Mapping Northern Ireland

Jan 25, 2006 / 0 comments

I forgot to mention that while I was home over Christmas I did some work on starting to get Northern Ireland mapped. Many online map services don't have particularly good coverage of NI outside of major roads and Belfast. Look, for example, at Google's map of Newry, where my parents live. Compare this with what I managed to get done with OpenStreetMap's map of Newry. And I didn't spend a whole lot of time getting tracks, so just imagine what I could get covered with a more concerted effort. I also covered the A1/M1 from Belfast to Newry; I'd hoped to cover the road to the point where it crosses into Ireland, but didn't get round to it.

Anyway, what I've managed is at OpenStreetMap Northern Ireland. I've a little bit more to upload at some point when I have time, but I'm hoping that others who actually live in NI will start to do some work towards it as well. I notice Ireland has now got a number of roads added as well - there was nothing when I was doing NI. Maybe they'll get connected at some point soon. Like, say, when I'm home next month and fly into Dublin. :)

Sold the Zaurus

Jan 17, 2006 / 0 comments

Today I finally posted off my Zaurus SL-C3000, having sold it on eBay. I still think it's a lovely little device, but after taking it with me when I went back to my parents and not ending up using it at all (I had my laptop with me too) I decided I couldn't justify keeping it. Here's hoping the new owner gets more use out of it than I did.

However I seem to be compensating by adding to my pile of consumer level routers. This week I got a Netgear WGT634U, with the intent of using it to replace my Asus WL-500g, which will end up providing my parents with wireless.

I've put OpenWGT on it for the moment, because it doesn't require me to hook up the serial console, but the longer term plan is OpenWRT. I've still been fiddling with my Netgear DG834G but unfortunately latest OpenWRT AR7 builds have been less than reliable at booting for me. I've dropped back to an older build based on the 2.4.30 kernel, which seems to be fairly stable, so might end up trying it in production at some point. Wireless still isn't supported, which is a bit of a disadvantage. I understand 2.6 is being worked on for it, so maybe that'll lead to some wireless joy.

In addition to the above I also have a Linksys WAG54Gv1 and a Linksys WRT54Gv1 sitting around. Neither are mine and I should really give them back as I'm not using them.

I have to keep stopping myself from trying to find more cheap toys on eBay.

No more free milk.

Jan 14, 2006 / 0 comments

Kathy's hand with engagement ring

I am the keymaster

Jan 13, 2006 / 0 comments

Well, sort of. I've now finally signed all the keys from DebConf5. My poor little OpenPGP smartcard is toasty warm. Well, not really, but it's got quite a work out.

If haven't signed your key then:

  • I don't think I've met you.
  • I'm not sure I've seen proper ID that you are who you say you are.
  • I lost my piece of paper that would confirm I've met you and have seen id/verified your fingerprint.
  • master ate my mail to you, complaining about 8bit headers (this is something I should fix in signkey).
  • Your mail server ate my mail, claiming it was spam.
  • You use an idiot blacklist that there's no hope of me ever getting off because you're insane.
  • You've greylisted me, and it'll get to you eventually.

Kudos to grep.be, progsoc.org, aurel32.net and linux.it, who all managed to have IPv6 MXes. Quite a low count for several hundreds mails to geeks I thought.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Jan 13, 2006 / 0 comments

Well, no, there isn't at present, 'cos she's out and not officially a Dr until she graduates. However, Kathy had her viva yesterday and passed with only minor corrections, which she now has a month to make. W00t.

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