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6<FONT FACE="Arial Black,Arial,Helvetica"><FONT SIZE="4">Diary (August)</FONT></FONT></P>
8<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
931st, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
11<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">As
12Kermit the Frog once said,&quot; It's not that easy being green,
13having to spend each day the color of the leaves, when I think it
14could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold, or something more
15colorful like that.&quot; I am feeling pretty blue right now. A few
16days from now, I shall be single again. To my horror, I realize that
17at this moment in time no-one is in love with me. I guess I shall
18have to find a Mondo user with a short skirt and a long jacket...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
20<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">At
21the moment, I am working on mondo-restore.c; some users have
22reported bugs in the big file restoration phase but I am unable to
23replicate said bugs. However, I am rewriting the C code to make it
24easier to understand and to make it generated detailed feedback while
25it restores, so that when users send me their log files I can figure
26out exactly what is going on.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
28<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
2930th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
31<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">By
32the way - on November 26th, 2001, I shall start spelling in British
33English. I use American English at the moment but once I'm back in
34Britain y'all will have to watch as I practise my licence to colour
35myself. :-)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
37<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Another
38day, another Mondi/Mindi release. We are now up to Mindi v0.39 rel 6
39and Mondo v1.13 rel 7. They are bugfix releases and they are fine. If
40they were women and I were a male chauvanist pig, I would eye them up
41and say, &quot;Yo, baby got back!&quot; (I would then be suspended
42for subjecting innocent software to sexual harassment in the workplace.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
44<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Yesterday
45evening, it was my pleasure to present Mondo to the Nashville Linux
46User Group. The audience was very interested, very appreciative and
47very quiet! I had a great time and I gather they did too. Mondo
48behaved iself when I wiped and restored my system, except for a
49couple of cosmetic bugs which I have now fixed. My grandfather used
50to say, &quot;Go everywhere twice - once for a good time and once to
51apologize.&quot; I hope I am at next month's NLUG meeting. Their
52meetings are off the chain, dawg, for real. (In case you were
53wondering, I don't front, nor do I play, although I have known to trip.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
55<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
56am going back to England in under three months. It would be selfish
57and short-sighted for me to allow myself to be attracted to a woman
58while I'm over here. My divorce comes through in a matter of days, so
59technically I could sleep with a woman if I wanted ('technically'
60because I'm not looking hard and I'm not sure I'm particularly
61appealing). However, I really don't think it would be ethical for me
62to do that. As a good friend of mine put it to me recently, men say
63they don't have a problem with one-night stands but they do; and, as
64I said in response, I tend to fall in love with the women that I
65sleep with. That is one reason I am so picky: it is a form of self-defense.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
67<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">If
68I could avoid falling in love and if I could just find a woman who
69found me attractive, then a one-night stand would be an interesting
70experiment. You see, I've never had one. I have had two lovers; the
71first was a mistake and the second one I married (draw your own
72conclusions about that one!). I am not emotionally backward; I am not
73frigid; I am not afraid of women. I love women's company. It's just
74that until I met my wife, I didn't have the guts to come out and say,
75&quot;Okay, [your name], I think you're absolutely adorable, you're
76so much fun to be with, would you like to go out with me [as
77something more than a friend]?&quot;</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
79<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Well,
80as I said to that certain good friend of mine, I am dating a girl
81but I am not <I>dating</I> her. That is, we go out to lunch, we see
82movies together, we hang out... and that's it. Only today did I
83muster the courage to say, &quot;If I told you I thought you were
84fascinating, intelligent, warm, kind and a lot of fun to be around, a
85great person to be with,... what would you say?&quot; She beamed but
86said nothing. She has told me in the past that she loves my company,
87that I am 'precious' and very sweet, and frankly I am content with
88that. I am not looking for hot sex or passionate flings.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
90<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Of
91course, hot sex would be nice but it, like a good Sly Stallone
92movie, is hard to find; so hard, in fact, that often you'll settle
93for something mediocre and pretend it's twice as good as it is, just
94to try to satisfy yourself. Wait, did I just mention Sly Stallone and
95sexual release in the same sentence? Eek, I need a vacation!</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
97<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
9828th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
100<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">OK,
101now it's August 28th. I've released yet another Mondo/Mindi set.
