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#26 2012-08-06 04:08 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And, I'm back again...

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#27 2012-08-06 10:34 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And I'm off to Wales for two weeks...

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#28 2012-11-27 07:08 AM

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Re: Vacation time again...

But never came back?

Boy, there I stumble over this basically forgotten link and my account still works....

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#29 2012-11-27 01:06 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Hey, Nope!  Long time, no see...  I can't even remember the last time I saw another admin around the place, besides i3839 and myself...  Of course, these days, the place doesn't seem to get much actual traffic anymore anyway, and about the only thing there is to do is delete the occassional spam...  I guess we've managed to answer every possible networking question enough times that no one needs to bother asking anymore! ;-)

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#30 2012-11-28 01:15 AM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Hi Nope, you're back! Good to see you again.

I'm not sure what happened to all the traffic, I guess no one searches for "unix" and
"sockets" any more, so we're no longer on the first page of Google's results. The bots
still find us, but it's not as bad as it used to be. Just lots of dormant bot accounts
created mostly. Surprisingly little guest spam considering guests can post again.

I miss the interesting debugging questions people used to ask. :-/

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#31 2012-12-01 09:47 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

lol
My guess is that the current generation just doesn't use sockets directly anymore. Too many libs covering all the low level stuff, so there's no need for this kind of knowledge anymore. Perhaps we should use a bit of SEO to lure some unsuspecting people in here to infect them with sockets again... You know, these past years I've had the displeasure of working in the enterprise search area. Well, to be honest, search could be an interesting thing, just not in the team, I suffered the past 4 years.

Just the other day I spoke to a graduated guy, that didn't even know that his praised Java isn't native to the System it's running on! Really, the world is going down.

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#32 2012-12-21 06:43 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

I'm heading up to NH again tomorrow...  Back in a week or so...  Happy holidays, everyone!

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#33 2012-12-31 07:10 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And, back again...

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#34 2013-01-02 09:01 AM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Happy new year!

My girlfriend and I almost got killed by a huge branch falling of a
tree just when we walked under it yesterday. Very absurd experience...
I'm glad I started running the moment I heard the creaking and didn't
bother to think or look up first or I wouldn't be able to type this.
The huge thing landed half a metre away from my partner. Gah!

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#35 2013-01-02 11:02 AM

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Happy new year.

Yes, trees can be real killers. During my time serving in the german army, a tree split in half and hit the truck we were about to mount. The driver got away with a shock, but the seating compartment in the back was completely crushed. Glad you 2 got away clean.

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#36 2013-07-19 08:00 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Off to NH for a couple weeks again this weekend...

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#37 2013-07-20 10:04 AM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Have fun and watch out for trees!

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#38 2013-08-07 01:22 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And, I'm back...  No close encounters with dangerous trees, thankfully... ;-)

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#39 2013-09-26 07:22 AM

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Re: Vacation time again...

I came just back from the hospital yesterday. I was brought in 3 weeks ago and got an emergency operation. The doctors said I had no 2 hours left when they started to operate. Who would have thought that these things can go this fast. It started barely 24h before I did go to my doctor because of the pain. That was one bad infection I caught when working on my old garage that caused an abscess under my right ear which did spread within one day up to my temple and down to my heart. It also flooded my jaw. As my mouth wouldn't open and several molars were also hit, I lost 17 teeth during the procedure.
Once the current things are healed again, I have at least one other operation to repair some of the more serious bone damage caused by the abscess. And then I can see how to finance a set of new teeth. Almost 20 years without serious illness and then this. At least I still live to celebrate my 46th birthday next week.

-sigh-

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#40 2013-09-26 12:13 PM

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Ugh...  Sounds horrible!  But, glad you made it, anyway!

Be thankful you're not in the US, at least: here, that horror story would likely be followed up by your health insurance company suddenly deciding to drop you for some bullshit reason just so they could weasel out of paying your bills, and then you'd be forced into bankruptcy... ;-/  (Yeah, hopefully things are changing here soon...  Not very much, but at least slightly for the better, it seems...  Though, if the Republicans have their way, they'd undo any and all improvements as soon as they could...  Which is ironic, since the whole plan that was ultimately settled on as a compromise was originally their idea in the first place!  But, to hear them talk, you'd think we'd gone full-on commie socialist handouts-for-all...)

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#41 2013-09-27 10:23 AM

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Damn, that's absolutely awful! Give me a tree any day, that's more down to earth and it either gets you or not, instead of some kind of freak abscess that weasels its way into your body and starts destroying it from the inside. *shudder*

Thankfully you're still alive. However horrible losing your teeth is, in the end it are just teeth and you are still you. I wish you a good recovery with no further trouble.

I expected that million years of evolution would have made us resilient enough to not die so easily, but apparently I'm wrong. I think I'll find a doctor nearer to my house, I still have my old one after I moved and haven't seen for 15 years or so. Just in case anything odd might ever happen.

Rob, watch out, you might be next!

I hope Michael and biologz are all right...

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#42 2013-12-19 12:48 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And, I'm gone for a week or so again, starting this weekend...  Happy holidays everyone!

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#43 2013-12-20 10:59 AM

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Happy holiday Rob!

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#44 2013-12-31 05:32 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

And, back again...  I can't believe the year is over already!  It seems like it just started...

