Dezember 2008 Archives

After discovering the level of insight you can gain into Linux systems with the "new" Disk I/O statistics as provided by iostat I wondered why there weren't any sane munin plugins which utilize this data, since this ought to be very easy task to accomplish.

Having a few days to kill (being down with stomach flu back then) I decided to write a plugin on my own. I'll provide an annotated example of what the data looks like and why having this kind of information is A Good Thing.

I always wondered why disks are slow. Not the "I can only copy data with 50MiB/sec slow" but the "Why does this myisamchk/e2fsck/database only do 3MiB/sec" slow. It never itched my nerve that much that I seriously considered "formally" learning about these things, until the first few days at a new job. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I need a new TV!

Since I've been stuck with a 27" CRT TV for the last few years (which always felt far too small for my ~3.5-4 m couch distance) and have been hit by the HDTV-reliance of modern console games ("you call the blob in the lower left corner a 'HUD'?") I longed for a proper "display unit" for quite some time.

After getting overtime/vacation payoffs from my last job in November and an unexpected bonus in December, all rational thoughts have been finally thrown over board - let's burn some money!

I finally have a blog. Took quite some time.

I already made a few stints into blog-country, starting pretty soon after having set up my first private server at my first employer, Inode, where I started my apprenticeship training in IT.

It all started back in 2001 with a manually edited, untimestamped, uncredited homepage (which I was told that it had a few followers back then).

Some years later I started using a reduced form of photo-blogging with trusty old ids, just snapping whatever strange, funny or outright hilarious things I saw in everyday life.

Somewhere in spring 2008 a friend of mine showed me, which made publishing content prohibitively easy, but the platform also showed it's limits pretty soon, especially when trying to publish longer or complex posts.

And now, at the end of 2008, after 2 years of nagging by a friend, Christian showed me Movable Type, which looked slick, offered support for sane databases and as it turned out, is also pretty nice to use.

Watch out blogosphere, here I come.

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