Argh

Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:05 pm
gazerwolf: (bite me)
I hate when the way things work gets changed!

For the websites which the ATA hosts there is a website hosting control panel...this lets you set up how much disk space a website has (among other settings like CGI access, how many email addresses they can have and things like that)

The one that gets me is the Disk quota management.

For years now (literally YEARS) if a site needed more disk space you could edit the Disk quota for just that site directly. Up until sometime this week.

Each website is set up with a "Package" which was basically the defaults for all settings.

I originally set up Freetarot and Freereading with 300 megs of disk space...thought it would be plenty...and for Freereading it was.

Freetarot on the other hand at it's peak needed 495 meg of disk space...I had gradualy upped it's space using the quota edit feature over the years.....last week that individually edited quota was 500 meg.

This week it dropped back to the default...300. Which meant that freetarot was using 495 out of 300.

Critical files dropped to 0 bytes the second the were modified because there wasn't any disk space. (How do I know they were critical?  I wrote the software for one thing and for another thing the site quit working a needed)

I had backups of the most critical file but it of course did not have the most recent changes...(if it had it would have been 0 bytes as well)

So I reset the quota to what I want and then restore from backup and go on my merry way.

Only to find out that sometime today the quota reset to the default again and I lost two critical files AGAIN.

I have now changed the defaults for that package...way more than Freereading needs but best I can do.

Argh

Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:05 pm
gazerwolf: (bite me)
I hate when the way things work gets changed!

For the websites which the ATA hosts there is a website hosting control panel...this lets you set up how much disk space a website has (among other settings like CGI access, how many email addresses they can have and things like that)

The one that gets me is the Disk quota management.

For years now (literally YEARS) if a site needed more disk space you could edit the Disk quota for just that site directly. Up until sometime this week.

Each website is set up with a "Package" which was basically the defaults for all settings.

I originally set up Freetarot and Freereading with 300 megs of disk space...thought it would be plenty...and for Freereading it was.

Freetarot on the other hand at it's peak needed 495 meg of disk space...I had gradualy upped it's space using the quota edit feature over the years.....last week that individually edited quota was 500 meg.

This week it dropped back to the default...300. Which meant that freetarot was using 495 out of 300.

Critical files dropped to 0 bytes the second the were modified because there wasn't any disk space. (How do I know they were critical?  I wrote the software for one thing and for another thing the site quit working a needed)

I had backups of the most critical file but it of course did not have the most recent changes...(if it had it would have been 0 bytes as well)

So I reset the quota to what I want and then restore from backup and go on my merry way.

Only to find out that sometime today the quota reset to the default again and I lost two critical files AGAIN.

I have now changed the defaults for that package...way more than Freereading needs but best I can do.

Cars

Jan. 25th, 2009 09:15 pm
gazerwolf: (chaos)
I hate cars.

A side effect of being run off the road showed up last week.

Our power steering pump went out...first sign was a puff of smoke when turning sharply.

Way I figure it, is that the high pressure line got bent when we hit the curb and eventually leaked.

So when it quit working entirely the other day I went and got the parts (pump, both hoses.)

Today I put them on.

As usual when working on a car nothing would go right for a while.

First up...the fitting for the high pressure line won't come off the old pump. So I figure...well I'm replacing the pump and the lines too...I'll cut it.

That worked...got the pump out...just for fun (HA!) I tried to take it off after I got the pump out...still no go...matter of fact it is still attached.

So I trace both lines to the other end so  I can unhook them there.

Way under the van of course...hard to reach and no wrench moving room...I try anyway...can't get enough leverage. Besides, I don't have a wrench big enough so I'm using a little adjustable wrench....so it slides a bit if I put too much pressure on it.

I go in and tell Tracy I am going to walk to the nearest place that sells tools and get a bigger wrench.

I do.

Can't turn the wrench from underneath.

So I go in the house and complain to Tracy...she suggests I look in the book I bought to see if it says anything...

It didn't in the pump section, but it did mention something in the suspension section about removing the air breather stuff.

So out I go to do that...hoping that it will get me a better angle on those fittings.