102We're now up to Mondo v1.13 rel 6 and Mindi v0.39 rel 5. I've just
103vaped and restored my entire system with them. They are looking
104seriously good. I am very pleased with them.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
106<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">[Earlier]
107Technically, it is late August 27th. I have been stomping bugs all
108evening. There were a lot of silly restore-time bugs that did not
109present themselves until I restored my Red Hat system in an
110all-or-nothing, please-God-let-this-work restore over the very system
111I had just backed up. I have stomped over 20 bugs in an evening. The
112bugs never should have crept into the software in the first place, of
113course, but oh well...</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
115<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
11626th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
118<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
119v1.13 (final) is out. It is looking very good. Most of the
120improvements and additions were made to the restore-time software,
121stuff you never see unless you have an emergency or you decide on a
122whim to wipe and restore your system.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
124<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Red
125Hat's newt library is groovy. It is thanks to newt that I was
126finally able to write an attractive restore-time interface <I>and</I> 
127a useful mountlist editor. The mountlist editor is particularly cool,
128IMNSHO, because it checks the mountlist-to-be as you edit it. The
129flaws and potential problems are displayed at the bottom of the
130window, below the list of /dev/xxx's and /mnt/yyy's. If there are
131lots of problems, there are lots of messages. Each time you resolve a
132problem, one message goes away. Each time you create a problem, a
133message is added. Simple.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
135<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Fran
136Boon pointed out that it's a bit silly of me to post multiple
137releases with identical filenames. Consequently, v1.13 release 4 is
138also v1.13 (final). There were 3 beta releases prior to the final
139(fourth) release. Incidentally, the mountlist editor was Fran's idea.
140I have been talking with Fran for about a month, blissfully unaware
141that Fran is a guy. Fran, in England, means Frances. A buddy of mine
142read my web site and cringed with embarrassment: he had always
143assumed Fran was a guy (which <I>he</I> was, it later transpired).
144Oops. Sorry, Fran.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
146<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
147have been getting a lot of erroneous bug reports from users whose
148kernels don't work with Mondo. Mondo creates boot disks, a
149non-trivial task. Some kernels just do not work on boot disks.
150Mondo's kernel-related requirements are covered in the Mondo FAQ,
151Mondo's Download page and Mindi's Download page. In addition, Mondo
152does offer the user the chance to use Mondo's kernel instead of the
153user's own. If you have trouble getting Mondo to work, try saying 'N'
154when asked, &quot;Do you want to use your own kernel (Y/N)?&quot;.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
156<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
15725th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
159<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
160and Mindi get better with each release. Please try the betas if you
161are feeling brave. I am doing my best to make Mondo support Red Hat's
162&quot;LABEL=&quot; extensions to /etc/stab.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
164<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">This
165latest beta includes a fancy-shmantzy mountlist editor. I'm still
166testing it but I think it's groovy, baby.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
168<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
16923rd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
171<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
172v1.13 (beta 2) and Mindi v0.39 (beta 2) are out. They support Red
173Hat's &quot;LABEL=&quot; extensions to /etc/fstab. OK, now be warned:
174I have not tested this code properly yet. It seems to work just fine.
175However, I have not yet run the backup/compare/restore cycle. I shall
176do that tonight. If it all works, fine. If it doesn't, I shall know
177in 24 hours or less.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
179<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
18022nd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
182<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
183fixed some minor bugs in the new 1.13 beta &amp; uploaded fresh
184packages. The latest backup matched my live filesystem; great. It
185looks as if I have fixed the 'sorry, may I please have a CD that
186doesn't exist?' bug.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
188<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
18921st, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
191<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mark
192Hannah found a bug in mondo-restore (the C program, not the
193scripts). If you try to restore a really big file that was spread
194across two or more CD's then sometimes mondo-restore will just sit
195there: it won't move on to the next CD. Or, if you are comparing a
196really big file, it will ask for a CD that doesn't exist. I am fixing
197the code now. In the meantime, if you experience that particular
198problem, please use the scripts instead. (See the ramdisk's README
199file for details.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
201<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Fran
202Boon gave me a long list of comments and suggestions. Thanks, Fran.
203Feedback is always appreciated. I'll implement 90% of the changes she
204recommends. Do other users have wishlists they would like to send me?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
206<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Oops!
207The failsafe 2.4.7 kernel is compiled for the K7. My bad. I'll fix
208that tonight... [Later] OK, I've released Mindi v0.39 and Mondo
209v1.13; they're both in beta but I want to get these bugfixes out
210there NOW.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
212<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
21318th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
215<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
216latest Mindi release - v0.38 - is out today, and includes a 2.4.7
217kernel, so you don't have to recompile your kernel to make it sane -
218er, I mean suitable for boot disks. Mondo v1.12 is out today, too.
