Well, I can’t remember how long it’s been since I last did a proper update of this journal thingy, so I’ll give a quick resume of the last couple of weeks:

My inheritance came through so I’m now debt free. Yippee!

My Mum’s gone on anti-psychotic drugs to suppress her agitation and imaginary friends.

I’ve worked lots.

That’s about it really.

So, we come to this weekend. Due to Scan Computers International Ltd taking nearly a week to deliver the parts for my replacement (quiet) home server, I spent practically the whole weekend building the thing and getting all the services transferred from my old server. The reason for the haste is that my parents are coming up on Thursday and hence I wanted the spare room as quiet as possible. My old server had two very noisey fans which made it sound like a vacuum cleaner so when my parents (or anyone else) stayed I had to either shut the machine down or unplug the fans, which sent the CPU temperature through the roof.

The new machine is very quiet, except for an annoying ~50Hz vibration which resonateds through the floor. The case has three large, slow fans and the CPU fan is controlled by the motherboard. This is also helped by the processor being the energy efficient version of the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ so the heatsink/fan doesn’t have to work so hard.

Anyway, practically everything’s working now on the new machine. The only excpetions are spamc (part of SpamAssassin) doens’t work when run as any normal user for some unknown reason, I’m not getting all the syslog information from the router so my on-line ADSL graphs aren’t working and the motherboard sensor system isn’t supported by either lm_sensors or ACPI so my on-line temperature monitor won’t work. Oh, there is one other thing, the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 BIOS has broken ACPI tables for the IRQ handling, so I have to boot the kernel with the “acpi=noirq” option otherwise the kernel will just hang.

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