Can a person have too many computers?

I built myself a Gentoo server some time ago now but I have never used it to its full potential. It has certainly been useful as far as learning experiences go but it spends most of its time powered down. My problem would seem to be my attachment to my windows machine. It still runs all the 24/7 services I need and all I do is turn the speakers and monitors off when I don't need it.

I could transfer some of the services over to the server and power down the windows machine. The problem then comes when I need to access the server with the windows machine offline. The servers keyboard and mouse commands are routed across the network from the windows machine and the Gnome GUI is useless without windows machine being on.

I could buy a hardware KVM switch but they are not as flexible as the software KM switch that is synergy. The downside to synergy is that is appears that its development has been stalled for over 12 months.

I'm now unsure how to configure my environment. The windows machine is the primary games machine apart from that its functions can be moved over to Linux. I have a crt connected to my server but an LCD with a free VGA port. I could retire the CRT and save some desk space and power but it is extra screen there if I wish to review alot of information at once.

My reasoning behind this current post/thought process is that summer is on the way and my computers do produce quite a bit of heat in a small room. While this was great during the colder months it is not so welcome during the warmer ones.

For along time I under used my laptop as I tried to get it setup with Gentoo. It has now reached a stage where I am somewhat happy with the result. It is a nicely configured mobile computing platform. It is because of the setup on the laptop that the Gentoo install on the server is under used.

The solution might be to retask the server, give it a more specific role and make it a headless box once again. It's a shame the ideal solution hasn't yet presented itself. It would save me a great amount of time if it did.

Time for another update

It has been many weeks since my last post, as usual I have been busy with many things and often away from net access. So time for a little news. The site has been upgraded to the latest version of wordpress. Given that its taken me less than a week to apply an upgrade isn't bad for me.

The upgrade didn't go exactly to plan however. I decided I would investigate what was taking up about 35 Megs of server space. It turned out that all the email I recieve through this domain had correctly been forwarded to my other email account, but also had a copy sitting on the server. Over 4500 emails mainly spam needed to be deleted and here the problems started. Not content with being able to delete 20 items at a time i decided to try 999. It appeared to start well, then DN vanished. The server decided it wouldn't serve the site any more. Ok, 5 mins and it should be back up I thought; try more like 15-20. As you can imagine when something like this happens it is natural to have a slight panic, I was considering what to say to the hosting provider in the morning should things still be unresolved. In the end DN came back to life, I could relax and you could once again enjoy a site that might not get another post for the best part of a month. On the email removal front removing a smaller quantity at a time allowed me to clear the backlog.

Over the past few days I have been working on a little configuration guide for a Gentoo emerge logging feature. It's for my own reference really but I think I might add it as a page and share with you out there in internet land. Then there is also my iptables firewall script which may make it onto the site one day but needs more work first.

I don't have any major plans to overhaul the site at this time, its too time consuming to do that. If I can get into the right frame of mind I might make a few tweaks to a few areas, the links page could do with more than two links to Dilbert.