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Nerdy satisfaction [Jun. 9th, 2005|02:14 am]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Franz Ferdinand - Dark of the matinee]

There is something primally satisfying, but somewhat hollow, to beating a computer with its own leg into doing what you want it to do, without leaving a bloody mess on the carpet.

Now I'm sure the first question is, "Do they really have legs?" my answer is that the unix ones have sock files, so where would they have socks if it wasn't for their feet, and where would they have feet if it wasn't for their legs.

So, yes. I decided yesterday that some problems I was having with a piece of software was not just down to my misunderstanding of it, but possibly down to me not having the most modern version of the software. This wasn't just down to my hubris, though. Quick lesson, for the uninitiated, on how to piss a developer off: ask a question about an inability to do something with their software, but use an old version of it. They will wish many things upon you. Syphilis is one of them... particularly from Bill Gates in an illicit goat sex scandal.

Plus my version of this was OLD! I use an old version of linux - SuSE 8.1 pro. REALLY old. As in about 2 and a half years old... and it tries to be helpful by providing software in nice little packages. This is fine. Unless you want to upgrade.

Still I managed to get things set up, and upgraded and running just like it was before after 2 hours, and with no heartache, or open heart surgery of my installation. (There have been previous times when I've killed my computers ability to display graphical text, even display graphics or just run anything of importance by trying to "upgrade" something)

Of course, the futility is, it works exactly as it did before. And I still get the same problem that I tried to fix by upgrading. Now I just have to RTFM. :)

Still... I'm proud. I got this upgraded without breaking stuff in any way. I am now a proud admin of postgresql 8.0.3! Now to learn how to use this with reference to a website.