April 1st 2016 01:29 - The server is busted!

For some reason the server (Dave) randomly fell off the face of the earth last night. I managed to get remote control of the system briefly before I was disconnected and could no longer talk to it at all, it was late so I had to leave it overnight. Today I went to investigate and found the CPU usage through the roof on one of the IIS processes and no matter what I do, I can't get it back down again. The problem here is that I changed nothing, so if I restore the disk image it will probably only happen again. This means that there may be a patch where this site is offline for a while or is served from a different machine with reduced functionality, but this will only be temporary. For a while I have considered scrapping the current configuration because it is old and has been changed so many times, it was getting slower and temperamental anyway, so the chances are I will do this at some stage. The plan? Move over to a completely virtualized environment, the server has the power to do this and the ease of control and backup for this technique is vastly superior to having nearly everything on bare hardware as the system is now.


To be clear, there will be no hardware change except a few fans that need replacing - Dave is presently very noisy and needs a steady supply of light oil - so you'll still technically be served by Dave, just that the IIS server will be in a virtual environment. This should improve security and manageability. It is entirely likely I will max out the RAM too as it is cheap, originally it was maxed out but a stick died and the only reason it was never replaced was that it wasn't needed, the hard drive will likely double in size too as I have a spare one. It is a Seagate so I wouldn't want to do anything important with it, but I figure that the contents of the server are stored on more reliable disks for off-line backups anyway, so if the Seagate fails I wouldn't really lose anything. At the time I write this, Dave is currently locked at 100% load with the hard drive crunching continuously, by the time you read this you may be being served by a different machine.


In other news, it looks like I may have to take Ranitidine for the rest of my life. It tastes gross but it sure beats my stomach feeling the way it did before, there's still some way to go before it's back to 100% but I feel better than I have in a while even with the limited effect this early on. Actually, it has been fairly effective this first week, but I over-ate today and now feel a bit like I did before I started taking it, it's my fault and I'm sure I'll start feeling better again after my next dose.


Back to computers. The funny thing is, I have been playing with another server, it isn't suitable to run this site really but I do have a planned use for it and, I assure you, if I can get it doing what I want and complete work on the project planned for it - a humongous undertaking - it will prove to be one of the most awesome things I have ever done. I also plan to incorporate Easter Eggs, something I have not done with anything I've put on a server in some time. Some people out there probably know a bit about the machine already... I also managed to get hold of something else - not my Xeon motherboard although that is now here - no, I got something very awesome and extremely rare. As I lack parts and at the moment lack the funds to complete it, well, you probably won't see it for a while. It features a CPU I have not previously owned or used plugged into a slightly unusual motherboard.


My spider's eggs have hatched and I am currently looking after a bunch of tiny spiderlings, they are eating and growing, so hopefully they do well. I will let them go when they are old enough to disperse, but I might get another tank and keep one as that would be cool. I may post photos later.


You may be wondering what is happening with the move. Yeah, I'd like to know too, but I've heard nothing. If I'd known that I would have probably tried to get a video done, but on the plus side I have decided to wait to do a video on the laptop. I recently learned that a piece of hardware I thought to be rare and expensive is actually cheap and abundant today, this piece of hardware isn't really much to do with the laptop but it will make any video about it around 100 times better. In short, I'd rather wait and do a good job than rush and do a half-assed one. I am thinking of doing a video on something else instead then, as I might just have time. I have been weighing up doing something more instructional like how to set up DOS properly or how to network Windows 3.11, you know, just for fun. Not sure everyone knows how that works and there are some weird quirks I think it would be fun to talk about. Or, I may do something different to that, not sure right now. Of course, the announcement I mentioned above before editing it out, was posted as Moving Vlog #3 some time ago.


Hmm, April 1st? Didn't notice until now. Think I'll make a really crappy video for my Let's Play channel as I like doing silly things on April 1st, but I have nothing for the main channel. Not fair. Hopefully I can make up for the lack of such things this Halloween or something, I miss doing April Fools/Christmas/Halloween stuff.


- High Treason