Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ezra is sick


I was going to add a 120Gb hard drive ( actually, remove the 13Gb drive that's in there and replace it! ) I've had lying around in ezra, my home server. I wrote out a good plan ( since there was some important data on the old drive, and ezra has a relatively complicated partition system ), and shut down the machine, hooked up the drives in the intermediate configuration, hit the power switch and walked back to my laptop so I could ssh into the machine again. 

... and waited ... and waited ...

The machine didn't come up! I remembered I had heard a beep, so I hooked up a keyboard and monitor and rebooted the machine. Lo and behold, the system fan apparently wasn't working, so the machine refused to boot. 

I tried cleaning the fan, I even tried removing it an using a fan from my desktop, but I didn't have a fan capable of reporting to the motherboard that it was working, so ezra refuses to boot.

So unfortunately ezra ( and all related services - svn, http, ssh, etc ) are down until I have a chance to pick up a fan. If I'm lucky, that's tomorrow. If not... suck.

So, I need an older style 3 inch system fan with a power & reporting connection cord. Anyone have one?

Update: Got a replacement fan, but unfortunately the drive doesn't work... Lesson learned: no matter how good your plan, if you could be inconvenienced by a failure, it'll fail.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Python vs C++

Writing code in C++ after using Python extensively for a while is like doing long division by hand after you've learned to use a calculator. It's not hard, but you keep missing steps because they feel redundant.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wedding Photos!

So, the photographers finally got our photos to us! There were several hundred of them, but here's the batch that stood out the most to me on a quick perusal:

What a day


All right, back to work for me!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

school site

Just a quick note, if you're interested in trying to following what's going on at school, I've set up a little website to try and track classes & assignments. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Sorry, been a while - I sort of got ambushed by my new schedule & school :)

Here's roughly what my schedule looks like lately:
  • M,W,F - Work from 6am to 7pm, with a 2 hour break for karate @ lunch. ( Fridays I finish @ 6pm )
  • T,Th - School from 9am-3pm, with a 2 hour lunch that I spend working in the CS Grad Students lab. Work from home from 3:15pm - 7:15pm. 
So far it's been pretty managable - but I haven't had much homework yet. I've just gotten my first assignments & I've got work to start for a class project, so the free time after 7 & weekends is pretty much shot for a while I think. 

ANyways, that wasn't really why I meant to start writing, but I sort of got distracted! No more time now, maybe I'll write something with meaning later :)