Books: Distributed Proofreaders

November 9th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

I came across Distributed Proofreaders via an article on Slashdot (although the article has now been replicated on Kuro5hin). Basically, it’s a group of volunteers (a bit like ODP) that “proof-read” books for Project Gutenberg (a site where you can download ‘out-of-copyright’ books). I’ve only been a member now for just over 24 hours, but I’m really enjoying it – and I’ve proof read 50 pages so far (rank 347 out of 3349).
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Techy: Server downtime

November 9th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

Yesterday (8th November), my main server in London went ‘down’ around 6.30am. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice until around 5.30pm (on a Friday night!) and instantly sent my hosting provider an email via their web-feedback form to ask them to re-boot my server to try and bring it back online. I send them a proper email at 6.38pm as well (just in case). I can’t sleep so at 9am, I try calling them on the telephone. No response. At 10am, I send an email CC’ing to their sales address (and, this time, get an automatic acknowledgement). Around midday, I get a very apologetic phone call saying that they had moved all their dedicated servers to another part of their hosting facility, but somehow mine had got lost behind.
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Techy: DNS took correctly?

November 8th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

It seems that the DNS changes I put in place yesterday seem to have “taken” correctly. But unfortunately, my home PC seems to have cached the DNS records so I can’t check to the degree I want to. Remote checks seem to indicate all is well, but I wanted to do a DNS ‘dig’ from my home machine (as I can’t do it from anywhere else because I’ve only allowed a set group of IP address that sort of access to the server). Looks like I’ll have to wait until I’ve rebooted to find out (I was actually thinking of giving my machine a few hours downtime tonight so I can get some data off my old machine – I’ve only got the one monitor you see, plus I want to give my main machine a few hours ‘rest’: it’s normally on 24/7!).

Fun: How much is inside a keg…

November 8th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

Woo! At long last Rob Cockerham of Cockeyed has updated his very strange, but enjoyable, site to include How Much Is Inside A Keg (of beer) – part of his How Much Is Inside… series strangely enough (so if you wanted to know how much was inside a lipstick, can of shaving cream, coffee or a whole heap of other things: then head along to his site). And, no, Rob hasn’t paid me to say all that (I’ve never corresponded with him), I just like his site.

I’m not too interested in the answer anyway, as I don’t drink beer or lager (can’t stand the stuff to be honest!).

Personal: Life can be cruel+Dublin notes

November 7th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

I managed to get to sleep around 5.30am yesterday morning. Not good. And today, I swear everything I watch on TV is intent on reminding me of my ex-fiancee.

Tried contacting her to give her my congratulations, but “The mobile phone you are calling is switched off”. Oh well. Also tried calling Kim again, but still getting the “We are unable to connect your call”. Blarg. Oh, and my “southern green eyed” friend returned my call and told me all about Ireland.
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