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RE: Server shit.. and general life

Well I finally got around to doing some final tests on the server parts. As I suspected it is infact the mobo. This makes me happy actually. Well, not as happy as I would have been if it were just the CPU, but a lot happier than if the problems were in the power supply, or some other dumb shit in the case, which would be a bitch to return. Since the only reason I got this mobo in the first place was to support old RAM, I think I will just toss it, and get a new one that will support DDR, and I’ll just get new RAM. Eventually. All seems well with the HD in my dev machine, so I think I’ll leave it there for a while. I’m not working on any new projects, so the box wouldn’t be doin anything anyway.

As Steph noted in her journal the other day, we got to spend about 7 hours at the emergency room on Saturday night/Sunday morning. The years of neglecting my teeth are finally catching up to me (well, have been catching up for some time, just finally got to a boiling point). I haven’t been to the dentist in about 10 years, and only went every few years as a kid. I never took good care of my teeth as a kid and through my teens. By the time I got into good habits brushing and such, the damage was well underway.

All of my wisdom teeth have been slowly decaying away. I’ve put off going to the dentist over and over, for a variety of reasons (usually related to money). I got used to the constant pain, and it rarely bothered me, so by the time I had insurance again, and could afford to go, I just kind of forgot about it. Well, the pain hit me hard in the past week. Tylenol was doing nothing for it. Finally Saturday night, I just couldn’t take it anymore so I went to the ER for some pain killers. I have an appointment for a consultation with an oral surgeon on Tuesday. I’m sure when they take X-Rays, and take a look in my mouth, they will want to get the fuckerz extracted ASAP. So with any luck, I will have four less teeth within the next couple weeks.

Other than that, work sucks. I have my resume out to several places right now, and hopefully something will pan out soon. I dream of the day when I am making decent money again, and can actually pay my fucking bills. We have had a lot of good people supporting us through the past year and a half (which have been complete shite). If it wasn’t for them, we’d be living in a ghetto ass apartment again, with none of our animals, and definitely none of our “luxuries”.

Enough bitching.

Server Woes

Well as most of you know my webserver which hosts our personal domains, and some friends decided to take a shit last week. It actually started a couple weeks ago when strange noises began to make their way out of this machine. This is usually one of two things, harddrive, or cpu fan. So I chose the weekend to pull the server from the rack and run it opn to verify which it was, and order a new one on Monday. I pull the machine and sure enough, it’s the CPU Fan. I took a big sigh here, cuz a good CPU Fan is only $20 as opposed to about $100 for a new HD. I had an extra fan lying around, so I decided to swap it out in case this one completely died before my replacement would arrive, then I’d be fucked with a fried CPU (see the irony here?). So I shut the bitch down, swap out the fan, plug her back in, hit the power, and NOTHING. The fucker wont post at all.

After doing the normal diagnostics, I came to the conclusion that it could be one of three things. The CPU, mobo, or power supply. This is some rather old hardware, so I decided why not replace it all, instead of taking chances. So I order a new case w/power supply, CPU, mobo, & fan. Everything arrived yesterday, I load the new case up, power on, and NOTHING. Same problem appears… this essentially new machine wont post. After testing several ways, I come to the conclusion that this is a lost cause, and one of these things is dead again. So I decided to temporarily put stvlive on my development server, until I can get to the bottom of these problems.

So last night I stayed up way too fuckin late manually setting up stv on this other machine. By morning, I had everything working, when I realized that there were a lot of environmental things that I would have to rebuild on this temp server to make stv completely happy. Like the fact that this machine had no mail server setup, and the server stv lives on has a pretty complex setup that relays to my real mail server, So it hits me that I wasted several hours when I should have just pulled the HD and swapped it into this box. So I make the decision to do that this evening.

After talking to a few people about it today, the only conclusion I can come up with is that maybe the RAM was bad, and was frying out the mobo. Since this was the only thing that hadn’t changed, this seems to make sense. However, I came home this evening, and swapped out the drives and booted up my test server with the drive from the webserver, and all was good. So I decided to try putting some of the aforementioned RAM in it, and see what happens. I put one stick in, no problems. Put another in, again no problems. So this shoots down my theory completely.

The plus side is, the test server is now up and running as the webserver with all sites. And since the RAM is working, it’s loaded up, so the difference in speed should be minimal except when it’s doing heavy duty processing since it’s only a duron compared to the athlon in the webserver. My thoughts now are that I got a bum CPU, and it’s just a strange coincidence. I’m gonna send the CPU back to exchange it, and hopefully this saga will end. If not, I’ll probably just curl up in the fetal postition and cry like a baby for a while. But the webserver should be in good enough shape to keep running on my dev server for the time being.

