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Friday, October 31
And Another Thing!
One of the things I've wanted to be able to do for my larger users for some time is offer a virtual server solution, so their blog/forum/whatever can run reasonably isolated from the rest of the horde without me having to pay for dozens of small servers.
And the way I wanted to do this was with Virtuozzo and Plesk, because they work nicely together and offer a consistent and reasonably logical user interface. (As opposed to CPanel, which, while it provides more functionality in some areas, is rather a mess.)
The only problem was that Softlayer didn't support any virtualisation product. Then, when they finally did, it was bleedin' Microsoft Hyper-V. And when they expanded their range a little, it was to offer Citrix Xenserver. Neither of which really fit my needs. They're not bad products, but they're not aimed at the webhosting market the way Virtuozzo is.
But today, Softlayer announced support for Virtuozzo too! Yay!
And now the only problem is that with the Aussie dollar still in the toilet (albeit somewhat improved over its recent nadir) I don't know if I can afford it.
now is a really great time for Australians to visit the US because flights have so few people on them and you can achieve business-class levels of space while riding in economy.
Also, now is a really great time for Americans to visit Australia because the stray coins you find in your car can buy a whole Tasmania.
The US$ is way down, as I understand it. If the Aus$ is down relative to the US buck, it must really be in the toilet.
(Vista's currency exchange rate gizmo says that the GBP is US$1.61. The Aus$ is US$0.67. The Canadian$ is US$0.83. There was a brief period in there where the Canadian $ was worth more than the US $. I guess the greenback has bounced back a lot recently.)
The servers are in Dallas. (At two different locations, but both datacenters are in Dallas.)
The legislation proposed by Senator Conroy (who can go fuck himself) applies specifically to controlling what Australians are allowed to see on the internet, rather than what they can say. So mee.nu might get blocked here in Australia, but that won't stop you accessing it - or me either, of course, given that what they are trying to achieve is technically impossible and will be trivially easy to bypass.
Anyway, it's very likely to get blocked in the Senate, where the Labor Government holds a minority. The Liberals are against it, and so it appears are the Greens, and that's enough to scuttle the bill.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, November 03 2008 05:19 PM (PiXy!)
I'm Hazel Jones and I work in a company interested in blog advertising. I found your blog engaging and I'm contacting you to ask if you are interested in blog post sponsorship.
If you are interested, kindly mail back at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your blog for reference, and I'll send you back pricing details, guidelines and processes. Looking forward to doing business with you.
Posted by: Hazel Jones at Monday, November 03 2008 10:44 PM (qwiTb)
Okay, that's not 120,000. But 67,000 without any tweaking at all is amazing. I have the same test running on a standard SATA drive; it's sustaining a little over 300 IOPS, making the ioDrive easily 200 times faster.
I've got a lot more testing to do, but so far it looks like the ioDrive really delivers the goods.
Unfortunately, since June the Aussie dollar has drifted south by about 30% and I can no longer afford the card, at least not short of working every Sunday for two months. But there are some cheaper, lower-end drives showing up, and I'd be very happy with a quarter of the ioDrive's performance for a quarter of the price.
Thanks Muppet. May I e-mail my nightmares to you tonight?
Posted by: ubu at Thursday, October 30 2008 11:01 AM (ASksU)
Hi Pixy....Um....can I....I mean, may I ask for a Christmas present? I need help! I've been a very bad blogger, not updating stuff and junk, and now, there is so much spam that I have to close comments. Help for a wayward munu?
Posted by: Key at Sunday, November 02 2008 11:09 AM (EN2X1)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, October 19 2008 03:33 PM (PiXy!)
If you've got a minute to look, I've somehow created a layout anomaly on my blog- probably by doing something I'm not supposed to(!). Rather than put the whole saga here, it's in this post (although you need to look at the main page to see the problem). The anomaly will be live until Sunday, then I'll be putting things back to normal. Thanks!
Posted by: Old Grouch at Wednesday, October 22 2008 10:59 AM (HE8Tk)
I bought one of the software packages today - it went up another $20 overnight.
