Monday, May 31
Whine whine computers whine whine disk drives whine whine NTFS whine whine software raid whine whine reinstall whine whine data loss grumble grumble disk failure growl growl another disk failure whine whine rsync whimper whimper completely ignores the fact that the other end is now read-only and is not writing any of the files I'm transferring moan moan Windows networking snarl YANK! peace quiet ahh.
Beep beep bzzzzzzt bing mmm chicken and cheese burrito yum.
Thursday, May 20
Happiness is relative. Today I don't have a headache; I'm getting over my cold; two of my bosses are out of the office so stress levels are manageable; the new server is finally working... Good enough for me.
Munuvia, and Heather in particular, came under a particularly nasty spam attack today. This one dodges MT Blacklist by generating a new throwaway sub-domain for every spam. And it was persistent. But manually blocking the primary domain stopped it in its tracks. Then I just had to go and delete 400-odd comments. The
world blog was saved, thanks once again to Jay Allen and MT Blacklist! Block banned-pics.com now and avoid the rush!
Fedora Core 2 is out - think of it as Red Hat Linux 11. I logged into my home box from work, killed my existing BitTorrent download (Pretty Cure episodes 1-5) and started downloading FC2 instead. It's available as a DVD as well as 4 CDs (8 in all, counting the source CDs as well) but I don't currently have a DVD-ROM drive on my Linux box. I'm not sure quite why I don't, but there it is: A perfect excuse to buy a new 8x DVD burner! (4 CDs, and I bet it still doesn't include Nethack.)
Now I just need to think of an excuse to buy a gigabit switch: I can get a Netgear 5-port switch for $170 now, and my Windows box and my fileserver are already equipped with gigabit cards. Of course, with a mere 2.6GHz Pentium 4, Windows can't really go much above 100mbits anyway, so there's really no point.
On the other hand, it's cheap...
The 1.4 terabytes fileserver at the office has been fixed by the Judicious Application of Money™ - in this case taking the form of a Highpoint RocketRaid 1820 PCI-X 8-port Serial-ATA RAID controller (around A$300). It's a bit fussy, and the drivers don't seem to work with Fedora, but once I'd downgraded to Red Hat 9 everything went smoothly. Nice card, even if it does beep beep beep beep if there's something it doesn't like. Oh, and the ports are numbered 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 3 - 4 - 1 - 2, which was a little confusing.
I've been experimenting with rsync for backups - now that we have an extra 1.4 terabytes of space that needs to be filled up - and it works very well. Very well; I'm actually rather impressed. Err... assuming that it's actually working, that is, and it appears to be. It's very quick to backup minor changes to a very large filesystem. Not the best way to back up a live database, but no worse than most of the other ways.
600 gig down, 800 to go. (What do you mean, it's not a contest to see who can fill it up first?!)
Sunday, May 09
So, there was the Devil (or at least one of his associates) writing out my very own personal contract with an old-fashioned quill pen on parchment (I didn't ask what what he used for ink) and I was looking over his shoulder and pointed out that the word wept is spelled w - e - p - t and not the rather quaint way he had it, and (rules are rules, you know) he had to tear the whole thing up and start again.
Good thing devils are immortal or they might lose their patience at times like this.
Of course, when I actually got the final copy, it read like a penis enlargement spam ("3-Inch-es E-x-t-r-a or Re-fund to YOU! nu kzf bt") only with penalty clauses and I suddenly realised I had pressing business elsewhere.
Tuesday, May 04
Ambient Irony should return to it's irregular schedule around about Thursday.
Until then, I leave you with this selection of fine reading:
Saturday, May 01
My local branch of the Scottish Restaurant has a series of signs in one window that read as follows:
Take a peek at our eggs.
100% export quality Australian beef.
We just add a dash of pepper and salt.Cow eggs? They're using cow eggs?!
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