Just one day till the start of [linux.conf.au 2008](http://linux.conf.au) so
I thought I should do a few posts. This one was supposed to out yesterday
(Saturday) but I ended up getting distracted. So just pretend this was
posted 12 hours ago.
For the rest of this week I’ll be in Melbourne attended linux.conf.au and
related events. If you are new to LCA then see the [main site](http://linux.conf.au) or
read the [First timers](http://www.darkmere.gen.nz/2007/0129.html) that I
wrote a few months ago.
The Main event I am looking forward to is the [System Administration Miniconf](http://
sysadmin.miniconf.org) on Tuesday which I am helping to organise. The programme
is online [here](http://sysadmin.miniconf.org/programme08.html) although there
might be a last minute change or two.
Monday is the first day of the Miniconfs with Community Wireless, Debian,
Education, Embedded, Fedora and Multimedia, Security and Virtualisation all
happening. I’ll probably spend most of the day at the virtualisation Miniconf
but I have to do a detailed check of the other miniconf’s schedules to spot
cool talks elsewhere.
On Monday night an informal dinner has been arranged at a local Italian place
for the the Sysadmin Miniconf and anyone else who wants to attended. Details
Every day it looks more like management have decided me and the rest of the
team just get to look after old stuff until another team builds and runs the
replacement. We have been trying to fight this for a while but it doesn’t look
like we are going to be able to fight this.
Half the “interesting” stuff (products not technology) is already gone and
most of the rest looks like following over the next 1-3 years (things don’t
Looks like my main option is to go elsewhere, so if anyone knows of anything…
So the government releases a Cabinet paper on [this page](http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz/templates/Page____1075.aspx) about
“New Digital Advisory Body to be established” and invites people to:
Download a copy of the cabinet paper [Potential Merger of Higrowth and the Digital Strategy Advisory Group](http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz/upload/Press%20releases/Merger%20HiGrowth_DSAG.pdf) confirmed on Monday 12 November by Cabinet.
*Some items in this cabinet paper has been removed because it refers to financial or other sensitive information*.
So I download the PDF document and find I can highlight blank section with my mouse and read the financial and other data. Only problem
is that I don’t know if it supposed to be secret or not. Anyway. told a few people just in case.
National Library and SSC consider the timeframe for establishing the new
body is "ambitious."
As detail in my [previous post](http://blog.darkmere.gen.nz/archives/2007/11/13/) I
am upgrading and installing Xen on one of my servers to replace a dodgy one. However
I got stuck earlier in the week because Xen is currently broken in the latest
version of Ubuntu ( 7.10 or Gutsy). See this [bug 161783 on launchpad](https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xen/+bug/161783) for
details of the problem. So far nobody in Ubuntu seems to have noticed the
bug so I don’t know when it’ll be fixed, hopefully in the next few days.
I had a little play about bypassing it but I really don’t want to hack libc since
that’ll completely kill the box if I make a mistake.
Another separate thing I noticed this week is that since I don’t watch any TV ( I
watch TV programmes but not broadcast TV ) I don’t have any idea what the latest
cool ads are (at least not the New Zealand ones). Perhaps somebody could create
a simple system where I can watch the “hot” ads that I currently miss on TV. Like
the “Mr T” one that I’ve been hearing about.
I was called up for jury duty this week. I had sent a letter asking to be
excused but no luck getting off.
I’ve been called up twice before, the first time I was on a jury while the
second time I got challenged and didn’t have to serve.
This time around it was the Auckland district court so it’s fairly busy with
around half a dozen jury trials running at once. However the whole system
is pretty slow so I took a book (as advised) and managed to get through
quite a few pages while waiting around.
Eventually I was picked along with about 25 others (there were two other
trials starting that day) to go into court, our names were called out on
at a time and people walked forward to take their seat unless one of the
lawyers challenged them. I got challenged so got to go home (well work really)
Monday and another go on Tuesday.
Tuesday we had another twenty-something people go into the court. However it
turned out this was the same trial as Monday. Apparently a witness had dropped
out so they had to restart with a few changes dropped. Of course I got called up
again but the lawyer recognised me and challenged me again (same with at
least 1 other person). Sort of amusing I guess although the charges were
I get another go tomorrow (Thursday) so I still might end up on something.
The whole process feels very inefficient, lots of waiting around in rooms
with lots of other people wondering what is happening next
Trying to do the post per week thing. I’ve been oncall (primary and secondary)
for the last two weeks so not getting much done. [Curry](http://auckland.thursdaynightcurry.com)
was at Raziv in the central city which was noisy and slow service but cheap.
Over this weekend I got a little addicted to [Wesnoth](http://www.wesnoth.org) so
I didn’t get a lot done. Also had a splitting headache on Sunday so wasn’t exactly 100 percent
when I was getting calls about an outage we were having.
Some interesting things coming up in the next couple of days. I’ll write later
I’ve decided to move my blog under it’s own domain name ( blog.darkmere.gen.nz )
for various reasons. The main is that the posting scripts I hacked up were
having some problems and generating bad RSS and the other was that I wanted
to keep software and hosting options split between my [main site](http://www.darkmere.gen.nz) and the blog.
The software I am using is [nanoblogger](http://nanoblogger.sourceforge.net) which
is shell code rather than anything complicated. But I guess if it doesn’t work
out I can look at other options.
A busy last couple of weeks.
- Work is as busy as ever, more interesting than usual though
- I was down in Wellington today talking DNS with a few people, all very
interesting and fun.
- I’m a bit behind with a bunch of other projects but one thing I’ve done
in the last couple of weeks was create a Linux.conf.au: First timers Guide , bit of fun and people seem to like it.
- On the weekend various people and myself went to the
Auckland International Cultural Festival , pretty good although a bit hot.
I think some of the stall holders could have also got more sales but having
smaller portions off food at lower prices. If you want to try out lots of
different foods then paying $10 for a lot of food is not an attractive option.
On Sunday night I went along to the Karajoz Great Blend
at the Auckland Museum. Not too bad.
- Morgan and Robyn have a few details, read them first.
- The “Back of the Y” guys and the dancers were good.
- No Soy Milk for the Sponsor’s coffee bad
- No Soft drinks bad
- I agree with the comments by Morgan about the panel, it’s didn’t really gel. Rob McKinnon of theyworkforyou.co.nz was okay, although he sounded a little over-rehearsed. He was good to talk to afterwards.
- Rick Ellis wasn’t to bad, he seemed a little over confident though. I am interested that TVNZ is planning to use Akamai for content delivery. AFAIK they are fairly expensive for the sort of bulk stuff TVNZ will be doing to just a few ISPs. I
also wonder how what ISPs will do when their Akamai clusters start trying to stream to a few hundred/thousand of their users. Putting them on the far side of their traffic shapers might be the first step.
- I also found the music a little loud, I guess I’m getting old but I have trouble hearing conversation over the background noise. A more concentrated and quieter discussion area might have been a good idea.
- The venue was very nice however.