Monday, July 2, 2001

Advogato Entry 140

Whoops, forgot to post this.. This is actually from Jun 27..

Spent the last two days at work figuring out how to share a Sun A1000 RAID array between two hosts -- one running Linux and the other running Solaris. Amazingly, the Solaris box didn't crash even though I did evil things like have conflicting SCSI IDs on the host adapter (something that killed Linux -- well, 2.2.18-pre21 from Debian, anyway).

Actually, I figured out how to get it going in a minimal fashion yesterday.

SILO boot: linux sym53c8xx=safe:y,hostid:5

Unfortunately, that only lets you do slow asynchronous transfers, while we would really like to do fast synchronous ones. After playing around, I came up with a really nasty append= line for silo.conf, but it seems to work. Both systems can read from the UFS filesystems at the same time (well, I only did a simple test of running `du' on the same directory at the same time on both machines).

We're planning to use this as a failover setup, so if one of our servers goes down for one reason or another (maintenance, or just playing, plus the extremely rare crash), NFS services will still be available.

I'd really like to get GFS going on that, but we'd need appropriate software to be available first.

Currently, it sounds like we're going to do several things. Migrate our main Solaris 2.6 server to 7, while putting it on our new box. Then we'll install Linux on that old system, along with whatever Linux/Sparc software we can get.

Advogato Entry 141

I came into the office this morning, after taking a long weekend (visiting grandparents in Fargo), to find a new black Dell Precision 330 sitting in my chair. I'd been looking for a new system in my office for about a year, then my boss gave me his old 500MHz system after he got one of these new Dells. One of the other folks that got a new Dell didn't like it (the dark color didn't match her monitor, or something..)

Anyway, as I'm a lowly student employee, I'm not sure if I'm actually entitled to the system or not. I sent a note off to my boss and his supervisor (who oversees much of the department), just asking if I can keep it or not. Who knows at this point.

It's a pretty sweet system -- UW-160 SCSI, 400MHz bus (not that I necessarily believe that statement), 1.2GHz processor.

It has RDRAM in it. I'll have to run some benchmarks to see how it stacks up against my 1.3GHz Athlon at home (though I'm not sure at the moment if my system has a 200MHz or 266MHz bus..)

blah blah blah

Over the weekend, I brought my old system up to replace the old KX-133 (a 133MHz 486, basically) that my grandparents had. The new system has over 10 times as much memory and disk space, and the processor is probably about 5 times as fast. The new video card is miles ahead of the old one (a VESA Local Bus card). Anyway, I'm confident that this system will be with them for a long time, and I doubt they'll ever have to upgrade it.

I had to use the LNX-BBC to repartition the new hard drive. My Dad had brought Norton Ghost along, but nothing was around that could delete partitions. I was getting ahead of myself when I was repartitioning, though. I created two main partitions (not counting the extended partition that held the second drive). I could format the first in Linux -- a 2GB FAT16 partition -- but I couldn't format the FAT32-labeled partition on the remaining 6GB. I copied files from the old C: drive to the new one with Ghost, and then upgraded the system to Win98. Upon rebooting, Win98 ran Scandisk, and managed to delete everything on the C: drive. It was getting confused by the labeled-but-not-formatted FAT32 partition. Removing that partition fixed the problem, but it was kind of scary.

I also discovered that if you try to run the Win98 upgrade/installation from a PC (IBM) DOS 7.0 boot diskette, it's slower than molasses...

I hope MS gets a $100 billion fine..

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Advogato Entry 142

Obviously, the new computer turned out to be too good to be true. Being a student employee, it just doesn't fit with their normal practices to give me such a nice system. Oh well. I do at least have a decent 500MHz box for NT, and a P166 with 128MB of RAM for my Linux box. Maybe I should switch that around. Or, if I got more memory in the bigger box, I might be able to request a copy of VMWare, so I could run NT just as a guest OS.

Still, it's nice to just be able to mouse around and do things for once. Linux is powerful, but there still aren't any good file managers for it (IMHO). I tried to write one once, but didn't get very far.

