The Illusion

| January 31st, 2009

This is not how I planned my life, not what I wished for, not what I would wish on my worst enemy. I thought at one point, that this was a choice, that I was indeed master of my domain. I could control this everlasting shadow dulling down my senses, erasing a stroke at a time the little I have left of memories. I cant say for sure that I know what day this is, they float into each other more than I care to like, more than I care to endure.

Ive put on a mask, you might think its because I want to make my life easier, there is some truth to that, but thats not what lead me to do it. The pain I see in the eyes of those that care for me, those that love me, thats an unbearable pain that far superseeds the pain my body musters to pump the vains with. Its much easier to tell people a fraction of the truth than to let it all out, I think I can cope with that, that the lies make their day a little less tiresome.

Atleast thats what I hope. It might all be in my head tho, Im not quiet there yet, where Im sure this all is just one big illusion..

New BBC channels on Canal Digital

| December 4th, 2008

I was looking forward to seeing the new BBC channels that Canal Digital started to beam yesterday. Granted, not alot of new content there, but still, more quality broadcasting is always welcome. More than enough crap being aired these days.

The channels are BBC Lifestyle, Knowledge, Entertainment & HD, yay!? well.. after tuning in last night, not so much. I dont have a HD tuner/receiver, so that channel is out of my reach atm, but the other three, well, take a wild guess what format they are aired in.. Thats right 4:3, completely disregard the original format, its actually aired in full screen. I could hardly believe my eyes..
Watching season 9 of Top Gear in a crippled 4:3 format is just too painful for my taste..

I hope this is just a “minor” premiere hick-up, but I fear it aint. For the person(s) making this decision I grant a well placed foot in their ass as a xmas present. Hohoho

boys@hoiseth.no +1

| 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, http://fun.ohhh.no 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(im.hoiseth.no 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(Laconi.ca) 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 Identi.ca..

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 @identi.ca) 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 army.twit.tv. 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 http://fun.ohhh.no/hz. Laconica does of course give you all the RSS feeds you could possibly urge. Expect integration here…