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Sunday, 19 August 2018 Dereel
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Object storage migration, continued
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

My migration to DigitalOcean continued today, all day long, moving my data from the 21st century. And I continued to get ECONNRESET errors about once a minute. The speeds seemed to be faster, but by evening it still wasn't done.


Power fail?
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Two transient power failures today, at 12:48 and 12:55. They were enough to annoy the UPS and cause the printer to wake up and grumble, but not enough for the ovens to forget the time. How long is that? I'd guess somewhere in the range of ½ second. The real annoyance is the worry that something worse is to come.


Monday, 20 August 2018 Dereel
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The daily object storage
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Finally my photos have been synced to DigitalOcean! How many of them got there? I had lots of ECONNRESET errors. OK, this is a sync, so just repeat it, this time logging. For 182 GB, it took nearly 6 hours! And lots of stuff to sift through, including a ridiculous number of ECONNRESETs:

=== grog@www (/dev/pts/1) ~/www.lemis.com 19 -> grep "Connection reset"  Log.log | wc -l
    4543

Next step: sync Yvonne's photos. This included actually transferring all of them, of course, so it took much longer, and it wasn't done by midnight.

In the meantime, I got lots of mail from DigitalOcean: a welcome to their developer community (why? I didn't register as a developer), along with some handy tips:

Stick with larger files (> 1 MB) as much as possible. Spaces is designed for storing and serving of large objects. When architecting your application to work with Spaces, try to combine smaller objects into larger files > 1 MB.

Well, that's handy to say so now, isn't it? My big photos average about 2.5 MB, but the “tiny” ones are less than 100 kB in size. And clearly there's no way to combine them. I suppose I should see what performance is like and decide what to do with the smaller photos later.


Last tomatoes of winter
Topic: gardening Link here

The tomato bush still isn't completely dead, though it's not clear if what is left is viable:


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Still, come the beginning of spring next month, I'll pick a few more, just to make the point.


Tuesday, 21 August 2018 Dereel → Cape Clear → Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 21 August 2018
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Vaccinations
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Off to Cape Clear today with the dogs and cat to Pene Kirk's for vaccinations, Piccola yowling her head off the whole way. For some reason Nikolai was terrified of the surgery. I don't understand why. Leonid had a claw removed there a few months back, but Niko has never had anything unpleasant. Maybe it was the recollection of the sight of Leo being operated on.

Nothing of interest to report. Pene thinks that, given the lifestyle of the animals, one vaccination every 2 years should be enough.


More shopping
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Into Ballarat today: I need a new driver license, and for that first a haircut. Then to VicRoads to get a new license.

I've been there before, which is just as well. Today the place looked deserted, and there was no obvious way to get in:


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Looking very carefully at the light-coloured wall in the middle, there's a tiny sign:

 
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OK, where? It's the barely visible, unmarked opening to the left of the grey-walled entrance (yes, that's what it is).


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I knew that, but how many people stand there and look baffled?

Things were no better when I got inside. Yes, take a ticket, of course, but first there's a menu system to navigate:


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Which do I choose? “Pay my renewal”? That could be intended for vehicle registration. ”License enquiry”? “Other”? The ”License enquiry” submenu gave me:


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Replacement license? That could be, but I don't trust them. So I ended up taking two tickets.

That was just as well. It seems that I was in for a renewal (completely new driver license), not a replacement license. And it cost the amazing sum of $276.70! What can I say?

Then to Bunnings to look for various stuff: premix concrete, which the information person didn't understand, and pipe wrenches, which the cashier in the tools section had to look up in her computer, then quoting me an aisle number and (fortunately) pointing to it: it didn't have any recognizable markings. I didn't find the pipe wrench I was looking for either, just a simpler version like the one I already have, but which no longer holds its grip.

Then to look for a wheelbarrow wheel. Yes, found that: $75. A whole new barrow cost $99. eBay maybe?

And there are still no trellises of the kind I was looking for, just this:


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To be discussed with Yvonne. What fun Bunnings are! At least I got my premix concrete.


Chinese Cabbage? Savoy Cabbage? Wombok?
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There's a new vegetable shop in Howitt St., in the same block as the Filipinos. Yvonne found them the other day and suggested that I take a look because of the East Asian stuff they had there, including non-vegetable items. And indeed they have large quantities of Galanggal and fresh Turmeric. I didn't buy any, because I didn't need any right now, but it occurred to me later that they'll never get rid of the quantities they have, so maybe I should have bought some galanggal and frozen it. Hopefully they'll do well

While there, saw some Chinese cabbage on sale. That's been a point of contention for some time. What's the canonical name in English? Some Australian official with (apparently) neither culinary nor linguistic ability has decided that it should be called Wombok, which, they assert, is a Chinese word (it's not; it's Tagalog). So at some time in the past I looked it up in Wikipedia, a strongly USA-oriented service, which once told me that it was called Napa cabbage, a term that I had never heard, but which seems strongly USA-centric.

Others have called it Savoy cabbage, which is clearly wrong. But when I found the two kinds next to each other today, I thought it was worth a photo:


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As it turned out, nobody believes this fantasy any more. But why are the price labels so unsharp? This was taken with the Panasonic Lumix 20 mm f/1.7, which, according to DxOMark, is one of their sharpest lenses. Yes, it was taken at f/1.7, but it shouldn't be that bad.

Some worry, culminating in the decision that the part of the image was out of focus. I had managed to focus not on the cabbages, but on a mirror image, and the price labels were considerably closer. Here what I focused on, roughly the same crop factor:

 
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And I'll blame any residual unsharpness on my old E-PM1.


The daily object storage
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Back home, Yvonne's photos had been synced, after not even 24 hours:

    85263.67 real      2737.19 user       398.75 sys

So now I have 232.2 GB of objects (345163 items), or an average size of 673 kB. What do I do now? Change the PHP scripts to point to them and see what happens? Mañana.


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