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Mira Grant - Newsflesh Trilogy

OK - so I read, a couple years back, the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant, before getting my Kindle - it was fantastic, and I wanted more, ... so, diligently I waited and then after getting my Kindle, I spotted that the second in the series was available for pre-order (yay!), so noting when it was due out, I made sure that a couple of days before the release of Deadline, I could read Feed again - having already owned it in paperback, I also diligently bought it a second time for the Kindle (knowing that I would be reading something else just before starting the voyage through Feed and then Deadline, and travelling with lots of paperbacks in my bag was just getting annoying...).

In a few months time, the final part of the Newsflesh Trilogy comes out - and I await it with baited breath. I also note, that, currently it is only available for pre-orders in paperback - NOOOOOO! So, with that in mind, can everyone please go to the Amazon page for the paperback and click on the magic link that says you want to read it on the Kindle!

Also, if someone can work out why the novellas are only available in audiobook format, and somehow makes them available in a nice printed format (well, kindle), that would be great!

(One day I'll get round to re-enabling comments on here... one day... yes, one day!)

Posted: 2012-01-16 22:20 in Life, and Books | permalink | Comments: 0

Holy Crap - another set of books to re-read when the last comes out.

ARGH! Have just finished "The Wise Man's Fear" - fantastic book, but still the middle of a trilogy, without the last book in sight... If you've not read "The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss, I seriously suggest going and picking them up (at least if you read some fantasy, even if you don't they're worth a read I reckon).

Posted: 2011-11-23 00:45 in Life, and Books | permalink | Comments: 0

Things that annoy me #31294

I use rss2maildir.py to read rss feeds, it has a nifty feature whereby if a post is changed, it just gets tacked on to a thread for that post. There are 2 things that really annoy me with rss feeds, though - 1 is the people that don't include the full post in the rss feed, and the other is people that include a comment count in the rss feed.

I don't care how many comments are on the post, dammit. I'd deliberately go follow the post if I did, but having that comment count means that I get another one in the thread for NO REASON, the content of the post hasn't changed, dammit. This means that until that post drops out of the feed, every 30 minutes if the comment count has changed (and so the "content" of the feed changes) I get that post yet again and marked as new in my mailbox. Why does anyone put the comment count in the feed, does anyone really care?! If you want to link to comments from the feed, that's fine, just drop the count from it, and the content of the post wouldn't change, and I'd be happy.

Erm, comments are currently turned off here, until I manage to get round to turning on all the little spam prevention fun... just thought I'd have a whinge, really!

Posted: 2011-07-22 14:20 in Random, and Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

IPv6 Woes...

So, I'm in a bit of an odd situation where I've got 2 (sometimes 3) stateless ipv6 configurations hitting my laptop a lot of the time - I need to prefer only one of them for the default route, but obviously I'm getting served default routes all over the shop (because each radvd on that network is advertising itself as a default route too)... Now, on my laptop I actually deliberately set one of my own machines as a DNS server on the bringing up of a certain interface which happens to be v6 only, the problem is that only does recursive if you come from a fixed set of IPs, so I get sporadic dns failures if the laptop decides to use one of the other default v6 routes.

Now, being spoilt as I usually am by the kernel, I thought "Hmmm, obvious way to get round this would be to tell the kernel that $interface should have a default routing metric for the default route of 512 rather than 1024". Apparently that was a pipe dream, from what I can tell from the kernel source, routes added are given a metric of 256 if they are a directly advertised prefix, and 1024 if they are a default route, I couldn't see a way that you could at any point change that.

As this doesn't actually exist, and I just realised that I could advertise the route to the dns server (which is on a different /64 to the vpns /64), I'm now advertising that route - note, however, that for this to work you have to have enable a sysctl option to let it accept router advertisements for things that aren't the prefix it's getting or the default.

The way to enable that is

sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.interface.accept_ra_rt_info_max_plen=64

Which will enable anything up to a /64 prefix to be advertised at us.

Looking at how the kernel handles default routing tables, what would be really useful (to me at least) would be to be able to set default metrics per interface so that when a route is advertised at it it used the per interface metric rather than the (sortof) hardcoded kernel metrics.

