Screw you, Apple Watch. I just got back from a 45 minute outside walk, which you counted as only 5 exercise minutes even though I started a “workout”.

With work finally easing up a bit, I found some time to edit this video I recorded a few months back. In the video, I go through the process of adding a new disk to a Dell PowerEdge server and using it in VMware ESXi. Then I add a second disk and migrate to a RAID 1, and a third disk to migrate to a RAID 5, expanding the disk capacity along the way. All without rebooting the server.

Direct link (YouTube):

Neil Peart was one of the finest drummers I’ve ever heard. If you haven’t heard his solo of O Baterista, you’re missing out. Such an amazing talent lost…

Spending time tonight learning Final Cut Pro.  I’ve been meaning to try it out for years now, but never had a chance.  I downloaded the trial version a couple days ago to give it a go.  Loving it so far…


A “reasonable” configuration that I would configure if I was speccing my own desktop (16 core / 96GB / 2TB) comes in at just under $10k.


The $64000 question of how much a fully specced-out Mac Pro costs is actually not far from the truth. It’s $52,748. ($500 more for the rackmount)


It’s not everyday you see 1.8 GB/s long enough to grab a screenshot.  Copying 122 GB of files from a Thunderbolt SSD RAID to the internal NVMe.

Screen Shot 2019 12 03 at 3 23 31 PM


While I’m disappointed in the stability issues plaguing macOS Catalina and iOS 13, it’s impressive to see how rapidly Apple is pushing bug fixes recently.  


Spent the last two days at The Ohio Linux Fest. The last time I attended had maybe 150 attendees back in 2005. Now they have over 700 people registered and several conference tracks. Great to see the growth.

Seems that 32GB is no longer enough RAM for an iOS development box.  I do have a 4GB virtual machine running that is “extra”, but I’m 11GB into swap even after closing some stuff out.  Xcode alone is using over 6GB of RAM.  


A Silent Forest in Central Michigan (reddit)

This past weekend the autumn colors were at their peak.  I captured this while on a hike with a Canon 5D Mark IV and 16-35mm f4L IS lens. 

Central Michigan Autumn Forest


*Rubs hands together* Wooo!! I’ve been configuring servers for months, and finally picked the perfect setup.

Ordered this Dell R6515 with a 16 core/32 thread AMD EPYC 2 CPU, 128GB of RAM, and 6TB of raw SSD storage. Can’t wait to see what it can do.