22 Apr 2000 jgg   » (Master)

5 days without an update Tsk Tsk. Oh well, I manged to write 3 finals, and I strongly belive I failed two of them - despite studying quite alot for one. I do not like transistors, I do not like transistors in OpAmp, Differential Amplifiers or in Cascode configurations. Yuk. Don't like FETS either. At least the last final appeared to go stunningly well, fancy that.

Being bored of studying I went to see the Fantasia 2000 IMAX before it goes away. Highly recommended, it was absolutely wonderfull. I'm so glad Disney decided to go the IMAX route. I also got to see the Dragon at the Theater breath fire. They seriously spent alot of money on that thing, it is huge and towers above the consession below this massive dome shaped roof. At some periodic interval spooky music starts going, lights focus on his head and after a bit it begins moving around, then finally the music peaks and this huge burst of real flame spits out of his mouth. The theater guys actually have a zone they keep clear during this process for safty reasons.

On that bored theme, I pulled down graphvis last night and produced.. Graphs. Fancy that. The key and the images. They are graphs of some of the package relations in Debian, people often wonder why APT makes odd automatic choices sometimes, well, these pictures explain it :P I build a tree for the whole project, but I can't graph it, I let lully grind at the data file for 88 mins and it didn't produce anything. I guess 22000 edges is too much. I highly recommend looking at base.png, it is quite interesting to look at the 76 base package relations.

saens is traveling to New York now, it is all upgraded and happy, The RAID can sustain a nice 16meg/sec semi-random seek which is great. I found there was a misconfiguration which was limiting speed in the old setup too. Oh well.

Murphy got upgraded to a new PII300 so it could fit in a 1U case. This has nicely managed to boost throuput by a few factors at least (procmail is slow). I don't know what the peak delivery rate of this new configuration is yet, but tests show that the round trip time is now averaging somewhere in the *20 second* region. Down from about 1-2 mins. linux-kernel is something like 2 hours! Crazy. Ben Collins also implemented a VERP front end for the list software which will even further help performance by removing the slow bounce processing step. This is significant because it means I am not going to write a MLM this summer, despite how interesting that might be, it is not needed.

Also I finished deploying LDAP on all the machines, which was then promptly used to indoctrinate bod into our little evil society. Offically now new-maintainer is open and people will be added at a steady rate. At 493 developers I wonder how high it will go.. I think this summer I am going to write some C++ <=> Python glue for my nice commandline/configuration library that APT uses and convert everything. Among other things.

Sadly, people are unfrieghtened by my mail proposal, and I implemented the configuration stuff for it as well. Just need to tidy up the LDAP data and we can move to multi-server central dispatch for @debian.org. Not that we need to or anything, but it simplifies a couple things that need doing.

I am moving, thus my cable modem has been returned and I am living the life of the disconnected modem user.

Joey, your Perl Scares me, but your self morphing 'objects' make me want to build a blanket fort in my living room and live out the rest of my years there.
Drow, the cabal owns you. lilo, IIRC I said something about why I cert'd you master on IRC.. Do you remember what it was? I forget.

We have another contestant for the Expell'O'Matic. Fear. I may very well have lots of hate mail by this time tomorrow.

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