The entire valley had an outtage at 21:20, this lasted for an hour. One of those nice winter storms up here.. Ohh how I love them.

I’ll file it under this valleys contribution to Earth Hour, a forced one at that, atleast it was a good one..
EDIT: Well, not belated, I gotta check my calendar more often..

The UPS’s let the servers have a graceful shut down, last one down at ~21:30.

mustaffa Power Failure !!!
DATE : Thu Mar 26 21:20:34 CET 2009
mustaffa Communications with UPS restored
DATE : Thu Mar 26 22:20:49 CET 2009

All systems was back online at about 22:30. This include 3 HW nodes, and about 35 VPS’s running on two of those. The ripple effects for this outtage are now being displayed in random drops on the route to our ISP further north. First the dslam, then radio link #1.. etc.. Yeah, this contribution was a good one. hehe

Things should settle down in its usual phase shortly.

That is all.

Soave (Eat Parade)

| October 12th, 2008

Chiara got a visit from Rai2 this summer, the program; “Eat Parade” did a segment about Soave.

It was aired today, so now, you too can have a look at this wonderful place in the Veneto region.

Alot of the footage where done on Coffele’s Winery in; Castelcerino.
The scenery there is nothing but breathtaking, visit their Bed & Breakfast the next time you take a trip to the region, trust me, you wont regret it!

A couple of tiny glitches in the video stream, sorry about that..

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| October 10th, 2008

So, Im a uncle again! Yeah, my lil bro & better half rushed to the hospital tonight & the result? Don Corleone Jr, no seriously, I have no idea what names they have discussed, Im sure its gonna be something in the lines of Geir/Georg/George.. I can live with either, hey, Kjetil would do too, but seriously, any of the above will be fine, Mkay?

Kid’O, Mam’O & Dad’O are all well. Cant wait to visit the toddler tommorow!

Rolf Jr

52.5cm tall, 34.5cm around the head & weighting in at 3160gram, woohaa!

More pictures & all will follow, now its time to head to bed..

Even tho I love Lighty, it has a few known short-comings, mem leak when under heavy load in a reverse proxy setup is one of them. Old reported bug that dont seem to be fixed any time soon.. Might very well be due to the fact that they are now in the process of doing a total rewrite for the 2.0 release, or that not many use it in such a setup?

In any case, till this is resolved Ive had to look into alternatives for the task. I heard alot of good from my friends in Russia about Nginx, but at the time the documentation where pretty much solely in Russian.
This has improved(Nginx Unofficial Wiki) alot over the last year, so last night it was again time to dust off the VE I had setup months ago and give it another go.

After a few curse & spit rounds with rewrite rules & deciding to redo the conf layouts, I had a working setup, only SSL was acting up. This morning I saw what I had done, or what I didnt do I should say. Since I redid the entire conf setup I had missed out the include of the proxy.conf in the SSL server settings. *sigh*

I will be adding Varnish to the pie later, more on that when time permits.
Check the wiki for info on the above, will add to it later tonight.

The setup & configuration of Nginx were really nice, it hogs so little mem & cpu time its almost like its not even running… Really! I still have Lighty & Apache on the backends tho, but many of them might very well be replaced with Nginx..

ура товарищей !

Yep, to be spesific, feel free to join in on the fun.

Had alot of grief over the last 6 or so hours, and what do ya know, it was all due to running a 64bit VE. I had flipped upside down & inside out so many obscurities during the night..
Mind you, it wasnt “directly” related to Laconica, the basic functionality were working as expected within 30min, it was the integration to xmpp(Jabber). More spesifically, my own ejabberd running in one of the VE’s on this server( for those interrested in such). No matter my attempts it was stuck at connecting.. Just imagine my relief and to quote a friendly cartoon fella ‘DOH!’ as I fired up xmppdaemon in its newly setup 32bit enviroment only to see debug info being spit out in the terminal. Ahhh funfun despite the hours wasted.

If you dont know what twitter is, or the so-called Microblogging phenomena, I suggest you read up! Laconica( is as mentioned in the title, a new(‘ish) contender, and an open-source one at that, its quickly been embraced by many people world-wide.

Their main site is run at

I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, but it really started to spark my geek-plugs when I heard a interview with creator Evan Prodromou (Evan in this weeks FLOSS podcast over at TWIT / FLOSS
The main man over at TWIT, Leo Laporte were so impressed that he started to set up his own instance of Laconica during the podcast. Its hosted under the ohh so fitting vhost Both Leo and his “co-“host in FLOSS, Randal L. Schwartz can be found happily ranting there..

Evan Prodromou is by no means a new name to the world of open-source and world travellers, not only does he spend a fair share of dev time on the Debian distro, he is also co-founder(with his wife) of the fantastic resource Wikitravel.

Anywhooo, enough lenghty rants from me for a while, I’ll keep it short from now on, so to keep up to date with whatever I should stick my nose into, do the click’e’ti’click into Laconica does of course give you all the RSS feeds you could possibly urge. Expect integration here…