Hmm. I think that whenever programmers do user-interface stuff (even if it's just command-line switches and informational output), they should really think about ``What do I really need? How often do I need it?'' etc. Personally, I really like how Netscape 4.x (under Linux) always has `Back' be the top option on the right-click popup menu, for example. It's annoying when that's not there.

When making a file manager, one should ask, what operations are done most frequently? I switch between normal and long views pretty frequently, so it would be great if that option is easily accessible. Also, most file managers (<petpeeve>and things like Gtk's file selector widget</petpeeve>) don't let you show/hide dotfiles easily.

I think a Unix file manager would have to have a command line. I do things like `ls *.html' far too often. Integrating a command line properly would be quite a trick, though..


I'm heading home for one night. Going to a bonfire (well, not quite -- just a fire, but we like to exaggerate a bit) with some friends for the 3rd. It's a semi-tradition for us. I'll be heading back up here tomorrow.

Thursday, July 5, 2001

Advogato Entry 143

Got pointed at ROX-filer for a file manager. In the process of compiling an RPM at the moment ( seemed to be down, so I'm using files from Looks pretty good. I think I'd glanced at it previously, but it didn't appeal to me last time since it didn't have a tree view or something. The tree just makes things overcomplicated sometimes anyway, so I'll see how this works.

Went home for a very short stay. One of my friends picked me up in the evening on the 3rd. We went to his place (near home) for a bonfire. Some friends showed up, we threw a few pop cans in the fire (low-grade fireworks for those of us without permits for that sort of thing ;-) Stayed there until 2:30 in the morning, and went home and was in bed by 3:00. Sat around the house on the 4th, reading some magazines, then we went to see the show in Rochester. Actually, we got there a few hours early and just sat around there too. Finally got back to my apartment in the 'Cities around 1 AM. I forgot my jacket somewhere..

Anyway, I realized again that I'm not weird. Well, no more weird than my friends, at least.

Hmm, got rox 1.0.0 up and running. It's not enough for me. I suppose I'll have to try the devel version.

I think I'm going to stop by Cheapo on the way back to the apartment this evening. I need more music in my life.

Friday, July 6, 2001

Advogato Entry 144

Hmm, been sleeping in a bit too much lately. I've just had a really screwed up week or so, and my sleep schedule is still off..

Picked up a few more CDs today. One of them includes HDCD audio (``another Microsoft Buynnovation(tm)!''). I'm wondering if it's possible to retrieve that data or not. Apparently, the data gets spit out the S/P-DIF on any standard CD player with a digital output, so that's one way to get at it (in theory).

Also, the CD and liner notes bear no discernible copyright, which seems odd.

Otherwise, I was totally unproductive today. I mostly played with my bash prompt, trying to set it up so the path will first be displayed on the line above the main prompt, once it reaches a certain length. Then, when it starts to fill the screen, the path is truncated to keep it from running overboard and taking up multiple lines..

Ordinarily, it looks like this:


Then, when prompts get long:

[/media/music/By Artist/Presidents of the United States of America, The]

And when things get really out of control..

[...step.bak/Library/AfterStep/start/Decorations/Screen savers/Without password]

Apologies to those who don't like StyleSheets ;-)

Anyway, I put the source up here. Note that you will have to `touch ~/.iwantcolorprompt' if you want color stuff to show up.

Monday, July 9, 2001

Advogato Entry 145

Went home again. Dental appointment this morning (oh fun..) Came back to discover that one of my roommates had taken his receiver in to the Sony service center about 20 miles away. It wasn't powering up properly when I left on Saturday. It's under warranty and everything, and it should be back in in about a week.

I need to read up on the GNU Mono and DotGNU projects. If it's worthwhile, I'll have to sign up and do something. I can't sit idly by while Microsoft unloads all of their resources into something that appears to heavily damage our freedoms. I just don't want to get involved if the project ends up just helping MS along.