219Download and enjoy.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
221<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">As
222usual, I am backing up my system overnight and restoring in the
223morning to test the software. Fun. [Addendum] OK, Mondo works fine
224but my CD writer is b0rken. It complains more than I do.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
226<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
227have bought my plane ticket back to England. What a pity my American
228employer was unwilling or unable to sponsoer my work visa. Tell me
229this: if there is an American out there who can do my job as well as
230I do, how come 100 people were interviewed, 15 were hired and I was
231the only immigrant? Hint: they believe in affirmative action; my
232r&eacute;sum&eacute; mentioned Africa; they thought I was Black.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
234<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">It
235is a good thing that I do not listen to criticism from strangers. A
236lot of White Americans accuse me of hanging off my (Liberian) wife's
237coat-tails. Bollocks. She and I are, or were, one flesh. If you speak
238to me, you might as well be speaking to her. That is her view and I
239have come to accept it.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
241<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">In
242additional, she is not a Black American: she is Liberian. A lot of
243Black Americans are jealous of that fact, she tells me. Indeed, a
244(Black) friend of mine once said, &quot;Oh yeah, those Africans, they
245think they're so special, so much better than us.&quot; (Us = Black
246Americans, I guess. I did not inquire. Nice to know racial prejudice
247is crossing racial boundaries, isn't it?)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
249<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
250get stick from a few Black friends for trying to hard to &quot;be
251Black&quot;. My wife is not Black, she is Liberian. So, if anything,
252I am trying to be Liberian... only I'm not trying, of course. Africa
253is made up of several countries, each of which has different tribes
254and languages. Black Americans are Black Americans because the
255culture was homogenized after years and years of you-know-what.
256Likewise, a lot of White Americans parade down the street once a year
257dressed in green and call themselves Irish. Bollocks. My grandmother
258was Irish and I do not call myself Irish, nor to I talk about my
259&quot;Irish roots&quot;. I was born and raised in England. I am
260English. I love and respect Ireland as part of Great Britain but I am
261not Irish. I am more Liberian than I am Irish, and you don't see me
262wearing an &quot;I Love Liberia&quot; t-shirt.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
264<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Ironically,
265the same friend that said, &quot;Africans think they're all
266that,&quot; also vilified me for saying Irish Americans aren't really
267Irish. She said, &quot;What do you know about culture? About what it
268means to be away from your homeland? About how you define yourself by
269where you're from, not where you are now?&quot; Well, duh. I moved
2703000 miles to be with the woman I loved. I think I know the
271difference between culture and nationality.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
273<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">She
274was also the woman who accused me of looking at my customers (when I
275ran a computer store) and judging them by their skin color. She said
276I saw a typical Black man as &quot;just another nigger.&quot; 
277Incidentally, she told me - as a compliment, I am sure - that I was
278the only White man she had ever had at her house. To cut a long
279story, short, it became apparent that I knew the difference between
280being Black and being 'ghetto', and she didn't. My wife backs me to
281the hilt on this point. (Jeanette and I are still close friends, by
282the grace of God.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
284<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">So,
285on the one hand, I feel it is right and proper for me to embrace my
286wife's culture. She feels the same way. However, I do occasionally
287get in trouble for unwittingly using &quot;Black slang&quot;. I am
288not sure which slang is Black and which slang is White (or Hispanic
289or whatever) and frankly I resent the idea that certain expression
290are the preserve of one social or ethnic group. That smacks of
291snobbery. I attended private schools for 10 years; I know about snobbery.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
293<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Sorry,
294folks, but unless you've moved from one English-speaking country to
295another, you have no clue how different the local dialects are. I
296only found out last week that getting back <I>with</I>&nbsp;someone
297was not the same as getting back <I>to</I>&nbsp;someone. I have been
298in this country for 2 years. Okay?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
300<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Besides
301which, I am not White: I am English. The trouble is, certain
302ignorant Americans of all colors and creeds cannot distinguish
303between a White man and an immigrant. I am forever encountering
304ignorance and prejudice, and the ironic thing is, because I'm White,
305I'm assumed either not to care or not to be subject to it at all.
306&quot;Oh no, Hugo, we mean those <I>other</I> immigrants. You're
307different.&quot; Or someone will tell me a racist joke. Do you have
308any idea how much I hate <I>that </I>word? The funny thing is, some
309of my friends would probably accuse me of hanging off my wife's
310coat-tails for loathing <I>that </I>word as much as I do. Well, we'll
311be divorced in under a month, so I guess everyone's happy.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
313<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
314White racists will be happy because another interracial couple has
315split up. (&quot;I do worry about the children,&quot; they tell me.
