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So, it turns out, WalMart is the only place open at 10:15pm on a Sunday night with computer equipment. They had some 10/100 hubs (not switches, but good enough for now).
When we get home, it turns out we also need a new dial-up modem (WalMart only had internals, which I intend never to buy). But at least our LAN is back up and running.
But once again steeds.com and our other domains are down for a while (until sometime tomorrow).
Update: I forgot I had a modem in my IBM
Thinkpad. It's one of those crappy "WinModems"
that almost never work under Linux, but in this
case, IBM released drivers. Go IBM!
I'll be glad to be rid of them. I liked them a long time as they were flexible and gave me the features I needed without requiring me to buy a big fancy plan. But they have entirely too many outages between their POPs and HQ.
So, if anyone wants good, Unix-based web/mail hosting (we'll be using some mix of Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD), go to steedshosting.net to see prices and sign up.
I found two different places where I'd mistyped my IP address when reconfiguring DNS for my domains (one was in DNS zone file, and the other was at the domain registrar (GoDaddy rocks!)) which had prevented me from being back in service probably a day or two ago.
So, I'm getting email again, and I presume our web sites are back online again. Even mail which was queued up at our ISP on their backup MX host is coming through. Yay!
I thought it was just because staubly.net was the first domain I changed over, and others hadn't propogated yet. Or, it was less widely used, therefor wasn't in local DNS caches.
Gaaa... sometimes I hate networks.
Update: For the next week or so, please use the address vicky at staubly dot net to email me.
Update: Nevermind, my email is back.
I am not a poor person. I make enough to satisfy most people. However, I have some expensives I have no business having. And I think it's time to make some changes in my life to lower the occurance of unexpected expenses (and other drama).
Steeds will be back up on April 7th, if not before. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Now, this fall, I'll vote for Kerry, just because he isn't Bush (I'd have preferred Kucinich). But I think Kerry is just as much a "political insider" as anyone. Sort of how I supported Clinton, even though he lied, cheated on his wife, etc. He simply agreed with more of my positions than his opponents.
Unfortunately, what's popular in this country is just as likely to be morally wrong (in my view) as morally right. The phrase "tyranny of the majority" wasn't just some theoretical ramblings. It's a real danger in this country. One need only look at the quality of popular television shows to know a little something about the intellect and wisdom of the majority of Americans (and, lest anyone think me "anti-American", the majority of humans). But, fortunately, in the case of television, niche shows and networks are available which allow minority tastes and interests to be satisfied. This is not the case when the majority of people in a region (state, country, etc.) try to legislate the behavior of everyone.
Ok, rant over.
That's right, I'm going to Ozzfest this summer (July). Should be a blast. I was afraid I'd never get to see Rob Halford perform with Priest, but they reunited this fall. There's some uncertainty about whether Ozzy will really be performing (after his recent ATV accident), but I can live even if he's not there (after all, I did see the original Black Sabbath line-up they had at a previous Ozzfest).
Update: (next day) The tickets arrived. Yay!
So, all in all I have it running and doing what I want. Pretty cool, eh? Now, I just have to tear things apart so I can put it at the base of my "tower of sparcs".
I was able to get NetBSD installed and configured last night. Today, however, I've been trying to add packages (tcsh, emacs, all my favorites). It seems NetBSD doesn't have the sparc64 versions of its binary packages (if it does, and I just haven't been looking in the right place, let me know). Instead you have to download the pkgsrc.tar.gz archive, and install all your packages from source (I feel like I'm running "Gentoo BSD").
At least it's a fairly fast Sun (compared to the 40MHz SparcStation-2's I have), so the compiles go reasonably fast.
a romantic sleigh ride interrupted by a flatulent horse
Is Bess moonlighting by acting in beer commercials?
The NEC DVD drive works with the Linux dvdrecord command. However, so far, I haven't been able to read the discs I created with DVD-RW media on either of the two other computers I use which have DVD-ROM drives. I'll try DVD+RW, and if that does not work, DVD-R and then DVD+R...
Due to a failing hard disk, I've had to shutdown suffolk.steeds.com until I can get home, run fsck, install new hard disk, and try recovering as much data as possible. Suffolk is the main server (mail and web) for the following domains:
I apologize for the inconvenience, but I'd been pretty broke and was putting off buying a new HD for as long as possible.
So, expect a mini-review of Fedora here soon.
Well, I'm not sure if I gave Fedora a fair trial. Maybe I'll try it again, when I have more free time. I did like the graphical startup screen (when it switches to runlevel 5 during startup, a GUI pops up with a progress bar, and a button on which you can click to see the detailed startup messages).
I didn't like the problems I had getting
logged into X/Gnome when I had my left-over home
directory (with left-over
I suspect that wasn't all Fedora's fault, as when I switched back to RedHat 9, I had some of the same problems. I really only got running again after mv'ing my home directory, and creating a new one from skeleton files.
Who is to blame? I dunno. Gnome? Metacity? Not sure... But I think the problem is that some stored setting (in a config file in my home directory) specifies something that no longer makes sense (non-existant window manager, background image that moved or no longer exists, etc.). Software should be robust enough to substitute some default setting for one that is (now) incorrect.
This is basically the main C run-time library on a Linux machine. So, just about all programs depend on it. I updated my workstation and my home server (see previous journal entry). However, that evening, I noticed my machine was back at the login screen (gdm). The machine hadn't crashed, but X had reset (logged me out).
Ok, I think, some programs may be having trouble since I swapped glibc versions out from under them. I'll reboot. I logged in again, and went off to do other stuff. I came back later: same problem. Grrr.
A day or so later, RedHat comes out with an updated version of that errata, although it says it's only for people running "non-RedHat kernels". Well, can't hurt to try, right? At the least, it didn't help.
So, I think, I'll just revert to the old glibc. I don't remember any other updates coming out, so I should be safe going back to what's on the RH9 CDs. I copy off the glibc RPMs, and reinstall them (using "--force" so it won't complain about going to earlier versions). Oh, good, now X won't even start (let alone let me log in and stay logged in).
Well, I'd downloaded the Fedora Core 1 ISO files a while ago. I'll just try that out. Looks very similar to RH9. But it didn't give me the option to install individual packages (at least not from the text-mode install).
Well, the install ran smoothly. But when it first starts, X won't run. I didn't expect their install to find and configure both graphics cards. But apparently, having 2 cards confused it enough so it couldn't get either working. When I get home tonight, I'll reinstall my XF86Config which I had before with RH9, and see how it looks. So, expect a mini-review of Fedora here soon.