memtest delenda est

Ok … maybe not so much destroyed. More like “ignored as a reasonable test of anything but DIMM visibility, and very basic functionality”. Memtest has several variants running around, all of which purport to hammer on, and detect, bad RAM. The only problem is, it doesn’t really work well, apart from trivial cases. That is, … Read morememtest delenda est

Tiburon again saves the day

Useful code (e.g. code == program) has a tendency to save you lots of pain when other solutions fail you. Powerful code lets you do things that lesser codes mess up. Intelligently designed and written codes allow you to debug them easily and quickly, as well as their operational impacts.
None of these qualities describes grub. Grub is … well … grub.
If you have to deal with it on a daily basis, you understand what I mean by this. Grub simply sucks. My experience with grub2 suggests that its v2.0 of suckiness … all the suck taken to a whole new level with more features that can suck, and features which suck more than in grub v0.97.
Yeah, I am not a fan of grub. Though we (and the vast majority of other vendors out there) rely upon it for providing boot loading of our OSes. Because the other choices suck even worse.
Sort of like an election where you don’t seek to hire someone for a post, but to minimize the evil that someone in that post can do by picking the least evil of the choices.
Thats grub.
And when it fails … oh wow … does it ever fail. Usually at the least opportune time.
This is what happened.

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Not even wrong

There’s a story about Wolfgang Pauli about how another physicist gave him a dubious paper to look over to get his opinion. Pauli, ever the critic, remarked about the paper something akin to this: Not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong! This is a way of saying that there are failures so … Read moreNot even wrong