Ok, gotta half crawl in the engine, but I can reach them, and I have a small amount of wrench room.

Not enough.

So I go in and complain again.

Tracy suggests that I google for a method of getting fittings loose.

I find someone suggesting cutting the lines and then using a ratchet wrench to get them.

After kicking myself for not thinking of that (considering I had already cut the other end of one line)

So I get out my reciprocating saw crawl under the car and make quick work of one line...the other I can't reach with the saw...so I get that one with a small hand saw (dull of course...so it takes forever)

Then I jerk the lines out.

Then I get a ratchet on one of the lines from the top...and can't turn it...these things have been soaking in penetrating oil for over an hour at this point and I still can't turn them.

So I dig out the old hollow broom handle that I tried with the wrench before....push up on it and it moves easily....so I pull it out reach down and use my fingers to take the fitting out...

The second one comes out just as easily.

I had a little trouble getting the new fitting from the high pressure line threaded into the new pump, but eventually I got that in.

Of course it got colder, and started snowing while I was working.

My hands hurt and I'm still cold.

I hate cars.

Cars

Jan. 25th, 2009 09:15 pm
gazerwolf: (chaos)
I hate cars.

A side effect of being run off the road showed up last week.

Our power steering pump went out...first sign was a puff of smoke when turning sharply.

Way I figure it, is that the high pressure line got bent when we hit the curb and eventually leaked.

So when it quit working entirely the other day I went and got the parts (pump, both hoses.)

Today I put them on.

As usual when working on a car nothing would go right for a while.

First up...the fitting for the high pressure line won't come off the old pump. So I figure...well I'm replacing the pump and the lines too...I'll cut it.

That worked...got the pump out...just for fun (HA!) I tried to take it off after I got the pump out...still no go...matter of fact it is still attached.

So I trace both lines to the other end so  I can unhook them there.

Way under the van of course...hard to reach and no wrench moving room...I try anyway...can't get enough leverage. Besides, I don't have a wrench big enough so I'm using a little adjustable wrench....so it slides a bit if I put too much pressure on it.

I go in and tell Tracy I am going to walk to the nearest place that sells tools and get a bigger wrench.

I do.

Can't turn the wrench from underneath.

So I go in the house and complain to Tracy...she suggests I look in the book I bought to see if it says anything...

It didn't in the pump section, but it did mention something in the suspension section about removing the air breather stuff.

So out I go to do that...hoping that it will get me a better angle on those fittings.

Ok, gotta half crawl in the engine, but I can reach them, and I have a small amount of wrench room.

Not enough.

So I go in and complain again.

Tracy suggests that I google for a method of getting fittings loose.

I find someone suggesting cutting the lines and then using a ratchet wrench to get them.

After kicking myself for not thinking of that (considering I had already cut the other end of one line)

So I get out my reciprocating saw crawl under the car and make quick work of one line...the other I can't reach with the saw...so I get that one with a small hand saw (dull of course...so it takes forever)

Then I jerk the lines out.

Then I get a ratchet on one of the lines from the top...and can't turn it...these things have been soaking in penetrating oil for over an hour at this point and I still can't turn them.

So I dig out the old hollow broom handle that I tried with the wrench before....push up on it and it moves easily....so I pull it out reach down and use my fingers to take the fitting out...

The second one comes out just as easily.

I had a little trouble getting the new fitting from the high pressure line threaded into the new pump, but eventually I got that in.

Of course it got colder, and started snowing while I was working.

My hands hurt and I'm still cold.

I hate cars.

Excitement

Dec. 29th, 2008 03:05 pm
gazerwolf: (Mad)
Had an interesting morning.


I was taking starsongky to work and then I was planning to run some errands.

We were on our way down midland avenue in the right lane when the huge truck in the left lane decided to change lanes.....while he was beside me.

I hit the brakes so that he could pass me but I only hit them lightly.. and I steered a bit to the right to avoid getting hit.

Hit a storm sewer....flattened one tire and scraped up both rims on that side.

So I get out and start changing the flat...about that time a guy pulls up and tells me that he had seen the whole thing and had gotten the company name and license number of the truck. He gave me his card and said he would be available if I needed a witness, and he suggested calling the police.

