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1:40 AM
@JourneymanGeek Whoops, misread
 
@CanadianLuke a lot of the data I have is shrug, I can get it again
 
At this point, I only backup documents and pictures. The rest can be re-obtained
 
yup
so. assuming I had a 'pile of semi reliable drives' - I'd probably use em lol
 
2:10 AM
cough Use RAID cough
 
2:48 AM
@forest I do, but I'm currently limited by the space on my servers :P Physical space
If I could get a large 24- or 48-bay system for 3.5" SATA drives, I'd be golden! And super warm too with all the heat
 
lol
I used to work on those :D
 
Get some HBAs... Experiment with fiber....
I got 4 "old" servers from work at home that I wiped and use for my home lab. They are super hot, and only hold up to 6 HDDs each. Because they're old, I don't want to use them for anything mission critical. Only 2 are running though
 
@CanadianLuke on the bright side, if your're only using 2, got spares? :D
 
I mean, technically I have spares... But I think the shipping would kill
 
lol
I mean the other 2 lol
I also feel like, depending on budget and how old they are, a modern 'consumer' system likely would be more efficient, lack of organic out of band management aside
 
2:56 AM
@JourneymanGeek Exactly. These are 10+ year old servers
 
right now most of the stuff I have runs happily on a 6 core xeon D
so practically, outside the 'nice things', I can do everything on a modernish desktop
I was actually pondering fully self hosting after the move
but bob kinda pointed out uh, there's always the risk I make someone angry, and better that a hosted server get say DDOSed than my poor home system :D
 
3:34 AM
That's one way to look at it. I look at it as redundancy - if I get hit by a bus and am the only one with access to a server, that's no good.
I host stuff for people I know, but that's it. No new customers get to host on my systems
 
Hah. The bus factor for the stuff I run at home is... bad
 
4:03 AM
Exactly
But I offer being another factor for one business I help out - a chiropractor office with about 25G of data to keep backed up within our nation's borders
That was also my Zoom background during COVID-19 before they allowed anyone to WFH
 
4:18 AM
Lol
Family is completely untechie and I literally have no one who can do something as simple as power cycle a box
It's also a big, mostly concrete flat so getting reliable wireless has been a challenge
Meanwhile dad forgets to check if his domain and email is paid up until things break....
 
 
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MiG
6:24 AM
@forest Using iffy drives in raid would be hell, I really wouldn't... Every bad block that gets hit during a read or write results in the array being labeled DEGRADED, then making you go through a lengthy rebuild... and if it finds more bad blocks on other drives you'll go for a full FAILED :x
@CanadianLuke :D
@JourneymanGeek That invites domain squatters... I guess your dad is now unwittingly in the business of selling VIAGRA-CIALIS and sex toys? :P
 
@MiG lol usually manage to do it during the grace period
 
MiG
I set my own calendar alarms now tbh, you never know how bad someone is at tracking these until you know they aren't
 
6:51 AM
I should lol
tbh its cheap enough I should just pay up for the next decade or so and let it autorenew lol
but them that's putting off the problem for a decade
 
MiG
better reduce the risk to one window in ten years than ten windows in ten years imo
 
MiG
although the other risk is you in ten years forgetting wth that reminder email is about, or the hosting company changing names a couple of times
ah, biannual?
 
lol ya
 
MiG
coincidentally finding myself shopping for a screw/plug organiser atm btw :)
 
7:05 AM
lol
 
MiG
borrowed one from my dad when we moved to the current place... one and a half years ago... and for some reason he wants it back (:
 
I have a bunch of daiso pill organisers
 
MiG
not familiar with that brand, prob not available here
 
@MiG Daiso's a japanese dollar store
 
MiG
the one I have (/he has) now is pretty compact, like 18cm wide and 30cm deep/tall, and has a bunch of small drawers that can be individually clasped shut, and a carrying handle up top... it's so incredibly convenient, but impossible to find back
@JourneymanGeek ah :)
 
7:08 AM
They're awesome for small storage boxen
 
MiG
might browse some of these dollar type stores here, I'm pretty sure this thing came from one of them as well
problem is they commission or buy batches of stuff, so the store complement changes over time
this thing is at least 10-15 years old I reckon
 
lol yup
 
MiG
and it's paaahhhfect :'(
 
I have this tiny crowbar that I found once
its the neatest thing, and super useful
never dound another one
3
Q: What is this 15 pins connector?

Winter I do not think it's a serial port as there's too much pins. It's used to plug a very old controller. Will I be able to find any adapter to USB?

