Older blog entries for kickaha (starting at number 7)

ugh. more pretty things being moved remotely and machines to remotely down and reconfigure and misunderstandings to sort out. The internet is safe once more. </sardonic>

~14hrs on work. definitely calling in late.

There once was a Goon named Milligan
Who put his Spike in Everything
Married Thrice, and Drunk more like
No more of his like will we see again.

very sad.

Hi, heres your ticket auto-ack. Hi, heres some more on your ticket. Hi, heres your ticket auto-ack. Hi, heres some more on your ticket. Hi, heres your ticket auto-ack. Hi, heres some more on your ticket. [repeat until irritated, add froth to suit]

Auto-ack loops are limited only by the available bandwidth, or MTA size limits. Never quote the full message in an auto-ack, as it may build to extremely silly sizes.

Activity lights on network gear look nice, especially when it indicates another machine entering a cluster.

One coffee, one cola. Drink 'em together, head to the wall, brew another and wait to pour.


cmiller found an interesting game. Its a neat game you can play also with wavelans, although decent maps are also cool.

24/7 this week. Payment for 1 week of being on-call is 1 day, either in time or in money. Pity my last employer didn't go for that scheme (or any scheme, ha!). Hopefully I won't be woken up by letters again.

raid raid raid... its not as if we've got budget shortages, so why does someone, in purchasing more processing power for what appears to be a disk intensive task, buy IDE, then want software raid on it? The normal kit we get does this better (SCSI & hardware raid), is quickly replaced on failure (hot and cold running wa^Wspares), and is what our custom Linux distro is aimed at. Random frothing.

The patch list against our base is getting large, will have to regenerate the blessed thing.

Found some mod_perl tricks to possibly get RT & RT/FM working together with the same apache instance, also other pointers on the list.


Putting personal trivia up on a public diary? I haven't had my coffee/tea/drugs and I'm feeling depressed/angsty/suicidal/sad because my previous girl/boy/plastic/rock/dog/cat friend/pet dumped/deflated/crumbled/ran-away on/from me and joined a drug-running-ring/circus/ship/trash-heap? Screw that. Since I'm tied to a computer this week for work (more so than normal), see if I can get my own list archives to lead various GoogleBots awry. Mason is cool. Don't think I'm sleeping enough (normal).


March/April is busy. USA, Europe, USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, UK (?), Europe. I think I sleep sometime. I just need Africa, South America and Antartica for the whole set.


One of my personal bugbears is the deliberate removal of attribution lines in mailing list posts. Accidental, sure, fine, whatever. Usually though, the poster wants to confuse an argument, or to make sure that only their words are attributed down the track. etfb got me on a bad day, and got (with apologies to Freddie Mercury):

It was a happening list and the chat was burning
There were cries echoing over the land
When I read all your burble I feel the whole list shaking
I see the other's words
Deleted by your trembling hands

You were typing away saying such were pointless
I was dying just to give you a taste
Of the value of credit where the credit is due
By-lines are good for you
You know there's not another moment
Not another moment
Not another moment to waste.

You reply without those by-lines of mine.
But the thread is floating there without a ground.
I'm trying to type but no matter what I do
My lines are gone into the round.

And then you took the words right out my mouth
Oh, it must have been while you were quoting me
You took the words right out of my mouth,
And I swear it's true
I was just about to say


I've been tinkering with RT in recent months and have found it to be.. interesting. Still haven't managed to do all that I want to do (dependencies in Scrips for one, firing Scrips independent of a transaction event etc). RT/FM is also interesting. Hadn't seriously considered WikiWiki for an internal site before.

Should redo the mechanics of the internal site to be presented via RT/FM, but keep the source data as the text files and overlay the search features + wikiness. More code tinkering.

mbp sent my pics of his latest motorbike, and I got my bike inspected and judged roadworthy after 5 months of non-use. Hadn't noticed that I'm nearing a round-trip on the Odometer, although I only account for ~30,000km of it.

20 Feb 2002 (updated 22 Feb 2002 at 16:38 UTC) »

On certification, Advogato could do with a 'Knows' level, between Observer and Apprentice (?). For instance, I know bjf, but I cannot rate his coding ability as I simply haven't seen suitable samples. This is also relevant on time, ie, should you rate on someone's ability many years ago (back when he was a young thing asking the elders of Humbug obvious questions), or what they are/could be doing now (well, for one, the moment you stop agonising about relationships, you'll find yourself in one).

You've also got differing ideas on ability. As an example, my wizzbang electronic weather station paniced last night warning of a large storm approaching. Local airport's weather beacon didn't think it was worth mentioning, apart from 'Low clouds, no significant change'. ( At a guess, the MLC beacon would have declared it to be red-flash, white).

Self-rating is also a two-edged thing of extreme sharpness. You've got your own conceit (I am a Coding God!) vs humble appraisal of your own abilities (I can't get past Hello World). No easy answer there. Wonder how you'd rate someone behind one of these ?

It rained today. Depending on the type of weather that you're used to, this could mean anything between a gentle shower to the stereotypical artic gale. The Spontaneous Para-Causal Meteorological Phenomenon of Douglas Adams fame would probably classify it as #72: 'Torrential drenching lasting not more than 20 minutes'. 2 metre visibility, hail, sleet, wind, buckets and other assorted trash flying at you.

Rivet Counters will probably point out that the above numbered classification is incorrect. Yes, and Hoch tlhaQ soHDaq

I was informed today (actually on Friday) that seating for my next trip in mid-march could not be managed. In economy. Hope you don't mind flying business instead. Gee, does it look like I mind flying in comfort and regaining my frequent flying points faster?

The Winter Olympics are on, and it seems that some events are being run by the 3 Stooges. Go figure.

So here we are with another superfluous diary system, where one of the objects appears to be to supply as many serendipitous links within your diary entry as possible.

I wonder how long I'll be able to adhere to this based on the age of some of the other accounts. ( Murphy's Law indicates that if any are linked to, they will become active again, thus invalidating the point of the link).

My immediate boss brought back The Official Bootleg Edition of the Army of Darkness (DVD) from his travels yesterday. Always a good reason for testing a data projector.

Of course, at this point I find that the definition of which HTML tags are accepted is broken. First entry and bugs found, what joy.

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