Week 57: Deeper

October 29, 2023

Farewell, Stockholm. I had another day coworking with Anders and Johan in Stockholm on Monday before heading home, we went out for burgers! I also had the chance to take a few photos of stations and architecture too at the university too. Now that the purple train goes all the way to TCR (where I pick up the Northern Line) I'm not sure the Heathrow Express is really worth it any more with the unwelcome change of trains at Paddington.

Edge cases. I've been working on this interesting edge case where OPA booting can be delayed. There is a status reporting feature in OPA which can send information about an instance to an HTTP endpoint. It's been good to get back to working on something deeper into OPA again, but it's been a bit of a distraction from some much needed KubeCon preparation too.

Change of Plans. Anna's Grandad has been very unwell and so for the latter half of the week I've been working from Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees. Slowly, I am getting better at working on the move.

DEEPER. I have been considering a home NAS build for a while... As usual, it's been a bit of a doom spiral of escalating requirements. I first considered getting an off the shelf Synology 723+ with a 10Gbe adapter but needing to use Synology drives to create a storage pool wasn't ok. The Flashtor is another fun off the shelf option, but I wanted to have the option of 10Gbe. Spiralling further out of control, I found myself considering a build around the Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F and the Xeon D-1521, a CPU from 2016. Finding a mini ITX board with room for some NVMEs via an expansion and or 10Gbe was proving to be near on impossible. I was keen to keep the small form factor though to stay in competition with the 723+.

Enter: ASRock Rack and the Z690D4ID​-2T. The deep mini ITX form factor opened up some interesting options and I was finally able to put together this build around the board and the super small Lazer3D LZX-8 case. The motherboard and T Core i3 are hard to source, but I think it beats a more off the shelf build with an PCI NIC.