Saturday, February 25
Chizumatic is back online.
Wednesday, February 22
In the Neverwinter Nights game, the city of Neverwinter is suffering from a plague called the Wailing Death. In one corner of the city, there's a noblewoman named Formosa who wants you to kill the wizard Meldanen and steal the key to his warehouse so that she can redistribute his possessions to the poor. Not that unusual a mission, but her Marxist rhetoric ticked me off, so when I returned (after acquiring the key, but not killing the wizard), the scene proceeded as follows:
Formosa: So you have returned, my lady. Do you have news?Funny that you get the 5 point demerit for the threat, rather than for actually killing her...
Teddie Irvine [my character]: I have the key for Meldanen's warehouse.
Formosa: Allow me to see it... Yes, this is the one. I can detect the counterspells on it. Bless you madam. The city will be thanking the gods for you in the days to come.
Formosa: What of Meldanen, himself? What of the sorceror?
Teddie: He lives, and I do not intend to kill him.
Formosa: As you wish, madam. The people may fear Meldanen's retribution and fear to enter the warehouse... hopefully I can change their mind.
Formosa: As promised, here is the necklace. I know it is not much, but hopefully it will suffice.
Teddie: No. Hand over more, or I'll see how much your teeth are worth.
Your actions have shifted your alignment 5 point(s) towards evil.
Formosa: I see. Threats, is it? This is how you respond to a reward, well intended? Or do you simply look on this as some form of back-alley bargaining?
Formosa: Regardless, I won't stand for it. I offered you a reward for your good service and I would hope that you'd accept it gracefully.
Teddie: Hah! Time for you to die, I guess!
Formosa: Treacherous fool! I'll fight you if I must!
Formosa casting unknown spell.
Teddie Irvine attacks Formosa *hit* (16 + 8 = 24)
Teddie Irvine damages Formosa 12 (8 physical 4 acid)
Malla [my familiar, a fairy dragon] attacks Formosa *hit* (15 + 8 = 23)
Malla damages Formosa 7 (7 physical)
Experience Points Gained: 20
Malla killed Formosa
Journal: Day 24, Month 6, 1372
Any task that Formosa might have wanted completed has been indefinitely postponed. She is now dead.
Friday, February 17
| You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.|
Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Tuesday, February 14
I have the Dirty Pair TV DVDs. (They were in the box they were supposed to be in.)
I have a complete set of translations - all but two of them as fully timed subtitle files. Many of the files are in JACOsub format, an old Amiga program, but I have an old Amiga, and anyway, I have a JACOsub to SSA converter. (The rest of the files that are timed are SSA format.) I think Matroska can use SSA format, and if not, there are heaps of programs that can.
Does anyone know if Dirty Pair TV is actually licensed outside Japan? I suppose I could ask ADV. Or Sunrise.
Monday, February 13
Instant geek test:
2. Should I download that or something?
3. Don't you have an extra zero in there?
4. Right-click Save As!!!
5. I already have that, thanks.
6. I suppose it's more convenient than the paper version.
7. There's an error on page 310; the instruction coding doesn't match my chip.
Results below. more...
I've found my copies of the subtitle files for Dirty Pair TV.
Now, if I only knew where the DVDs were...
Sunday, February 12
Not the controller.
The controller (a Highpoint Rocketraid 1640) was just being its usual persnickety self. One of the disks (Seagate Barracuda 200GB SATA) was on its way out, and failing intermittently. The Rocketraid controllers will detect the failure and then complain incessently about it, even if the disk comes back on line after a moment.
I know this, because it just stopped being intermittent. But not until after I'd finished backing everything up.
First time that's ever happened to me.
Pixy's Law of Duplicity
If the problem resists all your attempts at isolation, consider that you may have two problems.
Pixy's Law of Maintenance
If all logical methods of repair have failed to solve the problem, find two interchangeable parts and interchange them.
Pixy's Law of Human/Computer Interaction
You can press escape all you like, but it won't do anything if the keyboard's not plugged in.
Pixy's Law of Customisation
If you work with computers long enough, sooner or later you will find yourself adjusting a delicate and expensive piece of equipment with a pair of wire cutters.
Saturday, February 11
With an axe.
It's the RAID controller.
I just got the RAID array to fail without taking out the computer. The disks are good - I can use them for up to half an hour before the problem crops up. The computer is fine - it kept right on running on the boot drive (and the 300GB external drive I borrowed from work for the weekend). The data is fine. The RAID controller is, in a word, stuffed.
