Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 31st, 2012

@BernardKeane “That royal steer”? Which one’s that?

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: Anybody with Mac app recommendations, pls feel free to fire them my way. [Calling all trojans! Calling all trojans!]

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So here’s my nomination for Wrong Tweet of the Night so far… twitter.com/JohnBirmingham…

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This weather forecast for tonight. Isn’t there meant to be another digit in front of that “0”?

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@NewtonMark I just get annoyed with cyber-bullying being “different”. Surely the dynamics are ever the same. @SBSNews @Trent @GeordieGuy

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@trentyarwood @NewtonMark @GeordieGuy Next up, federal government bans rudeness, pushing into supermarket queues and poorly drawn cartoons.

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RT @SBSNews: Federal government vows to stamp out bullying - Watch: bit.ly/MYMRQJ [This, @Trent @NewtonMark @GeordieGuy?]

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@trentyarwood I don’t know anything about an announcement by Garrett. Been doing other things, nothing in my email. @NewtonMark @GeordieGuy

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@andrewdotnich Thanks for your kind words about the podcast. I do think that they’re slowly improving. I think. I hope.

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@cheshireb Was on the board of AIDS Council of SA, and did quite a bit of radio on the sex industry back when I was with the ABC.

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@cheshireb I’m not across recent changes or proposals for change to prostitution law, but was up to speed on the issues in a previous life.

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@Kaptain_Kaos Where’s this supposed apologia for Telstra I’m meant to have written? I’m afraid you’ve missed the point entirely. Ignoring.

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@QantasAirways Well, glad you responded, and glad DFW works for you. I’m not sure how that’s meant to make me feel better. Oh well. Thanks.

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Done on the radio.

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On hold for FM 99.3 and @phildobbie. Stream at fm993.com.au And I’ve dropped out. Hang on.

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At 1915 AEST I’m talking ISP data retention on @phildobbie’s Balls Radio, Sydney FM 99.3. Stream at fm993.com.au

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@JonathanHepburn Thank you. I just had to say something when the boundaries between sex slavery and ordinary prostitution was so distorted.

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@andrewdotnich Either listen to more music, yes, or seek medical attention. I an’t be good for you in heavy doses.

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“Political party or lobby group? The dark side of the Australian Sex Party”? Huh? “Dark side”? I have commented. theconversation.edu.au/political-part…

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RT @leslienassar: Twitter snakes another “feature” out from under a third-party developer; Cashtags techcrunch.com/2012/07/30/twi…

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Why am I on the Sunshine Coast? stilgherrian.com/personal/im-go… Why am I going to San Francisco? stilgherrian.com/personal/visit…

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@SnarkyPlatypus MInd you, that’s business class on an Emirates Boeing 777. That’d be comfy.

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RT @semiboganman: Fuck Texas as a whole. [You missed a potential pun there, Sir.]

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@SnarkyPlatypus So, MCY-SYD-BKK-DBX-SFO? Sure. That works for me.

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oberonsghost @stilgherrian I believe someone dared Qantas to see how far it could get a plane to fly before it fell out of the sky. (Dallas is about it).

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I’ll put my money on UA870 departs SYD 1445 arrives SFO 1106. Varies with daylight saving, but I’ve caught that flight before.

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These are the trans-Pacific options for that Sunday. hipmunk.com/flights/sydney…

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So, given that, why do I even care? Underlings will book flights, and if they’re unworkable I just whinge at them. DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

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Well, I don’t get a choice. VMworld books flights. Sun 26/8 I have to fly MCY-SYD-[maybe LAX]-SFO. Breakfast Sunshine Coast, cocktails SFO.

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FUCK YOU QANTAS WHY DID YOU DROP YOUR SYD-SFO FLIGHTS WHAT SORT OF LAME IDIOT AIRLINE HAVE YOU BECOME WHAT EVEN IS DALLAS FORT WORTH.

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You surprise me, @simonhackett, I thought you’d become a meek little sheep with no opinions whatsoever! ;) @Internode @iiNet

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@juhasaarinen What’s “Siri”? Is she here at the pub?

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Was I meant to be doing something this afternoon other than screaming at the internet?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Well just for that I’ve put you down as my emergency contact.

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This does seem to be the same fucked-up registration system they have for every conference at the Moscone Centre. They just don’t learn.

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@stubrightwell Well indeed, but then it’s not just about personal virtualisation not by a long shot.

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@dannolan Nah, you shan’t see me today. I’m at Wentworth Falls and won’t be in Sydney until… Thursday, I think.

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I am now registered for VMworld as “Stilgherrian IDONOTHAVEASURNAMEANDYOUWILLDELETETHIS” but I bet they don’t until I draw their attention.

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Please wait, the request is in progress.

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RT @jeamland: @stilgherrian I still reckon you should register as Vic Gundotra whenever they do that. [Yes, that would be a Message…]

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Oh lovely, VMware! Everyone MUST be in a company with a department and a role and region and a job title? Are you really so unimaginative?

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Surname a required field, VMware? Sigh. When WILL you arsehats learn?

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Registering for VMware’s VMworld SFO. Let’s see if they’ve done a Google on global naming practices…

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There are murmurings at the pub that they haven’t seen me on TV for a while. Look, I won’t say there’ll be violence… but…

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So what’s going to happen now is that I’m walking into the village for lunch at The Grand View and you’re going to sort yourselves out.

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@jonoabroad @handmethepanda We. Are. Not. The. Same. Please. Give. Up. The. Drugs. There’s. A. Good. Chap.

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@NickEvershed The Shelbourne isn’t exactly a welcoming venue. More a herd ‘em in, fleece ‘em and piss ‘em off fast sort of venue.

