shutdown -r now

Running the most recent Ubuntu builds leads to odd things happening from time to time. This mornings little bit of joy was:

-bash: shutdown: command not found

It seems that somewhere in the last aptitude dist-upgrade the upstart package had been dropped from the selected list. For those wondering upstart provides a large number of the functions need for init.d, and the general run level management process. There used to be a package for systemv level compatibility where shutdown binaries lived, that package no longer existed. Simple solution in the end, just install upstart again.

Why do I bring this up on the blog? Well, it was time to restart the blog again. See a few weeks ago I upgraded it too, to WordPress 2.8.1, or rather WordPress thought it upgraded itself to 2.8.1. What really happened is it completely broke itself to the point that it wasn’t even logging any errors. This is a nice clean fresh install of WordPress 2.8.1

I do love upgrading software on computers, always thrilling.

Returning a Power Adapter for an External Hard drive

Replying to your email can you please provide me with the following information that the RMA department is required for us to ask our customers.

It’s a power adapter, and the cable doesn’t fit in the power adapter socket.

Computer Type:

Well, some of my computers are White, some are Black, two are Metal, and one is blue, yet another is two tone Green. Some are Mac’s, some are Intel Macs, some are IBMs, some are ASUS, a few are from Nokia… is this relevant?

Speed that your running:

Fast? Away for ever buying from OWC again? I guess I’m also sitting down, so I may not be running when you read this.

Operating System:

It’s a power adapter! It doesn’t have an OS. If it does I am very very afraid of it. There are however computers that I own that run Mac OS X, Windows, Linux (Ubuntu 9.04), QNX, and other OSes, exactly how this has anything to do with a power adapter is somewhat beyond me.


… someone may want to update what ever computer program (I assume) requires those fields.

Gratuitous Baby Photos

Since I finally managed to get the blog started a few things have happened. The most important being that back on January 20th I became a father! My wife points out that it is now April and that I said before that I would post once a week at least. Right, didn’t do that. But still doing better then my LJ account, 3 posts in 5 years. I may not be cut out for the blogging thing. Anyway, baby pictures!

Oliver prepares for his day out

My wife, a much better blogger tells me I should link to the photo album here. I think I’m getting the hang of this. I’m really much better writing blogging software, she’s really much better at using it.

gc.isenabled() == True

Well, maybe the 7th try is the charm. This will be at least my 7th blog like entity. Perhaps this time it will go better. Other blogging attempts have been, “The Flickering Fluorescent”, DNS lapsed. LiveJournal, which has been updated a grand total of 3 times… in 7 years. I’m sure there were other ones, I remember creating the themes and setting them up, don’t remember much else about them. Twitter has been going better, but then it’s not really a blog.

My goal, I think within reason, is to post here at least once a week. Of course just at the moment this blog doesn’t seem to be off to an auspicious start.

;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Ah well, have to start some where.

echo '' >> /etc/hosts