaps I should say firewall, as that is what it was supposed to be. My mom recently asked me to check her firewall which had stopped working. It had been making a grinding noise for a while then just up and died.


kaon is the name of my new system. The purpose of this writing it to explain a bit behind the architecture of the system. Mainly the display configuration. The system consists of three Samsung P2250 displays, each one driven by its own Asus ENGTX465 video card. These little cards are Read more…


I wrote a post not too long ago about getting temps from the GPUs. I recently took a second look at that and came up with a cleaner and much more versatile approach to getting the data and ever presenting the data. All of the ugly sed-ness (not saying sed Read more…


OK, so I finally have crux 2.7 installed on the new hardware. Of course I did opt for the unofficial 64bit version. I am still working on the configuration of the system so things are in a state of flux. Once I have things nailed down I will provide more Read more…


I have not had time to load the distro of choice onto the new system yet. That will simply take more free time in one lump than I have to spare presently. I did however toss together a short script to pull the temps from the video cards. The cards Read more…


I had a birthday pass recently. As presents I got several new parts for various projects I have in the works. Not only that but I decided it was time to go ahead and do a full upgrade of my desktop system. I am still working on ironing out the Read more…


Well, after holding off for a very long time I have broken down and purchased a phone with the android OS on it. Since they came out I have wanted an android device. After all, who in my professional field with my type of hobbies and likes wouldn’t right? Open Read more…

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