A Seduction

March 23, 2010

Smoking cigarettes is an addiction,

but smoking a cigar is a seduction.

And i myself have been seduced.

Safety First!

November 24, 2009

Meet ~insert a name~!

Sorry i haven’t thought of a name yet, but ~insert a name~ currently lives in a python file called pyBackup. Although pySync might have been a better and more suitable title. I needed an app that synced config files to my dropbox folder. Say you are on your desktop using irssi and changed something in your config file the day before while using your laptop. ~insert a name~ will automatically make sure that you have the latest version on all the platforms you use. If you don’t have it ~insert a name~ will backup your current file for safety reasons and fetch the newest version.

It’s nicely taking shape and i hope to finish ~insert a name~ as soon as possible!

It really does!

Yaaaaahr mateys, Guybrush is back! Almost back! Lucasarts did quite a good job keeping it quiet, but somewhere next month they are going to release a remake of The Secret Of Monkey Island! And if that isn’t enough to make you scream like a 15 year old fangirl, they are also going to release a new episode based Monkey Island game named “Tales Of Monkey Island”. The Curse of Monkey Island (Monkey Island III) was actually the second point and click adventure game i’ve ever played. I used to be a pure First Person Shooter fan, so i only played games like Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior until i came across of Broken Sword II. I loved, and still love, that game a lot and when i completed it i wanted something similar. The nice mister at my local gameshop told me he was a huge Monkey Island fan and how awesome it was, etc etc. Too bad it wasn’t available at the time, but one of my shady friends helped me with my problem. I loved it right away! The great theme song, one of the best ever, the funny dialogs, the beautiful art, … made it hard not to love it. I played, finished and started it all over again at the more difficult “mega monkey” setting. But it wasn’t untill somewhere in 2001-2002 at a lan party that i played the first 2 games in the series. The gfx were definitely very very dated, but the humor and story were even better than the the 3rd Game. If i ever become an old man, those games helped. And if i don’t, at least they made me laugh a LOT! But it’s 2009 now and i STILL don’t own any of them! Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis, Sam and Max, Day of The Tentacle, Full Throttle, Monkey Island Series, … i love all of them and i WANT them but Lucasarts doesn’t want people to buy their great games or something like that. Because i have never seen them in a shop and when i tried to order them i always ended up empty handed. 😦 Lucasarts please look and learn from Revolution Software or Pendulo, cause i do own all the Broken Sword and Runaway games! That aside i can’t wait for the remake. I wantz it, i needz it!

I was browsing the Asus site, finding out about their new 1008HA Eee PC, when i came across this link:

http://www.itsbetterwithwindows.com

I watched the video and noticed that they had dubbed it! What a shame! But fortunately for you guys the lipreader inside of me was nice enough to write it all down!
Here we go:
00:23 Daughter: Did you finally manage to get my cellphone working on my PC mom?
00:24 Mom: Yeah, i rock!
00:29 Daughter: Ughr, it was about time!
00:49 Middle Girl: Careful, you are going to crash it!!
01:50 Dad Thinking: Let’s hope this piece of junk works today
03:00 Left Girl: You see, she told you to be careful bitch!!
03:01 Middle Girl: Well… that happens all the time…
03:02 Right Girl: Yeah i know!
03:17 Son: Daddy daddy, i broke it again!
03:18 Dad: Ok ok, let me see…
03:25 Dad: The stupid thing is full of virusen again!
03:42 *hours passed* Dad: daddy fixed it!
03:43 Son: you are awesome daddy!!

Disclaimer: Sorry i couldn’t resist! *giggle*

It’s Baaack!

May 4, 2009

CHOICE! I have been running Linux Mint 5 for about a year now on my laptop and it has been doing it’s job brilliantly. It’s fast, super stable and Pretty. But i have been reading a lot of great things about the new Ubuntu version. Especially the very fast boot-time, better PulseAudio integration and the new notification system sound great! Reading and seeing all those things awakened a little voice in my head. “Maybe you should install it”. Well maybe i should, but i’ll wait for Ubuntu’s “Mint Edition” aka Linux Mint which is due for release soon. Or should i install Debian Squeeze? I have been running a rolling release distro on my (and on my girlfriend’s) desktop, namely Arch Linux, for a long time now and i love it. And Squeeze, being Debian’s Testing release, would be a perfect balance between stability, up to date packages and not having to reinstall your Operating System every (half a) year. So what an i going to do? What am I going to do?

I didn’t stay long, mainly because my brain couldn’t unplug from Azerty. I did change my keyboard to Qwerty and i have to say that i like it. And i am still using that today.

-day 1-

Bought myself a Qwerty keyboard and rearranged the keys.  That went well except for the j and the f holes, i had to file a tiny piece of plastic away.  But after the surgery all the keys on it worked smoothly!

-day 2-

Set up Gnome to use Dvorak.  It was easy, i just had to go to the keyboard settings and select “US – Dvorak”.  Then i used this guide to set up my pc for when i’m not using an X-Server. (like less than 1% of the time)

Now i was finally ready to start my classes!  I installed and started gtypist.  “ao ae au aa ss sn st sh … di du de do da dh dt … iu ie io ia ii …”

Typing Speed: Like an average Granny

-day 3-

Setting up my laptop to use Dvorak as well.  Ow and some more “tn ts th td te to ta …”

Typing Speed: Like an average 60 year old

-day 4-

“the tha thu … the mad hatter has a hat on his head …”

Typing Speed: Like an average 50 year old

-day 5,6 and 7-

I know most of the keys and my typing speed is going up, but it still is miles away from where i was with Azerty.