At any rate, it requires more research, and I don't know if I'd be able to help at all (I really have no good way to measure what level my skills are at yet..)

Oh yeah, I also picked up a SkyScan Atomic Clock at Target over the weekend. It's a digital wall clock that can listen in on the time signals broadcast over shortwave from Colorado. It was about $50.

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Advogato Entry 146

Our ethernet network died for about half an hour, just as I was going to start this entry. The network here is really screwy (it's a /21, if I remember right) as just one critical component failure in a Cisco switch somewhere can bring the entire thing down (ie, no data whatsoever going anywhere). I don't know why they have it set up that way -- it would seem better to me if they had ethernet bridges rather than one huge network. Of course, I'm not a network engineer..

Anyway, things would have been worse for me, but I had a mini-hub, so at least I didn't have to deal with losing my x2vnc connection where I share my mouse and keyboard between my Linux and WinNT workstations.

I was considering getting a WinTV-HD card for my computer at home, but I don't know if there are any drivers available for Linux (or, at the very least, if there is documentation available so drivers can be made), and it appears that the cards may be out of stock everywhere as well..

I've been looking around for an XDS (eXtended Data Service) encoder for NTSC, so that I can manually insert the correct time into TV transmissions coming into my apartment. As far as I can tell, the local PBS station isn't doing it (though they insist they are), and back when it did work, they usually had the wrong time anyway. I just want to hook up my NTP-synched computer to a box that will keep our TVs and VCRs set to the right time (and then tell the PBS folks how to do it ;-)

It might be possible to do it with my Hollywood Plus MPEG decoder board, though I'd have to find a way to put that signal on a real channel (not an auxilliary input) that I don't care about, and I don't even know if the card's video encoder can generate those signals or not. I'm working on writing a document describing how to get Reflection X working nicely with (Open)SSH. I'll probably post a link here tomorrow.

Ugh, it's Tuesday already. I have to go in and talk with an academic advisor about my poor grades by Thursday. Blech.


The ADV7175A is able to mangle line 21 of the NTSC VBI, but only field 1. XDS data, including the time code, is in field 2. Drat.

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Advogato Entry 147

There are a lot of people making noise on my roof right now. Our two year old apartment is getting re-roofed. It was leaking badly in some places (it happened here too, though we have a mostly flat roof, while they appear to be mostly replacing the shingled part. Whoever is paying for this is probably not very happy.


Finally got Quake III running on my NT box at work. The other guys have been trying to get me into it for months. Unfortunately, my skills seem to have declined. Then again, I much prefer the rocket launcher to the rail gun, and the map we were using didn't seem to leave very many places to hide/take cover. Also, I probably do better when there are more people in the game (we only had 3 or 4).


I have to get back to some other ongoing projects. I need to migrate more software to one of our new servers. The NIS databases will also have to be moved over.

We have to get the raid monitor software configured properly (we have two systems connected to the array at the moment, which makes things somewhat complicated).

Once we move everything over, I'll install Linux on the old server (currently running Solaris). We'll run it as a slave NIS server, with as many Linux/Sparc versions of the software we have as possible (only one package at the moment, but that'll be supplemented by GNU Octave).

I've been meaning to improve our tape backup system for quite a while. I suppose I should set up a database for that, though my job isn't to be a programmer. We're also probably moving to Veritas shortly, so it will probably be a moot point.

I'm supposed to be working on a firewall and/or VPN gateway for our wireless systems, but I need a wireless access point, a laptop with a proper card, and the proper IP space before I can really get into that.

All of our X clients (using Reflection X and the occasional Linux box) will have to be configured properly to use SSH instead of Telnet/RSH/RLogin. I'm still working out that process.

Once we get a faster system for it, the Netsaint monitor box will have to be updated to watch more of the network. Hopefully Netsaint will continue to be developed (/me crosses his fingers).

So much stuff, and I'm just a student employee. Then again, I haven't exactly been putting my best effort into getting things done (probably due to my sick-and-tired-every-day-because-I-can't-get-a-date problem..)