Posted: 2011-04-06 14:03 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

Discovering Netgear ProSafe switches and IP Power 9258 devices

So, we have some netgear prosafe switches and some IP Power 9258 devices where I'm currently working, unfortunately, these don't always get the IP configuration that you'd expect (or, they get a DHCP lease from a DHCP server that I can't query the leases from...), however both come with little windows utilities that "magically" find the devices and give back (quite a lot, really) information on the IP configuration of the device. Being somewhat of a "oh god, I don't want to use windows, please don't make me" type person, and knowing the the IPPower 9258 boxes were going to a remote site where I'll only have linux machines on the same network as them, I figured that it would be a good idea to sit with wireshark and find out how the heck these tools worked.

Turns out that both just send out a UDP broadcast packet (or two) and then sit and wait for responses - this meant that to get the information that I wanted out of them I could get away with writing very little python, taking the UDP packet that I got back, taking the payload and dismantling it piece by piece so that I could display that information. The scripts aren't at all polished, but if anyone happens to need something (that should work multi-platform, too) to discover either of these, let me know and I can throw you what I've got.

Posted: 2010-09-07 22:00 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

Life, the Universe, and Everything (or something)

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned... or at least, not blogged for a looooong time. I've been reasonably busy, stopped working for Runtime Collective and started contracting for a small company in Portsmouth, it's been somewhat hectic, and the commute isn't brilliant, but it has given me a lot of time for reading...

Really, mostly a lot of my time during the week is commuting, working, reading and sleeping, haven't had much time for anything else, and have mostly been knackered... I'm getting in to the habit now, though, so am getting a bit more time for getting on with other things. I have, however, gained a lot more fiction books in the last few months, and am averaging 2 or 3 books a week at the moment. Most enjoyed the first 2 books of the Demon Trilogy by Peter V Brett - have to wait till 2012 to get the last book, though - which is a loooong time! Actually, I seem to have made a habit of ending up starting trilogys recently where not all of the books are published, in the case of Feed by Mira Grant I managed to really screw up - not even the second book is due out until next year - but the first is really quite good. I've also got the first book of Mark C Newton's Legend of the Red Sun books, really enjoyed that, but am waiting for the second in paperback, as they're much easier to carry around and use on the tube.

Have read the Millennium trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The first film, although a reasonable adaptation of the book, misses some good parts of the book, and doesn't leave you feeling as if you know the characters as much.

Am also planning on working through all the Laundry books by Charles Stross, I picked up The Fuller Memorandum on a whim (OK, it was on a 2 for 1 in Waterstones...) and really enjoyed it, so am going to get the rest (when I start getting low on books again - I've currently got another 5 queued up, so it might not be for a couple of weeks).

So, other than that, what have I been up to? Well, played the last bits of DLC for Assassins Creed 2 on the PS3, and thoroughly looking forward to the release of AC3, played most of the way through Lego Harry Potter, wandered about and saw people... you know, the usual things!

Oh, and of course, August bank holiday weekend (28-30) were spent with good peoples at the ever fantastic Debian UK BBQ where much Nero was imbibed, many people spoken to, and some gpg signing done - as always many thanks to Steve McIntyre for a fantastic weekend, to Collabora and Mythic Beasts for the beer, and to antibodyMX and Coding Craft Ltd for the food (Oi, Pashley , stop being crap and sort out your company website...).

Posted: 2010-09-07 21:30 in Life | permalink | Comments: 0

So... shortened urls then...

Turns out that I do get shortened urls in twirssi if I manage to install libwww-shorten-perl, so having now installed that it appears that I've got a fairly much fully working twirssi, which is rather nice.

Posted: 2010-03-23 10:30 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

Twitter and irssi...

So, from the last post, it appears that most people got fed up with trying to get twirssi working in Lenny, and it was suggested that twircd was the viable alternative - I've not tried that (yet) mostly because it's PHP based, and (strangely) I try to avoid running any PHP unless I absolutely have to. Might be of interest to others though!

