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Tuesday, June 28


Daily News Stuff 28 June 2022

Oops It Deaded Again

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  • Server fell over at 5AM.  (Not the Ace server, the one that runs my own blog and many others.)

    I didn't have an audible alarm because I currently only have the travel laptop with me, and I didn't notice right away because I got to bed at 4:30 and had a meeting at 8:30.

    I have a new server, I just haven't had time to complete the migration.  Soon...

  • Rufus is a tool for generating install images that just happens to let you bypass Windows 11's requirements for a Microsoft online login.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Windows 11 Home - like 10 Home - has always required an online login; the recent change is that Windows 11 Pro now does as well.

    Funny thing is, I've activated Windows 10 Home on many systems and Windows 11 Home one one, and I've never used an online account to do so.  Just kill the network interface during initial setup and the online login widget dies too.

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  • Be me.
  • Fly back to Sydney from the nice New House.
  • Work until 3 AM.
  • See AmeTori off-collab and decide to stay up for another half hour to see that live.
  • Finally get to sleep at 4:30 AM.
  • Server crashes at 5 AM.
  • Meeting at 8:30 AM discussing critical issues that need to be resolved.
  • Don't see the notification for nearly 8 hours.
This server is flaky and has been for some time.  I have two three alternate servers I could move to, but the migration is fiddly and I've had negative amounts of free time these last six months.

But apologies, once I'm permanently settled in New House City things will improve.

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Monday, June 27


Daily Tech News 27 June 2022

Pixy Doesn't Die At The End

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  • Bad thing about working for a small company: Sometimes someone needs to work through the night - repeatedly - and that someone is you.

    Good thing about working for a small company: This does not pass unnoticed.

    To put it another way: When the new CPUs and graphics cards come out later this year, I'm all set to buy a new high-end gaming system.  On which I shall play Minecraft.

    There's still a crisis I need to deal with tonight - a database playing up in weird ways - but it's the only crisis I have to deal with tonight.

    (Also, I'm not the only one who has had to jump in and do weird things at awful hours recently; we've had a lot going on.  It's a good team.)

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Disclaimer: And I need to save that money for my Minecraft rig.

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Sunday, June 26


Daily News Stuff 26 June 2022

Where Are They Now Edition

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  • Say, whatever happened to that fancy Asus "Space Edition" laptop?  Did it ever make it to market?

    Yep.  (Amazon)

    On the one hand, kind of expensive.

    On the other hand, with an i9-12900H it's nearly three times as fast as the laptop I'm using right now.

    On the third hand, Amazon's spec sheets are maintained by idiots.  This one states the laptop weighs 9.9lbs.

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Note To Self

The perfect laptop doesn't exist.  The perfect laptop is kind of expensive.

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Saturday, June 25


Daily News Stuff 25 June 2022

We Made It, They Fucked It Up Edition

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  • So, went to the Ikea site today to price some bookshelves.

    Last chance to buy.

    What?  You've sold like a hundred million of the damn things.  You can't possibly be so stupid as to stop making them.
    It is estimated that every five seconds, one BILLY bookcase is sold somewhere in the world. Pretty impressive considering we launched BILLY in 1979. It’s the booklovers choice that never goes out of style.
    Well, not anymore.  (Fast Company)

    For decades, Billy bookcases have come in two versions: The cheap white ones coated with foil paper, and the more expensive wood veneer ones.

    There will no longer be a wood veneer option.  At all.  In fact, they're already gone, so if you were planning on putting anything other than the cheap white version in your brand new house, tough shit.

    With my revised plan to put shelves in the hallways, I was planning on using the cheap white version anyway.  Guess I'll do something else in the rooms where I want to match furniture and not just have it be inoffensive.

  • At least there are donuts on the way.

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  • Speaking of which, the best small Android tablet has gone the way of wood veneer as well.  I mean, there was only one adequate small Android tablet as it was - the Lenovo Tab M8 FHD - and that's gone.  As far as I can tell everything left on the market has the same screen resolution as the original Nexus 7 from 2012.  The crappy one, not the 2013 model that was actually pretty good.

    Lenovo's new Legion Y700 would be perfect - 2560x1600 8.8" screen and Arm A77 cores that blow the old A53 cores in the Tab M8 out of the water.  Except that it's kind of expensive - and only available in China.

  • Everyone else just leaks stuff online: A Japanese city council worker has lost a USB drive containing personal details of every resident of Amagasaki - about half a million people.  (The Guardian)

    In his defense, he was very drunk.

