Debian could have caused the end of my marriage

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NIKON D70 - 1/2500 sec, f4.5 at 50mm

Last night, for some reason my webserver at home had a small spaz and decided to stop serving web pages and to ignore SSH. Great, with me 15,000km away, it was perfect timing. Especially given I could have posted my 300th photo last night. You get to see it tonight instead.

Anyway, I called Gabba on the phone and got her to reset the ADSL modem to check it wasn't a connection issue. That mission was accomplished without fuss.

Next was a long pause while I tried to decide if I could talk her through a basic set of Linux commands to try and find what was obviously now a server issue. Have you ever tried to teach a family member how to drive? Or tried to help one of your kids do their homework? Teaching people close to you to do anything slightly complicated can be very frustrating. Arguments, tears and yelling are sure to follow.

I considered how long we'd remain married if I got her to read the output from the command top and decided that there had to be a better way. I dunno how many divorces have been caused by Debian, but I didn't want to join that list!

So thanks to Scott for sorting my server for me (apache just needed a restart) and for indirectly saving my marriage.

The Photo

Taken out of the window of the car at 55mph half way between Carlsville and Egg Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin.

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Posted: Thursday, 19 October, 2006 14:39

Captured: 2006:10:14 18:45:09

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  • Wow cool photo and you took it at Door County it almost looks like a dolls house !
    the coopers (Sarah,Alice and G - Thursday, 19 October, 2006 14:49
  • 300!!!!!!!!! Yay - now we'e even and now I have to get off my proverbial and get back into it.
    seriocomic - Thursday, 19 October, 2006 16:09
  • haha so true, I can still remember the first time I tried to get Emma to send me an email attachment. Restarting Apache would have caused long standing resentment :)
    Tim - Thursday, 19 October, 2006 19:03
  • Glad to help Dave.. Now if I can only get the time to finish that backup project you asked me to do a month ago :(.. Great photo btw. Congrats on 300!!
    Scott Benjamin - Thursday, 19 October, 2006 20:01
  • Seriocomic, I was going to mention in my post that I'd fianlly caught up and time to start posting again. But then I thought you didn't need the pressure ;-) Have at it though man. I love looking at your photos.
    Dave - Friday, 20 October, 2006 4:58
  • Brilliant capture.....has a quaker feel to it.....Gabba & girls doing just fine over here.....not missing you at all, they've got a great long weekend planned gadding about the country!
    Michele - Friday, 20 October, 2006 9:24
  • wooo hoooo! happy 300th!
    Karen - Sunday, 22 October, 2006 20:26

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