November 11th, 2009

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Amusing log message coming out of a Haskell compilation: (attempting to play with grapefruit)
Generating and compiling a zillion numerical type aliases, this might take a while

Yesterday food adventures:

"Steak Queen" food truck. Boasts "bests steaks on campus". Had a cheesesteak, was not impressed. Steak was sort of gristly and tasted not entirely pleasantly like stir-fry. At least it wasn't liquid-greasy. More expensive than Frita's, farther away from my office, and less tasty. (5/10)

"Gusto", ever so slightly upscale neighborhood pizza place on 22nd between Spruce and Locust. Had an italian sausage calzone, very very tasty. Only problem was that it was two people's worth of food. The onions in it were sort of meh, and achieved that floppy cooked-(but not fried-)onion texture that no right-thinking person enjoys, but the red peppers were really good, the other filling ingredients quite tasty, and the dough was just perfect. The problem with a lot of calzones I have is that the two foldy-end bits get nice and crispy and the center is mooshy and doesn't have enough bread. This fellow was rectangular and somewhat thin, so basically the crust was perfect everywhere. Also: either there was only mozzarella and no ricotta, or else very little ricotta such that I could not even tell it was there. This is exactly as it should be. (8/10)
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Another CMU-ism that I am slightly sad to be without: everyone having a UPS in their office. Some dudes fiddling around with electrical stuff here in the basement caused a brief power blip.

When my computer came back on, I had no network. Not that the internet infrastructure in the building was down, because my laptop still worked, but I had no /dev/eth0 device at all! I tried rmmodding and modprobing my network driver, e1000e, but no dice. I did two finds and a diff to determine that there was no change to all of /dev between the module being there and not. /var/log/messages revealed the module not complaining about any errors, though. In an act of desparation, I got the kernel module sources off the thumb drive I had originally installed them from, recompiled, and reinstalled. And it worked! I have no idea why. Even more mysteriously, /dev/eth0 still doesn't exist. Indeed, the module's installation or removal again causes no changes to the entire /dev tree. But eth0 does exist according to ipconfig. Is this some new fancy modern linux virtual device notion? Nobody told me about it. Grumble grumble off my lawn.

No, apparently I am just having bizarre, reality-independent notions about network devices living in /dev.