Sleep!04 Feb 2009
I can't believe it...my youngest son, after nearly three weeks of being up four or five times each night, slept nearly all the way through without a break: he only woke up at 1am and 5:15am, which is close enough to my usual wakeup time as makes no difference. It was wonderful to have a bit of sleep.
This comes after staying up late (11pm!) on Sunday bottling the latest batch of beer, a Grapefruit Bitter recipe from the local homebrew shop. You know, it really does taste like grapefruit, and even this early I'm really looking forward to this beer.
My laptop has a broken hinge, dammit. I carry it around in my backpack without any padding, so I guess I'm lucky it's lasted this long. Fortunately the monitor still works and mostly stays upright. I've had a look at some directions on how to replace it; it looks fiddly, but spending $20 on a new set of hinges from eBay is a lot more attractive than spending $100. Of course, the other consideration is whether I can get three hours to work on it….But in the meantime, I've got it on the SkyTrain for the first time in a week; it's been hard to want to do anything but sleep lately.
Work is still busy:
I'm trying to get tinyMCE and img_assist to work with Drupal
- tinyMCE is no problem, but the img_assist part wasn't working with it. Turns out you need to get dev versions of the img_assist and WYSIWIG modules, because the latest version of tinyMCE (which is required for Drupal 6) broke some parts of img_assist (which, in turn, was in the middle of a rewrite anyhow). Eventually, the admin ass't will be able to work on the website w/o having to know HTML which == major win.
Contacting vendors to look at backup hardware. So far we're looking at the Dell ML6010 and the Sun SL500. They're both modular, which is nice; we've got (low) tens of TB now but that'll ramp up quickly. The SL500 seems to have some weird things; according to this post, it takes up to 30 minutes to boot (!) and you can't change its IP address without a visit from the service engineer (!!). Those posts are two years old, so perhaps things have changed.
Trying to figure out what we want for backup software, too. I'm used to Bacula (which works well with the ML6010) and Amanda, but I've been working a little bit with Tivoli lately. One of the advantages of Tivoli is the ease of restoring it gives to the users…very nice. I'm reading Backup and Recovery again, trying to get a sense of what we want, and reviewing Preston's presentation at LISA06 called "Seriously, tape-only backup systems are dead". So what do we put in front of this thing? Not sure yet…
Speaking of Tivoli, it's suddenly stopped working for us: it backed up filesystems on our Thumper just fine (though we had to point it at individual ZFS filesystems, rather than telling it to just go), then stopped; it hangs on files over a certain size (somewhere around 500kb or so) and just sits there, trying to renew the connection over and over again. I've been suspecting firewall problems, but I haven't changed anything and I can't see any logged blocked packets. Weird.
Update: turned out to be an MTU problem:
- The Thumper supports Jumbo frames
- Our switch supports Jumbo frames
- Our firewall's inside interface, a GigE from Broadcom, does not support Jumbo frames
- Our switch will silently drop jumbo frames when directed to an interface that does not support it
I had no idea there were GigE NICs that did not support Jumbo frames. Though maybe that's just the OpenBSD driver for it. Hm.