Take one old office server.

Remove old Pentium II 250MHz processor.

Strip from old teaching PCs a couple of ethernet cards, CDROM, a Pentium III 450MHz and some memory.

Add old 18GB UltraSCSI external hard drive.

Mix together well and add MandrakeLinux 10.0 Official.

Garnish with Apache2 and sprinkle liberally with SquirrelMail and iptables.

Bake at sysadmin mark 7 for 5 hours.

The result is a new webmail server, NAT gateway and logging telnet server.

Getting the 64bits between the teeth.

(Just for Tribalw0lf… :-))

Over the last week I’ve been playing with MandrakeLinux 10.1 beta 2 x86-64 edition to see how good it is as a general use OS and a day-to-day machine. In that period I’ve installed it on my laptop at home and on one of the researcher’s new Sun W2100z workstation. So, what’s the verdict?

Well, other than one or two glitches in the install (in expert mode it turns off the USB keyboard after the first dialog but before the second so you can’t get further than the second dialog and the bootloader section is broken) everything seems to work fine. Well, fine as long as you’re not trying to use some programs which were compiled on other systems ‘cos a few of the 32 bit libraries are missing. Copying these off other machines got the software working again. Of course, Mozilla plugins for Linux don’t work ‘cos they’re 32bit and the x86-64 version of Java from Sun doesn’t include a browser plugin, how helpful.

The one big problem, however, is the problems of building programs for 32bit machines on the system. Only a very few libraries are available (which don’t include any of the X11 ones) which rather stops most compiles in their tracks. It looks like if I get the replacement desktop machine I’m hoping for I’m going to have to have it dual-boot in 32 and 64 bit Linux. Oh well.

Anyway, I’d better sign off. I’ve got a boring meeting to attend.

New interface.

One word… Yuck!

It’s an object lesson in how to make things look prettier but a lot harder to use.

Whoever thought of the drop-sideways javascript menus should be shot now!

Rutland Weekend Dinnervision

This evening I travelled down to the quaint old English town of Godalming so as to celebrate the T-2 weeks and counting stage for ‘s wedding. As sort of almost stag do but not in the usual sense.

Normally, you would expect a stag do to involve inbibing lots of alcohol, stripper etc. etc. Instead, we had a rather pleasant meal in an Italian restaurant (‘cos all the other restaurants in Guildford seemed to be full) followed by a walk to settle the nice food before raiding Wagamama’s for white chocolate and ginger cheese cake to take away. It was then back to the cars, back to the house for the consumption of said cheesecake followed by watching a very cheesey film which someone had managed to get on DVD even before it’s come out in the cinema.. “Alien v Predator” We all agreed that it was worth the amount of money spent to watch it and no more. If you like cliche then you’ll like this film. The final entertainment was watching shoot things with a light gun on the PS2 and torturing a furby.

And so, I am now home and have to try to get to sleep. Night all

What the heck.. another Meme, even if it is 2 weeks early.

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
mrod goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Dr Frankinfurter.
_jander_ gives you 16 brown peach-flavoured jelly beans.
_paddington_ gives you 12 red-orange tropical-flavoured nuggets.
alecm gives you 14 brown mint-flavoured gummy bears.
alonella gives you 6 orange apple-flavoured hard candies.
h0llym0nst3r tricks you! You get a piece of paper.
reverendgrim gives you 5 light yellow blueberry-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
sleipnir_ gives you 16 dark blue vanilla-flavoured gumdrops.
stubborngit gives you 14 green pineapple-flavoured gumdrops.
wibblypig gives you 3 red-orange pineapple-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
xencat gives you 15 dark green licorice-flavoured gumdrops.
mrod ends up with 101 pieces of candy, and a piece of paper.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.