Thursday, August 12


Daily News Stuff 12 August 2021

Department Of Redundancy Edition

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  • The problem with having redundant virtual servers is you don't necessarily know if they are redundant or not....  Until your cloud provider has to reboot a hardware node and your primary and secondary API servers both drop dead.

    That wouldn't have been so bad except one of the nodes came back up with two copies of the core software running, with competing restart scripts fighting over the network port and overwriting each other's log files.

    So downstream apps were getting random, intermittent errors depending on where the load balancer sent them and which instance was active at that moment, but there was nothing to indicate a problem in the server logs because only the instance that was working at that moment was logging anything.


  • Samsung announced their new Flip and Fold.  (AnandTech)

    The Flip is squarish and unfolds into a rather tall but otherwise normal phone.  The Fold is a normal-sized phone that unfolds into a squarish tablet.

    They look quite nice and could actually be great devices if the folding screens are robust now.  But not cheap - starting at $999 for the Flip and $1799 for the Fold.

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1 I know this is a contrarian take, but the Windows 10 Start menu is better than Windows 7.  <Mark  Levin>There, I said it!</Mark Levin>  Vista neutered the menu from the way it worked in XP, where it was allowed to grow taller.  Ever since, it's locked into a box that only let you see ten or whatever lines.  (Win 10 lets you grab it and make it taller, almost all the way to the top of the screen if that's your thing.)  And the expandable portion to the right where you can pin icons instead of putting them on the desktop is great, too.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, August 13 2021 12:34 AM (eqaFC)

2 I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but the last version of Microsoft's risible Windows to get the UI right (for some extremely limited values of right) was probably NT 3.51

Posted by: normal at Friday, August 13 2021 01:32 AM (LADmw)

3 At least I managed to skip over dealing with Vista and 8.  Maybe I will do the same with 11?

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, August 13 2021 04:05 AM (DHVaH)

4 Pixy, heads up, if GitHub related things are falling over on you in a few hours, it's because of this:

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Friday, August 13 2021 09:46 AM (zuQbY)

5 Thanks.  I probably won't get bitten by that directly - at work and for my own stuff I run self-hosted GitLab instances.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 13 2021 10:01 AM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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