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Three and a half years later…

I was just looking back through my previous posts and saw that the server that just crashed was brought up at the end of 2008. In fact, it was brought online on the final day of the year. Since then, the server has been 24 hours a day for three and a half years. I can’t even tell how many times it’s been rebooted, it’s been such a rare occurrence. Even when I moved, the server stayed connected to a UPS and didn’t power down.

It’s been a stalwart machine and only stopped working because it literally tore itself to pieces. While the processor probably has time left on the clock, good luck finding EIDE drives in today’s modern society. And even if they did exist, they would be used and I’m not inheriting someone else’s problems.

It was a good run and lots of things learned. Now, let’s see what I can make out of this Hyperthreaded machine with 4GB of ram.

Behold the power of my new web server! – Circa 2009

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A full year with my new server

So much was going on at the end of the year that I totally forget it was the anniversary of when I brought up my new server. There’s not a lot of things I like about Microsoft these days, but Windows Server 2003 has been running like a champ for me. It’s been running for a full year without a single crash or error. As far as I can tell PHP has been flawless so anyone who says PHP can’t under Windows doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. There are a couple of limitations I won’t deny that, but I have been exceedingly happy with how it’s been working.

This server should last me another year and then I think it will be time for another upgrade. My plan is to upgrade my desktop machine to something multi-core, probably an i7 in the next 6-8 months; maybe sooner if the taxes work out in my favor. I’m hoping there’s a price drop coming as the next batch of chips hit the market. When that happens, my desktop will move to become a server. Even though it’s old, it’s faster and has more RAM than the current server. Clearly I’m not a cutting edge kind of guy. I get every ounce of use out of my machines before I upgrade.

I’ll be shopping the Dell site in the next few months to see what my meager budget will afford me.

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Strawberries for Mother’s Day

Each Mother’s Day we head out into the field and pick strawberries right off the plant. This year was a bumper crop with some huge fruit. It only took about 10 minutes to fill up the gallon container. I should have planned ahead and had Rum at the ready so these babies could be blended into a tasty little summertime drink. Not to worry, there is always tomorrow. But then again, they taste so good right now, no telling how long they will actually last. They may be gone before the day is over.

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