I feel old
 
MiG
7:27 AM
@JourneymanGeek lol, another thing my dad picked up somewhere is a tiny aluminium carpenter's square... we were doing some DiY the past couple of days, and that thing came in incredibly handy... Also from some dollar store and probably impossible to find again
 
I KNOW
 
MiG
15cm long, includes a spirit level in the handle
although I know from experience that budget spirit levels are usually a really bad idea :x
 
lol
uh
I've not really messed with my digital one lol
maybe once my notice period is over lol
 
MiG
had to level my new fridge years ago, quickly picked up one of these from a local store... then after having to adjust the feet on both sides a few times, I flipped it on the spot and found out that it wasn't exactly level
 
lol
you can use a phone for that
the fancy one that's still in the box has a laser
 
MiG
7:30 AM
not at this accuracy level
basically you need it to be level width wise, but sit slightly back so the door closes on its own... that's millimeter accuracy you need
the shitty one was definitely, totally unsuited for that :x
 
MiG
basically the levelling vial with the bubble in the middle was not glued in place at a right angle, so it'd look level when in fact it was like 1 degree off
a very simple mistake which makes the whole product unusable o_O
I guess quality control costs money... it also implies both quality and control, both of which i don't think applied on that thing :x
 
yup
Even with good levels there's differences tho
(I watch machining videos.. something I'd love to learn to do but erf)
 
MiG
I'm not building a chip fab, I just want stuff to not roll off of the table on its own
 
That was about 30 sgd?
 
MiG
7:35 AM
"aliexpress", full stop :P
 
MiG
have you tested it? ;)
 
nothing wrong with stuff off there lol
Haven't had the time and spoons
2 weeks from now maybe
 
MiG
it's very easy - put it on your table, turn it on, and then rotate it 180 degrees in place
 
MiG
7:36 AM
if it doesn't give the same reading, you may want to consider alternatives :P
 
Its literally been sitting in a box for... a month or two lol
 
MiG
oh dear :x
 
which is why I quit my job lol
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek I mean, it's aliexpress so warranty void when pressing 'buy now', so I guess unboxing on arrival day wouldn't change anything :P
 
MiG
7:38 AM
@JourneymanGeek eh? :(
 
well ya
 
MiG
How come?
 
@MiG lol, my shifts went even nuttier
and at some point the money ain't worth it
 
MiG
oh, that sucks :/
yer
I think that applies to gf's job, the problem is she hasn't arrived at that conclusion yet
 
If your life is basically work and sleep, and you realise you're literally too tired to do the things you love, its time to quit
 
MiG
7:40 AM
so she comes home exhausted 5 days a week, and hardly sleeps because of stress, even on friday night because her body is still in work(/stress) mode for an additional day :(
 
I'll need to find another job but...
some time to sleep would be nice
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek exactly that
 
its not even stress for me. its the schedules
lol
 
MiG
man :(
uni is better in that sense - yes, we do usually work crazy hours close to deadlines, but the periods between those tend to be far more manageable and flexible
 
lol
work's also basically a dumpster fire
but stress means caring. I'm kinda past that
I print out a monthly roster. I've been crossing out the days, and I've marked out my last day lol
 
MiG
7:42 AM
If I want to take a friday off because I need to do stuff or we want to go somewhere for an extended weekend, I can... In gf's case there's so many last minute emergencies (you never know which ones, but they WILL be there because of shitty management and planning), we've hardly been away even after covid
@JourneymanGeek dumpster fire sounds about right
 
then its
"But we're short of manpower"
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek she cares, that's part of the problem
 
we've been short almost the entire time I have been in the team
@MiG well
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek I bet they were already short of manpower BEFORE you left, same with gf
@JourneymanGeek lol exactly
 
your employer dosen't care about you
@MiG we finally hit estab lol
and one guy got promoted
THEN I quit
 
MiG
7:43 AM
she had a promotion, then pretty much did most of her old job on the side because she's the only expert in that field there :/
 
so its 3 newbies (and an opening) and my team lead lol
 
MiG
eek
@JourneymanGeek estab?
 
total people in the team
we need 4+1
and if we did 12 hour shifts 2+2 or 3 days a week... we're actually good
 
MiG
ah
 
right now I have...
5 different kinds of shifts
including 12 hour shifts ONLY ON WEEKENDS
My boss feels he knows better?
He can go find someone else
 
MiG
7:46 AM
@JourneymanGeek oh fuck :(
 
language!
 