Thursday, July 12, 2001

Advogato Entry 148

Just tried running Stata on Linux/Sparc using Solaris emulation. Heh, I'm glad that's not a production server (yet), since it brought the system to a screeching halt. It's possible that I just did something simple wrong (like putting it in the wrong directory). However, I don't want to run a production box with binary emulation if this sort of thing can happen.

Went to the net-people meeting. Heard about some folks in Duluth that are using Linux boxes to authenticate with Radius to an x.500 directory. I guess they don't have encryption going yet, but it's still farther along than I am.

Our new Sun box is slowly coming along. I'm working on adding programs to it. We need to then move the primary passwd/shadow and group files to the new system, get the RAID working properly, and then we'll have an Ultra 30 to play with (the old box) and hopefully put Linux on.

Sunday, July 15, 2001

Advogato Entry 149

Been playing with running an old P100 w/ 16MB of memory as an X terminal. I think it will be a good idea to figure out how to get it going correctly, as I'm planning on moving my main workstation back into my bedroom. Leaving this X terminal outside of my room will allow me to stay up late working on stuff without bothering my roommate.

Unfortunately, the monitor I currently have connected to it isn't going to be available for too long. I'll have to dig around for a decent replacement (this one is actually amazingly good for being a CTX...)

It just takes a while to realize that opening an xterm window on this system doesn't allow me to muck with it -- the xterm is actually runninng on my main system.

I currently have a separate user id, though I'm hoping that I will be able to figure out how to use separate Gnome `sessions' -- I just don't know how to select them yet. It'd be great if I could get this working with mlview-dxpc as well. I have an ethernet connection between the two, but any little bit that keeps queries from going out over the wire will probably help (or not..)

Anyway, I ran into the problem that the two X sessions were colliding over /tmp/.esd. I'm not sure what the correct fix would be for that.

Monday, July 16, 2001

Advogato Entry 150

I'm sitting around at work, not doing much of anything. I suppose I should start coding something. A while ago, I was looking at solutions for backing up our systems here. I came across a few interesting sites, but I didn't sit down and work with them very much. Now, I'm thinking of working with Amanda to do our backups.

At some point, we're going to be getting a fairly large tape system (~2 Terabytes) attached to a NAS system. Each person will have a Gigabyte of storage allocated to them, and they will mount it via SMB (well, for the Windows folks, at least.) I presume we'll be able to back up the Unix, Windows, and Novell servers through this tape system as well, though I have my concerns about `cross-platform' solutions like that. Hell, nobody can even figure out how to back up Novell servers properly (well, their long filename solutions were always messy and are what have caused the most problems).

It'd be cool if we could run GFS on the NAS, so a few computers could be serving the data (one on each subnet or something, if the folks here ever realize that a /21 is a bad idea...). Hmm.. We might need quota support, though. Maybe I'll just have to pass the name Sistina up the chain of command here.

Anyway, that's off in the future, and I still have to figure out how to back up our Unix systems now...


Whoops, did I say NAS? I meant SAN..

I've got Amanda going to a certain extent now. Not exactly sure what it's doing, though. I do have to ask -- when Amanda runs tar it runs it with the correct flags to only go on a single filesystem, right? Otherwise, I'm in for a long wait :-p

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Advogato Entry 151

Well, I let Amanda run as I left work (late) yesterday. Unfortunately, the tape I had put in (the very first one in the first Amanda cycle I've ever done) was bad. It did fit two or three small dumps on it, but then it cacked out. Fortunately, Amanda is able to handle that situation, and the backups just landed on the holding disks. I'm running amflush at the moment, to flush those backups to the next tape.

We don't have an optimal setup at the moment. I could only scrounge up about 17GB of holding disk space while we are using 35GB DLT IV tapes. Hopefully Amanda will be intelligent enough to handle that, but we'll have to wait and see.

