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Stand On Zanzibar (S.F. MASTERWORKS) eBook: John Brunner
Stand On Zanzibar (S.F. MASTERWORKS) eBook: John Brunner

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Second Edition: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman

Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series) (9780906602201): William Nolan, Thomas P. Power
Waterford: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County (The Irish County History & Society Series) (9780906602201): William Nolan, Thomas P. Power

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Sing Street (2016)
Sing Street (2016)

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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
August 15
Sing Street: if you like 80s music and a bit of Irish nostalgia, you'll love this. In particular, if the sound of Phil Lynnot's Yellow Pearl doesn't immediately make you think of a Top of the Pops countdown, this movie might not be for you; otherwise, jump right in. Brilliantly written, fantastic music (especially the original numbers).

August 14
DSPsrv should now be available for Web, DNS, IMAP/IMAPS and POP access. I've not yet turned SMTP access back on as I need to get AWS to whitelist it for outbound email and add a reverse DNS record. Also, I've done very little update to the hosted domains, so it's still probably advertising some incorrect addresses - certainly the IPv6 ones still point at the old box.

August 13
More rewatching: Wolverine, which was an ok movie this time around.

DSPsrv news: with some jiggery-pokery, the DSPsrv box is now running in AWS. I need to do a bit more work before it's fully back in service, but not much.

Watched about half of Gladiator as well. Funny how the accents make it sort of hark back to the epic movies of the 50s.

August 10
Curious. My Perl banking modules - not updated publicly in ages, but I've been nudging away at the private copy - are today returning a 500 when I try to talk to the bank's website. Wonder what changed?

August 09
Watched Chef again. Still awesome.

August 06
Oh look. My "good friends" at TomTom have sent me ... a customer satisfaction survey.

I have no words. Or at least no polite ones, anyway.

August 03
Well, that was just precious: TomTom got back to me to say, whoops, that update we told you would fix everything is Windows only and we don't plan on fixing the broken Mac software until the end of the year. Awesome customer service. I'm only using TomTom because it's embedded in the car; this certainly dispels any notions I might have had about getting or recommending them for non-embedded use.

Wonder if my car manufacturer would give me the option to flip to Garmin? The software's little better, but at least it works on a Mac.

July 30
DSPsrv status: not done anything much about this. I set up an EC2 instance and cloned a bunch of data into it, then thought about it some, then other things needed doing, so it's on the to-do list now. I should probably ping remote-hands to reset the real server next week.

TomTom have come back to me with an upgrade to the desktop app. It still doesn't know how to clean up a corrupt download, so I had to do that bit manually, but it's now refetching the 4GB zipfile so I'll know in an hour I guess.

...and exactly the same error occurs. 4GB download resulting in a corrupted zipfile.

Edge of Tomorrow was an excellent movie, never mind which of Groundhog Day or other movie you felt it was aping / ripping off, and the only thing I was unhappy with was ... why did they feel the need to add a "clever" ending to it?

July 24
DSPsrv status: broken again. I was logged in when this happened, but not as root, which is really annoying, because what happened was that the disk errored and went read-only, preventing things like sudo from working, so I couldn't force a reboot. I tried hammering at the disk for a bit hoping to trigger a kernel panic, but failed to do anything other than cause the last remaining writable partition to error and go read-only, so now I've got a dead terminal session on the box, and will have to engage remote hands to reboot it again. Have made a note to remount the disks with panic-on-error rather than readonly-on-error, since the box is already set up to reboot 30 seconds after a kernel panic.

And yes, I'm working on virtualising the whole thing.

Oh, and in case you're wondering: of course I haven't heard from Vodafone since I asked about cancelling an unused SIM on July 10th. Two weeks ago. Good to see they haven't raised the quality of their service unexpectedly.

July 19
TomTom saga is paused: they've acknowledged the bug, told me there's a fix in the works, and will extend my subscription from the point at which it's fixed. This is still no excuse for shipping broken product, mind you.

I reread The Good German for comparison with the movie. The book plot is (no surprise) a good deal more complex, but there are more fundamental changes that do raise a few questions - one of the characters changes sides, for example, and fairly significantly. And it's jarring, because he's one of the "good germans" of the title.