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Thinking before you configure
Date: May 9th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing, Software, Stupid

For a long while one of my servers “crashed” weekly. Every saturday at 3am the load would just spiral up and everything would become unresponsive (still working but slow) – everything was waiting on disk I/O. I kept putting off checking why this happened, and just rebooted the machine manually every saturday (lazy lazy). After a while I found out it was at 3am, so it had to be a cron job. I then noticed that one of my other servers also had a high load at 3am, but less high and it recovered.

Today I did some thinking and checking, and to blame was.. me! I had configured smartmontools to do a weekly long selfcheck at 3am on all 4 disks in the software RAID5 at the same time. This apparently took so much speed away from the disks that the machine didn’t cope.. Woopsie.

Note: hobby environment of course, real production I would have spent more time figuring it out 🙂

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Critique fail
Date: April 10th, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Stupid

ISPam, notorious spelling- and grammar fail site, complains about wrong translations on a .nl site of a French hosting company. As someone so eloquently put it: "pot, kettle, #000000" … :rolleyes:

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Screenshots of your Word document
Date: January 31st, 2009 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Language, Stupid

When you find this in your mailbox:

Doh.

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On TomTom POI’s
Date: December 14th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Stupid

Last weekend I went to Antwerp to shop for clothes, followed by a visit to the world’s best frituur, N°1 in Antwerp city. It’s been years since I was there, seems they’d expanded and the fries were still as good 😉

However, after that I found it was time for some gas, so I entered the nearest Shell station in my TomTom. Alas, after driving for a bit, and circling the place where this Shell station was supposed to be, decided this was a wrong POI entry. Selected the next closest Shell, drove there, NO Shell. Getting a bit pissed off I stopped at a Total we passed and fueled up. (however I prefer V-Power above Excellium 98).

This was not the first time TomTom let me down, earlier I was driving through the Netherlands and craved for a Whopper… I had to try 4 times to find a Burger King, but all POI’s turned out to be fake, there were no BK’s around there anywhere.

What value do these things have?

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World’s fastest cashier
Date: October 12th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Stupid

Is there some sort of award for this? Yesterday at the store the woman scanned as if her life depended on it, I was just waiting for her to throw a glass jar on the floor (as she was scanning faster than I was prepared to put the stuff back into the shopping cart). I usually try to keep up or even be faster which usually works, but if it’s so hopeless and customer-unfriendly I just slow down to grandma-speed. Pity nothing broke as I would have enjoyed to go and get another one at grandma-speed (10min would not be enough) and in case of trouble getting the manager involved.

I guess "orders" are to do this as fast as possible for better turnaround but when you’re just shoving/throwing things back into the customer’s cart I think it’s time for vacation.

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“sid3windr, de lentekoopjes wachten op u…”
Date: September 28th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Interweb, Stupid

Methinks eBay got their seasons a bit messed up – unless your definition of "close" varies from mine, spring isn’t really "close". or is it? Maybe I’m just mistaken… 😮

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Wasting time
Date: February 16th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Stupid

Option a: Play Pirates on Facebook for an hour.

Option b: Make an appointment to go and see a house, drive 20 min over there, wait for 20 min for someone to show up, drive back for another 20 minutes.

I’d rather waste time with option a, alas, option b was todays fun trip.

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kbc–
Date: February 3rd, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Interweb, Stupid

A few days I noticed KBC Online had a bug which did not allow to pay non-integer amounts (it always floor()’d it to ,00) inside the EU. I sent them an email about it and received the following:

KBC Bank & Verzekering kan enkel een optimale, veilige werking garanderen ls uw computer voldoet aan de systeemvereisten zoals vermeld op haar website.U kunt deze systeemvereisten nakijken op ‘www.kbc.be/systeemvereisten‘. Mozilla Firefox echter wordt niet ondersteund. We kunnen u dan ook aanraden Internet Explorer te gebruiken.

The bug has since been fixed anyway, but ehmm… *sigh*

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telenet–
Date: January 31st, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Interweb, Stupid

As predicted, Telenet invoiced us wrongly, 10 euro ex vat too much, even though we have a limit of 65GB/month and I used 65, they invoiced 4.6GB for 10 euro total (wtf @ price per gig, anyway). Called them, and it will be credited. This’ll be interesting to see if that really happens, else i just stop paying… :rolleyes:

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Cool cash
Date: November 7th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Interweb, Stupid

On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn’t.

I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher – not lower – than -8 but I’m not having it.

Umm, yeah…

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