What happened?
Twelve years!
You hit me with a cricket bat!
Ha! Twelve years!

Thursday, April 15

Anime

K-On!! 2

Turtle!

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Monday, April 12

Rant

Just Once

Just once I want to buy something and have it actually work properly.  Just once.

I have two servers.  I have a range of portable IPs that can be assigned to whatever server I need them on and reassigned as required.

The two servers have been placed on different VLANs, so this doesn't work in any way whatsoever.

The suggestion from tech support is to get a new range of portable IPs specifically for the new server sitting alone on its own VLAN, so I can reassign them to itself when it's down... Or something.

Update: They have a solution, which is to physically move the server so that they can plug it into the same VLAN.  Yes, that will certainly work, but it makes my teeth itch.  But then, that's why I never went into network administration.  Servers are quite bad enough, thank you!

I don't really like the idea of moving rackmount servers around after they've been set up, but it's better than the Catch 22 that I was half expecting.  And unless they actually drop it, the worst that should happen is that I'll need to update the IP address in my terminal emulator.

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Saturday, April 10

Rant

Glaargh

Okay, I want to swap the 320GB drive that came with Sae for a 640GB one.  To do that, I need to burn a set of install disks, because no-one bothers to provide them any more.

I can't do that, because Sae is a lightweight notebook and doesn't have a DVD drive.

No problem, I have an external drive.

The recovery disk creation utility doesn't recognise it.  Or rather, it does, but it doesn't believe that there's a disk in the drive.

No problem, I can install a trial copy of Virtual CD, burn to that, and then burn the ISOs.

The recovery disk creation utility doesn't recognise Virtual CD either.  Or rather, it does, but it doesn't believe that there's a virtual disk in the virtual drive.

No problem.  I already downloaded all the Sony drivers just in case, so all I need to do is grab a copy of the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit disk image from my MSDN account, burn that, install it using the existing license key, and go from there.

MSDN is down for the weekend.

Update:  Hmm.  Maybe if I burn a repair disk and do a full backup.  Now if only I had a spare drive to back up onto...

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Friday, April 09

Anime

K-On!!

Apart from the opening song (what were they thinking?) it's more K-On!.  If that's what you were after, you won't be disappointed.

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Mayoi Neko Overrun!

At least they didn't do the character animation in MS-Paint for this one.

Also, nice stockings there.

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Anime

Angel Beats

That sucked.

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Wednesday, April 07

Life

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Got home just now, to find Nagi telling me:
DISK BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
Probably because I tried to order a new RAID box but it was out of stock and it knew it had to act quickly.

So I said - before panicking - okay, while panicking - power off and on again, maybe it's just a hiccup.

And it booted.

Yes, I'm doing a backup now.

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Life

Onigiri

Onigiri...  Onigiri...  Onigiri...  Onigiri...

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Monday, April 05

Geek

Sony Y Series Quick Review

Okay, I've had a day to play with Sae, so here's a quick review.  My model is the VPCY115FGS, which is silver and comes with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB disk drive.  The model sold in the US is black, comes with 4GB of RAM and either a 320GB or 500GB drive, but is otherwise identical.

Appearance: It's certainly a pretty little thing.  I think the silver model is better looking than the black version, but either way it's sleek and subtly curvy.  Appearance rates as excellent.

Build: Despite being a fairly lightweight unit (1.77Kg / 3.9 lbs) it's very solidly constructed.  It just feels well put-together.  The level of finish is also top-rate.  Build rates as excellent.

Display: The screen is very bright and sharp and the colours are very clear.  The horizontal viewing angle is reasonable, but the vertical viewing angle is very narrow.  You'll definitely find yourself adjusting the angle of the screen if you change positions.  It has a gloss finish, so if reflections bother you, well, it will bother you.  Display rates as good.

Performance: The processor is a Core 2 Duo SU7300 - a 1.3GHz chip, so it's not going to win any races.  Graphics are provided by an Intel 4500MHD IGP, which is not going to win any races either.  Compared to my old notebook - a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo with GeForce 8400M graphics - it feels a little slow, but not significantly so.  However, while it can play HD video (at least, 720P), in my quick test it ran one of the cores flat out, so it's almost certainly skipping some frames.  It's still watchable, but it is at its limit (short of a multi-threaded video player).  Performance rates as fair.

Battery life: Not tested yet; I'll find out about that tomorrow.

Sound: Unless you're buying one of those monster 18" 10-pound notebooks, you don't expect to get much out of your notebook speakers, but even by those low standards the Y-series speakers fail to impress.  They're not muddy or distorted, but they are decidedly tinny.  The headphone jack works fine, but even that seems to lack volume.  Overall, sound rates as adequate.

Networking: The Y-series comes with gigabit ethernet, b/g/n Wifi - albeit only 2.4GHz, not dual-band - and Bluetooth.  All of them seem to work.  Networking rates as good.

Expansion: Up to 8GB of RAM (though that will cost you a bundle), separate SD and memory stick slots, and an ExpressCard/34 slot.  Three USB 2.0 ports, one 4-pin Firewire port.  That's about all you could ask for in a 13" notebook; there's not really any room for more expansion ports.  The only thing possibly missing is eSATA, and I expect eSATA to get stomped by USB 3 this year anyway.  Expansion rates as excellent.

Keyboard: As is becoming increasingly and annoyingly common, the Y-series has a chiclet keyboard rather than real keys.  That said, the feel of the keys is fairly good, and you can type on it.  I rate it as fair, however, I don't touch-type and can't rate it on that.

Overall: If the battery life holds up (Sony promises "up to" 6 to 8 hours; I'm expecting real-world use to deliver about half that), then it will make a great little lightweight notebook.  Right now, I'd rate it at very good overall; we'll see tomorrow how long the battery lasts (but it can't possibly be worse than my old notebook's 20 minutes...)

Update: Just tried playing HD video with the latest version of Zoom Player, and the CPU load did nudge down to around 40%, and it looked pretty smooth.  I wouldn't bother trying 1080P, though.

Update: Battery life so far is very good.  30 minutes of 720P video with the screen at full brightness used 14% of the battery.  If that's vaguely linear, that's 3h:30m for video playback.  15 minutes of light use prior to that only accounted for 2% of the battery, so it could last quite a while.

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When Moeblobs Attack!

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I think I'm going to need some more computers...

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