Monthly Archives: November 2009


I’m a bookworm. I love curling up with a cup of tea and a  good book, to read.

So far at the moment, I’m re-reading two books, “The fifth elephant” – Terry Pratchett, and “Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone” by you know who 😉

Two books, because I got a bit into Terry Pratchett’s book, and then got bored, and I try to re-read Harry Potter every couple of years. Seems I am always re-reading it around Christmas.. 🙂

The majority of my books I get from charity shops. A few I get from, the rest I buy from amazon, or am given by relatives for christmas and birthday (The Company, by Max Barry was a Christmas present 🙂 )

Where do you buy your books?

Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping today, in between watching episodes of the season 2 of Bones 🙂

If you want to get interesting fair-trade presents in London, check out “fair share”, at the end of bewick street, next to the red light district of picadilly circus (hope I’ve got the spelling right). Very cool little things, made in interesting and deprived places. Worth giving it a look, if you’re looking for something a little quirky as a gift 🙂

Quick interesting stuff for today

Addictive flash/iPhone game: canabalt
Elwoodicious just wrote an interesting price on elastic load balancing with amazon’s virtual servers:
RPS a uk pc gaming site/blog got mentioned on a BBC news article about the laws of war, and how they’re broken in computer games

That’s all for today!

Denial of Service attacks.

I don’t like them. But, at least some of them I can work around using bash, logfiles, awk, grep, tail, cut and netstat are handy tools 🙂

That’s all for today, I’m afraid. Not much else to talk about 🙁

Hopefully I’ll be able to produce some proper posts next week!

Must post before midnight…

Got to be quick. Today is the closest ie come to failing the challenge (using my brothers post earlier to give me a break, hope that doesn’t break the rules!

Today, used the east-coast train. Sat opposite to an older Irish lady, who looked like she had a lot of money, and seemed a little rude, the little I spoke to her. Don’t know if she was or not, it was very early in the morning. Then spent the rest of the day preparing a server, to move a site onto it in a rush this weekend. Kinda out-grown shared hosting all of a sudden, being a Christmas targetted website! Mine because I phoned the customer with the “we need to turn you off” call 😉 fun fun. Anyway must post. Cutting it fine!

Help firefox wget and ssh shell script

I’m trying to create a script to allow me to command a remote server to download a file from firefox.

There are various reasons for this, mainly todo with connection speed.

What I have at the moment is:
terminator -x ssh wget -qc -t 3 -o ~/wget_testlog \\& \& &

I want it to kick off, ask for a password to login via ssh and then go away…
I would like to be able to set the location for the download to ~/www/files/

I was planning to place this script in /usr/bin and install it in firefox using the code/link provided on this blog: Wget from firefox

Can anyone complete my solution with the correct syntax, or provide a better solution (preferably KISS)?
I’m more of hacker than an expert IMO and I know when I’m out of my depth!


Another day, another post (18)

Today, I, tweaked a domain name, helped talk a customer into upgrading, changed a few passwords, advised a user on a script I helped write, to add apache vhost, user, email, mysql db & user to a server and closed a few support tickets. Oh, and talked to a customer who is leaving. Fun fun.

Note to self, when cutting up chillies, loose the seeds.

Fun tweets today (sorry if you follow me on twitter!)

  • Dear customer. Please don’t complain that we’re rubbish, when you break your own email clients! We can’t control your computers! :/
  • Thank you psudo-random password generator. No, I’m not going to send this to a female customer: hei9deer
  • Pens! Why do they randomly appear on my desk? I swear, I only had one at the start of the week, now I have 3 :/ (Apparently I’m stealing them from James and Paul. Bonus points to whomever can explain how they flew over the atlantic from James’s desk 😉 )

Repeating mistakes

Every now and then, I forget to check my trousers for tissues before putting them through the wash. It’s not a mistake I’m likely to repeat too often, you’d think?

Once a year, give or take.

It’s so annoying! Maybe one of these days, the lesson will become permanent. Well, it wasn’t today (