Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 2010

Pavlov was right, by the way.

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How to follow the Ecuador coup on Twitter. Includes Twitter-aggrandising hyperbole. http://arseh.at/hc

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Inévitablement, il est le vendredi. Je ne peux pas l’empêcher. Et vous?

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@Guernsey_Boy It’s probably not worth retweeting that drinks invitation seeing it was last night and it’s been done and dusted.

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@newmediajude Ah no, not the Beiber. It is, apparently, Serge Negus, teen twink son of respected Australian journalist George Negus.

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“Cheap meat bombshell!” And Tracey Grimshaw! Is there a connection? Find out on The Footy Show.

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Who is that fetus on the television?

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Mobile, again: Enmore Rd; King St; annoyance; gym; dinner. Attention limited.

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This is most unfair.

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@edgiles Looking forward to being on the panel with you in Newcastle this Saturday. http://arseh.at/fw

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@theburgerman Actually the problem is that when I’m being a boss I’m actually a bit too easy on staff. I’m a softie. Awww…!

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@theburgerman Whether the Japanese guy is still mopping the floor would depend on how naughty he’s been, surely?

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OH, grandmotherly relationship advice to teenage lad: “Darl, you’d better get your story straight before you get her on the phone.”

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En route home.

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How they make television in a restaurant http://post.ly/10m74

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@RichardGiles The issue becomes one of how people make new things work outside the device- and app-defined garden.

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@RichardGiles Decline rather than lose relevance entirely, I’d say. Unless the world becomes solely vertically integrated devices.

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@RichardGiles Trivial example, I tell people to set their email client to mail.example.com, don’t need to change if server moves.

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@RichardGiles By app, I mean “a use of the internet” rather than “packaged job- and device-specific software”.

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@RichardGiles Well in any app you refer to its service by name. It means you can relocate the service without changing the app.

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@RichardGiles Domain names pre-date the web, and have utility far beyond that surface feature. Though maybe their use as branding will fall.

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@RichardGiles Domain names will last, even in a world of apps, ‘cos it’s still very handy to couple logical and physical locations.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; Newtown station; Circular Quay station; 1215 Aria restaurant for AVG media briefing. May reply to tweets en route.

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@TurnbullMalcolm BTW, I’m impressed by how you engage about policy on Twitter without lame sniping. It’s more worthy than certain others.

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@TurnbullMalcolm I’ll respond more to that point in my next ABC Unleased piece. It reflects a key policy difference, worth exploring.

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@TurnbullMalcolm Yep, bandwidth’s value is about apps for user. But, if a network can’t support an app at all, NO user gets that app.

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Not just that, @bernietb. There’s also giving away “taxpayers money” as subsidies for existing telcos, in some undefined way.

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RT @bernietb Isn’t it pretty much what we’ve got now? Good service in areas where it’s financially viable, fuck all for the rest of us?

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@TurnbullMalcolm @purserj @NewtonMark I’d like to see some articulation of the Coalition’s vision for the future, actually.

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@NewtonMark @TurnbullMalcolm @purserj Well to Conroy everything is a club to hit people with. I agree re differences of importance.

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RT @joshgnosis: Turnbull looking bored in Parliament today, on his iPad again. [He’s tweeting broadband with @purserj and others.]

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@TurnbullMalcolm @purserj I’m happy with different results, but IMO it needs to be put clearer. Not just “taxpayers money” politics.

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@TurnbullMalcolm @purserj But isn’t “focussed on results” still misleading if it’s not made clear that results would be very different?

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@TurnbullMalcolm @purserj Part of the problem is that most political journalists have NFI about the technology issues.

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@TurnbullMalcolm @purserj Technical questions are avoided by both sides. Hand-waving “super-fast”? Bah! That’s treating us as dummies.

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@wolfcat How does one form the plural of a noun in English? Hmmm?

