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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series) (9780906602201): William Nolan, Thomas P. Power
The November Man (2014)
Geekly Diary of Waider
contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
- May 18
- Today's fun: getting a temporary crown fitted.
- May 16
- Back from a week in Milan - work, rather than play, although a
bit of the latter was indulged in.
DSPsrv.com: new disks have arrived at my office (which as noted above
I've not been in this week) and hopefully the server should be
back online in the next week. But no guarantees.
The November Man comes across
a bit as hanging on the coattails of RED, and a bit of
"Pierce Brosnan misses being Bond", and a few other bits
and pieces. It's fairly by-the-numbers; you won't be surprised at
any of the supposed twists, but it's a decent enough bubblegum
movie. Kinda like the visual equivalent of an airport
- May 10
- Once again, the awesome Irish Water, shooting both feet so you
don't have to:
Like I said before, this is the sort of stupidity that just feeds
the "ain't gonna pay" trolls, and really, it's not like
this sort of thing is exactly rocket science and without
- Can't recall if I'd registered for online access, so visit
website and do the "I forgot my username" dance.
- Discover I've actually saved a password for the
- Password doesn't actually work (really, guys, did you delete
all details when you scrubbed the PPSN stuff?)
- Click on "forgot my password"
- Get directed to a page to enter a new password. Nothing I
enter makes the page go away; on the other hand, I'm not
actually getting any errors either. Eventually figure that maybe
I've actually managed to change my password, so try logging in
- No dice. Back to "I forgot my password"
- Page times out with a 500 error, or for the non-tech among
you, "something broke on our end and we're not sure
- Try again. Works this time.
- Get email, follow link, enter new password, same crap again
- page doesn't display an error but doesn't go away - figure
I'll see if it's updated my password? No.
OH GAWD. I just looked at the insert in the bill they
sent. "We are bringing [the above IBAN] to your attention
because there is an extra digit in the IBAN number provided on page
18 of the enclosed information booklet." IS ANYONE IN CHARGE
(p.s. the 'N' in 'IBAN' means 'number'. Just like in 'PIN', but I
guess that ship has sailed.)
- May 08
- DSPsrv.com latest: technical PoC established, hard drives en
route, but for various reasons nothing more will be happening for
at least a week. Look for further updates around the 18th. As
before, if you seriously need something from the backups, let me
Aside from the historical distortions, The Imitation Game is a pretty good
movie. Best to think of it as a story, some bits of which might be
true, and some of whose characters are similiar to some people who
actually lived; although you may still find yourself saying,
"eh, the ‘eccentric == Asperger's’ bit is kinda
overdone, is it not?"
- May 07
- Cute. Copying a file to an Apple fileshare, the file's initial
date is shown as January 24, 1984. As in, the date of Mac's first
- May 02
! perl (5.18.2) is installed, but we need version >= 5.8
DSPsrv.com latest: hard drives in transit. Still pending response
from tech contact.
Margin Call is a surprisingly
entertaining movie about the start of the financial crash in
2007. Instead of being technical or a documentary, it's a
character driven piece illustrating the various ways in which the
traders are disconnected from the real world, and their complete
ruthlessness when faced with the collapse of their
environment. The company in the story is never named, but its
modus operandi in the face of imminent collapse is strongly
reminiscent of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman
Sachs. The all-star cast includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi
Moore, Paul Bethany, and a bunch of other faces you may
recognise. This is a really, really good
- April 30
- DSPsrv update: replacement hard drives on order, but haven't yet
heard back from the technical contact who'll be doing any
Spent some time tooling around with Elastic Beanstalk, but didn't
manage to quite get the database connecty bits sorted out before I
decided to close it down again.
Discovered that a multigrain-related incident at the weekend
didn't just damage a filling, it's damaged a tooth, and I'm gonna
need a crown. Woo woo. As noted to Mrs. Waider, this will cost
approximately 1 iPhone before insurance deductions. (iPhone 6,
64GB, non-contract version).
- April 29
- Looks like the DSPsrv.com server has finally given up on the
failing hard drive(s). Contact me at GMail if you need access to
the backups I've been making; the most recent full one is about a
week old (due to the difficulty in backing up a multi-GB failing
system over a less-than-stellar network). My own email should be
switching to another server in the next couple of days but until
then waider.ie inbound email is effectively down.
update: actually it looks like waider.ie email is already
pointing at the new server. Shame that my junkmail filter isn't as
aggressive on the new box as I'd like.
- April 26
- The awesome thing about shared-folder tools like DropBox, Amazon
Cloud Drive, Google Drive, etc. is that you can nuke a ton of
files across multiple machines simultaneously.
At least there's a rollback option on my particular choice of
- April 20
- I've been hacking away at a backup script for a remote host for
a while; it's nominally based on TimeMachine, using a similar
directory structure and disk-saving strategy (hardlink files
instead of copying them if they haven't changed). It's now at the
point where it automatically detects that a previous backup failed
and attempts to resume it instead of creating a fresh backup. I
think maybe with a bit more work (and more to the point, removal
of host-specific things) it might be fit for throwing in the workshop.