January 2003

DHI #7: A coupla boxes

January 7, 2003

DHI #7 was emptying three shipping boxes of detritus, recycling the plastic inserts, and consolidating the shipping boxes to my “will be using for eBaying old computer books Real Soon Now” pile. Hey, it was three boxes in the way of my bookcase, it counts!

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Thinking In Java, 3rd Edition

January 7, 2003

Hey, in the holidaze rush, I missed this: the third edition of Bruce Eckel’s Thinking In Java has just been published. Highly recommended, by any Java geek worth their paycheck.

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DHI #6: Fun with gas

January 6, 2003

On Sunday Rochelle woke up with a new brainstorm, a project she thought would be simple, quick, and provide a big payoff: hook up the vintage gas heater we found at an antique store to the gas feed in our dining room. Four hardware stores and 6 pilot lights later, we’re back where we started — but at least we didn’t blow up the house!

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DHI #5: Razor and more anti-spam

January 6, 2003

DHI #5 consisted of poking a hole in the firewall for Razor to access its central servers, and disabling most of the RBL blocking in sendmail, while enabling RBL checking in SpamAssassin. I also kept Rochelle from blowing up the house.

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Quotation of the year candidate

January 5, 2003

She leans over to a man in the hotel suite, whose identity everyone has been wondering, and says “Hi, we haven’t been introduced, I’m <rock star’s name>.

“I know. I’m your manager.”

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Stigmergy

January 4, 2003

Stigmergy and the World-Wide Web is a great article that puts many of the latest internet technologies together, and explains how what they do is interesting and new. Thought-provoking reading to start the new year, highly recommended.

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DHI #4: Old machine stripped

January 4, 2003

I removed the CD-ROM drive, hard disk, and network card from the old server, which used to be Rochelle’s old PC. What remains still starts up and runs; it’s next to the front door, ready for putting out on the street.

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DHI #3: New server in permanent home

January 3, 2003

Today’s Daily Home Improvement (DHI from now on) was to sew up the new server, and move it from the operating table to the computer rack, its “permanent” place. This was actually more work than it sounds like.

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New Year’s resolution #1

January 2, 2003

One of my many New Year’s resolutions for 2003 is to do something for the house, every day. It can be a small thing, like changing a light bulb, but it can’t be an ordinary thing, like washing the dishes. And every day, I’m going to list it here in my blog, where you can hold me to it. Gulp!

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New server up and running

January 1, 2003

Over the course of Saturday I finished installing and configuring the minimum required software to be able to switch over to the new server for running my sites. On Sunday I swapped the IP addresses of the new and old systems, and got to work fixing the things that broke when I took the new machine live.

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