You Got To Know When To Fold Them

I am closing down my photoblog Jalapeno Beach for a while. I have started to receive SPAM comments and have not been enjoying the Pixelpost software lately. (When I set a global setting to not allow comments, why do I still receive SPAM comments?) Admittedly I have not been keeping up with that site as much as I should, so I doubt that anyone will be shedding a tear over its temporary shuttering.

My NAS Experience Has Been Nasty
I am also declaring my network-attached storage (NAS) experiment a failure. After countless efforts to try and find a solution that will allow me to centralize all of my data onto a NAS drive and back it up weekly to USB drives hung off my iMac, I quit. I’ve ordered a new 500GB USB drive from Amazon that is due to arrive tomorrow. Getting all of my irreplaceable data to this new drive this weekend will be difficult with the many other tasks on my plate, but that’s the plan.

Once the data is “local” to the iMac I should be able to back the data up without failure.

Two Days After Christmas: Traffic Returns
There was a noticeable increase in morning-commute traffic this morning. Bummer, I was hoping that people would be taking the entire week off between Christmas and New Year’s.

ITP Flickr Pic
Most people think that I try to hang around Betsy because she is a beautiful and kind person.
I Can't Seem To Let Sleeping Dogs Lie -- #1
Don’t tell her, but it’s really to take pictures of Reese. (I kid!)

I Really Need To Learn How To Consult My Calendar
Last night while going through my briefcase I came across my stack of hockey tickets. Fortunately, I found out that I have a ticket to tonight’s game in time to go. Unfortunately I also found out that I had a ticket to last Thursday’s game and I had no damn idea. Man, what the hell has happened to the organized me? The worst part of this story is that I have no one to blame but myself.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – stupid, but not contagious (it’s a 90’s reference)
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Okkervil River — “Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe”
Website Of The Day – For Stacy (aka Cheese Nips) and other grammarians out there The “Blog” Of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 20.1 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 11

December Goals
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
3) Read at least one book

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to You Got To Know When To Fold Them

  1. debbie says:

    Yes, Betsy IS beautiful and kind, but even if she weren’t (and she IS and she packs good, too) your pics of Reese would make it all worthwhile. She looks so happy and (not really) comfy, but my dogs would vote for being in the chair (and not so terribly comfy) over NOT being in the chair any day.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I agree with all of your points Debbie, and now I know who to call when it comes time for me to pack up and move OTP. 😉

  3. Gentri says:

    Ha another funny one of Reese… but when aren’t they? She was very exited to meet Jaz last week and nothing like the above pic! Didn’t end up leaving the house last night… which was good, I wasn’t up for it!

    What is the issue with your NAS, just doesn’t see it consistently?

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My computers have no problem seeing the NAS, but I get multiple errors trying to copy data from the NAS. Also there seems to be few programs that intelligently copy data from a NAS — they all seem to work better with “local” disks.

  5. Andrew says:

    Which NAS are you using? My Infrant (which is now overpriced, so I won’t recommend it), has a usb port. You connect a drive, press the backup button, and it runs a predefined backup job without going through the computer. Do you have a gigabit network? If so, have enabled Jumbo Frames? What you’re describing could be a networking issue.

    If you’re looking for a reliable raid type contraption, I would recommend the Drobo. It’s not network accessible, but it’s flexibility and reliability can not be beat. In your case, I think it’s a worthwhile investment.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am using a Hammer Storage NAS (I forget the model name right now). It has two USB ports and I tried doing the copy once using them and I also encountered errors.

    When I try copying over wired ethernet (mine is still 100Mbps) I get a -36 error in OS X (your generic I/O error).

    I’ve looked at the Drobo but it seems too high-priced for me at the moment; it’s like $400 without drives if I remember correctly.

    The new 500GB usb drive will satisfy me for the short-term, during which I can negotiate my long-term solution.

  7. Andrew says:

    The Drobo is $499 without the drives, but you can pull the drives from the Hammer and install them in the Drobo. I know that it sounds expensive, but I’ve been recommending a RAID to a friend for months and he finally had a catastrophic drive failure and lost family photos and movies. He’s sent the drive to a repair facility, but that tends to be more expensive than a RAID. It better to be proactive than reactive.

  8. Gentri says:

    I gotta admit, my stuff is backed-up, but not “well”. I’ve got 300g and 250g external drives that I hack around with that do the job, albeit with a bit of confusion and lack of consistency. The Drobo looks awesome, but the $$$ is to rich for me! I’ve had pretty good luck with incremental backups to the 300g drive directly and no need for NAS. Anything at some point is better than nothing as your friend found out. Recovery prices start at $500 JUST to see if stuff is even recoverable, amount goes up from there!!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Sorry traffic was bad! Not to rub it in, but the train I was on this morning was practically empty.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    /* for those that understand C */
    (paulie == GEEK) ? die(alone) : spend_time_with(girlfriend);

    I am being proactive in that I am not burying my head in the sand hoping that nothing will go awry. The 500GB drive was only $110 with drive, and since I already invested in two 360GB drives for offsite backup didn’t want to spend much more. I’ll wait to see what Drobo v2.0 has to offer.

  11. Martha says:

    Was that picture of Reece before or after she tried to kill Toby? She looks so peaceful, you can’t see the blood lust in her eyes!! 😉

  12. Tonight was the first I heard about the Reese v. Toby incident. Perhaps if Bassets had ears that looked less like that of pigs they’d be better off?

    Apparently Toby should have been trying to steal the television, then Reese would have been peaceful…

  13. willy says:

    Paulie, Nothing personal with that last comment; Just the technical jargon momemtarily overloaded my circuits…. Willy

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    HAHA. Willy, what you don’t realize is that I take it as a compliment.

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