A simple trick to get Linux to switch between tuned profiles to optimize your battery life. The tuned profile is created using a tool called powertop2tuned, which (on Fedora) is part of the tuned-utils package.
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An update on the “My history in gadgets”, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 updates, I bring you… edition 2019! (mostly because I forgot to update stuff)
In 2016 I moved this blog from my own CMS over to WordPress. But seeing what a pain it actually is to keep it all updated, I decided to move to a static site generator.
I recently started using Plex, and since I’m also using Home Assistant, and Home Assistant can do stuff with Plex, I wanted to combine the two.
I’ve been using the wonderful Mobilesheets Pro on my Android Tablet (a Lenovo Tab 4 10) for my choir(s) that I’m a member of. The best thing since slided bread! (well, not really, but it does allow me to easily take a lot of sheet music along without having to drag around several binders).
I recently reinstalled Fedora on my desktop machine, which has (amongst others) a ViewSonic Vx2025wm screen connected to it. It’s an oldie, but still works (quite well). Unfortunately, Linux just complained that it didn’t get a proper EDID out of it, and refused to activate it – might also explain why Windows doesn’t recognise it as a PnP monitor – I guess the chip fried somewhere along the way.
I was reading some stories (don’t ask my where anymore – might have been on reddit or Lifehacker) about silicone sponges to replace (the often gross) disposable sponges we used in the kitchen. Sounded like a great idea – something that you don’t need to throw away, that doesn’t become a bacterial warzone, durable.. but after trying it out I’ll be going back to the disposables.
“Why did you become a vegetarian?” – It’s one of those questions I get asked fairly frequently, when it comes to food choices / eating habits. I recently had the question again, at work – I’ve changed jobs recently, and it came up during a discussion. I guess it’s a good question, as not everyone has the same reasons.
I was using the rather nice Table Of Contents+ WordPress plugin to auto-generate tables of content on certain posts/pages, but that has since been abandoned. Luckely Steven A. Zahm took over development, and presto, we have the Easy Table of Contents plugin. You can peruse the sourcecode on GitHub.
I recently found out that Windows has this nice feature where, after suspending your laptop, it’ll go to hibernate after a while to preserve battery. Seems like a really cool feature, saves your battery too, so I wanted it on my linux installation. I’m using Fedora 27 right now.
I’ve always liked the Ambilight technology Philips builds into some of their TV’s. I just don’t like the price that they ask for it… so I looked around if there was no way to build that yourself. There is, using a Raspberry Pi, some leds, and some bits and pieces ;)
I’ve been a user of Dropbox for ages, I’ve tried Owncloud, I’ve tried Box, and probably numerous others that I’ve forgotten about, but in the past year I’ve migrated over to Syncthing, and I haven’t looked back. Opensource software, well designed protocol, complete ownership of your data, I could go on… but this post by gbolo explains it perfectly!
I own a TP-Link Archer C5 router, version 1.2 – which is identical to the TP-Link Archer C7, version 2.0, save for some limitations which are introduced through software. These limitations include a 300Mbps cap on 2.4GHz (450Mbps for the C7) and a 876Mbps cap on 5GHz (1300Mbps on the C7). Not that much, but still enough to be worth tinkering for. Since I was looking at increasing the WiFi speed...
I still have an Asus Transformer TF101 tablet in use – running MarshMallow – but after a Play Services upgrade, in which Google inserted some NEON instructions (which the TF101 does not support) , a lot of “Play Services has stopped working” popups showed up – making the tablet nigh unusable. Initial tests blocking upgrade of the services yielded no success, and a lot of programs demand the ne...
I’m playing part-time webmaster for the choir I sing in, and as such, am getting up close and personal with WooCommerce. Quite a nifty shopping cart, but it does require a lot of tweaks to really make it work to your liking – unless you’re willing to shell out a lot of cash.
I got a Yubikey 4 half a year ago (during Red Hat Summit 2016), but until now I didn’t do much with it. Time to change that ;)
I’ve been a longtime user of Crashplan, an easy-to-use cloud backup solution. It works well, and it used to work also on nearly any platform that had a java run-time and some add-on opensource libraries. I’ve used it for some time on my raspberry pi to automatically backup my data to the cloud. (Crashplan on ARM (the architecture of the raspberry pi) is an unsupported configuration though).