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Re-plug: I’m on the war reporting panel at National Youth Writers Festival in Newcastle at 2.30pm tomorrow. http://arseh.at/fw

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@GreenJ I am sorry, I used the word “emetic” incorrectly. I should have said “Laxative”, shouldn’t I?

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Inviting clients to pay their bills.

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@adavid @SnarkyPlatypus “Quand je vois les yeux de Julie Bishop, je ressens une petite mort moi-même” results. MOAR SATISFACTIONS!

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@adavid @SnarkyPlatypus I usually force Google Translate’s hand by entering “the eyes of Julie Bishop” rather than “Julie Bishop’s eyes”.

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No dateline on the story is inexcusable, I agree @dsturnbull, but the coup in Ecuador is current news it seems. http://arseh.at/hf

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@SnarkyPlatypus Quand je vois les yeux de Julie Bishop’s, je ressens la petite mort moi-même. http://arseh.at/he

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Rather that get water from the tap, he prefers to lick the freshly-used bathtub.

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Fri plan: Slow start; plod thru everything in the inbox, hoping there’s no surprises, with break for lunch; evening reading for tomorrow.

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New blog post: “Talking war reporting, in Newcastle this Saturday” http://arseh.at/fw

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RT me: Sydney folk interested in catching up with @cward1e? We’re having drinks at the Nippon Club from 6pm tonight. 229 Macquarie St.

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Well @dananimal Wikipedia says Arktika class icebreakers need to stay in cold water http://arseh.at/fv but perhaps others are OK?

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Mr Toad is still having trouble with non-white folks that don’t speak English, it seems. Thanks @harleyd http://arseh.at/fu

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Floating Russian nuclear power stations in the Arctic Sea? Well nothing could possibly go wrong there. http://arseh.at/ft

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Actually I may rearrange that schedule a bit as I go, but that’s the gist of it.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; quick bite and some writing; Newtown station; Wynyard station; minor CBD errand; 1800 Nippon Club with @cward1e.

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It seems it’s not only the gym-goers who have difficulties with arithmetic, @SnarkyPlatypus http://arseh.at/fq

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@phildobbie There was war journalism in Newcastle the other day, if Rising Tide members count as enemy combatants? http://arseh.at/fo

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I’m on the National Young Writers Festival panel on war journalism in Newcastle this Sat, replacing Patrick Gray. http://arseh.at/e0

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I would like to thank @thetowncrier for complaining about my usage of “IANAL” but still leaving it in the article.

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Me at Crikey: “How America could censor the internet … or not” http://arseh.at/fn [Paywall’d, free trialed

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Sydney folk interested in catching up with @cward1e? We’re having drinks at the Nippon Club from 6pm tonight. 229 Macquarie St.

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@lucasrichter Actually, Victoria is now more a case of “Who polices the police-policers?”

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@JonoH Yes, English IS evolving. The OED has “learnt” dated very, very recently: 1798, used by noted illiterate Thomas Jefferson.

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@JonoH Actually, the Macquarie Dictionary notes “learnt” as an alternative to “learned”. That peeve is your pet, it would seem.

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Victoria really doesn’t have its head around this concept of “anti-corruption”, does it. http://arseh.at/fm

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@jasonlangenauer Unfortunately I couldn’t include a Venn diagram in my article. Obviously I feel a certain sense of failure.

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Crikey story filed!

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis diplômé de LiveJournal à la Twitters, vous ne savez pas?

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Trying to explain the subtleties of global DNS replication in a single paragraph.

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@purserj I think @TurnbullMalcolm’s strategy is to avoid direct technical comparisons and repeat “Taxpayer’s money! Taxpayer’s money!”

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Last night’s Lateline broadband debate ‘tween Senator Conroy and @TurnbullMalcolm http://arseh.at/gc

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Thu plan: Plan client projects for October; 1215 lunch briefing at Aria courtesy AVG; writing, somewhere; gym & dinner w@SnarkyPlatypusypus.

