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  07:10:31 pm, by The Dreamer   , 12 words  
Categories: General

Working late again!

It is 19:10, and I'm only just now getting ready to leave work. :??:

  05:02:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 358 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

Home RedHat 7.2 server upgrade to 7.3

Well, last night I got messages from fedoralegacy-announce of some more updates. But, since 7.2 is no longer supported....

I decided to give the yum upgrade to 7.3 another try. I decided that maybe what I needed to do was loosen the exactarch setting and make sure to remove the athlon kernel and install the i686 kernel instead (even though the box has an athlon CPU...)

There were other issues....which I resolved by removing kdesdk-devel (apparently stuff got changed, and the newer packages wouldn't install if this older package was already present).

Once I removed that...the upgrade proceeded largely like the other upgrades I had done (at work). The only catch was that it overwrote my /etc/services file and didn't leave my old one saved away somewhere. There was only one service that was important...the stunnel wrapper for an xinetd service that lets me into my home network from remote.

Well, actually, it wasn't absolutely critical...since it was my old way into my network, which is the method I normally use. But, I had added other ways in....

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  06:43:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 74 words  
Categories: General, Computer

Home Updates postponed

Well, it is 6:40pm...I just got home from fighting with the machine at work...and I don't feel like doing the updates I was planning to do tonight.

Perhaps tomorrow things will go better with the machine at work, and I won't be so drained. Otherwise I'll probably just leave it all until the weekend.

I have a phone interview Friday at 5pm, so probably won't be feeling like mucking about after that....

  02:46:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 853 words  
Categories: General, ReplayTV, Hardware, Software, Computer, PDA

Today is upgrade day.

For some reason today is the day.

At work, I'm upgrading an IBM pSeries Server (model 615 6E3) to be a dual boot AIX 5.2 and AIX 5.3 QA machine.

The machine was originally delivered with a pair of 36GB drives, one as rootvg and the other as vg00. A 73GB drive was ordered for it, and moved vg00 over to this drive (extendvg->migratepv->reducevg) that the old 36GB drive would become the AIX 5.3 disk.

Used alt_disk_install to clone the rootvg to hdisk1 and next is to upgrade that system to 5.3. Wrote a pair of scripts so switching between the two will be braindead easy....once somebody cracks the root password (actually, I've already given it out...) I thought about sudo, but that's too much work and once I'm gone...there'll be no more control on who has the root password, etc.

Problem right now is that the attention light comes on everything the machine is booted, it is reporting a scsi bus problem. Since the only change was the 73GB drive, it is suspect.

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  01:44:15 pm, by The Dreamer   , 224 words  
Categories: General

I gave blood today!


Can you believe that it has been 3 years and 5 months since the last time I gave blood? :no:

I guess that's what happens when you move away from a 'remote' city in Canada, where donations happen when the blood mobile rolls in. To where living in Central Ohio, it becomes much more difficult to find out when and where there is a blood drive in walking distance from home or work.

The last time I gave blood, my chiropractor was hosting it. Today, Allstate (who are in the same building) was hosting one.

I wonder if should factor accessibility to future blood donations as something to consider with respect to where my next job will be at? )-o

When I was in Canada, I managed to get up to a 20 donation pin. Which is pretty good considering they only rolled the blood mobile into to town 3 times a year, and frequently I wasn't able to donate during the January I would invariably be down with the flu or something. It wasn't until the last couple of years I lived there that the upped the frequency to 4 times a year.

I found out that they do it by the gallon here in the states. Should be interesting to see how long before I reach one. Today is only my 3rd time so far.


  10:53:41 am, by The Dreamer   , 506 words  
Categories: General, ReplayTV, Samsung HLN4365W1, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Cable HD DVR, OTA HDTV

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Here's something new for me that I forgot to tell the world about. For the last few days, I've been doing two strange things.

  1. Watching Sports
  2. Watching Live TV

But, I had come across USAHD on my SA8300 DVR a while back, which apparently is largely added for US Open coverage (meaning I guess it'll be going away soon).

