“I don’t even consider it heckling unless they stab me.”

— Rowdy-no-more Roddy Piper, stand-up comedian

Cheesecake Champloo 22

Theme: “just cleaning out the leftovers again”.


Old NAS blues…

One thing I’m doing with the new Synology NAS is making sure that everything is successfully migrated from my ancient Infrant ReadyNAS NV+.

There are two basic reasons for this:

  1. The NV+ uses a non-standard power supply, and both of the ones we had at the office eventually burned out, requiring a temporary swap of mine until the data could be retrieved and migrated elsewhere. Mine’s still good, but if it goes…

  2. While the firmware has been updated to cope with the most famous SMB security hole, it’s otherwise an ancient version of Debian on a custom SPARC chip, and even with the RAM upgraded to 1GB, it’s painfully slow at serving up files. It has decent write speeds, but when it comes time to get your terabyte of data back off, it takes forever, especially if you’ve got lots of little files.

I figure the copies should finish by the weekend. Maybe. On the bright side, it’s so slow that the Synology has plenty of bandwidth left to handle copies of every other old drive in the house…


After letting it chug along overnight, it’s averaging a steady 2 MB/s. With 500 GB to go, that’s just about 3 more days. This is so ridiculous that I had to double-check that it really is getting a full-duplex gigabit connection and not falling back to something like 10-megabit/half. No, it’s not the network; it’s just that mind-bogglingly slow. When this is all done, I’m going to reset it to factory defaults and do some testing.

Screw it, it’s sneakernet time!

I grabbed a spare 1TB USB drive, formatted it as EXT3, mounted it on the old ReadyNAS, and told it to back up the largest of the volumes (301 GB). It’s rapidly catching up to the aborted rsync job. As a bonus, the built-in backup job uses Perl. 😜


The 301 GB sneakernet finished considerably faster than the rsync job, and my other ReadyNAS just took a few hours, so I now have all my eggs in one basket.

And my basket is now running: find . -not -name '.*' -type f -size +4096 -print0 | xargs -0 md5sum to figure out just how much duplication there is in the ~6 TB of files (not counting the 2 TB of Acronis, SuperDuper, and Time Machine images…). I figure there will be at least six copies of this video:

Update: nine copies of it. 😊

Overflowing Museum of Cheesecake: Saaya

Cheesecake galleries come and go, but one that’s built up a fine collection is Ōmoriagari Gravia Kan, which can very loosely be translated to “Overflowing Museum of Cheesecake”.

As a change of pace from the usual Gelbooru roundups, I decided to occasionally feature some of the flesh-and-blood women collected there.

First up is 24-year-old Saaya Irie, who’s been a busty bikini model for 13 years now. Yes, I mean age 11. No, those pictures aren’t on my list.


With apologies to John Denver…

🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶
Well, flyover country’s kinda laid back,
Ain’t much an old Deplorable like me can’t hack.
Grab a couple guns, toss ’em in the back.
Thank God for the NRA.

Well, inanimate objects never did me no harm,
There’s no one in my family afraid of a firearm.
Eddie Eagle says ‘kids, it’s not a magic charm’.
Thank God for the NRA.

Well, I got me a rifle to make the Left piddle,
With the black scary parts that all do very little.
Logic’s wasted on a mob that needs committal.
Thank God for the NRA.


When the shootin’s done and the guns are aglow,
I pull out my cleanin’ kit and give ’em all a go,
Lock ’em in the safe where I keep the fresh ammo,
And thank God for the NRA.

I’d do Mozambique drills all day if I could,
’Cause the wife says it scares hippies from our neighborhood.
But unlike them I’ve a job, pay’s pretty good.
So thank God for the NRA.

Well, I got me a rifle to make the Left piddle,
With the black scary parts that all do very little.
Logic’s wasted on a mob that needs committal.
Thank God for the NRA, woo-hoo!


Well, I wouldn’t trade my guns for diamonds or jewels,
I never was one of them bunny-huggin’ fools.
Rather have my rifle and my loadin’ tools.
Thank God for the NRA.

Yeah, city folk spittin’ on Army and Marine,
A lotta sad losers thinkin’ that’s a-mighty keen.
People they can’t understand, they gotta demean.
Thank God for the NRA.

Well, I got me a rifle to make the Left piddle,
With the black scary parts that all do very little.
Logic’s wasted on a mob that needs committal.
Thank God for the NRA, yessir!


Well, my rifle was my daddy’s till the day he died,
And he took me by the hand, held me close to his side.
Said, “Live a good life, shoot the rifle with pride,
and thank God for the NRA”.

