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12:02 AM
-grin- we have Corporate IT who does desktops and servers, netowrks and phones. I'm in Systems, which does servers and networks in the data centers.
sounds redundant, no ?
 
@Criggie nah, sounds sensible. That way you don't have to deal with "I forgot my password. Just like every Monday", escalated from tech support because it's a manager.
I still recall at NAB making some poor sysadmin go through paperwork and faffing to red-button a server that I was having problems with. It was quite deliberately an ugly process, specifically to discourage programmers like me from using it as a regular part of our procedures. But we ran Windows, FFS, rebooting is SOP.
The problem turned out to be that someone had supplied us with a library that relied on being restarted every now and then, or it ran out of some kind of managed handle. Coz after all, why would you ever clean up handles, you can have billions of them. Enough, IIRC, for about 8 months.
MY server code, OTOH, sometimes runs for days and days before management demands that a new feature be made available immediately right now this second we promised the users why isn't it up don't worry about testing it will be fine.
 
yes I see the advantages, but the disadvantages are huge too.
they piss away money on a new phone system
and then give us a $15 gig unmnanaged desktop switch for more ports. Whereas they have 48 port gig POE cisco switches.
whinge
 
12:17 AM
@Criggie we have some kind of generic 8 port $10 hub-switch-thing that someone picked up in a dumpster last week. Turns out that saturating a wifi router for the weekend made the dumpster part die in the arse. Not "power cycle it", but serious FoK, only the LEDs still work. We are trying to debug a wifi part, and saturating the link lets us do more cycles per hour...
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hehheeh yeah sometimes crap hardware is good
not always though
 
In this case, it appears to have been good for less than 60 hours of use. Still, ew have a receipt and someone will take it back. Hopefully this time they will not buy entirely on price.
Paying someone to take it back and get another one is way more than $10.
 
Depends if the second one is some other kamakooza POS.
I have a dirty affliction for decent kit, but its old by the time it gets to me
so my wireless at home is 6 cisco APs hanging off a cisco WLC, with POE from an old procurve switch at 100 Mbit
but the wireless is 802.11G at best (haven't got the one AP with an A radio to work yet :-\ )
that said, I'm still using a PDA with 802.11b wireless at best :)
 
1:21 AM
Oh, we are grinding through embedded wifi hardware options ATM, hence the interest in how long they can run before needing a reset. Market is running about $2-$3 each, but up to $20 and working out whether we get any benefit from the extra cost is fun. "fun"
 
1:38 AM
what about a watchdog reset that simply bounces the wireless every N minutes ?
or at 4:04 every morning ?
 
 
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3:30 AM
cheep switches almost always mix up their nat tables after a while
worse if you swap ports around
 
3:42 AM
mac
or ARP table which contains MAC records, to be exact.
 
@Criggie it depends a lot on exactly that sort of reset is required. We can't power cycle the device that's using the wifi, so having to add a circuit that lets the device power cycle the wifi module would be one option, provided everything can recover from that. A huge PITA option, but an option.
We already have other subsystems that get power cycled, but that's because customers don't want to buy big enough batteries to power everything (and really, battery powering a module that lets them control mains powered devices ... during a power cut... doesn't make a lot of sense :)
But yeah, building distributed systems is challenging, especially when you have encrypted buses and have to re-sync without losing security. But at least we already have that code, and the wifi module is effectively outside the security perimeter so there's less hassle there. And of course, then we store all that sensitive data in the fscking cloud and sometimes I wonder why I even bother.
 
3:57 AM
@Criggie, yes, whoops
 
 
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5:09 AM
I'd like to do something with networks again
been a while
geting bored of android
 
 
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7:01 AM
one of the joys of a load bike is having somewhere to put the tools while you're working on it :)
Bike is now 3x9 with indexed shifters, rather than 1x9 with a friction thumbshifter. Both are very nice to have.
 
 
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9:41 AM
hehehe nice work
Likewise - I got my folder from 1x6 to 1x8
it goes a lot faster on 11 tooth than 14 tooth :)
 
10:23 AM
fixed my electric windows today
i hate working on cars
 
alex: cars are awesome to fix... cos its so much cheaper than getting someone else to do it
I remember refurbing and greasing the electric winder in the other half's car
It was so much better afterwards - 20 year old grease doesn't work so good.
Right - sleep time
DST does a number on me
 
10:46 AM
that's next, I just had the switches apart because they're stupid
but two of the windows are pretty sluggish
 
 
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3:14 PM
So, US presidential debates are tonight
 
 
1 hour later…
4:35 PM
ha
sure to be a mess
 
yeah
 
I can't imagine debating trump
 
im thinking of going to a college viewing of one and trolling the hillary supporters.
 
he'll just throw around accusations and retoric until everyone gets bored
 

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