Radioplay from 1945

May 30th, 2005

Just finishing listening to On A Note of Triumph on NPR. I am not able to recommend it vividly enough.
Sometimes I wonder if I would still be in LA if there would be no KCRW.

server crash

May 29th, 2005

It all went to well.

suddenly the server was not reacting. Everything worked till the shell needed to do /anything/ with the disk.
Had to reset it. Sigh.

The syslog said:

May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: kswapd0: page allocation failure. order:5, mode:0x50
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0214b29a>] __alloc_pages+0x28b/0x298
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0214b2bf>] __get_free_pages+0x18/0x24
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0214e9c1>] kmem_getpages+0x15/0x94
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0214f74c>] cache_grow+0x155/0x29a
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0214fa9e>] cache_alloc_refill+0x20d/0x23d
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0215004f>] __kmalloc+0x6b/0x7d
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<82964f54>] kmem_alloc+0x50/0x96 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<829479a1>] xfs_inode_item_format+0xe0/0x239 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<8295aaf3>] xfs_trans_fill_vecs+0x3a/0x86 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<8295a8a4>] xfs_trans_commit+0x18d/0x300 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<829494de>] xfs_iomap_write_allocate+0x248/0x436 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<82949520>] xfs_iomap_write_allocate+0x28a/0x436 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0224e474>] generic_make_request+0x190/0x1a0
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<829485a3>] xfs_iomap+0x23b/0x3ed [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<829486ba>] xfs_iomap+0x352/0x3ed [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<8296c99f>] xfs_bmap+0x1a/0x1e [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<82965219>] xfs_map_blocks+0x29/0x11e [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<82965dd9>] xfs_page_state_convert+0x273/0x4e8 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<829664cb>] linvfs_writepage+0x91/0xc6 [xfs]
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<021522db>] pageout+0x83/0xc0
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02152522>] shrink_list+0x20a/0x547
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02151540>] __pagevec_release+0x15/0x1d
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02152a92>] shrink_cache+0x233/0x4d5
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<0215357f>] shrink_zone+0x8f/0x9a
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<021538a5>] balance_pgdat+0x176/0x249
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02153a3e>] kswapd+0xc6/0xc8
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02120fcf>] autoremove_wake_function+0x0/0x2d
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02120fcf>] autoremove_wake_function+0x0/0x2d
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<02153978>] kswapd+0x0/0xc8
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: [<021041d9>] kernel_thread_helper+0x5/0xb
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: deadlock in kmem_alloc (mode:0x50)
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker kernel: possible deadlock in kmem_alloc (mode:0x50)
May 29 19:14:25 andreaswacker last message repeated 85 times

Don’t hope that this is common for Fedora Core3 on a AMD machine with a big array. I start to load the machine with tasks now.
Let’s see if it happens again.
Sure enough Mysql was not happy since I run it with delay-key-write.

Wordpress said:


WordPress database error: [Incorrect key file for table 'wp_comments'; try to repair it]

So I did a


mysqlcheck -pXXXXXX --auto-repair wordpress

which seems to have done the trick.

as seen on TV

May 29th, 2005

“news”

looks like the War of the Worlds PR has started.

Video above is in WMV format. The OS X Version seems to run much better after setting “Buffer” to 60 seconds under preferences.
It lets you enter any two digit number, but silently corrects you to 60. I would not mind if one could set this value much higher. I got the memory, and either Windows media is unable to stream reliably or all hosts that serve this content are unable to provide a continuous strean of data. Bottom line is it never really worked with the default settings. It certainly is not my internet connection or my computer. Quicktime streams and streams and streams.

Microsoft IE PR

May 29th, 2005

how to switch your default browser

It is so nice to see the 800 pound gorilla trying to get around on the block on those inline skaters.

BlogsNow Version 2 and spam

May 28th, 2005

BlogsNow Version2 is coming along. Instead of moving code and data from Version1 over to this host I decided to write it again. Most changes go into spam detection and filtering.

Right BlogsNow Version 2 flags and ignores -

- spam:
http://midwesternerslavished.blogspot.com/
http://pet-insurance-tips.blogspot.com/
http://guitar-rock.blogspot.com/

- indecent content:
http://spaces.msn.com/members/teen-galleries/
http://spaces.msn.com/members/adult-creampies/

[I thought that spaces had such a tight content filter, apparently not]

- ‘blogs’ that forward directly to porn sites:
http://jasmine-disney-hentai.blogspot.com

There is an ever increasing amount of blogs that only were created for spam purposes.
Right now it looks as if BlogsNow can start crawling blogspot.com blogs again in Version2.

OS X 10.4 - the first five minutes

May 27th, 2005

Just installed OS X 10.4 on my PowerBook G4 A15.
You need to be patient and confident: Took an hour, and three times I was looked up from my book during the process and thought ‘oh oh’ since it just seemed to get stuck. It never was and all worked.

My first impression is that it looks great. Fonts are crisper. It overall is easier on the eyes. With every upgrade the look got cleaner. OS X 10.0 was very ugly. Since there has to be something to go away in 10.5 they left one horizontal line in the middle of the menu bar. Dashboard (F12) is one of these first time usage toys, that probably will be left alone once the
novelty wears off. Which is right about now. Same happened with video chats in 10.3. Was it 10.3 ?

Downloading the 37MB 10.4.1 update right now.

google finds adsense

May 25th, 2005

searching google for adsense

Right now this search returns a domain as the first result: www.all-in-one-business.com/adsense/
The real adsense page comes in only second.

Google directs a vast amount of internet traffic. Internet traffic can be made into money. One way or another. If you get it cheap enough there will be a profit. People only click on the first results they find. There is a wide rainbow of SEO (”Search Engine Optimization”) activities. From nice to criminal,
and everything in between.

One mean trick is it to hijack a page. Basically steal it. Google never really acknowledged the problem. Nor did they address it.
That’s why they are the victim of it themselves.

more details
first blog to report this flaw

OneCare

May 14th, 2005

From a Microsoft press release:

The dynamic nature of the Internet and technology can make the protection, maintenance and optimal performance of PCs a challenge for consumers. Keeping a PC "healthy" today can be daunting and time-consuming for the average user.

They forgot to add “if you run Windows”.

OS X has no need for ‘OneCare’, since the problem does not exist.

embracing spam

May 11th, 2005

Spammers use blogs. Massively. Spam is always massive.

BlogsNow has to deal with this. Sometimes this sucks, and sometimes it’s actually an interesting challenge: How quickly can the results be cleaned up. Today it was easy:

results before filtering

results after filtering

website move

May 11th, 2005

So many sites, so many servers. But all but one (blogsnow) sites are now on the new server. Network Solution did a pretty good job in updating the DNS. For the ones where they hosted the DNS already they got the new IP out in less than the promised two hours. The ones that had a non-netsol SOA took a little bit longer, but by now (24 hours into the move) they also seem to be 90% done.

Remaining tasks:

move of blogsnow
qmail installation (still looks very complicated)

new server / new blog software

May 10th, 2005

On this server I will use wordpress for my weblog.
A slightly changed ‘Kubrick’ design.
I will not convert my old weblog.