Our server is now using the new recommended build of bukkit, our tests show that it is very stable so we put it up onto the main server, also our tests show that we should now be able to handle the extra load so we increased the player limit to about 50 people.
The address is still the same at clint.is-a-geek.com but we have also added mc.clintisageek.com cause that’s probably easier to remember.
It’s here, the North American version of SD Gundam Online. It’s free and better yet, IT’S IN ENGLISH!!! Thank god!! Basically think of it like Pokemon but with Gundams, and a Third Person Shooter, and not really like Pokemon in any real way, but for some reason it reminds me of Pokemon, and I think this is turning into a run on sentence, but I’m not quite sure, any ways SDGO PLAY IT!!
So yeah that’s what I’ll be doing the next little while…
The last few weeks I’ve noticed lower performance in my media server than I should be getting out of my 6tb RAID5. At first I thought it was probably my ram, nope 3gb free. Then I checked the network, nope healthy ping and the internet performance and file transfers to other computers are fine. Cpu usage? Next to none. Then it occurred to me, maybe my files are fragmented. This is a big RAID and it’s usually 80-90% full. Research on the net of course came up with “lol linux doesn’t need defragmentation! Windows n00b!”. However the more I started to research the more I found more users with simular issues, looking for a defrag tool.
There is e2defrag, but I’m using ext4, e4defrag is designed specifically for this purpose as demand for a defrag tool slowly rises, but there isn’t a stable release yet and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one any time soon. The common advise is to backup to new drives and format and restore all your data. If this was just an OS partition I would be ok with this, but this is a 6tb RAID drive with over 5tb of files on it! To back that up would take weeks at it’s current speed, WEEKS! I needed a defrag tool.
Hidden in the depths of the Ubuntu fourms I came across a python script called pyfragtools. Originally written in may 2006 by jdong It uses rsync, filefrag and a few other tools to automatically defrag a specified partition file by file. A simple technique but an effective one, not as powerful as a full partition aware format tool but useful nonetheless. However over the years this script became less and less useful as the original Author gave up on the project. Thankfully webbertiger has continued the work on the project and there is a well working version residing on the last few pages on the fourm post. After running this tool my RAID5 is back to normal performance. The main thing I like about this script is that it’s fairly safe to use and it supports virtually any filesystem Linux supports!
I must warn you though that this tool is not designed to be run while the drive is being written to, so make sure it’s not being used while you defrag. That in mind, with pyfragtools you eat your py and defrag it too!
That’s right, Asus is coming out with cardboard computer cases for there ITX line, just reshape the motherboard box it came in to make your own case…
It sounds like a weird little experiment to me though, it might be a good idea for testing out a motherboard, but for a permanent solution I don’t think it’s a good idea. Still you cannot deny that it is pretty neat, you can just use the box the motherboard comes in as a case! This isn’t the first time this idea has come across, Hak.5 did a segment on this a few weeks ago, and cardboard box cases have always floated around the internet.
This definitely would not be a good idea with larger boards with hotter surfaces and more computer to hold together, but for your cheap piece of crap ITX board I suppose it fits to have a cheap piece of crap case.
Or the beginning of a new frontier in Virtualized CAD, and other high end graphical applications. I think a bit of both, however I doubt we’ll see this technology producing anything close to modern gaming graphics for a while…