Linux16 May 2006 10:21 pm

When the power supply of our VDR failed 2 months ago that proved to be
the right oppurtunity to inject some hardware upgrades into our VDR
box. So I decided to add a second DVB-S card and a third harddisk
(SATA 250G). Having done a couple of vdr upgrades in the last 6 years
I expected some minor hassles to get it back into working state. But,
oh joy, none of these. Second DVB-S card: plugged it in, booted vdr
box, kernel detected it alright, vdr detected it, tried multiple
concurrent recordings, perfect. Ok, I’ve got to admit that I run a
relatively recent 2.6.12 kernel and Debian unstable which includes a recent
vdr version, but still. On to the SATA disk, this is a fairly old
mainboard so I added a cheapo SATA controller and recompiled the
kernel because my custom compiled kernel didn’t include SATA
support. Plugged in the card, rebooted, kernel detected SATA disk,
created ext3, mounted filesystem and voila: done. Everything works
pretty smoothly since then. And I’ve got a family of very demanding
vdr users which provides first level support experiences along the
lines of: “Daddy, it doesn’t work, please fix it _now_, I _need_ to
watch my daily SpongeBob.”.
In the 12 years of using GNU/Linux we’re finally getting really close
to plug’n play: not graphics-whiz-bang-wise but functionally-wise for sure ;-)

General05 May 2006 10:26 pm

Rewatched “Dead Poets Society” recently, another favourite of mine. Two quotes although pretty commonplace can’t be mentioned too often ;-)

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.” Walden, Henry David Thoreau

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

The road not taken, Robert Frost

Movies05 May 2006 09:41 pm

If you’re into black humour you absolutely have got to watch this little french gem. The title (“Serial Lover”) reminded me of “Serial Mom” but they are different styles. The story starts very slow, stylish and relaxed but it builds up momemtum pretty fast. Just when you think “ok, it can’t get worse” the story will twist again. The camera and underlying soundtrack are _really_ cool and provide this great stylishness to the film. I still giggle about some scenes and probably will for a couple of days (hint: The special version of “Only You” from “The Platters”).

Reading19 Apr 2006 10:34 pm

You’ve probably seen “Agile Mythbusting” in one form or another but it can’t be overrated ;-)

Debian19 Apr 2006 10:18 pm

David Nusinow, the current Xorg Debian maintainer, has put a tremendous amount of work in packaging the beast which is known as Xorg. He did the transition from XFree86 to Xorg and manages the transition to modular Xorg 7 now. There are currently some disturbances in the force but I fully agree with this post from Daniel Stone. Thank you David and the XSF, your hard work is greatly appreciated.

Reading18 Apr 2006 10:14 pm

The real Web 2.0 definition.

General&Movies18 Apr 2006 09:36 pm

Was baffled today when Tobias Geiger – a colleague at ComBOTS – casually cited from “Absolute Giganten”. The movie seems to be even more popular than I thought ;-)

BTW Happy Birthday, Tobias – Da geht einiges.

General&Reading18 Apr 2006 12:59 am

Now that RoR provided the valve to let the steam out of the Java web application pot we are seeing similar phenomena in the Java Enterprise pot.

WS-* is an easy target in this respect. I hardly know a (Java) developer who mastered the WS arena. Not because providing web services wouldn’t be useful but because it’s just so complex, confusing and certainly _not_ fun.

In my experience there’s one magical turning point for enterprise architecture: the deadline. I’ve seen more than one project throwing corporate strategy overboard when faced with the decision: delay the deadline or use working code now but without the full might of the corporate architecture. And I’m not talking about flushing the entire design of an application. It was more along the line: company policy: “you’ve got to use J2EE application server xyz”; state at the deadline: “we’ve got a working version on this servlet container but deployment on J2EE container xyz shows a couple of obscure anomalies.”; solution: “take the working version in production now, we’ll abide the company policy later.”; of course it was never deployed on the company J2EE container.

Right now the backlash is developer-driven but before too long it’ll be customer-driven.

Reading17 Apr 2006 11:19 pm

This article is a bit dated (Aug 2000) and it particularly shows in the description of now current Java features (I’m pretty sure it’s the same for the C# side). Nevertheless it’s a nice and swift head start into C# for someone coming from a Java background like me ;-)

Reading12 Apr 2006 12:36 am

AJAX and JSF doesn’t seem to be such a perfect blend yet.

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