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Monday, August 31st, 2015
10:11 pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
4:47 pm
Tried to log into work desktop this morning, only to find that the HDD has crashed after 7 years of 24/7 operation. Oh well, it was time to rebuild it anyway.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
6:38 am
Дело было вечером, делать было нечего
Windows 8.1, после апгрейда с Windows 8, после апгрейда с Windows 7, после долгих лет издевательств сожрала почти всё место на 80GB mSATA SSD, поэтому бэкап, вайп, установка изначальной Windows 7 Home Premium, активация, апгрейд на Windows 10, вайп, установка десятки уже начисто, офис, подключение полудюжины аккаунтов к аутлуку, рабочие RemoteApps, PuTTY, TFTPD, разные версии VMware Client, mRemoteNG, TK8, HostMonitor RCC, Bomgar Console и т.д., и т.п. В общем и целом - ноуту 4 года (ThinkPad X220), полёт нормальный.

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5:51 am
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
7:09 pm
This is sad and depressing
A company's email server is down for three weeks because their IT service provider cannot be bothered to read a plainly worded error message (JET_errLogSequenceEndDatabasesConsistent,databases have been recovered, but all possible log generations in the current sequence are used; delete all log files and the checkpoint file and backup the databases before continuing) and gives up. Sure, I got to look cool by coming in to save the day, but the prospect of a world where basic reading comprehension is an impressive trait is quite unnerving.

On the other hand, job security.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
9:36 am
What the bleep...
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150₪ out of pocket, bleh. On the upside, at least the freewheel didn't jam, which meant that I could roll the bike to the shop rather than carry it (been there, done that).
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
9:18 pm
Oh shi...
На исходе 33-го года жизни марьванна открыла для себя, нет, не это, а асимметричную маршрутизацию.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
12:10 pm
Fun facts learned today
(1) The square shape of Fortigate-90D seems to be engineered to precisely fit two of them into a standard 19" rack unit.
(2) Unlike older models, Fortigate-200D, when powered on, only spins its fans at full speed for about a second, then spins them down to normal speed - much faster initialization than I'm used to.
(3) Loading a new configuration file where VLAN tags are swapped around into a JunOS virtual chassis results in weird behavior that only goes away when the stack is rebooted.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
3:07 pm
Посмотрел крайнюю серию викингов
Дурак ты боцман, и шутки у тебя дурацкие (с)
Monday, April 13th, 2015
9:44 pm
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
8:23 pm
Something something trap something something
Three years ago, I got a Trek 3500. For something like two and a half of those, it's been used for work commuting, which amounts to approximately 3 kilometers each way, roughly 280 days a year. In that time, I ended up replacing:

  • Tires (one front, two rear)
  • Wheels (both)
  • Rear axle (two or three times)
  • Cassette (once)
  • Crank (once)
  • Chain (once)
  • Bowden cables (for both gear shifters, but strangely, not the brakes)
  • Handlebar grips (once)
  • Cargo rack (once)
  • Pannier bags (once)
  • Lock (once, and it had to be cut away with a disc grinder)
  • Inner tubes and brake pads beyond count

So, this this different from a brand new bike... how exactly? The only parts that are still original are the frame, the fork, and the saddle, plus the derailleurs, but the latter have been giving me issues for a while now, and I expect having to replace both of them sometime this year. Considering the mark-up on spares, I'm beginning to wonder whether or not it's worthwhile to just buy a new bike every couple years or so, rather than keep this one going.
Monday, March 2nd, 2015
2:50 pm
File under: amusing
Moving a volume between aggregates in clustered data ontap generates, among other steps, a 'Vol Reaper Job'.
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
9:34 pm
Space heater
In this weather, keeping the office comfortably warm is quite important!


Top to bottom:

Lenovo ThinkPad X220
Fortinet FortiGate 200B
HP ProCurve 2530G-24
HP ProCurve 2530G-24
HP ProLiant DL360 Gen8
HP ProLiant DL360 Gen8
NetApp FAS2520
NetApp DS4246
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
5:51 pm
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
9:33 am

784 pages of well-founded paranoia.

As if I was bored to begin with.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
9:49 am
Monday, February 9th, 2015
5:00 am
Every cloud has a silver lining
Cloud: microwave oven died after five years of daily use, so 330 shekels out of pocket.
Silver lining: the new one can be started for the period of one to nine minutes with just a single key press ("1" starts for 1 minutes, "2" for 2 minutes, and so on), as opposed to four-five (microwave, input time, start).
Sunday, February 8th, 2015
8:00 pm
(Barney Stinson voice) HP, just... just... okay?
Pricing for HP JG510A and JG894A came in, and it's completely ridiculous, in a "look at the list price and fuck off" kind of way. They say they want to do a formal bid to come up with something more reasonable, but used Nexus 5010/5020+2148T off ebay are looking better by the minute. $1300 for 20-40 ports of 10G SFP+ and another $300 for 48 ports of copper are a good argument for forgoing lack of warranty and tolerating 4-6U of rack space requirement.
1:01 pm
Odd, that...
Lenovo US site lists ThinkPad Helix 2nd Gen part number, 20CG000QUS which comes with Core M-5Y70 CPU (1.2GHz base clock, 2.6GHz boost clock) and no customization options. It only comes with the basic Ultrabook keyboard, while the Ultrabook Pro keyboard can be purchased separately - for $400. On the other hand, Lenovo Australia site lists part number 20CGCTO1WW, which comes with Core M-5Y71 CPU (1.3GHz base clock, 2.9GHz boost clock), and can be customized to include the Pro keyboard for AU$250 (approximately US$200) extra, which is far more reasonable. There is also an NFC+4G LTE internal module option, for AU$295. This is in spite of the fact that the base system is significantly more expensive in AU - AU$2099 (about US$1900) vs $1188, and that with 1 year warranty (AU$280 to upgrade to 3 years) and Windows 8.1 (AU$50 to upgrade to Pro).

I may have an opportunity to get one in USA in late February, and another in late April to early May... decisions, decisions...
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
10:34 am
Want! Want want WANT!


Availability date: 3 February 2015 (Worldwide)

But it's going to be like ₪6000... and I need to save another ₪70k or so if I want to have a chance at buying my own place... but but but trackpoint! Buttons! 1920x1080! *headsplode*
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