Should anyone ask, I will not be buying an iPhone shuffle.

Apple’s latest product announcement. Enjoy

Should anyone ask, I'm finished my half marathon training.


My last run done, The race is on Sunday. “Hold the thumbs” “cross the fingers”.


I really enjoy training with a GPS. It’s interesting to see my pace decreasing towards the middle of a run then picking up at the end.

Should anyone ask, I’m finished my half marathon training.

My last run done, The race is on Sunday. “Hold the thumbs” “cross the fingers”.


I really enjoy training with a GPS. It’s interesting to see my pace decreasing towards the middle of a run then picking up at the end.

Should anyone ask, sometimes gigabit is useful

A friend came over with a large disk. 200GB had to be shifted, sharpish. I have a separate vlan dedicated to shunting data round. It’s jumbo frames enabled. Rather than a graph, this screenshot demonstrates the speed nicely:



Consider the imagiTainment entertainment buffer re-filled.

Should anyone ask, sometimes gigabit is useful

A friend came over with a large disk. 200GB had to be shifted, sharpish. I have a separate vlan dedicated to shunting data round. It’s jumbo frames enabled. Rather than a graph, this screenshot demonstrates the speed nicely:


Consider the imagiTainment entertainment buffer re-filled.

Should anyone ask, Microsoft doesn't understand reverse DNS

What the hell is Microsoft up with with their “let’s invent new top level domains for our in-arpa records”?


Today’s scanning of the log files revealed:


bl2sch1082207.phx.gbl - - [09/Sep/2007:09:36:37 +0200] "GET /gallery2/modules/albumselect/dtree.js HTTP/1.0" 200 11250 "http://www.imaginator.com/blog/wp-gallery2.php?g2_itemId=49814" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0
; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"
bl2sch1082207.phx.gbl - - [09/Sep/2007:09:36:38 +0200] "GET /gallery2/themes/siriux/theme.css HTTP/1.0" 200 5118 "http://www.imaginator.com/blog/wp-gallery2.php?g2_itemId=49814" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Wind
ows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)"


Should you feel like you missed out on yet-another-pointless-tld, you didn’t. No, instead of mapping the reverse DNS to a real domain, Microsoft has arbirarily chosen to invent a new top level domain and break all log-analysis software in the process. There is no PHX.GBL. There is no .GBL.


There’s more to the story on another website.


I have 2 opinions on why they have done this:

  • Microsoft don’t want webmasters identifying their spiders

  • They are incompetent


For gods sake, if you don’t want to populate your reverse DNS, leave it empty.

Pleased I stopped relying on their products for infrastructure long ago.

Should anyone ask, speaking from the mountains is fun



I took part in a “Speaking from the mountains” exercise this weekend. That sounds too too formal for something that titles a weekend of hill walking, beer drinking and public speaking. It was fun and nerve racking (also part of the “living outside the comfort zone” stuff). The nerve racking part was being made to think and talk on one’s feet. The fun part was drinking the beer while doing so. Having a group of great people for feedback also helped. We all met at Munich Hauptbahnhof on Saturday, midday and took a train down to Tegernsee where we hiked up to Buchstein Hütte. Half way up we had a round of “Table Topics” - speaking on any topic given to you by the “Table Topics Master”. This was followed by more hiking and a cozy evening in the hut with everyone presenting a speech on a topic of their choosing for 5-7 minutes. True to form, I started falling asleep around 10:30.


The following day, after a lazy breakfast, we hiked up even higher to Tegernseer-Hütte. This is a fabulous hut (see picture) sitting in the nook of a hill with views out over Tegernsee and the surrounding hills. Food was great and they even offered to make me a plate of Kaiserschwarrn although It was not an “Official Kaiserschwarrn Day”. Washed down with a glass of “Tegernseer Spezial” .I’m looking forward to go back there and spend the night right at the top of the mountain.


I’ve uploaded the pictures from the trip to my gallery.


Thanks to Ranjith Venkatesh for organising.

Should anyone ask, speaking from the mountains is fun


I took part in a “Speaking from the mountains” exercise this weekend. That sounds too too formal for something that titles a weekend of hill walking, beer drinking and public speaking. It was fun and nerve racking (also part of the “living outside the comfort zone” stuff). The nerve racking part was being made to think and talk on one’s feet. The fun part was drinking the beer while doing so. Having a group of great people for feedback also helped. We all met at Munich Hauptbahnhof on Saturday, midday and took a train down to Tegernsee where we hiked up to Buchstein Hütte. Half way up we had a round of “Table Topics” - speaking on any topic given to you by the “Table Topics Master”. This was followed by more hiking and a cozy evening in the hut with everyone presenting a speech on a topic of their choosing for 5-7 minutes. True to form, I started falling asleep around 10:30.


The following day, after a lazy breakfast, we hiked up even higher to Tegernseer-Hütte. This is a fabulous hut (see picture) sitting in the nook of a hill with views out over Tegernsee and the surrounding hills. Food was great and they even offered to make me a plate of Kaiserschwarrn although It was not an “Official Kaiserschwarrn Day”. Washed down with a glass of “Tegernseer Spezial” .I’m looking forward to go back there and spend the night right at the top of the mountain.


I’ve uploaded the pictures from the trip to my gallery.


Thanks to Ranjith Venkatesh for organising.

Should anyone ask, I made some singing-type noises


On the day that we hear of Pavarotti’s death, I can inform everyone that singing is hard work and difficult! I took my first singing class yesterday. This was something very much outside of my comfort-zone. I was late to the appointment which is usually my subconscious trying to tell me something. In the end I showed up and was struck with fear when I saw a piano and some sheet music.

I tried to avoid singing for as long as possible by talking to the teacher about everything under the sun but eventually she had me making noises. Lots of breathing type noises. Lots of trying to feel the different types of lip and throat vibrations. It was difficult. It should be pointed out that I’m a great singer - since junior school I’ve become an expert at mouthing songs and singing in my head. Actually hearing myself make noises was something very different to the perfect pitch that goes on in my head.

The torture continues next Friday.

Should anyone ask, I made some singing-type noises

On the day that we hear of Pavarotti’s death, I can inform everyone that singing is hard work and difficult! I took my first singing class yesterday. This was something very much outside of my comfort-zone. I was late to the appointment which is usually my subconscious trying to tell me something. In the end I showed up and was struck with fear when I saw a piano and some sheet music.

I tried to avoid singing for as long as possible by talking to the teacher about everything under the sun but eventually she had me making noises. Lots of breathing type noises. Lots of trying to feel the different types of lip and throat vibrations. It was difficult. It should be pointed out that I’m a great singer - since junior school I’ve become an expert at mouthing songs and singing in my head. Actually hearing myself make noises was something very different to the perfect pitch that goes on in my head.

The torture continues next Friday.

Should anyone ask, the area I live in is important

This is James Howard Kunstler talking about the “The tragedy of suburbia”. It’s something I think a lot about and something I hated about living in the US. His talk is a bit about the problems of a car culture but also a bit ranty. The TED talks are always interesting.

http://static.videoegg.com/ted/flash/loader.swf

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