Well, this was a fun weekend. I logged into my server to check my email. When I tried to reply to an email, I got a «User Unknown» error. Huh?

Sounds like it’s trying to deliver locally.

Some digging around indicates a DNS issue. Humm… So I cat /etc/resolv.conf.

«File IO error.»

Uh-oh. That’s not good. I’ll shut down and do an FSCK in single user mode.

FSCK shows no problems, so I ctrl-d out of single-user mode to bring it up. A prompt comes up that asks what runlevel I want to go into. Hmmm… Never seen that before. Well, 3 it is.

Nope. 3 it isn’t. It tells me there is nothing in the inittab about runlevel 3. Oh shit.

It appears that there was some file corruption going on and the mirrored file system dutifully copied the corrupt files over to the other disc.

Crap, crap, crap.

I figured since I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the SCSI drives and the software RAID, that maybe it’s time to dump the lot. So I went and bought an 80GB IDE drive and rebuilt the server.

Luckily I managed to salvage all the data off the old drives, so we should be just as before.

What a PITA! Just how I wanted to spend my Sunday evening…

Old server – dead

Looks like the old server has died for some reason. It’s up and responding to pings, but unresponsive in any other manner.

I discovered this when DNS stopped resolving today. Whoops.

Luckily I had already installed DNS on the new server and I just had to move the NAT on my firewall.

But the home network is still pulling DNS, DHCP and print services from the old server.

Looks like I have some work to do tonight…

More house

Did more work on the house this weekend. Tore off and replaced the roof over the little bay that juts out for the stairs.

The roofers that we had replace the roof about 10 years ago didn’t repair the roof decking correctly so that the trim didn’t fit right.

It took a little thinking, but I figured out the right way to deck it and rebuilt it.

Unfortunately, it’s wrong all over the house. I guess that we will have to fix it when we get the roof done again.


Movie: Wing Chun

IMDB Entry

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s classic kung fu with Michelle Yeoh.

I think the best way to watch it is with the English overdub track and the English subtitles. They don’t match at all! It’s hilarious and they feel like they are different plots all together.

It was directed by Woo-ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and the fight scenes are great.

Even the kids enjoyed this movie.

The Bean Curd fight scene had my kids rolling on the floor.

Overall well worth a watch.

Movie: Reservoir Dogs

I’m thinking I might do mini movie reviews and I watched Reservoir Dogs the other night. IMDB Entry

I think I can sum it up with «Now that I have seen this movie, I don’t have to watch it again.»

I guess it’s not bad for a first film, but I don’t see what all the (self induced?) hype was about.

It’s bloody. It’s gory. It has a torture scene (which I didn’t enjoy.)

Over all, I guess it was a pretty good flick, but I don’t need to see it again. I enjoyed Pulp Fiction much more and felt it had a much better plot.


Worked on the K1100RS last night and got the forks rebuilt (new seals, bushings and oil) and the fuel pump installed!

Rode it to work this morning! First ride on that bike in about two months. Felt pretty good.

The fork seals were a pain in the ass. It’s a bitch to get the clip-ring out. The first one was really hard until I figured out a way to do it. Then the second one was much faster.

The new seals went in really easily. I was pleased. (Hope they don’t leak.)

I downloaded a manual from Ohlins for the rear shock and I might tweak it a little and see if I can improve the handling without having to get it rebuilt. Hope so.

Overall I’m pretty happy that the K Bike is back on the road.


I spent all day Saturday working on my K1100RS. I got the rear end all reassembled and then I got the forks off so I can rebuild them.

Sunday I spent all day working on my house. I got a big section of siding replaced, including a whole bunch of fiddly-bits in the corner where two sloping walls come together.

Man I was aching last night. As a matter of fact, I still hurt.

I’m going to try and get the forks rebuilt tonight (shouldn’t be to bad) and then all I have left to do on the bike is replace the fuel pump.

I should have it all done by Tuesday night at the latest.


I turned off my server to put in some RAM I dug up (which didn’t fit because the slots are off a little – I need to figure out why) and when I turned it back on disk 0 was dead. No spin, no blinky lights.


So I dinked around a bit and discovered that it was truly dead. Hmm…

That’s okay, I said to myself, I’m running RAID 1! It should just boot off the other disk!


Bzzttt – No Boot Device Found!

I took me an hour of poking around on the web to figure out how to get the damned boot loader installed in the MBR. But once I figured that out, ba-da-bing! Up it came!

Now I need to find another 9GB drive. Sigh.