> > [1] My first name is actually Christopher, but handily my parents changed
> [Oddly enough, same here. I'm Chris Paul ... It's an absolute pain in the
> arse. Note to parents: don't do this.]

I know a Andrew Christopher Jackson that's known as Chris.  So it's not
just Christopher that's shunned...
> 128MB RAM and a K6 is quite enough to run a decently hammered mod_perl site.
> You only need more memory if you end up using a large database or doing
> something rash like install Oracle. Assuming you're not on an OC-12 backbone
> and you're not doing finite element analysis of an F15 jet per form
> submission, your IO bottleneck will be the net.

I would think that more RAM is a good idea.  This is because:

 1. It's cheap right now
 2. We're a varied range of people so will probably want to load a whole
    host of modules in mod-perl.  This will probably make our httpd
    rather fat and take up a lot of memory - much more if it was a simple
    production machine.

> Building reliability is probably your best aim: does it have a UPS? does it
> have a RAID 1/0 config? Dual PSUs? Tape drive & backup policy? Those things
> are way more important than a faster chip or RAM.

Along these lines I'd buy another hard drive.  Having lots of hard drive
space is good for backups - most time data is lost not due to hardware
failure but the directory stucture it's in being trashed through
human/coding error.  Simply back up to another area.

Also if we keep the original drive we can simply backup to that
nightly.  Quicker and easier than tapes - and as we've said any long term
data should really be backed up by individual users anyway, so we need not
worry about things like state51 burning down (well, as far as the server
data is concerned)

For the record, my box, heavly used used by myself, Leon, Simon, Shevek,
and Magnus for 2shortplanks.com / astray.com / huckvale.net / anarres.org

model name      : AMD-K6(tm) 3D processor
stepping        : 12
cpu MHz         : 501.143806

        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers:  cached:
Mem:  264376320 208822272 55554048 47583232 25063424 128712704
Swap: 542826496 32563200 510263296

(Leon, thanks for the memory)

Filesystem           1k-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda6            821340164 816634860   3890812 100% /
/dev/hda1                15522      3540     11181  24% /boot

(actually, that's a lie - df very broke - it's only 18GB - but you get the



(off to see the offspring)

print "\n",map{my$a="\n"if(length$_>6);' 'x(36-length($_)/2)."$_\n$a"} (
   Name  => 'Mark Fowler',        Title => 'Technology Developer'      ,
   Firm  => 'Profero Ltd',        Web   => 'http://www.profero.com/'   ,
   Email => '[EMAIL PROTECTED]',   Phone => '+44 (0) 20 7700 9960'      )

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