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Updated States Map, Part II

Just about a year ago, I updated my states visited map. Having just been to New England for the first time, I thought it was time to repeat the process.

Visited States as of July 2005

You can make your own map at world66.com.

For additional fun, enjoy this map of Europe:

Visited European Countries as of July 2005

Toxic

Toxic chemicals pervade the air as the wood floors are restained. The only way to survive is to hold a breath while running between well-ventalated areas. Ventalation is so essential that a new high velocity fan was purchased to provide more in the room. It appears to double as a moth destruct-o-tron, scattering their torn carcasses across the long axis of the room.

Toxic also were to words of the young woman at the Jack in the Box we ate at tonight. Maternal units were made sick to the stomach by the words she used to confront the store employees, patrons, and me when I kindly asked her to stop disturbing the parents.

32-group limit rears its ugly head again

Previously, I ran into a problem on sf2 where I could only have a user in 32 groups. Because of the security scheme I implement on sf2 – a combination of user-private groups and some stuff I made up – this meant I could only have 32 sites active at a time. I ran into the issue several times, but was able to find a solution by disabling some older, no longer used sites.

However, I always wished there were a solution in case the limit came up agian. So when I upgrded to kernel version 2.6, I was pleased to read that the rther arbitrary 32 group limit had been removed.

Or had it?

Despite this line showing up in the 2.6.11.11 kernel sources:

# grep GROUPS /usr/src/linux/include/linux/limits.h
#define NGROUPS_MAX 65536 /* supplemental group IDs are available */

today, I ran into the problem again. Zut alors!

Yes, there is a workaround – Access Control Lists (ACLs), but I really don’t want to have to do the work to learn and implement them, when the group system would work just fine if it weren’t for a dumb arbitrary limit. Just like how I had to reset enfusion a few days ago to get the ftp server working properly, Linux isn’t always all its cracked up to be.

Life as a SysAdmin

I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight
I will not upgrade router firmware after midnight…

Bike Trip Photos!

After putting it off for a long time, I finally got around to uploading the bike trip photos. To make the album, I used Gallery, a wonderful piece of free software.

Go take a look!

Freecycling

I’ve been on a recent binge of room cleaning, inspired by everything getting rearranged while I was gone as part of the ongoing remodel. The result is that I’ve found some worthwhile old stuff that, frankly, I hadn’t even thought of in years. Most of it was not quite valuable enough to sell, but I also wanted to overcome my pack rat tendencies and jettison the excess. So what does one do in this situation? Freecycle!

Freecycle is a worldwide movement aided by the rise of the internet. Basically, online freecycling communities for geographic areas are formed and are linked to from the freecycle website. I signed up a while ago after I learned about the concept from Jason, who is someone that I don’t remember how I know. Regardless, I started receiving the emails and even put in a request for a few of the items, though I was always too late. But getting stuff isn’t even where Freecycling is cool. Where it gets cool is giving stuff away.

For example, during the aforementioned cleanup, I found an old Rio 600 32mb MP3 player that I haven’t used in ages. I had mostly forgotten that I even had it. Well, its not useless – but since I have an iPod, I would never use it again. And if I were to go to the trouble to sell it on eBay, I MIGHT get $5 out of it. Not even worth the time. But… when I Freecycled it, I got the following response:

thanks a bucnch!!!!!! i loooooooooooove it! it is sooooooo awesome! thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which to me, at least, is worth a lot more than $5.

Insomniac

I could not stay asleep last night for the life of me. The result was me sleeping in until just now and missing out on opportunities to play ultimate and paintball. Suck.