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Dick Turpin: You can't make this stuff up!

Planet WolvesLUG - Wed, 30/04/2014 - 13:49
Office bod: "Ello mate, is xyz there?"
Me: "I'm afraid he left the office about fifteen minutes ago."
Office bod: "Well he sent me an email for a second twin monitor. Thing is I want one the same size as Eric"
Me: "And what size does Eric have?"
Office bod: "A big one."
Me: "A big one? Can you be more specific, what size is it?"
Office bod: "Umm? 58 inch is it?"
Me: "I have no idea, measure it diagonally from corner to corner."
Office bod: "700mil"
Me: [Deep sigh] "So 28" Inch then?"
Office bod: "Yeah, suppose so."
Me: "What size is the monitor you currently have?"
Office bod: "19" inch"
Me: "So do you want two 28" inch or just one 19" inch as they usually are the same size?"
Office bod: "I suppose the 19" inch"
Me: "So what size is the one xyz quoted?"
Office bod: "Dunno, I just have an email saying xyz is coming over to fit the new monitor."
Me: "Hang on! xyz went out with a monitor and a USB dual display adapter?"
Office bod: "Maybe he's coming here then, lets hope it's a 19" inch"

WTF?

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Tony Whitmore: The Worlds of Doctor Who

Planet HantsLUG - Mon, 28/04/2014 - 18:33

My friends over at Big Finish are celebrating fifteen years of producing Doctor Who audio drama this year. To mark the occasion, they will be releasing a special box set called “The Worlds of Doctor Who.” The set comprises four stories with a linking story arc, with each story based around one of the Doctor Who spin-off series that Big Finish have been so successful at producing: Jago and Litefoot, Countermeasures, The Vault and Gallifrey.

I have been doing some of the photography for the box set and it has been a pleasure attending the recording sessions over the past couple of months. I’m sure I will be writing more about it in the future, but the cover for the box set was released yesterday and the central image is one I took of actor Jamie Glover who plays the evil Mr Rees throughout the four stories. His costume was added by a very clever graphic designer though!

“The Worlds of Doctor Who” is available for pre-order now from the Big Finish website. You might also have seen some of my photographs from Big Finish Day 4 in Vortex #61, with a very nice double spread of my images showing what good fun the day was for guests and attendees.

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Dick Turpin: Sale of goods act.

Planet WolvesLUG - Mon, 28/04/2014 - 09:38
I do so love these people who spout "Consumer rights at you" and yet have no clue whatsoever that they're talking out their derrière.

Just had some moron rant at me that;

Moron: "By law all new goods must come with 1 years warranty!"
Me: "How many are you looking for?"
Moron: "None! I'm just telling you you're breaking the law by giving 3 months warranty!"
Me: "Lucky they are refurbished goods then?"
Moron: "What? Aye? Erm?"

Clearly he had not read the email properly or he would have noticed the range of warranties from three, six to twelve months. And the clear wording "Refurbished" on those that were, but what is even more interesting is this person is such a sad sack that they waste theirs and my time to score some sort of personal success by finding something which actually does not exist.

I suspect he's a Guardian reader? :-)

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Steve Engledow (stilvoid): Laziness

Planet ALUG - Sun, 27/04/2014 - 23:18

Over the last couple of days I've been setting up a few things that I've been meaning to figure out for ages. I'm going to note down here what I did so when it all goes wrong, I can find out what I did ;)

Pretties

My desktop machine is one of those frankenstein jobs that has been gradually evolving for the past 15 years or so; every single part of it has been replaced at least 3 times but it's still the same machine in my mind. I've recently been treating myself to a little bit of gaming, partially prompted by Steam's recent push for linux. Having bought Portal 2 a few days ago, it became apparent that my graphics card had become the next candidate for replacement so I bought myself a GeForce GT 640 which I'm sure someone will tell me was a terrible choice (I long ago stopped knowing anything about hardware) but it's doing the job just fine so far.

Wakey wakey

One of the things I've been meaning to set up for ages is wake on LAN. I always remembered seeing the option in the BIOS but I'd never played with it.

