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If Hitler invaded Hell, I would give a favourable reference to the Devil.

Saturday, April 24

Rant

World Gone Mad

Why the HELL is Peopleware out of print?!

It's the best book ever written on managing software development teams.  (The Mythical Man Month is the best book ever written on managing software development projects.)

Used copies in good condition are going for $200 and up!  Get that sucker into reprint, now.

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Sunday, April 18

Rant

Well, That's Just Ducky

From my ISP's status page right now:

Fault Notice 1018181


Areas: Australia

Do tell.

Expected time to fix is 4PM WST, i.e. 6PM EST, i.e. exactly when I'm supposed to be doing the server migration.

Bah.

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Monday, April 12

Rant

Just Once

Just once I want to buy something and have it actually work properly.  Just once.

I have two servers.  I have a range of portable IPs that can be assigned to whatever server I need them on and reassigned as required.

The two servers have been placed on different VLANs, so this doesn't work in any way whatsoever.

The suggestion from tech support is to get a new range of portable IPs specifically for the new server sitting alone on its own VLAN, so I can reassign them to itself when it's down... Or something.

Update: They have a solution, which is to physically move the server so that they can plug it into the same VLAN.  Yes, that will certainly work, but it makes my teeth itch.  But then, that's why I never went into network administration.  Servers are quite bad enough, thank you!

I don't really like the idea of moving rackmount servers around after they've been set up, but it's better than the Catch 22 that I was half expecting.  And unless they actually drop it, the worst that should happen is that I'll need to update the IP address in my terminal emulator.

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Saturday, April 10

Rant

Glaargh

Okay, I want to swap the 320GB drive that came with Sae for a 640GB one.  To do that, I need to burn a set of install disks, because no-one bothers to provide them any more.

I can't do that, because Sae is a lightweight notebook and doesn't have a DVD drive.

No problem, I have an external drive.

The recovery disk creation utility doesn't recognise it.  Or rather, it does, but it doesn't believe that there's a disk in the drive.

No problem, I can install a trial copy of Virtual CD, burn to that, and then burn the ISOs.

The recovery disk creation utility doesn't recognise Virtual CD either.  Or rather, it does, but it doesn't believe that there's a virtual disk in the virtual drive.

No problem.  I already downloaded all the Sony drivers just in case, so all I need to do is grab a copy of the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit disk image from my MSDN account, burn that, install it using the existing license key, and go from there.

MSDN is down for the weekend.

Update:  Hmm.  Maybe if I burn a repair disk and do a full backup.  Now if only I had a spare drive to back up onto...

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