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Thursday, September 27, 2007
flub@signy:~/src$ tar -xzf storm-0.10.tar.gz 

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
flub@signy:~/src$ file storm-0.10.tar.gz 
storm-0.10.tar.gz: POSIX tar archive (GNU)
flub@signy:~/src$ mv storm-0.10.tar.gz storm-0.10.tar
flub@signy:~/src$ tar -xf storm-0.10.tar
flub@signy:~/src$

I don't think I've ever had an incorrectly compressed tarball before. Storm offers the download in .tar.bz2 and .tar.gz, but at least the .tar.gz is not compressed at all (not that it is necessary with 804kB) and I didn't try the other one.

It is just a fairly bad first impression...

Update: It seems the download file is actually correct as pointed out in the comments. It's not just a simple human error, it's a most interesting little bug of launchpad.

EU in censor madness

Monday, September 17, 2007

So the EU seems to think that the Internet should be filtered. The first step is blocking searches for bomb recipes.

To any rational person it is obvious that this is wrong on more levels then I care to explain (others have done so already better then I can), but yet the madness is able to spread this far. And here was me hoping the EU would be better then this.

What worries me most is that I have no idea how my vote could influence this sort of thing. Which parties or persons will actively try to stop brain-dead stuff like this? I just don't know the answer. Even if there is an answer I'm pretty sure it will be some minority party that will have a hard time making it into a decent coalition. I can understand people get fed up with our implementation of democracy and do things like voting no.

Capable Impressive System Crippled OS

Friday, September 14, 2007

That's my new acronym for cisco. Seriously, I did expect a learning curve for IOS when I was ordering a cisco 877W, but this is just disappointing.

No doubt IOS was once very amazing and had a very nice and clear concept and interface to the first few products it was made for. But right now it just looks like something that has been patched too many times to keep up with current technology and it seems like it has lost it's concept/religion/design/architecture a while ago. And to top it off the documentation has exactly the same problems.

It just makes me sad, as I know the thing is very capable and is an amazing piece of hardware. Hasn't anyone ported a linux or minix to it? That would be cool. Maybe I should have bought something that could run openWRT or so instead, oh well - too late.

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