And, while channel surfing in HD one evening...I ended up watching it.

I guess the fact that it is in HD, was a big factor. Well, I guess this isn't totally strange, when I first got the HDTV....I was watching the Calgary Flames attempt to take the Stanley Cup. And, when coverage switched to ABC, I had to watch it live OTA. Though I wasn't a convert yet, so I was also recording in SD, and switch back and forth depending on where things were when I got to turning the set on (switching back to SD when I wanted to pause...)...though this was the catalyst for playing around with recording downconverted HD on a ReplayTV.

Back to the US Open, later I sacrificed stuff in my HD-DVR and scheduled recordings of some of the coverage, because I didn't want to miss the semi/final coverage and some of it wasn't at convenient times.

It was kind of intense and sad watching the women single semi's, perhaps I because I was rooting for Elena Dementieva and later Maria Sharapova &#59;D The match with Maria ran long, so I missed the ending...though I guess I didn't really miss anything. I felt like screaming that she should smile, but I wasn't watching that live....

Though it was good watching the final still....rooting for Kim Clijster....the rough part was that it ran over the scheduled slot, so the HD recording cut me off. Though I had padded the SD recording of it on my ReplayTV. (there is no USAHD OTA :..( )

Boy, it was really terrible having to watch the remainder of that in SD. My interest in continuing to watch faded pretty much after that. And, I deleted the rest of my SD and HD recordings...though I did watch part of the women's mixed finals. After all, got to see Elena again :yes:

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  08:26:59 pm, by The Dreamer   , 9 words  
Categories: DVDs / NetFlix

DVD: Lilo and Stitch 2

  02:36:45 pm, by The Dreamer   , 207 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer

'box' upgrade

I've been contemplating trying the upgrade of 'box' to a celeron 1.1GHz again. Though it occurs to me that the mobo might not be the right rev to support this kind of upgrade (voltage?), and company that sold adapters seems to have gone away.

But, then the machine suddenly stopped working. >:XX

I decide to try swapping the CPU, to no avail.

I fiddled around with the guts for a while, when suddenly it I carefully close it up and let it go.

Just now there was a loud noise and poof, 'box' is dead again. >:XX

Guess it is time to see about getting another machine to replace it. Though should I buy another cheap box off of eBay or not? It doesn't really need to be much, but it also serves a very critical function to my home network.....namely its DHCP and routing functions.

I think at this point, another eBay search is what I'm going to do.... :**:

But, first to investigate the loud noise and getting 'box' (and myself) back on line.....

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  06:34:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 230 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

Home server upgrade

Well, the upgrade of my home server from RedHat 7.2 to 7.3 didn't work.

I've decided to leave it as 7.2.

I guess I've made too many customizations to the machine for the upgrade to cope with it. :**:

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  02:58:17 pm, by The Dreamer   , 259 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer

SuSE 9.3 discs found

Oh yeah, forgot to mention this morning....that I found where the SuSE 9.3 DVD had gone to. Now that I don't need it. :## Just as well, since I might have a different use for the extra DVD-ROM drive I have laying about.

I'm thinking that if I ever do get around to moving the DVD burner into my desktop, that I'll want that extra DVD-ROM drive to be mounted externally for reader use on there. I know I could use the displaced DVD-ROM drive from the desktop, but the extra drive is the cooler slot-loading type. Of course, I do have my old DVD burner.... Well, we'll see what I do when I do get around to it.... :**: preparation for upgrading my home server to 7.3, it occurred to me that I could at least attempt to make a set of mondorescue discs for it. I grabbed the latest stable snapshot of mindi/mondo and tried to do this. But, try as I kept failing. Then I reverted to the stable release rather than the CVS snap, and that seems to be working.

It won't save the 3 data filesystems on the box, one of which resides on the system disk. But, the upgrade shouldn't affect these if something does go wrong. But, the upgrade of the NIS master at work, also went pretty smoothly.

Though my home server is quite different than the NIS master/slave servers. Those are just minimal servers. While my home box has the whole world on it, and runs it too.

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