A Very Very Hot Data Centre

Data centres pack lots of cool technology in them. The technology make them hot. Literally hot too, considering the amount of heat they dissipate. Now, combine that with a cooling crisis and you truly have a recipe for disaster. Here’s what happened recently in a data centre I run. An unfortunate turn of events led to both the primary and…

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What’s the Point of ZapCode

Why do we sometimes like to re-invent the wheel? Maybe that’s still okay if you’re making a better wheel, but what’s the point of driving up hype on yet another wheel, or worse, an inferior wheel? Case in point: ZapCode from Singapore Press Holdings. It’s basically a 2-D bar code. How very fascinating. But hey, 2-D bar codes have been…

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Vanessa Celebrates 5th Month

Vanessa celebrated her 5th month birthday yesterday enjoying 2 meals of baby goo. 🙂 She is so excited with her food, and you can hardly feed her fast enough for her liking. See how she grabs the spoon and pushes it into her month. And she refuses to let go of her spoon! She must be thinking: “Food comes out…

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Fire Alarm is No Alarm

Today there was a false fire alarm at my condo. Again. Like this is now the quadrillionth time. It started about 6:25am, a little early but thankfully not like 2am (has happened before). Usually it is a false alarm… of course it is, how often does a real fire happen… and it gets reset in half a minute or so….

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Baby Loves Photo-Taking

We found that our baby Vanessa loves having her photos taken. Why? Well… This afternoon, when she was getting sleepy and slightly cranky, we set her down in her cot and was preparing to rock her to sleep. Since my N73 is ever so handy, I thought I’d take a photo of her. Hmm… Vanessa’s attention was immediately aroused. She…

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Upgrading to Fedora 7

Upgrading Linux is always an adventure. Linux distributions have clearly improved tremendously through the years, but user expectations have also increased at the same time. Once upon a time, users had to put up with repeated installations, mucking around configuration files, downloading extra bits of code, and going through all sorts of hoops and hurdles to get their Linux system…

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Baby’s Second Month

Baby Vanessa is two months old today. We don’t have any special celebration. Well except that perhaps her daddy’s friend dropped in with his baby boy (and mum) for a quick visit in the morning, so the two babies had several moments to attempt some socializing. Vanessa has become more picky with things. I suppose she’s now more aware of…

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