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Alexander Bochmann @galaxis@mastodon.infra.de

thanks for everyone who contributed to this moment of mirroring a 4MB flash volume over a 9600b serial cable to interlink running on dosbox
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Ok, what did the email spammers change now? I've had nearly no untagged by for about a year now, but for the past few weeks, a few spam mails have been coming through without being marked - and today, a stack of 30 spam mails in my inbox.

Tried to drive the battery down to zero today:

When dropping below about 1/5th charge, acceleration is noticeably reduced, but top speed is unchanged (nearly 50km/h).
After the battery meter has dropped towards the red line, top speed is capped to about 35km/h for a couple of km. From there, both acceleration and top speed are further reduced - stopped when the scooter didn't go more than 10km/h anymore.
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From floppy diskette to emulated on the Internet Archive in 120 seconds.

When you're learning by example, remember the UNIX developers' mantra: "Make it run, then make it right, then make it good" - and remember that a lot of what ends up in production stops with "Make it run".

New office place... Not sure the cubicle walls are helping a whole lot.

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This Seagate disk doesn't even spin up (and neither is detected on the SCSI bus). Last one for today...

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@thegibson Since it's HP branded, I think it originally was from one of the apollo 715/50 machines.

@Canageek I could also smash it with a hammer or whatever, but that's quite messy (and the neighbors wouldn't approve at this time).

Also, I'm not trying to thwart some secret service, just produce a blank disk in case someone else wants to use it.

(Note I'm talking old disks with like 40 or 80 GB, not modern drives with TBs of space.)

Huh. Why have I always been overwriting old ATA disks with dd when there's hdparm --security-erase, which takes just a fraction of the time (provided it's supported by the disk)?

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Excellent. Now we have two UCS blades with ESX on them where ASAv VMs (!) reproducibly stop forwarding SMTP traffic after a while of running on one of them. Problem goes away when moving the VM to a different hosts - but when it's one of the affected ones, it will reappear after a couple of hours of normal operation.

That's going to be a hell lot of fun to debug. Don't even have an idea where to usefully start with that. Probably first build a test case that makes it reproducible...

@natecull @0xf00fc7c8 There is probably some connection, as - at least in business - I see similar expectation towards knowledge bases for humans compared to knowledge bases for expert systems: That they somehow make it possible to build a decision tree in order to solve problems without understanding them.

@hikerus Wir räumen zusammen auf und wollen jeweils unterschiedliche Dinge nicht wegwerfen 🙄

Bücherregale aufräumen bei meiner Partnerin: Was ist denn in dem verstaubten Karton da?

Oh, ein Stapel "Filmwelt"-Zeitschriften aus den 1930er Jahren...

Fragt sich bloss, was man mit sowas macht (außer weiter im Karton liegenlassen).

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@smallsees A colleague had that recently with two SSDs in a RAID1 group failing in close succession. Well, both got exactly the same write I/O, so it's not super surprising in retrospect...

Seeing a lot of posts, so:

The first UNIX system I had admin rights on was a sun3 running SunOS 4.1 (I'm not /that/ old, it was just what was available). Then I worked for a company that used BSDi. When that went unsupported, we first switched to FreeBSD, but it was mostly all Linux later on.
Started using OpenBSD for some of my own systems around 2.3, because I was into infosec and firewalls.
Using NetBSD primarily for retrocomputing - it supports a lot of old platforms.