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Juni 2008

Flash on PPC

After I arrived at home after work today I noticed that the machines at my parents home network were all down and just recovering from the outage. Two of my m68k autobuilders are located there. Nothing serious, I thought, because the machines are located behind DSL and maybe there was a short DSL outage.
Some minutes later I received two mails from my UPS that there was a power outage. Well, this explains the DSL outage as well, because the DSL is not attached to the USV (located in a different room).

Thu Jul 03 17:56:19 CEST 2008 Power is back. UPS running on mains.
Thu Jul 03 17:56:19 CEST 2008 Mains returned. No longer on UPS batteries.
Thu Jul 03 17:46:49 CEST 2008 Running on UPS batteries.
Thu Jul 03 17:46:43 CEST 2008 Power failure.

Ten minutes of power outage without machines being shutdown. It's a APC UPS BR800I with 3 machines (2x m68ks, 1x PIII@550), a SCSI hardware RAID with 7 disks and a 8 port switch hooked up to it. I'm really glad that I bought the UPS earlier this year - exactly for this purpose and to prevent filesystem errors on the buildds when there is a power outage. :-)

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Information Policy

It's an ongoing drama: Flash player on PowerPC systems - you can either choose to ignore flash at all (no mozilla plugin installed) or the a non-working version of Gnash installed, which gives you no output of YouTube videos and hanging, CPU eating processes:

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
16302 ij 20 0 63964 22m 13m R 75.0 2.2 4:27.56 gtk-gnash
16308 ij 20 0 44792 13m 10m S 5.9 1.3 0:24.46 gtk-gnash
16297 ij 20 0 54172 14m 10m R 2.6 1.4 0:11.07 gtk-gnash
16301 ij 20 0 54172 14m 10m S 2.6 1.4 0:10.92 gtk-gnash

I really doubt that there will ever be a working Flash player for non-Intel compatible architectures. :-(
I'll try swf-player next, but have little hope that it will be better than cr^H^Hgnash....

UPDATE:
swfdec-mozilla doesn't work properly either. It hangs iceweasel just a second after playing a YouTube video and the picture is broken.

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AAAAA oder auch: AbKüFi

Well, during the weekend some Debian machines were unreachable as MJ Ray wrote on debian-devel:

gluck, merkel, samosa and raff uncontactable (192.25.206.* network problem?)

I don't know anything more at this time, but wanted to push a small
message out so that others know it isn't just them and lists and IRC
are both still up, as far as I can see so far.

Except the topic on #debian-devel channel there was no other official notice, afaik.

I think handling of such issues can be improved. Although nobody apparently seemed to know what happened or when the problem will be solved, it would have been nice to publish information that actually were available:

  1. What happened?
  2. When did it happen?
  3. What services are affected?
  4. What is done to solve the problem?
  5. When will the problem be solved most likely (ETA)?
  6. Is there an alternative for the services affected by the problem?
  7. Where can I inform myself about any progress?

A webpage similar to that one for DSA-1571 would be a very nice idea, IMHO.

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Berlin - erster Tag

AAAAA-was? Wer dieses Akronym nicht kennt, ist vielleicht noch nicht gänzlich verloren. VERA (Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms) löst diese Abkürzung laut dict wie folgt auf:

AAAAA
Anonym Association Against Acronym Abuse (telecommunication-slang)

Dagegen ist AbKüFi ja schon landläufig bekannt und heißt Abkürzungsfimmel. Beides sagt im Prinzip aus, daß man es mit Abkürzungen auch übertreiben kann, aber weder AAAAA noch Abküfi machen das so schön und kreativ wie es Jasper tut:

via http://www.aptgetupdate.de/index.php/2008/06/05/musik-generation-lol/

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