Ooh! My gu-uts, my guts.

Sunday, November 28

Cool

Wootbix!

I landed the elusive Adversary Cycle today.

This is the framing story of the very popular Repairman Jack series.  The Adversary Cycle itself, though, has been out of print (with the exception of The Keep) for something like twenty years.

I stopped by Galaxy Bookshop on my way home from TAM Oz (I left early on the last day because I was finding that 16-hour convention days don't really mix well with staying up 'til 3AM for work), and spotted it in the window - last set of the 6 volume limited edition, #888 of 1000, marked down from $530 to $200.  So I said, do I have $200?  And as it happened I did have $200.  So I bought it.

Also the latest Repairman Jack book.

There is also - and this is something to be rejoiced - a new Miles Vorkosigan book out.  I'll have to go back for that.

(Looks at price on Amazon.  Looks at price locally.  Looks at shipping costs to Australia from Amazon US.  Weeps.)

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Friday, November 26

Life

A Busy Hive-Dwelling Insect Am I

Just completed the migration of a 6TB, 15,000 table database with all its attendant fraughtness.

Off to TAMOz today.

Back soon.

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Saturday, November 20

Anime

You Can't Do That On Television

In Mad Men, the co-founder of the fictitious advertising company Sterling Cooper is something of a Japanophile and art collector.  In season three, episode one, he has acquired Tako to ama, also known as The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife.

Yes, that one.

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Saturday, November 13

Geek

Burn In... Burn Out

If you run an 80GB Intel X25-M at its rated 4KB random-write performance, it will exceed its rated 4KB random-write endurance after just 3 days.

For a 32GB Intel X25-E, it would take about 28 months.

This is why the E-series runs five times the cost per gigabyte of the M-series.

What the real-world lifespan is for either drive range I have no idea, but I aim to find out.

Update: Based on the actual activity patterns on our server, the 80GB M-series would last 2½ years, and the 32-GB E-series (which is what we are using, 3 drives in a RAID-5 array) would last about three centuries.

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Geek

Oh. That's Actually... Affordable

As I've mentioned before, I may have an opportunity to move from expensive hosted servers to cheaper managed colo.  A rack-mount server with 6 cores, 16GB of RAM, 6TB of disk and a nice SSD can be had for well under US$2000, which is currently about A$2000 as well (though the Aussie dollar has recently dipped back below parity).

Only problem is that many of the mu.nu sites and other related things run under CPanel, which I license through our hosting company.  I'd need to buy my own licenses, and the last time I looked it was quite expensive.

Now it's $200 per year for an unlimited-user virtual server license.  Since I virtualised all our systems 18 months ago, that's perfect.

So plans are moving ahead.  Slowly perhaps, but definitely moving.

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Thursday, November 11

Geek

Magical Google Unit Converter Fail

So, what's 671 kWIPS in FLOPS?

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Wednesday, November 10

Anime

That Imouto Show, Save The Whales Edition

It's actually good.

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Tuesday, November 09

Cool

Equations

Being Erica = Tru Calling x That Girl

Only where Tru Calling went horribly off the rails when they decided to thicken the plot, so far* Being Erica keeps improving.

Hey, I take my (spoiler) stories where I can get them.**

* So far as I've watched; I'm a full season behind.
** Even when the spoiler is really just a spoiler for spoiler, as in the
two recent BBC series spoiler on spoiler and spoiler to spoiler.  In this case, you might take the spoiler parts as a spoiler for different spoiler, but spoiler spoilers spoiler that spoiler.

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Friday, November 05

World

Thanks For One Thing, President Obama

Just one thing.


 

1 Australian dollar = 1.01500 U.S. dollars

Just after the Global Financial Kerfuffle, the Australian dollar plunged to US 55¢.  How things have changed in two years.

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Thursday, November 04

World

Misplaced Snark

Mea culpa.  Or at least, mea snarka.

When that huge German sinkhole opened up and it was reported that "natural causes were suspected" and I said "As opposed to what?", well, as opposed to subsidence due to mining operations.

Which appear to have not been the cause, hence the perfectly reasonable statement about natural causes.

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