Totally exhausted tonight.

I was supposed to swap a tape drive on one of the machines. That went off ok (but Sun really shouldn’t change device names if the position on the SCSI chain changes — headache!).

But then the monitoring system started noticing some funny log messages. I found out more aout Big Brother than I really wanted to tonight. One good thing: it appears to expire messages after an hour or so. Didn’t seem to do that before. We’ll see. It is still paging me so I turned off my pager.

When it first started paging me, I was sitting right there and ignored it. Yep… I knew the systems were down. Then it stopped (or so I thought), so I finished up and headed home.

I was about a mile away when it started again. I had just crossed the bridge over I-10 and had to turn around and ride back over the bridge. Then I rode over it again to come back home. Ugh… My poor legs.

This blog by a native of India. Kamat’s Potpourri: Kamat AnthoBLOGy

I see the same scenario in the subcontinent now. India is just waiting for another terrorist attack to declare the offensive. The situation is very fluid.

Musharaf knows this very well. Why else do you think he is reversing twenty years of Pakistani policies? A war will certainly leave him out of power.

Also interesting is his reasoning for building his own blogger software.

Now this is intersting: From mpt‘s faq page:

By day, I work for a pittance at an Internet cafe in Christchurch, New Zealand.

By night, I work for free on user interface design for the Mozilla Project, trying to bring Mozilla to a state where a majority of the world

Great. Now I’ve got to follow his blog to understand why he doesn’t have a “real” job.

On a newly discovered blog, Jonathon Delacour Unplugged, Jonathon has an interesting story about Journalism and trust that includes this quote:

If you don’t agree, recall an article you’ve read or a TV news segment you’ve seen about a subject you know intimately. Then grade it for accuracy.

He then compares mass-produced photography magazines to the sites Digital Photography Review and robgalbraith.com. I’m going to have to check those out if I want to get a digital camera.

Of course, now that I think about it, Debian offers the same sort of thing without the cetralized administration web interface. If you have trust in the stable distribution (plus security for security updates), then you could set up a cron job to “apt-get upgrade” your system once a week or so.

As a busy sysadmin, I’m blown away by Red Hat‘s Red Hat Network. They provide a simple web interface through which you can manage all your non-firewalled machines. Security updates can be scheduled and applied, new packagaes, etc. For your firewalled machines, you get email notices telling you what patches are avaliable for what machines, and there are tools that will go out and update the machine.

They collect a substantial amount of information on each machine, but I have faith in them (so far), so out-sourcing security to them isn’t that big of a deal to me. Especially since they charge less than $20/machine.

Last night, while trying to compile the ReiserFS quota patches into the 2.4.17 kernel, I got segfaults. It has happened before on lesser hardware, but this time, I suspect I should have paid a little more to get the ECC Memory. From The SIG11 problem:

However when the hardware occasionally flips a bit, gcc uses so many pointers, that it is likely to end up accessing something outside of its addressing range.