Archive for May, 2006
I got an opportunity to take the XSR offline last week to do some fine tunning. That I ‘tuned’ a system is a gas in and of itself but there is a fairly straightforward document on apple’s site that talks through performance tuning quite well. One of their suggestions I ended up passing on when first setting the SAN up a couple of weeks ago was their suggestion to move metadata information to the twin controller on the unit and specifically to have on one LUN on each controller.
I had some time this week and I ended up doing just that. Prior I had two LUNS on my left controller; one was data and one was the quorum drive for the cluster. I popped out the RAID 1 set that was the quorum drive and moved it physically over to the other controller.
I did notice a difference. I don’t have any hard numbers but it definately was a percentage up in performance. Write time was exceptionally fast during peak times (even more so that when I had both data and quorum drives on the same controller). The end result is that I would highly recommend it for a configuration and I would also recocmmend just 1 LUN per contoller (another recocmmendation from apple).
Spring is here and we are a day into final’s week. As a student this time of the year was spent pretty much as one continual day with several nights of going till at least 3 or four in the morning. Capping it all off was a 12 hour drive to InterVarsity’s camp in the U.P. of Michicagan called Cedar Campus for chapter camp; a week of fun, training and planning for the following year. Some of my more fonder memories of my student days was doing a retreat of silence (ROS) on the first day of the week. Before getting into the busy week of chapter camp we would spend three hours in total silence and just observing nature. It was a good time to unwind from the week and really ease into Chapter Camp and the summer.
As part of a sunday school on time, we spent the Sunday School hour this week wandering around the trail and enjoying some great weather. Click on the photo below for some shots from that time that I took with a friend’s camera.
From our friends over at dof…
What if V for vendetta were put on by Seasame street?
http://voanews.com/english/2006-05-04-voa75.cfm has an interesting quasi-quote from the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. The specific text reads:
Secretary Rumsfeld responded that U.S. forces in Iraq during the war used chemical suits because they also believed Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, because of the intelligence reports and because he had used such weapons before. He also said allegations that officials lied to justify the war are ‘untrue,’ and that such charges are ‘destructive’ of the trust needed in a democracy.
Aidan and I were sitting there watching the news and the longer quote had Mr. Rumsfeld going on ad-nauseum about how one needs to trust the government and to not question the decisions of the government; such questioning in his mind is ‘destructive’. The above article doesn’t do the quote justice because he was just agast as the protestor left and started out with a comment about that being what is wrong with our government. Questioning government, in his mind, is destructive behavior because the government has your best interest in mind.
Putting aside politics, the fact that the current administration seems to be the darling of evangelical Christians, and the very noble notion that being loyal in a time of war is a good thing (I agree), that sentiment is the most facist thing I’ve heard coming out of the government up until this point. President Bush has said at several points that he wishes to run his administration like a business. If an employee were to come out at a place of employment and say something so anthetical to the mission of the group their head would roll; I think the same treatment should be given to such statements.
I turned to Aidan and told him that it is his bound duty as a both an American, a Juvinall , and (potentially) a follower of Christ to respect authority, love your country, and step in and be aware of government. ‘Question government…always.’ I said. He asked for more hot dogs.