Since I had some spare time today, I decided to try Volker’s tips to revive my halfways broken Sonos setup. My problem was that one player wouldn’t show up at all while a second one would drop from the network after five to 15 minutes. While I was on it i decided to clean out the ZP100 because it tended to get a bit too warm for my liking. Actually there was nothing to clean out so I guess I have to live with it.
After that was done I found that I had to upgrade both of my switches – the main GS716T as well the GS108T in the office – to new firmware releases to be able to set the SPT priority. A major obstacle there was the fact that to update the switch you need to use Internet Explorer so I had to first install XP in a virtual machine before I could actually upgrade the switches. Not nice from Netgear. Since this isn’t documented anywhere it took me a while to figure that one out.
I then disconnected all Zone Players from the network and from their power source. Then I reconnected the ZP100 in my office. Once that one showed up in the Sonos Controller I reconnected the ZP80s in the living room and in my room. Until now no more dropouts or missing players. I’m a happy camper again ;)
I work with web sites for a living. I give them a place to live, I trash them when they’re no longer needed and I also move them. And believe me, moving a site is the trickiest of the jobs. But in all of my professional life, I’ve never ever seen a blunder like this (output shortened for brevity):
crow:~$ dig developer.lotus.com
; < <>> DiG 9.6.0-APPLE-P2 < <>> developer.lotus.com
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;developer.lotus.com. IN A
;; ANSWER SECTION:
developer.lotus.com. 127 IN CNAME 188.8.131.52.
184.108.40.206. 0 IN A 220.127.116.11
Really. Did they outsource the last thinking person in their networking department? Ok, maybe they fixed it and the change just hasn’t trickled down. So let’s try a different approach (again, shortened:)
Always on the bleeding edge I like to use beta versions of upcoming Ubuntu releases. This sometimes poses a little problem: More often than not, there come outdated language definitions with Firefox, causing some minor annoyances.
The biggest annoyance of which is that you just can’t seem to delete those offending addons:
If you’re interested in the progress of the H1N1 swine flu, you might want to check out the Rhizalabs site. They even offer some code to integrate the tracker into other sites. However, said code is utterly broken for they keep regenerating the page with using timestamped names whenever updated numbers arrive. To fix this, you might want to use this little snippet of PHP code:
When O Teatro Magico sell CDs at their shows, they remind buyers “you can download the music for free on the internet, you know” yet people buy their disks by the 100s of 1000s. In fact, they are one of the top selling bands and top-grossing club acts in Brazil. And they do this by giving their audience what they want, not telling their audience what to do.
As C. Harwick found out, Safari 4 leaves a messy trail of what it did. Or, to be more precise, of what you did while using Safari 4.
Those of you whoâ€™ve been trying out the new Safari 4 beta – at least on the Mac, though I imagine you could find similar data trails on the Windows version too – have no doubt been impressed at its shiny new features. But if youâ€™re a stickler for disk space like I am, or a stickler for privacy (or, heaven help you, both), Safariâ€™s poor housekeeping is quite alarming.
If you’re a bit into computer games and especially the RPGs, you’ll love Shakes & Fidget – even if the current online selection is somewhat crippled by recent actions of Activision Blizzard. Still: A must-read.
Today seems to be toy day. Right after the Tamron another parcel service delivered the EVA 9150 (aka Digital Entertainer Elite). Since I already own the EVA 8000 with which I’m quite happy, I’m very interested in the improvements the EVA 9150 will have.
Just found the RipNAS system on the web. The concept sounds interesting: Use 2.5″ notebook HDDs together with an Intel Atom CPU and plenty of RAM, add a CD-ROM drive and you get your noiseless automatic ripping station.
Just stumbled upon this while trying to get some meaning out of a recent comment: Google not only offers the Google Translator but also has a tool for Language Detection. Worked quite well for me.