Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Leonard LinStorage Update

I have two Terastations (0.7TB @ RAID-5). My original RAID-5 file server got wiped out (two simultaneous drive failures).

Building a new storage system (0.8TB @ RAID-1) using external SATA drives w/ different drive brands from different stores (and accordingly, hopefully different production runs).

The biggest thing to take away from this is proper backups, which I’ll be trying to create a usable solution for. 9 years ago

Leonard LinPut off for a bit

by buying a cheap 200GB HD (<$90 if those rebates work) and a $40 USB2.0 enclosure.

This and going through and deleting should hold me for a couple months until 400/500GB drives become more available. 10 years ago

Leonard LinNew File Server

I considered trying to build a drive array or using a stand-alone NAS (NSLU2, so cute), but in the end, neither is really cost effective. 4+ drive enclosures are about 70% of getting a good case, and you still need interface hookups (either firewire or external SATA).

Current list:
  • $300 – SuperMicro SC742T-550 case, 7 hotswap SATA, 3-bays perfect for another 5 hotswap drives
  • mobo w/ 64-bit PCI-X
  • 6-drive RAID-5 set

Use Debian and software RAID. I’m currently using a MegaRAID controller, but w/ RAID 5, a decent system will be faster w/ CPU doing XORs, also Linux software RAID gives more flexibility w/ drives.

When running out of space, ad another 6-drive RAID-5 set, maybe a Marvell 8-port SATA card if need be, and use LVM10 years ago

Leonard LinMy 3/4TB server is full

Ridiculous, I know. Add in that my workstation and laptop drives are full as well and we have a problem. >1TB of space used in less than a year. What’s up with that?

New solution, specs coming soon. 10 years ago


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