Commentary: September 2012 Archives


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Last week the sweetie and I went for a pre-dinner drink at Bellabar under Rydges.  Nice quiet little bar, although it felt a little too fancy for me walking in off the street heh.

Two years ago today we went to Brighton (noisy, not very tourist friendly, and a pile of rocks instead of a beach), saw the other the end of the White Cliffs - the Seven Sisters (it rained), Dover Castle (it rained) and the Battle of Britain Memorial (it rained).

Crappy Movable Type and crappy hosting meant I got an error when I posted this last night, and didn't notice til now, so back dating to last night.

Guzman Y Gomez

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The other day we went and tried out Guzman Y Gomez.  I was amazed at how fast the service was.  There was a bit of a queue and a huge crowd there, but they churn through the orders at lightning speed.  Only had to wait a couple of minutes after ordering for my food.  They must be making a fortune there getting through so many customers!

I had a Pork Chipotle "mini" burrito ($6.50) which had slightly too many beans in it for my taste, but was otherwise pretty good.  And well constructed, maintaining structural integrity right to the very end!

Guzman Y Gomez

Two years ago today we explored Bath, then visited Wells Cathedral before driving out to Cornwall.


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Went to an IPv6 "training" day today.  Well not so much training.  Sort of a seminar.  Not sure what to make of it.  Was good to be reminded of lots of things though.  And funny that in the year since the last time I did some IPv6 training, attitudes to things like DHCP have changed.  But not to NAT, which is still considered evil.

The worst part was sitting in quite uncomfortable chairs for the entire day.  After lunch my legs made things pretty miserable.

And apart from two APNIC staff, there was only one other female in the room.  hrmmm.

Two years ago today, the sweetie and I travelled from Lockerbie, through the Lakes District of England and finished up in Wales.  It rained.  
Around maybe the 25th of August I was trying to manage some of the mail in my Eudora inbox - I wanted to move some of it to another folder.  So I selected a few and dragged them to another folder.  Like I do regularly.  Except this day my computer had a hiccough, and those mails got corrupted.  The mails that I wanted to move were from around the 13-14th August.  And it looked like those mails had gotten corrupted.  But what I didn't realise at the time was that the *entire* inbox had been corrupted dated around the 16th.

So the backup I'd done on the 21st August (to disk 1) would have had a corrupt inbox.

What I didn't realise was that the backup I'd done on 7 August (to disk 2) would have had a good copy.  I didn't know this when I ran a backup over the top on 4th September.

So come yesterday when I realised what had happened, and suddenly I realise my last two backups have a corrupted inbox :(:(:(

Fortunately I had a third backup, one that doesn't come into circulation very often, dated 4th July.  The problem with that backup, is that it was now so old that mail was no longer on the server for a few weeks in July (mail is only set to stay on the server for 60 days).  But, it was better than nothing.  So I brought that home tonight and tried to piece everything back together.  My cPanel mail is a bit of a pain though, it wouldn't let me just download the mail again in another copy of Eudora.  It seems that once they've been downloaded once, it refuses to download them again.  In the end I copied them to another cPanel mailbox using Horde webmail, and downloaded them again that way.

So then it was piecing together the various backups and redownloaded mailboxes, without getting too may duplicates floating around.

I had a look through the corrupted mailboxes text files, but they only have content in them from 16th August onwards :(

All up I probably only lost about half a dozen mails that I care about.  My inbox you see is my personal mail address, so the majority of other mail (dealing with companies) gets filtered automatically at download.  So there wasn't a huge amount in the missing days.  And I can tell from the TOC what the mails are and who they're from.  

Lessons learnt:
* multiple backups are a Good Thing!!
* keeping mail on the server for a decent chunk of time before deleting it is a Good Thing!!
* manage Eudora mailboxes more regularly - they're more prone to errors when they get big

And now I prepare to weather the storm of stoopid comments telling me I should use a better mail client or a mac with time machine, or I should keep all my mail in the cloud, or some such other nonsense.  Because nothing bad could ever happen in any of those scenarios, could it?

2 Yummy - Too Yummy!

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Thursday night (after getting off a horrendous week oncall) I talked a bunch of people into going out for dinner after drinks.  So nine of us went to 2 Yummy.  I said "bring food, I'll eat it", so we put Jim in charge of ordering.  Nine plates of super yummy food came along in short order.  It was great!

There was a beef satay

2 Yummy
Pork chop with spicy peppery salt

2 Yummy
A lemon chicken

2 Yummy
An iridescent sweet and sour fish

2 Yummy
Shantung chicken

2 Yummy
And several tofu dishes

2 Yummy
2 Yummy
2 Yummy

And possibly one other dish I didn't get a photo of.
All super yummy - 2 yummy!! ;)

Doc says we totally need to do their suckling pig again sometime soon..
As seen in Myer on September 3 - twelve days earlier than last year!

Christmas in September

Still remembering

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World Trade Centre

Bolly Buds Belconnen

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The other day, Neil, Doc and I went to try out Bolly Buds under Oracle.

They've only just opened, and so the staff are just trying to find their feet.  Even though everything was in bain maries, the dude had not much idea what he was doing, and service was super slow.  Hopefully he'll get the hang of it soon.

I had a goat curry (on the bone which is always a bit of a pain but I knew before ordering it so that was ok) which was pretty tasty, although the hair in it was a little off-putting..

Bolly Buds Belconnen
Goat Curry at Bolly Buds Belconnen
Bolly Buds Belconnen
Hair :(:(
Bolly Buds Belconnen

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