Freaky tornado came over and ruined a good part of our office’s neighborhood. Four of five twisters were going around our office building destroying shops and offices, blowing off roofs, breaking glass, and the like. Luckily we were not damaged at all. Luckily no deaths. About 30 people with light injuries.

Random bits

Lots of during the first half of the day. Tested out most of the cool scripts and plugins. Checked out few colorscemes. In general, colors, IMHO, are better from the default installation, but perl compiler settings, calendar plugin, man and info plugins, ‘complete’ion options with the proper dictionary, and few other things came very handy.

Lots of meetings during the second half of the day and it seems that I will get a better set of working hours (finally!).

Chesters bar with few old-time friends, lots of beer and buffalo wings… Few tequillas to close the mess. :) Not a bad day at all.


Testing out the LVM (Logical Volume Management) on Linux (using Red Hat Linux 8.0). Installed and configured as a charm in less then 30 minutes. Not bad for the first try. We’ll see how that 240 GBytes disk (made of two 120 GBytes) will perform.


Spent most of the day educating myself about Ultrium tape drive technology and HP solutions which utilize it. Looks pretty nice. Ultrium technology is defenetely something I want to get my hands on (and I probably will within the next month or two). No cleaning (generally, apart from special cases), large capacity (100 GBytes native), good transfer rate (15-20 MBytes/second native), almost hardware tape verification (if I got it right), implementations from multiple vendors, open tape format, and few other nice things.

Something nice that I have been looking over from HP was a tape library module with 60 slots, with up to 4 Ultrium tape drives. Each module like this has 2 mail slots, which can be used to move tapes around other connected modules (up to 4 in this case). Good price offer. Expandable. Flexible, with good capacities (24 TBytes native, 240 slots, 16 drives). Touch screen control panel, SCSI, supported by all major operating systems. What else could a backup admin ask for?

Black Monday

What are the chances of running mkfs on the wrong partition and tape drive chewing up your latest backup? 1 to a mil? Well, I got that today.

Luckily my /home was on a different filesystem and was not affected. I preffered a fresh install to the tape magic. With the proper kickstart took me less then 10 minutes over a 100Mbps network. Few misconfigurations caused few small problems like a couple of hundred of undelivery reports from my mailer, and the like.


Here is a list of things I want to have. It is here mostly for myself (reminder), but it might also prove helpful to my friends and family. :) If you suddenly feel like sending me a gift, my shipping address is:

Emmanouil Rouidi, Kirzis Center,
Block E, flat 12,
3031, Limassol, Cyprus

All items here are in no particular order.

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