Debian CN99 is back!

The fastest debian mirror site in China has just come back online. The once long standing debian.cn99.com went offline a few months ago without any notice or explanation from its administrators. Many Chinese debianers had been guessing when it would come back or if it ever would.

Today, to my great delight the the debian mirror server resurrected. Not only does it have debian mirrors, but also stores other popular distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, gentto and Archlinux.

The header.txt file in the root directory of Debian CN99 indicates the mirror server is now taken care of by one of the biggest Internet portal site in China: netease.com, which is also known as 163.com. The header.txt says:

Welcome to Open source projects Archive on 163(aka netease.com)
Mirror access is available at
http://mirrors.163.com/
Please email to mirror@service.netease.com for suggestions and/or questions.

This means debianers now can use http://mirrors.163.com/ as an alternative address to do apt-get.

With a giant Internet cooperation — 163.com — sponsoring the mirror server, I am reasonably expecting it to serve the community in a long period of time to come.

Big fish in a small tank

I have fish.

They are in the new fish tank at my home merely by coincidence. One day on a daily walk to the neighbor shop, I noticed the small pond at its entrance was no longer maintained and the water in it was very dirty. The four fish inside were obviously in the ‘troubled water’ and on the verge of dying. Then I asked a shop assistant why the shop didn’t change water and perhaps feed the fish. He replied “We don’t want them anymore. Anyone can take them home”.

I had no plan at all to feed a few fish at home, but I didn’t want them to be left to die like that. So I used plastic bags and carried them home — not without a price — I helped empty the pond water for the shop. I was thinking returning them to nature and putting them into a pond next day. But next morning we changed the mind and bought a tank for them.

The tank is certainly small for these pond fish, but they look happy living inside. They should be happy and even celebrate. I saved their lives, I feed them daily and I change water and clean their droppings regularly. What else can they even demand?

Preparing a minnow for fishhood from the Baird School 😉

My son and I used our prerogative as their owner and named them. They are:

  • Fashion girl: the white one with red spots and stripes. It is the most beautiful one
  • Fatty: it is the fattest of the four
  • Long tail: it has the longest tail which dog-eared a little at the end
  • PLA: it is the acronym of People’s Liberation Army of China. My son was reciting his nursery songs about the brave PLA soldiers. Naturally, a name readily on his mind was PLA. It is the smallest in the pack.

Yesterday I introduced two more fish into the tank. They are called ‘cleaner’  and they feed on the microorganisms grown on the glass surface of the tank. Biofouling is the technical term for the entropy of a fish tank surface. These cleaners do the dirty job by razing the tank surface with their mouths and they can hang on the glass with their powerful vacuum-cleaner mouth. They are very cheap to get. The ones I have are small and they fear to be eaten live by the four ‘aristocratic’ fish with titles. As a result, they hide behind the water pump and only perform their duty in that safe zone mostly. They will acclimate to this new fish world and forget all the fear and injustice.

The "Immortal Fish" called by the vendor. Do you happen to know its real name?

Gazing the fish make my mind calm and peaceful. This is the best reward for my remarkable manifestation of humanity toward these water creatures 😉

It may even be a good sign of abundance for the New Year. Because ‘fish’ is pronounced the same as ‘surplus’ in Chinese, and the phrase ‘I have fish’ can be conveniently romanticized into ‘I have surplus’. Chinese have a custom of eating fish on the New Year Eve for the same reason.