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WHY DO ALL THESE FUCKING THINGS HAVE TO BE AT THAT HELL-HOLE CALLED THE SHELBOURNE HOTEL? IT’S FUCKING DIABOLICAL. IT MUST STOP.

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Thank you. Someone will be in contact with you shortly.

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I see that @paulwallbank has been fisting the O Games… or fisted by them. technologyspectator.com.au/iron-fist-olym…

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@RealNickHodge @purserj @chrisjrn Corporations, and companies in general, are weird fuckers. Kinda psychotic, actually.

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Trying to understand why a conference organiser needs any on-screen material a whole month before the event. Timeliness FTL.

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Me at @CSO_Australia: “Six tips for developing a security culture” cso.com.au/article/432181… based on material.

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Tue plan, v2: Tidy all the things; lunch & errands Wentworth Falls; finish @technologyspec story; 1915 @phildobbie’s Balls Radio; collapse.

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@jeamland Well, you’ve convinced me. And I’ve also worked out a faster clone process, but still over two nights. Booting back to my drive…

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@jeamland I got sidetracked by the Time Machine backup going dodgy and then that appalling SATA to USB adapter. Yes, I’ll stop it for now.

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@jeamland Or, I check block size of the source drive and manufacturer’s documentation. But yes I need to restart with a better block size.

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@jeamland No it’s good to tell me when I’m only two hours in. But if I didn’t specify bs= does it default to the source drive’s block size?

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@riskybusiness Exactly. I’m interested to see what submissions JCIS gets. This is abnormally high profile for them.

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Tue plan: Reading and research, while the hard drive is cloned; errands Wentworth Falls; sysadmin stuff while a second clone happens.

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@riskybusiness Thank you, but did he though? An example is not necessarily the totality.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. J’ai découvert de nombreux nouveaux passe-temps. Et vous?

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One drawback: zero feedback on how this is progressing. But my guesstimate the other day was 6 hours or so. WD MyBook drives are slow.

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Let’s try: sudo dd if=/dev/disk2 of=/dev/rdisk1 conv=noerror,sync

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Erm no. Current estimated put this at taking 187 hours, or 8 days. One way. Then back. Let’s try something different.

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This is going to take some hours…

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Here we go: sudo dd if=/dev/disk2 of=/Volumes/My\ Book\ 01/drive.dmg conv=noerror,sync

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Reformatting the 1TB drive onto which I’ll be copying the boot drive image before copying it back to the new HDD.

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@jonathan_may It’s OK, I’ve done this shit before. But I do have tweezers…

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Yay! Just found a terabyte USB drive containing nothing but ancient backups. I can clone the 750GB drive in two steps. I do so love dd…

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I’m fairly sure I don’t actually want to cry at this point. But I don’t feel like A Journey to solve this either.

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Evidence on the internet suggests that the driver on the CD is for MacOS 9.x and before anyway. Why this was still in stock is beyond me.

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@dananimal Good thinking. Shows up as a JMicron Technology Corp drive. Can’t read partition map to reveal OS X recovery image.

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@dananimal Looking for a website now. I’d planned to clone the HDD, wasn’t expecting it to be a puzzle.

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BTW the thing I am dealing with is the-gadgeteer.com/2006/03/22/bra… Elegant, is it not?

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So I guess I’ll download some random driver file of the same name from the internet. Yes, that’s bound to be secure.

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I HAVE FOUND THE DRIVER CD FOR OS X! Wait. It’s a 3” CD? How does that go into a MacBook’s slot drive? This is becoming Kafkaesque.

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I can find no driver CD. I wonder if @R_Chirgwin has seen a CD labelled “Skymaster”, there or here.

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@izevaka I’ve technically been “no fixed abode” with all that in storage for 18 months, but I managed to find the requisite kettle cord.

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Sorry, what do you mean the adapter needs a driver CD to talk to OS X? ARE YOU MAD?

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Ah. Shitty no-name adapter’s kettle cord doesn’t actually fit its power supply. Hopeless. Dismantling kettles ensues.

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Grrr! The new, cheap SATA to USB HDD adapter appears to be unreliable. I am somewhat irritated.

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Fiddly screws are fiddly.

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Damn. The teabag string has failed to be a suitable HDD removal tool. Farting about with pliers ensues.

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OK, “Backup 02” is still geb0rken to read-only, but that’s OK ‘cos I’m about to clone the startup drive anyway. Screwdriver time!

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I wonder what proportion of OS X users actually use the console messages to troubleshoot problems.

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While I’m restarting all the things, I might as well fsck the living daylight out of them. That’ll only take 12 minutes or so.

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Mind you, this has created the urge to do a semi-regular personal sysadmin blog. Someone might get some value out of it.

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RT @tardis_42: machines obviously know the skill-level of the user, and use that knowledge to throw appropriately irritating hissy-fits.

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I’ll restart all the things, confirm “Backup 02” is still readable, then just go ahead and clone my boot drive (using a standby boot drive).

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No, ‘OS X cannot repair the drive “Backup 02”’, but at least it’s mounted it, decrypted, read-only, and tells me I can get the files off it.

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Why the fuck doesn’t this shit happen when I’m working on other people’s machines, so I can charge $200 a hour for this insanity?

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Ah! Disconnected and remounting “Backup 02” has triggered it being treated with fsck_hfs. I shall leave that run before doing anything else.

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Drive “Backup 02” is encrypted, and now it’s not responding to the known-correct encryption key. Does this mean no known-good backups?

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Before I clone it, I’m doing a current Time Machine backup. But my backup drive just threw “Mac OS X can’t repair the disk “Backup 02.”

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My comatose MacBook Pro’s HDD, currently in an old loaner MacBook, needs cloning so it can go back to Apple with the MBP for its repairs…

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Well, it’s very early Tuesday and we have technical difficulties to resolve. Unpretty ones. There shall now be a whinge.

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