To my surprise however, the BIOS on my machine's current incarnation has no mention of wake on LAN. So for posterity, here's what I did to sort it out:

I've installed wol-systemd which basically runs ethtool <interface> wol g on every boot. Seems odd to me that this has to be set every time the machine is turned on but meh, it works.

I also installed an app on my phone so I can turn the PC on from anywhere in the house.

Eye sea yew

To go with the wake on LAN, I added x11vnc -display :0 -forever -many -nap to my .xprofile which means that I can also view the display from my phone as soon as it's up and running.

Combining the three things I've written about so far, when I got in bed last night, I realised that I'd forgotten to leave the computer on - I was downloading something - so I started it from my phone and then used VNC to get things running. From bed. From my phone. Win.

Impatience

After breaking my collar bone a few weeks ago, I finally felt that I'd recovered enough to start playing squash again. Having played tonight, I'm not entirely sure I was right. My shoulder doesn't exactly hurt but it's aching like hell at the moment. I'm sure it'll be fine :S

Hubris

Ehh... I've done "laziness" and "impatience", I ought to have a "hubris"...

Oh, I've started writing a game with LÖVE that's going to be amazing.

(It probably won't be amazing)

LÖVE is pretty bloody good though. Very easy to get up and running with and it seems to run fast despite my far-from-optimised (coughmassively inefficient and I know itcough) code. I also rather like lua so far though that might be because it has features that closely resemble features from my three other languages of choice: Python, C, and JavaScript.

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Adam Trickett: Bog Roll: Squeeze

Planet HantsLUG - Sat, 26/04/2014 - 17:22

Today I completed the last migration of a Debian GNU/Linux system from version 6.x (aka Squeeze) to version 7.x (aka Wheezy). One system was this server, which I migrated to a new hosting platform, today's migration was an Viglen MPC box that someone was using when the upgrade was initially due.

The upgrade was painless (as usual) and everything on the new box is working perfectly as expected.

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Adam Trickett: Bog Roll: BigV

Planet HantsLUG - Fri, 25/04/2014 - 18:32

My hosting provider Bytemark started to develop a new virtual server technology some time ago. It's marginally cheaper and marginally more powerful than my current solution. It has many scalability advantages as well but they are not as important to me as the fact I was due to upgrade my existing server and migrating to a new box has many advantages over an in situ upgrade.

I signed up to their free trial and was instantly impressed by both the technology and their customer support. I know there are other good companies so in no way do I want to criticise them, but Bytemark are very good people to work with.

I built my new Debian box, installed the packages I wanted and ported the bits over from the old server over a few evenings. It took only a few hours, and in the process I was able to improve some of the layout and such of the new box and try out newer packages.

This week I updated the DNS records updating the box names and other than forgetting to switch my email server from listening local to listening to the network everything went very well. All that happened was email was backed-up for a few hours before it all arrived.

I've now stripped the old box down to it's minimal running configuration, deleted all my files, and I'm now filling the filesystem up with random junk before deleting the junk and switching the box off so that it can be returned to Bytemark.

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David Goodwin: Automated twitter compilation up to 25 April 2014

Planet WolvesLUG - Fri, 25/04/2014 - 18:25

Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 25 April 2014

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2014/04/12

  • RT Disclosure: The email and VPN of Belgian intelligence services was exploitable with #HeartBleed until earlier today.

    2014/04/13

  • @wptavern: WordPress 3.8.3 To Fix Quick Draft Dashboard Widget wp.me/pBMYe-5p3 ” <- ah hah. So it wasn’t me doing something wrong 2014/04/11
  • Next up – fix NFS which seems really laggy. 2014/04/11
  • Finally moved back to using a Linux desktop at work. Skype works (thanks Microsoft). Plugins in Thunderbird mimic Postbox (osx mail app). 2014/04/11
  • RT Varnish 4.0.0 released: https://www.varnish-cache.org/lists/pipermail/varnish-announce/2014-April/000696.html #varnish 2014/04/10
  • RT Brilliant – Dilbert’s take on #agile and #prodmgmt

