Well, I rebooted the machine last night with the new shiny replacement hard drive in it, and a new kernel, and it worked. I shouldn't be surprised given that it basically does every time, but I only reset the thing every few months so I don't really get the chance to get used to it. Western Digital have this funky scheme where you tell them how to charge you when you get the RMA off them, and then they send the replacement immediately and only charge you for a new drive if you don't send back the one you say you're sending. Saves a few days of waiting. I definitely approve.
There's an odd letter in the paper today cursing Michael Howard for forcing the authors to vote for that git Blair in spite of everything he's done, signed by two Yorkshire types called Waterson and Carthy. I notice the current poll implies that Howard's scaremongering is doing his party no good whatsoever, which I certainly hope is the case. There's negative campaigning all over the shop, but negative comes in degrees and personally I think that's way too much.
There's also an interesting point about the alleged granting of permission for caravan sites by councils because of the Human Rights Act - a planning consultant who works in the field says he thinks that there's been exactly one such case. A bit thin as a basis for a moral panic, IMO. They also imply slightly that the council was probably mistaken in believing that the law demanded that of them, but without details it'd be hard to say.
And, of course, it should also be remembered that the shortage of legal sites results in large measure from the 1994 decision to release councils from the obligation to provide them, implemented by a Home Secretary name of M Howard. Small world, isn't it?
Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, the council have apparently just noticed a close off the Royal Mile that they own. According to the newspaper coverage it hasn't been much used for the last century and a half, but it can probably be done up and used for something productive. I must have a look around the house and see if I can find anything similarly useful.
The ongoing attempt to heal people whose heads have fallen off continues. The sad case of Terri Schiavo moves towards a conclusion also, with a federal judge, ruling under the weekend's emergency legislation intended to have her feeding resumed, refusing to order any such thing. An appeal is apparently likely.