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@sydneyfireworks Your Twitter feed says there were fireworks last night, yes I notices, but it doesn’t say why. Why? And also, why?

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@SnarkyPlatypus “Ah, le plaisir de les tentacules!” C’est l’une des phrases les plus belles du monde! Je humidifier!

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Does anyone know what Sydney’s excuse was for MOAR FIREWORKS ON THE HARBOUR last night? Apart from, you know, it being Wednesday?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. J’espère que vous êtes conscient des complications du monde. En outre, les Japonais. Et vous?

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To blame: @cward1e @peterjblack @theburgerman @jkerrison @danielstone @oberonsghost @pinglo that woman whose name I forget and Japan.

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Lies, lies I tell you.

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Mobile: Somewhere along Enmore Rd or similar for dinner, and then home again.

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@michaelmeloni Ramen would be nice. So would teleportation. One is more likely than the other. I feel like fish though, I think.

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It appears that I shall be in Newcastle on the weekend. I will explain why in due course.

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Still pondering dinner plans.

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I have received a media release from a PR person that says their client’s “offering” is “unique”. Sigh.

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@nanopunk There is no such thing as a “fish taco”. Or, if there is, there shouldn’t be.

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If I have any more soup this week I shall fart all the way to Christmas.

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Yes @jasonlangenauer I appreciate your concept for dinner. http://arseh.at/ex

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Pondering dinner plans.

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Gosh, what a busy afternoon that turned out to be! A solid block of sysadmin and webby stuff since midday.

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@juhasaarinen I don’t know that Apache configuration makes you a geek. More of a sucker, really.

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@DanielOCnr I agree with includes in Apache. Indeed, this CentOS / cPanel?WHM box has a sensible includes structure set up already. Win.

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@athempel Oh you’re WRITING a mod_auth_*? I suspect that is a very special kind of hell? Or is Apache we’ll written?

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I am pleased that my brief struggle with Apache’s mod_auth_mysql is at an end. The client is also pleased.

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OK, heads down now as I descend into Apache Configuration Land. This’ll be interesting…

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Tea is served, thanks to HTC http://post.ly/10IE3

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@TheMonkeyBoy Personally I would find the HTC Aria’s screen too small, but I am both older and prefer maximum screen real estate

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I will skip my CBD errands. En route home now. There, I shall debug an Apache mod_auth_mysql problem. Not an “issue”. A problem.

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The HTC Aria, which is a compact 600MHz Android, will debut on Optus. “Free” on $49 plan with 1GB data. Nice little design. But…

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis très impressionné par jour jusqu’à présent. Je crois que je vais écrire une plainte. Et vous?

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Wed plan: Write for Crikey, somehow; lunch & local errands; an afternoon of desk things, details T@cward1erd1e at the Nippon Club.

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It appears that my weekend of work-with-little-sleep has caught up with me.

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You mean there are people watching this shit of their own free will?

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Goats! And who said Channel Nine had lost it?

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“Fabio”? WTF?

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It is remarkable what that woman can do with bamboo.

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But a TV program that’s just the politician repeating the soundbites from his/her media release earlier in the day is of no value to me.

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OK, it’s not all Kerry’s fault. Politicians endlessly repeating their “talking points” should be shot. Or ignored. But he let them do it.

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By the way, am I the only one thinking “Kerry O’Brien leaving ‘The 7.30 Report’? About time!”? Packaged ritual politics FTL.

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Folded napkin.

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“Queensland: Where Australia shines.” Wow. Someone was actually paid to come up with that slogan.

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Billy Connolly replaced by a talking ape. Spot the difference. http://arseh.at/f7

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Given the production budget for “Survivor”, how come none of the young men seem to be able to afford shirts?

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RT @wolfcat: “I work in the public service and I tweet” - the t-shirt http://bit.ly/aKoB5N

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That was funny. I was about to do the same, but by the time I hit the “edit” button it had already been fixed. Pedants.

