Five Things

It’s Sunday night, which means it’s time for another episode of Five Things

Panasonic Sucks

Over the last few years every Panasonic device that has been used in my home has sucked harder than a collapsed star1. The IH heater didn’t last more than six months before the element burned out, and then went five months after the warranty repair before the ceramic top cracked. The DVR has been a pain in the ass since Indiscocered the bloody thing was sending all of our viewing information back to a Panasonic server without permission. The air conditioner had no Freon in the tank a day after installation, and needed a new thermostat before it’s third summer. Most of the rechargeable batteries couldn’t maintain any useful amount of power after a handful of cycles. Don’t get me started on their “computers”. And now, just because it wants to be tossed from the top of a mountain into an eternal abyss, the bathroom scale is misreporting weight by a large margin.

Why is there so much Panasonic crap in this house if it’s so unreliable, you ask? Good question. Either way, it’s a situation that will be resolved shortly.

Don’t Forget About fstab

Earlier this week I decided to put all of the files used by my web server onto a dedicated LVM that could be expanded at will to work around some of the hard limitations found in NextCloud2. Everything worked flawlessly … until I rebooted the server a few days later. Apache couldn’t find any of the files required by the various sites, and systems were effectively down until I discovered the problem. Fortunately everything was remounted and properly working within a few minutes. I also made sure to update the /etc/fstab file to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future.

Whoops.

Parenting Is Repetition

Most of the time the boy is great. When he’s being difficult, I wonder what sort of development is going on in his mind that is resulting in the challenge before me. When he does the same thing again and again and again and again despite repeated warnings … I need to count to ten.

Just In Time

The neighbourhood seems to be developing. A lot of the homes and apartments around here were built between the 60s and 80s, but many of the properties are being sold, torn down, and acquired by young families. This is good news as it means the boy will (hopefully) have more people his age to play with, and it’s also good as it means the land values are bound to go up. Neighbourhoods with newer homes are generally more appealing than those surrounded by the traditional Japanese homes.

Almost 2019

With December half finished, there’s very little time remaining to accomplish 2018’s open tasks. That said, there’s always next year.


  1. Yes, I know that a singularity is an infinitely dense region of space which means it has an incredibly powerful gravitational pull, meaning it doesn’t “suck”, but the analogy is still better than a leaky screwdriver.

  2. Symlinks are not allowed, meaning that the files in people’s repositories must exist in a location accessible to Apache. Yadda-yadda-yadda, I moved /var/www to a dedicated LVM with terabytes to spare.