Diary March 2001
- Saturday 31
Got to Michelmersh by 8am to get the bus to Torquay for a band contest.
Consumed much beer. Had no sleep.
- Monday 26 - Friday 30
Worked ridiculous hours. Band Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Dinner at a
friend's Tuesday. Too knackered to do anything Friday (after
working until around 10pm).
- Sunday 25
Discovered than man getopt is misleading in a good way. Sendip-2 now
works in theory, but is untested, won't work on *BSD, and has
some glaring bugs. Heaven is pretty stable. Still got lots of
crap installed and a few essentials missing tohugh.
- Saturday 24
Winchester Ameteur orchestra concert in Winchester (suprise, suprise).
Spent the morning asleep, the afternoon rehersing and the
evening performing. One of the other trombonists parked in a
rather soggy field, and had to be towed out. I did the towing
during one of the bits we weren't meant to be playing in. This
resulted in my car getting extemely covered in mud. Got the
bugger out in the end though.
- Wednesday 21 thru Friday 23
Forgot to update diary, largely due to doing far too much work and being
out every evening. Heaven arrived. Not much else of deep
- Tuesday 20
Cold got worse. Snowed all day, but didn't settle. Just started
settling slightly at about 6:15pm, just in time for it to turn
to rain and then stop. This helped make a decision. I'm going
on holiday somewhere out of the country before easter. Yes.
Heaven didn't arrive. Heaven was meant to arrive. This is not
good. Should arrive tommorrow though, apparently. Bleugh.
- Monday 19
Got a cold. Grr.
- Sunday 18
Up at 6:30am for the Malaysian GP, and it was one of the best GP's there
has been in a very long time. Very impressive. Spent much of
the rest of the day getting sendip-2.0 to a point where it might
be releasable soon. This included untangling the spagetti that
the RIP code has become. Made a significant size significantly
hot chilli, intending it to last most of the week, then ate it
- Saturday 17
the.earth.li is down, and some of my mail got bounced. Not my fault.
Did lots of sendip stuff. I am now pretty much up to date with
bug reports, patches, etc. Discovered that sendto() overwrites
your nice wrong ip checksum with the right one. Haven't yet
found a way to stop it doing it. Arg.
- Friday 16
Something went bang big time in the server room, and broke lots of
stuff. Not good. Did almost nothing at work, it being a
friday. Caught up with some of yesterday's email. Got an email
asking if I could give somebody information about a "Brian Roe"
who was born in a place called Oakley. If anyone knows, tell me
and I will pass the information on. Other than that, it was a
farly uneventful day.
- Thursday 15
Nothing interesting to wrote. Was out from 8am to gone midnight.
- Wednesday 14
Wrote very many sick shell scripts. s/\//\\\\/g appeared more times than
is sensible. Found a computer called stonehenge that is big,
old, and nobody knows exactly what it is. Discovered AIX won't
install itself on a full hard drive, which is not exaclty
suprising. Hacked some more opium stuff. Phoned simply and
told them that they are completely incomptetant (they lost my
credit card details, and my email explaining why I wsan't
goning to send them in plain text). Opium now has a function
with a 4 line prototype and a one line body..
- Tuesday 13
Persuaded TSM to work. Aparently ADSM can get really confused if it has
a password in its config file that expires. Or something. Some
random bit of software nuked deepthought's $PATH and $PATHEXT
variables, which took me ages to figure out and very little time
to fix. Try it sometime. Windows says amusing things when it
forgets that .exes are executeable... :) Did some more opm
stuff, mostly fixing things I did on Sunday.
- Monday 12
- Sunday 11
Never quite got around to getting up. Spent most of the day doing
things to opium. Also got wibble working properly, and
experimented with bridge utils. Bridge stuff got as far as
discovering that if I bridge eth0 to eth1 on oakley, then
everytihng on eth1's network stops being able to see anywhere
else. At all. Which is distinctly odd. Wibble involved
figuring out how the hell redhat's up2date thingy is meant to
work, then getting iptables to let it get away with it. It lets
you set an http proxy, but doesn't actually *use* it to
register. Ho hum. Opium can now theoretically parse almost
all its command line arguments, and call various backends
depending on what it is meant to do. It is kindof hard to test
though, since most of libopm.so is currently populated with stubs.
- Saturday 10
Decided to give Tesco Online a second chance. Cleared some of the
backlog of sendip patches still left from when I was in the
states. Started a redhat 7.0 install on wibble. Ordered
heaven. Redhat 7.0 took over 4 hours to install, and it looks
like I'm going to have to configure lpd by hand, which is a pain
in the metaphorical arse. Oh well. Tesco delivered correctly
and on time.
- Friday 9
How difficult can it be to get the contents of a CD from a laptop in
Hursley to a laptop in San Jose? Well, it took us the whole
day. Which was a convenient excuse for doing nothing productive
at work. Didn't do a whole lot in the evening either. Minor
scare when somewhere within 5 miles of Hursley (Sparshott
College) was declared to have Foot and Mouth. It was later
declared not to.
- Thursday 8
Departement lunch in Calais. Left at 7:45 am (ugh) and got back about
9pm. Lunch was actually quite nice, despite being french. Much
wine was purchased, and much was consumed. A good day all
- Wednesday 7
Hey, guess what, worked 8ish until 6ish again. Had a friend come over
for dinner, so didn't get a whole lot done in the evening.
brctl still segfaults. Earlyish night, due to needing to be at
work at 7:45am tommorrow in order to get to calais for lunch. Hrm.
- Tuesday 6
Worked too much again. Tesco managed to fix the order. Did some
backing up. Spend hours trying to figure out why at 6x speed CD
writing, the FIFO only just remains full when mkisofs on a smb
mounted partition, and piping it into cdrecord. Never did
figure it out. Nothing is maxing. Very odd.
- Monday 5
Worked 8:30 to 6. Tesco failed to deliver the bits they failed to
deliver before, and when this was pointed out, they said "Oh,
we're closed now, phone tommorrow. It might still be on its
way." Bloody helpful. Fixed deepthought's ability to dial into
the IBM network (having broken it when thinky became
deepthought). Which remeinded me to figure out a cunning way of
figuring out exactly what it does - answers on a ecard, please.
Got extremely pissed off with the incompetant fools who call
themselves FreeServe. An interesting name, when they are
neither free, nor do they serve.
- Sunday 4
Was almost out of bed by noon. Tesco shopping did arrive on time, but
what they delivered and what I ordered had very little in
common. I won't be using them agian. Upgraded glibc, which
involved upgrading gcc. Upgraded X. Amazingly, nothing
important seems to have broken. Except, that the new gcc will
not compile itself. Seems to compile everyitnh else fine though.
- Saturday 3
Was out of bed by noon. Experimented with Tesco Online shopping and
wasn't very impressed. They didn't have everything I wanted, or
if they did I couldn't find it. Still, ordered some stuff so
we'll see if it arrives on time. Watched the Australian GP.
- Friday 2
Worked 9am to 4pm. Absolutely bloody freezing. Had to drive the car
through disinfectanty stuff on the way home because of Foot &
Mouth Disease. Watch Australian GP qualifying.
- Thursday 1
At work from very shortly before I got up to very shortly before I went
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