Roughly scheduled downtime.


The rackmountable case for having arrived, there will be some downtime, probably tomorrow or Friday evening, as the guts of the machine are moved into their new body.

There will also be some donwtime in the next couple of weeks as this body is moved to a proper hosting facility.

Website update


The basic personal information and biographical information pages on my website have been updated to reflect the successful defense of my thesis, completion of my doctoral program, and subsequent change in occupation to postdoc.

I have a date.


I just got the announcement of my departmental thesis defense, which will be on Fri. Jun 22, at 3pm (this date had been mentioned to me a couple of days ago, but the announcement was held off to make sure that one of my committee members hadn’t gone and bungled his schedule; this announcement serves to confirm that such bungling did not happen).

Of course, reading the announcement, I noticed a typo in my abstract; I’m sure I’ll have to fix that before handing the beast in.

Also, in the mail today, was the offer letter for the postdoc I’ll be taking in Sept.



I have moved Candy Cane back to her Summer mooring. My website has been updated to reflect this.



The portion of the city in which the server operates has been experiencing a severe brownout (there’s enough electricity to run the furnace fan, and a few compact fluorescent light bulbs, but no more) since the ice storm on Thursday night/Friday. Consequently, the server is down for want of electricity. The electric company is not providing estimates as to when power will be restored. Efforts to find an alternative location for the server, until power is restored, have been unsuccessful so far.

server repaired


websited and email hosted at is working again.


Although only the disks were acting particularly funny, the hardware failure appears to be a partial failure of the north bridge. Repairs are not expected to finish before tomorrow afternoon. outage


Due to failing storage hardware (probably a dying disk controller) the server has been brought down to minimize data loss. Repairs are planned for this evening. The server will also be physically moved during this outage, cancelling the downtime scheduled on Thursday for the move. Websites and email hosted on the server will be unavailable while repairs are in progress.

A upgrade path is being implemented to replace (or make redundant) aging components. Any overdue upgrades/replacements should be completed by September, allowing the server to run more reliably again.

Scheduled maintenance

2006.10.03 will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Wed., Oct. 3) morning between 9am and 3pm EDT to have its disks all rearranged and the OS completely reinstalled. Actual downtime is expected to be a few hours, as I don’t have a spare server to pick up the slack while this happens.

More downtime

2006.09.16 will be down for a short while in the next week or so while some new disk is installed and set up. Owing to the busy schedule of my *ahem* colo provider (i.e. dancer_flight‘s closet) *cough*, I can’t say for sure when this downtime will happen, but it’ll probably be in the evening and last a couple of hours. During this time websites will be down and mail to addresses will be delayed.

There may also be a few brief (<5min) outages leading up to the upgrade.