Increase hard disk capacity – just add a sticker!


While I was waiting for a compile/unit test to finish, I noticed that one of the failed hard disks (a Maxtor MaxLine Plus II 250Gb ATA/133 HDD) I was using as a paperweight had two stickers on it. Having nothing better to do, I pulled the top one off, just to see what the changes were. (more…)



Excitement outside the house tonight…

Anyone got any marshmallows?

Packages I’m loving: mrxvt


I use console applications – a lot. When it comes to running multiple programs on a computer, GNU screen is essential, but I find myself connecting to multiple servers and running GNU screen in each. It’s possible to run GNU screen under GNU screen, but it can get messy getting the keyboard shortcuts right. I needed a tabbed terminal program.


Death in the family


Just coming down from putting Alfie to bed, and there’s blue lights flashing outside the house. I live on a road that’s regularly used by the police/ambulance/fire service, so it’s not unusual.
I’m taking the bin bags round to be collected in the morning, and there’s a police car stopped opposite the house. There’s something in the road. Just then, Becki comes flying out of the door and shouts at the policeman.
Becki had seen the flashing lights and looked out of the window. She’d also seen the thing in the road, and she’d recognised what I’d recognised – Izzy’s collar.
Someone had hit Izzy with their car, hadn’t even bothered to stop. Worse, no-one else had bothered to stop either, just driving round her body. The police were just moving it to the side of the road (what else could they do?) when we’d come on the scene.
Judging from the fact that she was still in the middle of the road, she must have been killed outright, so that’s a small mercy. It still didn’t make it any easier to tell Alfie that his favourite cat, the one that would always come over to see him and would play with him in the garden, was never coming back.

Avoiding the CBL


Having recently been battling to keep some servers out of the CBL, I decided it was time to get strict on what the email servers were accepting, so I created an Exim ACL to reject non-RFC2821 compliant HELO/EHLO strings. (more…)

Spam doesn’t pay?


I wiped 189 junk accounts from one of my sites, and my Google AdSense earnings have dropped through the floor.

Ethically good, financially bad. 🙁

Newest additions to the family


We’ve just adopted two new cats – got them today, and they’re settling in. (more…)

Chronotron – pure WIN


Just been told about this game:

Needs Flash, but it’s pure WIN

Now, if you’ll excuse me…

He looks at me and says ‘What do you mean, “Wrong hole?”‘


I’m working on my laptop, and needed to transfer some files. USB keydrive is the easiest way, so I reach around the back and plug it in.

Nothing – doesn’t appear on the USB bus. So I unplug it and try again.

Still nothing – has the USB bus locked up with all the hibernate/restarts I’ve been doing? Unload the driver modules, reload them, all looks good, unplug and plug in again.

Still nothing – dead drive? Plug into another computer, comes up fine.

Take the keydrive back to the laptop, plug it in again. Stop. Think “Isn’t that the wrong side?”. Look at the back of the laptop.

Fun fact: 8C8P (aka ‘RJ45’) connectors are the same width as USB ports…

This side up…


I downloaded a copy of the latest Ubuntu release so I could install it on a VM and give it a test.

I thought the extra half-gig of disk space on my laptop could be better used for something else, and I’ve got a massive stack of CD-Rs, and I could probably use it on a physical machine, so I burned the ISO to disc and filed it away.

I came to use the disc today – guess who had written on the wrong side… 🙁

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