Commentary: March 2006 Archives

The Future

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Been thinking a bit about the future lately. About being together with Stu. And it's gone up a gear since he's accepted the job in Canberra. It's gone from being an abstract idea of "one day we'll be together" to "right, now how are we actually going to be together?" I'm up to thinking of practical ways to make it happen. At the moment they're just ideas though. I'm a little afraid that if I take the plunge I might just sink....

I couldn't resist. They were on special. Just looking at the packets makes me drool...... :)

Flavours of the Commonwealth

I was gonna rave about Stu's new employer, but the details are probably not really appropriate to share with the blogosphere. Suffice to say they're treating him *very* well :)

Whoops there's the phone gotta go :)

Netphones

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Netphone

So today I went to the post office and picked up a way cool package - two Netphones :):):) I was a bit worried they'd be the wrong sort, since my brother had been sent the wrong one initially. But they were the right ones so I opened one up. Getting it going was literally as easy as plugging it in and turning it on. My brother gave me his account number and I called him and it *just worked* .. that never happens!! :)

The quality is fine - not *quite* as good as a landline, but certainly acceptable. The thing holds 112 numbers! And has its own ip address and web server built in - that's what I want, consumer electronics with ip addresses :)

After upgrading the firmware and setting its timezone, I opened Stu's up and got it going to make sure it worked. It did too, woot!

The sad thing is, I paid $80 each for ours last week, but this week they're down to $50. Oh well, what can you do?

Anyway, so next time I see Stu I'll give him his and we'll be able to call each other for free over the net :)

Ever notice how "road trips" filmed in the US always show the scenic routes? Little back-country highways and the like. They never seem to show the rather boring I-number interstates (although some of those are pretty cool to drive on).

Then there was something about clutch starts. I haven't done one of those in years. I used to do them all the time when living at home and driving "red car" (a Datto 120-Y). You'd start the reverse out of the garage and then it would stall. So you'd roll the rest of the way out of the garage and begin the down hill of the driveway, and part way down you'd clutch start it in reverse. Fun stuff. Now I drive a car that just doesn't stall like that and I'm out of practise.

And there was something else I thought of while watching The Karate Kid tonight, but my brain didn't register it for long enough to write it down.

Oh well :)

Have I ever mentioned I rather like Stu? :):)

Walking

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Have been doing a bit of walking lately. Not a huge amount, just enough to get the heart going a little bit of an evening. At the moment heading out in different directions for 15 minutes and then coming back. Can get a to few significant points in those 15 minutes. So now I have several 30 minute walks around "the block" that I can do.

Trying to get my life into some sort of order/routine.

Canberra

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Life changing day today - Stu got offered a job in Canberra! It's all very exciting and scary, although more scary for Stu I think!

We were talking about this the other night and Stu said how much his life had changed because of me, and the impact of it hit me like a tonne of bricks. It was like, up until this point if anything happened to our relationship we could just go back to our lives and really things wouldn't be any different (glossing over any pain involved of course). But Stu changing his job, his house, his city, his *life* and moving to be closer to me still spins me out. It's like, there's this committment from him to our relationship, and it's now up to me not to screw up my end of things. I feel like we're now committed for life, and I'm pretty happy/excited/a little scared about that :)

Of course there's still a long way to go before we even have a chance of living together, but at least we'll be able to see each other every other weekend, which will be very nice indeed :):)

Revelations

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I was going to blog about some revelations I've had recently, but I don't feel up to it. And they were fairly personal anyway.

Think I need an early night.

FeedReader

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My FeedReader program ran out of memory the other night and had been giving me errors ever since. Well today I had to reboot, and it complained that the file was corrupt and started a new one. Great. So I put back a copy from December, but now all my unread marks are all stuffed up. I was already behind on so many blogs, and now I have no idea where I'm at with them. I really just need to pick a blog at a time and read it online until I'm up to date and then move onto the next one....

The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume 820gb.

This is really not what you want to see on your production file server. I mean *really* *REALLY* not what you want to see.

So last night there was another power outage to fix what they did the other week during the last power outage. So turned all my servers off. And an hour later turned them all back on again. Well my 220s disk array was on for a good ten minutes after power was restored, and then it threw a disk. At the very moment it threw the disk, it corrupted the file system on the partition on it. Which is really not meant to be the way it works. The idea is if you lose a disk from a Raid 5 array, the operating system doesn't need to know about it. The disk being presented to the operating system is meant to still be completely viable.

So this is now the second time this has happened.

Fortunately this time, it happened on a Friday night and not a Monday morning, and this time we have a redundant server which has an instant mirror of all the files. So it had clean copies of the corrupted files, and we failed over to this server so users will be none the wiser. This is a very very good thing.

So currently the machine is rebuilding the array. Likely to finish around 9pm tonight. When that's done I will nuke the partition on the drive, recreate and format it, and fail back from the other server.

Yay to Dell for getting the disk to me at 6am this morning, and boo to Dell for the likelihood that the 220s box is doing messy things to the disks.

mp3 editor?

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Does anyone have a good mp3 editor, free if possible, able to take out a snip of an mp3 and resave it? Or if I give you an mp3 (or wav) could someone do it for me? I want to make my own ringtones....

Amazing Race

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New series of The Amazing Race started up tonight.. woot!

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