MiG
yeah, that's not long term sustainable
 
I'm ok with 12 hour shifts
IF I HAVE 2-3 days off afters
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek every weekend?
 
MiG
7:46 AM
when's your last day?
 
alternate, day or night
29th
 
MiG
still, that really disrupts your social life if you have long weekend and night shifts to fit in
 
I'm doing a 14:30-2200 shift I think
 
MiG
hehe, 11 days and counting
 
What social life?
 
MiG
7:48 AM
begrudgingly went to amazon to check for screw boxes... damn, they have quite a selection
@JourneymanGeek ouch :(
 
lemme put it this way
I can't remember the last time I went out with friends
my social life is mostly talking to people on the internet
 
MiG
heh, I guess WE are flexible :P
 
lol
waves a phone
I'm always connected
but I also have a pile of projects I don't have the time or energy to do
I need to test out ubuntu 22.04 for my router builds, and I have a system I need to stand up so I can test out 10 gig links at my new place without lugging my desktop everywhere
 
MiG
tbh, that I recognise
The disadvantage of living together in a relatively small apartment... For some of these projects I need quiet time, and that's impossible
 
lol
I can do the 'space'
but right now its "go to work" "come home and sleep"
the memory lapses are a bit troublesome too
 
MiG
7:53 AM
that's also not a good sign
had some very stressful periods, then you start forgetting things and making mistakes
 
Oh god
I hate that so much
 
MiG
it's mostly getting disorganised that stresses me out about the lack of time part
part of the summer holidays, including this week, is cleaning, clearing out and organising stuff
having to spend an hour looking for something I could normally retrieve in a minute adds to the stress levels
 
lol
think 'forgetting to add attachment' type stuff
or literally forgetting what you were doing halfway through it
 
MiG
ended up buying a new multimeter because I couldn't find the old one... then of course when cleaning up, it resurfaced
 
lol
I don't have that problem
mine's on my desk... where it shouldn't be
 
MiG
7:58 AM
@JourneymanGeek oh, I'm good at that as well... going through stuff and making piles, then switching up the piles halfway :x
 
oh just everything ends up on my desk
or the floor now that I don't have a dog
 
MiG
that I try to keep as empty as possible, only things I need that day on there
 
cleaning up needs effort
 
MiG
and time, that's my problem
 
honestly
I can squeeze the stuff I need to do into the spaces between things
I just don't have the energy to
 
MiG
8:04 AM
hopefully that'll change
any idea what you want to do next?
 
well yes and no
I'd like to switch over to something more hands on - sysadmin side of things
but apparently my experience is... not enough or the right sort
 
MiG
any way to plug that differently? usually having applied knowledge of something makes the IT part of it more valuable
 
I was chasing a community management role here but - that's not likely to happen any time soon
@MiG I need certs, so gonna do certs till I get hired I guess
 
MiG
that always seemed alien to me, a company (like MS) giving you a certificate and that apparently being something really valuable :)
what was the thing? MSVP or something?
 
it has value to HR folks
 
MiG
8:08 AM
ugh, HR folks
 
its basically "Yes, this person has paid to take a test to do the thing"
\o/
HR folks have all the power
 
MiG
I guess HR people are so utterly disconnected from the work processes they're supposed to find people for, they solely rely on certificates and stuff
 
lol yes?
Or formal experience
 
MiG
yer
 
cause its easier to look at those things
 
MiG
8:09 AM
and I get the impression HR people are also usually utterly uninterested in trying to do the right thing
COMPUTER SAYS NOOOO
 
lol
why do the right thing?
When you can do the "procedurally easy thing"
 
MiG
that reminds me of that WW2 saying... "there's the right way, there's the wrong way and then there's the army way"
@JourneymanGeek that
have you seen the miniseries Generation Kill?
 
No, but it rings a bell
 
MiG
bunch of marines sent into Iraq in 2004, who pretty much begged friends and relatives to mail them batteries so they could operate their night vision goggles o_O
 
War never changes I guess
and heh
my last reservist is this year
 
MiG
8:12 AM
@JourneymanGeek I hear Ron Perlman when reading that :D
 
so I need to check then where I can dump my gear (legally) :D
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek departing the age range? :)
is there still conscription in SG?
 
