Monday, April 21
Stupid Stupid Blogger™ ate my post. In fact, Stupid Stupid Blogger™ has been effectively down for hours, at least as far as updates go.
Fortunately, I'm smarter than Stupid Stupid Blogger™, and I copied my post when by Geeksense™ started tingling. Just as blind people tend to be more alert to sounds, working as a programmer for [mumble] years helps develop a sense of when an application is going to barf in your lap.
Anyway, the BloggerPeople™ have fixed whatever it was, so I'll post my post now.
Sunday, April 20
Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a0005'
Invalid procedure call or argument: 'mid'
//functions/doAutoLogin.inc, line 15
Ah, that explains it.
It's still raining. Knock it off already, will ya?
Has Blogger always been this buggy? My archives are broken. I can't regenerate them. I can't fix them. I can't even delete them. I've seen no shortage of other server-side errors either.
I'm new to this blogging thing, and thought that this was the easiest way to start. Now I'm thinking it might be less painful to write the whole thing in Python, if not 6809 assembler.
The phrase "stupid stupid Blogger" springs to mind for some reason.
Steven den Beste has an interesting analysis of just why the French are such weasels.
One thing that it fails to take into account is that the French have always been weasels - or at least for the past thousand years or so. Charlemagne doesn't seem to have been a weasel, but then again, he wasn't French.
Irregardless of which, you should read it, and this piece by Guy Milliere titled France is Almost Finished as well.
Saturday, April 19
Okay, so I've been watching Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar. So? Want to make something of it?
Phear the power of the cute side. Phear!
The Australian police seem to be having fun today.
Two questions come to mind:
1. Operation "Sorbet"?
2. Heroin comes in brand names now?
What sort of a name is "Double Uoglobe" anyway?
(via USS Clueless)
Australia is a nice place to live as long as you don't want to use the Net.
As I've mentioned, I have lately been watching quite a bit of Anime that I've downloaded using BitTorrent. The way I do it is this:
1. I log in to my web server in the U.S. (I pay about $80 per month for a server including 100GB of uploads and unlimited downloads.) I use the Linux BitTorrent client to download the file I want. And of course I leave the window open for others to download the file in turn - though I tend to limit the upload rate because otherwise I'd hit my monthly usage limit within a day or so.
If I exceed my monthly usage limit I have to pay an extra dollar or so per gigabyte.
2. I wait until 1 A.M., and then download the files from my web server to my home where I can actually watch them. Why do I have to wait until 1 A.M.? Because my ADSL connection, for which I pay $190 per month, only includes 2.5GB of "peak" downloads, where peak is 8 A.M. to 1 A.M. weekdays.
If I exceed my usage limit I have to pay an extra $150 per gigabyte.
No, I'm not kidding.
Off-peak, which applies on weekends and from 1 A.M. to 8 A.M. weekdays (and costs me an extra $30 per month) is free - but if I download more than 10GB in a month, my connection is throttled down to about one fifth of normal speed. It doesn't get reset each month, either - you don't get 10GB first before being throttled. If you download more than 10GB in a month, you start the next month pre-throttled.
Recently, a download I'd left to run overnight took longer than expected and ran into peak time, putting me 200MB over my monthly limit. That cost me $30 - about the price of a DVD here. If it wasn't for off-peak times, downloading a single episode would cost as much as a whole DVD.
Why don't I find a better ISP? Well, until very recently, there wasn't one. The deal I just described was about the best you could find in Australia. Now, though, a company called Comindico has started offering unlimited downloads on ADSL through a number of resellers. If they are any good (it's too early to tell yet) this is going to shake up the Australian broadband market big time.
Fingers crossed, because there a few industries that need a kick in the pants more than the ISPs in Australia.
Friday, April 18
To whoever is in charge of these things:
Yes, we did ask for rain. Yes, we are grateful. Thank you.
But perhaps you could take a short break?
Thursday, April 17
First I say that a blog has to be about something and that I can't just sit here and babble about what I've been watching, then I sit here and babble about what I've been watching. (Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu and Azumanga Daioh, for those who haven't been paying attention.)
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