One Ring to rule them all

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

The One Ring

(She did, after the initial shock, say yes.)

Ron’s Fun Friday

Get to work, minding my own business – then, at 10am, the local transformer box blows (AGAIN). I was working on a critical update to one of my apps at the time that just HAD to go live today. So, no problem I thought, I’ll just take my work computer and go home to finish it. I get home, and found that for some reason, my stuff wasn’t synching between my computer and the dev work server as it should have been – all my stuff was on the dev work server.

I then phone my network admin, and hear that he and the support people are the only ones left at the office – everyone else had buggered off (bearing in mind that we had scheduled load shedding at 2pm, and this looked like it would take a while to fix). He says no problem, come and get the dev work server (with EVERYONE’s dev work on it, mind you), and take it home with you. I’m like “are you SURE????”, and he’s like “no problem”. So, I drive the 3km back to the office, pick up the server, get the admin password for it, and off I go home again, connect both PCs up to my network, and transfer my stuff to my work computer.

It doesn’t take me long to finish the code changes that I had been planning, but now I have a new problem – my code needs to go onto our daemons server at our server farm at IS in Umhlanga – and I can’t go through the office network, because the UPS died five minutes after I left the second time. Once more, I phone my network admin. He tells me that there’s a back way in, and tells me all the details. I upload my code to the server, and test it – it worked first time, thankfully.Β  πŸ˜›

As I finish testing, one of the support people phone me to tell me that the power is back on. So, both computers get loaded back into the car, and back to work I go to put them back. We plug the dev work server and my work computer back in, and I quickly send off a few mails that needed to be sent, as our 2pm scheduled load shedding is about to happen. Sure enough, it happens. At this stage, I decide “bugger it”, and head off to the Pavillion to get some lunch and kill some time.

After Steers, I pop into Look and Listen and pick up two trance CDs (the same one I got for Palu but this time for myself, and another one). I browse around the various shops in the Pav, looking for something to keep me interested. Eventually, I look at the time. 4:15pm. I have to be at Kingsmead at 4:30pm as I’m doing the scoring for Cricinfo for the Pro20 final. So, off I head, only to be caught in the mother of all traffic jams at Warwick Junction. I eventually work my way through, and get into the Kingsmead scorebox at 4:50pm. Fortunately, my rather late arrival wasn’t a problem, as everyone else got caught in the same traffic jam.

So, I sit though 40 overs of a really good cricket match, which the Dolphins lost narrowly, get invited to drinks in the President’s Suite afterwards (nothing alcoholic for me – still had to drive home), and head off at 10:00pm thinking “what else could possibly happen today?”. As it turns out, there was an accident on Spaghetti Junction that had happened moments before I got there, and as it was pitch black I only saw it at the last minute (and, Murphy’s Law, it’s in MY lane). I don’t know how I managed to avoid running into the crashed cars and keep control.

So here I am, at 11:10pm, finally chilling out at home. Won’t be online for much longer, as I’ve got an early morning tomorrow…

Devil frog!

OK, so we know that the time of the dinosaurs must have been a pretty rough time to live. To say nothing of the carnivorous dinosaurs themselves, you had to deal with plenty of air and sea predators as well. As Gollum would say, “nassssty place, precioussss”.

Well, it seems like even the frogs were nasty buggers back then as well:

It was the biggest, baddest, meanest froggy ever to have hopped on Earth.

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery in north-western Madagascar of a bulky amphibian dubbed the “devil frog” that lived 65 million to 70 million years ago and was so nasty it may have eaten newborn dinosaurs.

This brute was larger than any frog living today and may be the biggest frog ever to have existed, according to paleontologist David Krause of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, one of the scientists who found the remains.

Rest of article

Well, although that frog is no longer around (thankfully), one now begins to understand why some African cultures have an irrational fear of frogs… πŸ˜‰

Anti-virus comparisons

Andrew has sent me an article detailing how popular anti-virus software deals with threats not present in standard AV signatures:

Β The winner of this antivirus sweepstakes was a product called Avira, which managed to detect and defeat 71 percent of the unknown malware. Right behind it was the equally-obscure NOD32, which swept away 68 percent of the threats. The more well-known commercial products fared more poorly. Norton Antivirus and McAfee tied at a mere 24 percent, while Microsoft’s OneCare did even worse by only identifying 18 percent of the new threats. Resting at the bottom of the barrel were Kaspersky and eScan at nine percent, and AVG, which detected only eight percent of malicious software in addition to producing many false positives.

Original article

I’m SO glad I use NOD32 then. πŸ˜€

The article is from last year though, and is consequently on the outdated side. If you hear of a more recent study, please put the link in the comments… πŸ˜‰

Home sweet home

I’ve moved the blog over to now (its previous home was Blogger). WordPress conveniently allows one to import posts from Blogger, so everything that was on the old blog is now on this one.

All new blog posts will be posted here from now on, so I suggest updating your bookmarks/RSS feeds/whatever. The old blog will remain for a few months to give everyone a chance to update everything, however nothing new will be posted there.