Thursday, July 15
Oh look, a new urgent security update!
Really, the difference between open-source software and closed-source software is not the number of bugs, but the manner in which fixes are announced. Err, and the price too.
But this time I managed to completely rebuild MuNu's Apache server with all its attentand modulary without breaking anything! As far as I know...
Update: DOH! Why the hell does the Apache install script in CPanel reset the permissions on everyone's home directory, forcing me to manually correct the settings for 113 users?
Wednesday, July 14
The database archive server failed a perfectly good disk out of the RAID-5 set. A quick raidhotremove and a raidhotadd - and a 20-hour resync - and it's back again. It would be better, though, if Linux didn't fail disks out of RAID-5 volumes every time a gnat farts in the computer room.
Tuesday, July 13
New Janet Evanovich novel. Byee!
Oh, okay, I'll do some welcome emails first. Ppppt!
Monday, July 12
This is a sad story but such a perfect example of the thesis I'm working towards in Thought that I have to comment on it. Via LGF:
The images from the explosion kept running through Sammi Masrawaâ€™s mind as he lay in his hospital bed â€” a young female soldier with the back of her head missing, a heavily pregnant woman lying on the sidewalk, legs mangled ... screaming â€œmy baby, my baby.â€Sammi has joined the real world. Unfortunately, there are some who will not wake up even if you literally set off a bomb next to them.
Sundayâ€™s blast at a Tel Aviv bus stop had changed his world view.
The 29-year-old Arab Israeli from Tel Aviv was the head of a local committee calling for coexistence between Israelis and the Palestinians.
Now he wants them kept apart.
â€œA month ago I went to protest the fence,â€œ he said, referring to the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank. â€Now I believe it can only strengthen us.â€
Well, that was weird. No mouse, reboot, no Windows. Boot from CD, chkdsk, reboot, no windows. Put CD back in, reboot... Windows. Eh.
I'm just sitting here posting meaningless drivel while chkdsk attempts to make sense out of the disks in my Windows box. No hardware failures, so there should be no data loss. No significant data loss. Bah.
Anyway, I can't get to my email right now to answer people, so here goes:
Nick - Yes, got it, would upload it except... It's on the Windows box. No, hang on... Ha, it's on the network drive after all. Uploady, uploady... Uploady... I wan't my 512k upload speed back U-p-l-o-a-d-y... Ah! You may push the button!
Michele - I'd love to help Sgt. Hook out! I've left a comment on his blog, and as soon as my PC comes back, I'll email him.
I can't possibly watch or review every anime series around - there's just too darn much of it. But THEM are making a darn good effort.
Plus, they give Fancy Lala (a wonderful series) four stars, and FLCL (which sucks) two. (Well, they did scrounge up someone who liked it for a second opinion, but hey.) And five stars to Full Moon wo Sagashite. Hmm. And one star to Fushigi Yuugi: Eikoden, which not only sucks but retroactively made the original series suck too.
These people seem to have their heads screwed on right.
And now Windows is playing Mister Poopy Trousers and refusing to boot. Bah. This post brought to you by the letters L, I, N, U and X.
Narutaru seemed a nice little show based on the opening credits and the first episode. By episode three, we have the bad guy proposing Pol Pot's Year Zero program.* Urk.
If he doesn't end up messily dead by the end of the series, there's no justice.
Update: Well, yes, a ten-foot blade through the chest should do nicely.
On the one hand, Narutaru seems to have gotten some really bad reviews. On the other hand, the worst of those were clearly written by idiots, and even the others seem to be of the "I don't understand it therefore it's bad" pattern. We'll see.
Update: On the third hand, this review, which is the only one I've seen that makes the Khmer Rouge link, gives it 4 stars.
* Not by name, but "A simpler society is better. There's no need for electrical or water services. Return to the original agricultural civilisation. I'll kill all medical eggheads, wealthy people and cultured people." doesn't leave much room for discussion.
My mouse - my shiny 7-button Logitech MX700 cordless optical mouse - no longer mouses. Woe!
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