So long, Farewell…

Tonight a long standing fear of mine came true. I have been running the wohlershome mail on an old Pentium 133 PC I have had running for at least 7 years. The box, named Sydney, has been humming along all that time with hardly any complaints. It was tossed together out of spare parts in an attempt to have a working computer that I could use during a very low point in my life. Sure the processor fan has died 4 or 5 times, and it has gone through at least 2 cd-rom drives. But the Seagate hard drives in it have been running like champs all that time never complaining. I can only pretend to know how those poor drives must have suffered over the years but they never complained. I have had a sinking feeling in my gut for months that it might be time to put the poor guy out to pasture, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I even sat down in july and built its replacement, but just couldnt put it in service. It has survived countles power failures, thanks to the trusty UPS that kept it happily humming along. Tonight we lost power for well over an hour. I headed up to check on it when I got home, which was about 40 minutes into the outage. To my happyness the UPS was still going and my little workhorse was hapily chugging along aware of the power outage, but not yet worried. Unfortunatly the outage lasted about 20 minutes to long, and Sydney as expected shutdown unatended all safe and sound. Ahh but nature has a cruel sense of humor and when power was finally restored, my dear old friend, my very first linux box ever had suffered a drive failure. 😥 No more will he happily serve up my email, no more will I see loving status logs telling me all is well in Sydney’s world. Sigh… It’s the end of an era. I will do my best to once again breathe life into his hard drives for one final logoff, but my hopes are not high. I still remember laying in my bedroom terribly depressed listening to the only MP3 I had at the time, the first MP3 I ever downloaded via linux on a 56K modem. (Tommy Henriksen – I See The Sun) I still remember the 1st time I got the matrix screen saver working on you. I remember the time spent trying to get diald to work. I still remember all of the fun I had creating a LIRC IR driver for him, and them using him to automatically set the clocks on the VCR. How sad that tonight the VCRs still sit here waiting for Sydney to reset them, a wait that may never end. Goodbye Sydney, you will be missed… Thank you for all the data, and the memories.

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