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Tuesday, March 30

Geek

Fedora Core 2 Test 2 Released

One bug, two bugs, tar bugs, su bugs,

    grep bugs, mew bugs, old bugs, new bugs.

This bug has a little hack,
This bug has a broken stack.
    Say! What a lot of bugs to track.

Yes, some are in tar, and some in su.
    Some are old. And some are new.

Some in sed, and some in jed.
    And some are even in parted.
Why are they in parted, jed and sed?
    I do not know. Bugs should be dead!

Some in jpeg, and some in TIFF
    This TIFF one has an attached diff.

From there to here, from here to there
    Test release bugs are everywhere.

Fedora Core test 2 is available for
x86 and x86-64
It should not be installed where production is hot;
use it only for test, as we say quite a lot.

If you install with the default
SELinux will be the result
SELinux is a form of MAC
For more answers, check the FAQ [*]
By explicitly stating what apps can use
Unwanted accesses it will refuse

[*] http://people.redhat.com/kwade/fedora-docs/selinux -faq-en/

So please test test2 in this mode;
and please test it with your code.
Plus it comes with a new GNOME;
can you test that in your home?
Also X.org is new,
replacing XFree, test it too.
And 3.2.1 of KDE
We need to test, test, test, you see!
So we will test it on our box.
And we will even test out sox.
And we will test it in our house.
And we will test it with our mouse.
And we will test it here and there.
Say! We will test it ANYWHERE!

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Sunday, March 28

Geek

Gadget of the Day

This is just plain nifty. The Netgear WGT634U may have a dull name, but it is shiny and packed full of goodness.

It's a firewall and a router. It's a 4-port 10/100Mbit ethernet switch. It's a 108Mbit WiFi access point. And if you plug in an external USB disk drive, it's also a file server.

I haven't found an Australian price for it yet, but in the U.S. it retails for around $150.

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Friday, March 26

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Thanks A Lot, Sitemeter!

I'd noticed that of late my Sitemeter numbers hadn't been growing very fast. I put it down to my writing being less scintillating that I'd like.

Apparently, though, scintillation is not the issue here:

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Grr! Grr, I say!

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Wednesday, March 24

Geek

Oh, That's Just Lovely

My mail server just died. The one completely reliable box I've had, kerflooie.

Well, let's reboot. Uh, Kernel panic: Aiee stopping interrupt handler is a bad sign, right?

Let's power off, and... Uh oh.

Try the Fedora rescue mode and... Nope.

Well, let's check the BIOS settings, maybe put it in a safe mode and -

580MB of memory? How can you possibly have 580MB of memory? Let me pull those bad old DIMMs for you.

256MB? Yes? Feeling better now? What's that? You're going to spend the next twenty minutes recovering your journal?

Fine. That's fine. Whatever.

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I'm An Idiot (Again)

I screwed up the secondary DNS for my pixymisa.net domain when I changed ISPs recently. So if you've emailed me recently and it bounced, or I didn't reply, that might be why.

(I just got 15 delayed emails through, but fortunately none of them are from people waiting for a response.)

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Geek

Service Packs Go To Hollywood

What's weirder than a preview release of a bugfix?

A review of a preview release of a bugfix.

(Thanks - I think - to The Inquirer.)

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Printy Comfort

I note that the Canon i990, which I learned the existence of the very day I got my i965, is selling for $675, where I paid $480 for my i965.

I take some comfort in that, and also in the fact that the i965 is a very nice printer indeed. If you're after a flexible, reasonably fast inkjet printer with excellent photo quality and CD printing, then either of these, or their little brother the i865, will do the trick.

Unless you live in the U.S., in which case you'll have to settle for the i860 or i960, which are cheaper but lack the ability to print on CDs.

Also, Canon have now announced the i9900, an A3 (up to 13" by 19"), eight colour (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Green, "Photo Cyan" and "Photo Magenta" - what, no blue?) printer for around US$499.

Though it doesn't print on CDs either.

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Tuesday, March 16

Geek

Where'd I Put That Damn Object?

Quizilla says, and I quote:

Object not found!

The requested URL was not found on this server.

If you entered the URL manually please check your
spelling and try again.

If you think this is a server error, please contact
the webmaster

Error 404

grex2.quizilla.com
Mon 15 Mar 2004 10:51:25 AM MST
Apache/2.0.40 (Red Hat Linux)

End of half the Blogosphere predicted. Film at 11.

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Monday, March 15

Geek

Spelunk

Things seem to be running smoothly now.

The parts-bin box fell over under the strain of getting hit with a million files, so I decided to instead make tarballs* of the main directories and copy those across. While doing this I found about 60GB of triplicated files - that is, I had copies of those files elsewhere on disk and also backed up to DVD.

So I zapped them. That's 60GB less to copy, anyway.

While the files trundle across the network, I'm continuing to burn backup DVDs - now up to number 124.

And wishing I had one of those fancy 8x burners. It takes fifteen minutes to burn 4.5GB! And another fifteen minutes to verify! The horror!

* Like zip files.

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Sunday, March 14

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Copy That

I've just set off a copy of my main Linux file dump - 250GB, over a million files. That will run for the next eight hours or so.

I really need to see about getting a gigabit switch now that the prices are coming down...

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