Thu, 31 Aug 2006

Just because I love trains

Metro lines I have used:

Got at!
Mon, 28 Aug 2006

Thank you for the problem report you have sent regarding Debian.

Our user manuals encourage all newcomers to the Free Software community to file bugs when they find incorrections and bugs in a package. Of course, there's always some people who take it too far (!).

Get prepared, DeFuBu challengers!

Sat, 26 Aug 2006

My battery visits the West Coast

Apple has announced a new battery recall program. Last time there was one affecting powerbooks, mine wasn't on the list, although I thought my battery was clearly overheating. This time, things are quite different.

This computer is eligible for the Battery Exchange Program.
This battery qualifies for the Battery Exchange Program.

The good news is I get a brand new battery. The bad news is that I don't know how much time it'll take.

Tue, 22 Aug 2006

XFS nightmares

Following up to madduck's and gwolf's recent horror stories on XFS, last Thursday, my desktop greeted me after the fantastic week around Asturies with a series of I/O errors whenever I tried to execute something. I rebooted, and then the kernel wasn't happy.

I/O error in filesystem ("hda1") meta-data dev hda1 block 0x4a9778  ("xlog_iodone") error 5 buf count 1024

/dev/hda1 is my / partition, and the machine would not boot at all. To make things more interesting, the box refused to boot from any of my old CD and DVD drives.

Yesterday, with my mail piling up already at Sindominio's mailserver, I managed to find a spare CD writer, which would not open its tray, and a DVD reader which managed to boot a Breezy Live CD I had around.

The good guys at #xfs were helpful as always and helped me in the process of not fucking up my valuable root filesystem while trying to fix it. The filesystem ended up having quite some corruption here and there, but after xfs_repair, nubol was able to boot again. Only it was missing,, debconf programs and other minor details like those. Some reinstall rounds later, GNOME was able to startup without errors and now the box is up and running.

Does anyone know of some script that compares dpkg's contents database with that the filesystem has, so I can easily find the rest of damaged packages to reinstall them?

Wed, 02 Aug 2006


Tomorrow I'll be going with Belén to Asturies, one of the northern regions of the Spanish state. The plan is to spend the weekend in Ribadesella during the celebration of the Descenso Internacional del Sella and then move around the area and walk all over the beautiful Asturian mountains, during four days, until Friday.

The plan for those four days is pretty loose right now, so if anyone has suggestions about must see places, I'm very interested in hearing them in comments. My idea is to do daytrips of several hours (6 or 7), coming back to our base camp to sleep, but if there's something we really should visit and it involves a two day stage, we'll probably bear with carrying the heavy tent around too.