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Server software upgrade



Christmas eve, works finished presents are wrapped and festive drink with friends & family are over.  How should I while away the hours before Santa’s visit?  Upgrade my server of course, something that’s been long overdue but I just didn’t have the enthusiasm to actually make a start.

All the time it was working OK there was no need to mess about with it.  But there were a few annoyances, first I had trouble upgrading PHP, to run the most recent PHPsysinfo.

Then I broke Samba trying to update with YAST, was still not that bad as I could access my data via SCP but still a bit annoying as now iTunes couldn’t get to the library previously on a samba share.

The decider was a power cut the other night.  Only a few seconds but enough to restart the server and loose all my lovely uptime stats that stood at nearly 200 days.  For this collection of reasons it was time to upgrade from SUSE 10.2 to Open SUSE 11.  Also I had an open SUSE 11 disc that I got from the Linux expo.

I copied all my data and dumped the MySQL databases out to the back up server.  A fresh install and a chance to clean all the dust that had accumulated inside the server 🙂 The install went really well and after a few hours getting everything back to it’s previous working state we now back online, and running on the latest’s stable versions.

Linux Live Expo 08

Linux Live Expo 08

Linux Live Expo 08

Kent Linux user group

The next Kent Linux user group meeting is on Saturday 27th September from 10am to 2pm at the Triangles Community Centre in Dover.

Triangles Community Centre
Poulton Close
CT17 0HL

All welcome, got a Linux laptop or PC bring it along.

LHC Switch on

It’s the Large Hadron Collider switch on tomorrow. Lets hope CERN dont use windows.

New photo gallery

I’ve started using Google’s Picasa for hosting my photos, take a look at

Red Bull Cola

I like to try new products, so when I saw Red Bull Cola I thought I like cola and I like energy drinks, I’ll give it a glug. It’s not bad, it doesn’t have the same aftertaste as Red Bull which is a plus. Also no aspartame crap. It looks like light brown coke. Not too sweet either. 7 out of 10, give it a try.

Playstation 3 is pre-ordered!

I had a tip off last night that Game stores would be taking pre-orders today, and sure enough they were. I’m number 8 in the queue and although the sales assistant wouldn’t tell me their store allocation he assured me I’m guaranteed a launch day console! I’ve also got my name down for a HDMI cable, Resistance Fall of Man and Motor Storm. 41 days to go…

Countdown to PS3 UK launch

We could be only two months away form the UK Playstaion 3 launch, according to the date could be 23/03/07. Sony has taken a lot of bashing over the late European release but I’d prefer all the bugs to be worked out on the American consumers first. Then by the time we Brits get our hands on a system, software updates should be available for download.

I’m a bit concerned over the lack of pre-order schemes up and running yet as retailers are yet to hear from Sony as to the quantity allocations the will receive. But let’s not worry too much about that at the moment fingers crossed Sony will do a good job with the UK launch.

Looking on the positive side, there will be many more UK launch titles ready than there were available back in November. My launch days wish list: Motorstorm, Resistance fall of man, Genji days of the blade, Full Auto 2 Battlelines, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Ridge Racer 7, Formula One Championship Edition.

Will you be camping outside your local Game store on launch night? It would be great to hear from fellow nextgen fanatics.

Nintendo bounding back

Nintendo have been bounding back into the gaming industry since the success of the DS Lite and the huge response to the launch of the new Wii console.  Last weekend I was in the game store in Canterbury, there was a sign in the window “We still have some DS Lite available” inside was a smaller hand written note, we have 6 DS left?, in the fifteen minutes I spent in the shop I watched the manager changes the sign a few times 4 left, 2 left and as I was leaving the main sign in the window was coming down.  Nintendo’s new products are really selling strong in Europe this Christmas I can only see good things ahead for the company.

Reports of a shortage of component cables for the Wii have caused a lot of buzz on the gaming forums and podcasts.  I guess as the Wii isn’t HI-DEF Nintendo thought it wasn’t necessary to include these in the box but it’s kind of surprising these aren’t readily available at launch as most earlier adopters are going to be techie types that have HD equipment and want the best quality display possible.  Also I thought extras such as cables are the main money makers, Sega and Microsoft certainly went for this business model.

Even if the Wii is a Game Cube with a new controller, as a piece of hardware it sure looks good, and if the games work well with the motion catching controller Nintendo could be sitting on another DS like gold mine.  Things have changed a lot since the heydays of the SNES but it’s good to see Nintendo is doing more than just hanging on.

I’ll be interested to see which online multiplayer games go on sale in 2007.

Blog launch

I thought it was about time I joined in this blogging thing.  So here it is the first entry.

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