If Hitler invaded Hell, I would give a favourable reference to the Devil.
Monday, November 17
One of the few things that is working flawlessly is my new DVD writer - the Pioneer 106. A good thing too, as I am now burning my 103rd DVD. I've had two coasters so far - one my fault: There's a thin plastic protective film at the bottom of the stack of DVDs, and it don't work so good if you put that in the DVD writer along with the blank disk - and one Windows' fault: It decided to lock up completely in the middle of writing a disk.
And it's amazing what you'll find, sifting through a terabyte of stuff collected over seven years. Look, it's the Apollo Launch version of Fly Me To The Moon from Evangelion! I thought I'd lost that in the great File Corruption Scandal of '02.
Yes, an eight-minute dance mix of Fly Me To The Moon. Well, I like it, anyway. Kiss me please!
You are all I long for,
All I worsip and adore.
Sunday, November 16
/dev/hda in my little Linux firewall/gateway/server box is dying as I type.
Gotta be the heat. 36C here in Sydney today. Don't think it liked that much.
Fortunately, it's mirrored. Um, was mirrored. Sigh.
It's not dead, mind you; two of the partitions - /usr and, uh, /pixy - have been failed out on one side of the mirror. The other partitions - /, /home, /var and so on - seem happy enough. It may be just a bad sector or two. In fact, I suspect that the same thing happened to the other drives, and once I finish backing everything up I'll be able to confirm that.
Except for the new Maxtor drive, which simply would not format, and has been sent back under warranty.
I still don't have NAT working, so I've decided to plug the modem straight into the Linux server rather than the router. Only, the Linux server only had one ethernet port, and it doesn't like the Netgear 511 that I gave it. And all my spare 510s are in the firewall at work.
Let's see what's in the parts bin... A D-Link 530TX, and a 3Com 905C. Well, one of those should work. Init 0...
Update: Pixy's tip of the day: If your Linux box doesn't want to recognise a new network card, try yanking out the old one first. Then, after booting with no network cards at all, shut down and put both cards in together.
Saturday, November 15
My Netgear router is now curled up peacefully on the rug next to my D-Link modem. Awwww. How sweet.
Yay! Internet access everywhere! Pity I wiped the router settings and NAT doesn't work anymore!
But that's easy to fix.
Update: Err, no it's not.
Friday, November 14
Mozilla 1.6a is out.
My D-Link DSL-302G hates my Netgear RO-318. My Netgear RO-318 is not even speaking to my D-Link DSL-302G.
Which means that right now I only have internet access from this one PC. The pain! The pain!
I've re-routed my pixymisa.net emails to the server at work, but I may have lost a few somewhere. So if you emailed me in the last few days and haven't heard back, it's not that I'm cross with you, it's just that your message got eaten by mice.
Thursday, November 13
My modem didn't love me anymore.
I installed the helpful D-Link DSL-300 Configuration Utility to see what was going on. When asked to detect my modem, the helpful D-Link DSL-300 Configuration Utility helpfully said:
What modem?Important note: The D-Link DSL-300 DSL Modem does not have a factory reset feature. So if you screw it up, you've screwed it up permanently. (Also note: The manual for the D-Link DSL-300 DSL Modem is useless.)
I don't know if the D-Link DSL-302G is really any better, except for two points:
1. It does have a factory reset feature.
2. I haven't screwed it up yet.
Now I just have to get it to talk to my router. Router: What modem?
Tuesday, November 11
A couple of weeks back, I whined about the lack of CD-printing printers in Australia. Epson sell such beasties just about everywhere else in the world, but not in Oz, because the ink used is dye-based in will destroy the ozone layer or something.
Anyway, it appears that Canon have come to the rescue with not one, not two, but three shiny new models. Of course, the one I want* doesn't seem to be available anywhere...
But the really amusing thing is that the models sold in America can't print on CDs - apparently due to a patent dispute. Ha ha!
* The most expensive one.
Telstra have stuffed their DSL network statewide. In a rather interesting way: packets up to 1144 bytes in size will get through; packets of 1145 bytes or more, basically, won't. Packet loss is 7% at 1000 bytes, 97% at 1200 bytes.
So ping and traceroute work, ssh mostly works, but http, ftp, smtp, pop, nntp and BitTorrent - in other words, all the good stuff - don't.
When I get home, if it's not fixed, I'll try fiddling with the MTU and see where that gets me. Probably the yacht will sink.
So I've pretty much decided that I'm going to get a new computer. The only question is: What colour should it be? Oh, yeah, black. Makes it go faster.
Well, with that sorted, there are only little unimportant details left to decide, like what processor I should get. (Mac fans note: I'd love to buy a Dual G5, but it's just not on the cards this year.)
So, let me know what you think. AMD? Intel? Zilog?
Update: Oh, yeah. The machine will be running Windows XP, and will be used for web browsing and email... And graphics editing and web design. And video editing. (Video encoding is painfully slow on my current system.) And music editing (Sonic Foundry's Acid). The occasional bit of programming. (Most of my programming is done on Linux). Word processing. Watching videos. And games, of course.
In fact, mostly games. I already have a GeForce 4 4600 Ultra, so I'm waiting out the current confusion in the video card market. Wake me when the GeForce 6 is out. (Or the FX2 or the GX or whatever it turns out to be.)
I'm also thinking of upgrading my Linux box. That will almost certainly be an Athlon.
The reason I'm asking is that the last four or five systems I've bought have all been AMD - right back to the K6-2. I have a P3 box at work, and it's not particularly impressive. So I've never spent much time on a P4, and I don't know how they stack up.
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