I'm pretty surprised that the system I'm backing up with is using so much processing power to watch the I/O on the SCSI tape drive. You'd think it was an IDE device :-p .. I probably just never noticed before..

Still, I'm really impressed by Amanda. It's not the easiest thing in the world to use, but it's a slice of nice pie compared to what it takes to run our Oracle database.

I may have to set up something for myself at home, though I'd have to find a decent tape drive first. I can probably steal a DAT drive from work, though I think I might like to just pick up a DDS3 drive (the one available to me is DDS2). Too bad they're still spendy for me..


Well, I started the second real Amanda run shortly after the flush of yesterday's unfinished dumps got done. I figure that once we get everything going properly, the dumps will actually happen overnight via a cron job or three.

I think a few of our servers are on 10Mbit connections when they should be on 100Mb. I tried to ask our networking guy about it, but I haven't heard back.

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Advogato Entry 152

Accidentally clicked the big `X' in the corner of the window, so this'll be the short version.

I actually ordered a DDS3 tape drive on eBay. 12GB native (with the right media, of course). Should work great for my system, as well as much of the apartment. One of my roommates has 20GB or so of music in MP3 format, so I'm not sure if I'll want to back that up, especially since that would be going over the building's network (10Mbit).

At work, I've been trying to get all of our servers capable of 100baseTx running at that speed. I think our network guy isn't all he thinks he is (okay, he can kick my ass in QuakeIII). Picking up the mii-diag utility helped to show that the hub is only putting out a 10baseT link beat. No advertisement of better service. Trying to bring the link up to 100Mbit tanked the connection (the link light went dead). Hopefully we'll get this fixed up tomorrow.

My boss wants me to put together some documentation, that'll be a good thing to do tomorrow as well.

Thursday, July 19, 2001

Advogato Entry 153

ok boot cdrom

Wait 3 minutes...

Configuring devices...

Wait 4 minutes...

Starting OpenWindows

Wait 3 minutes...

Discover that the mouse doesn't work...


One more minute...

The system is coming up. Please wait.

Heh, that's funny..

Two more minutes, and I finally get the first dialog box.

It's been a long day.


We Americans are so silly. Worms. Heh. /me hugs Linux.

Friday, July 20, 2001

Advogato Entry 154

Got some mail today regarding how to check servers for vulnerability to the Code Red worm. The message was along the lines of ``I'm going to be gone for a while, how can I be sure I'll be safe?'' I wrote a note to the staff reminding folks that security is an ongoing thing. Updates need to happen, and default installations cause all sorts of trouble. I mentioned that the Internet is a hostile network, services should be avoided whenever possible, etc.

Didn't receive any hate-mail after that, so hopefully it was well-taken. I repeated many of the comments later in the day to one of the LUG mailing lists I'm on.

Anyway, worked on a newly installed Sun. If you guessed that it was a Sparc 20, you're right! Too bad I was putting Solaris 7 on it instead of a decent OS, but we need a Solaris box available to run a few things. Ugh, now I have to make more RPMs..

My Dad and my Uncle are coming up tomorrow. Planning to show them my office/cube and probably the server room as well.

Not so sure about this Dmitry Sklyarov business.

Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Advogato Entry 155

Well, my tape drive arrived yesterday. I bid on some DDS3 tapes and got them for about $10/tape. They will arrive on Monday. Also, the drive is black and doesn't match my case. However, I can buy a new faceplate for $6 online.

I'm beginning to hate UPS ground. Everything arrives next Monday, since I live in the middle of the country in Minnesota, while most places that sell stuff are on or near the coasts (east, west, gulf). Oh well.

Been getting a few of those SirCam worms. Got around 10 of them so far, none from anyone I know, indicating that the worm picked my address out from the web cache of the infected system. Most news sites don't seem to mention that the worm is actually an EXE file, renamed to look like a document, and is (almost?) never less than 200kB. It actually encodes a document in itself, but the first ~half of the bug appears to always be the same. Even when it's encoded in base64, it looks the same for about the first 1700 lines.

