Wow, the web server has stayed up all on its own for the last week now. However, it matters not, because I have bought a "new" server off eBay. In Tekky speak for a moment, this thing has dual Xeon processors running at 2.4Ghz (since the current machine runs at 800MHz, that should be fast!), 4GB RAM (current machine has 1GB), a pair of 36GB hard drives. The current machine has three hard drives configured in a RAID5 array, which is nice. The new one has larger disks, plus has onboard RAID capability. So only two disks, but I can live with RAID0 no problem.
Of course, it is second hand so we'll have to see how impressive it is when it finally arrives... Fingers crossed, and all for eighty-five quid!
Aside from this I should mention another business purchase recently. For ages my colour laser has been giving me jip when it comes to printing. A shame because whilst I get the feeling that the problem is quite small, I've had trouble in the past with people being willing to fix printers, far cheaper just to buy a new one. The problem is that although I hardly ever print stuff out, when I do print things out it is important stuff and I really don't want to be faffing around. Now, I'd resolved to live with this, until Jacqueline took us to Staples one day. There, I saw a small Samsung device which was not only a colour laser printer, but also a scanner, copier, fax too. And not only did it come network-ready, it was wireless. This looked brilliant since it would mean I could dump two printers - the laser and a small inkjet all-in-one I bought so I could send faxes - and still have the added bonus of siting this thing nowhere near a computer. So, as soon as some money was available, I bought one. Not from Staples, of course, they're far too expensive for me. I set the printer up on the wireless network (five minutes to basically just change its IP address), and all the other setup I could do from its built-in web site. Really easy.
And the final bonus, this thing now sits in the hallway under the telephone table. So there's less clutter in the office and less far to walk if I happen to be working elsewhere in the house. Not bad printouts either! If anyone is interested the model number is CLX-3175FW, and the cheapest place I found was at lambda-tek.com
A very tekky post indeed!