Topic: Books Pile of books

4:26pm, Friday 4 August 2006

A quick buzz down what I've been reading recently...

The Moon-Voyage, Jules Verne
Northern Lights / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
Mr Pullman is a master of misery. Engrossing stories though.
The Magic Spring, Richard Lewis
This was very funny indeed, and particularly wonderful because I knew some of the people and places mentioned.
Someone comes to town, someone leaves town, Cory Doctorow
Weird, slightly icky, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Secrets and Lies, Bruce Schneier
You're not paranoid enough. 'Nuff said.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
Funny, but the author comes across as more "smug" than "stickler".
Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, E.G. Richards
Fascinating subject, woefully large number of errors.
Great Lies to Tell Small Kids, Andy Riley
"Wine makes Mummy clever." And it's downhill from there... great book.
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, Tom Baker
Surreal, mildly horrible, and impossible to put down.
The Problem of Cell 13, Jacques Futrelle
Move over, Sherlock Holmes. These are great "whodunnit" stories - and also "how-dunnit". They're all out of copyright and on the web.
The Common But Less Frequent Loon and Other Essays, Keith Stewart Thomson
Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist, John Brockman
Plenty of anecdotes but disappointingly thin on the underlying analysis.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room, Gaston Leroux
Windmills: A Pictoral History of Their Technology, Richard Hills
I've been inside some of the windmills in this book. It was amazing to read about all the different styles and designs of windmill.
The Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin, Francis Spufford
Very enjoyable stories of British wonderfulness - but not all boffins, really.
Accelerando, Charles Stross
I want an exocortex.
Topic: Computers resize2fs woe

9:26am, Friday 4 August 2006 (Updated 3:05pm, Friday 4 August 2006)

Aug 4 10:20:24 cachesrv1b kernel: EXT3-fs warning (device cciss/c0d0p1): ext3_group_add: No reserved GDT blocks, can't resize

Grr. And Google has nothing useful to suggest. The filesystem in question refuses to grow beyond 32GB, which is a slightly suspicious number. Anyone?

Update: I just tried to grow a different filesystem from 10GB to 20GB and it got stuck at 16GB. The plot thickens. /usr/src/linux/fs/ext3/resize.c, here I come...

Update 2: Right, it appears that ext2/3 filesystems can be resized on-the-fly up to the next multiple of 16GB. To go beyond that you need to unmount the filesystem... which is mildly tricky if it's the root filesystem. Bah!

Topic: General Big pig

9:28am, Friday 4 August 2006

There's a crop pig in a field near work - you can see it from the A11 southbound at the A1301 exit (it's directly in front of you!)

Topic: Website Silly puzzle

4:26pm, Tuesday 18 July 2006 - the aim is to find your way to "30"...

Topic: General For the Doctor Who fans

11:11am, Friday 14 July 2006

An alternative ending to Doomsday... *snort*


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