I did just that, and went back to working on my flat.

About the time I figured out my spare tire wouldn't fit the police officer arrived.

She let me know that since I wasn't hit by the truck and I only have liability insurance that filing a police report woudn't do any good...and that seeking restitution from the company would be a civil matter....couldn't even get the guy for reckless driving...the incident would have to be seen by an officer.

So back to trying to fix the flat...with no spare tire.

We wound up trudging back up midland to a tire place on winchester road.

sigh...

And the company that the guy told me owned the truck isn't in the phone book....

Excitement

Dec. 29th, 2008 03:05 pm
gazerwolf: (Mad)
Had an interesting morning.


I was taking starsongky to work and then I was planning to run some errands.

We were on our way down midland avenue in the right lane when the huge truck in the left lane decided to change lanes.....while he was beside me.

I hit the brakes so that he could pass me but I only hit them lightly.. and I steered a bit to the right to avoid getting hit.

Hit a storm sewer....flattened one tire and scraped up both rims on that side.

So I get out and start changing the flat...about that time a guy pulls up and tells me that he had seen the whole thing and had gotten the company name and license number of the truck. He gave me his card and said he would be available if I needed a witness, and he suggested calling the police.

I did just that, and went back to working on my flat.

About the time I figured out my spare tire wouldn't fit the police officer arrived.

She let me know that since I wasn't hit by the truck and I only have liability insurance that filing a police report woudn't do any good...and that seeking restitution from the company would be a civil matter....couldn't even get the guy for reckless driving...the incident would have to be seen by an officer.

So back to trying to fix the flat...with no spare tire.

We wound up trudging back up midland to a tire place on winchester road.

sigh...

And the company that the guy told me owned the truck isn't in the phone book....
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Had one of THOSE projects Sunday.

Long tale of plumbing and carpentry here..zzz )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Had one of THOSE projects Sunday.

Long tale of plumbing and carpentry here..zzz )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
gazerwolf: (chaos)
Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
gazerwolf: (Clean)
When we moved in there was this great big wooden shelf in the basement... reached to the ceiling, with 8 2 foot deep shelves, and about 7 or 8 feet long.

I put stuff on it for a while but the boys (mainly Ben) kept pulling whatever was on the shelves off.  Apparently it was much better for climbing than for storage.

Now this shelf was made of very rough wood, looked like it was all kinds of different wood, of different lengths and thicknesses.

I decided recently that I was going to take it down and get rid of it.

I started this morning around 7:30 after I got back from taking the boys to the bus stop.  I started just using a mini-sledge, but [livejournal.com profile] starsongky suggested I find a pry bar.

So I found an old tire iron that I had found left in my yard (I couldn't find my pry bar) and went back to work.

Around 10:30 or so I pulled the last board apart.

Now I had to figure out what to do with the wood.

I got some of the better pieces and cut them to the length of our basement stairs...they were open stairs (with no riser) and the boys are always dropping something through the openings, plus Beast may fall through sometime...and that would hurt him pretty bad. (not to mention that open stairs freak [livejournal.com profile] starsongky just a bit.)

I spent about an hour putting in scraps as risers....they don't look real pretty, but they function right.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the leftover wood...A LOT of leftover wood.

Ain't enough space anywhere in the house except maybe in one of the attic spaces for that much wood so I decided to put it in the back yard behind the patio (I had put some busted up concrete there earlier.)

I kept a few pieces that looked reasonable (and that I could find space to store in the house)

I then cleaned up the utility side of the basement a bit ...moved some stuff around, moved some stuff under the stairs (I put a bunch of the stuff I already had under the stairs further under the stairs now that I could stack things higher there without tripping people)

I am now a bit sore...the wood was heavy and I don't do that kind of manual labor often.

I imagine I will have  trouble moving in a few hours unless I get up and move some soon.
gazerwolf: (Clean)
When we moved in there was this great big wooden shelf in the basement... reached to the ceiling, with 8 2 foot deep shelves, and about 7 or 8 feet long.

