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On the Naming of Systems

"A cat has three names ..." goes a poem/song from Cats, and so do systems on a network. A system has a proper name such as NTOABYM05 or MVSQA100, and a common name, such as nancy or sluggo. Finally, a system has a secret name, like 05:09:3f:57:60:22 or

System Configuration: 
System Management: 

Micro-review of the Fidelity VPC

A little while ago, I observed that Zellers was selling the Fidelity VPC, an inexpensive Linux-based netbook. Well, I saw it in action over Christmas, and I have to say that I was not impressed.

System Management: 

VHOSTs all done

That's it. The last website has been moved to Drupal 6.

This morning, I took a mysqldump backup of the last backlevel public site (migrated to Drupal 5, yesterday), and created a new "internal" site from it. Using the same magic incantations as before (log on, disable modules, change httpd vhosts, update.php, enable modules), I managed to get this last site running properly on Drupal 6, internally.

Another VHOST change

With my Drupal 6 installation upgraded to the latest patch level, I've decided to make an effort and move the last Drupal 4 site up to Drupal 6 by Christmas. As I commented before, this isn't an easy task, as the site has a fair amount of content that I don't want to lose, and uses features that I don't want to disable. And I can't move directly to Drupal 6; I have to transition through Drupal 5 first.

The move will occur in two parts:

  1. move the site from Drupal 4 to Drupal 5, and get most of the bugs out there, and

Zellers has Linux Netbooks

Zellers is selling a Linux-based Netbook for Christmas. The "Very Personal Computer" from Fidelity Electronics goes for $150 CAD.

It features

  • 2 USB ports,
  • a single SD/SDHC card slot,
  • integrated microphone and speaker,
  • 10/100 wired Ethernet port,
  • Wifi networking,
  • a 7" LCD/TFT screen @ 800 x 480 resolution,
  • lithium battery rated for 2 hours continuous use, and an AC adaptor,
System Management: 

IP04 Adventures - Day 6

Well, that didn't last. I got to thinking about my incoming context, and how I wanted it to work. Right now, it answers the PSTN, rings all the house phones, and hangs up (with a goodbye message, on occassion). I don't like that script much, and it is time to change that around a bit.

Let's go over that again, and I'll point out what I don't like.

  1. The PSTN line rings, and the IP04 Answer()s it. There's an audible hesitation when the IP04 picks up the line


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