9 April 2006, 18:19 by mark hoekstra

uptimes, updates & utterly brilliant hardware

The sunday-afternoon for me is the best time to do all kinds of things I don’t have the time or state of mind for during the week. Most of the time I find myself doing ten things at once in a chaotic fashion…

This sunday I’m updating this very webserver. Since it runs Gentoo, the packages can simply be updated by the means of emerge but since it’s been a long time I did that, I found myself with 149 config-files which needed checking upon. Previously, totally believing in the utter brilliance of Gentoo and Portage, I thought “sure! merge them all automagically!”... But that’s something you do only once (and that was my workstation… no way I’m going to automagically merge this on a remote machine…) *^_^*

It runs like a dream though…

shamal ~ # etc-update
Scanning Configuration files…
Exiting: Nothing left to do; exiting. :)
shamal ~ # uptime 16:57:12 up 196 days, 23:44, 1 user, load average: 0.10, 0.10, 0.06
shamal ~ # uname -a
Linux shamal 2.6.12-gentoo-r10 #1 SMP Sat Sep 24 17:04:45 CEST 2005 i686 Intel® Xeon™ CPU 2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
shamal ~ #

It’s been running since the last kernel-compile.. (hence the uptime of 196 days) *^_^*

When I’m finished doing all kinds of updates I’ll give it a reboot…

Next to this, I’ve been busy with some old Mac-hardware I bought last february. I’ve got some plans with it and for now, I just checked if the machines need some work. In the first pic, if you look very carefully, you can see, one of the CRTs is a little loose… It seemed that one has made a drop or such at one point in it’s life, but I took it apart and repaired it. (Luckily I’ve got this modded torx-screwdriver, which I made a couple of years ago, when I modded this SE... When you look careful, you can even spot the Amiga motherboard in the background!)

Anyways, the SE/30 is pretty straight now. The general idea is to paint both of them, in plain white, to make them more iconic then they already are. This smokey beige really isn’t that great. When I’m finished making them whiter than white, I want to build them into some sort of installation. I’ve got some ideas for that, but nothing definitive right now… It’s gonna be a little arty party if you like… Cause even I wouldn’t be able to come up with a proper use for these brilliant little machines nowadays… So let’s make some *coughcough* art!... *^_^*

Oh, and then some… every now and then people keep telling me, in comments and when they link to me, that I’ve got too much time on my hands…

...like these comments, made by a certain Bubba

well, sir, i think u are to crazy smart… maybe u should go outside more often…

— bubba 9 April 2006, 02:11 #

Once again, this is bubba… the outside world is calling for you… LISTEN TO IT!

— bubba 9 April 2006, 02:16 #

hello! im sure by now u hate me! but a guy like you has way to much time on his hands to figure something like that out! yes.. it may be awesome.. but thats not the point.. u are surley an all time nerd.

— bubba 9 April 2006, 02:19 #

Well Bubba, I don’t hate you. But it’s not like I got too much time on my hands, it’s just what I decide to do with my time. I’ve got two jobs, totalling in somewhere around 50+ hours a week, then I’ve got this site and when everything runs smooth, I’ve got time for some projects… And really, this is how I like to spend my time, for now and for as long as I keep having fun at it… (and my guess is, that’ll be a while… either if you like it or not *^_^* )

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  1. Johan @ 16 April 2006, 00:49 :

    great work Mark. Wondering how the SE’s are going to look after the paint job.

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