September 12th, 2002


Windows 95 wird gestartet...

I'm pretty annoyed, but this made my day....

After fighting these new servers for two days straight, I finally found out the problem.... firmware on motherboard is a couple months too old for the new drivers in Linux that aren't backwards compatible.

Somebody should die.

So, this is 2002 and we're still using floppies and DOS to upgrade firmware. I put the floppy in...

"Windows 95 wird gestartet."


Just what I needed... a little Microsoft and a little German to make my sysadmin hell night a little better.

And even better... the keyboard map loaded is German too, so to answer "Continue? (Y/N)" in the English AMIFLASH utility, I have to know that "Z" is really "Y". (good thing I went to German internet cafes....)

headache & broken servers

I figured out why I've had a headache the last few days... no iced tea. Aaaah.

Speaking of Aaaaah, the servers still don't work. It wasn't the raid card or scsi card... we've narrowed it down to with CONFIG_HIGHMEM=4G, the machines are slow as shit (CPU seems to run at about 1/100th speed, though disk I/O is fine) and when the machines are only using 1GB (or, 960 MB rather) with a kernel without CONFIG_HIGHMEM, things are incredibly fast.

So, the lead linux guy at Rackable is looking into it... building a copy of our system there and tinkering. We also gave him access to one of ours.

So much for their frickin' testing program.

Anyway, it's nice being here and seeing everybody. Just wish I wasn't at Internap every night until 3am. Need to sleep for days after this.

Red Robin tonight with a bunch of people.... will stock up on caffeine and make headache go away. :-)