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*YAY* - well, not so long ago we (paston) got a shiny new Dell PowerEdge 2650, so, yesterday and today I've been 'playing' converting it all to use software RAID and LVM2 - it all *seems* to be working (after much fighting with initrd and scripts, and lots of reading). I'm quite impressed with it so far, but then, it's not got any decent software configured on it yet, exim4 is the next configuration step, with spamfiltering, etrn, etc, etc. Hopefully, after that, we can get it to take over from our current mail server and all will be well in the world once more :)


Last week I broke my palm by installing something on there that I knew may require a hard reset... wasn't till after I'd done it that I realised I'd not got a recent full backup... and I can't boot windows to get palm desktop to install some of the stuff I want, so sod it, I think I'm going to resort to a clean install using jpilot some time this week (first I need to rebuild my PC though, as I pulled lots of the cards out for a resource conflict that only happens in windows). It's a shame, means that I might not be able to get back on there some of the software that was on the 'windows' cd that came with it... OK - fair enough, it was non-free software, but still, would have been handy to have some of it (Photos springs to mind, but I think I've found something that will do that for me :)

Still looking around for a nice Palm OS 5 Free Software web browser, and am still rapidly coming to the conclusion that one's not been written yet, so, what do we need, a set of libraries for parsing files (html, xhtml, css), a graphics library (jpg, gif, png) and a frontend that can then use the libraries in a sane manner. It'd be nice to have a 'zoom' function on a palm device, too, in my opinion.

What I don't follow is why the only web browser I've found thus far that works is EudoraWeb, and that is text only (sigh).

Anyways - never mind, back to the grindstone, or something.

Played with a new CSS hack, bottom aligning text inside a div. The only solution I found to this (now documented here) was to use a fixed height div and some absolute positioning on the text, contained in another div. If anyone has better solutions to this problem, I'd love to hear them.

Also recently been playing with center alignment of some things, this is apparently easier said than done, as usual MS have not followed the CSS specification and so the easiest way doesn't work, but with an extra line, it does (hooray!). There's quite a few 'hacks' to center things, I'll document them all when I have time.

In other news, I haven't done bugger all on my python rss aggregation script recently, but hope to pick that up some time in the future.

Well, it's been a funny old afternoon, one of the other side of the companies clients have has a Remote Shadow failure, first it was stealing all available CPU, then they restarted it, then it died :/ (fortunately, there's a DR machine for just this case :) So I've been on the phone to them trying to work out what's going wrong, it appears one of the Shadow sets has disappeared in to non-existence and won't recreate because of the following error "Overlapping Partition Error", I'm waiting on a reply from the software manglers to see what we can do, might have to kill the disk, init a new shadow set on it, and then bring the data back across from the DR machine (the data has to come from there anyways, as the DR machine is now live).

Anyways - if all goes badly, there's a trip to london for me, if it can all be sorted over the phone, there's less of a problem, and I don't get to go to london.

That is all.

W00t! Well, went back to my dad's for the weekend, played lots of pool with my brother friday night, spent *far* too much money on beer, but never mind :) Saturday went in to town with dad, went into WHSmith and purchased Finding Nemo, fantastic film :) Sat night was spent mostly at another pub, where I spent very very little, random people bought me drinks most of the night, damned good it was too :)

Sunday, went to the ALUG meeting, much random talking, more beer, all good :)

Monday so far: work, work, work, compile old subversion on a FreeBSD box to recover the archive, now restored in to the new version on that box (rah). Just working out what to do with the rest of the evening, ho hum.

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