Quickly* pinging everything on a subnet

For when you don’t remember that you set your wireless gateway’s static IP to .253, and it’s not showing up in the list of leases on the DHCP server (predictably, but it’s not helping your memory, and it’s not in the arp cache either…), and you need to reboot it using the web interface, all through remote desktop from another suburb. Of course, if it’s well ‘ard and doesn’t respond to pings, that won’t work, but you might be able to fish the MAC address out of the ARP cache after it’s run once. 

From a CMD prompt:

FOR /L %I in (1,1,255) DO PING 10.0.0.%I -n 1 -w 100 >> pung.txt

Notes:
 – pung is the past tense of ping, of course.
 – I did briefly turn to Powershell to try to get it done, but then realized I still haven’t worked out the Powershell thing. Is it simpler in this case?
 – the bracketed numbers are start, increment/step and finish.
 – ping 10.0.0.1 -n 1 -w 100    pings the address once only, with a short 100ms timeout.
 – * – wow, an actual asterisk thing! “Quickly” refers to the speed of typing the command out, not the speed of the actual pinging process. Using Powershell or IronPython or another cool language, you could probably throw together a mean multithreaded ping (pure speculation on my part) that completes in ten seconds flat; this ain’t that.

Still Alive…

Not much to report – tons of work to do and only 27 hours a day to get it all done in!

I did catch the clip below on Rage on the weekend (for non-Aussies, Rage is an Australian music video show (nay, institution!) run by the government-funded ABC – we get some great TV and radio over here from them), and I was just stunned by it. It might not be recent, but as it’s an Australian artist, you may not have heard or seen it before anyway…

It’s called “Heart’s a mess”, and it’s by Gotye (radio people pronounce it funny, like “Gaultier” – looks more like “got ya” to me!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQVdlxql8PQ

 Just a stunningly animated video. Awesome. Hope it appropriately brightens or darkens your day!

Wondering how many Autocolor* Colors* there are?

* – Yes, I know that real people spell it “colour”. I’m sorry.

Um, a lot! More than I have the patience to discover!

After a few minutes waiting for Help**desk to fix a problem*** (and so, while unable to do anything else except stare at the browser-based chat window), I thought I’d play a bit with Autocolor in Outlook 2007.

If talking to yourself is the first sign of madness, emailing yourself is…?

Sometime between Beta 2 and RTM, I think this might have been switched off by default, but it’s there if you hunt for it, under the Tools -> Options -> Mail Format tab, Stationery and Fonts button:

Why would you ever want to fill your messages with colour? Well, it’s really quite helpful for discussions where everyone is commenting inline on what everyone else has already inlined (um, let’s call it a verb related to opined, say, opined-inline-on-the-back-of-someone-else’s-typing) about.

As long as you get one of the better colours. If you were replying to a serious email in fuschia or overpink, would anyone take you seriously, ever again? “Let’s find out!”, he exclaimed excitedly.

Combined with comment marking, I love it.

Wearehappyandfulfilledinourwellpayingjobs.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:26 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Last one. Ugh.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:26 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Very pastel. Very 80’s.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:22 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Worst colour ever.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:21 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Post-Fuschia Purple

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:21 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

The Dreaded Fuschia!

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:20 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Goooood greeeeen

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:17 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Sjakajshdaksjhakfjh basic blue.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:16 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

AHAHGAKJHSKJDKJAD reddish. Nice.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:14 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

BBBBBBBBBBBBB not quite black.

 From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:13 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Ooh, here’s some repetition for sure.

Nope, it’s not the same purple…

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:12 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Yes, it was dark greenish. I think.

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:12 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Was that one actually different from the first one?

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:12 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

How many colours are there?

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:11 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Very good

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:11 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: RE: Auto Colouring

Yes, it is

From: Tristan Kington
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2007 3:11 PM
To: Tristan Kington
Subject: Auto Colouring

Is pretty good.

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*** – the cheap shot was probably accurate, but far too obvious.