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Empty moderation page on WordPress 2.1
Date: July 29th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Interweb, Software, Wordpress

Like a bunch of other users, I suddenly noticed “moderation.php” returned completely empty pages. Apparently something broke, when too many posts are to be moderated. You can either use the links in your email to moderate them, or use this “fix” from the support forum.

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Yay for the spelling nazi’s
Date: July 28th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Language

Someone else is also fond of spelling and even registered a domain especially for it 😛

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Tones D-Day
Date: July 28th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing, Hardware

Today, I got up early (surely for a weekend) to go to the Tones Dumping Day. Doors opened at 10. I got there at 10:06, and got handed ticket number 129. 129, eck! So I stood there waiting about 3 hours to get my stuff (or rather, my wife’s and my sister’s stuff); still it was pretty much worth it. 1GB PC3200 DDR sticks went from 89.90 to 43.90, that’s quite the steep curve 🙂 So I got a gigabyte… or rather 5, heh. Other stuff was marked down as well, leaving me with a "profit" of over 200 euro’s. Pretty nice!

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So true (again)
Date: July 23rd, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Cat

Damn you, xkcd !

 Cat proximity (c)

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The truth is on the internet
Date: July 18th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Interweb

So true!

Wikipedia: before and after

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How much do you know about the internet?
Date: July 18th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Fun, Interweb


Mingle2 Internet Quiz - How Much Do You Know About the Internet?

Try it! Although I had a look at the answer sheet.

Question 1 about MySpace I had correct, though I guessed. "Tom" was the obvious choice of course 😉

Got the Digg question wrong.

And this one too apparently, wtf, question 24:

Which of the following is a valid IP address? 550.

As far as I can see that’s not a valid IP. I clicked, which in my opinion IS valid. 

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Supermicro trouble
Date: July 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Hardware

I’ve got a few Supermicro X5DLR-8G2 motherboards to put into SC813T-500C cases. Now, the boards are not certified by Supermicro to put into a 1U chassis, which may could some trouble. However the X5DLR-8G2+ is an identical mainboard which is fine for 1U. Actually the difference between these boards isn’t that big, as you will see in a few sentences 😉

I installed everything in my chassis, and put a Supermicro AOC-SAT2-MV8 SATA controller in to control the 4 SATA disks. However, the controller BIOS wasn’t initialized and while booting the BIOS told me "warning: the riser card is not installed". Hrmz. Upgraded the BIOS to the latest version. No dice.

Contacted my fantastic supplier about this, who contacted Supermicro, who came with a solution to the warning: flash the latest bios of the X5DLR-8G2+. Yes, the + which is the 1U version. In (my) 2U version, there is an extra part in the PCI-X slot which is meant for use with an active riser card, i.e. 1 PCI-X slot -> 3 PCI-X slots on the riser. I guess that is what the BIOS is (not) detecting. The BIOS of the 1U version doesn’t check this obviously. For the rest everything just works.

Only, the warning was now gone but the card still wasn’t initialized, which meant I couldn’t boot from it (it must be said that even with the previous BIOS the card was visible from Linux after booting from CD). I was playing around a bit, enabling the onboard SCSI, enabling PXE, resetting CMOS, … and ended up lowering the PCI-X speed from 133MHz to 66MHz. Suddenly it worked, the BIOS was shown, also on 100MHz (and on 32/66). Just on 133MHz it wouldn’t work – even though the card itself has a PCI-X 133MHz logo printed on it. Oh well, it’ll work fine at 100MHz as well, as I only have 4 disks and 100MHz*64bit is more than enough.

If anyone has the same or a similar problem, try this. The X5DLR-8G2 board will fit in a 1U in any case (har har).

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Ghetto power control
Date: July 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Hardware

As a result from our shopping spree, I now have a Re-Volt Intelli-Plug power brick. I connected it to my HTPC and plugged my TV in. I immediately got to test out the software as by default all outlets are off. Woops. Luckily there is Linux software (never unpacked the Windows CD) to control it, sispmctl , which works fine (on/off at least). Cool stuff, a bit cheaper than an APC MasterSwitch (which of course has its own network card, 8 outlets, etc. 🙂 so quite another league)

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Shopping spree
Date: July 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Computing

On our way to Belgium we stopped by Pearl in Basel. I was looking for a Re-volt Intelli-Plug , which is a USB-controlled power plug. As the store was in Switzerland and they have different power plugs there I wasn’t very hopeful of finding it there, but luckily I did 🙂 Also went out there (after being there for >1.5h) with a 4-channel video-output switcher (PC+Wii+NES and only 2 SCART connectors on our TV), some smaller parts, some clipart stuff for Diana, etc. Whew, never let me into a store like that again, there’s way too much “cheap things” in there (adding up the price of “cheap things” cheap gets a different meaning though). Cool store, lots of stuff (even non-computer), a bit far to drive to when not in Switzerland/Germany though 😉 But there’s a webshop… 🙂

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Date: July 17th, 2007 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Games, Home

One of the gifts we received was a Nintendo Wii! Including one Wiimote and Wii Sports. On our way home we passed by MediaMarkt and picked up a second Wiimote (including WiiPlay) and a Traditional Controller, plus a Wiimote charge station with rechargable batteries for 2 controllers. Upon installing it we immediately started playing tennis, bowling and all the other fun stuff. The Wii controller really is a novel way of control (yes, I’m 8 months late with my constatation) 🙂

It’s a bit silly that it has built in Wifi and the (ethernet) LAN connection costs an extra 40 bucks; I’d expect it to be built in like in any other console. That said, the wireless connections works fine and supports WPA (thank god) unlike the DS. 

Got some Wii Points and made Diana happy immediately by buying Super Mario 64. 

Now looking for another Nunchuck, seems to be a bit harder as they’re sold out everywhere. 🙂 

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