Something having a worse day than mine:

This made me laugh. A lot.

“This is a video taken in 6000 feet of water.
An undersea robot is sawing a 3mm wide slit
(1/10th of an inch…remember that width) in a pipeline.
Inside the pipeline is normal atmospheric pressure
while the pressure outside is 2700PSI (1.3 tons psi).
And then a crab walks by…” [source]

Watch the video: [crabvspipe.mpeg || 1.8 MB]

Tips from the wise aged master

I’ve posted my CoolMon config. Modify to suit. [screenshot] [miklm.ccfg]

New Win32 builds of Phoenix have been posted, and I found some tweaks linked from the MozillaZine forums that will do amazing things for your browsing speed. Here is my user.js file.

Update: Another Phoenix tip — today its all about icons. Phoenix uses the Mozilla dragon icon by default, and comes with no other. So, go here and download your choice of icons, save it to your phoenix program directory (eg, c:\Program Files\Phoenix\) as chrome\icons\default\main-window.ico (you’ll have to make the icons\default directory) — then change the icon in Windows by right-clicking your shortcut -> Properties -> Change Icon -> Browse and select the new icon. The main-window.ico file will make it use your new icon in the task bar for the window. [screenshot]

And after you do that, watch this: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker

Isn’t it the weekend already?

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog burns Simon from American Idol. Gold. Vidcap by Dren.

I was a the office until 02:30-ish, but I got XP installed on macduff and all my necessary software configured. So far, its been stable (after a whopping one whole day of use). I was going to put Mandrake Linux 9.1-beta2 on as my dual-boot alternative, but the ISO for CD1 I got is bad (error during download or buring to CD-R — who knows). I’m currently downloading Yoper 3.2.1-rc3, but don’t hold high hopes for getting it installed tonight.

Being as it is now Friday night, I am presented with the options of either (a.) sitting here at the office and catching up on work, (b.) going to catch a movie or shoot pool or something resembling entertainment with the guys, or (c.) going home and sleeping. Presently, option (c.) appeals to me the most, but I know I’ll wake up at 02:00 Saturday or something stupid, be wide awake, and have nothing to do. My sleep schedule is already b0rked enough as it is. That leaves me to decide between options (a.) and (b.), and as (a.) requires less energy (that is, not moving from this comfortable gray-cloth-upholstered office chair), I think I’ll go with that route for the time being. I may migrate elsewhere later. I’m such a boring clod.

Tomorrow looks like… well, work, oddly enough. I love being behind. My Clie tells me I have about 7 things “To-do”. Wooooo, wooo[1].

Update: Well, that settles it. I’m going to Taco Bell, then meet up with the crew and go see a movie or something equally pointless. But first…

Sony To Phase Out Smaller CRTs.
“Sony is making plans to leave the CRT market. By phasing out the seventeen and nineteen inch displays, Sony hopes to push users towards their LCD offerings. For the rest of us, that means: An increase in production, and an (eventual) decrease in cost.”

[1] See below.

Woooooo Wooo?!?

Whistle tips? And Frank thought the straight pipes on my Silverado were bad. Stupidest. thing. evar.

Dell migrates from Sun to Dell servers running Linux (link from Critch by way of Rick). Speaking of Critch, he’s got a 5-head setup on his office workstation, which I somewhat envy.

Windows XP refused to boot on macduff today. It would blue screen during boot with all sorts of arcane errors. Mandrake booted fine, as always. I’ve never had a Windows install on that box that worked respectfully, so I’m in the process now of switching hardware. After verifying the integrity of the RAM, I replaced the SoundBlaster Live! card with an Audigy MP3+, replaced the ATI Rage128 Pro (32MB) video card with an ATI Radeon 7000 (64MB), and rearranged the order of the drives in the hard disk array. I’m moving all my media from the 3-40GB IBM drives to the 120GB WD, and letting one of the IBMs take over from the WD as system disk. I may put XP and Linux on separate disks, but either way, this afternoon has been spent switching hardware around, and tonight looks like it will be spent installing operating systems and software. Fun times ahoy, but I’m resigned to cromwell as my primary PC until I restore some functionality to the big box.

Digging for dinosaurs.

In searching around for my old ICQ number (2548139), I ran across what is probably the oldest record of my existence online.

Date: Sat, 2 Nov 1996 20:16:14 -0600
From: Michael Merritt []
To: Multiple recipients of list []

Back when Juno was an e-mail only provider, gave you access to a toll-free number from anywhere… Soon thereafter I remember switching to real Internet access through US Internet, the only local provider in Pulaski until late 1999.