    2014/04/10

  • RT Successful #IrishStateVisit. As luck would have it they had some tarmac left over from a job up the road so did one’s drive for 250 quid. 2014/04/09
  • RT Here’s some really bad Heartbleed bug advice about changing your passwords zite.to/1qycR6Q 2014/04/10
  • Achievement unlocked : pxe/ipxe chain booting with custom installer menu so I can install from remote iso images over http. #linux Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/10
  • RT Seeking devop with 2+ years in Heart Bleed 2014/04/09
  • New computer (Intel i5 nuc) should arrive today. Still surprised that Ballicom was £40+(10%) cheaper than Ebuyer. Hopefully they’ll deliver! Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/09
  • It seems we are declaring war against next door’s cats – who started tucking into our loaf of bread #cats

    Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/08

  • RT Heartbleed Bug In OpenSSL Makes It Worse Than No Encryption At All – www.techdirt.com/articles/20140408/07335926837/heartbleed-bug-openssl-makes-it-worse-than-no-encryption-all.shtml indeed… 2014/04/08
  • RT We found a bug in #OpenSSL heartbleed.com/ #heartbleed Patch now. 2014/04/07
  • RT “Can you fetch me a glass of water please?”
  • *35 mins later*

    “What are you doing!?”,

    “I’m building you a scalable drink delivery system”.

    2014/04/06
  • RT socat -d -d TCP-L:22,reuseaddr,fork SYSTEM:”nc \$SOCAT_PEERADDR 22″ # Confuse people SSHing to your host with a redirect back to theirs. 2014/04/04
  • RT “Singing In The Rain” by @KINGFISHER1972: bit.ly/1dZaABA via @500px #cute

    2014/04/05

  • RT How about setting up a national lottery where all the profits are spent on teaching probability math and statistics to the citizens? 2014/04/05
  • RT Seven reasons why you should swap your screen for a bit of #wildtime this spring bit.ly/1gCne8d

    2014/04/05

  • RT A musician replies to an ad from a restaurant looking for a band to play for free ‘to promote their work’. #genius

    2014/04/04

  • RT Pono: only a man pays for music quality that he can’t hear bit.ly/Pv22Ho 2014/04/05
  • RT Note to self: dont use Opencart RT @ircmaxell: Someone just pointed me out to this. I don’t even know what to think: https://github.com/opencart/opencart/issues/1269 2014/04/04
  • Just to make shopping more fun, the high street is a bit maze like. #bromsgrove

    Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/04

  • RT Multiple states investigating breach of Experian database w. 200 million social security numbers: reut.rs/1j5LK1Q via @reuters 2014/04/03
  • Congratulations on being 15 @magma_digital ! Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/03
  • “Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.” is going to be a popular Google search today #mysql5.6 2014/04/03
  • RT Wow, @GeniusHire – I think you should fire your developers… like YESTERDAY.

    2014/04/02

  • Dilbert has it’s say on MtGox/Bitcoin exchanges etc – www.dilbert.com/fast/2014-04-02/ 2014/04/02
  • “Flappy goat” #sillyPicture

    2014/04/02

  • “Everyone is catching pokeman on Google maps – and I’m just sitting here Goat simulating!”

    2014/04/02

  • RT Anyone using Ubuntu One, grab your stuff now – it’s getting shut down: blog.canonical.com/2014/04/02/shutting-down-ubuntu-one-file-services/ 2014/04/02
  • We appear to have a gardener. Either that or a fairy cut the grass with a pair of scissors or magic. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/02
  • RT I should go to sleep, but I saw that photo of @manytypesoftea earlier so I never will again

    2014/04/02

  • RT @ProfBrianCox Thought you might like this

    2014/04/01

  • RT What Meetings Feel Like For Engineers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg 2014/04/01
  • RT I don’t always change my desktop wallpaper, but when I do I change it to this.

    2014/04/01

  • Every morning I have to reboot my MacMini as it fails to properly wake up. (I just see a mouse pointer on black b/g)

    Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/01

  • “How to burn 800 calories in 30 minutes.” #StupidPictures

    Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/01

  • RT So, next month is #Port80 2014….how did *that* come about so quickly?! 2014/04/01
  • It’s 8:40am ish. Right ? #myExcuse Bromsgrove, Worcestershire 2014/04/01
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