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Network maintenance

The comming weekend there will be network maintenance done by the Internet Service Provider on the connections to the servers not hosted on http://www.jejik.com.

The affected servers are:

In the night from 31-05-2008 to 01-06-2008 there will be some connection problems.

Server and network upgrade completed

The upgrade to the subversion/bugzilla server has finally been completed. It took some more time than expected because I needed to order and wait for some HP parts for the server. The new cat6 network cables and 8-port gigabit switch have also been installed.

Subversion server and network upgrade

The subversion, bugzilla and package repository server may be temporarily offline during the coming week. The server is being upgraded with a 3Ware harwdare RAID card and two 500 Gb SATA disks. I am also rewiring my entire network with cat-6 cable and will install a gigabit ethernet switch.

All other services will remain unaffected.

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Here's an amazing video on YouTube from Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology of Kansas State University on what web 2.0 really is about: people. It's only a draft and the final version isn't expected to arrive until late Februaury, so be sure to leave your comments.

Streaming audio over TCP with python-gstreamer

by Sander Marechal

I've fallen in love with Python. I'm always on the lookout for a good excuse to learn a new programming language. So, when I wanted something that lets me play my music collection from my server to my stereo I took python for a good test drive. Anoher thing I wanted an excuse for was learning gstreamer, so naturally I picked python-gstreamer.

Sadly there's a huge lack of documentation for it.There are only a few good tutorials around, first and foremost Jona Bacon's excellent tutorials [1][2][3]. I wanted my hack to work over TCP as well, because I have multiple music libraries. One on my home server, one on my desktop, a bit more on my laptop, etcetera. I want to be able to stream from other machines to my server which I'll hook up to my stereo. I could not find any tutorials on using tcpserversource and tcpclientsink elements, so honoring Jona's request that everyone “should write an article about something that you have discovered that isn’t particularly well documented”, here's mine about tcpserversource and tcpclientsink.

Easy local and remote backup of your home network

by Sander Marechal

Updated on 2006-09-20 to add an exclude file and clear up some rsync confusion

I hate making backups by hand. It costs a lot of time and usually I have far better things to do. Luckily GNU/Linux comes with all the tools you need to backup your machines automatically and wide availability of broadband make it possible to have remote backups as well - to a friend's place for example.

This article will show you how to set up fast, fully automated local and remote backups for a small home network using standard GNU/Linux tools.