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Hey! Who just corrected the problem apostrophe on Wikipedia article about Bravo November? http://arseh.at/f4

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Annoyed with people who take their dog to be tied up outside the pub, and then shout at it when it’s just pointing out it’s lonely. Cunts.

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@theflightyzeus I must admit I’ve found the Art House Hotel to be a bit sphincters-clenched for my liking. Relax, drink, yarn, eat is it.

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Oops. I’m fairly sure you’re not meant to do this with an MH-60. http://arseh.at/f3

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None of you care, do you? This spring weather has turned your brains to mush. You people disgust me.

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Where should @cward1e and I and random people foregather for drinks and food tomorrow night? CBD or near? Tempted to suggest Nippon Club.

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I have unsubscribed from your blog because every post has three links to your goddam bloody book in it, with the title as the link text.

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Cow. I am eating it.

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Asking a client for the third time to tell me what the error message says.

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All skins are fast. It is part of their skink nature.

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@jdub [smirks] Yes, the NASA error was… amusing. I didn’t spot it at recording time but I figured I’d better say something.

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New “Patch Monday” podcast at @zdnetaustralia: “Opening up the cloud” with @jdub, @R_Chirgwin on fibre http://arseh.at/dn

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@jdub Ta for the correction. @engochick is on holidays but I have notified @lukehopewell. He will be wonderful, I am sure.

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And for anyone wanting to play platform zealotry, like I give a fuck. I chose the least-change path through Red Hat then Fedora years ago.

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I did all this yesterday, but for those who seem to care it’s a hosting server for clients. CentOS and cPanel/WHM.

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@trib Donwload module / unpack module / recompile to include module is a damnsight faster than reading shit documentation.

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@trib You’re assuming there’s a vast universe of binaries with the precise options one needs, clearly labelled and trustworthy.

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Recompiling Apache. Sigh.

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“Patch Monday” podcast filed! That was unnecessarily painful this week. I demand a refund.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; Newtown station; Town Hall station; QVB.

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No really, the fact that you’ve installed new software on your computer or phone is quite interesting for everyone.

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@trib We are all gods. It says so in the Bible, even. Ask @FatherBob.

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It is important that you express your individuality by choosing a new theme for your web browser. God will think better of you.

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Dreading how The Media will report parliament today. “Chaos!” “Uproar!” “Revolution!” As everything proceeds normally.

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+5 RT @SnarkyPlatypus: I dislike it when people confuse “personality” with “loud, obnoxious extrovert”.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @helenperris You just don’t understand! A credit card is MOAR FREE MONEY!

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Tue plan: Deep breath; 1000 HTC Aria Launch, QVB; quick CBD errands; desk afternoon catching up on many many comms; quiet evening, I hope.

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@middleclassgirl If you eat too much baklava then you end up dribbling honey-scented juices from every orifice. I should know.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je pense que baklava peut être un peu trop la Méditerranée pour des événements de ce matin. J’espère que vous allez bien.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Il est fort possible que d’aujourd’hui peut être un genre très différent de la journée. Au moins je peux espérer.

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Amused at what the world looks like when the email spam filters are not operating at full strength.

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“Oysters? They do breed, don’t they. I cannot think but the whole bed of the ocean is one solid mass of oysters.”

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Pleased that Mungo MacCallum has noticed that “paradigm” is an anagram of “pig drama”.

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@AshGhebranious Indeed, though TweetDeck can use any shortening service, you just add the URL to the preferences.

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@AshGhebranious I’m currently using arseh.at for most of my URL shortening.

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@AshGhebranious There’s something non-American about wire coathangers? [baffled]

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Marketing fail #310: Think of the symbolism, people! http://arseh.at/e3

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Hampshire LI, bans phone towers within 1500ft of children. There goes 4G/WiMaX, @TurnbullMalcolm! http://arseh.at/e2

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What do you mean I’d have to be at the “Elderly Citizen’s Centre”? What, exactly, are you suggesting here?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Maybe the causes of the eyerolliness could be given some of that chemical goodness? That’d be amusing.