My .sig then:

= Michael Merritt          E-mail: =
= Phone: (615) 363-8236        Fax: (615) 363-4036 =
= 3950 Bethel Road               Pulaski, TN 38478 =

I remember being “online” at the Richland Raider BBS in ’95… Enough of this pining for the old days rubbish. I’ve got work to do today.

Bad news bears

No good news from the Phoenix front. First, there was this Slashdot post (make what you will of it), but then followed up by this discussion on the Phoenix forums at MozillaZine.

I’ve found myself using Phoenix nearly exclusively since October or November, and will be greatly saddened if it dies or stagnates. Here’s hoping that things pick up and development gets back on track.

Update (22:31): Frank pointed me to this thread posted this evening at MozillaZine. Guess it was just a bit preemptive to jump to conclusions regarding the stall in development.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

227 days uptime. Gone. Down the drain. I managed to keep my two servers up and running for 227 days without a single second of downtime, and then we blew a circuit breaker at 00:15 Wednesday at the office which went undiscovered until after 06:00, by which time the battery backup units had long since drained. I guess now would be a good time to do upgrades like adding drive space or something… Time to add an automated generator at the office, eh? At least we’ve put off-site monitoring in place as of last night that will alert us via cell phone (SMS text messaging) should we lose network connectivity again. Yes, we should have done that a long time ago…

It snowed some this morning, but seems to have slacked off by the late afternoon. It better either come a foot of snow, or go ahead and turn into spring. I hate bleak winter weather unless it includes enough snow to sled in or make snow balls.

Update: I just got a free large Coca-Cola from Long John Silver’s. That may be the bright point of my week.

Airport delays and travel conditions

network diagram
I’ve decided that the “new” logo up there is utterly despicable, and I’m tired of this blue background too. Problem is, I don’t have time right now to change it. Yes, its 02:12, and I’m at the office (as I have been since 08:15 Monday, and most of the weekend). Two Cisco 26xx routers are newly configured, and I’m working on a Lucent/Ascend MAX TNT. That isn’t going so well, so if you care to volunteer support, drop me an email.

Which reminds me, Steve called me earlier tonight to inform me of some improvements to Sublimemail that he wants me to test on my mail domain. I’m looking forward to seeing how this works, since my SPAM levels have been steady increasing of late.

Speaking of improvements, I got fed up with Trillian on Friday as it kept munging my Buddy Lists on AIM. I prefer Gaim in Linux for a messaging client anyway, and was elated to find a much-improved 0.60-alpha4 release for Win32 available. I’ve been using it for three days or so now, and its still got several annoying bugs that need stomping, but its much better than -alpha3 and I’ll take it and its bugs over Trillian for now.

Update: I couldn’t stand it anymore. Layout changed again.

Back up and running — until we stop again.

Yesterday saw FedEx delivering my new Clie and UPS dropping off the 40GB laptop HDD and a much-needed book [IP Addressing and Subnetting, Including IPv6] from B&N.

The Clie works great; I guess I no longer have an excuse to remain unorganized. Furthermore, the laptop drive install went without a hitch, and by 19:00 I had Windows XP and all my software reinstalled and configured to my liking. Now back to configuring all this new network hardware for the office — we should be running in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday, but its going to require a long working weekend to make it happen.

The new battery in the 4Runner is working flawlessly. That seemed to be the source of most of my electrical problems. Common sense would tell you to start troubleshooting with the most obvious point of failure, so maybe my lesson was learned there. I should have things all wired up so I can easily hook the laptop in (thanks to S-Video out on the Dell) and play audio/video through the 4Runner. Now that I’ve got a big 40GB drive to fill with media, I’ll have to test it out in the near future.

Network Solutions is giving me fits of fury trying to get a domain name with out-dated registration information transferred to new DNS servers and updated with proper contact information. Click “more” for all the boring details…

Maybe that’ll do it.

This morning I drug my of-late cantankerous 4Runner to see Craig at Pulaski Pawn & Audio. Their business is located right beside my father’s, but they only recently started doing audio installs and I had never been over there.

Anyway, I seemed to have caught Craig at a good time, and he graciously took the time to look at my system. We started unhooking all the components one at a time trying to find the power draw that’s killing my battery, and he finally decided it was one of the Memphis amplifiers that’s not cutting off properly. He also installed a new battery, which I was much in need of. The Bosch I had previously has been drained and recharged so many times that it won’t hold a charge. He installed a Stinger SPV44 dry cell deep cycle battery and referred me to a shop in Lawrenceburg to have the rogue amp checked out.