Blog | Admin | Archives | Random | Recent | Thanks
    • #howellfest #IOW
    • The shape shifters in their usual form.
    • Clippering under moody clouds.
    • 🌊

Left Side Menu

I finally got down to it and moved the menu to the left side. It was a gradual process actually, but I think I finally did it in a good manner. Bernie’s comment on my last post on this subject led me to believe that I was indeed attempting the right solution when I was using float: left; in my CSS file, but that I had simply overlooked something. After some careful bookkeeping, I discovered the problem, and went on to make the index file more robust while I was at it. So now the menu is happily on the left, and I think it looks pretty good over there if I could say so myself. Thanks, Bernie!

Room for the Future

I recently added an old 30gb 5400 rpm drive to sf2, giving me room to upload many of my photographs. This allows two important possibilities straight off – first, it is a good way to back up my several gigabytes of pictures. Second, it provides a more accessible, nicer interface with which to view these pictures than does Windows.

If you want to take a peek, head to the Gallery.

CSS woes

If web standards really are all they are cracked up to be, then why is it that only Internet Explorer does what I expect when I try to adjust the layout of this site? Why will I have to spend frustrated hours reading through examples to get the menu on the left? What am I missing about positioning?

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…

SilverFir Returns

Thanks to Dan Marsh, Tim Montague, and my dad, SilverFir.net is fully recovered from what I can only surmise was a series of remodel-related power outages that caused harm to the filesystem. I would suggest that silverfir.net users check the integrity of their data, if they care about such things.

Whoops

Concerning the recent downtime of SilverFir.net, sorry about that. I made a mistake.