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: My eyes are rolling so far back, they’ve circumnavigated the globe several times by now. [On the nod again! Sigh.]

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1952 filmclips “Snowy Hydro - The Snowy Mountains Scheme” http://arseh.at/dz

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Senator Conroy’s rebuttal of @TurnbullMalcolm on the NBN. http://arseh.at/ds

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The inevitable truth about vampires. http://arseh.at/dp

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Oh. Wrong again.

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I mis-typed “skins”. I’m not sure if that made things funny or sad.

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I should not be awake, no. Nor should I be eating any more of this soup.

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Mon plan: Complete “Patch Monday” podcast; lingering loose ends on this server migration; whatever else I have energy for.

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Ah, a client’s clever IT Manager is out of the office until 11 October, but doesn’t give details of who’s in his place. Silly man.

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“Yay”, he says weakly. “That’s the second batch of server migration work done. There’s more, but it’s less intense over the next two days.”

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There shall now be coffee, codeine, and further work on the “Patch Monday” podcast.

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Many thanks to @servepath, @BobcaresTweets and @linode for their fine work so far. But yes, there shall be further tinkering.

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And @GrogsGamut responds to his outing by The Australian’s @jamesmassola http://arseh.at/dd Ping @jayrosen_nyu

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News Ltd lashing out at critics is nothing new, @thewinchesterau. It’s Standard Operating Procedure these days. All a bit childish IMO.

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Thank you @jdub! Unless @TurnbullMalcolm has a spare 10 mins at the airport, the “Patch Monday” podcast is about some FLOSS stuffs.

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Journalist at The Australian @jamesmassola outs blogger @GrogsGamut as public servant. http://bit.ly/cQ5NR6 Ping @jayrosen_nyu

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@jdub I should indeed have that chat with you about various FLOSS things for “Patch Monday”. I have various times available. See a DM.

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Tonight’s server migration is ahead of schedule now. Annoyingly, I’ve had to get a support guy onto one bit of software.

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Annoying GUI arsehattery #204: “Your login was successful. Click here to proceed.” JUST GIVE ME THE INTERFACE! Bloody TPP Internet!

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Tonight’s batch of migrations is easier, just 5 large accounts which’ll take ages each, not all the fiddly little ones But I must write too.

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@wraptinweb Webby “business hours” is a flexible concept, yes, but all these clients are Australian businesses serving Australians.

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@wraptinweb I’m doing a server migration this weekend. Must needs be done outside business hours. Batches from midnight to 6am.

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Awakens, slowly,

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@peterjblack I suspect that watching Masterchef and Glee have drained all the creativity from your soul. Hence a dead blog.

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Now there’s a phrase you don’t hear every day.

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Lazily being lazy with a drink, before a slothful wait until I prep for my midnight start. Another 0000-0600 session tonight, and beyond.

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RT @peterjblack: Stephen Colbert grills Google’s Eric Schmidt http://bit.ly/bsaF0f [FFS haven’t we got enough cooking shows already?]

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23 images from “How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb”, a book which has many more. http://arseh.at/d2

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@GeordieGuy What’s so odd about compressing a file before downloading it? [puzzled]

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Thinking I probably should hove compressed this ginormous file before downloading it. The stripey bar gets longer all too slowly.

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@jdub I haven’t touched upon that local-peering angle of the NBN, no. Definitely one for me to explore.

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@jeamland Hah! An episode on DNS horror stories is perhaps too geeky. Or too marrow a kind of geeky anyway.

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@jdub Your idea of a natter about sysadmin stuff could work, yes. New tools to make your life easier. I shall ponder for a bit.

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In amongst all the sysadmin work this weekend, there hasn’t been must thought given to “Patch Monday”. This’ll be interesting. Sigh.

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Sun plan: Easy day tidying up the server; afternoon or evening nap; another 6-hour migration session starting midnight. And “Patch Monday”?

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