I finally decided to retire my custom-written CMS (wrote it back in 2003, when I had more free time), which – while obviously fantastic, super advanced, and capable of making coffee for you – had some drawbacks. Mostly being that it was a pain to use and update content with.
An update on the “My history in gadgets“, the 2014 and the 2015 update, now the 2016 update. Who would have guessed!
Something like this, perhaps…
In my grand scheme of “abuse all the low-power computing things!”, I’ve moved my crashplan backups over to the Raspberry Pi 2 (rpi2 for short). Installation is relatively painless: download the installer from the crashplan site, and unpack and execute. I installed mine under /opt/crashplan.
The ASUS UX305UA is an ultrabook with the Skylake microarchitecture – the (as of writing) latest iteration in Intel processors. Unfortunately, Skylake support on Linux wasn’t really a granted thing the time the device got released. Fortunately it’s gotten a lot better of late.
… is not really that hard. Just annoying. Since OnePlus’ USB ID is not in the default adb list, you need to add it yourself: echo "0x2a70" >> ~/.android/adb_usb.ini where 0x2a70 is the identifier for OnePlus. (you can find this with lsusb)
I still had an old Mac Mini (model 2,1) – which I bought during a period of experimentation with different operating systems – connected to the TV, running Mac OS X Lion. Not Apple’s finest installment of OS X, truth be told.
I’ve had a Google Chromecast (1st generation) for a while now, connected over WiFi. Works great, although sometimes the wireless reception cuts out, or the signal gets saturated. Since I’m mostly streaming from a device which sits less than 10 cm away, it is also rather stupid to have all those packets going back and forth to my router, causing unnecessary load. Google has a nifty solution, the...
I’ve recently acquired some TP-Link ‘Easy Smart’ managed switches – cheap, decently built (metal casing), and a lot of features above the usual unmanaged stuff:
Back in the day I used to have one router in the house: the D-Link DIR-825, flashed with OpenWRT. Configured with two SSIDs – one for internal network use, and one for guest access – the latter being separate from the internal network of the flat.
After the latest lan-party with some friends, where we played a lot of Rocket League, it dawned on me that this game (and numerous others) is probably a lot easier to play with a game controller instead of the mouse/keyboard combination. And as I have the WiiMote and the Wii Classic Controller lying around, I thought I’d have a go at getting these to work on Windows (as opposed to buying someth...
An update on the “My history in gadgets” post from a while back, and the 2014 update:
In yearly tradition..
An update on the “My history in gadgets” post from a while back, as things have progressed a bit meanwhile ;)
I’ve always been a fan of the “stock Google” look of android, also often referred to as AOSP (Android Open Source Project) – a clean look, no bells and whistles added by the vendor of the device in question. The ‘vendor’ looks usually change the look of the Android OS, add (unneeded?) applications, and add their own launcher. There are several vendor skins, like Samsung’s TouchWiz (pictures), H...
On the HTC Desire S, I’ve been using an unofficial build (made by Flinny) of CyanogenMod 10 for a while – happily so. Unfortunately the author is/was a bit strapped for time, and development slowed down significantly at the time. Updates for CM 10.1 and later were not forthcoming. Since I’m enough of a geek, and suffering from ORD, I decided to try to ‘roll my own’: to compile CM from source. A...
You’ve just gotten your shiny new Android Phone, and you want to migrate to it. There are several options, including Titanium Backup to move stuff, but Google also has you covered (party): Android Backup & Restore. You can find this setting on your phone, under “Settings” and “Backup & Restore”. This thing backups several things, but far from all:
Debian Wheezy has been released today. This release brings tons of new features, amongst which are multiarch support, several specific tools to deploy private clouds, an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party repositories.
If you’re living outside the US, and you’re using OpenWRT (a fantastic 3rdparty opensource firmware for many routers), you might have noticed that not all the WiFi channels which are legally allowed in your region are actually available for you to choose from.
As an addendum to my previous post on how to install Debian Sid on the XPS13, I’ve been having issues with suspend – the laptop would sporadicaly not go to sleep properly on lid close, or it wouldn’t come out of suspend afterwards.
I purchased a Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook, to replace my ageing Apple Macbook 2,1. After six years of daily use, it’s (over)due to retire.
