Close call!

Posted by me on Sunday, the 10th day of September, anno domini 2006 at 11:30 PM, local time.

So, I had a close call with my laptop today. I was done using it for a while, and so I set it down on the endtable (rather hard, I must admit) and wham! Out go all the lights and the dang thing shuts down completely. Instantly. Not even a little light indicating that the power cord was plugged in. It rattled a bit when I shook it… It refused to turn back on.

Later, I still couldn’t get it to turn on so I completely disassembled it to see if anything was mechanically wrong or had broken off or something. Didn’t find anything odd, though there was certainly plenty of dust. I did break one of the three fans’ power/sense connector off the motherboard on accident during all of this though. Anyway, since I couldn’t find anything, I put it all back together and what-do-ya-know, it powered back on ok and seems to be fine now… I still don’t trust it really, but I don’t really want to buy a new laptop right now. Then I wouldn’t be able to buy the stuff for my new fileserver! So, I think I’ll just pretend everything’s fine, buy my fileserver stuff and then act all shocked when my laptop finally bites the dust.

Sounds like a plan.

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Even easier.

Posted by me on Sunday, the 10th day of September, anno domini 2006 at 11:00 PM, local time.

So, in my extreme laziness, I have finally made my rack server use the gmail account I gave him a while back. He reads the email account every once in a while and will post blog entries based on the emails I send it. Its handy, since its just too much work to go into the blog webware and type in there. I guess I just want gmail to be my interface to everything. And while I was at it, my server also can interpret a couple other commands for data entry and the like. At first I had a whole big authentication scheme, but it got to be a pain in the ass. Now it just makes sure the email is of the correct format and from the correct email address. It’s not foolproof, but it’ll do.

The other handy thing about it is that it can post at a specific time in the future (or immediately, of course). That way, I can keep my posts near round number posting times, which is always a plus…

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