Moving Home — De-Cluttering

I’m moving home.

The flights are booked — Feb 14th, Valentine’s Day, I’ll be leaving Orange County and heading back to Dublin permanently. In the meantime, I’ve been selling stuff, throwing stuff out, decommissioning servers, and making backups.

The server

My erstwhile desktop, later my trusty back-room server, ‘jalapeno’, was sold earlier today. Thankfully, I bought a 250GB hard drive recently, so I actually had the room to back up its 70GB somewhere beforehand.

Being security-conscious, I overwrote its partitions using pseudo-random data before passing it on (‘dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/hda9 bs=1024k’). However, being lazy, I did this while the machine was up and running, over an SSH link.

Watching as ‘df’ produced gibberish output, and as later commands started producing nothing but bus errors, was odd — a very strange feeling to be actively destroying the disk’s data like that. Here’s hoping the backups worked

The yard sale

We had one, in the process selling about $1000 worth of IKEA furniture, books, camping equipment, bits of hardware, sports equipment, and a pink xmas tree:

The local bargain hunters starting knocking on the door at 8:15am, despite the sign’s posted start time of 9am. Once we did start bringing items out to the front lawn to sell, there were already about 10 people, which quickly swelled to a mob of 20 by 8:45am. They were keen!

By the end of Saturday, we’ve sold pretty much all the furniture, all of the sports and camping equipment, most of the hardware that isn’t total crap, and only 2 of the books. One shopper’s explanation: ‘she didn’t have the time to read books’.

Still, the yard sale has netted $345. Not bad, and a good feeling to de-clutter so successfully.

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  1. Posted January 16, 2006 at 01:08 | Permalink

    The last time I ran a yard sale — which admittedly was at least a decade ago, but it was in Orange County — the bargain hunters showed up even earlier. I think we started at 7:30 or 8:00, and it was all over by noon.

    As far as I can tell, people who frequent yard sales tend to treat it as their Saturday morning, and must start cruising neighborhoods as the sun comes up.

  2. Posted January 16, 2006 at 09:04 | Permalink

    “and a good feeling to de-clutter so successfully” – have you been watching/suffering too many home makeover shows? ;)

    Good luck with the move guys!

    Ping me on AIM about the 14th – I’ve some news.

  3. Steve Ryan
    Posted January 17, 2006 at 00:56 | Permalink


    Congrats on the future wedding :)

    How come you’re heading home?

  4. Posted January 17, 2006 at 22:01 | Permalink

    Kelson: I have no doubt they’d have come earlier, given half a chance… but I don’t really do the hours before 9am ;)

    Steve: this was the plan all along — I just like Ireland too much!

  5. Alex
    Posted January 18, 2006 at 13:56 | Permalink

    The proprietors of Walshs are rubbing their hands with glee! See you down the pub.