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Archive for July, 2010

Hint of the day

I will be in the Netherlands over the weekend and encourage you to do the same.

We’ll catch up and have a beer or two.

Sound of the day: … –

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What’s wrong with being cool

Sound of the day: Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance

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“If you don’t mind, I’m gonna pass out.”


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Mad as fuck

Since a lot of government officials in Germany are lately demanding random laws we like to step in and help those nutters with more random and idiotic ideas, for security reasons:

– Labeling of every citizen for quick identification
– Registration of websites only after approval by the officials
– Controling and documenting of all electronic communication
– Introduction of  “Online Drivers License” that needs to be renewed every year
– Abolishing of money
– Installation of cameras in every home
– Introduction of curfew after 10 o’clock for everyone except those who earn >100.000 €/year
– Development of Matrix for easy “citizen-handling-purposes”

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Bad weather

I recently figured out I love the chaos of bad weather. I always thought I was more the kind of good weather guy but I guess I was wrong. For some reason rain, storm and possible destruction makes me rather happy. Strange.

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The future is now

I started to hate Linux pretty much directly after I tried to get it working on my new personal computer, back in 1999. The idea of having a somehow ‘free’ operating system  seems to be extremely tempting. The only problem was Linux just not being ready and/or usable  on desktop computers at all. I spent my entire Christmas holidays playing around with Suse Linux 6.something to get the video card working but finally decided it’s just not worth trying to get it running any further. Since that day I was secretly obsessed  with the idea of one day running Linux on my main computer in the far, far future. After several attempts every once in a while and lots of setbacks Linux finally found its way on all of my servers. That still was not what I’m looking for since most of that machines were headless console only boxes so I kept trying. Over the last 10 years or so Linux changed a lot, some distributions came to life and other vanished. One annoying fact over that “I-kept-trying” period was that almost every distribution had fundamental differences like different location of config files or even different names of those. Debian always seemed to have a more stable and consistent approach than for instance Suse. On the other hand Suse has been more user friendly which Debian lacked. Around the year 2005 I  figured out that my need of fiddling around with config files in a desktop environment tended against zero. What I really wanted was a System that directly worked out of the box and let me pretty much just do most of the things I used to do in my Windows environment. I kept trying different distribution and even became a fan of CentOS on my headless boxes but still failed to replace my Windows since sometimes even simple thing were just not working properly while testing Linux.

Long story cut short: I recently gave it another try with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and was extremely surprised! It is actually usable.  It also replaced my beloved Windows 7 on my main workstation very quickly. A lot of things are of course really different and I like to share some thoughts and tricks with you since I still like the idea of a free and open operating system.

Stay tuned.

Sound of the day: Art vs Science – Parlez-Vous Francais?

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Plans of travel

While realizing this year is pretty much half over we decided it’s time to do something different soon and explore another country. Reg is right now sorting out possibilities of getting a sponsorship deal and I’m trying to figure out which country I’d like to see most. We are not exactly sure where we are heading but we do know we will leave in October for about 5-6 months and either go see Africa or the south of France. Yeah.

We will keep you updated.

Sound of the day: rage against the machine – Clear the lane

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