Random update

I had something I was going to post about, but I can’t remember what it is. If I do I’ll let you know.

I remember part of it: I picked up DDR Extreme 2 and a mat for the PS2 this weekend. Whee! I’ve never played DDR before (but I knew what to expect, at least), but I think I’m picking it up pretty good. Seriously dorky music, though. I haven’t got Candice playing yet, but oh, I will.

Work got crazy all of a sudden this week. Originally there was a new service to be deployed for the beginning of February, and then things were going to be moved into mid-March, and now we’re back at “right away”. Gives me something to do, at least. As part of this I installed CentOS for the first time. I’ve been using Fedora until now for Linux servers, and while it’s worked well, there’s a companywide move toward CentOS as a standard Linux platform, so I’m going along with it. Imagine my surprise, then, when I suddenly found myself sitting in front of what appeared to be a Commodore 64 splash screen:

(click to see whole screen)

How’d someone let that out the door?

While I’m thinking of techy things: I need to back up a machine running XP at home to a fileserver running Linux. The really obvious way to do this, to me, is to use the Windows backup tool to schedule a nightly backup whose destination is a network drive shared from the Linux box. But no-one seems to do it that way; instead, they write shell scripts that mount the Windows drive on the Linux box, and then tar things up. Now it seems to me that a big tarball isn’t going to do you much good should the pooch become screwed, but a Windows backup would include all of the system state stuff that would allow you to do a bare-metal restore. Am I missing something?

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