Don’t know if i’m going to stick with it.  This is a 3 weeks test and if i don’t feel more comfortable by then i’m going to switch to Qwerty.

And The Silence Was Gone!

January 30, 2009

Today i’ve bought myself a new toy!  Namely this little fellow:

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A Sansa Fuse!  I already had a Creative Zen MicroPhoto mp3 player for quite some time now and it was my trusted companion through thick and thin.  We have been through a lot together and this is not a goodbye blogpost my good friend!  But although you are brilliant with my precious music files, you have one big flaw in your design.  You don’t play Ogg and/or Flac files and your idiotic maker in all his stupidity refuses to teach you that (in the form of a firmware update or something).  Don’t take it personally, i still love you, but he can go f*ck himself!  That’s why i started to look for an alternative that 1. had Ogg and Flac support and 2. was Linux-friendly.  After reading a lot of reviews and visiting many sites of mediaplayer manufacturers, the obvious choices were one of the iRiver or Sansa players.  I chose the Sansa Fuse because you can increase its storage capacity with Micro SD Card’s and also because it had a rather nice price tag. 😛  I bought the 4 gig model that included a free 4 gig Micro SD Card, so that made it 8 gig for the price of 4!  Plugged my new buddy in and my PC immediately recognized and mounted it with a nice icon on my desktop.  Now that’s what i call Plug and Play! 😛  I dragged some songs into it’s music folder, detached the Sansa and was greeted by welcome screen and a rather nice looking interface.  And half a minute later i also figured out that round button isn’t for pressing but more like a wheel!  I quite like the interface, but when i was exploring my song collection i noticed that not all the songs i copied on to its drive where showing.  To make it worse, the songs that weren’t showing were the Ogg and Flac ones!  Another minute went by when i found out that you needed to update the Sansa’s firmware in order to get the Ogg and Flac support.  And the download section didn’t contain any Linux version of their firmware updater.  Again a couple of minutes later i discovered why!  You didn’t need that updater!  I just had to download a small file, drag it into the Fuse folder on my desktop, detach it from my pc and start the player.  A pretty looking dialog with the words “updating firmware” showed up and half a minute later it was finished.  This time all my files were showing and playable!  The sound quality is comparable with my Zen and that means it’s superb!  Another big plus for the Fuse compared to the Zen is battery life.  The Zen can do about 8-9 hours max on a full battery, but the Fuse literally can go on 3 times as long!  Yes i like my new toy and i hope it’s as robust as the Zen. (that after almost 3 years still works brilliantly)  But only time can tell…

This week KDE4.2, codename “The Answer”, was released!  I was surprised to already see it in the Arch Linux repos that same day.  Great work from the Arch devs!  My gf’s uses KDE on “her” desktop, cause she likes all the shiny and pretty plasma stuff, so i upgraded that pc.  But that did mean the upgrade had to be problem-free or i would definitely have slept on the floor for a couple of nights.  Luckely the upgrade worked without any flaws and the 4.2 edition does looks very very good.  I love what they did to the taskbar!  And more good news from the KDE front: someone is working on a Remember the Milk plasmoid! (source: http://blog.chatonka.com/2009/01/more-on-rtm-plasmoid/)  That meant i was happy, my gf was happy cause everything still worked (and looked extra pretty) AND i didn’t have to sleep on the floor!

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On to part 2 of this blog!  I always liked watching Aaron Seigo’s  “aseigo on KDE” videocast, but he seems to have suddenly stopped doing that.  So i was in need of a replacement!  People on twitter, identi.ca and plurk were talking about tech (and other) podcasts for quite some time now and that woke up a little voice in my head, telling me to broaden my horizon. (eat that people who think microblogging is useless!)  After some googling i found a cool little program called gpodder (http://gpodder.berlios.de/).  Seconds later it was installed and a cute little green alien icon popped up.  I added 2 podcasts, namely Linux Outlaws and Linux Basement and The Linux Outlaws one really grew on me after hearing a couple of episodes.  It’s just 2 guys, one with a cool English accent and the other one with a goofy German one, talking about Linux and other tech stuff.  And the best thing about the show is that they don’t take themselves too seriously!  If anyone knows other good podcasts, preferably about tech and/or Linux, please tell me!

Now on to the last part of this blog! *loud cheering in the background*  In a previous blogpost i wrote about ripping all my cd’s to ogg and flac files and the program i used for that job was RubyRipper.  It really is a brilliant application!  Where most programs just read the cd and rip the songs, RubyRipper rips each song a couple of times and than checks if both files are the same.  The result is an error-free ripping experience!  RubyRipper is, like you can tell from it’s name, written in the Ruby programming language.  Something i looked into a couple of times before.  But me being a C/C++ and Python guy, Ruby never really seemed like my cup of tea.  Until a cool Mexican dude gave me a link to a great guide. (http://poignantguide.net/ruby/index.html)  “Why’s (poignant) Guide to Ruby” is a fun way of learning the language and just a nice blend of humor and great examples.  I’m starting to “get” Ruby thanks to it!  And even if i don’t know if i’m going to swap in my beloved Python for that “red gemstone” language, at least now i can (try to) fix bugs if i encounter any.  Thanks Israel, you rock!