East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2006/6/13

Linkage (44)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,OS X,Technology — Erwin @ 2:49 pm

Some seriously cool tech (DailyTech.com) from Fujitsu, a 8TB RAID that fits into a PC tower case and consists of 50 (!) 2.5″ sized 200GB harddisks. Zikes.

At last! Google has released a free OS X version of its SketchUp software. I’m not entirely clear yet on whether 10.4 is required or that I can get away with the 10.3.9 that I run here… Ah, the included readme.rtf says:

Mac OS® 10.3 (Panther) or higher

The installer doesn’t do the usual sudo stuff though, so you need to actuall switch to an admin user to install it. A bit a-typical, in my experience, but I’ll do that later today.

The most ridiculous Football World Cup reporting you’ve ever seen… in ASCII!

$ telnet ascii-wm.net 2006
Trying 213.129.247.65…
Connected to dedhost-075.sil.at.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
too many connections 🙂 .. try later
Connection closed by foreign host.

Unfortunately it seems a bit too busy right now.

Researchers find that coffee defends the liver against booze (The Register):

Researchers have confirmed drinking coffee can protect against one of the worst effects of alcohol. Alcoholic liver cirrhosis progressively scars the organ, and is known to be affected by a range of factors including smoking, diet, infection and genetics – as well as alcohol.

I think I’ll go get myself another cup, then.

2006/6/10

Linkage (43)

Filed under: Linkage,News — Erwin @ 4:32 pm

Being bilingual myself I find this kind of research (New Scientist) fairly interesting and knowing that a few of my readers are as well, I figured you might too.

Got some CDs in which you’ve lost interest? Want to exchange them for something that you do like? Perhaps La La is the way to go then. No, I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s certainly tempting.

2006/6/9

Statistics

Filed under: Software — Erwin @ 2:46 pm

By complete coincidence a friend of mine yesterday referred to Cacti in the same group as software as MRTG and Cricket and of course that got my attention. Helpfully Debian/Sarge (the stable release that I use on all servers, at home and at work) has a version available so I installed it and started playingtesting the software.

Colour me impressed! Aside from the three commands that the Debian package had me do on a shell-prompt to set up the MySQL tables, I’ve been very comfortably setting things up and reviewing the results via the web-based interface. It also allows you to add users with limited (viewing or other) access, which I’m sure will come in handy in the future because while I don’t mind sharing some statistics, I don’t really feel the need to share it all. At work this might apply even more, we’ll see.

2006/6/7

Linkage (42)

Filed under: Linkage,News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 4:08 pm

I guess it was time for one of these, again.

  • Yet Another Amusing Google Maps Mashup, showing you where it’s daylight and where it’s night, in the world.
  • Yet Another Amusing Google Beta… oh, wait, not quite!
  • How to cool down your MacBook (The Register):

    Some MacBook computers may appear to be running too warm, with the fan running consistently and heat emanating from the top and/or the bottom of the computer.

    If this happens with your MacBook, check the rear vent of the MacBook to make sure it’s not blocked.

    Some MacBooks may have left the factory with a thin piece of clear plastic covering the rear vent. This is used in the factory to prevent dust from getting into your computer. If your MacBook has the plastic still over the vent, simply remove and discard it.

    Lovely.

  • The Ban on Gay Marriage was blocked (BBC News) in the US Senate. Glad to see some more backbone there and not just obediently approving Bush’s ideas. Keep that up, please!

2006/6/5

Time is on my side (2)

Filed under: Software — Erwin @ 5:51 pm

Since my previous posting I’ve run into some more problems with NTP and can now add the following notes on this topic:

  • For clients which do not provide time to any additional machines you can use higher maxpoll values just fine, but do not try this for (local) servers, as eventually its clients will reject the time it provides.
  • The restrict feature is a pain. While a bit of a copout, it seems easier to simply allow any and all to query time.

Live and learn. All the computers for which I’m responsible are now in sync again, at least.

Ooooops!

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News — Erwin @ 3:32 pm

Bad move, Greenpeace:

Greenpeace is not the first organisation to issue a half-finished release and then wonder why everybody was laughing at it afterwards, but few of them could have done as much damage as the missive sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Part of it read, apparently:

‘In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].’

Pointed out by Charles Arthur.

2006/6/3

An Inconvenient Showtime

Filed under: Movies,News — Erwin @ 5:33 pm

[IMDB Showtimes Map - 2006-06-03]
You know, I quite agree that people should go and watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, but unless it’s going to be shown somewhere somewhat closer… I’ll have to wait for the DVD or so.

According to the movie’s own listing the closest it’s going to get anytime soon is in Lawrence (in July), Wichita or Olathe in Kansas, and Springfield or Kansas City in Missouri, all of which are at least a 2-3 hours drive from here, a bit much for going to see a movie, no?

Arrrrrrrrr!

Filed under: News,Technology — Erwin @ 3:47 pm

Looks like The Pirate Bay is back online, and now in the Netherlands:

$ host www.thepiratebay.org 
www.thepiratebay.org has address 85.17.40.35
www.thepiratebay.org has address 85.17.40.36
www.thepiratebay.org has address 85.17.40.37
www.thepiratebay.org has address 85.17.40.38

And then:

$ jwhois 85.17.40.35
[...]
inetnum:        85.17.40.0 - 85.17.40.255
netname:        LEASEWEB
descr:          LeaseWeb
descr:          P.O. Box 616
descr:          3500AP, Utrecht
descr:          Netherlands
descr:          www.leaseweb.com

Related news articles at Slyck, Slashdot, CD Freaks and (in Dutch) Tweakers.net.

Small world

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Movies — Erwin @ 2:24 am

I’m watching Blind Fury (1989), a movie that I quite enjoy and know mostly because it has Rutger Hauer in it, a Dutch actor.

Then the character Frank Devereaux comes into the picture and I burst out laughing… hey, I know him, except 16 years older!

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