It was about time to update the theme here a bit… so welcome to the new look ;)
I recently acquired a second-hand HTC One X. A week or two back HTC decided to release the JellyBean update for the phone, all was well. Yesterday, another update was sighted on XDA, and since it seems like this one gives better battery life, I didn’t feel like waiting another 3-5 weeks before it became available in my country, so I searched on how to manually flash an OTA.
On the 26th of december we’re giving our annual christmas concert in the OLV Sint Pieterschurch on the Sint Pietersplein in Ghent.
In case you have just bought a new phone, rooted it, and want to copy over all your wifi access points, there are a few options:
I acquired a secondhand HTC Desire HD, a nice phone (albeit a bit heavy). Comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Sense. I’m personally not much of a Sense fan, and I wanted to move to a newer Android release, so I looked around on how to achieve S-OFF.
You’ve just reconfigured the security lockscreen settings on your (rooted) android phone, and then forgotten eg. the PIN code to unlock it? It happened to me yesterday.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.36-beta3. This version includes the following changes:
The Oatmeal recently had a nice post on Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest minds that ever lived. We owe a ton to that guy, even though he’s often not credited for it. Hell, you wouldn’t even be reading this without him.
The choir Cantabile, together with Furiant and the Ghent Baroque Players are performing:
As a geek, I’ve always been quite the gadget freak. The fact that my father was also interested in the newest toys didn’t help.
Last year I installed Debían on my mother in law’s network (an Acer Ferrari One 200). The thing ran fine, but gave some “firmware bug?” warnings. Since no new BIOS’ were available at that time, I left it at that.
Hope your dreams, wishes and all that may come true, or closer to the actual truth.
I recently got a Box account with 50 gB of online storage (see this thread on XDA on how to get one).
I wanted to get Adobe AIR to work on my 64-bit Debian Sid installation, to try out some other twitter clients, more specifically Saezuri. (On a side note: the offering of twitter clients on linux is … mediocre. Bad, even. The (imho) best one is Pino, but it has problems of it’s own).
As some of you might (not) know, I’ve recently joined a choir, called Furiant, which is part of the Arte Musicale group. (I already play in a pipe band (the Flemish Caledonian Pipes & Drums))
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.36-beta2. This version includes the following changes:
I’ve always been a fan of the 3rd party roms that are available for the different Android based phones. Unfortunately, it seems mine has developed a bit of a quirk: sometimes, when unplugging the USB cable, it will reboot. Or it no longer detects it as ‘external storage’ when putting it in USB-drive mode.
Debian Squeeze got released today. Yay! :)And don’t keep your breath, because the new testing branch is called Wheezy.
Happy newyear and may all your wishes/dreams/… come true! (except those that I don’t like. Seriously. :p)
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A little while back I finally caved in to all the peer pressure and got my second Android phone, the HTC Desire. It’s faster than the HTC Hero, which I’ve been using sofar. My girlfriend wanted that one, so it’ll have a good home :) and I can keep it updated to the latest firmwares.
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Google released Android 2.2 – codename Froyo (for Frozen Yoghurt), giving Android users a nice speedboost.
I’ve released phptelemeter 1.36, beta 1. Beta because it doesn’t have everything yet that I want, but it needed to get out there due to lots of changes by Telenet.
I’ve bought an HTC Hero a while back. Rooted it too, so I could edit the sms database. Loving the phone.
This page documents my attempts (and successes!) to get Linux fully working on an Intel-based Apple MacBook, 2007 model.
Since I have a rather well-scaled desktop PC (nothing really fancy by today’s specs, but it’s underused as it is), and my gf sometimes wants to use it, and sometimes we both want to use it at the same time, I decided to turn it into a multiseat configuration.
… you’re most definitely a geek.
I’ve moved hosting, from Lunar Pages to OVH. Lunar Pages is a good hosting, but their overselling and price hikes in the last few years made me look for something else.
Yes, I’ll be going to FOSDEM 2010!
Well, happy newyears to all of you! May your wishes/desires/hopes/ come true!
I wanted to test some crap in VMWare, didn’t feel like messing with the entire server thing so went for the player. Unfortunately, this thing doesn’t work against the 2.6.32 kernel.
Note: This is at your own risk. If you fry your phone, your problem, not mine.
As I detailed in my previous post on how to get this phone working with Leopard, upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6 aka Snow Leopard broke things again.