I'm likely to see about making a cleaner package of libnet-twitter-lite at some point over the next week (for Lenny), but for the moment it's mostly working (I'm fairly sure the URL shortening bit won't, but I haven't tested that yet... right - tested and it doesn't work - fairly sure that's because it relies on a newer version of LWP than in stable... so I'll add that to the list of things I need to work around :)

Posted: 2010-03-15 17:05 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

Getting twirssi working in Debian Lenny

So, I finally gave in and got my self a twitter account, it is (as one would guess) http://twitter.com/sommitrealweird, me, being me, I hate having to have lots of browser tabs open for things that I should be able to access in my IRC client, with twitter this is even more obvious that an IRC client is better for reading it, lots of short messages that are text, why would you need a browser tab for that? Also it means that I've got a log of the twitter messages and can look when I feel like it. All of my IRC is done from my main virtual machine, which is also my e-mail server and web server, and thus, it's running Debian stable (currently lenny), unfortunately this does not include the Net::Twitter library that twirssi relies on.

So, first step first, how much of a PITA would backporting Net::Twitter be... well, I took a look at the dependencies and went "Well, that looks like rather more effort than I want to put in right now", however I then found Net::Twitter::Lite, which you can satisfy the dependencies (well, sortof) in Lenny... they're a few versions out, but they're close...

First part was doing :

dh-make-perl --cpan Net::Twitter::Lite

Once that's finished you'll have a Net-Twitter-Lite-blah directory, which in turn contains a debian/ directory, so you can go in there and do:

dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

That should tell you roughly what you're missing etc, from there you can check for the debian packages providing the missing libraries, and what versions they are. Install them and edit Makefile.PL to have the version numbers of the debian packages, you might also need to update debian/control to change some of it's restrictions.

Once all that is done, you should have a libnet-twitter-lite-perl package, install that and you're most of the way there.

I then cloned the twirssi source, and edited it to use Net::Twitter::Lite rather than Net::Twitter, my source is available via gitweb at http://git.sommitrealweird.co.uk/gitweb?p=twirssi-net-twitter-lite.git;a=summary. To clone do:

git clone git://git.sommitrealweird.co.uk/twirssi-net-twitter-lite.git/

or

git clone http://git.sommitrealweird.co.uk/twirssi-net-twitter-lite.git/

Hope that helps someone else out there! If you want my Net::Twitter::Lite package, let me know!

Posted: 2010-03-15 00:26 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 2

SeeSaw

So, I just went to register for a SeeSaw invite, I entered my usual e-mail address, which is iDunno@sommitrealweird.co.uk, and got told it was not a valid e-mail address... erm, yes it is, I use it rather a lot, dammit! So, I changed the localpart from iDunno to one of my less used aliases, and that it accepted... this means that they're checking the localpart and rejecting things with a localpart of idunno, I don't know what other localparts they're rejecting, but that seemed a little harsh...

Ah well, now I'll wait for the invite then I can test :)

Update: Apparently if you put the e-mail address in all lowercase it accepts it fine. sigh.

Posted: 2010-02-02 10:38 in Life | permalink | Comments: 2

Of TV shows and them being cancelled...

So, I've (only just) got round to watching most of Tru Calling, I'm nearly at the end of season one, and then I looked at the number of DVDs left and went "erm, err, what happened with season two, then?"... This appears to happen rather often with anything shown by Fox... The other show that I really liked but didn't see till a long time after they'd cancelled it was Firefly. Why do Fox do this?! Annoying gits! Of course, the other show that I'm waiting for on DVD/Blu-Ray is Dollhouse Season 2, after which we get no more of that either (go Fox!) - I've also just finished The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2... which I believe has also been cancelled...

Mutter - it just all mostly sucks. With that and the stupid schedule that Disney PIXAR are releasing things, I'm sure that the entertainment industry is just out to piss me off, there's no way that they needed so many months between the US premier of Up and it coming to the UK (OK, so when it did come out here, I didn't go and see it in the cinema, but that's mostly cos I was still pissed off with the release scheduling, and that I'll have it on DVD/Blu-ray as soon as it's released here on that... I own the rest of the Disney PIXAR movies, so meh).

Posted: 2010-01-23 16:09 in Life | permalink | Comments: 0

Of networking, bridging and ipv6 tunnels...

So, as I'm not always sitting directly in front of machines that I'm working on I've been using various tools to get temporary network connections between completely seperate network blocks, for example, sitting on wireless outside of my home, connecting back in to the desktop at home, and then connecting to the virtual machines on that desktop - the virtual machines are on their own private network, which is bridged and then routed through the desktop. The desktop machine has an ipv6 tunnel setup using tinc to my main VPS. That in turn has a tunnel setup to he.net's ipv6 network... I then have my laptop configured to also use tinc to connect to my VPS, so lots of ipv6 over ipv4, really.

