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Worked on the network module for a lot of the day. Slept for the other lot in the day

I also did another in-place Slackware->Debian upgrade, this time from 3.6 (still the usual target of Potato). There's just something cool about replacing every binary on the drive, without having to reboot.

A pretty boring day otherwise. I feel my desire to read advogato diaries going down with the sheer huge number of them being posted now. I'd really like to see a list of people whose diaries I want to see daily, and throw in a random one or two each day, that would be the same for everyone, perhaps?

Woke up. Drove home, stopping by A&W for some greasy breakfast. Went back to sleep.

Got up around 4PM, had some leftovers, and did some work on the network module. Also spent most of the day doing little in IRC. It'll probably be a late night (partly because I doubt I could sleep very early...

Well, this entry is *late*, but oh well.

did some work on the network module, of course. It is getting fairly close, as is the deadline :)

had a bachelor party invite two days ago. Decided to go, as I need the break. Went to a strip bar, and took "incriminating" photos of the bachelor, who had a *lot* of fun. Then we went a few blocks down the street to a night club. Had a lot of fun there, and left 30 minutes before closing.

It had a really good time, but think I should get some sleep now...

Well, this entry will probably be late as well, BUT it wasn't!

Worked on the network module more today. It's coming along, but slower than it needs to.

Someone turned on the gas fireplace, left on the A/C, and fell asleep. Net result is that the top floor of the house is very hot. The bottom floor is near freezing. ugh.

I have a small problem. I get home late, and make up some leftovers, and sit down and read e-mail and irc while eating. My cat has taken to mean this is time to try to eat off the plate, depriving me of dinner. I need some way to tell kitty not to jump onto the plate while I'm typing...hrmmmmmmm....

Looks like the registrar switch is completed. Unfortunately, it has caused some sites to not be able to do DNS lookups, yet nothing has really changed...odd...

Made the car appointment for next week. It'd be nice if I had time to do it myself, but oh well...:)

It seems that the clock on advogato isn't NTP synced, so I ended up being a few minutes too late last night. I had been timing them fairly close to before midnight as possible, just in case something happened that I wanted to write about.

Updated boot floppies one last time.... :)

Switched Exim to automatically detect mailman lists, so aliases aren't needed. People can be lazier creating new lists and removing old ones now...

Congratulations to bod, who is the first test applicant all the way through the new new maintainer process. The rest of the test applicants (including myself) should be worked on in the coming few days...

Spent a lot of the day doing some design for the next part of the network module. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll have time to integrate all the changes that ajt has recently added.

Monday's Suck

Yes, it appears to be that day again. ugh. Managed to get the new installer source online the stormix ftp site. Caught up on some mail, and did some other sysadmin type stuff. Found out about taxes, and that apparently I went up a bracket, but no one took off extra tax, so now I have to pay $$$.

Car

Need to get the tires rotated fairly badly. Noticing some handling problems. Also due for an oil change, so I should try to find some time for that this week...

woke up close to noon again. No power outtage waking me up at 5am, tho. read mail, websites, and then got set up for nethack. Got a call from a friend who doesn't know much about Linux, that I set a system up for, with a few problems. So, spent a few hours upgrading the system, and started a Slackware->Debian upgrade on it.

Nethack

First game, I headed to Sokoban, then back up and down into the gnomish mines. Ran into three ghosts from my friend on the same level. He'd tried to convert the altar with the priest there on one of the deaths, and I accidentally tried to talk to the priest. Ouch. Tried to convert the altar back, but found out the hard way that converting an altar doesn't work with unicorn corpses...oh well

Took a break in here for dinner, somewhere

Second game, I'm looking for an altar. I'm on level 21, the only one has been in the mine town. I'm not really well enough equipped at the moment for level 21, which I need the altar to help me with. We'll see how it goes.

Looks like that will wrap up the day. I think I really needed a day like this...:)

Woke up at 5AM to hear the alarm system beeping. A quick look at the clock confirmed that the power was indeed off. I went back to sleep and let it beep.

Woke up at noon and went to see how things made it. The power was off for about an hour, so the UPS didn't last through the whole thing. :( My Slackware 3.1 inplace-upgraded-to potato system had a few things in the inittab pointing at the wrong place, so it had refused to boot. fsck on a 20GB drive on a 2.0 kernel takes a long, long time. Cleaned it up, and got it to boot, but no networking was setup, so I had to setup an /e/n/i for 2.0, and reboot again.

After all that, I finally had it up and running, other than snmp. mrtg started sending me mail every 5 minutes, until I setup the potato snmp, rather than the libc5 one I was running before the reboot. The reboot seems to have fixed the very weird dates I was seeing in ps, however, so maybe it was a good thing.

Tried to go get a haircut, but was too late, already closed. Came back and worked on networkmod a bit.

Tomorrow seems like a very good day for nethack.

/e/n/i support isn't into potato or woody yet, but is written. Apparently it is still not perfect with saving comments either, tho.

www died several times in the morning. Someone had forgotten to turn on ECC in the BIOS. After enabling it, 2.2.15 still had problems. Went back to 2.2.14, and got an NMI at boot. Ripped RAM out of machine, and found someone with some spare, and put that in while getting the dead one RMA'd...

Still didn't get the installer source code online, but I did get an rsync-push of the internal cvs server set up to be available outside the internal network, and got anonymous cvs and cvsweb setup for it at cvs.stormix.com.

Built updated boot disks again...

And now the weekend starts!

I've noticed some corruption in my "notes" section, and others in the projects section, so people may want to watch for other weirdness like that...

Looked at linuxconf in woody and potato and didn't see anything dealing with /e/n/i, so maybe I wasn't reinventing the wheel. Send some mail off to the maintainer to find out more...

Built updated boot disks, fought with them to boot on the SCSI Athlon, and when successful, found out another option was needed in the kernel, which is already tight on space. Fun fun fun.

Didn't get the installer source put online (with the fun on www) as I was intending, so it is up for tomorrow

It seems 2.2.15pre17 is just not liking the hardware of www. Processes segfault randomly, the network card goes off into one second 300ms away, the next .1, on a one hop all 100Mb FDX connection. Something is weird. I am beginning to suspect the RAM, which may not be ECC. It was running fine for awhile after a reboot, but it didn't last long enough for me to drive home :(.

got a reply from mkp, and he's busy busy on xfs, but it seems the gnome BTS doesn't send him e-mail on bugs, so he's never seen the patches for GDM. Subscribed to the gdm list, and will be resending them if the selected portions haven't been heavily rewritten.

Finished off the work box of penguin mints. Only one spare left, so out goes another order for more...

And yah, this diary entry is in the wrong day, because it was a lonnnng day.

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