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I didn't sleep well last night. I lay awake from about 5 a.m., and eventually realising that I wouldn't get back to sleep, got up at 5.45.

and discovered - oh the horror - NO INTAHWEB. This is not what you need at that hour, as my powers of deduction are not that strong.

looked at cable modem, adsl router, sonicwall, dual wan router, network switch - all lights flickering. Tried a ping by number - didn't work, so not a DNS problem. Remote Desktop'd to another machine - that wouldn't talk outside the LAN either, so not isolated to my machine. Panic!

eventually discover that the Cyclone is lying - although its lights were on, nobody was home. Resetting it has thankfully restored the outside world.
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to the hard drive, which IBM invented on 13 September 1956 (it says here (Engadget)).

geek?

Sep. 7th, 2006 12:03 pm
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the Tivo crashed yesterday, and has removed (it seems) some of the utilities we put on there, not least the "ls" command.

it took a non-techy to remind me that a GUI-based FTP client would do the job very nicely.

I've been assimilated ...
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having cut my teeth on them doing the cookbook lookup on www.nibblous.com, I decided to address the subject of our DVD collection.

so ... export the ASINs from DVDPedia, put file into BBEdit, a bit of RegExp search and replace and a mySQL command, and I had a basic list.

about 10 minutes of programming to alter the files from Nibblous to suit DVDs and my site, and then an enjoyable half an hour or so of interrogating Amazon with each ASIN, confirming it was right, and writing data into the database and grabbing their largest image for further manipulation.

tomorrow, I might write the code to actually display it on my site.

I Am Not A Programmer.

honestly.

yay!

Feb. 24th, 2006 09:32 am
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treomy Treo has arrived from Orange.
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this is now part of our in-house coding standards:
SELECT count(*) as dracula FROM image
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when I arrived in the study this morning, things weren't entirely as they should be.

existing connections were ok - IRC, terminal windows, Adium. But Firefox wouldn't connect to anything and, in my bleary state, I thought Squid was playing up. Went to check a couple of other things, and nothing ...

then I realised that no DNS meant a problem with the Windows server. And indeed, when I went into the server room littlest bedroom, it was sitting there with a blue screen on its face. Aaargh.

it won't boot in safe mode with networking. It won't boot in safe mode at all. It claims to have an error in its NTFS file system, according to the BSOD. Oh joy. No, there's no recovery console installed. No, it won't repair off the CD.

so we will have to go to PCWhirled and pay their extortionate price for a new hard drive, and reinstall the server. I don't know how many hard drives we've bought this year, always with an extra one to keep in stock, but we have gone through the sodding things like a knife through butter recently.

we have backups of all the data, but we don't bother to back up the OS, so that'll be a fun day in the workhouse. The backups are on external drives, but they're all accessed via SMB, so I can't get to them either.

in the middle of all this, one of the server UPSen started beeping - had blown the fuse in its plug.

good will to all men and peace on earth. But bah bloody humbug to computers.
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now, *of course*, we cannot get the wireless inkjet to talk to the wireless router.

I hate technology.
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as detailed in earlier posts, we are the lucky owners of a shiny new Powerbook. We were previously the owners of an older Powerbook, and are still the owners of a wireless router, which was only used by said older Powerbook (henceforth known as OP).

the OP was so old that it couldn't cope with new fangled WEPpery on wireless, so we had to configure up the router with a full huge long WEP key for security. All well and good, you'd think, yes?

but we forgot, and seemed not to have noted, what the WEP key was. And we forgot, and seemed not to have noted, what IP the router was on, so we couldn't talk to it. And we have lost, or never had, the Mac CD for the router, and it's not available for download.

no matter - we have the Windows CD, and so we fired up Virtual PC on the powerbook, and connected all the cables, and ... it didn't work.

so we installed and ran some Windows LAN Sniffer from that interweb thing, on one of Pete's VMWare Windows installs, and found it, at .200 Iwhich is quite logical in our numbering system, now I come to think of it). And we fired a browser at it, and we have made a note of its location in our Wiki, and have changed the password to something easier to remember and type (but not the same as any of our other passwords as we will have to give this to people occasionally), and we have noted *that* in our (password protected) Wiki as well.

and let that be a lesson to you all.

[edit]
in further news, this messing about with the wireless has caused the wireless ethernet inkjet to stop working. I hate technology.

and then we found another wireless network in the street, named JJ, with a password. Got to be the new neighbours - I can't believe anyone else here would have wireless.

oh my ...

Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:42 am
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how true is this ?! Project Management in the real world ...
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well, so far, at least.

I have found all the bits of stuff I need to do the online return at Companies house [tick]

a client has ordered an unexpected £750 worth of work

Lovefilm have sent the second series of Phoenix Nights

and I seem to have bought one of these )
oops ...

any offers for my 15" 867Mhz version ?

oh, wow

Nov. 17th, 2005 02:13 pm
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this is just so cool -
The laptops are powered with a wind-up crank, have very low power consumption and will let children interact with each other while learning.


wind up laptops for the third world for $100. We should all buy one* at *$200* minimum, so there will be more funding for these.

more at BBC News.

*except, apparently, we can't.
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to schedule an unscheduled test of our new UPS rigs yesterday evening. It all worked exactly as it should, and it was quite odd to sit here with my machine going, the comms stack working, and a lamp on, listening to the frantic beeping from the batteries.

[livejournal.com profile] perlmonger was in the local offy when it happened, and had to pick out bottles of wine by torchlight. Very romantic.
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just ordered one of these, a dual 2.5Ghz version, from the Apple refurb store, at 34% discount.

[livejournal.com profile] perlmonger told me to do it, and as an obedient wife ...

oh dear

Sep. 8th, 2005 03:28 pm
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we are configuring up yet another web server, for a client, which means still more SSH terminal windows.

and I have discovered the joy of different coloured ones, so I can hopefully remember which bloody server I'm using. I currently have black, orange, purple and pale pink.

pastel geek - very chic :)

[edit]

orange changed to blue - it was just too icky (sort of tangeriney shade)
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I have been mostly writing code. Not for clients, but for myself.

for a long time, I've wanted a way to track the recipes I use - I have a lot of cookbooks, loads of URLs file away, and can never find what I want. I also wanted a way to look through my recipe resources for given ingredients.

I know there are software products about that do this, but none of them did what I want, so I've been meaning to write one for *ages*.

and yesterday I made a start on it - I have ColdFusion talking to Amazon's web services, and pulling data straight onto web pages, I've adapted some code we had to do the tagging thing, and I'm extremely pleased with myself (preens).

it'll be a long time before it sees the light of day - there's a lot more to do, lots of data to enter, and £920* odd to find to upgrade our ColdFusion to the latest version . But it must be done, and so I'm writing this stuff as a sort of test case; parsing the Amazon API stuff would be a hideous nightmare in our version of CF.

* or about £740 if you bought it direct from Macromedia US. But they won't allow you to if you're in the UK. Bastards.

what I haven't done this weekend is what I should have been doing, i.e. doing some Extreme Housework before [livejournal.com profile] kalunina comes to stay - briefly - on Thursday, before we all trundle up to [livejournal.com profile] geoffcampbell's for the bank holiday weekend. And I have a load of stuff to do work-wise this week.

it's probably extremely sad that I'd rather code than go out and enjoy the sunshine ...

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