Older blog entries for realblades (starting at number 56)

Back from a week of low-tech work/holiday. I keep feeling more and more that I should finally start making a picture organizer after my own taste. I seem to be behind some kind of threshold that I should get past in order to start hacking anything. Instead I'm reading, practising for Bujinkan and watching the snow pile up and temperature creep down outside.

GT4 release date here is only a few weeks away, I believe. Would be nice to finally get that. I hope the non-driving related components have improved as they were really irritating in an otherwise great simulation.

Firefox still doesn't accept mozex. At least some other extensions and features work and help remove some of the netrape braindeadness. Every time I hit ^U to erase a text field I get homicidal. Otherwise the new release looks acceptable.

Phew. I finally moved to Oulu again and now I even have the computing gear running once again. There has been qiute a bit of reorganization and I sold what I could get some money out of (including my dear Octane and a NeXT cube and a few RS6k's).

New fileserver, working firewall on OpenBSD/sparc (pf is so nice!) and main workstation is finally running Debian, not RHL (Ion2! Language bindings! CUPS! Xsane! potrace!

Seems they won't support my studying here, so I'll just have to work.

10 May 2004 (updated 10 May 2004 at 23:22 UTC) »

Learned to make Debian packages (again) and keep a local apt repo for my employer. Packaged some in-house software and went through bugfix dance with them etc. Great fun, really. Apt and all the helpers are so nice. I have built rpms and handled an apt repository there, but that is much more work.

I considered starting to package recluse for Debian.

Did quite a bit of Wiki edits again. I'm looking for a place to start on a Hardware wiki idea.

4 May 2004 (updated 4 May 2004 at 20:09 UTC) »

Learned a bit of Ruby and wrote some small programs needed at work. It's really a brilliant tool. It's a shame that kind of handiness is rarely found in languages I like more.

I'm still considering rewriting munin-node in it just to avoid perl and the cpan modules that are hell to port.

Oh, and I rescued a NeXT cube.

Saw a link to dsps in a (the?) Wiki. Seems that my condition is documented or at least the signs match. I just simply don't fall asleep before around 04:00, except if I try to nap during the day. That makes a gap in something like 18:00 - 04:00 with little hope of going to sleep. It's weird and plays merry hell with trying to keep in sync with the world (world like SO, public transport, lectures etc). *sigh*

Hm. I guess the doctor for the army did more than a good move in releasing me from peacetime service hearing I'm an insomniac of some sort. (It probably wasn't about the psychological tests. *cough*)

The more Haskell I learn, the more I like it.

Charmed is somehow full of flags these days. Not that it was worth anything to start with apart from a couple of attractive details.

Finished a few more books, replaced another fried power supply in a pc "server" and more life as usual.

7 Feb 2004 (updated 7 Feb 2004 at 19:19 UTC) »

Packaged ScummVM for Irix. Maybe that's a babystep forward in that packaging project of mine. I don't think there's quite exactly fitting a title in the "my relation" entry in project page. As usual.

I'm still reading The Art of Unix Programming. Funny I hadn't started before. It's an excellent book especially in contrast to all this hype and microsoftist creep of today.

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