Friday, December 17, 2004

The sub-conscious is an amazing thing.

Sorry forgot to post this in last post.
An experience I had recently really gives me more incentive for an augmented reality with brain integration. Anyway what happened was that one of our clients had a problem with processes running on one of their linux servers, it was retired anyway, so no loss just unplug it from the network to stop the follow-on issues that were beginning to happen. But I had thought afterwards that I should have checked it out. But it was shell only and my theory is if it has a gui you may as well use it, not really the best theory especially with linux.
Anyway not that night but the next, I had a dream. I was back in the server room, standing in front of the same dreaded server, it was on, logged in, and at the bash prompt.
I leant into the keyboard and typed 3 characters "top". WTF I thought to myself, I hit enter and a stream of text filled the screen, it was the running processes, then I switched to a different dream (I'll put 'em in my dream diary promise), the point though is that this is the command I ran the very next day, rather suspicious if it would do anything, and low and behold it worked, did I mention I was suspicious if it would so I actually ran it on one of my home servers first :P
Amazing stuff really, I tracked down were I had read it months earlier in a bash command list I was skimming over to find some other command I must have read it there, needless to say I will never forget it now.
Yes Cameron if you're reading I cust sick with BASH. At least I actually know what that means now. I am a bourne again linux
But seriously, people ask me all the time now. Is linux really better than windows, or blanket statements like "it is more stable"... it isn't, it is free... umm it probably has more crashes than windows nowadays, but did I mention it is free, yeah sure as a server that never get touched or upgraded it is as stable as a rock, but so would windows be, except that some script kiddie would find the gaping hole that has been left open in an unpatched windows, sooner than he would find the gaping hole left open in an unpatched linux system.
It is the same debate with, wel firefox is better than Internet Explorer, umm, not really, they are both free, firefox isn't as susceptible to spyware due to it being simply not as popular, when linux becomes as popular as windows now is, there will be as many if not more viruses and spyware out there for it, and as many holes found, and I will switch to BSD, or BeOS who no-one uses :P
Peace out all.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

We're all living in Amerika

Zlatko and I used to joke/partly hope(except for the guns) when we were in high-school that Australia was the 51st state of America, today it has been emphasised by a comment made by George W the 3rd aka our leader, little Johnny Howard and I quote "Australia isn't going to sign the kyoto agreement, because America didn't" WTF. Now I agree the kyoto agreement probably isn't strict enough, but it is a start.
It is a bit of a scare tactic but I happened upon a site that tells you how many planet earth's would be required if everyone lived like you. I used to be jokingly proud of my 3.5 earth's required for me, but it isn't sustainable people.
I suppose I am geek with hippy blood, hence the reason I really can't stand seeing pc's thrown out (all that lead & mercury) and when I can afford it I am going to replace my gas guzzler with electric or compressed air powered vehicles.
Oh for those who don't know I started going to UNSW gamers a while back and I was determined to bring a game everyone could enjoy, I never managed to get solarquest or cluedo out of the car, they seemed to puerile, and were missing pieces so no point. Instead I decided to make a deck of Hot Death Uno cards, so I did, we have since had some glorious games, I added some cards as I felt the need for more special cards, and at a family do this weekend we had lots of fun testing these new cards...till 2am, very much fun, thanks goes out to all the Hot death Uno People and to Zlatko who thought of a Majority of the new cards, as well as the willing testers; Matthew, Leanne, Anthea, Michael. My Rules are here. I found that just writing on the cards is much better than the methods described at the hot death site, except for the fact that my writing is illegible and disgusting, aren't you glad my blog is typed :P
Peace out all.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Do not disturb

Why must people enforce their idiotic views on other people? I suppose it makes them feel justified.
The reason for my outrage? See I like to listen to music when I am out and about especially while on the train, that and my sunnies help me to slip into my own little happy place, a refuge from the high (it seems higher every day) proportion of idiots and arseholes in the populace. See I take my sunnies off when appropriate or I have need of interacting with one of the populace, count yourself favoured if both my sunnies and headphones are off.
But I am getting annoyed with people telling me to turn my music down. What right do they have, I have taken them out of my ears and listened to the low static that is the only audible noise coming from the headphones, what gives? I feel like replying back well I wasn't going to say anything but your morbid ugliness is disturbing me, so quit it... No I would never say this it is mean, but I am going to find something annoying about them to point out why they should STFU.
I don't intrude on their world they shouldn't on mine.
While I am on my gripes I am thinking of making a page for all the Storey's out there in the world to have as their own, I have been thinking of this for a while and I know on my little page on there I am going to have a little piece similar to the start of Amelie (my favourite movie of at present) saying what I hate, and what I love doing.
(Start french accent, or just french itself) He 'ates it when people decide to stop in an exit entry or in the path of everyone (picture of two fat ladies I saw at the train station today who decided the top of the stairs at the busiest train station in Australia during peak hour today to have a chat), he 'ates it when people stand still on escalators blocking the path of every one behind (keep left people). He loves to run down escalators taking two steps at a time, he loves gadgets all of them. Heheh I can see it now.
Oh yeah last post I said to check here about a rant I was going to do on kenises, specifically I think technokinises, the ability to affect technology with ones mind, I think alot of us have this to some degree, I think the ones who know how to use it on a subconscious level are the ones that go into IT and actually enjoy it, like me :P
No I am serious I went to this customers and this has happened several times (I can hear Zlatko saying yes and there are several times when it hasn't happened and you have had to spend time fixing the problem) I get there a problem they have had for weeks vanishes as I sit infront of the infected pc, and then it is fine for days sometimes even weeks. I have seen others who have the negative version too, they are the unfortunate people who will never want a pc at home, cause they seem to just die around them.
Oh I have started a moblog of sorts, too lazy to list them so just click this link, or the one I should be putting on the left eventually, it isn't much at present just directory listing, I'll set it up in php so i can put comments etc.
Well that's it from me, 90% of this post was done on my PDA in the heat of the moment, after being told to turn my music down...
Peace out all, even those with super sensitive hearing, who are rude enough to disturb someone sitting there being as un-imposing as possible.
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