The University has usually filtered out mail worms (didn't get a single ILOVEYOU, for instance), but this one has slipped by them.


Debating installing Debian (woody) on my home computer. I did it at work today, though it took a long time. If I start now, it probably wouldn't get done until 2 AM..

Maybe tomorrow.

My DVD drive is having trouble (apparently) doing the layer transition on Tora! Tora! Tora!. The drive pretty much hangs on that. I had mounted it to try some more testing. It had trouble reading some files, so I tried unmounting, which sat there and sat there. Went away and watched TV, only to come back later to see that the whole system had apparently frozen up (to an extent, SysRq still worked to power off the system). Hmm. I wish framebuffer worked better, so it might actually be possible to see errors pop up when X is up. Then again, I hate how messages screw up the display on our Sun boxes at work...

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Advogato Entry 156

Finally got all of the systems I really care about into Amanda's disklist. I really like not worrying about how to schedule backups, whether stuff will fit on a certain tape, etc. It's currently hitting about 45 partitions on different systems. Unfortunately, all my work will probably be in vain, as the folks upstairs are planning to implement Vertas's NetBackup.

I do have to figure out a good way to keep longer-term (months instead of days/weeks) backups. A separate tape cycle running on Fridays only, maybe. We had only been doing weeklies, so I should continue that practice somehow (right now, Amanda just has a two-week cycle, though we have enough tapes to bring that to a month, or two months if backups are done every other day).

Anyway, I like my Debian box at work, and I might do my home machine soon. IPv6 support appears to be better in Woody than RedHat 7.x. I was surprised that my OpenSSH daemon here at home appears to be missing IPv6 support. Of course, none of the systems under my control are on IPv6 networks. I wonder when that will change. No multicast yet, either. Oh well.

Do Linux IPv6 hosts need to have some sort of daemon running to discover routers? Maybe that's all I'm missing. All I'm doing for testing at the moment is `modprobe ipv6', which gives me a site-link address.


Got some spam directed at me, apparently because of my eBay ID. I wonder when my tapes will arrive. I didn't get any tracking numbers or anything, so it may have been USPS..


Saw that Freenet6 is giving out /48 IPv6 blocks now. I'll have to set up a gateway at some point.

Still getting sircam worms. Need to set up a filtering system for my computer, I think.

Beyond Late

Just found the GutenPalm reader for etexts on Palm. Pretty good, though when I converted the 2000 CIA World Factbook, it took up a very big chunk of my Palm's RAM (1.5MB).. Oh well.

Otherwise, it's cool to finally have a decent way to read Gutenberg texts on the Palm.

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Advogato Entry 157

Big new server rack thingy arrived today. It's still in pieces, and I really don't feel like putting the thing together, moving stuff around, etc., but it'll be nice when it's all together. It will organize all of the servers that are currently stacked like bricks in my cube.

Found some really nifty screensavers for Windows today at GizmoZone. Some of them were nagware, others free, and at least one Free one. I'll have to see if I can port any of them to Linux. Of course, that means I have to find some way to get accelerated OpenGL working on my G400 at home where I'm running Xinerama. Not sure if that's possible or not. Even if it is, it's probably way out of my skill range..

Heh, that display at home uses about 13 MB of RAM when it's just sitting there. Not sure if that leaves enough for doing OpenGL or not.

I started thinking about screensavers and OpenGL because my boss is planning on putting together an OGL app to help us keep track of computers in the building (connecting to a PostgreSQL database backend). He's planning on scanning in the floor plans and then overlaying that with a grid system to help us locate things. If it works, it'll be very cool.

Picked up some IPv6 drivers (and their sources, apparently) for Windows NT. Doesn't do much since we don't have any v6 routers yet, but I feel a little better knowing that I'm helping the transition along in my own small way.

Eesh, is that corny or what?

A bit later

Hmm.. Need to figure out how to get x2vnc to play nice with

QuakeIII running on the Windows box.


