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Server Work

Server Work

I built a good career off my knowledge of computers, mathematics and algorithms.  I say, make the server work.  That’s right, make that server work.

Every computer I own has virus checking software.  These days, it is stupid not to have it on a computer.  The problem is, it can really slow down a computer when scanning LOTS of files.

So, I finally put my former career to use.  I realized all of my computers were doing scans on the server.


That’s a good question.  Why was I doing that when the brains of my server are just sitting there doing what servers do — sharing files.  Why shouldn’t the server being doing all the work?

Yes, my server has virus software too, but without getting in to the nitty gritty, it basically takes care of the server’s internal hard drives.  It’s time to make it take care of the NAS drives too.

Setting it Up

Setting it up is easy.  I just told the virus software on the server to scan EVERY drive it can see.  Now, I can tell my laptops and desktops to only scan files it is opening (with the exception of their C: drive.)  This will sure make things a lot faster.


Oh, and an update… it is scanning it’s 2,133,529th file right now.  That’s over 2 million files that my desktop doesn’t need to scan.  Yeah, my computer is already running faster.

Members Using Technology

Members Using Technology

That’s my CSM assignment this week – pictures of members using technology.  The week passed so quickly I’m scrambling to get some pictures today.

Mark Evangelos used his laptop in his lesson, so after class I asked him to keep talking and snapped this..

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Mark Evangelos Teaching Class

I didn’t stop there.  I then grabbed the Sister Missionaries because I know they have iPads.  The sat down and I asked them to talk to each other and I grabbed this…

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Sisters Edmonds and Ingersoll

It’s not the 5 pictures they asked for, but it is a start.

Dinner with the Sisters

We had dinner with the sisters right before I had to run off to Stake Priesthood Meeting.  I made chilaquiles which are quick and easy.  Elizabethe wanted me to use up some stuff in the fridge so I made a peach cobbler with leftovers from the fridge.

Stake Priesthood Meeting went well, but with a High Priest Group Meeting right after, it made for a long evening.  They were both good meetings, but I was just dragging at the end of the day.

Where has summer gone?

Next weekend is Labor Day Weekend.  It has gone by too quickly.

That Time of the Year

That Time of the Year

It is that time of the year. What time, you ask?  Time to back things up.  Boring, yes.  Necessary, yes.  Worth it, yes.

I back my data up all of the time, but at the end of the year I compress/zip some files and back up those zip files.  I’ve been using zip for… hmmm… probably about 30 years.  That’s kind of scary when you think about it.

Just some trivia…

In the 1980s I ran a BBS (bulletin board system) in the San Francisco Bay Area called The Eagles Nest.  It started off with a tiny 5MB hard drive.  Well, it wasn’t tiny size wise, it was a full-height 5.25″ hard drive.  It later got updated to a 20MB hard drive.  Those were big times back then.

When I added and EGA card to the BBS server I created a COLOR login screen.  Yeah… all those little “@” symbols drawing a red-white-and-blue eagle on the screen.

I was still running it when we moved to a bigger house and I started writing for the newspaper.  As a result I met some good people.  Enrico Massagli, Bruce Dean, Jeff Jones and others.  It was an exciting time in the computer industry.

Moving Data

I spent most of the day moving data on my hard drive.  For most people this might be a simple task, but when you have several terabytes of data, it takes a long time.  (A terabyte is 1024 gigabytes.)

While waiting for some files to copy, I did the grocery shopping at WalMart.  You know, if there were any truth in advertising, they wouldn’t (1) brag about the quality of their meat and produce, and (2) they wouldn’t claim to have such low prices.  I just went there out of convenience.

I looked at what routers they carried, and a worker came up and asked if he could answer any questions about routers.  I almost said, “No, but can I answer any of your questions?”  (but that would have been a little pretentious.)  And, speaking of prices, they were on the average about 10% higher in prices than BestBuy, which is about 10% higher in prices than many of the on-line stores like Newegg.com.  Needless to say, I did not purchase a new router at WalMart.

I returned home to find the files were still copying.  It’s going to be a long day.

The bishop and his wife came over as our home and visiting teachers.  We had a nice chat and then Elizabethe showed them how she organized her canning.  I think they were pretty surprised at some of the items we have canned.

Going back out to my office, I found the files were still copying.  It looks like I’ll just have to leave this to complete over night.

What Happened to the HP I Once Knew?

I got up this morning after a very restful night.  That walking in NYC really made me sleep soundly.  I should do that more often.

I went out to write my blog and I had not Internet connection.  In fact, I had no Ethernet interface on my PC.  This has been an ongoing problem since December 19th.  I was so mad, I wrote HP saying, “Fix it or refund my money.”

I then spent the rest of the day trying various tactics to get it working again.

My last several PCs have all been HPs.  Back in 1976 I became a true believer in HP quality with HP-67.  That thing was a ground-breaking calculator.  At about $750, it was the envy of any Engineering student.

Back then, HP was known for quality.  We used HP calculators in the chemistry lab, and HP scopes and equipment in the physics lab.  These were the Cadillacs of electronics equipment.

Oh, and an HP keyboard was built to withstand anything your fingers could pound out.

Then, in 1979 they came out with the HP-85 micro computer.  Not to mention the HP-3000 mini computer.  These are well-built computers.  We joked around this time that HP meant “High Priced”.

Somewhere along the line though, HP computers stopped being well-built and started being common place.  Well, today, HP lost its luster in my eyes.  And, after spending 12 hours working on my desktop (which by the way is a 6 core, 3.3 GHz, 16GB machine) I was think I might ask for my money back and go buy something else.

It’s been a long day.