You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Yes.
Everything's going to be fine.

Saturday, November 13

Geek

Burn In... Burn Out

If you run an 80GB Intel X25-M at its rated 4KB random-write performance, it will exceed its rated 4KB random-write endurance after just 3 days.

For a 32GB Intel X25-E, it would take about 28 months.

This is why the E-series runs five times the cost per gigabyte of the M-series.

What the real-world lifespan is for either drive range I have no idea, but I aim to find out.

Update: Based on the actual activity patterns on our server, the 80GB M-series would last 2½ years, and the 32-GB E-series (which is what we are using, 3 drives in a RAID-5 array) would last about three centuries.

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Oh. That's Actually... Affordable

As I've mentioned before, I may have an opportunity to move from expensive hosted servers to cheaper managed colo.  A rack-mount server with 6 cores, 16GB of RAM, 6TB of disk and a nice SSD can be had for well under US$2000, which is currently about A$2000 as well (though the Aussie dollar has recently dipped back below parity).

Only problem is that many of the mu.nu sites and other related things run under CPanel, which I license through our hosting company.  I'd need to buy my own licenses, and the last time I looked it was quite expensive.

Now it's $200 per year for an unlimited-user virtual server license.  Since I virtualised all our systems 18 months ago, that's perfect.

So plans are moving ahead.  Slowly perhaps, but definitely moving.

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Thursday, November 11

Geek

Magical Google Unit Converter Fail

So, what's 671 kWIPS in FLOPS?

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Wednesday, November 03

Geek

On The Lawn, Nibbling The Croquet Hoops

Warning | 1478 | InnoDB: ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED requires innodb_file_format > Antelope.

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