So I splurged on a new UPS Saturday, an APC Back-UPS RS 1500—hopefully it’ll work, it’s been charging so-far, and hopefully the controller software works under Ubuntu. I have an UPS already, but it’s underpowered for my system. So when the guy next door turns on his (fire-code violating) microwave, it fluxuates the power just enough to kick in the battery, which promptly trips it’s circuit breaker (effectively toggling the power to my machine). Bigger, badder UPS it is.
IE, BTW, is the devil. Not a minion, not a henchfiend, the full-on devil himself. I’m going to tweak the template to show a link to GetFirefox.com if you aren’t using a Mozilla browser.
It works well, in spite of it’s status as a sick hack. The validation results are stored in another table in the database, so the items lists and editing pages can display a “this record has issues” icon. Yes, yes, the solution is to properly validate input, blah-blah-blah. If I was rewriting the system, that’s what I’d do, but the software didn’t for a long time (and still doesn’t, in a gradually dwindling set of cases), and many of our customers have loads of data they’re dragging in from a variety of proprietary Access nightmares. So providing a “here’s a list of things to fix” page when getting a new customer going with the system is really useful—as is marking all the broken items as such whenever they appear in the system.
Oh, and I missed the release of FUSA 2.13.4 (in time to get in with the GNOME 2.13.4 release) by a half-hour. I’ll choose to blame biology—in that the woman who lives across the hall wrangled me into giving her a ride to the bus station about an hour before the release was due. Yeah, I’m a sucker like that.
And now it’s off to my 4 hours of sleep, hoping that I can wake myself early enough to get into the office and find out what’s wrong with the CVS server. Sigh….