2 Jan 2002 jameson   » (Master)

Well, it's been quite a while since the last update once again. I am certain millions of advogato readers have been anxiously waiting for a new one... oh well... who am I fooling... if not even I bother to proof-read it, why should someone else care about what I write?

Anyway, many things have changed, so this might get a little lengthy. Here it comes...

New computer
Yes, I actually bothered to buy a new system recently (named it Asuka), to do stuff my "old" box didn't really handle well. It has built-in graphics accelleration, hardware DSP mixing etc., but it came shipped with a proprietary OS which I still have to replace (or, at least, partially replace, for dual-booting) with Debian. It's probably one of the fastest of its kind available, an Amiga 1200 with a Blizzard IV turbo card. sic. Now I have an Amiga and an Alpha. I guess I'd start buying Betamax hardware if I had a TV.
Anyway, it'd probably be a nice little system if I'd take a day or two to get it into shape, and I'm quite looking forward to doing this once the semester is over. It's a bit hard to use without manuals, though; I haven't even found an easy way to enter the shell yet (short of starting to boot, then removing the disk I'm booting from).

FreeSCI: New Release
FreeSCI 0.3.3 is actually going to be released shortly. This is one free software project with a highly erratic development cycle...

hasn't seen much of me lately, which, despite probably being better for it, is rather unfortunate, IMHO- I'm still hoping on "fixing" it for building on DEC cxx this weekend, but it's just a vague hope.

New currency
Here it comes, the Euro. Shiny new coins, looking a bit like the newer 10 Franc pieces. The notes are a bit too colorful for my personal taste, but I thought the same of the new DM notes when we introduced them a few years ago; I'll get used to this just as I'll get used to having an EUR 0.2 coin.
Of course the Euro isn't just a new currency, it's a political event as well. It's up to TPTB now to use the momentum they've generated to push any pro-Europe agendas they might have in store; let's just hope those agendas will be something better than certain "Anti-terrorism" laws introduced by opportunistic politicians recently.
Bright and shiny they are, these Euro coins, not as scratched and dirty as the other coins I'm still carrying around. I wonder how they'll look in a few years.

So I've actually seen it now. I've always wondered whether it's possible to take a book of the narratory depth of one of the LOTR's parts and turn it into a movie- a long one, of course- whithout missing a lot and still having to rush everything.
Now that I've seen one of the best directors around try it with a very large amount of money at his disposal, I'm pretty certain it's not.

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