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Sunday, 26 January 2020 Dereel Images for 26 January 2020
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More PIXIO fun
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

For one reason and another it's been a while since we last used the PIXIO “Robot Cameraman”. A week ago we tried, but it had self-discharged despite my attempts to work around the charging bug. Clearly this thing needs recharging on a regular basis, even if it's not in use.

Today we tried again. Put the beacons in place, turn them on, put the PIXIO in place, turn it on. Blinking green light, and it won't go on properly.

Damn! What's wrong with the thing now? In to read the instructions and the troubleshooting information, all of which assumed that the thing was running. Finally, in some completely unlikely place, I discovered the answer: that's a feature, not a bug! It doesn't light constantly at all. Back out and set it up, and it worked:


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Well, for a while until it lost track of Yvonne again, as it had done two months ago. How did I fix it then? I didn't describe it very well. Repositioned again today with what I recalled, and it worked. But it's clear that we need a HOWTO with photos of the details. Any time now.


RootBSD problem solution
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Response to yesterday's ticket from RootBSDNetActuate today:

I was able to login to VNC without issue and run service sshd restart. I was unable to replicate your problem unfortunately with VNC. My recommendation is to try logging into VNC in a private or incognito window as something may be cached.

And indeed the sshd service was running again. But no, it couldn't be cached information. I had tried this on many different browsers on different systems, on one of which I had reset all cache content, and it's a problem that I had reported two years ago.

But maybe it works now? Tried again, running on Chrome, and exactly the same thing happened. Maybe an issue with BSD (nomen non est omen)? Tried it with Microsoft. Success! Tried to type something into the console, and I got the error 1006 again.

Damn! But then the input echoed on the other console, running on BSD! I've never seen anything like that before, but it confirms my suspicion that something is very wrong with the web application.

Even apart from this issue, there's a question of responsiveness. This was a “system down, won't come up” situation (even if in this case the customer could hardly scream for blood), for which they offer a response within two hours. Even medium (”Application or O/S level issue (able to connect to server)” to use their description) had a response time of 2-6 hours. And it took them over 7½ hours to respond.

Even that is nothing, though, compared to the request I put through several months back to change the reverse DNS for the server. It still hasn't been done. They don't need to any more; the server is as good as dead.


Unhappy Fuchsias
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

Somehow the plants in the hanging baskets in the house entrance are not doing well:


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The side pointing to the light is alright, but the other side is dying. Not enough light? It looks like it, though I'm surprised.


Kebabs again
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Kebabs for dinner tonight, in two separate courses. First prawns, then beef/lamb:


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I still haven't found a good time for the beef/lamb in the air fryer. Today I gave it 9 minutes at 230°, and the meat was still overdone. But the vegetables weren't, and I'm beginning to wonder if this is the way I should be preparing them.


New dog bed
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

MJ Wisbey, Yvonne's supplier of duck eggs, has had a big dog die, and she wanted to get rid of its bed. So Yvonne inherited it, and Leonid at any rate likes it:


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Why do they let their heads hang over the edge?


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Brunch with Lorraine
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Lorraine Carranza along this morning for brunch (huevos rancheros). We haven't seen much of her lately. For reference: healthy appetite, enjoyed all components, including tortillas, frijoles refritos and chilis. Two eggs.


Server migration: next step
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

OK, time to finalize the name server migration. I have a name server running on lax.lemis.com, but the world doesn't know about it. What do I need to do?

First, of course, copy the zone files to the existing master name server, currently ns1.lemis.com. And when I activate it, the master name server ceases to be a visible name server at all, though it will still allow zone transfers.

What about the other name servers, ns2.lemis.com, ns4.lemis.com and ns6.gandi.net? ns6.gandi.net is clearly a slave, but I'm not even sure about the other two. And how do they know where the masters are? The configuration that I know typically has IP addresses, something like:

zone "lemis.com" {
        type slave;
//                 ns1           ns2          ns4            oldwww
        masters {45.32.70.18; 203.11.71.1; 62.13.128.200; 208.86.226.86; };
        file "db.lemis.com";
};

And for some reason all the slaves get mentioned in the masters entry, making it impossible for me to see whether they're really masters or slaves.

But what happens if the master IP address goes away? Presumably the others no longer get updated.

And ns6.gandi.net? No idea where it gets the zone from, but it does. Does it poll, maybe? Or does it get it from another, more generous server?

OK, I need to update the allow-transfer list, not only here, but on ns2 and ns4 as well. Contact my people there. In the meantime they can get it from oldwww.

OK, do that, and all worked nicely. Same for narrawin.com. Check that mail goes through to Chris. No!

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

<chris@narrawin.com>: Host or domain name not found. Name service error for
    name=mx2.lemis.com type=AAAA: Host not found

Huh? I had changed the MX for narrawin.com to mx1.lemis.com, which works fine. Ah, but narrawin.com RRs have a TTL of 1 day, and lemis.com has 15 minutes. So the test message I sent (not the first) had mx2.lemis.com there for the next day or so. Back and re-added mx2 (now with the new address) to the lemis.com zone, and after a while things settled down. But it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that some mail bounced, and there's no way to know whether it did or not.


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