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life
The doc said yesterday I had sinusitis, but healing quite ok. Good to know. Inhalation with chamomile helped the most. So much for medications :)

work
Trying to find some inter-isp misconfiguration, when probably someone just limited a hosts bandwidth in our direction... It's fun indeed.

fun
On Friday, a well known spammer had forged some mails with a return address of a small school machine I still run. It has almost stock qmail, so there's no way to refuse addresses to invalid local users. Also I can't shut it down, since other MX hosts run the same qmail, for the whole school. Fortunately this qmail has a single patch which allows to refuse any specific addresses. After a few scripts to collect all the invalid addresses, and make them into a refuse list, it started to get more manageable. It was 251 invalid local addresses, and more than 5MB of spewage later when it occurred to me that almost all the spam returns are coming from open relay hosts, so I'm back to using rblsmtpd with outputs.orbz.org. About 250 open relays. Without these, SPAM would not be so prevalent. I hate incompetent operators. Including local ISPs who think relay block lists are an inconvenience item to force them changing addresses daily.

genromfs (and romfs) is more than five years old now, registered on SF more than two years ago, and has the first update in years less than a month ago :) SF download services are *slow* for a week or so...

work
I'm still not too well, but people won't leave me alone at home... at least let them pay me... That also mean even less fun today.

cactus: that's politics, and I don't like that, I'm not like my grandfather yet :)

books
welisc: opposite part of Europe yes, Hungary. In 1999 a 300 page fantasy paperpack would cost 3 euro, now a 200 page local sci-fi is about 3.6. Tolkien LotR illustrated hard-cover, ~1200 pages, about 24 euro (a bit cheaper than a current DVD); this C++ book should be about 40 euro (and paperback if I saw correctly). Books were expensive when they were half this yes. But anyway prices are hard to compare between countries, it does not sound cheap to me. Maybe it's still a nice country to live in :) Still might be a good investment for C++ addicts, indeed. But the language is prohibitive for people wanting a good buy, possibly. I rather buy 6-10 pulp sci-fi nowadays :)
life
Still almost boring. Remember the occasional cracker-hunt, coming back on backdoors, and you play wack-a-mole with him. Weird to do that with the former boss, who hired me almost exactly three years ago..

fun
Interesting times (as in the "Chinese" saying..). Linus just started to use BitKeeper, slashdot posted an article about arch.. Now I can see that the discussions on slashdot have very little value, even if you are bored all day... arch is a bit weird, it looks as a patchy maze of shell scripts (all different), but otherwise more likable...

welisc: funny, I've just seen that C++ book in my native language, and let me tell you, books are here getting *expensive*. The last time their price got so high was a few years ago, but this Christmas seems to have made all the publishers (not just of technical books) a lot greedier.

mirwin: Aha, another one got sucked into Wikipedia :)

DV: that's not a good way to healing :)

work
Lazy days go on till Monday, according to the doc... almost. A switch meltdown at workplace today, and it's all on my neck to tell (from home) what's happening with the network... Never buy unmanaged el cheapo hubs/switches. You have been warned. :)

fun
New 2.4 prepatch... It shouldn't take so long. It's time to refresh the romfs patches with the usual comments, and sneak in some bit for future features.

chalst: yes, bk is out there, what I really miss is source tarballs; and probably I need to get rid of the same aversion the BSD people look at the GPL... It's just somehow incomfortable.

life
Got a few days off, my throat is finally getting better, doc check is tomorrow. Slow days, I've never slept, and read books so much in months (just the phone keeps ringing... people miss the BOFH :)

fun
So much new sw is out now.. Samba, Ghostscript... No feedback on genromfs, just a falling number of downloads. Not an UI must-have tool, I confess. :)

XFree [4.1.0] sometimes leaves my console with garbage, sometimes with a darker palette on every exit on a basic NVidia card. Upgrade imminent?

life
My eyes wear out early, gotta check out a TFT "monitor", I think...

Also a revisit to doc is today, my throat is not all that better.

fun
Have to check out Subversion, and arch soon... Yeah, Bitkeeper is nice, but I crave for source :)

Advogato is slow sometimes, some of every ten page fetches stall for half a minute. Is it me, my country, or the site?

work
Another round of progress hacking. This time about triggers. It's a 4GL with some nice aspects and some terrible ones for people coming from another language...

genromfs 0.5.1 was finally released at the last weekend, after the not quite perfect 0.5 (which embarrassingly installed the man page in the binary directory). romfs finally has a web page at romfs.sourceforge.net. The release was also announced at freshmeat (unfortunately, not the bugfixed version), mirrored at ibiblio/metalab/sunsite. Right, I don't hate sourceforge :)

A few changes at work, and maybe I can stop playing catch up, and get up some speed. So, that was a hiatus. Let's see, how it goes on :)

Gosh, I'm seriously out of power to code something just for fun. Even less updating diaries, at least this one :) For the less interesting stuff, since the last update, I've been donating blood three times, went boozing about three times too (although no correlation).

romfs related todo, and mail is starting to pile up on me also. A few famous people, and a few from famous corporations are just waiting for my reply.. help! :) I start to think my project management abilities are somewhat limited.

Oh, and with a friend, we acquired a few of those 2x24 LCD's (pure HW, someone need to hack the interface); a few days later I re-discovered it is *the* common standard the lcdproc et al. is already using. I've some plans to use them what the screen is getting too small for.

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