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Better now!

As soon as my laptop came back from repairs, I started to feel better - being back with 1920x1200 resolution is great! NVidia is much more stable than ATi and Intel wireless is just great!

1, 2, 3, can this month soon over be ... ?

Personal-life rant follows after a break.

Firefox 3.0 download record

Download Day

RIP Tim Russert

"Thou shalt not whine" was written under his desk. I just discovered him recently and was presently surprised by his directness in questioning politicians and challenging them to explain things that they have said before. Like a Howard Stern of politics. Not shy to respectfully question the existing assumptions, but (unlike Howard) still remaining neutral and not drawing conclusions himself. He will be missed.

Not going to Debconf8

With the cost of plane tickets approaching 2000 USD it is rather hard to sell me going to the Debconf 8 as that can be approximated as 3-4 months of my income. I did apply for travel sponsorship, but due to some kind of brainfart I misread "Amount I am unable to fund myself" as "Amount I am able to fund myself" and thus asked for far less money than I actually need. Therefore, after the Debconf team strictly stated that the requested amount can not be changed at this point, it has become clear that I cann't come to Debconf 8.

Saturday Night what?

After catching a glimpse of John McCain on Saturday Night Live (SNL) I decided to watch a full show to see if is good enough to add to my daily US news lineup (which currently consists of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and NBC Daily News).

Fastforward to January 21st 2009 ...

"... Today is the first day in office for President Barack Obama ... In other news, Hillary Clinton is still on the campaign trail and is not giving up ..." - best ever joke about the current US election. I think it was from The Daily Show, but I cannot be certain.

Too similar to be different

Eric, I cann't claim to 100% understand the situation but after glancing trough the logs of the discussions and of the patches the conclusion I came to was this - OpenSSL used supposed randomness of the uninitialized memory as an added source of entropy (interesting hack, but not an example of good coding as such). Valgring caught that problem and the Debian maintainer during a cleanup fixed it. Making such a fix can be considered a preventive step against possible attack vectors by poisoning the uninitialized memory. He took it up to upstream, they did not raise red flags, but did not quite merge the 'clean up' patch either. It fell through the cracks.

Azureus killing a small router?

I am having a problem of my tiny Fonera router restart on me endlessly whenever I have two laptops with Azureus running connect to the network, so I started to investigate. I could not get any meaningful error messages from the router before it reboots and the only weird thing I could find in the statistics was the huge number of active connections. When I have one laptop with Skype running, Firefox browsing a few pages and Internet radio playing the number of active connections was around 200. Starting Liferea for RSS bumps that to 300. Nothing serious. However, as soon as I start Azureus (with no active downloads!) the number of active connections jumps by 400-500, starting one download adds another 300 connections. That is despite setting a maximum global limit of active connections to 100 in Azureus preferences. After 5-10 minutes the number of connections goes down to 500 (with one download active), but with two laptops with Azureus in the same wireless network the initial spike is high enough to kill the router in 2-3 minutes, force it to reboot and then do it all over again, and again, and again ...

Ubuntu removing XML from Python?

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