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I run Perl Training Australia [perltraining.com.au].

I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.

I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.

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Tuesday August 03, 2004
07:04 PM

Australia gets the DMCA

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Australia gets the DMCA
Last night, the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement went through. Along with many other things, this will include "harmonization" with US intellectual property laws, including trademarks, copyright, and patents.

Somehow I fail to see this being of benefit to Australia.

Sick hardware
A rather important machine of ours went through a number of unexplained reboots a number of months ago. We thought we had diagnosed it as a problem with the UPS, as removing it from the system resulted in sable operation.

Last night, the same machine experienced another set of reboots without any apparent reason. However this morning I discovered the culprit, after disabling the watchdog that was running. It appears that the IDE controller (or the kernel, talking to the IDE controller) completely dies, with many 'lost interrupt' messages on the console for three of the four drives in the machine.

Looks like I'll need to schedule downtime and replace its guts. Dealing with hardware is probably my second least favourite of all sysadmin tasks. (Restoring from tape is my least favourite)

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  • It appears that the IDE controller (or the kernel, talking to the IDE controller) completely dies, with many 'lost interrupt' messages on the console for three of the four drives in the machine.

    I saw this once. So, I bought a PCI controller to replace the one built in on the mobo. Didn't help, because it was a bad hard drive. It gets worse, much worse if you have the hard drive as part of a RAID.

    What is happening is that some blocks on the drive are failing, and it takes the drive so long to remap that i