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Journal Journal: Pike Conference in Riga 2

Just came back from Riga, Latvia. A beautiful place, but the pike conference I went to was really tiny and I spend 4 days in a room in the Latvian University.

Riga is really cheap - not just because the boss was paying. Beer is 1Ls., approx 1.20 EUR, and food is between .50Ls. - 4Ls. And Latvian is pretty easy to read if you have a basic knowledge of Northern European languages as it's Indo-European.

technorati tags: riga, pike, latvia

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Journal Journal: Performa 475 1

Yesterday a friend of mine found 2 Performa 475 while cleaning out his storage space, knowing I like really high electricity bills he gave them to me to play with. I quickly discovered that neither of them have network capability, unless you count serial/modem. So I will probably hook them into my internal POTS for network access.

I do have one slight hurdle, neither have a CDROM drive. And as I want to put linux on them this might be a problem as I don't have a SCSI CDROM drive. I thought it should be possible to install the required MacOS9 bootloader from floppy and then install a ppc linux base system from a x86 machine. I know it should work, I just wonder how much trouble it would be cross installing the machine.

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Journal Journal: Birthday Boy 3

I was 30 on the 23rd and I got:

- 3 packs of smokes
- an out of tune electric piano with a broken leg
- a packet of chocolate cookies
- a poetry book
- a board game with sheep
- all the beer I could drink
- some money for my new shelf system (very expensive)

I want a violin too... :(



Journal Journal: Grid Calculation Engine

Been playing around with a pre release version of Amie Grid Calculation Engine, made by the guys from Recursa. The current front-end application is an Excel plugin allowing the calculations to be done by the Grid Engine.

As new toys go it's really fast and fun, once you are connected to the Grid Services. I had to learn all about Narada Brokering so I understood what the communications did. This because they've asked me to build an AJAX front-end, attached to the broker. Then it can easily be intergrated into webapps.

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Journal Journal: Grease Monkey "Slashdot Edit" [update]

In the JE " Journal Protection in GreaseMonkey ." I wrote about this script which saves your JE's if you've previewed them once. When I went to edit it I noticed it was buggy - not the code mind you, the include page URLs didn't cover the pages the JE was posted to. That's fixed.

I actually noticed it while adding a feature to save the last comment made. I might add a save last 10 comments feature, in the future.

If you want the update press: here

(As usual I've tested it with this post.)

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: Funny Quote 1

Capitalization is the difference between "I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse.." and "i had to help my uncle jack off a horse.."


Journal Journal: Gmail Bug

I've discovered a problem with Google's Chat feature for users who have a high number users in their Google Chat - I have over 2500 entries in my address book. When the page is loaded after a successful login a script checks all the current/gmail users to check who is online, but with too many users the javascript in FireFox gets stuck in an 'endless' loop. The browser freezes within a number of seconds, which is not enough time to press the "standard without chat" selection at the bottom of the page.

Luckily this occurs only in FireFox - not in Internet Explorer - so a GreaseMonkey script is sufficient to solve the problem. (Gmail Chat Max) The function called by the script is top.js._Main_DisableChat(true); which disables the chat function. This could also be called as a bookmarklet while the page is loading.

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Journal Journal: Strangest thing...

... is that I started blogging in 1999. I was asked to write SimpleNews1, a news input system able to create short bulletins on the front (or "landing page") page, this for the portal of the ISP I was working for.

I started blogging using SimpleNews to create a simple weblog for our department (IT/R&D) so we could post current updates to what was going on in the department and the various project. The department log was based on an project two colleges (Adrianus Warmenhoven and Michiel [Chielie] van Reenen) started at another ISP some years before moving to a new ISP. About once an hour they would write a current status of what they were doing at that moment. They called it nu.html. (Nu means Now in Dutch.) You can visit the current nu.html page to find out what Chielie is doing at the moment, or go back to one of the first entries.

As SimpleNews was a multi-user IT/Business blog it meant there was not much room for fun news, hobby projects, and things not related to IT so I expanded the module to include separate user and project spaces. Sadly I don't have a backups of the entries otherwise I would have put them online for posterity.

On the 17th of August 2003 I started posting to /. in the Journal - my first publicly accessible blog. And although I wasn't high volume poster it gave me a good feeling that people read my Journal. At the end of November I went to work & live in Zurich (Switzerland, CH), leaving Amsterdam (The Netherlands, NL). It continued as my blog until I came back at the end of April. On the 22nd of April 2005, with about 2 weeks to go before departure I laid out our2 travel itinerary.

It wasn't until the 12th of June3 that I found the time and inclination re-tell my travel story in the blog. (I don't like working on or playing with computers too much when I'm on holiday, too much temptation.)