I put stuff on it for a while but the boys (mainly Ben) kept pulling whatever was on the shelves off.  Apparently it was much better for climbing than for storage.

Now this shelf was made of very rough wood, looked like it was all kinds of different wood, of different lengths and thicknesses.

I decided recently that I was going to take it down and get rid of it.

I started this morning around 7:30 after I got back from taking the boys to the bus stop.  I started just using a mini-sledge, but [livejournal.com profile] starsongky suggested I find a pry bar.

So I found an old tire iron that I had found left in my yard (I couldn't find my pry bar) and went back to work.

Around 10:30 or so I pulled the last board apart.

Now I had to figure out what to do with the wood.

I got some of the better pieces and cut them to the length of our basement stairs...they were open stairs (with no riser) and the boys are always dropping something through the openings, plus Beast may fall through sometime...and that would hurt him pretty bad. (not to mention that open stairs freak [livejournal.com profile] starsongky just a bit.)

I spent about an hour putting in scraps as risers....they don't look real pretty, but they function right.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the leftover wood...A LOT of leftover wood.

Ain't enough space anywhere in the house except maybe in one of the attic spaces for that much wood so I decided to put it in the back yard behind the patio (I had put some busted up concrete there earlier.)

I kept a few pieces that looked reasonable (and that I could find space to store in the house)

I then cleaned up the utility side of the basement a bit ...moved some stuff around, moved some stuff under the stairs (I put a bunch of the stuff I already had under the stairs further under the stairs now that I could stack things higher there without tripping people)

I am now a bit sore...the wood was heavy and I don't do that kind of manual labor often.

I imagine I will have  trouble moving in a few hours unless I get up and move some soon.

Frak

Aug. 14th, 2007 06:02 pm
gazerwolf: (Anti)
Well frak.

I was fixing the bathtub drain today. (it needed a new stopper system)

I had to cut part out to remove it. I was careful not to damage the pipe or the threads that I needed to thread the new drain into. (I had already bought the new drain and stopper already.)

Thats when I found out that the prior drain had apparently been glued into the threads...making them useless anyway....

So I go underneath the tub to find out what I can do and find that the drain flange and pipe are connected to the pipes by a simple compression fitting...so I take it off.

I head to the hardware store looking for a flange (and a pipe because I can't get the old flange off the old pipe.)

I ask the lady working where I can find it and she tells me that they don't carry just the flange...they carry drain kits though..(flange, pipe, vent pipe, connectors, stopper, vent cover, and washers and such)

I buy the cheapest they have and head home (getting a new universal handle too.)

I connect the new flange and head up stairs to put the new drain in. I get it in (plumbers putty, washer...whole nine yards) tighten it up and turn on water to test...go down stairs to look and find water splashing all over the boys satellite receiver and old TV.

I get things unplugged and dry things off and go back upstairs to see what I did wrong.

Eventually I get it to seal properly and I have to go get the boys at the bus stop...I get back and I take Tracy's blow dryer and try to dry them out before I turn plug them back in.

I plug them in and the power light comes on but it won't turn off or reset (the sat receiver that is)...the tv isn't getting a signal from the receiver..then the power light went out.

So I've lost a receiver.

I took the one I had loaned my mother and hooked it up...the old TV seems a bit worse for it too...it's going in and out....so I may have lost a TV as well.

I'm gonna call dish network and see what I can do to get a replacement unit later on...I'm gonna give it a few days...I'm hopeing that it just needs to dry out more but I doubt it.

Frak

Aug. 14th, 2007 06:02 pm
gazerwolf: (Anti)
Well frak.

I was fixing the bathtub drain today. (it needed a new stopper system)

I had to cut part out to remove it. I was careful not to damage the pipe or the threads that I needed to thread the new drain into. (I had already bought the new drain and stopper already.)

Thats when I found out that the prior drain had apparently been glued into the threads...making them useless anyway....

So I go underneath the tub to find out what I can do and find that the drain flange and pipe are connected to the pipes by a simple compression fitting...so I take it off.

I head to the hardware store looking for a flange (and a pipe because I can't get the old flange off the old pipe.)

