new gizmo to help with future problems
My helper Rich stopped by the "colocation facility" where BookMooch sits, and today installed a new gizmo onto the BookMooch server, which I wanted to tell you about. The server was down about 30 minutes today as this was done, and I also backed everything up for good measure.
Every once in a while (maybe once or twice a year) "something weird" happens on the BookMooch server. Perhaps the operating system crashes, or a network card suddenly "goes bad" and we moochers have to wait until Rich drives out to see what is on the screen.
Back in August, Rich hurried back from a wedding one sunday to solve one such random problem, staying up until about 3am to resolve it (and then off to his day job on monday!).
The new gizmo we just put in is a "remote KVM", ie this:
and it allows me, from home, to see what's on the BookMooch server's screen, even if the entire machine has crashed. It's essentially a very, very long cable to the keyboard and screen on that server. Pretty neat!
That hopefully means that I won't have to get Rich to get out of bed as often.
So... my thanks to those of you who "give a little" http://bookmooch.com/m/give_a_little , as that's where the funds for the few hundred dollars to buy this gizmo came from.
A few of you previously said you wanted to send Rich a "thank you" for his help these past years.
Even if it's just a postcard with a few lines of unreadable scrawl, or some chocolate to placate his wife for all the late nights he's been away to solve some mooch emergency, I know he'd appreciate it.
If you feel moved to send something, post it to mooch headquarters at:
BookMooch (attn: little helper)
454 Las Gallinas Ave #142
San Rafael CA 94903