Last night, after buying a new hard drive, I added another computer to my home network. That brings the network device total up to:
- 1 firewall
- 4 workstations
- 1 server
- 1 laptop (with another occasional user)
- 1 laserjet
- 1 airport
There are some other random bits of defunct hardware, too, including a very old DEC UDB box.
With that many systems, it was getting annoying to figure out what IP I had given them. Setting up internal DNS with tinydns and dnscache was really easy; dnscache is quite flexible about redirecting queries.
I'd like to get a serious backup strategy going, but DLT media is insanely expensive. I can only afford a few tapes at a time.
Anyway, since the new system is a "server", it will be nice to move things like lpd, tinydns, dhcpd, and samba off my personal workstation.
It's hard to stifle the new hardware urge. I keep thinking "Man, it would only be a hundred bucks to upgrade this thing to a gigahertz athlon. Oh yeah, it would need a new case. Oh yeah, it would need PC2100 memory. Oh yeah..."