22 November, 2015

Migrate to Open Media Vault (OMV) NAS

My Ubuntu server crash last month for unknown reason. After some investigation finding out Ubuntu the latest update break the server, I am trying to get it restores hard. Almost 80% of my data in the main drive corrupted even when running RAID 1 setup. It is unimaginable update can do so much damage.

I decided to gave up reinstalling Ubuntu server since I have to reconfigure remote access and reinstall most of the software again. Why not just jump into NAS OS this time. FreeNAS doesn't work well for me previously so I tried Rockstor. However, it didn't work as well for some reason trying to get the installer to load. Without wasting too much time finding solution. I made final choice going look back at Open Media Vault (OMV).

The OMV installation was fast and easy to set up, this time I decided to install directly into 160GB SATA HDD which I plan to migrate into SSD drive in the future once solving the hard disk space issue first. The only problem I encounter was OMV plugins were somewhat limited. This is due to the copyright related so you have to find another way. OMV Extra. Once installed, those removed plugins will be made available.

So far the OMV is running great after I am familiar with the configurations and testing.The only thing I will be avoiding is updating and delaying at least three or one month cycle before applying. This is just to avoid having another unexpected crash.

07 November, 2015

Back to Square One (Again)

Probably starting this month I may have more time on blogging. There are a lot of topics in mind still pending to start writing. It just my back pain is holding me off quite often than ever and can’t sit too long. The existing chair is so lousy built and needed to get replace with more comfortable chair. That will be when the Salebration begin next month on 19th.

Now, what going on with my life? Bad. Local companies are suffering and now all about retrenchment. Ours no exception and recently our department get targeted, it's not so good news. I didn't join the meeting, however, according to my colleagues. The conversation is stupid and one of the head want majority of us to start doing sales. I myself already had trouble keeping track on the current jobs. Not to mention I originally hired as IT Support Technician and there's no account for successful income sales. So what's in for me then?

All I can say, most of us will be out of jobs sooner or later if there's no business improvement coming beginning next year. For me becoming unemployed going to be problem because I got no IT certification except previous Windows Server 2012 training I took upon myself. Having just only skills is not enough and it's time to step ahead taking CompTIA A+ exam. It's a risk, this is why I decided go slowly on reading and find more study material online for a while choosing the right timing next year taking the exam since CompTIA updated in the official website with new A+ exam code.

10 October, 2015

Money Control Year

Well, definitely not a good year for almost everyone. Brunei oil and gas business hit even hard harder every month and price of the foods rise at grocery stores. Trying to fight hard on saving and made a good decision not to travel. Fuck I missed Japan trip!

Nobody knows when you might be next jobless victim. So better regret the fun at the moment and start having backup money in the bank are best option. Despite working a lot of effort putting money into the saving every months and less spending on toys. Both August and September took almost half just from car servicing. Damn, always these two months every year. I definitely got stress out pretty bad by it.

My mom especially is freaking stubborn and sometimes deserved some scolding to wake her up. The worst one was trying to force my nephew gave up his SG50 Lego set by giving to me. I am seriously loss of words finding out and really put me in a bad position as an uncle who only want to know if his school can made any purchase. It is unimaginable my mother would do such a thing. She just lucky my brother didn't find out about this.

Another issue is she just can't stop talking about how I missed my trip to Japan. I'm not sure if she already old or probably just stays too long in Singapore without realizing our situation in Brunei now. I just avoid her and walk off when she starts repeating the shits. Although its rude to your own mother, it has to be done from time to time avoiding family quarrels. I already had my goal in mind getting a house. Misses my travel or not, doesn't matter anymore when you got no roof of your own.

03 September, 2015

Missed HG Customize Parts Campaign Summer 2015 at Hobby Link japan

If you want to get Bandai HG Customize Parts campaign stuffs, look no further only Hobby Link Japan happen to have this promotion that offer to international customers. The third campaign finally started on August 17th. Nope I didn't manage to get any damn single out of it. You see this happen when these customize parts ran out before they packed mine. Yes, disappointed to know. But what pissed me off HLJ actually already started offering on August 8th even the graphic logo listed the exact date and put up on 17th! What the fuck?
I really lost of words and find this very upset they kept this promotion quiet while making majority waiting and browsed for the news everyday wondering the third campaign going to happen or not. Not only it pissed me off and began to question why 17th? They said because it was traditional Obon holiday (three days) and the announcement was delay. I call that bullshit excuses and the fuck we subscribe newsletter service for? Traditional Obon holiday celebrate on August 15th (wiki) and will last for three days. So what happen during 10 to 14th then?
Let's be frank about this, we all can see global economic problem does indeed affect Gundam model kits sales and has been slow down this year including those new released lines. Not only that, P-Bandai exclusive are spoiling the market itself too. You will notice if you browse the pages every few days or easy way, type HGUC or HG in the search. The list of the new released and old Gunpla stocks numbers hardly running out of stocks even after the campaign ended.
My opinions on this, probably a marketing stunt to find way clearing high volume stocks stuck in their warehouse. You see, the past two campaigns last two to three weeks and I hardly able to choose which kits to buy as majority run out of stock. The third campaign, so much in stock kit's selection and closed only less than 5 days (17th to 21st). If the promotion originally started on 8th, either they found the sales were slow during that time and the remaining HG customize parts already given out almost dry since we are talking about three parts for each HG purchase. I myself would find this golden opportunity card push to clear the stocks and make sure the “This campaign is only good as long as our stock of packets lasts!” slogan were used to protect them from hot head customer like me. Smart move.
Of course, I may be wrong. This is just speculating and no prove at all of their wrong doing. Even if it happens what I wrote above, well, they got right to do that. Still, I find this case so rare they would stay quiet and delay announce this campaign for such respectable online shop with lots of loyal customers base. I never had any problem with them before but this is the first time making me so mad wasting my money purchasing from a campaign period (the day they open) that gets nothing in return. The way they handle this announcement just wrong and left me speechless. There won't be next time blindly rush to purchase like that. Thanks to that, I actually brought wrong Nemo version. Arggg!
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