Gah! Why can't people who write about this Sircam virus say, ``It's a renamed EXE file. It's like any other program, except this one does bad things. The smallest it gets is about 200kB. It (almost) always puts in the header `X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.50.4133.2400'.''

Interesting character strings:

Portions Copyright (c) 1983,99 Borland
Too many levels of symbolic links
Too many processes
Too many users
Disk quota exceeded
Stale NFS file handle

Friday, July 27, 2001

Advogato Entry 158

Hmm.. Advogato seems to be getting slower, at least on some things. Oh well, I'm sure the site is getting more popular..

Anyway, thinking of putting together an updated prc-tools package for Debian. Woody's current package is 0.5.0, while the version out in the real world is 2.0 (or 2.1-something, if you want to be on the bleeding edge).

Gah. I have to do something to justify my presence here. Still not much of an open source hacker yet.

There are tons of things I'd like to work on, if only I had the skill and/or willpower (somethings I have the skill for, others I don't)

  • Decent filemanager [1] [2]
  • UDF CD/DVD write support
  • OpenGL+Xinerama on the G400
  • Various Palm apps

...and, as always, I'm sure there's stuff I'm forgetting.

Hmm. Does Advogato drop </li>? Did I ever actually have to put it in my web pages?


Went to Planet of the Apes. Pretty good flick. Also got my DDS3 tapes in the mail today, and am currently working on backing up my system. Accidentally left hardware compression turned on, so one of my partitions didn't fit on there in a previous run, apparently.

Now it's time for bed.

Monday, July 30, 2001

Advogato Entry 159

Tired. Had a fairly unproductive weekend where I sat around the apartment and watched movies most of the time. Saw Planet of the Apes on Friday, Romeo Must Die on tape Saturday, Die Hard Special Edition widescreened on the FX network yesterday, along with A Life Less Ordinary a few hours later. After that, saw Miss Congeniality on tape -- actually much more entertaining than I expected.

So, I'd seen three of them before, although I didn't remember that I had seen A Life Less Ordinary until I'd been watching it for a while. I don't remember when I saw it previously, though some emotions started to come back, so I think I know when it was.. Anyway, that's a pretty funny movie as well.

Very hot and humid outside today. I'm wondering if we'll have some heavy weather to drop the wet out of the air. I hope so...

My campus paper is getting in on the Dmitry Sklyarov case. Hopefully a few people on campus will read it.


Walked home. Nearly cornered by bible-thumpers again. I don't usually have a problem with religious groups, but it's annoying when they keep trying to get me to join them.

Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Advogato Entry 160

Hmm. Rack for servers is still sitting down in the loading dock. Not sure when that will get put together. I'm perfectly happy with it still being in pieces -- I don't really want to move everything again.

Still haven't gotten this WinNT box to crash. I've had it for nearly two months now, and it still works fine. I figure the reason why is because, being a Linux guy and realizing that running as root is not a good idea, I've been logging in as a user, then logging out and logging in as Administrator when I need to install something. Probably keeps things a little saner. It is annoying that I can't just `su' to run installers and whatnot, though. The Amanda backup setup here at work decided to estimate very strangely today. The actual backups were about 2x what the estimate was. The backup started at 1 AM and is still running now at almost 3 PM. Worrisome.

Whoa! Just reminded myself that the amcheck cronjob was just about to run. That probably would have rewound the tape (not that it necessarily matters at this point -- the dumps didn't fit anyway). I think Amanda might be having trouble calculating things when >2 GB dumps are involved.

Got an AIM note from a female friend up north. She's really cute, so it's always a joy to hear from her. I don't have enough girls in my life at the moment.. Wasn't awake this morning when she sent it, though, but I did respond through e-mail. Hope I get to see her again soon.


*sigh* Two weeks ago, the news media was terribly scared about reporting on the Code Red worm. Now they can't get enough of it. Jeez, does it have to require a press conference from the FBI for people to consider it newsworthy?

Bought some music: Paul Oakenfold, Live in Oslo and Orbital, In Sides.