John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
johnckirk

This and that

Ok, catching up on various things since I've been offline for a while...

I've spent the last week upgrading my server (took a bit longer than expected). A couple of handy hints:

  • Don't have "single label" domain names. For instance, "ICSF" is bad, whereas "ICSF.local" is good. (Unless you have a Mac on your network, in which case "*.local" is bad.) This isn't an issue for workgroups.

  • If you need to change the motherboard after you've installed Windows, you may be unable to boot afterwards. This is because the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) is no longer accurate, so you need to repair your Windows installation by booting off the installation CD.


More techie details available on request.

More generally, I've been burning the candle at both ends over the last week or so - going to bed at about 2/3am (after trying to sort out computer stuff here), then up again at 7:30 to go to work. On the plus side, I am keeping vaguely reasonable hours at work now (typically 10-7). And I went off climbing again this week, for the first time in a while, so that was good.

Today was quite busy - I went off to my swimming lesson this morning, which is basically the final one I'll be doing in the foreseeable future, basically because the sports centre is shutting down soon for rebuilding, so all the staff are being laid off. Anyway, the class took our teacher out for lunch at a French brasserie, which was nice (a bit posher than the places where I normally eat!).

On the way home, I went off to the cinema to watch "Master and Commander". I liked it, although it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Basically, it's not really an action film, although there are action bits in it. It's a lot more character driven than plot driven, and I found it quite interesting. One caveat - the idiotic DJ on the fake radio station thing they have playing before the trailers gave away a huge spoiler for the film before it started! So, I'd recommend sticking your fingers in your ears during that part if you go off to see the film.

And on a similarly naval theme, I'm currently listening to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" soundtrack (on sale in Virgin). Very nifty.
Tags: computers, films, food, swimming
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