avoid GoDaddy

I have long disliked GoDaddy because using their web site to purchase a domain name is an atrocious experience. It makes me feel dirty and used, like GoDaddy cares more about my credit card info than me. Years ago, I transferred all the domains I manage to eNom and I’ve been quite pleased. My distaste for GoDaddy has been personal until today. It was recently discovered that GoDaddy allows employees to compete with their clients in domain name auctions. Rather than detail the problems with GoDaddy as a registrar, allow me to refer you to NoDaddy.

install public ssh keys on remote servers

I have SSH access to many hundreds of servers and am regularly needing to log into new systems. My SSH key is available via ssh-agent thanks to the ssh-agent script I wrote. To make good use of ssh-agent, my SSH public key needs to be installed on the remote servers. I have had to do this often so today I polished up a shell script that automates the installation of your ssh key on remote servers. It is now fit for mass consumption.

Shapely lies

As part of my “get into a shape” project, I rode my Schwinn World Avenue One to work today. I spent a fair bit of time route planning and drove numerous routes with the Jetta during the last month. I found several good choices, all about the same distance, 10 miles. This morning I hopped on my bike and rode off into the 47° drizzling grey morning. I arrived at work in almost exactly the time I expected, 40 minutes. I based my math on an average speed of 15mph and was quite pleased at realizing my goal.

The sense of accomplishment was not to last. I had fallen prey to the greatest of cyclist delusions. When a cyclist happens to be catching a small but favorable wind, the typical response is something like, “wow, I’m feeling particularly vigorous today.” During all my exploratory drives in the Jetta and during the ride into downtown this morning, I had failed to notice the elevation changes. It turns out that riding into town is pretty much downhill the entire way. The ride home was painful. And slower. Much slower.

Psychiatry worth reading

 Man\'s Search for Meaning

Freud’s psychiatry has never held much appeal to me. When I read Freud, I labor my way through because I simply don’t see the world the way he does. I suspect that a substantial portion of mentally healthy humans feel similarly and look elsewhere for psychiatry that is insightful and meshes with their life experience.

Viktor Frankl is one such psychiatrist. I recently read Man’s Search for Meaning. Like the hundreds of other reviewers on Amazon and Audible.com, I enjoyed the book and his perspective. Viktor shares a tremendous amount of insight into humanity that would be difficult to come by without his incredibly vast amount of life experience. This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the essence of humanity.

kill-a-watt

Kill-A-WattI’ve finally bought a Kill-A-Watt. Of course, I’ve been running around plugging stuff into it to see how much juice various items use.

  • 252 W: Halogen Lamp
  • 150 W: iMac 24″ under load
  •  95 W : iMac 24″ at idle
  •  80 W : Home build file server**
  •  50 W : 20″ Apple LCD display (2W sleep)
  •  48 W : 20″ Viewsonic LCD display (1W sleep)
  •  45 W : iMac 24″ at idle, display in “sleep” mode
  •  30 W : Two disk Firewire 800 enclosure
  •  25 W : Lamp with 25W Compact Florescent bulb
  •  24 W : MacBook Pro 15″
  •  05 W : Netgear GS108 8-port Gigabit Switch
** I’m very proud of how little power my file server consumes. I went out of my way to reduce power (and heat dissipation) everywhere I could. Housed in an Antec P180b case is a Core 2 Duo T5500 CPU, Corsair 85% efficient modular power supply, 4GB of RAM, Compact Flash boot disk, 2 Gigabit Ethernet, a pair of mirrored 500GB disks, and a 300GB disk. I clocked down the CPU, reduced fan speeds, run powerd to reduce the CPU speed even more, and used smartd to spin down disks that aren’t in use. 
And that halogen lamp?  It’s gone.