Thursday, October 13, 2016

powercycling and impending storm this weekend

Man, I really hate the prominently placed power button on this machine that is so easy to hit by accident.

On the other hand we have a big windstorm headed our way this weekend (with some preliminary fun expected tonight), so it's probably just as well we got a clean shutdown first.

Unfortunately it's now in the middle of huge fsuck because it's been nearly a year. Assuming there's no bigger problem lurking, we should be back up in the next 10 minutes.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DSL bouncy

Yes, we were off the air for a couple hours. Modem seemed to be having trouble connecting to both of the pair bonded connections at the same time. Then it self-healed before I managed to get through to a human at CenturyLink. So, buh.

Since I have no idea what the problem was, this could recur. (Road People have been doing work on Island Crest Way all month, though if they sliced through something, I'm guessing we'd get a more long-term-variety error...)

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Power Outage (vaguely planned, for once)

So repair guys are here to fix our power cable. In order to do that they need to take our power down. Estimated repair time is about 2-4 hours (there are "lots of obstructions" in the yard), which is probably more than the UPS can handle.

So, expect downtime. Probably within about 15 minutes of this posting to whenever (you can do the math).

Update 1pm: I'm a bit disturbed that they left without saying anything and there are no obvious holes in the yard, but the power is back and the Magic Portable Transformer Box is gone, so either it's all fixed or they've put on a much more clever (and much more hidden) temporary fix. I guess we'll see how this goes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

1/2 Power Outage

Well, that's something I'd never seen before.

Lights and outlets in various rooms went out but others were just fine, and flipping the circuit breakers did nothing. Obviously not a power failure since we were still getting power. And luckily the outlets with all of the Computer Stuff were in the latter category. But, still, WTF?

Turns out, we had a 1/2 power failure. Evidently if you have coming in a neutral wire and 2 hot lines at 110V each of varying phases, and something munches on one of the hot lines, you still get Power but it's Weirdly Dysfunctional Power. Power Company people arrived and now we have our very own Personal Transformer to turn the one hot line back into something our house understands. And then sometime in the next week or two somebody will be back to do Actual Digging to figure out where and how the line got munched and what to do about it for the long term. Wheee.

(...note that Lambda/etc is on a UPS once again and so should cope just fine with the brief service interruptions that will inevitably occur while they're fixing this. Unless we get an interruption that's not so brief. Or whatever it is comes back and munches one of the other lines in the interim; that would be fun...)

Friday, October 02, 2015

trying out new bogon filter

So in the category of Things I Should Have Done Ages Ago, as a replacement for the bogon filtering I used to do (now useless due to the IPv4 address space being fully assigned), I'm now using the Spamhaus DROP and EDROP lists, which is their list of IP addresses that are ownz0red by Various Annoying People, which, in theory, my ISP should already be blocking, but evidently they're not -- counters show roughly 40 connection attempts in the past 2 days; most likely entirely to my mail server.

Meaning if, within the last few days you've suddenly found yourself unable to connect, that would be something to check (because that's a list you really don't want to be on).

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Debian 8 -- heads up.

So I just noticed that Debian 8 ('jessie') was released about a week ago (sort of fun to be exploring the package archives and, "hey waitaminnit, what is 'stretch' doing here?... holy crap...").

 Which means I'll most likely be attempting an upgrade real soon now. Perhaps even later tonight depending on what the release notes say about how nasty this one's likely to be.  Perhaps also accompanied by some yoyo-ing in the next day or two thereafter

Monday, February 09, 2015

IP address not resolving

There was a storm in Washington while wrog was in New Jersey, and the UPS did not bring everything back up.  This, combined with some other misconfiguration of the secondary DNS server, is causing to not resolve.

Until such time as wrog returns to Washington to fix the problem, you can use the IP address, which is

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update (5:20pm — wrog): My nameserver is back, but until Rob fixes his, nobody will be able to find it. In the meantime, if you badly want a name rather than a number, try
Update (6:16pm — wrog): Rob's wasn't actually broken. Note to self (and also anyone else out there who uses openwrt and the overlaid squashfs+something filesystems that they use):
  1. Never edit anything in the /overlay directory; this does not do what you'd think. Not that I was actually intending to edit anything there. Which then leads to:
  2. Never keep emacs buffers open on the /overlay directory, or if you're prone to doing this (say because it's a convenient window on the List of Things That You've Changed from the Standard Distribution) then you might want to consider using uniquify.el. (of course this is probably all moot since I seem to be one of the 5 people left on the planet who still uses Emacs, but anyway...)
Anyway, it's all fixed now.