Two dead hard drives, two days

There have been a plethora of hard drive problems I’ve had to deal with this year. In the past two days, I’ve had to repeat the wonderful Windows XP installation/update process three times – once for one of my servers (Windows XP/Apache2.2/PHP/MySQL stack) and twice for client systems whose hard drives just up and quit.

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Oh, the humanity!

[R]eading YouTube comments is a pretty stern test of the ol’ faith in humanity. I couldn’t agree more. The hierarchy of Internet commenting goes, from best to worst: Slashdot/Kuro5hin SA Forums Generic blog comments Blog comments on a linked-from Digg site Digg comments YouTube comments GameFAQs, IGN, Xbox.com Forums Are people not accountable for what

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Xbox 360 dashboard update and efuses

Some recent news over at Xbox-Scene has made it clear that Microsoft fully intends to exploit the enhanced security features of the IBM PowerPC-based CPU. Effectively, once you’ve installed the January 2007 update for the console (kernel version 4552), you’ve tripped an “efuse” that refuses to boot prior kernel versions. There may be up to

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VX2025wm and Ubuntu 6.10

I’ve always seemed to have more trouble setting up monitors and displays under Linux than should be warranted. Cobbling together a few forum posts from Google, here’s what I’ve come up with in xorg.conf that seems to have my VX2025wm working at native 1680×1050@60Hz resolution. You may not need the ModeLine parameter, depending on how

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Minor update

After yet another cycle of WordPress updates, minor things tend to irk me. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to sit down and devote completely to Aerosol development or Ethanol bugfixes, and as a result I’m beholden to the development and bugfix schedule of others. I have, however, managed to get the site installation wizard

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Upgrades complete

I’ve finally gotten the chance to deploy the new security-related fixes for WordPress. I’m not a huge fan of any mass-market weblog packages, or for that matter any heavily popularized software for managing a website. In fact, I plan to use a stable version of Ethanol or Aerosol to maintain this site once I get

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Day one

Today was the first official day of classes up at UW, which means that tomorrow is free from any obligations. I have an afternoon tutorial for English 109 that is not applicable, since the first official lecture hasn’t been held yet. I did attend two classes today: Math 136 (Linear Algebra 1), and CS 245

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New year’s revolutions

I’ve arrived home from Markham – my work term officially concluded on December 22nd – and I’m settled in, for the most part. The entire Christmas holiday seems to have gone by far too quickly, because I’m headed back to school within a day. For the most part, my preparation for classes has been limited

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Useful utility: NetMeter

While my primary workstation is a Core Duo iMac running OS X, I consider myself platform-agnostic at this point. My fileserver at home is a Core 2 Duo E6600, running XP Pro SP2. I also have several other boxes that run XP, and it’s often a necessary thing to monitor network traffic. One of the

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What’s with the faulty bus?

Looking at the title I may have unfortunately chosen for this site, it reads similar to a “directive not found” inclusion common to SSI and ASP pages. “Bus error” is one of the POSIX generic error messages, and I’ve seen it twice. From my perspective as a developer, it’s possibly one of the worst error

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