From that I can then get a 'direct' ssh connection between my laptop and my desktop (OK, so it's actually going over 2 ipv6 over ipv4 tunnels to get there, but it "looks" direct), so, that gets me as far as the external network on that box. From here, we can run a vde_switch which is connected to a tun/tap interface that's part of the internal bridge, once we've got that running, I bring up another vde_switch on my laptop attached to another tun/tap interface purely for that network with a static ip configure on that interface... using the magic of dpipe I then connect the two vde_switches together using vde_plug, and as if by magic, I then have access to the internal networking of my virtual machines, meaning that I can now ssh directly in to the virtual machines without having to do anymore interesting ssh bouncing and port forwarding.

It's a little sick, but it really does make remote working a lot easier to do, it's a vpn of sorts, I suppose, as all traffic is being thrown over ssh pipes or tinc (which in turn is encrypted using x509 certificates)... probably not the quickest of networks, but very very nice all the same.

Posted: 2010-01-22 16:16 in Tech, and Work | permalink | Comments: 0

Firefox Paper Size

It appears that no matter what the system papersize is set to, and no matter what cups says is the default paper size, firefox, in its infinite wisdom locks it to being letter - this would probably be fine if I was in the US, but I'm not, and I want it to be A4...

So, the stages to go through to get it to do the right thing appear to be:

  • Goto about:config

  • Filter on print_paper_size

  • Change any bold (i.e. set) entries that are wrong to A4

This seems like something that should be much easier set, apparently using Page Setup only affects the current tab/window you are in and doesn't change the default, which is just odd.

Posted: 2009-10-09 10:03 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 1

Random Storage Idea...

So, I was reading some random mumblings on the interwebs, and the pigeon with USB stick being a quicker method of data transfer in SA than their intertubes... then there was a thread on a mailing list discussing this, and someone mentioned using stacks of microSD cards... so then my brain decided to launch itself orthogonally, as it often does. What we end up with is wondering just how much storage you could fit in to the space a 3.5" drive would normally take - not taking in to account any method of attaching it at this point. So, a 3.5" drive is approx 102mmx147mmx26mm, a microSD card is 11mmx15mmx1mm, so, assuming that we're just lying them side by side, and not optimising the way they're stored at all, you can fit (with space round the sides) 9*9*26 = 2106 microSD cards in the area of a 3.5" drive. Assuming that each of those is 16G that's just shy of 33.7TB of storage!

So, that set me thinking a bit further... I reckon that in that space you could do a 6*6 grid of cards with room for connectors, and just about get it to 10 high...so, that's 360 microSD cards, and probably enough room for some control gear (haven't worked out quite what we'd use for that), I then went in to wondering if we could then create a small embedded system to talk to those 360 microSD cards, if we did that then you could potentially do RAID0 across the "platters" with RAID6 on each platter. Now, to my poor head that meant that there should be 340*16G of available storage, which is 5.44TB... of course, that involves somehow interfacing the 360 microSD cards... I'm thinking that it might be possible with some form of embedded system...

Unfortunately, it appears that to actually build this with consumer components... and without including the interface gear which I haven't even begun to work out yet... we're talking around about £26 per microSD card, so, erm, £9360... but I still think it'd be a really neat project... now, if someone can arrange for me to win the lottery, have lots of spare time, and some more brain power... :)

Oh dear... my brain appears to have ticked further through, and I've realised that with spacing between each microSD card, you could, in theory, easily fit 400 of them upended in the space available. Erm. Of course, this still doesn't answer the "how the hell do you then get them all to talk in any sane manner" question... but I'm sure that will work out in my head sometime...

Posted: 2009-09-13 20:01 in Random, and Tech | permalink | Comments: 7

LVM weirdness - solution found...

ARGH! So, now I know the issue, the disk was created with a standard dos partition table... this won't extend past the bit that I'm at... it needs to be GPT, so there's going to need to be some downtime to sort it out. SIGH.

