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August 11, 2003

Roadin'

Apologies for the absence. Woundwort even pinged me this afternoon, asking me what I thought I was doing, going three whole days without posting.

I told him I was busy, and anyway it wouldn't be three whole days until midnight, so get off my case and let me get back to swearing incoherently at my servers.

Spent the weekend at the inlaws. Sainted Wife, Ngnat and Scotty M. drove down in the Odyssey on Thursday, and I followed in SW's old Maxima Friday. She decided to let her dad sell it rather than trading it in, he having a good reputation for bringing in more than trade-in value on the family's no longer needed autos. He's an insurance agent; funny how that puts you into almost daily contact with people who need cars.

Could have still posted to the blog, but I selfishly chose to spend the weekend reading the latest Harry Potter and playing at the neighborhood pool, which unlike the neighborhood pools I am accustomed to, has a two-story, six-turn waterslide staffed by adolescent female lifeguards who won't say "Boo" to a man of a certain age when he attempts to go down said slide headfirst, on his back, with a toddler hanging on to his chest hairs for dear life.

Sadly, that is not a stable position, as the two bald spots on my chest indicate. I also discovered, or re-discovered, having known this at a much younger age, than one goes down a waterslide at a much higher rate of speed if one's muscles are clenched and stiff. I don't recall being quite as sore the next day, however.

As for Potter, the character I picked to die on page 110 did indeed die, but it was still a pretty good read. I was hoping to put it off longer, say until the next book was published, but the mother-in-law had brought a copy back from England, and the chance to read H.P. in the original language was just too much to pass up.

Today was spent getting the soon-to-be new www.unc.edu servers up and running. If all goes well, we'll be adding them to the server pool come Friday, and soon after we'll remove the old machines from the pool. For those of you interested, it's Apache 1.3.28 with OpenSSL-0.9.7b built in statically; Kerberos V, and php-4.3.2 built as shared objects.

For those of you uninterested, each of those take a good chunk of time to configure, and I had 6 servers to take care of, 1 development and 5 production. We're also switching from a Solaris to a Red Hat Linux operating system on our web servers, so the default scripts we use to keep the machines updated also had to tweaked.

Basically I spent eight hours sculpting, except that at the end of the day, instead of arranging marble into a pleasing aesthetic shape I had done something similar to electrons.

Or almost had.

Sorry, we encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and we were
unable to complete your request--this is not normal. This is usually
caused by some configuration error or the author is using some invalid
options in their .htaccess file.

Update: I've discovered why it's breaking. Since this isn't yet a production system, it can wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, feel free to hypothesize as to the cause. It's fairly obvious to me, but then I spent all day playing with this. It's also network specific, so if you're coming from the internal UNC network you shouldn't see an error at all.

Posted by Bigwig at August 11, 2003 10:27 PM | TrackBack
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