HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L

As per my post a few days back, ordered a N40L.

All I can say is it’s a great bit of kit. I’ve installed Debian 6.0.4 amd64 and have configured it to do a number of services and other tasks.

So good to be running a dedicated physical linux host on my network again.

I installed Debian  on the 250gb drive it shipped with, and carved it up so I have about 200gb left over for data storage via samba (and nfs soon as I configure it up). I dropped in 2 x 500 7200rpm Samsungs I had from my desktop, and setup those in a mdadm raid1. I also put in a 2Tb WD Green to also share out via samba (and nfs).

Running quite nicely. Thumbs up. Think I need another one 🙂

New hardware purchases

I ordered a HP N40L Microserver on Saturday night. It should arrive in the next day or so. Have been wanting to get one of these for a while and with the recent decrease in pricing, I just happened to have some spare dollars from a recent Kogan refund (against a 22″ LED TV that had several major issues).

In addition, anyone in Sydney that might be interested in a Synology NAS, let me know, as I’d like to sell my Synology DS109+ Single bay NAS (without disk).

Plans for the N40L include installation of Debian to setup some internal dns services, and mail relay etc. I also going to deploy the Ubiquiti UniFi controller software on it, so I can manage the UniFi hardware I have been testing (and still completely impressed with). Would love to buy some more Ubiquiti gear to test a point to point link in my street.

Kogan 7″ Andriod Tablet

My wife and I picked up a Kogan 7inch Andriod Tablet via the ebay store they have for a really good price, so we purchased it for Darwyn to use.

I’ve installed a 16Gb microsd card in it and put on the entire Octonauts series for him in mp4 format. Plus a few other programs he likes.

I rooted the device using the details at the XDA link here. This allowed me to backup the factory firmware using SuperOneClick. I next installed MoboPlayer via alternative method, as any attempts to install via the Market app on the device resulted in it not being seen. The process to root it was super easy. I even put Cyanogenmod7 on it, but later removed it, as it’s not really designed for a tablet, but indeed worked (although some things didn’t i.e. camera etc).

EDIT: Sorry clockworkmod backup is installed first, so you can do a backup of the firmware from factory + rom. The SuperOneClick is the app ran on Windows for example to root the device.

LPIC2 Certificate arrives

My LPIC2 Certificate arrived by post today, so looks like I can now scan it and add to the collection of the others I have done in the last 2 years.

I’ve done a large number of certificates in the last 2 years, had planned on doing a few more. But going to take a bit of a break, since I am still learning so much at work. Best to focus on that for a little bit.

So many things to say, just no idea how to express it

It’s been a crazy number of weeks. The family and I have done so much stuff, however it’s just so hard to express all those things. When I finally get time to type something I just don’t know where to start.

I guess I should be drafting posts and sending them once I have attached any photos and the like.

Maybe I might try this method.

Meanwhile, both boys doing really well. Nate is going through a cycle of teeth coming through at the moment and Darwyn is at that age where he is independent. Darwyn turns 3 very soon, which is surprising how fast it has gone. He also talks a great deal now and says so many variations of words.

My wife and I managed to find time to head to the movies today minus the kids. We saw The Hunger Games, and I thought it was okay. Don’t think my wife liked it much, guess we will need to make time to see something else in the coming weeks.

Got a few busy weekends ahead, so will be sure to post more things as they happen.

I’ve been meaning to get more involved with some linux related stuff, as I still love using Linux and promoting it’s use with others. I’d really love to contribute in some way to the Debian community, so might one day look into doing that. Love getting inspired by some of the folks on Plant Debian to be honest.