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Greg Black

gjb at gbch dot net
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If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.

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Worthy organisations

Amnesty International Australia — global defenders of human rights

global defenders of human rights

Médecins Sans Frontières — help us save lives around the world

Médecins Sans Frontières - help us save lives around the world

Electronic Frontiers Australia — protecting and promoting on-line civil liberties in Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia


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Software resources

GNU Emacs


The FreeBSD Project

Fri, 27 Aug 2004

Sparks and nonsense

I like to make sure my customers know I’m watching over them, so I comment on stuff that happens even when they don’t feel the need to contact me. This morning, I emailed one of them to ask why one of their boxes had been rebooted. Apparently, they’d had an electrician in doing something and he got it wrong enough that one of the four machines on a single UPS got snuffed out briefly. In the words of the customer:

You would think electricians would know what to turn off before working with electricity—not so!

Good to see that clumsiness and stupidity are not solely the province of the computer industry (or whatever it’s called this week).