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Countdown until Germany [Aug. 7th, 2004|03:40 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
6 days until Germany.

6 days until 2.5 weeks of vacation.

6 days to get LiveJournal stuff wrapped up.

I've been preparing a big list of projects for everybody, and making sure to automate some of the newer sysadmin-related things in case something breaks while I'm gone.

Also it looks like Linux 2.6.8-rc3 has two patches which go to make the NFS client situation more sane. (MogileFS doesn't use NFS anymore, but userpics still do.... until this patch goes live). See my previous complaint about NFS. Anyway, one of the new patches just exports a tunable for how much to pressure icache/dcache, but this one looks more important: search for slab memory shrinking balancing fix.

Are the 802.11 frequencies the same in Germany? Do I need a separate wifi card, or a software hack? Google failed me.

Our company picnic was yesterday. Lisa and Brett even drove down from Seattle for it. Too bad it poured, so the lake plan was scrapped in favor of bowling, which was fun, but not as fun as swimming in a lake. After bowling we went to a park where it rained every other 5 minutes. We ate under a covered shelter area and played frisbee. Not bad.

Weather's great today... I've been going on lots of walks with my bikes broken. I've come up with this theory that sleeping's easier if your body is outside and sees the transition from day to night happening, instead of being locked up in a box (house) during that transition.

Kernel's rebuilt. Time to cross fingers and reboot some stuff.

[User Picture]From: quelrod
2004-08-07 03:47 pm (UTC)
take a look at this

Apparantly the frequencies overlap except channel 1 and 2 don't exist in europe.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-07 03:51 pm (UTC)
When Google fails me, LiveJournal to the rescue!

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[User Picture]From: edm
2004-08-07 05:48 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that the 802.11x frequencies are the same world wide, except that in various countries one or more of the channels is not usable (because that frequency has been allocated to some other purpose; your link shows that, but only for US/Europe). IIRC there are some countries which have 1-2 more channels than the US, and several that have fewer. The power limits also vary from country to country.

However from a "take my laptop to another country and use wireless" point of view there's sufficient commonality that it should just work in any country providing you're close to the access point. (Where it gets harder is if you need higher power for longer distance, or need to avoid other people's channels or whatever.)

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From: jamesd
2004-08-08 06:57 pm (UTC)
Right. Doesn't affect Brad but the full list of channels is at the Wikipedia 802.11 article now.
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From: jon
2004-08-07 03:50 pm (UTC)
WiFi works the same in Germany. At least, my existing hardware connected to my hotel's wireless network just fine when I was in Frankfurt a few years ago.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-08-07 04:17 pm (UTC)

Did you get a direct flight or are you stopping off somewhere on the way? (Like Heathrow, for example! ;))

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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
Portland to Frankfurt, direct.

I have flown through Heathrow before, though. And I think I had to sleep there on the ground because our plane was late or something. Don't have fond memories of it.
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[User Picture]From: sjcarpediem
2004-08-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
HeH... its cool you asked this b/c I'm getting ready to go to France for the year and was about to start researching the very same. Now I know! :-P

Have a great time in Germany!
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2004-08-07 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've come up with this theory that sleeping's easier if your body is outside and sees the transition from day to night happening, instead of being locked up in a box (house) during that transition.

I wholeheartedly agree! There's also the part that sunsets occur at relatively the same time as that of the prior evening, thus providing some additional regularity to help your body's clock.
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[User Picture]From: flickeringsoul
2004-08-07 08:52 pm (UTC)

Guten Tag! :)

I haven't checked out this journal in AGES, but HELLO FROM ENGLAND (once again!) As I am eating fish and chips in England, Mr. Hasselhoff wishes you a wonderful trip to Deutschland! :)

And remember: Germans love David Hasselhoff. ;)

Alles gute!
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From: ex_tawneelyn258
2004-08-07 11:39 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a wonderful well deserved vacation...

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[User Picture]From: zanther
2004-08-08 03:20 am (UTC)
I agree with that day to night transition theory. It's more natural. Our bodies have to feel that it's become night.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2004-08-08 04:05 am (UTC)
See you over here! Re. Dresden: if you all can live with totally no comfort and no luxury at all (but DSL! If they haven't turned it off by then because I didn't pay), you can also stay at my place. Three people can sleep in my room and I'll just ask my flatmate whether I can stay in hers, or something like that. And in case of an emergency, I have a sleeping bag as well.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the offer. We might take you up on that, if you're absolutely sure that's cool with your roommate.

Can you email me your telephone number?
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From: jzawodn
2004-08-08 09:42 pm (UTC)

Sleeping, yeah...

I slept out in my new tent in the Nevada desert last night. I got to sleep around 11pm under the most amazing sky I've seen in years and woke up at 5:30am when the sun began to light the sky. I was wide awake.

Of course, I stayed in the sleeping bag for another 2 hours, but your point is still valid. I'm just lazy sometimes. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 11:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Sleeping, yeah...

That's now two people today who've rubbed in their great weekend camping trips. :-)
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From: jzawodn
2004-08-08 11:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Sleeping, yeah...

Well, at least I spared the details of flying around Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake in my glider, right? :-)
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