Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Friday, June 30

Rant

I HATE PERL

Just thought I'd mention that.

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Thursday, June 29

Rant

Sesame Seeds

There are a million files on my notebook, and it had to eat cookies.txt?

Grr.

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Tuesday, June 27

Rant

Not Even Wrong

Bill Keller, editor of the bleedin' New York Times:
It's an unusual and powerful thing, this freedom that our founders gave to the press.
The founders did no such thing.

The founders recognised a pre-existing freedom, and wrote the Bill of Rights to protect that freedom:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The founders gave no special freedom to the press at all. What they did was to forbid Congress to legislate against freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

That pillock Keller again:

The power that has been given us is not something to be taken lightly.
You haven't been given anything. You have arrogated power to yourself, and hold yourself unnacountable.

Draping yourself in the Constitution at this point is not going to convince anyone.

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Wednesday, June 14

Rant

Well, Crap

DVI does not support PC function.

It's still got a VGA input, but that's just stupid.

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Tuesday, June 13

Rant

Crapweasels 'R' Us

Okay, so my place-of-employment is going to buy me the full Adobe/Macromedia bundle, but haven't done so yet. And my 30-day-trial of Paint Shop Pro X has run out.

Paint Shop Pro does 90% of what I need, image-editing-wise, so I'd be happy to buy it. Especially since there's a special trial offer: If your 30-day-trial has run out, you can buy it for just $59, with free copies of Corel Photo Album 6 (which I don't need) and Photo Album Pastel Collection (which I very don't need).

Except that only one of those two is free, and you can't remove either one from your order. By clicking remove you can toggle which one you get for free, but you can't actually get rid of them.

And the offer only applies to US and Canada.

If you live in Australia, it's $299.

And though they have a link for Other Countries, it leads you to a search which cannot find anything.

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Saturday, June 10

Rant

Overhead, Without Any Fuss...

I was feeling good this morning.

The chaos caused by the DDoS attack was largely over.

I have an interesting new project at work that will have spillover benefits for munu.

My new HDTV has arrived.

So has my copy of Rumble Roses XX.

I'd even had seven hours sleep, which is a record for the month so far.

The only problem left to fix was trackbacks, and that wasn't a huge priority. Trackbacks are nice to have, but 99.8% of them are spam anyway.

Oh yes, and the Zarkster had croaked.

So I settled in at my desk at work -

And then I find, over at munu, without any fuss, the blogs were going out. Every time someone got a comment, the main page of their blog would go blank.

I have absolutely no idea why this was happening.

All I know is that it didn't affect Ace.

Ace was running his own copy of Movable Type. An identical copy (in theory) but still a copy. Using the same database, but still a separate copy of the source code.

It took me a two hours of screaming frustration to find this out, but then I switched everyone over to Ace's copy of MT. And then whacked the server over the head repeatedly. And then it worked.

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Tuesday, June 06

Rant

NFS Is A Cow

We hates it!

Okay, the problem(s) this time:

If portsentry is running, you cannot start NFS. Solution: Stop portsentry, start portmap and nfsd, restart portsentry.

If sunrpc is not available as a kernel module, rpc.idmapd will not start. Without rpc.idmapd, you can't use NFSv4. Solution: Don't use NFSv4.

Everything is set up correctly, your mount requests are being accepted according to the syslog, and yet the client always sees "Permission denied". Solution: Add the line

none /proc/fs/nfs nfsd noauto,defaults 0 0
to /etc/fstab and mount /proc/fs/nfs You can take the noauto off once you're happy that everything works.

This, of course, is all explained in great detail in the man pages... err, the online howto's... err, in the kernel mailing list.

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Sunday, June 04

Rant

Plus Ça Change

One server taken out by a DoS attack, the other by a disk failure.

BUT I STILL GET SPAMMED.

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Saturday, June 03

Rant

The Best Laid Plans

My plans for the weekend involved reading the new Harry Dresden book, having a big bowl of teriyaki beef don, playing with a kitten, and maybe prototyping some new blogging stuff.

They did not include migrating the whole of munu from one server to another to dodge a DoS attack, much less recovering from a hard disk failure during that migration.

So guess what I actually am doing.

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