Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

May 30
Philomena was pretty much everything I expected from the movie - not in the specifics, but in the broad strokes. There's a light touch on a serious topic throughout, and while a few liberties were taken with the story for dramatic intent, the core of it remains factual. The book on which the movie is based seems, from the reviews, to be something to steer clear of, mind you. Anyway. Dame Dench as an Irish mammy? Sure why wouldn't you watch this?

May 29
Swapped the one 500GB drive in the Drobo for a 2TB unit, so now it's fully loaded with 8GB of drive space. That's sort of a scary amount. I should consider offline backup of at least the irrecoverable parts.

May 27
Error messages I should never see: "the phone number should have no spaces in it". Well, STRIP THEM OUT, THEN. Don't complain to me about it.

May 24
Realised that due to mumble mumble handwave I've been feeding most emails to @waider.ie through SpamAssassin twice. Which might account for the couple of times it got knocked over by the kernel looking for some reclaimable memory. I've (hopefully) fixed this so we'll see if things improve.

May 22
Voted, then dined out at Il Sereno, then watched the original Mad Max which, uh, wow, that movie had no story, really. I think I'd be happy just watching the same duration of shots of the Interceptor in pursuit of things.

DSPsrv drives have been delivered. Waiting for tech contact to get back to me to see about resurrecting the server.

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 novel.

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 precedent.

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 OVER THERE?

(p.s. the 'N' in 'IBAN' means 'number'. Just like in 'PIN', but I guess that ship has sailed.)

May 8
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 know.

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 7
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 appearance.

May 2
! 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 movie.

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