It's a suite of graphing/charting/mapping modules in Flash. By buying one developer license I can put it into Minx and all of mu.nu and mee.nu can use it. It cost me â‚¬450 for the unlimited license, but the alternative is for each user who wanted to set up maps or graphs paying â‚¬85 themselves, so it makes a lot of sense for me to spend the money once.
Should show up in the next version of Minx.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, October 09 2008 11:02 AM (PiXy!)
One saving grace is that now that mee.nu is officially a business venture (we have a company, mee.nu pty ltd, and I'm a director), all my expenses are tax-deductible. Saves me a small fortune!
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, October 09 2008 11:05 AM (PiXy!)
Well, if you wonâ€™t let us contribute to expenses, how about putting up a wish list?
Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, October 10 2008 07:49 AM (IcH0W)
Not a bad game. But EA appears to have put together a separate team of developers just to fuck things up once a games is finished and ready to ship.
Spore has copy protection (you must have the original disk in the drive to play it, and the software that controls this is essentially a rootkit), an activation code (you can only activate it three times - now increased to five), and you must register for an online account.
If something goes wrong with your online account, you get a message saying that an unknown error has occured. If you click on the help button, you get thrown out of the game, and sent to a web page that doesn't exist.
Way to create a good first impression, guys.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, October 05 2008 11:34 PM (PiXy!)
Unfortunately at this point you've rewarded them for bad behavior. You bought their game even though you knew something like this was possible, even likely. Complaining about it now is futile. They have your money, and they aren't going to give it back. With the exception of MMOs, I haven't bought a PC game in (checking wikipedia...) 2 1/2 years (Oblivion) because of exactly this sort of problem. But I probably shouldn't really get started on this, or I'll tear out a Shamus-worthy rant on the subject, and if I'm going to do that, I really ought to get my own site for it.
Posted by: Morpheus at Monday, October 06 2008 02:56 AM (2uM7B)
Spring is here! Wonderful spring, when the leaves return to the trees and the flowers bloom! Spring is happening, dappening, and it's time again for the people in the northern hemisphere to rib you for living upside down and backwards for having your spring in the fall.
I've chucked some anime opening and closing sequences up on Youtube. I plan to put my whole collection up there. And to enlarge my collection significantly, now that I can get stuff out of mkv and mp4 files.*
* It works, though not as cleanly as for avi files. With an avi, I can snip out the video without any recompression, as long as I start with a keyframe. With an mkv, I have to uncompress and recompress, which always loses quality. But since I'm uploading to YouTube which is going to re-encode and screw the quality anyway, that doesn't matter all that much.
Kind of died last month. After running around like mad all of August (pointlessly, as it turned out) I was trying to catch up with stuff at home and in life and mu.nu and mee.nu and another project I'm juggling while at the same time the project at my day job was launching and things got a bit crazy and then I got sick and stayed in bed for a week watching Mythbusters.
Which is awesome.
Mythbusters, that is, not staying in bed sick.
But today I'm here to talk about a startling new phenomenon: Sexy adult women in anime.*
I like the music (opening, closing, and incidental); I like the character designs; I like the characters. And I can't actually recall a police officer questioning a suspect quite that way in anime before.
The only problem is that the show feels a bit loose - the pacing doesn't feel quite right either in the slow moments or the dramatic scenes. That might just be me, and I might well adjust after a couple more episodes. It's only a 13-parter (12 of which are already fansubbed) so it's not likely to drag, in any case.
I'll grab (or steal) some screen shots for you later. Or hey, I can just throw up a quick YouTube clip.
If I want it to be distorted and subtitled in Spanish.
And the fansubs are all mkv, and the raws all mp4, so I can't even snip it out using VirtualDub. Bah.
Update: Oh, hang on, apparently there's an mp4 plug-in for VirtualDub. Nothing for mkv, though, so I'll need to grab a raw first.
Update updated: It seems there's a DirectShow plugin that will handle mkv (at least in theory). I'll give that a whirl.
Update: I'll be frogswoggled. That worked perfectly. Hang on a tick...
* Sexy adult women in anime whose breasts aren't larger than their heads, even.