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    Current status: https://media.giphy.com/media/dF7d5Fn8Cbt9m/giphy.gif

    Heading to Poland 🇵🇱 for a week’s holiday/exploration. Not taking a laptop, super looking forward to it. Starting out in Warsaw this time, then after a couple of days hiring a car and driving down to Krakow for a long weekend. Not been to Warsaw before, so that’s super exciting to explore. Looking forward to seeing other places on the way down the country too, and then it’ll be my second visit to Krakow so get to explore it a bit more.

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      Welcome to Poland :)

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        Great choice, and welcome to my beautiful country! ❤️🇵🇱

        As all tourists in Warsaw inevitably visit Stare Miasto, I can recommend the restaurant named Polka. Tourist hotspots in any location generally have lower quality and higher prices on everything, but this place does great Polish food.

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          Ooh thanks! We do like the non-tourist, locals-recommended places to go, will check Polka out.

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          Always wanted to visit Poland. Hoping to get a chance in a couple of years. Have fun!

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          It’s my birthday so I’ll be hosting a tea party and dinner. Then I’m going to do some biking. Maybe if I get some spare time I’ll work on my parsing tutorial.

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            Happy Birthday in advance! 🎉

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              Heh, thanks!

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              Happy b-day!

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                Thanks!

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                hosting your own birthday party

                Shouldn’t somebody be the host and you be the guest?

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                  Think of it as localhost. :)

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                    If your the host, you can also control the experience a bit to ensure it will be great. Some might not want to leave to chance. On altruistic side, some people will enjoy giving something to others or putting on a show for their birthday.

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                      Eh. I don’t like traditional birthday celebrations. Some past birthday celebrations have included going camping with two friends, doing nothing, and having a birthday brunch potluck. This year I changed it up a bit and will be hosting a tea party, since I am the one known for being a tea-drinker.

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                      Happy birthday!! I love the serendipity of wishing a real-life happy birthday to an internet stranger. Have a great weekend!

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                        Thank you!

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                      • Taking part in a global sailing race at my club, the Barts Bash. My first time racing, but should be fun. Managed to enlist my daughter as crew in our Flying Fifteen too, much easier than trying to sail single-handed.
                      • Adding a workaround to a friend’s car, something’s failed in the heating system so the fan is always on full blast. We’re going to splice an on/off switch into the power cable to the fan rather than replace it, so she can turn it off. (It ignores all heater controls currently.)
                      • Sorting out the garden, it’s been somewhat neglected since the UK has finished having a heatwave and is growing rather tall.
                      • Provided the weather holds, going for a bike ride. There’s a 50ish mile ride I quite fancy doing (with a halfway rest stop at a pub of course).
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                        The fan running full blast probably means that the blower motor resistor pack has failed in some way. You can probably replace it, or (in some rare cases) check the pack for continuity and touch up any shoddy soldering.

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                          I’ve raced sailboats off and on for a couple years, it’s a lot of fun. I hope you have a great first race!

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                            Nice, I’ve sailed yachts for most of my life on and off, got given an FF three years ago and sailed at a local club a fair bit but never raced. Looking forward to taking part, they’re a pretty friendly bunch.

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                          Better than it used to be; not as good as it could be.

                          • Small breakfast, usually fruit or Staffordshire Oatcake with jam on
                          • Couple of coffees in the morning, sometimes with biscuits (currently trying to cut them out)
                          • Lunch is usually a sandwich or two
                          • Dinner is whatever the other half has made, medium sized portions generally. Fairly healthy most of the time, she’s mindful of not feeding crap to the kids even if that’s all we want. Also try not to have seconds too often (but she makes v nice food.)

                          On top of that, I’ll occasionally snack on biscuits, crisps or fruit. Trying to cut that out, or make it fruit more often.

                          Then there’s the alcohol. Probably average one night a week in the pub for a couple of pints, and maybe another two nights a week at home with a couple of beers or a bottle of wine. Drinking at home not so much recently, as it’s the easier thing to cut out. (Pub with drinks/friend is my weekly therapy session effectively.)

                          Exercise comes from either walking round town (see therapy session), or going for cycle rides. Alas I suspect the cycling will tail off as the weather closes in over winter, so I’ll probably have to start swimming again instead. Turbo training in the garage is just too boring.

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                            Working flat out to get through this week with a silly amount of deadlines, partially due to not knowing what was coming down the pipeline and partially due to things going sideways as customers come back to work after the summer and use the product.

