My third Agatha Christie was They Do it with Mirrors, a 1952 Miss Marple. Not as good as the last two which were apparently her classics: not a particularly ingenious murder. Maybe her Thirties books are better?
Random Agatha Christie fact from MR: "In Agatha Christie’s autobiography, she mentioned how she never thought she would ever be wealthy enough to own a car - nor so poor that she wouldn’t have servants."
What I'm Reading 2
Latest Temeraire book was A Victory of Eagles. Bit of a change of tone for this one: Laurence is in a somber mood after being convicted of treason and Napoleon invades Britain and it's a bit darker than the others. Good to see it going in an unexpected direction: alternate histories sometimes seem a bit too tied to real history.
This is the most recent novel, so not much more for the moment. Apparently Peter Jackson has optioned the movie rights though: could be interesting if that gets through development hell.
Had an annoying project go live this week: basically just a ginormous database script making incredibly complicated data changes.
Main problem was that 4,000 of about 6,000 database rows relating to the main $ENTITY just disappeared from the live database at 4:30 PM on the first day.
Turned out the problem was partly my fault, partly the fault of the horrible legacy ASP application. The way it works is that it grabs all the related data from the database, lets the user edit it in the browser, then synchronizes the database again.
More specifically, the code deletes all the related data from the database, then goes through the data objects from the client, adding each row one by one. Without transactions, and with only a bubble-up error handler. So if something goes wrong 2,000 rows/objects in, the remaining 4,000 rows just vanish from the system.
So partly my fault, since the new data setup allowed the user to add an object with a duplicate primary key, which caused the initial error. However I do not feel terribly guilty, since it's not really a great way to do things. But I am slightly depressed at having to take the blame.
Home Computer Woes
The "CPU Fan Failure" message kept happening, so I took it back to the shop. Took photos as hulver suggested, but fortunately this time it failed front of them. They're going to get someone from Dell in to look at it: I suggested they replace the fan with one from one of the other models, but they thought it might not be the fan at fault.
The saga continues. Only hope the Dell guy doesn't refuse to admit there's a problem too: hopefully the shop guys will be keen to get rid of me for good and will insist.
When I'm dealing with this kind of thing, or I'm on a support line, I generally don't mention that I work with computers. It doesn't seem to make any difference to procedures, and I figure I'll be better placed to spot bullshit in case they try it. Plus I'm shit with hardware anyway. What do you guys do?
Finally managed to configure the last-computer-but-one for broadband now, so at least I've got some access, though it struggles with some things.
Operation Become More Stoic
Major backsliding in this department this week, as I allowed the incidents above to get to me, despite their triviality. Epictetus says:
When you have had enough to eat today, you sit down and weep about tomorrow's food. Slave! if you have it, well and good; if not, you will depart: the door is open-- why lament? What further room is there for tears?Web
Articles. UK Christians not persecuted. UK police forces large and expensive.
Pics. Old London
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