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September 6, 2018

Two Signholders, NYC, Summer 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — npd @ 8:18 pm

Maybe the Ayn Rand Walking Tour is a Looney Tunes-style trick, into the side of a wall painted to look like a tunnel, or over the edge of a cliff.

February 28, 2017

Cisco Catalyst switch software upgrade hangs at Extracting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — npd @ 11:03 am

While upgrading the software from 12 to 15 last week on a Catalyst 2960-X over TFTP, I noticed that the upgrade hung at “Extracting” for a very long time. I had just finished a similar update on a 2960S that was a few years older and did not notice a similar delay. 5 minutes passed and I started to get nervous. 10 minutes later I started Googling to see if this is normal. I didn’t find anything and wondered if something had gone wrong.

Of course, the prior action on the screen was this:

Old image for switch 2: flash:/c2960x-universalk9-mz.120-2.EX5
  Old image will be deleted before download.

Deleting `flash:/c2960x-universalk9-mz.120-2.EX5' to create required space
Extracting images from archive into flash...

So I was very nervous that any attempt to kick this thing back into action would leave me with no image on the switch. It’s 9pm on Friday night and I’d like to go home! After about 15 minutes of waiting, the rest of the process finally kicked back into action and showed this message on screen. Would have been helpful if it had come up when it was actually relevant!

Warning: Unable to allocate memory to display the tar extraction of files, however upgrade process is still continuing. If you would like to see the tar extraction output, try upgrading one switch at a time.
Installing (renaming): `flash:update/c2960x-universalk9-mz.152-2.E6' ->
New software image installed in flash:/c2960x-universalk9-mz.152-2.E6

In conclusion: don’t sweat it! It is normal for the Catalyst upgrade process to hang at Extracting.

June 18, 2012

Mothers News 2012 Fundraiser Still In Full Effect

Filed under: friends,Uncategorized — npd @ 8:23 pm

mothers newsI keep neglecting to write about my own fundraising efforts (maybe later tonight) but instead, would like to remind you about the Mothers News 2012 Fundraiser. Mothers News is a Real Newspaper with Real News, comics, ideas, and is generally the only good reason to check the mail, if your friends are like most of mine and don’t return postcards.

Mothers News is edited by Jacob Berendes, whose endeavors and projects have continued to impress and inspire me, and I look forward to the 3rd year of the Paper of Record. The fundraiser has reached its goal, so any money donated beyond this point will only further enable the project’s stated mission of “design[ing] and manufactur[ing] a craft that would take a human occupant into outer space.” I’m happy to support this project!

There are 12 days left, as of this writing, so donate now, which is really a Subscription at most levels, and let me tell you, it is well worth it.

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