Posted: 2009-09-09 18:25 in Tech, and Work | permalink | Comments: 0

LVM weirdness

I'm having some issues with LVM, basically it appears that I can't assign over a certain amount of my pv, where that certain amount is somewhere around 1.5TB... output from all the relevant chunks are:

ensenada:~# lvdisplay
  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/main/root
  VG Name                main
  LV UUID                ZR33WS-glE2-bUn6-adCX-n50C-37eX-Fc7Pde
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                7.45 GB
  Current LE             1907
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     auto
  - currently set to     256
  Block device           254:0

  --- Logical volume ---
  LV Name                /dev/main/voldemort
  VG Name                main
  LV UUID                DrT0co-THRw-6Zcy-Q3PT-OiQj-4KBz-xfV0Un
  LV Write Access        read/write
  LV Status              available
  # open                 1
  LV Size                1.37 TB
  Current LE             358400
  Segments               1
  Allocation             inherit
  Read ahead sectors     auto
  - currently set to     256
  Block device           254:1

ensenada:~# vgdisplay
  --- Volume group ---
  VG Name               main
  System ID
  Format                lvm2
  Metadata Areas        1
  Metadata Sequence No  56
  VG Access             read/write
  VG Status             resizable
  MAX LV                0
  Cur LV                2
  Open LV               2
  Max PV                0
  Cur PV                1
  Act PV                1
  VG Size               5.45 TB
  PE Size               4.00 MB
  Total PE              1428053
  Alloc PE / Size       360307 / 1.37 TB
  Free  PE / Size       1067746 / 4.07 TB
  VG UUID               ddVSIr-W9BU-XOWJ-gdSo-HZ4m-vw3M-S33Q3s

ensenada:~# pvdisplay
  --- Physical volume ---
  PV Name               /dev/sda3
  VG Name               main
  PV Size               5.45 TB / not usable 1.54 MB
  Allocatable           yes
  PE Size (KByte)       4096
  Total PE              1428053
  Free PE               1067746
  Allocated PE          360307
  PV UUID               sFxRYg-Ua60-zpMT-DMqo-tpD5-d24W-qfW31p

ensenada:~# lvcreate -n test -L 74G main
  Logical volume "test" created
ensenada:~# pvs
  PV         VG   Fmt  Attr PSize PFree
  /dev/sda3  main lvm2 a-   5.45T 4.00T
ensenada:~# lvs
  LV        VG   Attr   LSize  Origin Snap%  Move Log Copy%  Convert
  root      main -wi-ao  7.45G
  test      main -wi-a- 74.00G
  voldemort main -wi-ao  1.37T
ensenada:~# lvremove /dev/main/test
Do you really want to remove active logical volume "test"? [y/n]: y
  Logical volume "test" successfully removed
ensenada:~# lvcreate -n test -L 75G main
  device-mapper: reload ioctl failed: Invalid argument
  Aborting. Failed to activate new LV to wipe the start of it.
  LV main/test in use: not deactivating
  Unable to deactivate failed new LV. Manual intervention required.
ensenada:~# lvremove /dev/main/test
Do you really want to remove active logical volume "test"? [y/n]: y
  Logical volume "test" successfully removed
ensenada:~# lvcreate -n test -L 74G main
  Logical volume "test" created
ensenada:~# lvremove /dev/main/test
Do you really want to remove active logical volume "test"? [y/n]: y
  Logical volume "test" successfully removed
ensenada:~#

Please, someone, put me out of my misery - this is driving me nuts!

Extra info:

ensenada:~# uname -a
Linux ensenada 2.6.26-2-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Aug 14 07:12:04 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
ensenada:~# dpkg -l lvm2
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Cfg-files/Unpacked/Failed-cfg/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                  Version               Description
+++-=====================-=====================-==========================================================
ii  lvm2                  2.02.39-7             The Linux Logical Volume Manager
ensenada:~#
ensenada:~# cat /etc/debian_version
5.0.1

(Erm, just remembered that I haven't got comments enabled at the mo, so if you've got fixes, please mail me! iDunno@sommitrealweird.co.uk - thanks!)

Posted: 2009-09-09 16:07 in Tech, and Work | permalink | Comments: 0

XKB and xsessionrc

So, for a while now I've been using xmodmap to remap my caps lock key off to mod4 to make using awesome just that little easier... although my laptop has got a 'Windows' key, it's in an awkward place for general use, whereas caps lock is in a somewhat more convenient place. Also, not wanting to make it system wide (you never know, someone else might want to use the laptop at some point, at which point it'd be a different user), I wanted to keep with something close to the xmodmap method of just replacing bits as we needed 'em.

