December 21, 2018
by dhoytt
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A Friday of Eclectic Old School and a Few new Songs

Trying to get back into the groove of things while I plow through some household chores while not feeling optimal with some old school a few new tunes mixed in ending up with a nice mellow mixture of jazz, R&B, blues, rock and pop with drops of reggae.

I updated my Windows OS music server that plays my mixes and my Linux system that runs my music relays plus a few other systems now time to be balanced and do some non-technical clean up and need to hear some tunes

Some of the artist that will be in this mix are YG, O’Jays, Ella Mai, Nickelback, Bootsy Collins, Darren Rahn, WC, Kylie Minogue so you can see it will be a very eclectic mix but I will try and make it flow.

December 20, 2018
by dhoytt
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Getting Set for New FreeNAS Hardware Build

Getting set for new first major rebuild of my NAS system in several years. I have updated drives, replaced motherboards with same generation motherboards, up-sized drives switched chassis even but always with similar hardware.  I will be swapping to a new chassis, motherboard, RAM, hard drives, CPU, SAS hard drive controller, backplane, cables, FreeNAS version and layout of storage usage. This will help as my build and organization became difficult to fully utilize my full capacity for virtualization iSCSI targets and what I was using for storage of multimedia, files and backups. I will also with the larger capacity drives have less spindles spinning, more efficient power supplies and less rack space taken.

Here’s what I have so far:

Chassis: Supermicro sc825 (hot swap backplane)

Motherboard: Supermicro X9DRi-LN4F

CPU’s: matched pair INTEL Xeon E5-2690 2.90Ghz

Memory: 4 X 8GB DDR3 PC3L-10600R 1333MHz 240pin 


Drive controller cables: Silverstone CPS06 600mm SFF-8643 to SFF-8087 w/ Sideband Thick Cable (SGPIO)

Hard Drives:  HGST Ultrastar He8 | HUH728080AL5200 | 0F23268 | 8TB SAS 12Gb/s 7200 RPM 128MB Cache 3.5″

Second power supply: SuperMicro 1U 1280W Power Supply PWS-1K28P-SQ

This is the chassis I picked up locally from a posting on Craigslist which had a pretty decent Supermicro x8dte-f motherboard , LSI SAS 9211-8i, a D33025 dual GB NIC, plus a Supermicro Mini-SAS pass thru cable (CBL-0167L). 

This is the front of the chassis with hot swap bays

This is what it looked like before on boot up.

This is the chassis stripped down ready for the new parts that are surrounding it

Normally it wouldn’t take very long to build this but my house is a mess as well as my work area and computer room so I will do some tidying up before starting my build. This is a build I have been putting off for a few years mainly trying to do this with my old chassis’s and trying to rebuild a more efficient room cooling component and switching those ideas around which is still on my radar along with switching away from old (Xenserver) to new virtualization (oVirt) Hypervisors and platform so stay tuned for that as well as I have those systems in house ready to build as well!

That’s it for now New build coming up plus transfer of data which is the real reason I needed to hurry with the NAS/FreeNAS build as a priority over other parts of the project.

August 21, 2018
by dhoytt
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A Quick Blast of Energetic Music Near Top of Hour

Blasting off with some strong steady beats then moving to high energy for about 2 hours or so then it’s back to the normal flow unless otherwise noted. I’m going to do some light treadmill work but you do whatever you feel with it!


A Little Master P, Eagles, Ice Cube, Rihanna, Dogg Pound, Too Short and more coming at yah!

June 18, 2018
by dhoytt
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Turning Over Garden

Getting set for garden turnover after early plants of mustard and lettuce bolted and went to seed. Now will try to plant the same but with a garden shade to protect from the Sacramento summer heat. Did some intense gardening over the weekend and Monday evening to remove the plants that went to seed plus some weeds now I’m ready to get some new plants in place.

May 20, 2018
by dhoytt
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Garden toTable Dinner

This is how I do my spring and summer dinners grabbing vegetables/herbs from the garden to the oven then the plate.

Today I have a mixture of different types of Swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, sweet basil, Thai basil, rosemary, mint,sweet purple onions and I’ll add salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne as my peppers aren’t ready yet.

Will throw the mix in a wok once I’m close to having my wood fired whole chicken ready.

I’ll be able to have leftovers off of this meal for a few days this week.

Swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, basil, onion, rosemary, mint getting prepped.

Swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, basil, onion, rosemary, mint chopped up.

Swiss Chard and Mints growing in garden.

Bush Beans in garden.

Cucumbers ready o be picked.

Big Boy Tomatoes, mints, sweet basil, Thai basil.

Bell Peppers, tomatoes and a need to weed.

More Swiss Chard, mustard greens, more mints, plus tops of purple onions to the left.

Collard greens. young basil plant in foreground, and young asparagus plan to the upper right.

Roma tomatoes with some immature chives.

Dozens of green cherry omatoes about to get ripe, more of my mint nemesis and another chives bunch.

Swiss chard, mustard greens, collards, basil, onion, rosemary, mint washed.Whole Chicken ready to go on my Traeger Grill.