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My virgin expirence with Debian was bloody [Mar. 31st, 2008|09:14 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Acquiring a box
So I bought a new box from a friend of mine, Reggie. I helped him build a box like a year/year and a half ago. (Actually, I just told him what went where and made him do all the work.) For whatever reason he became obsessed with water-cooling and decided he wanted Big Water.

I got a phone call one day that one of the hoses leaked onto the motherboard around the processor and so shorted damn near everything in the box out. Reggie went to CompUSA and had them build another box.

CUT TO: Three weeks ago. Reggie called to check up on me and told me that he was delivering for Edible Arrangements on Saturday for $15/hr in addition to his Monday-Friday accounting job as well as working a couple of nights a week for Domihoes. He then said (and I quote) "I woke up this morning and something was wrong with my computer. I think it got a virus, so I just said 'fuck it' and went to Walmart and bought another one. I'll let you have this one for $125."

Now for those of you who really know me, you know I HATE second-hand boxes, but I knew the owner and thought I knew the specs. I thought it was 2 GB of DDR2 and a dual-core chip of some kind. It turned out to be 6800+ 64bit AMD chip with 1 GB of DDR1, but hell, it was a decent box for a steal and I know that I can put at least another GB in, if not max out the no-name off-brand mobo. I do know that the mobo has an ATI Radeon Express chipset/controller and given the fact that the 32-bit P4 MSI board I had could take 4 GB, so I should be able to put at least that much in this board.


Assembling the parts
So I went home for Easter and brought back my old 15" CRT that came with the Gateway I purchased in '98. I used the black $12 keyboard that I originally purchased for Black Widow. (I forgot how well it types. Too bad it's a PS/2 and I no longer require a keyboard on deepblue).

I chose to install Debian because it is one of the platforms that we support at work for our product, I had never worked with Debian (I had worked with Ubuntu which forked off of Debian) and I am wanting to gain more experience with multiple operating systems in the hopes of one day becoming a highly skilled, highly paid SysAdmin.

DeepBlueFinal

Installation isn't a snap
As I had a 64bit AMD chip, I decided to go with that architecture's build. Thrice I ran the installer, and thrice it chocked at 78% when it was "writing language to drive", so I opted for the i386 build which installed like a champ.

I then wanted to set a static IP address for both miniMax0r and deepblue, Doing so on miniMax0r was uneventful, but no matter what I did on deepblue, it didn't want to read from the conf file. Actually, it must have been reading at least something out of the file, because the box would loose its connection to the Internet, but ifconfg would report the old DHCP IP address, not the new, static one despite having restarted the networking service and bringing the interface up and down. After struggling with this for a couple of hours, I decided to try resetting the box, at which point, ifconfig reported the static IP and the box could connect to the internet. If anyone out there thinks they know what was going on, please enlighten me.


If I only knew more about DNS and Networking
What I want to be able to do is instead of having to specify a port on the existing domain and have to forward that through the router, I want to be able to go
ssh deepblue.professortom.net
or
ssh max0r.professortom.net
without just aliasing the IP and having to forward the ports explicitly. Having to do so makes it pointless to have a C-name pointing back to the address and makes me mad. Any thoughts on this will be greatly appreciated.

I don't want to pay for the electricity to run this box as with the fans and lights I think it will easily consume 3 times the energy that miniMax0r consumes, but it will be nice having my own version of the company's product running on a box that I maintain so that I have a better understanding of how things work. This was going to be my workaround for the lack of a server in techsupport (we have to have something we can test on after all) but a box came into work the other day that is supposed to be the new server whenever someone has a chance to get around to installing it.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 02:32 pm (UTC)
Hating a second-hand box for no other reason than its a second-hand box is dumb.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 03:44 pm (UTC)
I have no tolerance for used cars nor used computers.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yes. That's dumb.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you prefer to work with junk instead of known quantites.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 05:56 pm (UTC)
(11:51:31 AM) ProfessorTom: I want a Mac Book
(11:52:11 AM) EricHowton: What if I told you I had a brand new Mac Book I've only used for about six months and don't need any more?
(11:53:33 AM) ProfessorTom: I'd take it
(11:53:49 AM) EricHowton: No, you wouldn't take it
(11:53:58 AM) EricHowton: You don 't do second-hand computers, remember?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 06:03 pm (UTC)
ProfessorTom (11:54:11 AM): there's an exception to every rule
ProfessorTom (11:54:17 AM): besides, that would be a known quantity
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 06:07 pm (UTC)
(11:54:23 AM) EricHowton: There are also stupid rules
(11:57:49 AM) ProfessorTom: agreed!
(11:57:55 AM) EricHowton: That's one of them
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 02:39 pm (UTC)
What is that blurry thing in the middle of the page?

Once, as a high-school photographer, I coated a filter with clear nail polish and let it dry to get that same effect. It sucked so bad I snapped it in half.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 03:43 pm (UTC)
I was using a camera phone as it was the only tool available to me. If you like, you can make your donation to my D80 fund.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 06:07 pm (UTC)
No.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 06:08 pm (UTC)
The quit your bitching!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 06:11 pm (UTC)
No! Just because I'm not going to fund your frivolities doesn't mean I don't want you to stop taking pictures that suck.

I like these two:

http://xc5.xanga.com/482c412b41232178752036/m136415367.jpg
http://xbb.xanga.com/268c56eb10433177602317/s135424964.jpg
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-31 06:15 pm (UTC)
That doesn't mean much given your top pick of Dan's photos from his trip.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sarcasm is stating the opposite of an intended meaning especially in order to sneeringly, slyly, jest or mock a person, situation or thing. It is strongly associated with irony, with some definitions classifying it as a type of verbal irony intended to insult or wound. Sarcasm can also be used in a humorous or jestuas way depending on the intent of the person speaking.



Edited at 2008-03-31 06:21 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-15 06:06 am (UTC)
I didn't think you liked that top pic.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-15 06:14 am (UTC)
Please refrain from engaging in that activity.

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-15 06:18 am (UTC)
But I don't engage in that activity.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-03-31 08:27 pm (UTC)
And your title is tasteless.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-01 01:08 am (UTC)
And your point is?
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From: snapper521
2008-03-31 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Sounds like a bunch of "fun".

About as much fun as contracting herpes from a two bit street walker.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-01 01:14 am (UTC)
Herpes
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From: snapper521
2008-04-01 03:11 am (UTC)
*laugh* You asshole.
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[User Picture]From: catttitude
2008-03-31 11:58 pm (UTC)
Good God Man! You are quit the busy boy.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-01 12:00 am (UTC)
That's not even the half of it.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-01 12:56 am (UTC)
Is it a quarter of it? Maybe an eighth.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-04-01 12:58 am (UTC)
I'm going for a sixty-fourth.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-04-01 01:21 am (UTC)
You flatter yourself.
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