Installing Gentoo onto a VIA EN12000G C7 Mini-ITX server

The trials and tribulations of building a terabyte storage appliance from first principles…



Don’t believe the truth

Well, what would you think? 🙂


FBI Asylum Pizza []. Mmmmmm… pizza.

Maths quotes

100 sit-ups

There’s more great comic strips like this at Matthias Beck‘s homepage [].

Welcome to the 90’s…

I’m glad that PC technology is so advanced nowadays… I saw a PC World advert on TV just now:


Greasy youth: “Dual-core? What’s that?”
Assistant: “Dual-core lets you do more than one thing at once – downloading your emails while you upload your photos


Well thank goodness for that! PC World has finally discovered co-operative multitasking.


(… which, yes, was already old by the 70’s. And the Amiga had pre-emptive multitasking from day 1 :))

What’s the internet for, again?

Ah, the genius of combining two of the best uses of the ‘net in one place [] 😉

If you’ve not already been to see it, Avenue Q is truly excellent 🙂

(And bridging a neat gap between this post and the previous, apparently “Nobody knows how to spell “bestiality”“! [])

spásh∂l lít'∂r-∂-sé

There’s a great website at Spatial Literacy where such things as the distribution of surnames or internet usage by postcode can be looked-up.


(And take a guess at how many people, out of an office of 11 working in the High-Tech industry, were able to spell this URL right first time…


… and guess how many different variations of the word “spatial” there were :))

Shiny toys

Gadgets seem to be like busses – you get nothing for ages, and then three arrive all at once!


Well, yesterday I not only recieved a warranty replacement D-Link DWl2100AP (my old one failed at the start of the week… but D-Link offer a two-year warranty, and managed to send a replacement within a day! Kudos :)) but also a slimline Rumble Pack for my new Nintendo DS Lite (the black one, of course), and my scan order.


Now this order was for almost £1000 (eek!) yet it still took them a week to even pick the items from their warehouse! Now, if anything had been out of stock then I’d understand – but they showed plenty of stock for everything I ordered both when the order was placed, and for the next week.


I also currently have two Squeezeboxes (Squeezeboxen?) – although one of these is for Chris – and all of the parts (save for a motherboard) I need to construct my 1Tb storage array… more on this later.


My lounge now looks like a cardboard bomb hit it 😉

Usability guidelines

Carole: “Those headphones can be a pain in the arse!”
Richard: “If they’re a pain in the arse, Carole, you’re probably not wearing them in the right place

Carole: “Glasses can be a pain in the arse too…”
Richard: “I refer you to my previous comment about headphones!

Protecting National Monuments

San Francisco Hires Nude Women To Protect Golden Gate Bridge [].


Lemmy killed Dave Grohl’s microphone!

At the Foo Fighters gig in Menchester on Sunday, Dave Grohl was running through the acts who performed at Hyde Park the night before:


… “and finally, the legendary Mot<crackle>rhe<spark>”
<microphone dies>


Dave was not amused 😉