12 May 2000 jgg   » (Master)

Sooo.. I have begun my usual summer job. This time I am sitting in the RF chamber. a 6x12 foot room made entirely of plywood pressed between two layers of Mu metal.

It is grey. There are some 4 computers and 2 people in this poor little room, plus a pair of desks and some tables. Tsk.

This is what happens when you hire more employees than you have actual office space. Oh well. I spent the first little while ``acquiring'' a computer and monitor to use. This year I managed to get myself a PIII-600 and an Viewsonic 17" professional (the one with the short tube). Both are quite nice and very happy. I now have the best screen and best computer in the building by a wide margin ;>

The rest of the time I spend redoing networking cables that were wired by monkies not aware of the correct wiring standards and replacing faulty cards. Now most of the segments actually *don't* get thousands of framing errors.

Now that the US government has disabled the GPS dither I can use this differential GPS reciever here to compute my posistion down to about 10cm, which I also spent some time doing.. Too bad the GPS device isn't such a good time peice or I'd know what millisecond it was too.

Poor Debian killed, fixed, killed, fixed, killed, fixed poor auric, which is suffering from some kind of psychological disorder. It cannot decide if it is going to be stable, or unstable. Oddly, with SMP off it seems to be behave exceedingly well.. SMP tends to Ooops or OOM, or *something*. Distressing.

Saens returned and features Enhanced FTP Power. It is happily belting out 11mbit without even noticing right now. That should double up to 20 in a few hours. Gigabell is remarkably well connected internationally, it is just amazing. That alone should push up our usage quite high.

The list server got upgraded and demonstred it could do some 50 remote SMTP deliveries/sec (for about 20mins), which I think is reasonably impressive. That is some 4 million emails/day if it could sustain that rate.

I also converted master from qmail to exim. What a bloody nightmare that was. Ik. This does mean that new-maintainer only needs to add people to the LDAP directory, they do not need to do anything else like create home dirs and install .qmail files. This makes creating new accounts really fast and simple.

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