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Misc [Apr. 30th, 2003|03:14 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
There was a thunder storm last night. We don't get those often in Oregon and I was all excited, running around outside in the rain and going "Whoa, whoa, did you see that one?!?". Whitaker thought I was retarded, but so was the whole Portland comunity on LJ, and his dumb ass gets excited to see mountains on the horizon, so whatever.

Moved my office from the middle bedroom to the dining room. It's nice and happy out here.... windows all around. Nice view. Open. Spacious.

My car's done at the shop... Whitaker's going to go take me to it. They fixed a transmission fluid leak and resurfaced the rotors (I never let the brakes get anywhere near low, so why they need resurfacing is beyond me, but the steering wheel was shaking like crazy while braking....).

The iControl docs for the BIG-IP from F5 requires, get this, Java and cookies. For browsing locally! How fucking brain-dead is that? Give me text, pigfuckers.

So, installing Java, but apparently there are two JREs (Sun and Blackdown) and Sun only builds with gcc2.95 and Blackdown builds with both gcc2.95 and gcc3. Because I'm using Mozilla 1.3+ which uses gcc3, I need the Blackdown ones. It's sad they need to make a table for it and even then items are marked with questions. I hate computers.

I also hate running a company, but whaddya gonna do?

Off to the mechanic & Burgerville.

[Holy shit ... for all the crap I give LogJam, it just auto-recovered my lost entry when I accidentally closed the terminal from which I launched it, killing it in the process. Except I have to launch it from a terminal or it locks X, so maybe the score's even ...]
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2003-04-30 03:22 pm (UTC)

LJ doesn't like me today... Sorry if this posts twice

I'm jealous that you guys had a thunderstorm and we didn't(that I know of). But reading that just cracked me up beyond belief. Thanks.

As for your entries... have you tried Semagic? Even when I try to delete an entry I had been typing, I can close and re-open the program and the entry will still be there. It auto-saves like mad and has helped me quite a few times. I also find it user friendly for html-retards like myself because it has all sorts of neat little functions to use.
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From: ex_debgirl0
2003-04-30 03:23 pm (UTC)
pigfuckers

heh.

:)
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2003-04-30 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember thinking that the requirements to use stuff with the BigIP was a royal pain in the ass.

This is probably why we managed them by ssh'ing in, editing the config files by hand, and bouncing daemons.

I also seem to remember it taking less time and being more reliable... especially when sitting in a colo cage with only a vt100 terminal available :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-04-30 04:41 pm (UTC)
I don't use the web tools to manage it... I ssh in too. The iControl stuff I'm talking about is an API/SDK for writing your own management tools for it. We want to script taking down nodes automatically for maintenance and such. (instead of them being down for a few seconds until the BigIP notices)
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[User Picture]From: nemo
2003-04-30 03:53 pm (UTC)

Rotors

I'm assuming that when you say you don't let the "brakes get anywhere near low" you mean you change your pads in a responsible fashion. I commend you for that, but excessive pad wear is not the sole contributor to warped rotors. In fact, it may not even be in the top three.

Constant (unwise) heat cycling of a rotor will serve to warp it far faster than most anything else. If you frequently make hard stops or use the brakes hard without allowing time for them to cool down slowly, this may cause warping. Hot brakes should be driven until they cool appreciably. Keeping the caliper in one place on a hot rotor is not a good thing.

This practice is bad also in that it unevenly deposits pad material on the rotor. Uneven distribution of the pad material onto the rotor can also come about by not breaking in the brakes properly.

Finally, after time a rotor will wear down, effectively making the unit thinner and increasing the likelihood of heat warping.

I have a field assignment to write up for a class and that is why I decided to respond here. Cars are way more interesting than writing about instruments of social control and order from place to place.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-04-30 04:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Rotors

Yeah, I found out about the heat issues and other things, talking to the mechanic. Learn something new every day.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2003-04-30 04:14 pm (UTC)
I also hate running a company, but whaddya gonna do?

yup yup...
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2003-04-30 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure, but I think that you can compile a working version of sun's java plugin if you download the source from sun and agree to their wacky license. I say I'm not exactly sure because I tried to, and the compile failed.. but it might not have liked the parallel make. I decided that java applets were not worth compiling it again :P
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[User Picture]From: stalk_her
2003-04-30 05:25 pm (UTC)
pigfucker! ...that's going to be new in my vocbulary from now on ;)

There was a thunderstorm here too (in iowa) last night... the first of the season... it's rare now days to have thunderstorms around here... I like them too even if it did keep me up.
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[User Picture]From: tamyranev
2003-04-30 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ha-- I had to run outside to watch it too. I had just told someone that we hardly ever get thunderstorms here. This one was incredible. The house was shaking.

And Burgerville is pretty good too.
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