NetBSD 7.1 has been released. As I mentioned earlier, this server was experiencing stability issues (specifically, UVM faults) with 7.0.2 – even despite virtualisation. Upgrading to 7.1 seems to have fixed my issues, and the server no longer topples and goes for a random reboot every few days. Whereas before, a heavy load would cause a silent panic-and-reboot, the server VM now chugs along merrily with my multiple minecraft servers, webserver, and bitbucket instance.
You have way too much IT equipment as it is – time to throw out that crufty old 10/100 switch, right? Hold on a second – you might want to hold on to it after all! Old ethernet switches are pretty basic, and were churned out cheaply by the thousands in the mid-late 90s internet … Continue reading Why You Should Keep Your Old Ethernet Switches→
I recently had access to two Acer C720s – one i3 and on Celeron model – and I could not pass up the opportunity to crack them open and take a peek at their internals. [ No, no laptops were harmed in the making of this blog post – they were going to be opened … Continue reading C720: Missing Light Sensor?→
My little plug for Acer: Their computers aren’t elegant, and are usually plasticy or low-end, but they are the Volkswagen of laptops. Lenovos on the other hand, will have all the bells and whistles, but will die of broken hinges over and over again!
I should know – I’ve enough examples of both brands.
I’m officially no longer running NetBSD on bare hardware for my server – VMs only! After many problems, both my server and my NetBSD install finally gave up the ghost, so I’ve moved this site over to a VM on my homelab cluster.
“He’s dead, Jim”
Sadly, I’m not sure my venerable Acer laptop is usable at all any longer. Despite being a low-tier $400 laptop from 2009 (and a bulky one even for then), it pulled punches as my cobbled together server for a surprising 4 years hosting this site. Even the original battery was good up to last year, despite it being used as my only computer until 2012.
Stable As A Two-Legged Stool I am writing this blog post in more than a bit of an agitated state, having just gone through about a 3-month period where NetBSD was crashing on a more than weekly basis. Since the upgrade to 7.0.2, my server has been plagued with instability. Initially, I suspected memory problems, and replaced … Continue reading NetBSD 7.0.2 UVM Faults→
Trouble getting your posts page to display only excerpts? You are not the only one. Many WordPress themes don’t actually support the feature – even the bundled and default WordPress themes seem lacking (notably, the Twenty-Thirteen theme that this site uses). Clicking on a category or index page shows the full posts, and is a … Continue reading Fixing Excerpts in WordPress Themes→
[Update 09/02/17: This guide is for the M.2 version of the SP600, not the 2.5″ SATA version, which has firmware updates available and might not encounter this problem] When I upgraded my C720’s SSD, I unexpectedly started running into weird errors that would hang the system. Checking the system logs provided little insight, beyond showing non-ASCII characters … Continue reading Getting the ADATA SP600 to Work with ALPM→