Which is, under the circumstances, the best possible outcome. I can replace that for $60, and then I'll be free of the blasted thing. Now I just need to finish my backups... In thirty-minute installments.
Friday, February 10
I plugged in my Windows box for the first time since I moved house (nearly two months ago). Of course, I have a second Windows box these days, my notebook, so I haven't been Windows-free all that time.
A couple of hours later I tried to check something on the shared drive and it didn't want to play. So I went into the
living computer room and there was this beeping noise. I didn't even know the computer had a beeper; I never bother to connect the speaker up. It must be mounted on the motherboard.
A quick reboot and it's decided that it does have a one-terabyte RAID array after all. It's also managed to discover its video card this time around.
Meh. Linux can be a pain to get working (handy hint: when building a new Linux box, never use a video card less than two years old), but once it's working, it stays working.
Update: Gone again. Blah.
Update: It's not a disk failure. It's just weapons-grade flakiness. After about a dozen reboots - the majority of which failed in one way or another - I'm now logged in as administrator and it's running perfectly. It's not just working, it's working better than it ever worked before. The RAID array, which was always mysteriously slow, is now lightning fast. Very very strange.
Update: And - dead again.
I think I have everything backed up. This weekend I check, double-check, triple-check, and then that RAID array is toast.
Who can use this information, so here it is.
If you were developing a Neverwinter Nights module, and then your computer violently exploded because, for example, you were running Windows ME with 768MB of memory, and then you installed Neverwinter Nights on your new computer and discovered to your delight that you had a recent backup of your work and then discovered to your dismay that when you try to load it into the NWN toolset it comes up with the error "The specified file could not be found", it's probably just because you installed NWN in a different directory and somewhere it's hardcoded the filepath and refuses to read the file even though the file is right there dammit and in fact the only reason it can't read the file is because it just did read the file, then the solution is ModPacker.
Use ModUnpacker to unpack your module; use ModPacker to pack it again; drop the resulting module back in your modules directory; and it will work.
Thursday, February 09
An ounce of undo is equal to a pound of "Are you sure?"
There is an answer.
The secret is that my notebook has not three, but four network connections. (Not counting the modem.) Ethernet, WiFi, Wireless Broadband - and FireWire. And FireWire does not get disconnected when it gets, uh, disconnected.
Given this, the solution is obvious. Simply bridge the ethernet, WiFi, and FireWire ports. VMWare will then automatically bridge to the bridge, and all your computers, virtual and otherwise, will be able to talk just they way they would if Windows wasn't getting in the way in the first place.
Except for the part where your wireless network no longer works. So you can either have your computer able to talk to itself, or you can have it able to talk to the rest of the world. Okay, so all you need to do is take WiFi out of the bridge and then disable the bridge.
If I got WiFi at work, that would work all the time. I think. Must seek cheap WiFi access points...
Update: Or I can just toggle the bridge on and off. Off when I'm on WiFi, on when I'm on ethernet or mobile. Wups. That doesn't work either. Oh, yeah, they have to have the same IP address. Tweak tweak... Shut up, Windows, I know what I'm doing. Ah. Good. Nope. Now I don't have internet access. What if I disable FireWire as well? Right, now it works. Windows, you suck.
Wednesday, February 08
I decided to install Kdevelop on Amelix, because I'm planning to use Amelix for developing M*nx and I've heard good things about Kdevelop. So I went into the software manager and told it to download Kdevelop, which is only a 30MB package. No problem.
Except that to install Kdevelop I need to install 550MB of other packages and libraries first. When I already have a 2.8GB install, including the full GCC compiler suite. It does this all for me automatically, but still...
I ended up having to move the whole of /opt onto my new 20GB drive, because I was almost out of space on /.
The other problem I had was that the SUSE installation I'm using (available here, more Linux installs here) only had 4GB of disk. 400MB is allocated to swap, leaving 3.6GB for files. A full Linux installation these days uses up... more than 4GB.
A slight problem, and the main reason why I really really needed to have the networking working. But then I decided to try renaming the virtual machine, because it was called "KDE_3.5_on_SUSE_Linux_10", which is a bit of a mouthful. I renamed it to Amelix, because its Linux running on Amelia (the name of my notebook).
Only it didn't work, because it was looking for the old file name. So I took a look at the config file, and lo! It is text. And I could change the name of the file therein, it it did work.
And what's more, it defined the virtual disk as SCSI drive 0:0. So I wondered, what would happen if I cloned the virtual disk file, and edited the config to point SCSI drive 0:1 at the new virtual disk.
The answer: It works. So I can add as many 4GB disks as I want... Until I run out of real disk, anyway.
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