September 20th, 2002

Trippy, tired, Tired

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Evan left earlier to watch a movie and eat cookies with Meena and Holly. He's staying over in Lake Oswego tonight and going back to Seattle tomorrow with Meena. So this means the ice maker can recover.

I'm not feeling too well and I couldn't sleep so I decided to do brainless stuff like clean the house, do laundry, organize all the shit in my office, and re-learn how to print in Linux.

Linux printing: CUPS, foomatic, ppd files, drivers, ghostscript filters, gimp-print... *sigh* So I think it worked... I heard my printer grind for a bit after I clicked "Print Test Page" from the CUPS web interface.

Yup... yet another printer of mine is broken. Do these things last more than a few uses? Sure, it's been awhile since I used it last, and it's been moved a bunch, but it shouldn't be broken... it was packed well.

The whole motivation for the printer project was so I could print out my 24 Hour Fitness membership sheet, otherwise they give me crap every time I go in there and tell them I have no printer so I just had to write the account number down. But fuck 'em... that'll have to do. I'm not buying a new printer. I do have a fax machine, though... maybe I could just anything to myself that I need to print. No. Grrrr.

One of my teeth starting hurting this evening. I'm frustrated and disappointed that it might be a cavity. But sometimes I've had teeth randomly hurt for awhile and then never again, so who knows.

Speaking of frustrated: I hate buying 4 expensive servers, being told they're on their way repeatedly, finding out they haven't shipped, being told they're "in testing", and then getting them to find out the hardware components inside aren't compatible with each other. So, yeah... how 'bout that testing, guys? But at least our old lame salesperson was fired and we got a new cool guy with a brain.

Still haven't got a TV... leaning towards the Pioneer Elite PRO 620HD, though. I've been kinda slow at going about this all because it's hard to find many quality reviews on these things. I don't trust average idiots replying saying "OMG IT'S SO BIG! I LOVE IT!" ... sure. But what are its strengths and weaknesses compared to the other brands & models?


mail server dead

My mailserver's down... filesystem errors on root partition... kernel remounted read-only. It's on RAID 5, so I'm hoping it's just the filesystem being dumb (I stressed it a ton yesterday) and not any real physical corruption.

Sherm's on his way to Seattle to fix it. He's an hour away... I'm 3.5 hours away. Good ol' Sherm.

Feels weird not having mail. But I almost kinda like it. One day I'll go crazy (sane?) like Knuth and require people to snail me if they wanna say something. How I envy him.

I really should have a backup MX host. Maybe my closet server. Then again, this is only the second time in 5+ years my mail server's been down, so the maintenance cost associated with running a second probably isn't worth the occasional gain.