                            Outside of that? Not sure. I have next week off as I’m out the country though. That’s going to be fun. 🇵🇱

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                              Heading to Manchester with friends for my mate’s Stag Do. We’re doing the Real Ale Train Trail from Batley to Staleybridge (get off at every train station, have a pint in the station pub) which should be super amounts of fun.

                              Beyond that, probably doing some more work with a prototype server to get it into shape. Using Ubuntu/LXD so I can use terraform against it, need to get puppet wired up and a custom base image with the correct stuff installed. Then just pull together all the puppet stuff I have into one consistent place and deploy my VMs!

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                                $work: Start of academic year for our customers, so expecting a couple of weeks of madness at work. Also looking into using MariaDB with Galera for multi-primary database layer and what tradeoffs we’d have to make to use it. (And how it breaks when one node reboots, vanishes entirely…? What does recovery from backup to new cluster look like, etc.)

                                $personal: Buying a new interior for the Mini so the front seats have lumbar support, so I can drive it for more than an hour without getting backache. Hopefully collecting some more bookcases from a colleague for home too, one can never have too many books.

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                                  …one can never have too many books.

                                  Once you have 20 years worth of them and you have to move (again!), you start to think differently. ;)

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                                    Moving with a small library definitely does that…

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                                  I bought two Thinkpads (T420 and X230) and I’m installing Win10, Ubuntu and OpenBSD in all of them. I want to run benchmarks, CPU- and battery-wise.

                                  Both are great machines under 200€. The 420 is a heavy workstation, the 230 is the thinkpad version of a Macbook air, with an IPS panel. Great stuff :)

                                  Pic of my current setup: https://i.imgur.com/W1AatOh.jpg

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                                    Very interesting, if you publish those benchmarks publicly anywhere could you link it on lobsters please? I suspect a few crustaceans would be interested in what you find (:

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                                      Sure. It may take a few days to publish the post but here are the raw results. Geekbench + very unscientific battery life.

                                      • mba i7-4650U 1.7GHz. 1p, 2c, 4t. 8G RAM DDR3 1600MHz

                                        • OSX 3609/6720
                                        • battery 8-10h (3h under heavy load)
                                      • x230 i5-3320M 2.6GHz. 1p, 2c, 4t. 8G RAM DDR3 800MHz. 63Wh battery

                                        • win7 3376/6375. 7h battery life
                                        • win10 3288/6262. 6h battery life
                                        • ubuntu 3528/6648. 6h battery life
                                        • openbsd 4-5h battery life
                                      • t430 i7-3520M 2.9GHz. 1p, 2c, 4t. 8G RAM DDR3 800MHz. 99Wh battery

                                        • win7 3544/7003. 8h battery life
                                        • ubuntu 3848/7346. 7h battery life
                                        • openbsd 4-5h battery life
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                                    Cycling! My local brewery is hosting a cycle sportive in partnership with a local cycling club. I’ve done it the last couple of years, they pick a fairly interesting route and there’s free beer at the end. What’s not to like.

                                    Also need to break out the gardening tools and attack the wild growth that is currently lurking outside the house. Was much easier to maintain when the UK was scorching it into nothingness with a heatwave.

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                                      Picked up a secondhand bike at the weekend, only to discover the seat post is seized in the frame (carbon post/frame with alloy collar). This week is going to be spent releasing it, ideally without damaging it or the frame. [Update: I released it.] I have a sportive on Saturday too, so going to need some shakedown rides this week beforehand.

                                      Also decided that I don’t want to race my mini-yacht single-handed at my (inland) sailing club, instead I’m going to try the club’s Solo and be a proper dinghy sailor. (ie, one that can fall in and get wet.)

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                                        Belfast!

                                        Headed across the short stretch of sea with an ex-colleague to see Stiff Little Fingers gig tomorrow night, which means a weekend in Belfast around said gig.

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                                          First full week for $work, including nearly all of the company coming together for two whole days at the end of the week which is going to be exciting. (There’s a couple of folk I’ve not met in real life yet, and it’s always nice to see the ones I have met before.) Quite liking Sensu as a monitoring solution, having managed to push it all out to the start of our server farm without needing to lean on puppet’s exported resources as I have in the past with Nagios.

                                          Outside of $work, I’ve finally plucked the road bike out the shed and serviced it, and made it out a couple of times for a ride. Getting back into that being a habit most days is going to be the trickier bit I fear, especially as the weather in the UK will deteriorate quickly into winter now. Also need to migrate some servers around as I’m paying far too much for a physical host when all I need is a simple little VM somewhere for some static sites.