316Well, maybe you should stop hitting your own children in the name of
317God, before you worry about another couple's kids.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
319<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
320Black racists will be happy because I'm just another White boy who
321doesn't Black culture ... or maybe I do, maybe I just don't like it
322as much as I like Liberian culture, and maybe the fact that I know
323the difference (along with more history than most Black or White
324Americans would like me to) scares the pants off certain people.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
326<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Some
327of my English friends think I'm racist against White people, so I
328guess they'll be happy I'm coming back into the fold of &quot;us&quot;
329and leaving &quot;them&quot; behind. (I'm not sure if
330&quot;them&quot; = Americans or what. I don't care.)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
332<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
333bottom line: skin color means nothing to me. That is why America's
334obsession with race was such a shock. Where I come from, you do not
335ask where people are from or where their parents were born. My father
336was born in the aftermath of WW2 and <I>you d</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">id
337not ask where people were from.</FONT></FONT></FONT></I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"> 
338You just didn't. People wouldn't have pulled half the stunts they
339pulled in my presence if I were Black, which disgusts me because I
340would have gladly suffered in my wife's place when she came to
341America and was attacked by other Black kids for being 'different'.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
343<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Maybe
344it's different in New York or California. Down here in Tennessee,
345people are as ignorant and racist as ever, only now it's not just
346White Americans that are that way. Never mind. I'll be gone soon. I
347can go back to a country where I won't get in trouble for
348&quot;implying that a ghetto is a negative place&quot;. God forbid we
349should remember the Jewish ghettos of Germany and Poland, or the
350modern-day Hispanic ghettos of East LA, or the Black ghettos of South
351Central. No, they're not negative at all.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
353<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Or,
354as one White American put it to me, &quot;Well, slavery was wrong
355but a lot of the slaves were very well-treated. They must have been.
356I mean, why would you damage your own property? That's what my
357husband says. And when he holds his Civil War re-enactments, Black
358people come and shout at him and call him 'cracker'. See, Black
359people are racist too! There!&quot;</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
361<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">God
362save us all. I honestly hope the entire South moves to Mexico. I
363think the one thing Mexico lacks is a bunch of tobacco-chewing, fat,
364inbred, ignorant, sweaty White people. I can picture them running
365across the border, looking for burritos and beer. Oops! Someone might
366think I'm racist against rednecks. My bad, dawg. I guess rednecks
367need to be protected. They do, after all, have a history of
368oppression (or oppressing, anyway).</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
370<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">So,
371as I said, it's a good thing I don't listen to criticism from
372strangers, or I might have to write a great big diatribe against this
373entire country. Oh, wait a minute... Um... Oh dear. Hmm. Maybe I have
374some issues I need to work out. Please don't listen to me, sah. I'm
375just a poor immigrant.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
377<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
37816th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
380<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Please
381try the latest beta &amp; let me know what you think. I am slowly
382but surely ironing out some long-term bugs which didn't rear their
383ugly heads until now, for some reason.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
385<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
38615th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
388<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
389have pulled Mondo v1.11 from the web site. Some silly bugs have
390shown up and I just don't trust that version.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
392<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
393v1.12 beta is out. Please try it if you are feeling adventurous.
394Otherwise, stick with v1.09 or v1.10, please.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
396<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
397released v1.11 in a hurry. I must not allow myself to feel rushed,
398or I'll end up create some bugs in an effort to fix others.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
400<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
40114th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
403<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
404v1.11 is out. Some silly bugs have been fixed. WARNING - this
405version is incompatible with previous versions. Do not mix and match.
406It saves the afio archives as 'N.afio.bz2'; previous versions saved
407the archives as 'N.tar.bz2'.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
409<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">My
410CD writer is not b0rken after all: it is just <I>i</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">nsane</FONT></FONT></FONT></I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">.
411Sometimes it works. Sometimes it does not. Oh well, at least I have
412one. Maybe I need more cooling fans. Right now, my computer sounds
413like an old man that can't sleep.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
415<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Would
416anyone like to coauthor an article on Mondo with me?</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
418<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">It's
419official: I am going back to England on November 26th. WebMD cannot
420persuade the INS to let them sponsor my work visa. I have no regrets
421about my marriage or about moving to America. I do, however, think I
422shall miss the cheap gas and free refills.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
424<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
42512th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
427<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">There
428were silly typos in /usr/share/mindi/mindi and /usr/share/mondo/mondo-archive.
