Tag Archives: stupidity

Search-engine assisted fraud HOWTO

As many of the readers of this fine site are career criminals, it seems good to explain a new and popular procurement fraud scam.  Here’s a piccie to muddy the waters, followed by the blow-by-blow account, in which the numbers … Continue reading

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Computer insomnia

I updated my Ubuntu system installation on a laptop.  This went fine.  I installed more memory.  This went well.  But on the second day, I discovered that my laptop had insomnia.  It could not sleep.  Close the lid?  It’s still … Continue reading

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Adobe XFA forms do not work, no really, Adobe sucks

Our friendly tax collector has automated their personal inefficiencies into a relatively efficient system called SARS e-viling.  This amazing system allows you to confess your tax sins, after which they will perform their happy little calculations and tell you whether … Continue reading

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VMWare + ipfix + NAT = intermittent fail

So I put all of these things together a while ago for bandwidth reporting: VMWare‘s netflow reporting – I configured a virtual distributed switch to send netflow reporting to a collector.  Every time some machine runs up its internet usage, the … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 14.04 GPT EFI faiL

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and ran into a problem.  Starting with the default 64 bit version using pretty straightfoward settings as a new installation, I ended up with this terse message after the installation completed: Operating system not found It … Continue reading

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Android Emergency

On the way to work one fine morning, I stopped at a road accident scene, with some rather traumatic injuries – I thought someone had died, but instead of being dead, that someone spoke to me and asked me to … Continue reading

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Arrays

A programmer working on a large project noticed that every single variable was stored in a separately named instance: int c1, c2, c3, c4, c5, c6; This meant that there was a lot of code of this sort: c1++; c2++; … Continue reading

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My new password

I’m changing all my passwords to asterisks: ******** Now, when I enter my password, I can see what I’m typing.

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December is a bad month for Linux system administration

The system load for Linux is an indication of how busy the system is, and how long you are going to wait to get something done.  When the load is 0.0, that means that the system is ready to do … Continue reading

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ERROR 1305 (42000): FUNCTION eval does not exist

MySQL cluster – a wonderful idea.  It’s really nice: you have a front end, and multiple redundant back ends, and all the data is loaded into memory, so things go very fast, even queries that inefficiently scan vast squabs of … Continue reading

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