Archive for September, 2008

Dell 2650, CentOS, and more than 4G of RAM

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

For those of you who might be running into the same problem I was with using CentOS’s PAE kernel to support more than 4G of RAM – where the system would crash during the boot process – the solution is to upgrade the firmware for the RAID controller. You can find firmware for the PERC (Dell’s rebranded Adaptec RAID controller) on Dell’s web site – it requires two floppy disks and is a self-extracting archive that will write itself to the floppies. Those of you like me who haven’t been keeping floppy drives in your computers will be happy to know that a external USB floppy drive works just fine for writing the firmware.

For those of you who don’t know what that audio is *of*..

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Me and Tory were part of a experimental live electronica band called Mischief Committee. I won’t hype our single album here, since it’s already linked elsewhere in this blog.. he came down from Seattle to spend the weekend with me, and we did a jam session.. that audio is the first time me and Tory have played together in more than two years, and I think we were suprisingly tight – we are making up pretty much everything as we go along, improvisational-style.. I’m not sure what genre of electronic music what we did would fall under, although I think some of it would definately be trance and other bits might be d-n-b and other bits glitch..

Music from housewarming party jam session

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

So, you couldn’t make it to our housewarming party but you’re really wanting to hear what went down? or you DID make it, and you loved that impromptu drum-n-bass version of Axel F so much that you want to use it for a ringtone? Well, have no fear, because – for the first time ever – I actually captured non-distorted audio – which is *not* full of high frequency noise – and in general doesn’t suck.

So, check it out at I have to say, even when I was editing it down to find the good bits (avoid the 255 meg file, unless you actually want sound from the *entire* party including music between sets) I was pretty much thinking it didn’t suck.