Down time again…

I am bringing the firewall down again for hardware upgrades. & will both be down for a while.

Update:After the firewall and I fought it out (I won you see), I got this bitch back up and running. Carry on.


I am about to start upgrading the hardware in the firewall.,, and (including the stream) will all be down during this time. If all goes well (it never does), this should take no more than 30 minutes. If the shit hits the fan, it could be a few hours. I’ll post an update once we’re back.


Another Monday morning,…
I spent most of the weekend working on new forums for stvlive. I am very happy with how they have turned out so far. As always, there are a few bugs that I’m working on, ad Steph is still working on a few design elements. Overall though, it’s pretty much done. The members forums are not active yet, as I am still trying to figure out how I want to handle the authentication for access to them. I hope to have them working by the end of the week, but who knows.

I’m not going to be in the office all week, because I have a class to go to. I don’t know what I’m going to gain from this class, considering I don’t work directly with the product, but if my company wants to send me, I’m always willing to take a week off:of real work )

worlock is: tiredTired

goonie goo goo!

I had a decent weekend. Did some admin stuff, both business and for stv. Did some yard work yesterday. And I found someone to take the ferrets! Unless something happens, she’s picking them up on Saturday. That’s about all I guess.

Oh yeah,.. I love you Steph!

worlock is: a monkeya monkey

It’s alive!

That is all.

Another Monday morning….
I had a decent weekend. I took Friday off because of the bullshit I had to put up with last weekend, getting called 50 million times. My dipshit bosses decided that I had to use my own time off for this since “I get paid for being on call – not on call pay and a day off” Whatever! If I had the patience to fight it I would, but it’s like talking to a brick wall, since my manager makes no decisions oin her own, and is afraid to speak up about things. So I took the day anyway, because I needed the time.

I spent Friday doing stuffs in the yard, since I finally have a patio, and grass again. It’s nice, I can’t wait till I can afford to buy some more stuff back there. Friday night I did some site work, and fixed a few scripts.

Saturday, I did some more stuff outside, and I don’t really remember what else. Yesterday since I was actually caught up on, I decided to try and finish up dollar25 radio. I got a lot done, but I have a bunch more to do still. I am trying to do a cd store, and it takes forever entering all the shit into my table. Once I actually get a good number of em done, then I’ll break it up into alphabetical pages, and it will be posted. Last night we went back to Columbia, to visit Steph’s dad, and have some dinner. It was nice getting to see him, we never seem to have the time to make the trip up, even though it’s only about an hour away. It’s actually really close to my work, but I’d hafta drive back down to VA to pick Steph up then come all the way back, which is why we never go during the week.

Anyhow, I must get back to work, because there’s a shitload of cases waiting from Friday (go figure).

I have had an absolutely shitty day. I have been getting called and paged all damn day. Once again I had to tell NT Techops how to do THEIR fucking job. It gets old. So I finally start to cool off, and relax since the fucktards have not called me in a few hours, so I try to get some work done. I got the new password authentication system up and running for stv. I put some more ram in the WWW server, things are looking better. So then I try to swap some ram out in the FTP server, this is where my night turns back to shit. The module is being a bitch, and wont seat in the slot. So I notice the module is actually seated, it’s the release tab that is fux0red. I bring the box back up, and get no love. Then, smell smoke, and see smoke. The slot is fried, along with the ram. This doesn’t bother me too much, because the machine came back up with that slot empty, and I really don’t give a shit about that box since nothing really important happens on it. Now I decide to setup a new program that I have been using on another box. I am going from term to term checking that permissions and such match. My laziness finally caught up with me… I hit the up arrow a couple times to reuse a command as usual. Instead of this: la ../cgi-bin/ (la is an alias for ‘ls -la’ on my machines)… I accidentally hit enter on: rm -R ../cgi-bin/. Bye-Bye serve-you scripts! You just can’t even imagine how dumb that makes me feel. I mean, I know this shit happens to the best of admins at one time or another, but it still suckz! So of course, I have back-ups of most of the shit, but I had done a shitload of customizations to part of a script, that had not been backed up yet. Oh well,.. life goes on. I can probably do it better the second time around anyhow. So now I’m calm again, and hopefully these fuckz will let me get a good night sleep.


The one fucking night I actually got to sleep nice and early, what am I woke up to at 1am?
Why is NT TechOps such a worthless fucking group. Oh yeah, because NT is such a worthless piece of shit. And with that said, I’m going back to sleep.