Well, my daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle,
Taught me how to work and play a tune on the fiddle,
Taught me that with lib’rals, ya lead ’em just a little—
And thank God for the NRA.

Well, I got me a rifle to make the Left piddle,
With the black scary parts that all do very little.
Logic’s wasted on a mob that needs committal.
Woo! Thank God for the NRA, yeah!
🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶

Hilarity ensued

In Newman, Goergia, a tiny group of peaceful Nazis were once again severely outnumbered by ready-to-rumble Communists, assorted hangers-on, and bored cops.

The bad news? “There were only 10 reported arrests” (of Commie thugs wearing masks).

700 cops from 42 agencies, hundreds of protestors, and about 20 Nazis.

Synology DS918+ quick notes

Just bought a new NAS for home, and decided on a Synology DS918+ with 4 10TB drives ($539 + 4 x $310). Why not another ReadyNAS? A combination of price and vague dissatisfaction with the ones I’ve used in the past; I may write that up sometime.

Why not FreeNAS? Because I didn’t feel like building one from scratch right now (as much as I like the idea of a ZFS-based NAS), and the prebuilt unit we once bought from iXsystems ended up going back due to being a piece of junk. Both Synology and ReadyNAS use BTRFS as their filesystem format these days, which offers a lot of what you get with ZFS without the need to occasionally resort to command-line incantations. (“Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That!”)

Drive installation was painless (simple snap-in hot-swap trays), and while I found the “desktop” web GUI a bit overdone, everything works well. The biggest annoyance was figuring out which of the “private cloud” packages to add, because they recently changed all that, resulting in some confusion. (short version: only install the Drive package and desktop/mobile clients, and open TCP ports 5000, 5001, and 6690; also use the builtin LetsEncrypt support and set everything to require SSL)

The “EZ-Internet” cloud/firewall config was useless; it’s just a UPnP wrapper, and when it realized that it couldn’t auto-configure my OpenBSD router, the only help it offered was “hey, you should open some ports”, with no indication of which ones were actually required for the installed packages (see above).

Side note: I was amused and pleased that Drive, their latest, greatest personal cloud solution, required installing the Perl package. 😜

I went with their ‘hybrid’ RAID config, SHR-1, because it resizes better when you add more drives or swap in larger drives. This gives me 26 TB in usable space (9.1 * 3 - overhead), which is plenty for now. Down the road, if when media, disk images, and automated backups start to fill that up, I’ll add the DX517 expansion chassis and another 5 10TB drives and bring it up to 52 TB usable.

If you’re following along at home, you may wonder why adding 5 drives doesn’t give closer to 70 TB, and the answer is paranoia. SHR-1 uses a single parity drive, which means you can only afford to lose one disk. This is generally not a huge problem if you have a spare on-hand and swap it in immediately, but there’s a non-trivial risk that another drive will fail while the first one is rebuilding.

If you think about it, this is even more likely when you buy all your RAID disks at once from the same manufacturing batch, so you really want two parity disks and a hot spare, so that the system can start rebuilding as soon as one disk fails, and can survive losing another one during the rebuild. Having only one data disk in a four-disk chassis isn’t terribly useful, so for now I’m running in a cheaper, less-paranoid configuration. When I’m sure that I like the Synology enough to really rely on it, I’ll buy the expansion and convert the RAID to SHR-2 with a hot spare. And buy a cold spare disk as well.

Additional performance enhancements I can add include bonding the two 1-gigabit ports together, bumping the memory (official max 8GB, but there are reports that 16GB works), and adding SSD cache drives. That last is specifically why I chose the 918+, since it has a pair of M.2 slots on the bottom, and some of their other models require you to buy an expansion card first.

Building the volume was quick, but it took ~16.25 hours to run the initial parity consistency check, so performance was sub-optimal until that finished. The GUI was occasionally a bit sluggish during that time.

Next up: setting up dedicated Time Machine volumes for the Macs and testing their Windows backup client.

Oh, and I named it Index.


First Time Machine backup complete. Just because I was curious how well it would work, I backed up 425 GB over wireless, which took about 7.5 hours.


Just got a push-poll on my cellphone for a Democrat running for the state Senate. Tried to persuade me by supporting illegals and higher taxes, and opposing Trump and the NRA. You could say that it succeeded in pushing me, but not in the direction she’d like.

Use my pronouns, or else!

I’d say all the cool kids are doing it, but I’d have to leave out the “cool” part…

  1. Ham
  2. Mustard
  3. Rye
  4. Toast
  5. Bacon

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