Tanha, Part 3

Here at 118 Henry Street, we are very accustomed to the regular interruption of amenities that most normal people assume invariant. Sometimes, these interruptions are planned, other times, they are a..ahem..surprise. Hot water (twice actually), electricity, A/C, these are all potentially impermanent in an old house, under restoration, in a old neighborhood, in a small town.

We debate “Which would you rather”. E.g., “Would you rather do without hot water for 3 days or electricity?” When it comes to our computers and the internet, ‘bout everyone in these parts would rather do without water for a day then our technology. In fact, we could go without a refrigerator for a long while if it meant keeping the internet up. Washer/dryer vs. internet might be a tougher choice…

Our computers, as we’ve mentioned before, are as much an integrated part of our family routine, history, and daily life as bathing every day. Today, this day, we have 1.79Tb (1 Terabyte = 1000 Gigabytes) of photos, movies, DeShawn swimming videos, music, documents, diagrams, blog posts, all of Carole’s grants and lesson plans for the last 12 years, etc. etc. etc. Our entire intellectual property is in digital form, and by design, on our server.

In this digital regard, I suspect, we are more like other modern families than it may first appear. The biggest difference may only be my sustained anxiety about the “hard drive failure” thingy.

With the imminent demise, earlier this year, of our home server and subsequent digital extinction, my obsession vision for a Tibetan server cabinet would be supplanted, attention, budget, and all, with the need for new server hardware. The desire for a piece of custom furniture was replaced with the purchase of several digit dollar’s worth of hard drives, disk controllers, motherboard, etc.

Thus, the genesis of HONNE.

We did splurge a little for a top-of-the-line chassis

Relevant to our discussion, the most notable feature of this server was 4 (count’em behind the red toggle slots) 2.5” 1Tb hard drives for data storage. One, very easy, way to decrease the potential bummer from the “hard drive failure” thingy is to spread your data across multiple hard drives, “spindles” as we call them in our biz. On HONNE, we used “RAID5” (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) to minimize the impact of any single hard drive failing.

Never could we tolerate the loss of digital information as important as:

The forever classic, “My Couch”

With a couple weekends of concerted effort, totally ignoring the sewing room project, and gutting the budget for my Tibetan server cabinet, our network was finally stable, our data safe for a while longer.

Still, the obsession vision persisted…