As I upgraded the laptop yesterday, various things broke (not least of all, my awesome config, as the theme format had changed to lua, and my theme, erm, broked it), I changed from it using my ~/.xsession for starting the things that I want to using the default Xsession foo, fortunately this sources a .xsessionrc file, which is handy.

So, using hints from madduck's post about extending xkb, I setup a very simple mapping that just adds in the Caps Lock -> Mod4 override, which is nice and handy.

I then just use:

[ -r $HOME/.xkb/keymaps/default ] && xkbcomp -I$HOME/.xkb $HOME/.xkb/keymaps/default $DISPLAY

in my .xsessionrc to setup the keyboard with the right settings, the default keymap in $HOME/.xkb/keymaps is simply the output of setxkbmap -print, edited to add +brettp(caps_mod4) to the symbols, the +brettp(caps_mod4) is a copy of madducks partial for that, i.e. there is a file $HOME/.xkb/symbols/brettp that contains:

// caps_mod4: make capslock generate the mod4 modifier
partial modifier_keys
xkb_symbols "caps_mod4" {
  replace key <CAPS> {
    [ VoidSymbol, VoidSymbol ]
  };
  modifier_map Mod4 { <CAPS> };
};

Looks a little cleaner than using xmodmap, and might mean that firing off Xnest sessions might stop breaking things!

Posted: 2009-08-16 14:13 in Tech | permalink | Comments: 0

Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles - Season 1

So, I mostly missed Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles when it was shown on TV, so I bought the first season on blu-ray to watch... I'm about half way through now, and I'm really quite enjoying it. Might have to see if I can find season 2... Appears that the series has had the usual Fox treatment though... "Oh, people like it, we'll ditch it!" sigh.

Posted: 2009-06-06 15:11 in Life | permalink | Comments: 0

Of pro-life and pro-choice

So, this blog entry is purely about my life experience and my gut feelings... but, basically, here's the rub - pro-choice are all about being able to kill a child up to 24 weeks old, my nephew wasn't far past that, and he's a fucking fantastic child, he's now 8 - and absolutely fucking brilliant - so yeah - pro-choice - I'm not going to fuck up my life, but I'm going to mince a child that might or might not have feelings because I can... argh - for fuck sake - given that most abortions are through consensual sex - for fuck sake - either take the choice that you're going to be pregnant and live with that or don't have sex - it's not a hard choice - and that is what I see as pro-choice - you have the choice to have sex, or not. If it wasn't a consensual agreement, take the damn after morning pill, not a hell of a lot is going to survive that, and you're within a week, barely noticeable.

What pisses me off is the "pro-choice" vs "pro-life" battle - you're both wrong, anything after 2 weeks and I'm with the pro-lifers, any thing before that, yeah - the pro-choicers are fine...

Another thing that pisses me off is people deciding that they know best about how the government should go - what they haven't yet realised is that the entire government is there to tax us so that the pro-life and pro-choicers can have their bitter dispute, no matter who is in power. Shortly followed by screwing over either students or workers, depending on who's in power. It doesn't really matter - whoever is in power, some one is going to get screwed.

Posted: 2009-06-06 00:27 in Life | permalink | Comments: 0

And summer bites again!

So, summer has arrived - how can I tell? The heat is killing the servers in our office again, the poor little AC unit can't keep up when the temperature outside is getting to summer weather. So the door to the magical cupboard is open for the moment, as the office temperature is slightly lower (but still, not great), and it's keeping the cupboard at somewhere around 26, which is still a little higher than I'd like, but better than the 32/33 that knocks the main firewall out.

I'll be replacing the main firewall over the weekend with a lower power (and thus less heat generating) soekris box (which should have enough grunt to shift the packets), and means that we'll go from OpenBSD 4.3 -> OpenBSD 4.5 at the same time.

Also, it's time to finally get the workstations on to lenny - as they're all NFS root, it becomes slightly tricky to get the setup just right for them... hopefully we can start rolling it out to the developers early next week, and then we should be in business...

Posted: 2009-06-05 12:50 in Work | permalink | Comments: 0

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