All posts by Matthias Scheler

Moving House

One of the weird rituals of modern life is moving house:

  • You put all your belongings into dozens of boxes and turn a comfortable home into a storehouse.
  • You anxiously watch the removers loading the boxes on a lorry wondering whether you will ever see your stuff again.
  • At the new residence you try frantically to make sure that the hundreds of boxes (Where on earth did all those extra boxes come from?) end up in the correct room. At the end your new home looks like storehouse, too.
  • You spend the next few weeks of your life with moving around boxes, searching them and never finding what you are actually looking for.
  • After years you are finally down to a few boxes that need to be unpacked. The memory of the hassle and pain has faded and you become bold: you decide to move again.

The last few days Silke and I went through this ritual again. We were lucky (this time) and things didn’t go too bad. Our new dishwasher hasn’t been delivered so far and British Telecom took their time to get our A-DSL working. Besides that we are happy though exhausted. And we hope that this was the last move … at least for several years.

Movie of the Week: Stardust

After spending most of the last two days putting our stuff into boxes Silke and I decided we had earned a break. We went to the movies after dinner and watched Stardust.

It is hard to say what kind of movie it is. I would personally call it a Romantic Fantasy Adventure Comedy. It is however very easy to like it: a nice story, good special effects, lots of humour and actors at their best make it really enjoyable. Especially Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro are brilliant.

Seagate FreeAgent Pro

While searching for an external harddisk to replace my broken DAT streamer I found the Seagate FreeAgent Pro. Because the price of the 750GB version seemed to be reasonable and reviews on the Internet suggested that the noise emission is low I ordered one online.

The harddisk arrived yesterday and I tried it out on the same day. The case looks nice enough and appears to be robust. It starts glowing when you power up the disk and connect it to a computer. The light effect results in a high WAF according to my wife. I would personally have prefered a full size USB socket on the case but its micro USB socket works fine so far. And last but not least: the harddisk works fine with my server.

After partitioning and formatting the drive (newfs -i 1048576 saves a lot of time when you create a 698GB filesystem under NetBSD) I started my backup script. Three hours and over 150GB later I had a complete backup. Copying the most important filesystems (about 25GB) to the DAT streamer would have taken twice as long. And there is still free space for three more backups on the external harddisk.

Overall I’m happy with FreeAgent Pro. It works fine, offers a lot of diskpace and isn’t noisy.