I ask the lady working where I can find it and she tells me that they don't carry just the flange...they carry drain kits though..(flange, pipe, vent pipe, connectors, stopper, vent cover, and washers and such)

I buy the cheapest they have and head home (getting a new universal handle too.)

I connect the new flange and head up stairs to put the new drain in. I get it in (plumbers putty, washer...whole nine yards) tighten it up and turn on water to test...go down stairs to look and find water splashing all over the boys satellite receiver and old TV.

I get things unplugged and dry things off and go back upstairs to see what I did wrong.

Eventually I get it to seal properly and I have to go get the boys at the bus stop...I get back and I take Tracy's blow dryer and try to dry them out before I turn plug them back in.

I plug them in and the power light comes on but it won't turn off or reset (the sat receiver that is)...the tv isn't getting a signal from the receiver..then the power light went out.

So I've lost a receiver.

I took the one I had loaned my mother and hooked it up...the old TV seems a bit worse for it too...it's going in and out....so I may have lost a TV as well.

I'm gonna call dish network and see what I can do to get a replacement unit later on...I'm gonna give it a few days...I'm hopeing that it just needs to dry out more but I doubt it.
gazerwolf: (chaos)
I scraped the paint off the front room windows today..it was easier than I thought it would be. I have no idea how long the paint was there.

I just used a putty knife and some steel wool. I got the paint off the window in the front door while I was at it...and the residue of the label from the back door window.

I cracked on of the windows by pressing too hard but it didn't break completely so I'm not gonna worry about it for a while...if it does break it should be an easy fix.

I've got really scrubbing the floors on my list for tomorrow.
gazerwolf: (chaos)
I scraped the paint off the front room windows today..it was easier than I thought it would be. I have no idea how long the paint was there.

I just used a putty knife and some steel wool. I got the paint off the window in the front door while I was at it...and the residue of the label from the back door window.

I cracked on of the windows by pressing too hard but it didn't break completely so I'm not gonna worry about it for a while...if it does break it should be an easy fix.

I've got really scrubbing the floors on my list for tomorrow.
gazerwolf: (World)
I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
gazerwolf: (World)
I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
gazerwolf: (World)
I finally took [livejournal.com profile] scott644 's advice and put a sun shade over the outside part of our AC unit.

I had some pallets laying around (from the delivery of the fence and the delivery of some paving stone). I had been trying to figure out what to do with them...so I finally got the idea to use them for the shade. I made an L shape with them and then leaned it up against the house.

I might do something more permanent later. I'm at least going to paint the thing.

While I was at it I trimmed the foliage from around the AC (AGAIN...man that stuff grows fast)
...then moved on to get rid of some stuff from under the apple tree.

Dorthy (our next door neighbor) told me last week (when she asked if I could trim the apple tree back from her shed) that she didn't expect that there would be many apples from it this year.  I'll have to keep an eye out for any though...I don't want Beast getting any and eating himself sick.

(and he's sick now for some reason...he's thrown up a few times today...but other than being more clingy than usual doesn't seem to be under any difficulties) (probably ate too much uncooked oatmeal)
gazerwolf: (World)
I finally took [livejournal.com profile] scott644 's advice and put a sun shade over the outside part of our AC unit.

I had some pallets laying around (from the delivery of the fence and the delivery of some paving stone). I had been trying to figure out what to do with them...so I finally got the idea to use them for the shade. I made an L shape with them and then leaned it up against the house.

I might do something more permanent later. I'm at least going to paint the thing.

While I was at it I trimmed the foliage from around the AC (AGAIN...man that stuff grows fast)
...then moved on to get rid of some stuff from under the apple tree.

Dorthy (our next door neighbor) told me last week (when she asked if I could trim the apple tree back from her shed) that she didn't expect that there would be many apples from it this year.  I'll have to keep an eye out for any though...I don't want Beast getting any and eating himself sick.

(and he's sick now for some reason...he's thrown up a few times today...but other than being more clingy than usual doesn't seem to be under any difficulties) (probably ate too much uncooked oatmeal)

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