Blog hiatus

No, I’ve not gone the way of the jackalope, I am however on parental leave combined with a vacation, totalling in 3 months of time off work. Now I’m not one to complain but sometimes I still need to get my geek on.

I recently decided to scrap my old trusty file server that’s been occupying space and generating heat in my guest room, in order to replace it with a space saving NAS. I decided on scrapping the 500GB and 1TB harddrives in the server as well and bought a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 along with 4x Seagate Barracuda Green 5900RPM 2TB drives. I’ve arranged those in a RAID-5 configuration in order to have some fail tolerance that was previously provided by my Windows Home Server 2003 share mirroring.

I also bought a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 that will be used with 2x Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives salvaged from the file server. This NAS will use a RAID-1 mirror and be placed at a friend’s house for off site backup. We’re both on 100/100mbit links so throughput for rsync backups should suffice.

Right now I’m also taking the leap of scrapping uTorrent at home and replacing it with the macports version of Deluge. Since the BitTorrent clients for the ReadyNAS are outdated and or blocked from the private trackers I use, I’ve decided to run my torrenting from the Mac Mini I use as Plex server and client. The reason for this, is uTorrent can’t handle my need to transfer completed downloads to different directories and still keep seeding them (yes I’m aware of the option to append torrent labels but it doesn’t suit my needs entirely). The WebUI for Deluge is powerful enough and allows me to enter a path to move data to while it’ll keep seeding afterwards, and I’ve started to like using it since I’ve been running it on my seedbox in Luxembourg for over a year now.

I’m sorta hoping Apple will refresh the Mac Mini this year. Mine is a 2007 model and has been running pretty much 24/7 for the past 5 years. It’s due for retirement, in part because it is underpowered and cannot properly decode 1080p, or keep up with multiple streams to iOS devices while taking care of all my torrenting needs. Aside from that, I think the hardware is about to give in. It tends to overheat on occasion even though the system fan has been replaced. An SSD might breathe some new life into the machine but I’m not sure the investment would be worth it. I plan on a Roku 2 XS with the Plex client for the bedroom and a new Mac Mini (once they release the Ivy Bridge ones) by the TV.

So.. that’s what I’m up to, besides taking care of my lovely daughter that is 🙂 Speaking of which, someone needs a diapy change. Ta!


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