Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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August 5th, 2012

@ataraxite Cheers. The “death of father” episode will trigger a lot of weirdness. Spring may provide the best time, I think.

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@ataraxite I do want to finish the “50 to 50” series, but the next one will be extremely challenging to write and I’m not quite ready.

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So, thuis data cloning is taking much, much longer than expected. Methinks “Patch Monday” will be recorded tomorrow morning now.

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 113: Slow clones and their delays” stilgherrian.com/weekly-wrap/11…

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RT @ThomBus: Probably changes in write speed due to disk geometry pcguide.com/ref/hdd/geom/t… [That’d fit the observed behaviour, yes. Thanks.]

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For reasons best known to itself, the HDD has now decided it’ll take 5 hours to zero out, not 3. Lazy sod.

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@elronxenu Trust me, if I could use SATA or eSATA I would, but I’m working off an old loaner MacBook until all this jiggery-pokery is done.

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Zeroing out at 750MB hard drive on USB 2.0: 3 hours, just begun. Sigh. It’s needed after killing a dd run mid-stream.

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I’ll need a fresh “Patch Monday” podcast topic, I think. Material on DevOps recorded Friday needs fleshing out, and that’ll take time.

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For the record, initial Time Machine backup of ~450GB boot drive over USB 2.0: 6 to 7 hours. Encrypting 1TB USB drive: 23 hours.

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@juhasaarinen I’ve been plagued by a series of unrelated hard drive failures and other hardware problems. And it just takes ages over USB.

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Sun plan: Confirm Time Machine backups working OK; clone boot drive, confirm OK; produce “Patch Monday” podcast; reassemble MacBook Pro.

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Hello, Sunday. The long, tedious and often error-prone procedure of cloning hard drives continues. To my credit, no-one has been stabbed.

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