Looking for input on a linux server

I will be setting up a new Linux server in my house used primarily for a file server but also for testing and development. I want it to be pretty fast CPU wise and of course hard drive access wise. One requirement I want is a fast wireless connection as I will most likely put it in my basement away from my hub. I may just end up putting an access point down there but would really just like to put a wireless card in the box (and of course have it supported by RHEL).

Any pre-configured machines that are PC like in price (1-2K) is desirable.

So in a nutshell:

  • Fast Wireless card? (108+ mbps)
  • Hard drive recommendations? SATA? Brand? RAID?
  • Fast dual core CPU? What’s the best buy?
  • Access points? I use Netgear primarily in my house.
  • Any other cool things I should consider?


Very nice Chat History UI in Sametime

Chat history is one of those things in the past that never got a lot of attention. If you were lucky you could find the directory where they were stored and then use the system text editor (like Notepad) to view them. The new chat history window in Sametime 7.5 is sweet! I love it! It is a traditional three pane window with your contacts on the left (an each name is “live”) the pane to the upper right is your chat list (time date, etc) and the bottom right is the chat transcript with full XHTML.

This interface is one of the reasons many people think chat will replace email. I can easily see enhancements like archiving chats to a secure database or location is coming next…


Larry is really a Marry

After taking Larry to the vet we find out Larry is actually a Marry (two r’s just to be different). I don’t know what’s worse, naming a pet and having it for three months and finding out it’s a different sex or not knowing for sure and just think it is one sex and never asking!


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Getting noticed by management

This InfoWorld article caught my eye and when I read it I was surprised to read things I hear a lot from other developers (both peer, junior and from other companies). I fortunately have a great manager and he tells me how much I am appreciated and also gives me advice on interpersonal issues or techniques with dealing with problems and people. I think in general a manager should be constantly doing both (praising and assisting) their employees. If you are a manager and are not doing this in frequent one-on-one’s then you are simply dropping the ball.

Though they wish me well, they don’t seem to care that I’m leaving. One company didn’t take me up on my offer to train my replacement. (I was concerned the ball would be dropped when I left, and I found out months later that I was right.)

Lastly, if you are a peer to someone or work with someone closely and do value their efforts, make sure that is well communicated to your manager and their manager. This will make sure the people you rely on stay in your network and your reliance is not hindered when they leave!

Referenced Article:
ADVICE LINE BY BOB LEWIS – Getting noticed by management


What’s new in Portal 6

Good article on Portal 6. The Composite Application section is a good introduction to what they are and how to build them. However some of the screen shots look too warped and need to be fixed. The important thing to get out of this article is the difference between a template and an application. Template development should not be something new to Domino customers.


Cat Scratch Fever

We are in the car and the song Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent was on the radio. My four year old, when the song was finished, decided to keep singing it…but using the words he thought he heard. He continued very clearly “scratch that beaver”.

Outside of the fact my son loves stuffed animals and it was completely innocent my wife and I could not stop laughing.


Number one or number two

My brother and his son were swimming in their pool and his son tells him “Daddy I need to go to the bathroom”. My brother tells him to get out an just go behind the pool. After a few minutes my brother asks “Derek, what’s taking so long?”, Derek replies “I am going poop”.