We came back to Amsterdam around the end of October 2005 and went to our house in the Old-South borough (5 minutes walk from the Vondelpark) of Amsterdam. There we were told we'd been evicted for being a month late on the rent - this is ignoring the 2 months rent I paid as a deposit and the notice I gave them before leaving that we were going to be away for about 6 months. They thought we'd not planned on coming back. It took us only 3 weeks to find our current beautiful apartment in the center of town - not in the Red-Light-District, but in the borough 'Centrum'.

At the beginning of December I finally started working for the 2nd largest terrestrial and 3rd largest mobile carrier in the Netherlands, having ween offered the position when I was still in Beijing. I started working on Triple Play; "... three services; high-speed Internet, television (Video on Demand or regular broadcasts) and telephone service over a single broadband connection."4

In December I'd started writing in my Journal again, but by January the job had become so hectic that I hardly had time to continue during work hours. I stopped writing on the 6th of January 2006, shortly after finishing a Grease Monkey module for /. and posting about it in " Journal Protection in GreaseMonkey "

(This is a reprint from Yahoo! 360 )

  • redhat
  1. SimpleNews is a module for the Roxen Challenger and Caudium - a fork of Roxen Challenger - webservers. Under the name libroxen-simplenews, SimpleNews became part of Debian. (28th of February 2000)
  2. My fiance and I.
  3. On the 4th of May I posted the Journal Entry " Epic ".
  4. Wikipedia: Tripleplay(telecommunications)
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Journal Journal: Lost text in Journal message 2

I'll write some more once I have some time again, busy, busy... ;) All my friends I am reading your Journals, just not replying at the moment.

I was wondering, I had a discussion in somebodies Journal about my "I am become Shiva destroyer of worlds" sig, but damned google/Yahoo! doesn't return results for the discussion. It's passed out of my message history, but was in the beginning of 2005.

If you happen to remember/find it please post the link to me.

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Journal Journal: Journal Protection in GreaseMonkey

I've just written a Journal Protection script for GreaseMonkey. I had to after /. ate another of eno2001's JEs. I tested it with this JE, just to check that it works. And it looks like it does.

An interesting extra is that it stores the last JE you wrote in your browser, sadly you do have to press preview every so often to actually get it to save. I tried with setInterval, but with all the cross site scripting scares my browser just ain't trusting me... ;)

You can download it here. (Usual GM caveat applies.)

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Journal Journal: The Year In Review Meme.

[1] What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Traveled round Asia for 6 months; Asked a girl to marry me; Worked in Zurich; Snowboarded; can't think of any more...

[2] Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make any.

[3] Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, some got pregnant and miscarried, others are still walking round with a little human in their tummies.

[4] Did anyone close to you die?

[5] What countries did you visit?
Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Laos, Cambodia, China, Germany, Belgium and Finland. (Can't remember any others)

[6] What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Self determination, no reliance on an employer or money.

[7] What date(s) from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Lots, too many to name.

[8] What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Won't know until I look back in a few years.

[9] What was your biggest failure?
Failing to protect my girlfriend from my past troubles and making her worry more than is needed.

[10] Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Cold, flu, cut my fingers with a knife, grazes... All minor...

[11] What was the best thing you bought?
My ticket to go on holiday.

[12] Whose behavior merited celebration?
I don't understand the question, everybody has done something that merited celebration.

[13] Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The media's coverage of Pakistan.

[14] Where did most of your money go?
Beer and travel.

[15] What did you get really, really, really excited about?

[16] What song will always remind you of 2005?
None I can remember.

[17] Compared to this time last year, are you...
i. Happier or sadder? Happier
ii. Thinner or fatter? Thinner
iii. Richer or poorer? Poorer in money, Richer in life!

[18] What do you wish you'd done more of?
Shooting the breeze and seeing friends.

[19] What do you wish you'd done less of?

[20] How will you be spending Christmas?
Already did, with my family, it lasted 3 days.

[22] Did you fall in love in 2005?
I fall in love everyday (I think ellem said it well)

[23] How many one-night stands?

[24] What was your favorite TV program?
None, I just love TV.

[25] Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

[26] What was the best book you read?
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The most interesting
Currently reading: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Comedy Writing; Inspector Morse; Death is Now my Neighbour.

[27] What was your greatest musical discovery?

[28] What did you want and get?
To be happy.

[29] What did you want and not get?
For others to be happier.

[30] What was your favorite film of this year?

[31] What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Got drunk. 29?

[32] What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Don't know.

[33] How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Good, as always.

[34] What kept you sane?

[35] Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jenna Jameson, she is so hot!

[36] What political issue stirred you the most?
London Bombing.

[37] Who did you miss?
Old friends.

[38] Who was the best new person you met?
A South African girl, she is fantastic!

[39] Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Have more fun, it works!

[40] Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

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