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Measure twice, crash once (or less)

Hav­ing run­ning sta­tis­tics on your sys­tems is al­ways a good idea.

Since I am a qmail freak, I have been us­ing the ven­er­a­ble qmailm­rt­g7 for a long while.

In fact since I use my couri­er pop3/imap serv­er with tcpserver, I can even use qmailm­rt­g7 to give me stats about POP3 and IMAP, which it susu­al­ly does­n't.

But... qmailm­rt­g7 is kin­da lame. In part it is lame be­cause it us­es mrt­g. In part it is lame be­cause it's one opaque thing.

Munin, based on rrd­tool is much nicer to look at than mrt­g, and has a much more rea­son­able ar­chi­tec­ture.

Then, I found qm­rtg which is much nicer than qmailm­rt­g7, and al­so has a much nicer ar­chi­tec­ture.

So, why not make a qmunin based on qm­rtg which will mar­ry them?

Well, that's an idea.

It's not even very hard to do :-) I should prob­a­bly do it and pub­lish it.


A sim­ple (yeah, sure!) so­lu­tion so you can watch TV on all the com­put­ers in your home. Cher­ryTV!

It's smal­l, it's cher­ry­Pow­ered, and it does work.

RA SPP Plugin collection version 0.2.2

Fixed a sil­ly bug in the ipthrot­tle plug­in.

It had de­bug code en­abled, and it was get­ting to the SMTP client :-(

If you tried to use it, and got "in­valid re­spon­se" er­rors (or some­thing sim­i­lar)... well, try it.

I am **so** not a guru.

I got this nice mul­ti­func­tion print­er+s­can­ner+­copier, called HP PSC 1410.

Cheap, too!

Works nice, even!

Ex­cep­t... it can't be net­worked. You sim­ply can't, us­ing HP's soft­ware, print on that thing from any oth­er com­put­er on your net­work.

Ex­cep­t, that is, if they are both run­ning win­dows XP. Not even oth­er ver­sions of win­dows will work. And HP says so. (Cor­rec­tion, maybe not even with XP?)

On Lin­ux? Well, it shoul­da kin­da work, says lin­ux­print­ing.­com.

And then I sup­pose I could ex­port a post­script queue and let the lin­ux driv­er do the job, and get some print­ing done from the must-be-win­dows-98 note­book run­ning the le­gal case man­age­ment soft­ware.

But you know what? I am so tired of this crap. It does­n't work right on Lin­ux. It's crip­pled on win­dows. What ex­act­ly are we sup­posed to run for this piece of en­gi­neer­ing to work?

Why does this, a rather new mod­el, lack a fea­ture ev­ery god­for­sak­en print­er has had since the dawn on Win­dows For Work­groups 3.11?????

I know my page is read by no win­dows print­ing gu­ru, but I re­al­ly can use a hand here.

If you see a russian, it's my doing

In this rus­sian site, you can see how they got my post about the San­ta Fe python even­t. And ap­par­ent­ly what im­pressed them is the thing about the fish and the beer.

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