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Jan. 31st, 2007 | 12:59 am

I have this problem. I'm really annoyed by noise, especially when I'm trying to sleep. However the cable for the MythTV and internet access comes into my bedroom, and so (I thought) my main server needed to be in my bedroom.

Recently I realized--MythTV is fully client/server, the system serving up the media files does not need to be the system with the encoder card in it. Thus I realized I could swap some system boards around, dump the file server in the living room, and set up an old VIA board with the TV encoder in it as a disk-less client in my room. (disk-less VIA mini-itx board == computer with no moving parts.) Resulting in a system with the same capabilities, but no noise when I'm trying to sleep.

Over the weekend I did the main system board swapping, and over the past couple of nights I had the joy of copying about 100 gigabytes of data around a couple of different hard disks. (Note: rsync tunneled via ssh onto a slow CPU is not fun, even with the extra cost of setting up NFS, not having to encrypt everything was much faster).

Today I got windows and World of Warcraft back up on my gaming box. For extra fun I set up samba on the file server as a domain controller, and for the cost of having to log into my windows box, I get my home directory from my linux server mounted on my gaming box.

Next up is re-installing linux, and deciding if I want to try Xen on an early Via C3 chip (Think something between a 486 and pentium).

I also wasted like 2 hours looking for a good system background (I eventually found this one. Though on the way I found that Cory Doctorow has a Flickr page.
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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
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On a side note...I started working at Best Buy's Geek Squad late last year...and we just started selling a 1 TB HD for $499 in case you don't want to move lots of gigabytes of data...or we've been selling a 500GB drive on sale about every other week for $149. Why so cheap I don't know, but it's a heck of a deal.

Of course, you still have Fry's and I don't. :(

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
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You got the terabyte drive! Nice. Though I'm not ready to pay the early adopter fee for those yet.

Although drives like that are part of my problem. When I decide to clean off a 400 GB drive so I can obsolete the 160 GB drive in favor of a 250 GB drive, it can take a while to move all those copies of my home directory, FLAC and MP3 files, captures of TV shows, etc.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I hate noise too. One thing I have noticed is that I am even less tolerant of it the more tired I am. Is it the same for you?

Also, I get into a mindset where the existence of noise is unreasonable. Whatever is making the noise doesn't need to be doing so, and must stop. Either that or be moved.

Which noise in particular is bothering you? Your loud neighbor? Want me to come down and beat him up for you?

I still wish we could play wow together.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 31st, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Well computer fan noise of sufficiently high frequency bugs me. I can take a bit of lower frequency fan noise as background noise, but that Core 2 Duo system's CPU fan was a little bit too loud.

The guy next door is also annoying in a different way, if he was speaking in english I could probably participate in his conversations, and his laugh is quite loud. Additionally there's some mysterious pounding thing he does once a day that makes the apartment shake.

I still wish we could play wow together.

we could. you could move kytrick over, I could go play one my alts on cenarius, we could go pick a RP or PVE server and rol some horde characters. I wonder how much bandwidth iChat needs for video conferencing.

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