Jeeves and Wooster to the rescue #wodehouse #tv #audio

πŸ•šοΈŽ - 2020-03-27

If the whole thing is kind of dragging you down, don't you know, men brighter than I habitually recommend a dosis of P.G. Wodehouse.

I have to say that I find his Jeeves stories the most fetching. The television series starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are positively excellent.

In case you are less visually inclined and prefer a great narrator to provide your ears with relief, I can wholeheartedly recommend the great Jonathan Cecil's performances. They are nothing less than brilliant.

What ho!

Big Thief, Store Vega (early show) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† #live #music

πŸ•£οΈŽ - 2020-03-11

Due to SARS-CoV-2 precautions, the concert at Store Vega was split in two - an early show and a late show.

I saw the early show - arrived fashionably around 30 seconds before the band went on stage - and it was good. Low key, sincere, concentrated and indie - good.

If Big Thief's tour passes by where you are: recommended.

Where you sometimes think that the heavy metal folks have their guitars so low it must be uncomfortable, Big Thief have them so high you almost think the same.

Increasing the number of nfsd threads on Linux #linux #nfs

πŸ•₯︎ - 2020-02-26

If you have a Linux machine as an NFS server, and you reach some high number of clients, you may see warnings in dmesg along the lines of:

nfsd: too many open connections, consider increasing the number of threads

If you use the error message to search for solutions online, you'll find plenty of explanations saying that you should change the RPCNFSDCOUNT variable in, e.g. /etc/default/nfs-kernel-server on a Debian-based machine.

Sometimes the guides will tell you to restart the nfs-kernel-server-service, but alas, that won't take effect (at least not immediately(?)) Sometimes the suggestion is then to reboot the machine.

Besides being ugly, that might not be convenient, if - say - a whole lot of machines depend on the NFS mount (which is how we got here in the first place!)

I've now found the solution twice, and this time, I am writing it down!

To change the number of nfsd threads to e.g. 16, you run the command:

# rpc.nfsd 16

The change won't persist a reboot, so you'll still have to change the RPCNFSDCOUNT variable, but it will take effect immediately. The number you specify is the desired total number of nfsds.

You can check the number using ps faux | grep [n]fsd | wc -l or looking at the first number in grep ^th /proc/net/rpc/nfsd.

I πŸ–€ Free Software #ilovefs

πŸ•‘οΈŽ - 2020-02-14

GNU Emacs Debian GNU/Linux Linux X.Org Postfix Perl Python PostgreSQL OpenSSH Firefox Apache ejabberd Dovecot git GnuPG XMonad GHC Gnus jabber.el rdiff-backup LaTeX Gimp lots of GNU the list goes on an on - thanks everybody!

United Kingdom leaving the European Union

πŸ•’οΈŽ - 2020-01-28

I guess there are only a couple of days left until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

I am not quite sure what will happen to buying things online in the UK from "over here" in "Europe", but I suppose there will be taxes and fees to pay galore.

Too bad - I really liked buying all kinds of interesting pens at Cultpens, a company with a wide range of products and good service!

Another company I will miss ordering from is The Keyboard Company - I have bought 4 or 5 keyboards from them, they carry a nice range of products and they are proactive (I once ordered a combination of keyboard and replacement keys that didn't quite make sense, and they promptly warned me).

There are many things about the EU I am not especially impressed by, but my overall feeling now is that it makes more sense to work to improve it, than to dismantle it.

Australian fires #bbc #statistics #climatecrisis

πŸ••οΈŽ - 2020-01-12

The news is currently full stories about the extensive fires on the Australian continent. Lots of huge numbers are flung around, left and right. One of them is the number of animals that have died due to the fires, which has been reported at an estimated half a billion, a whole billion, and lately one and half billion animals.

I have heard that Australia is huge, but that number is also quite large, especially when combined with pictures of the odd, sorry looking burned koala. My first thought was "are they including some kinds of insects?!"

Luckily the latest episode of the BBC programme "More or Less", which looks at statistics, starts with a story about where the number comes from and some discussion of how accurate it might be.

Take a listen: More or Less: Australian Animal Deaths, Carbon Emissions, Election Mystery.

Feedbase year 4 #feedbase

πŸ•₯︎ - 2020-01-11

Feedbase Last year, I wrote a round up of the first 3 years of Feedbase.

Let me try taking a look at the fourth year. The logs show connections from 481 addresses in 2019 - of these 198 are IPv6 addresses, so they might be even fewer actual people than the 283 IPv4 addresses.

Compared to the 106 for the first 3 years, that's quite an increase!

To be fair, 142 of the IP's only connected once. I top with the highest number of connections, almost twice as many as the second on the list, which has connected over twice as many times as the third.

I'm still the only one who posts any follow ups, so there is no discussion going on. Currently there are 1.7 million articles and 116 followups.

I had hope people would at least drop by feedbase.discuss and introduce themselves, but that hasn't happened either.

I'm pretty happy with how Feedbase works, and I keep improving and modifying the odd corner - 12 commits in 2019. The most significant was storing the http status, making it easier to go through all feeds and look for problems.

The latest additions are graphs showing number of groups and articles over time.

When adding the graphs I could feel that my intuition for guessing what might work in Haskell has increased, making the notorious lack of newcomer friendly documentation less annoying.

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