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Thursday, 30 August 2007

Grind crunch thump

I am fairly certain that a 250GB hard drive spinning at 7500rpm is not supposed to make noises similar to those in the title of this post. But that is what greeted me yesterday. As I said, we were able to mount to drive and get enough data off it to cover the period between the last full dump and yesterday.

So today we get a new drive, whack it in and start the reinstall. We're going with Ubuntu 7.04 this time. To me, and a few others here, it is so much nicer than RedHat. We had a few quirks with partitioning, but nothing major. So installation takes place, the disc is removed and we reboot.


It doesn't quite get up to the grub loader, just sits there after displaying the system devices. We scratch out heads. I open the case, put the SATA connectors to slots 3 and 4, change the boot priority in BIOS to force it to boot off the drives first, save and reboot.

Glee, here we go.

Ok, install extra software, add groups and users, begin restore of /home and /data1. Sweet. Add additional rescued data, mount external filesystems, export other filesystems, restart a few nfs services and we are good to go.

Not a bad effort, thank you very much.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007


I had to write a report today on a software project I've not touched in about two months. Not for want of trying, but with a whole plethora of other software problems jumping out at us in that time span I've just had no time to get into it, and my supervisors have been too flat out to approach about it. Hopefully that will change shortly.

So this report needs to be done for a meeting tomorrow. Guess when someone's hard drive decides to crap out? Yup, today. Fortunately we could boot off a rescue disk and mount the partitions even though it refuses to boot off the HD and makes terrible noises if it tries.

Then just as I'm about to finish I get an email about some software problems down the hill. At least that one is directed to me and to someone else who knows more about it than I do.

I wonder what will come up next, now that the report is finally done?

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Can I be excused, my brain is full

I'm busily checking our systems here when I discover a big data partition sitting at 99% full. Yikes. So I've spent the day so far compressing files and burning DVDs, bringing it back down to 58% full, a far more manageable amount. I might delete some old data and bring it down further.

It looks like spring is making an appearance at last. Blue skies, warm weather. Must be just about time for the cricket season.

Edit: make that 46%. More compression and a bit of deletion!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Sunday, the day of rest

Depending, of course, on your belief systems and the way you count. So what did I get up to on my day of rest?

1) Brekky outside in my PJs. A good start.
2) Hang out washing. Well, it's the first really fine day in a week, so the washing had piled up for a while. Not too bad.
3) Put on more washing. See #2.
4) Repeat #2 and #3 a few more times.
5) Prepare to assault the en-suite. Realised that we had no mold remover or gumption (the cleaner, not intestinal fortitude), so go to K-Mart to buy some.
6) Drool very briefly over the Ducati 1098 parked outside K-Mart. Buy said mold remover, gumption and new shower curtain.
7) Assault the en-suite. Mission successful, only casualties were the evil forces of mold and soap scum.
8) Begin phase two, otherwise known as cleaning the girls' room and removing the side of the cot. This takes most of the rest of the day. Discover many hidden treasures such as extra nappies, kids sunglasses and the floor.
9) Bring in washing, fold washing, put washing away. Wonder where on earth the second half of so many pairs of socks have disappeared.
10) Dinner. Oh, lunch was had a few steps earlier.
11) Kids in bed, time to get into some law study and update my blog.

So, how did everyone else spend their relaxing Sunday?

Friday, 24 August 2007


1) I wonder if I should run a poll to see what the next poll should be? Of course, I'll need a poll to poll for the next poll topics for the poll...

2) I finished HP and the Deathly Hallows. Interesting. It's certainly a better book than the previous two, which seemed somewhat flawed and unpolished. I'll have to go back now and read the series again to see how well things pan out with the benefit of hindsight.

3) Long week. There are at least 5 staff away overseas at conferences, and I'm stuck here in the middle of the wettest week we've had in month. We've had 90.6mm of rain this month, and all of that in the last 7 days or so.

4) Only two games of soccer left in the season. This weekend, courtesy of all the rain, is going to be a mudfest. The council has called off the local soccer for seniors and juniors, but the NPL is still going ahead, with one game transferred to a different field. Mud is supposed to be good for the complexion - as we are going up against the competition leaders and I will be in goals I'm betting that I'll get a fair dose of it on Saturday.

Monday, 20 August 2007


My LS210 assignment is in and done, a good 45 mins or so before the deadline! w00t for me.

On a side note it has been raining all day. That certainly makes it interesting riding the bike to and from uni.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Wet and full

It's been raining all day today, a nice change considering how dry it's been for ages. We had two birthday parties to get to, one from 12:00 to 3pm and the other 4-6pm. So another day of go-go-go! around here.

Of course, the assignment that is due tomorrow is sitting on my machine rather vacant looking. I've got some stuff to look up in the law library tomorrow that will hopefully shed some more light on it that I've seen so far. In theory it looks pretty easy, just drawing up a statement of claim, but in practice it's proving a little intransigent. I'm hoping I can hunt up a few good examples tomorrow that I can use to get this thing going, along with some idea of how to reference the thing. The only good thing is that as long as it s submitted before midnight it'll be on time. Fingers crossed...

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Long Saturday

Today was our final bus trip for this soccer season, down to Tamworth to play OVA. Our seconds had no chance of making the semis, but if firsts won all our remaining games, and Souths lost all of theirs, then we could scrape through.

We started out OK in seconds, scoring an early goal, then being 1-1 at half time. It fell apart a bit after that, with us losing 3-1. It didn't help that I badly misjudged the flight and bounce on a free kick and had it sail overhead and in, but that was the 3rd goal and we didn't really look like knocking another one in.