On an amusing New Year related note, you'll never guess the hassles I had setting up a new printer for my Grandmother last week!  I had recently gotten her a new Chromebook, and apparently Google in their infinite wisdom has disabled all ability to print to a local printer via all normal means, and forces you to use their Google Cloud Print shit instead...  So, her old printer wouldn't work with that and I needed to get a new one with the ability to connect to cloud services like that...  So, I got her one for Xmas that was recommended by Google themselves and figured setup would be a breeze...  After initial setup, I connected to the printer's web interface and tried to enabled the Google Cloud Print service, and it just unhelpfully said, "Unable to connect to Google. Check network settings"...  Now, I knew it was connected to the network just fine...  I was even able to have it download and install new firmware, which I hoped might fix the issue, but didn't help...  For the next few hours, I unsuccessfully wrestled with it, trying everything I could think of, including logging into the WiFi router and disabling the firewall and all security related bullshit, thinking maybe that was blocking something necessary, but nothing worked...  Finally, I did what I should've done right away and Googled the error message...  After a while, I stumbled across a comment on a message board somewhere that caught my attention; it mentioned that it was very important that the date and time on the printer be correct for some reason...  So, I went back through the initial printer setup to check on the date/time, and that's when I noticed I had apparently set the year to 2014!  It had actually defaulted to that at boot-up, but I looked at it and for some reason thought, "Yep, that's the right year!", and left it at that...  Anyway, of course after setting that to 2013, it was able to connect to Google just fine, and the Cloud Print stuff worked perfectly...  But, can you believe that horrible error message when THAT was the only problem?!  In retrospect, it was probably using SSL and since it was set so far in the future it probably figured Google's SSL cert was expired...  But, still, that's just a really bad error message for that failure condition...

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#45 2014-01-02 08:57 PM

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Re: Vacation time again...

Welcome back to the future Rob.

My mobo's battery is flat and it forgets the time after a shutdown, so I get those weird SSL errors every cold boot, reminding me to fix the date. Luckily browser's error messages are better than what you got with the printer. Still, when getting a certificate from the future in 1970, and then deciding the certificate is incorrect instead of the time is a bit silly too.

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#46 2014-01-02 10:11 PM

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Luckily browser's error messages are better than what you got with the printer.

Indeed...  If only it had said something about an expired cert or anything similar, it would've prompted me to check the date on my own, but instead the message made me think something was screwed up with the network connection somehow...  I started to wonder if her ISP were blocking traffic to some port it needed to access, and was just about ready to start writing code to test the idea out...  (Not that it would've helped, but at least I'd know WTF was going on!)  I almost couldn't believe it when just fixing the year made it work...  The entire concept sounded implausible to me until I thought about SSL certs being involved (and I'm just totally guessing that that's the case, since I can conceive of no other situation in which simply fixing the year should restore network connectivity, unless Google has some weird protocol going on that requires time-synching on both ends or something)...  Of course, if the money-grubbing CAs issued certs that lasted longer than a year at a time, it probably wouldn't have been a problem, anyway...  (Seriously, why the hell does anyone put up with that shit??  Especially Google, who have enough clout to form (or buy) their own fucking CA and issue certs that last until the end of time (ie: 2038) if they really wanted to!)

Still, when getting a certificate from the future in 1970, and then deciding the certificate is incorrect instead of the time is a bit silly too.

Heh.  True...  If the computer your code is running on claims that the date is prior to the date when the software was actually written, it's probably the computer's date that's wrong...  But, I suppose you can't assume that or things will break in the future when they invent time machines...  "Hello, tech support?  Yeah, I travelled back to witness the birth of Christ, and your stupid camera software refused to let me take a picture of it, because it said the date was impossible!" ;-)

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#47 2014-01-03 04:36 PM

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By that time there'll be faster than light travel too, so to avoid any time problems everyone will have their own local time, referenced to the centre of the universe and the beginning of time.

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#48 2014-01-15 09:25 AM

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Yeah, those pesky time related errors seem always to take long to find. We once had a customer who could safe a game just fine, but couldn't load any of the files. Tests revealed, that actually nobody could read his files. It took me quite a while until I found out that the bios clock battery had died and that the game just wouldn't read a file that claims being older than the software creation date. Sadly it also used the timestamp as base for the encryption (against cheaters), so there was no way to get the data into the game again.

On the health front I'm just back from my 3rd Operation. The doctors are confident, that this was the last one. In around 4 or 5 months it should be healed enough to allow for a set of new teeth.

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#49 2014-01-16 07:13 PM

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That's bad programming on the game's part, it should have checked the date before writing the data. Time travel happens all the time, it's not anything unexpected...

As for scary health stuff, my mother woke up more or less paralysed and could barely talk. She also heard a pop in her head. Gradually she recovered and could talk and move better and better. She was rushed into hospital, but they didn't find anything on the scans, so she could go home after only a couple of hours. She's in her fifties, so not that old. Very strange experience, first time I realised how mortal my parents are. Life is fragile, enjoy it while it lasts.

Only 111 posts to go for Rob. ;-)

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#50 2014-01-16 09:42 PM

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That's bad programming on the game's part, it should have checked the date before writing the data. Time travel happens all the time, it's not anything unexpected...

The fun stuff will come when every two-bit coder has to start worrying about compensating for stuff like time dilation effects, just like the GPS satellites have to...  "FATAL ERROR: You appear to have completed 3 hours of gameplay while only 2 hours have passed according to the game's server on Earth.  Your account has been suspended for obvious cheating attempts!" ;-)

Only 111 posts to go for Rob. ;-)

Heh.  You need hurry up and beat me to it! ;-)  (I think we can cheat and edit that count, if we want, too...  If I get to 4242, I might just manually edit it back to that all the time, just for the Hitchhiker's Guide reference...  If only I could cheat in real life and keep my age at 42 forever, like it is at the moment... ;-))

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