14 Jan 2002
(updated 14 Jan 2002 at 07:22 UTC) »
well, the micra it appears has the ability to make fuel
disappear even when it's standing still, making my cobra's
14mpg city and 22mpg highway economy, if that is an
appropriate word, look _really attractive_.
it's gone from 1/8 tank last week to empty and 1/4 tank
yesterday to empty, overnight. this morning, it is
indicating 1/2 full and it's not starting.
geek strikes back
orange has no access control on their staff being able
enable and disable services. this means that incompetent
and ill-informed staff may not only mis-inform customers as
to pricing and features but also disable the default setting
of data service availability (9600baud) without a) warning
the customer that enabling high-speed (28800 wow!) will take
24 hours b) informing the customer that there are _three_
speeds available, at standard rates off&peak for 9600,
slightly higher than that for 14400, but that 28800 is
25p/min _flat_ rate c) actually switching _on_ the data
the guy i called back was very annoyed, told me of a
called softgsm.com that is trying to get their USB-nokia
data cable approved by nokia (good luck guys) it would save
me a _hell_ of a long cable+adaptor which is about 6 inches
of plastic all joined together :)
i added an extra option -t 6 to the chatscripts, i now
6 seconds for the phone to be told by "chat" to reset &
i have no idea how it happened. one minute i was
own business, unsubscribed from virtually every mailing list
in sight, receiving 4-5 emails per day and very happy about
it, and suddenly _whammo_ it's a full-blown 150 email
warfare scenario the likes of which make me homesick for the
times when i was in OZ. _not_.
actually, that's not true: i really enjoyed the social
in canberra. it was the other bits that got to me.
well, after the technical discussion attempts moved on
the usual slagging off introductions, followed by attempts
to actually move into further technical discussions and
justifications for directions to take, and everyone getting
far too much information, wasting time, some very surprising
comments, a deliberately sensationalist article, i think
that, deep down, the guys on the samba team are beginning to
realise that they have a maintenance problem on their hands,
which i've been telling them for at least two years, now.
the people whose names do not begin with andrew tridgell
jeremy allison do actually realise that samba needs to
become similar to apache's architecture: libraries, modules
and services. one or two of those people are actually
prepared to sort out the mess.
hopefully this will result in people not wasting any
awfully large amount of time on an experimental codebase i
developed in 1997 for exploratory purposes, using very
time-consuming [but information-rich, which was the whole
point] network-reverse-engineering techniques.
zak and the importance of waking up
i've often received messages that, despite their shocking
nature, were very useful "early morning" messages.
in a similar vein to "never post 3am letters", most people
need to be aware that starting work later in the morning
_after having been up_ for at least two to three hours
results in a much more productive day...