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Nice rack.

In other news, I’ve got my bike out again. Toronto’s going to be a much better city than Ottawa for bike-as-transportation, except that the elevation profile for my ride from home to work looks like this: feet elev. miles Unfortunate, especially since there are no showers at work. I might end up taking the bus […]

Model Citizen

Candice and I reacted to the TTC strike this weekend by going for a “little walk down College” that ended up at Kensington Market, where I found a little shop called Model Citizen. Owner Julian Finkel sells hand-screenprinted T-shirts as well as screenprinted and appliqued waistcoasts, sportcoats, ties, and hats for men, and a few […]

Printer fun

I spent much of the afternoon yesterday on the phone with Dell, debugging a confused printer. We moved the printer across the room, and following that it wouldn’t print; it’d just sit there at “Printing…”, and the client print progress thing would stay at 0%… until you disconnected the network cable. Then it’d print whatever […]

No more Unix mail at Dreamhost

I left DreamHost just in time: We’re no longer allowing (new) FTP/SHELL users to have an email address associated with them. [...] Fortunately, this change should be more or less invisible to everybody! The only thing lost is the ability to see and manipulate your mail files via FTP/Shell… (and even that is only for […]

I’m on Linode now!

After my post about my Dreamhost experiences, I finally decided that enough was enough and signed up for a Linode. I should’ve done this ages ago. For $20/mo, I get a virtual server (using Xen, which is conceptually like VMware if you’ve heard of one but not the other) with 360MB of RAM, 10GB of […]

Free Naxos Music Library access

Free classical music: I learned today that signing up for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s email newsletter also gives you access to a streaming-music service called “Beethoven on Demand”. That seemed neat, and I’d be happy to get the TSO’s newsletter anyhow, so I signed up — and found that “Beethoven on Demand” appears to be […]

Dreamhost: a comedy of errors

You may have noticed that this place was hard to get to for the last week or so. I’ve hosted this blog and a bunch of other websites on Dreamhost since 2004, and I’ve referred enough people to them that my hosting there has been free for years. But most of those four years have […]

Fun with DHCP

I rolled out a new firewall/DNS server/DHCP server at FreshBooks today. Went well except for one problem: occasionally people would lose DNS resolution. Well, that’s not good. Checking out their machines showed that their DNS server addresses were being changed to an address on the wrong subnet, and their domain being changed to “mshome.net”. That […]