19 Apr 2000 Acapnotic   » (Master)

Hmm. I seem to be purple now. I'd feel more at ease if I knew why that was, but it remains a mystery for the time being.

Played a bit more with CritLink the other day. Intriguing, but kinda slow... so it might help to set up more servers. But it requires a certain critical mass of users to work well, I think. So you either figure out how to build a mesh of the things and share link/comment info between them, the answer to which is non-obvious, or you set them up around existing communities (e.g. Advogato). CritLink's aims seem to be very complementary to a news-discussion site, and if you routed the site's CritLink though a cache (e.g. squid), you could greatly reduce the penalizing bandwith effect of being "slashdotted".

After playing with CritLink, I had to go and find out what backlinks there are to my pages. In the process, I found a number of links to where my pages used to be two years ago...

Discovered a bad sector on one of my disks. It's on the DOS 6.2 partition, so it didn't get much noticed for a long while. Booted DOS to run WD's "dlgdiag" on it (when will disk vendors start open-sourcing their diagnostics?), it said it found "one or more errors" but couldn't repair them. I checked-- the warrantee for WDC drives is 3 years, and dlgdiag said the drive's build date was 20-MAR-97. Hah-hah, very funny. It also seems that neither reiserfs nor LVM have provisions for skipping over bad blocks like mkswap and mke2fs do, which will limit the number of interesting things I can do with the drive. Bummer.

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