@MiG almost - but also met my required number of things
yup
 
in theory all my gear belongs to the army bit just gonna dump the stuff I don't need
 
MiG
8:14 AM
"There is a right way, a wrong way, and the "army way" which yields the same results as the wrong way, but takes much much longer." :D
 
my boots are nearly new (but can't really hand them down, too big) , the duffle bag MKII is a actually quite nice
but stuff like my helmet and uniform can be returned
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek you're not keeping dangerous stuff at home I assume? I know the Swiss send everyone home with a battle rifle o_O
 
naw
I could get tetanus from the old duffle bag, and food poisoning from the mess tins!
 
MiG
lol
- Meals Rejected by Everyone
- Meals Rarely Enjoyed
- Meals Rejected by Ethiopians
- Meals Rejected by the Enemy
- Meals Refusing to Exit*
 
lol
SAF combat rations arn't bad warmed up... as long as its veggie
some of the non veg items are notorious
 
MiG
8:16 AM
heh, how so?
@JourneymanGeek that reminds me btw, had my worst bout of food poisoning in Morocco last month :*(
 
also, there's 2 types of biscuits in the standard pack, choco and butter(has eggs), and no one likes the former, so I tend to trade the butter ones (which I can't eat)
@MiG they don't taste terrible :D
 
MiG
I've never had a fever during that, but I got a high one there - with an outdoor temp of like 46C and a badly functioning AC unit in the hotel room :/
@JourneymanGeek allergic to butter?
 
Oh
can't eat eggs
(relgious reasons)
the cocoa ones don't have egg in it
 
MiG
religious reasons?
 
I have no idea why
Yeah, religiously lactovegan
 
MiG
8:19 AM
hindu thing?
 
hindu/caste thing
 
MiG
ah, the abolished-but-not-really caste system :x
 
and tbh, couldn't bring myself to, I like animals :D
 
MiG
which caste isn't allowed delicious omelettes? :(
 
I'm fine with that
I mean, if you feel its not important to you,I'm not judging
 
MiG
8:20 AM
tbh, I don't think the chickens are terribly upset about their eggs (:
 
well - potential life + factory poultry farming is terrible
but ehh
I'm not one of those silly "YOU ARE BAD AND YOU MUST FEEL BAD" sorts
I respect your life choices
 
MiG
ah, we don't even have battery cage eggs anymore, prohibited by law
that's one of the good things of living on the tree hugging hippie side of Europe, fewer things to be concerned about
 
AH current job's in a checkpoint
have you ever smelt a truckload of chickens?
 
MiG
Having said that we do have a huge number of pigs kept in less happy conditions, "mega stables" (translated) is a thing in the south of the country
 
I once had a solidly blocked nose
and nearly gagged
 
MiG
8:23 AM
ew
 
So, short of people eating dogs and cats.
I'm like not judging
 
MiG
eek
 
but "geek's lactovegan" comes up a lot in context of food
 
MiG
nitrogen pollution in Europe... North of NL is fine, south is where all the pigs are kept
Also, apparently like 80% of Belgium has a problem, and northern Italy heh
 
lol
@MiG there's this netflix TV show called "Salt Fat Acid Heat"
 
MiG
8:26 AM
to be fair, also all heavy industry and Rotterdam port are there
 
and there's this pig famer who takes super good care of his pigs
 
MiG
@JourneymanGeek yes, loved it
@JourneymanGeek prices will probably at least triple when this would be required, but maybe they should be triple
going full vegan is a great thing btw imo, for me personally however there's a recent development that makes it difficult - sensitivity to mannitol and fructooligosaccharides, which are in soy and a lot of mushrooms, and those are a major component of most meat replacements
 
I can't give up yogurt lol
 
MiG
heh
 
 
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4:04 PM
@JourneymanGeek Not a fan of greek yogurt. Other yogurt is fine though.
 
@Michael ah, ours is kinda like greek but not quite
but apparently bulgarian yogurt is different
 
Maybe american greek yogurt is different
 
Might just be preferences
 
 
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5:30 PM
Is this the upside down?
 
I don't like that question mark
 
I mean, it isn't to me
but it depends n your definition of upside down
 
5:45 PM
The alternate dimension where everything is trying to kill you and Microsoft owns all OSS
 
uh, so almost australia?
 
MiG
6:54 PM
@Michael Still haven't started watching that one, I hear good things
 
roar
@Michael Yeah, that one was a huge surprise. I had to go to gimp.org just to double-check.
Anyhoo...
> Microsoft ❤️ Open Source
And it shows.
 
The "edge://surf" game lets you play as a penguin. Does cultural appropriation apply to software mascots?
 
lol
 

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