429I have corrected them. The changes are reflected in the new tarballs
430and RPM's.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
432<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">If
433you want me to support GRUB, please send me a copy of your grub.conf
434file and instructions on how you run GRUB (e.g. install-grub
435&lt;foo&gt; &lt;bar&gt;). People tell me, &quot;Oh, GRUB is easy to
436use, easier than LILO,&quot; but I cannot make it work at all. I have
437been trying from time to time for several weeks. If you want GRUB
438support, please help me to help you.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
440<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">The
441&quot;feedback&quot; web page, the FAQ and the boot-time error
442messages have been amended to remind users that the kernel, not
443Mindi, is usually at fault when the CD will not boot; users should
444copy their floppy disk images to floppy disks and boot from those. If
445your kernel cannot boot from a CD, it means something is wrong with
446the kernel; if you do not have the time or energy to fix your kernel,
447please boot from floppy disks.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
449<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
45011th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
452<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
453v1.10 came out today.The restore engine now uses newt instead of
454ncurses. I think it looks much nicer now. You be the judge. The new
455version includes some minor bugfixes. See CHANGES for details. Mindi
456v0.37, which was released today, has some bugfixes of its own.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
458<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Please
459try the new versions and e-mail the mailing list (or me) with your
460feedback. The new restore-time engine is easier to use and prettier
461than the ugly old ncurses-based interface. My thanks go to Red Hat
462for their work on the newt and slang libraries.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
464<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
4656th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
467<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Phillip
468Deackes managed to get Mindi to work with the new OSS sound modules.
469I'm not sure how important audio playback is during disaster recovery
470but it's better not to get any weird kernel-related error messages,
471that's for sure. Nice one, Phillip.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
473<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
4745th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
476<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">A
477friend suggested I should tell Linux Journal about Mondo.
478Apparently, in November 2000, L.J. wrote a six-page article about how
479to do by hand what Mondo does automatically. (At the time, Mondo was
480in mothballs, so I don't blame them for not mentioning it.) I have
481e-mailed one of L.J.'s associate editors in an attempt to hawk my warez.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
483<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
484am working on fixing Mondo's &quot;Cuckoo Mode&quot; (Windows-only
485backups). Stay tuned.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
487<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">You
488know, the funny thing about mailing lists is that people spend more
489time bickering with each other than helping inquisitive newbies. This
490leads me to believe that the loudest voices in the Red Hat mailing
491list are not the wisest but the most insecure. It is pointless to get
492into arguments with individuals in private if the bone of contention
493is the accuracy of the information a person is giving; it is wiser,
494surely, to tell the person asking the question, &quot;Look, I think X
495is wrong, I think I'm right,&quot; then everyone else can chime in.
496Likewise, better to take long-winded, nit-picking discussions about
497Dell to - oh, I dunno, um - <I>a Dell</I></FONT></FONT></FONT><I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">-related
498</FONT></FONT></FONT></I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK"><I>mailing
501<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">If
502I return to England after my divorce (which I shall have to, because
503my visa runs out in 3 months) then the INS might not let me even
504visit America for up to ten years. Well, fine, I never liked your
505country anyway. You don't talk right and you can't spell. ;-) So
506there. :-)</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
508<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
5094th, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
511<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Dave
512Granz has sent me a couple of neat bugfixes for the restore scripts.
513NB: These bugs are not present in the newer 'mondo-restore' C
514program. However, a lot of people still use the shell scripts, which
515is why I am so glad Dave found &amp; fixed the bug. The bug did not
516impede the proper restoration of data but it still needed to be fixed.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
518<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
519am looking for ways to polish Mondo, before I get to work on the
520Windows-only side. It is pure procrastination.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
522<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Oh,
523and the manual is doing nicely. I have been working hard to write
524more documentation of Mondo.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
526<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
527have updated the front page to include references to a few sites
528that carry Mondo. I'm very excited to see that some sites are
529automatically picking up new releases by themselves. High praise indeed.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
531<I><FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">August
5322nd, 2001</FONT></FONT></FONT></I></P>
534<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">Mondo
535v1.09 contains a few minor bugfixes to v1.08; Mindi v0.36 contains a
536couple of important bugfixes, too. However, both programs are
537entering maturity. If you cannot make Mindi/Mondo work, it is
538probably because your kernel is old, broken or esoteric.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
540<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">I
541have installed Mandrake 8.0 on my first hard drive, Slackware 8.0 on
542my second and Red Hat 7.1 on my third. I have been testing Mindi and
543Mondo on all three and the latest versions work pretty well.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
545<FONT FACE="Verdana,Arial,Times New I2"><FONT SIZE="2"><FONT COLOR="BLACK">As
546for being &quot;Red Hat-centric&quot;, Mindi/Mondo would not be <I>anything</I>-centric
547if the Linux disributions abided by a standard of some kind. If you
548have ever tried writing a program that runs on a dozen different
549distros, you will know what I mean. If you haven't, well, please
550don't whine if Mondo runs okay on Red Hat 7.1 but not on Dinky Dorky 2.3r4.</FONT></FONT></FONT></P>
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