Firsts ended up losing by the same score. Some of the reffing in firsts was pretty dodgy, there was at least one call that denied us a penalty when the score was 1-1. In the end it wouldn't have mattered even if we had won, as Souths beat DK 3-2. So we've got two games to go before it's over for us for another season.

Long day. I left home at 9:35am and got home at 9pm.

Friday, 17 August 2007


Looks like a tie between love and loathe in the cricket poll. Yin/Yang, perhaps?

Friday at last

Friday is just about done with, at last. We're having some friends over for dinner (not in Hannibal Lector style, either) so that'll be a good way to end the week.

Today was MT day in our dept, and it was my turn. Which meant I was up baking until 10:30pm or so last night, making a rather nice fig and walnut slice and an orange and pistachio cake. Both were very well received.

Looks like I'll take Monday off to finish my LS210 assignment. It's only worth 10%, but every little mark helps.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Darts night

Darts dragged on chronically tonight. We didn't finish until around 10:45, having started at 7:30. it took just about two hours to play the six singles games, which was crazy. None of us threw really well, it took ages to start each game and I was playing the last singles game, so couldn't disappear early.

I'm tempted to switch back to my old team next season.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Soccer Sunday

Today was Marcus's junior soccer carnival. 3 games this morning and one in the afternoon. Each game was only 15 mins long.

All the kids played brilliantly. They ended up with three draws and a win, and considering they've lost most of their Saturday games this was a tremendous result. Their defense was great and they tackled all day. Great stuff.

Myself, on the other hand, am stuffed :-) I was reffing/coaching each game, plus I've been running our poor washing machine ragged all weekend, so I've been non-stop most of the time. I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow to have a rest!

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Soccer Saturday

The day started with a 9am kickoff for the under-8s. the weather was pretty nice for a change, so being on the sidelines wasn't an exercise in avoiding frostbite for a change. The boys lost, but they are still enjoying it, which at this stage is the main aim.

Heather and Phoebe then had two different birthday parties to go to, starting at 11 and 11:30 each. So I stayed at home, pottered about cleaning, etc, then mosied off to my own 1pm game.

Once again we got a thrashing, 4-0. It was going ok at half time at 0-0, but we lost the plot after that. If a certain individual ends up in the backs again, and gives away yet another penalty (and getting sent off in the process - second yellow card) I think I'll deck him myself. He's too slow and barrels straight into people's backs, then complains when pulled up for the foul. Then complains when he gets booked for it.

Firsts had a 2-2 draw, though I didn't hang around for the game. Ang was a bit crook so I thought I'd better come home early for a change.

Thursday, 9 August 2007


UNE is running a creative arts competition here, with the theme "Healthy Relationships @ UNE". It's a bit of a worry when I began to think of things like zombies munching their way through students (healthy appetites, those zombies) or the like, rather than some saccharin "aww, we'ere all loverly here" thing. Perhaps I should throw in a psychopath or two.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

New poll time

In line with my previous entry regarding a century of posts, this poll is about cricket. Those who know me know that I am an avid player and follower of cricket, and the summer season here is rapidly approaching. So spread the word, get people to vote, you too could change the world!

And that's his century

Hmm, post number 100! My previous attempt at a blog (two of them, in fact) faded into even greater obscurity with consummate ease, so it's a pretty fair effort for me to get this far. Let's see how much further we can get.

My back is getting better, slowly. My quad is going to have to be a "take it easy until the end of the soccer season" job, but I think I can manage that one. Other than that I'm going fairly well, health-wise. I'm back into the gym this week which is always a good thing.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Poll number 1

Well, after a mammoth 8 votes the results are in and are pretty conclusive. 50% of you are scrunchers. 25% are folders and 25% think I should be locked away for a very long time in a padded cell. Well done!

The next one will be up shortly.

Monday, 6 August 2007


Marcus, Heather and I went fishing yesterday. The local fishing club had organised to release a large number of adult trout in Dumaresq Dam for kids to try to catch. They turned up at 10am with the fish and released them along the shoreline. The kids thought that it was really cool to see them all.

Unfortunately we didn't end up catching any of them. The weather was a bit cold and windy so we left after an hour or so.

Saturday, 4 August 2007


My back survived soccer pretty well. Unfortunately neither my left quad or the scoreline were left untainted. We lost 5-0 and I twanged the quad again. Not too badly, but I'm just going to have to give it as much rest as possible, in terms of kicking the ball, for the rest of the season.

On the upside, 1st grade won 1-0 so still have a mathematical chance of making the finals.

Friday, 3 August 2007


A whole five votes have been cast in my poll! That's at least twice as many readers as I thought I had. I'll soon be rivalling cspan and slashdot at this rate.

Bend, poke, prod, zap part II

I'm back from the second physio trip. More stretching, massage, bending, tweaking and 20 mins of ECT later, plus a few rolls of sports tape and I'm good to go. It's still a bit tender, but will be good enough for soccer this weekend. A good thing too, as we're a bit short due to injuries and not being able to use many first graders in reserves. We'll see how we go.

I've decided to ban socks on Sundays.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Here's a good way to test out one's recovering back - help to put a kitchen back together. More precisely, help install a few skirting boards then carry cupboards up a short flight of stairs and into the kitchen. There was three of us, so I didn't carry all the bits, but enough. Things held together pretty well, fortunately.