23 Oct 2000 GJF   » (Apprentice)

5am Tuesday morning

We printed a complete draft of my partners thesis this morning (only had to print 1.5 times - a section break was marked as "odd page" so after fixing that had to reprint remainder of document to get page numbering right). I find myself moaning about Word and M$ products more and more.

Talking about Word, I've come to the conclusion that there is something badly wrong with the conceptual model of a document that they use, aside from the fact that it contains a pile of stuff that should be thrown out (e.g. how many ways are thre to draw a box around something in Word?).

Yesterday had my first long bike ride in two years (since my last bike went into retirement). It's good to be back on the road. I was going to stay on the flat, but couldn't resist tackling one of Wellington's hills. My legs held out pretty well, hope I'm not too sore tommorrow.

I've built myself a second Linux server at the office. That's 2 Linux servers now, they're both "turbochip" 133MHz boxes one of them has been running 200 days now - and it doesn't even have a UPS. It seems I'm building a 486 farm. I've taken to running VNC on them and accessing them from a window on an NT box.

I run icewm as my window manager on the servers as it seems to have about the right combination of light weight and features. I try to choose a theme that doesn't remind me of Windows... Moving the UI to my workstation seems to make the systems more responsive.

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