Category Archives: Tech

Bankwest feedback falls on deaf ears…

$better_half was trying to login to Bankwest the other day and it didn’t work from the desktop. Tried a few different things and eventually tested it from the laptop which worked. The only difference between the two is that one is amd64 and the other is x86. I had a look at the source but […]

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Wireless interface renaming fun on Hardy…

As I mentioned in in my last post I was having problems with wireless. As the drivers for the rt2500 chipset have been a problem in the past, I assumed it was the same issue rearing it’s ugly head again. I was wrong. My system had a wlan0_rename interface as well as the expected ra0 […]

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Trackerd makes Mutt a sad MUA…

I recently upgrade my home machine to Ubuntu Hardy. Lots of teething issues including the rt2500 based wireless card not working with 2.6.24 kernels. However the one thing that caught me by surprise was Mutt stopped seeing new mail in folders other than $MBOX. After checking that I was receiving email fine, my attention turned […]

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As sexy as they are, Macbook Airs are nothin’ but trouble!

Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight – “I’m standing, watching my laptop on the table, listening to security clucking just behind me. “There’s no drive,” one says. “And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be,” she continues.” Gone, Without a Trace – “As humiliating as […]

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It must be a bad day to be in the hosting business…

Dreamhost – “Due to a typing error on our primary router while trying to block a denial of service attack, DreamHost is currently offline.” Out of band access anyone? Nearly Free Speech – It will probably have changed shortly but right now it reads “Our master MySQL server has blown more drives, and this is […]

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Corner cases make me a sad panda

At $work[0] we’ve had issues with a server that has a Nvidia SATA controller. The errors look a little something like: ata2.00: cmd 60/08:78:3f:8f:3b/00:00:00:00:00/40 tag 15 cdb 0x0 data 4096 in res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout) ata2.00: cmd 61/00:80:66:32:77/01:00:00:00:00/40 tag 16 cdb 0x0 data 131072 out res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout) ata2: soft resetting port […]

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Internet “news” and those cable cuts.

I’ve followed with interest the cable cuts in the Med and Middle East that have seen rumour layered upon rumour and every armchair commentator lathered in to a frenzy with conspiracy theories. There has been excellent coverage at the Renesys blog (Parts 1, 2, 3, quash Iran rumours, 4, summary) and Data Centre Knowledge has […]

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CPU lines multiplying like rabbits?!?

So, I admit it’s been a while since I really looked into x86 hardware, but I remember a time when Intel and AMD (and any other CPU manufacturer…) had 2-3 lines at most. There was the one aimed at servers pitched at a speed/feature set, the one aimed at desktops pitched at a price point […]

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Many to one SNAT on Cisco IOS

So, at $work[0] we needed to do a “many to one” SNAT on Cisco IOS. I’d only ever previously done this by SNAT’ing to an interface, however this required specifying the IP. My Google-fu failed me, I could turn up how to do the “SNAT to interface” and “SNAT one to one from a network […]

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