15 years ago today I created my first web page. Unfortunately this predates The Wayback Machine by a couple of years so there is no historic evidence to back up my claim. I just happen know because my Emacs told me. Digging through an old backup tarball revealed some html pages dated a week later. So today seems about right.
The home page was very simple and pretty much just mirorred the contents of my existing .plan. I can see in a tape inventory file that I have a copy of both files but I'm too lazy to hook up a DAT drive to restore them right now.
Reminiscing about this makes me wonder whether 15 years of web presence is enough. It certainly feels like it is. And common wisdom dictates that 15 years of email is plenty for one lifetime...Mon, 29 Dec 2008
After working pretty much non-stop the last couple of months I decided to take a few days off ... well, everything ... but the internet in particular. Vanessa is visiting her family for Christmas. I stayed home with the cats, cooked some great food, drank lots of tea and read a bunch of books:
In my lab I have a Dell PowerEdge T300 that's been my main test machine for a while. It was bought with SATA and the smallest drive possible because I always netboot my test boxes and don't need local storage.
A few months ago I got a Nehalem box that I've increasingly used for my testing. And consequently I decided to make the T300 my build box.
My old build box had a bunch of nice SAS drives that I intended to move to the T300. However, the T300 didn't have a suitable SAS wiring harness. Also, I decided to leave one of the SAS drives in the old build box. So I needed an extra SAS controller.
Off I went to Dell's website. I ordered a SAS controller for the T300. And then I spent a couple of hours trying to find the part number for the matching SAS wiring harness.
My T300 was wired for SATA so I needed a SAS data cable (SAS is dual-ported and has slightly different connectors). I needed SFF-8484 to 4 x SFF-8482. Also, in the T300 power and data are wired into the same connector so the wiring harness also had to provide a 2x5 pin hookup to the power supply.
I looked and looked. Turns out the harness is only listed on the US support site, not the Canadian one (The part # is NP390 in case anybody is interested).
I called up Dell's parts department, gave them the part number and two days later I had the cable in the mail. Yay!
Today the SAS controller arrived. And guess what? Inside the box was a wiring harnesses suitable for my T300. Serves me right for trying to outsmart the system. When you order a controller for a T300 you actually get the right cable. D'oh! I don't think it's worth the hassle returning a $17 part, though. So now I have a spare...Sun, 07 Dec 2008
The release note advertises glitch-free PulseAudio in Fedora 10. What the note conveniently forgets to mention is that the trick in getting glitch-free audio is to completely remove PulseAudio from the system. When PA is involved, playback stutters like Porky Pig on the North Pole...
This comes as no real surprise as removing PulseAudio was also imperative in the previous Fedora release unless you were completely tonedeaf. It consistently played back audio almost a semitone sharp on two of my machines. Both were using the extremely rare (dare one say "exotic"?) intel i810 audio hardware.
I applaud the tremendous progress we have made in making Linux a world-class desktop operating system.