  • AMD's Zen 4 has a somewhat disappointing IPC uplift over Zen 3 - only 8-10%.  Overall performance will improve by more than that because clock speeds will be significantly higher and multi-threading is improved on the high-end models.

    Intel meanwhile is promising up to double-digit performance improvements.  (WCCFTech)

    In theory that means anything up to 99%, but I think they mean anything up to 10%.

    They are also packing in an extra eight Efficiency cores though, which should improve the multi-threaded performance by up to 30% on top of those single-threaded gains.

Disclaimer: No veneer for you.

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Friday, June 24


Daily News Stuff 24 June 2022

I Aten't Dead Edition

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  • Well, maybe a little dead.

  • Resolved a weird and long-standing performance issue with the system at work by turning off threads in the application server and using a full process for every worker.  Magic.

  • The designated office area at New House can fit 12.2m of desk in an L shape - almost exactly 40 feet. 

    Do I need 40 feet of desk space? 
    Am I gonna?
    Darn tootin'.

  • Similarly, there's quite a wide U-shaped hallway that wraps around a core area (kitchen / bathroom) and leads to all the other rooms.  I can fit 16 bookcases along the blank sections of wall without putting anything in an actual room.

  • In which bad things happen to bad people.  (Pluralistic)

    Ah, the schadenfreude is overpowering.

Disclaimer: Please, sir, can I have some more?

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Thursday, June 23


Daily News Stuff 23 June 2022

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Disclaimer: That's what...  No.

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Wednesday, June 22


Daily News Stuff 22 June 2022

Carpet Event Horizon Edition

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  • So I ventured to vacuum New House, which is more than twice the size of Old House and carpeted throughout where Old House had hardwood floors in the living areas.

    Yeah, I'm going to get a Roomba or some suitable equivalent.  That's a lot of carpet.

  • The FAA is ordering airlines to update faulty radar altimeters.  (Ars Technica)

    The argument has been going on for years, with cellular network operators swearing that their equipment couldn't affect aircraft instruments, and airlines swearing that it did.

    Turns out they're both right, because the instruments themselves are faulty.  The altimeters were designed decades ago when nothing else operated anywhere near that radio frequency, so the designers just didn't bother to filter out other signals.  And now that there are other signals, there are problems.

    The networks are happy with this decision.  The airlines not so much.

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Eight Minutes of Dad Showing Up At the Worst Possible Time Video of the Day

Well, Calliope Mori from Hololive dropping in on her colleagues anyway.  At the worst possible time.

Also in case you're confused which you probably are, because I sure was, the second clip with Bae - the rat girl - is not Bae, but IRyS pretending to Bae.

Disclaimer: Allow me to explain.  No, there is too much.  Allow me to sum up.

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Tuesday, June 21


Daily News Stuff 21 June 2022

Shall I Compare Thee To A Datacenter Fire Edition

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  • Step One: Protect your critical web sites and services by putting them behind a globally distributed, highly redundant, fault tolerant content distribution network.

    Step Two: You'll still go down but now you have someone to blame.

    This outage took out the sites we run at work, the sites I use to do my work, and about a quarter of the news sites I visit to compile this daily post.

    I'm not sure just how widespread the effects were, because one of the things that went down was Cloudflare's DNS service.  (The Verge)

    So anyone using that service - including automated monitoring services - would have seen the entire internet go dark.

    Downdetector shows Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Twitter all affected, despite at least three of those companies running their own content distribution networks.  But that might be in part because the monitoring systems went down.

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  • Threadripper Pro 5000 chips are coming to retail.  (Serve the Home)

    Prices start at around $2500 - there are cheaper models for OEMs but they're not going to be available in the retail market - and it should show up just in time to be eclipsed by the new 4th generation Epyc server CPUs.

    But if you want a workstation for CPU-based tasks - video production, for example, or engineering - Threadripper is still the best thing out there.  Intel has some new high-end chips on the way but no launch dates or pricing as yet.

  • Or you could just not use it: Disabling notifications on Nextdoor takes 130 separate clicks.  (Imgur)

    Not using it takes zero clicks.  It's like a smile only better.

  • Those gluten-free donuts - these ones - are now available for online order; at first they were in-store only.  They're actually cheaper imported to Australia, on the freezer shelf, with sales tax added, than listed on that website.  Somehow.  Got more coming Thursday.

    I can only get the simple glazed donuts locally, but that's okay, they would be my first choice anyway,

Disclaimer: Do or donut, there is no try.

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