I'm going to try being diurnal for a while and so on the look out for a short-medium term consulting/contract job.
Here are my primary expectations...
Little over a month after I moved to the new server, I have pretty much everything working to satisfaction.
The biggest change is after 10 years of emailing, I'm using Spam Assassin to tag my mails. I'm still not filtering them out at the server, but will probably do that once I have the bayes system trained. And I'm hoping the spam quantity won't shoot up beyond humanly scanable levels for catching false positives.
I seem to be repeating this stuff quite often, so about time I put it up here and just point people to it.
Last year my iBook's battery started deteriorating and eventually died. It barely lasted 2 years. So I did a bit of searching around and found a lot of interesting information which is essential knowledge for anyone using Lithium Ion(Li+) batteries, which today is anyone with a laptop, mobile phone, camera, media-player(iPods and the like) with built-in rechargeable batteries.
Costs a bit more than what I was paying earlier but I get much more control over the software. More complete XSLT support with PHP5 for starters.(HE.net has recently started offering php5 too but I wasn't aware until after I'd moved.) And some headaches since I'll now have to deal with spam myself.
A few months ago, my UPS which had been powering my computers and routers since 2003, almost gave up the ghost, luckily I managed to get it repaired at no cost. But it was time to get a new power backup system in place.
The old UPS, an APC Backups RS-1500 with a BR24 Battery Pack used to power my machines(~300Watts of load) for around 1-1.5hours. Which wasn't anywhere enough to deal with the power outages in Bangalore. My iBook's 5.5+ hours run time and GPRS that helped me get through them over the past 2 years.
After ~300 days in Bangalore finally getting out of here, on one of my "most planned" trips ever.
Even though it was mostly decided in the last week and I got the last of my tickets around 15 hours ago. Considering my past history of travel and how plans change in the last minute, this is something I've never done before.
I installed Firefox2 Beta2 on my iBook a short while ago.. and was greeted with this!
Just rolled a partial update to the backend, am moving towards a fully XML based site and XHTML compliance. Hopefully this will ensure that the content is more future proof and I can change the layout more easily. This update breaks some of the past URLs/locations. Hopefully the last remain changes won't be as disruptive.
The site is now AtomEnabled, For now I'm publishing the site feed in both formats, RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0. The feed related work is all done, so there shouldn't be any further disruptions to the feed in future.
It took the managers of Foss.in 8 whole months to "conjure up" a reply to my ope n letter and they have only managed to come up with a lousy attempt at deception that even someone totally unrelated to the BLUG was able to point out inconsist encies in their explaination.