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Yet more fiddling with Gandalf as I started to tame (read: convert from American English to British English) the enrollment process. Ended up with a significant set of patches gleaned from all over the place for GNU libgmp.

Spent much of the rest of the afternoon fiddling with, securing, and learning about BIND. Turns out there's a lot of new stuff from BIND4 to BIND8 that I never really bothered to read the documentation for. I now understand, it's quite funky!

Seems I'm rusty on Apache modules. This is bad. Someone asked if we could put an IIS server on the network today too! Not good.

Oops. Seems I forgot about this (or got bored) or something like that. Anyway, two week vacation from Advogato is now over. Going to keep it techie from now on in!

Seemingly spent yonks today reconfiguring bits of BIND which got updated when I was in the US but the config wasn't changed to go with it. Not much interesting new stuff but I turned off a lot of logging for the sake of the disk space!

Started to install Gandalf, the Thawte CSR/enrollment software, which was going spankingly till I hit some GNU libgmp/Solaris problems and ground to a halt. I'm almost tempted to install Sparc/Linux on an E250 to see what happens! Would anyone notice? I think not!

Current OU average assignment score: 91%. Cor! That's a first then!

So, the final day before Dublin. Diary entries until Monday morning will be in the travel section of my WWW site. I've decided that matters of less mundane than normal deserve to be somewhere more interesting!

My PC decided to wake me up at 1am which was somewhat annoying. My pager decided to let me know the battery needed replacing at 5:45am and so when 7am arrived I was a little fraught and still tired. Traffic hell - arrived pissed off.

We finally sorted out the mail configuration today. This alone is an absolute God-send and means we are now very close to taking a major project live that we have been working on for a while. I am quite excited about this. Annoyed everyone by being in a "Friday" mood even though it's not.

Lunch had me posting letters, paying in Tax Rebates (unexpected), changing Pounds (sterling) into Irish Punts and finalising the details of the house insurance. More work.

Got some clothes on the way home, and junk food. Signed up with Thawte for a Freemail personal certificate so that I can start getting on with WOT.

Packing. Wierd - I've only just gotten back from being away!


I'm starting to dislike Mondays. Panic in the morning, stress in the afternoon, and the evenings tend to be too exhausted to do anything!

Still pissing about with Sendmail and virus checking software. Ho hum!

Inherited a Penguin Hell to organise :)


So, suddenly Dublin is the end of the week and I'm getting paniced. A nice chap from Dell came and sorted out my laptop and I spent most of the evening cleaning the kitchen, bedroom and sorting out paperwork.

Lots of OU work to get on with and no time to do it! Still haven't finished my first assignment and it's due in soon!


Mail configurations, long burning CD's and huge amounts of paperwork today. Not the most exciting day.

We did do slightly better at the pub quiz though (18/30) that's an improvement by one per week! Hurrah!

Still no OU work done. Dublin looms (need to sort stuff out tomorow) and lots and lots of reading to do.

7 potential penguin sponsors so far!


Chiropodist in the morning so that (admittedly quite nice) woman could attack my feet with a knife. Actually this wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined and my feet are happy feet now! Much kudos to woman with knife then!

Bit of frantic rushing around and getting the laptop ready before heading off to Bracknell. Arrived at Iain's in time to get some food and watch the rugby! Priorities! Scotland did not to so well really as you can see. Arse.

Some time later various others arrived and an entertaining evening was had by all. Some left at 2am the rest of us watched the much much much (much much much - can I emphasise this enough?) start of the Grand Prix season in the F1. It was an odd race... I was please to see Coulthard get some points but the death of a marshall rather tempered the result.

Drove home at 4:45am. Arrived home at 6am. Builders arrived to work on next door at 7:30. Bastards!


Less to do today really. Lazed, shopped, visited parents. Discussed holiday plans for later in the year. Hopefully I'm going to learn to sail in the summer and then we're thinking of going away somewhere and doing some sailing... France was looking promising but now Jersey or Guernsey are also possible. A nice day.

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