death to the dogs.

At Home

Today we had our first ever death threat! Six months ago we got an anonymous letter with a stencilled address through the post, in it was a post card asking us to stop our dog barking - but we do that already! We have a two barks and your inside rule and they are never left outside.  We checked with our neighbours and they don't have a problem.  So this morning the post arrives with another letter and this one contained ... a black spot. So we have a educated enemy, I had to check on google and it says ....

Black Spot - Tipping the black spot was a way pirates gave a death threat.

A bit more serious so time to call the police. What would be more useful would be dates and times when they barked, maybe the dogs have worked out how to open the door and bark outside when they are left for twenty minutes whilst my wife collects the kids. If I don't know when they bark I can't do anything about it so all that subtefuge is wasted! Mind you I did go buy a PIR camera for the back garden connected to a video recorder just in case the death threat is for the dogs... An amazingly good picture given the simple technology.

At Work

Some one asked today what the waitq column in iostat means for an nfs mountpoint, When the filesystem generates asynchronous requests (like read ahead) to the server they go onto a queue where a pool of threads takes them off and services them. If there are more requests than threads you have a positive waitq and delayed response, the number of threads ( and effectively the throttle for that mount point) can be tuned in /etc/system with ...

set nfs:nfs3_max_threads=25
set nfs:nfs4_max_threads=25

In Between

30 miles in the smart car, had to take eldest to dentist yesterday to get his front teeth repaired after a bike off and today it is dog sitting Thursday and I did not feel much like cycling after that stupid letter.

0 miles on the bike.


tim
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