Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Wednesday, January 28

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Nobody Loves Me

I was wondering why, whenever a new mail virus-worm thingy breaks loose and wreaks havoc across the internet (or "web" as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation would have it), causing Windows and Exchange administrators to tear out what little hair they have left and Linux users to wet themselves laughing, I don't get any.

Does no-one love me?

Could it be that most people I know are not virus-worm-thingy-spreading idiots so that I am at least two stages removed from the major pool of infection?

Or could it be - oh look - that my spam filter is merrily gobbling them all up. Dozens of them. How amusing.

You do love me after all!

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Friday, January 23

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Nothing New Under The Sun

The new MuNu sever has locked up again, and my F drive has turned into a pumpkin.

How long does Windows XP take to chkdsk a 240GB pumpkin, anyway?

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That's A Hardware Problem

It would appear that I was right and it was a flaky disk drive after all. Drive has now been replaced, the old Samsung swapped out for a Seagate.

I'm now writing a 40GB file just to give it a little exercise. If that works, I'll consider the problem fixed.

Oh, yes:

How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None - that's a hardware problem.

Update: 40GB file, no problems. Now I'll just make a copy of that...

Update: Assertion failure in __journal_remove_journal_head() at journal.c:1854: "buffer_jbd(bh)"

Not what I wanted to hear.

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Thursday, January 22

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You Know You're In Trouble When

Your hosting company says that they suspect there is a problem related to software RAID on your server, and they would like to disable it while they run some tests.

And you say, well, the server is not in production yet, so fine, go ahead.

And then they say, how do you disable software RAID anyway?

I think the new server will be a few days yet.

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Wednesday, January 21

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Problem Solved

Now the Nintendo Gamecube can run Minx too. Which is good if you can't get your hands on an AS/400.

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Tuesday, January 20

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Augh!

Crashy badness has migrated to the new MuNu server, which has fallen over five times in the last four days.

I think it may just be a faulty disk drive. Now I just have to persuade the hosting company to do something about it.

Update: At least the hosting company is being helpful. They're taking a look at the server now to see if they can fix the problem. We may be stuck on old MuNu for an extra week while this gets sorted out, but I think we'll survive that.

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Monday, January 19

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Rodents Unfairly Maligned

Kei, my Windows XP system, has been rock solid since I replaced the video card.

So apologies to Myxi, my Logitech MX 700 mouse, and I will be buying some nice King Island brie on the way home tonight. Mmm, cheese.

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Sunday, January 18

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Ooh! Pixels!

Now running at 1792x1344 at 85Hz. It's kind of an odd resolution, and not officially supported by my monitor, but it seems to work just fine.

I tried going even higher, but then I can only run at 75Hz - and I can see the flicker.

Update: And no crashy badness!

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Irradiated

Well, the GeForce FX 5700 is out and the Radeon 9600XT is in. The switch was easy and painless. Swap cards. Install drivers. Done. Works.

Crashes since swapping cards: None

The card comes with a rather interesting little cable: At one end, a nine-pin mini-din; at the other, male and female four-pin mini-dins (S-Video in and out) and male and female RCA (composite in and out). Which is odd, because either you're going to plug it straight into another device - in which case you'd want a male plug - or you're going to use a patch lead - in which case you'd want a female plug.

I'm going to try capturing all my old laser discs and burning them to DVDs. That should keep me occupied for the next year or two...

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Saturday, January 17

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A Farewell to Crashy Badness

I live in hope...

My new new video card, a GeCube Radeon 9600XT Vivo, arrived today. I'll try installing it tonight.

I don't know what's up with my old new video card. It worked just fine in my Linux box with the default drivers. The reason I swapped it out was that the Linux nVidia drivers don't yet support the GeForce FX 5700 (which is what it is). My Windows box ran fine on the old GeForce 4, but the new card brought frequent lockups and crashes.

I've previously used nVidia cards ranging from the Riva 128 through to the GeForce 4 Ti 4600 Ultra, and never had a problem like this. Given the nature of the problem - it only ever fails when I am actively using the computer, never (for example) while I'm watching a video or while the screensaver is running - it looks like a fairly specific driver issue, but I haven't been able to track down any answers.

Anyway, the Radeon card I now have is the same one I was trying to get before Christmas, so it's not all bad.

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