Older blog entries for thom (starting at number 47)

9 May 2003 (updated 9 May 2003 at 23:03 UTC) »

G4's hard drive decided to die (person I bought it from had changed it to a new one, and it seemed ropey); so I have a 120Gb disk just sitting around waiting for me to have some time.
I've now taken over control of Debian's Apache packages in collaboration with two other people and we've been wading our way through the bugs, and also planning some interesting new steps that should help ease of maintainership.
I've also been cleaning up and commiting any lingering patches that we feel should be submitted back upstream.
In other news, did some evil hacks on Mailman to get the listinfo page templateable, but I'm not convinced there's a clean way of doing this the "right" way in Mailman2.1; so I haven't yet submitted the changes upstream. Looks like I'm going to be adding MySQL support to Mailman for a different customer, which could be an entertaining hack.
Built my first FreeBSD server to use Vinum the other evening, following the Bootstrapping Vimum guide. The whole process was fairly smooth, bar a few out of date bits, one of which led to us having to resort to ed(1) to fix up a config file.
Out of a sheer need to vent some of the frustration I'm feeling currently, I just wrote Whither Management? - I was originally going to write it as an article here but it turned too ranty...

31 Mar 2003 (updated 31 Mar 2003 at 23:09 UTC) »

So, after finding myself a cute little cube on ebay, I now have my first Debian PPC machine. Install worked beautifully!
Also, have now booked accomodation for Gu4dec, and am just in negotiation with my boss about Deb{Camp,Conf}

I think Ben Hammersley said it best

mglazer: like it is? In an incredibly minority viewpoint, sure. Considering that the majority of the population is anti-war, Tony Blair suffered the biggest parliamentary revolt in history at the last commons vote on whether the Gulf War mk2 should go ahead, and 1million+ people turned out for the antiwar demonstration last month, I don't think you can claim any populist support from here.
Also, please can you explain what you plan to do with Israel, since they are also in violation of a UN resolution and have been for the last 50 years?

Robin Cook made an excellent speech in the House of Commons last night to announce his resignation from Tony Blair's cabinet. This has sparked a wave of similar resignations, but from no other big names. Clare Short has decided to keep her hypocritical power-grubbing mitts in power.

anholt: You see, those are facts. These are things that aren't interesting to people only wishing to make a biased and indefensible statement ;-)
2 Mar 2003 (updated 2 Mar 2003 at 11:02 UTC) »
    Just got back from Snowboarding in Colorado (Winter Park and Breckenridge) and hanging out in San Fran for a few days in the middle. Had a really cool time, up to virtually the last day, whence I landed on my shoulder and seperated my clavicle and chromea(I think this is how the bone is named. Close, anyway).
    Came back and returned to work the next day, so I'm still jetlagged and ugh :-)

walters: You can post diaries with xml-rpc; see http://www.advogato.org/xmlrpc.html for more details. I guess a quicky chunk of python to just write a webpage and then fire the same chunk of diary to advogato would be pretty easy...

I'm a gibbering wreck. It's not often that I get shocked speachless but receiving a mail into my inbox with the title "Invitation of Commit Access from the HTTP Server Project" has pretty much done it!

    Had forgotten how much fun clubbing is. Went to Fabric last night, which is their house/techno/stuff night, and had an absolute blast. Also ran into a friend I was living with in sydney, who now works there, so that was awesome. Have to go for a beer with him soon
    My CD buying spate goes on unappeased - I picked up Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf, BT - ten years in the life (US import - £30!!!!), David Holmes' Free Association and Terry Francis' awesome Fabric set. Most cool, but causes my friends serious ire when they want to buy me presents ;-) Must get a list of what I have up at some point.
20 Dec 2002 (updated 20 Dec 2002 at 17:09 UTC) »

Ugh. too much work, and too much hangover. (Oh, and a totally incompetent hardware supplier)
So what I'd love to do at this point is just to leave until everything was sorted out to the point where I can do the stuff I need to, but instead it looks like I'm going to be working pretty much every day next week excluding xmas day itself. fun fun.
Been bouncing ideas for a decent task tracking system; accessable from multiple computers via different mediums, ie web/rss/xml-rpc. I've not found anything that does something remotely like this, and it's something that i badly need. It especially needs to be able to have multiple task streams.
Also looking at porting gtetrinet to OS X natively, rather than getting my fix from the gtk version running in XDarwin.
The other thing I want to do is fix up a system for allowing Apache's Include directive to ignore certain file patterns in a runtime configurable way.
I need to write (and I can't believe no-one has done this in a way that works correctly) a module for apache that limits concurrent connections. throttle claims to do it, but watching its output there appears to be no relation between its behaviour and the output in server-status. Also, throttle bumps the load average by a couple of orders of magnitude. Which is a problem.
Oh, and having something other than basic authentication for mod_auth_pam would be nice. And easier than the other problem...

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