Friday, January 19, 2007

Picture Australia

Well in a way this is a plug as I have been loading my photos here for a while. Picture Australia have been running a flickr group for some time now. They grab photos and upload them to their site as thumbnails linking back to the original. When people search the National Archives, they can now also get photos from this flickr pool.
It is quite a good arrangement and many people, like myself, are only too happy to have our images used in this way.

Beer Garden

Thursday, January 18, 2007

One of the banes of my life!

Well this man wrote the one program that causes me more problems than any other. Even more problems than that horrible cisco term flapping. Yes I am sad to say... this man wrote the ping program. Not only did he write it, but he wrote it in one night with no planning. Bastard I say!

Ping is a program that helps tell if the network is working. But it provides very little information. I work in a company that supplies networks. So people say the worst things like - there was 10% packet loss when I used Ping. Or worse, I sent these humungus pings and they all failed!

Yes, it's true! I'm the author of ping for UNIX. Ping is a little thousand-line hack that I wrote in an evening which practically everyone seems to know about. ... If I'd known then that it would be my most famous accomplishment in life, I might have worked on it another day or two and added some more options.