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                                            Hopefully getting my home network up and running so I can put the wifi access point back on the hall ceiling. It’s almost there, but pin 4 isn’t showing up as connected according to my cable tester, so there’s a few punchdowns to check along the route. Of course one of them is underneath the bedroom floor, which won’t be fun to get to.

                                            Also spending yet more time in the car going to visit my friend for the weekend. (I usually drive about 30 miles in a week, this week I’ve done about 800 so far.) Looking forward to a social weekend, it’s been a hell of a week.

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                                              There are tools that will tell you around what length the cable is broken. If you have some friends in the networking field ask them if they have one you can borrow.

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                                                My old desktop motherboard had this in the BIOS for the built in NIC. I can’t 100% remember what it was, but i think it was a gigabyte with an AM3 socket. Might be worth checking that if you have any desktops sitting around.

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                                                  Hah, it turned out to be a couple of issues. One on cable run I’d just plain punched down blue/brown pairs the wrong way, and on the other run I’d just not punched down one of the pins. Once the physical stuff was actually connected, the whole thing started working. Funnily enough.

                                                  I think the longest run I have is about 15 meters, and I pulled a minimum of two cables through where I wanted a connection (along with a spare string in each run), so if I suspect a broken cable I’ll just pull another run through.

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                                                Sidenote: it really irritates me how the culture tag’s negative hotness modifier causes this weekly thread to drop off the front page almost immediately. It’s only 12 hours old and already halfway down page 2.

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                                                  We used to just tag it with ask and nothing more, but as it’s a meta tag now it fails validation without another tag as well. I picked culture from the list originally because it felt the “best” fit for this thread, but that also irks me how quickly it vanishes. I’m sure it makes a difference to how many people comment on the thread (although if you’re around here for any length of time you’ll know it appears on a Monday, so can go look for it.)

                                                  I wonder if there is a better “second” tag for these threads that wouldn’t have the negative cost attached, without mis-appropriating the tag.

                                                  /cc @kzisme

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                                                    practices or programming seem fine. I’d also prefer this thread not drop away so fast. /cc @kzisme who often posts these.

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                                                      How about programming? “Use when every tag or no specific tag applies”

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                                                    • git log
                                                    • gitk (when I remember it exists)
                                                    • Github
                                                    • GitX
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                                                      Last full week with my current employer, driving down to one of our datacenters to rack up some $work servers I have at my house before I leave. Last visit to a datacenter for some time probably, as new employer doesn’t have their own hardware (nor needs it in the imminent future.)

                                                      Waiting on some patch panels arriving for home, then I can finish wiring up my home network (it’s expanding to two switches in two separate racks!) Although like an idiot I pulled two bundles of multiple cat6 through the walls without labelling both ends of cables, so I now have to figure out which end is connected to the other a few times over. Super amounts of fun. (Yes, I’m an idiot. Ugh.)

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                                                        Off to Edinburgh for my last visit in my current job. Still got a couple more weeks until I actually leave, but this was the latest I could make it up to see everyone in the office & say goodbye^W have a good night out.

                                                        Also finally got my desk in my office, so now I need to engineer a solution to mount my screen onto a monitor arm. The arm has a VESA mount, the screen does not. (I suspect I’ll just sell the screen and buy a replacement with a VESA bracket.)

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                                                          Setting up a second microserver as NAS for a family member, debating whether just go with FreeNAS or put something like Ubuntu & LXD on it. (Probably just FreeNAS. ZFS & everything else installed for sharing to Mac basically equals winner here.)

                                                          Really need to migrate my physical server back onto a couple of VMs - I’ve just not ended up running the services on it that I expected, which means it’s a very expensive static web server right now. Also sorting out infrastructure for $newjob whilst still working $currentjob and seeing the family.

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                                                            Casting a level base & moving a shed at a family member’s house. Planning out how to run cat6 (and probably starting to drill holes) through my house, as I need to get that all laid to/from the loft before the loft is boarded out at the end of the month.

                                                            May even get out for a bike ride at some point too, we shall have to wait and see.

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                                                              Going clay pigeon shooting in the Peak District (Middle of the UK) for my mate’s stag do. Never done it before, so looking forward to it. Along with the usual shenanigans that come from drinking proper beer and sharing good company with other people.

                                                              Also get to drive the Mini One (#ProjectBMW ) through the Peak District too, which is good fun when the road opens up and there’s no-one holding you up.