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I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.35. This version only has a few changes, but I wanted to get it out there:
I recently purchased an Alcatel Onetouch X200 3G USB modem, to be able to use internet on various locations where there is no wired or wifi available. Works fine under Windows/Mac OS X, bit more of a hassle under Linux.
Since I recently moved, and now have my Tomato based WRT54GL on 24/7, I also wanted a way to keep a backup of those nice statistics the router generates. You have the option (built-in) to write them to nvram or to a CIFS share, but the former has a limited amount of writes, and the latter is not really stable (and I don’t have anything powered on all the time to keep the backups on).
Short summary of what I’ve been busy with:
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.34. This version includes the following changes:
… see? Even WordPress thinks so.
I’m just extremely busy lately – mostly preparing for moving to a new place.
</p> (Comic © http://www.xkcd.com)</center> How often I’ve wanted to do that, because of inconsiderate assholes who park so badly that noone can park next to it, in a full car park. Or who just decide to park in the middle of two spots.
Since I’m a lazy git, I want my laptop to automatically switch back & forth between my wired and wireless interfaces. Seems that stuff like Network Manager can do that for you, but it’s not really my thing. I don’t like stuff where you need a GUI to configure it, a duplicaton of network configuration, and it also tends to hang my machine. No idea why, though.
A good friend of mine introduced me to a new game: World Of Goo!
For a reason not to be mentioned here, I needed to install Windows XP (legal license) on my Macbook. Easily done, Boot Camp Assistant, install windows, install drivers, the works.
Debian Lenny got released today. Yay! :)And the new testing branch is called Squeeze :P
I bought an Elgato EyeTV Hybrid a while back, and I was using the tvtv.co.uk service to get my EPG(Electronic Program Guide) data.
I was bored recently, and decided to install Linux on my Macbook. I opted for the distribution I like best – Debian (unstable/Sid).
Over at Jut blogt you can read an alternative version of the christmas story, which I actually prefer above the original ;)
I just finished updating my machine to the latest Linux kernel, 2.6.28. All worked, except for VMWare Server (which was still at 1.0.8). Since 2.0 has been released, time for an upgrade!
It’s that time of the year again, where we all are (supposed to be) happy, cheery, exchange gifts, blabla you know, what not :p
From the musical “De Engel van Amsterdam”.
Wij zijn de tuin van het echtpaar de Bondt Aardige lui dat gaat best Wij staan in redelijk vruchtbare grond En krijgen steeds volop mest Maar dat is tevens een ernstige grief Onze ideeën zijn alternatief En ook al zijn er de hondjes heel gul ‘t Is altijd kunstmest, kunstmest, kunstmest Steeds weer dat chemische spul Wij zijn helaas niet ingesteld Op harde actie en geweld Maar door de zwoele voo...
After upgrading the blog to WordPress 2.7, the Now Reading plugin didn’t work very well anymore.
A very well made video, a laugh :p
Once again, Belgium is the laughing stock of the EU.
Nicked from Diana’s blog, here’s my list of 27 things that you couldn’t care less about. Oh, and about xmess too. Or christmas. Whatever you want to call it.
Yesterday I had some good old fun trying to replace the backup battery of an Acer Travelmate 803 laptop.
‘t is niet den auto, ‘t is de reis niet de tafel, ‘t is de spijs niet den oven, ‘t is de koek niet het meubel, ‘t is het boek niet de potten, ‘t is de pap niet het lopen, ‘t is de stap niet de letters, ‘t is ‘t gedicht niet de lampe, ‘t is het licht…
Because I keep forgetting them, here’s a list of buttons you can press during a Mac’s boot to change behaviour:
At work we regularly have to send over files to $vendor. $Vendor has two ways of accepting files: FTP, and Webdav (over https). Since our company’s policy is to not send things out unencrypted, we have to go the webdav way. It’s also the policy to send things over our internetproxy if possible.
… waking up at 6 in the morning, because you hear a certain sound you associate with water that’s coming under high pressure from a tap.
For my PVR/HTMAC project, I wanted to auto-mount several shares from my NAS. After some searching I ran across this hint on the <a href=”“http://www.macosxhints.com” target=”_blank”>Mac OS X Hints</a> website, which works perfectly:
I recently acquired a Mac Mini, which I’m going to use as a PVR.
On TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) they’ve got a nifty tips section, with today this tip that I rather like:
Today Richard Wright, the great self-thaught pianist/keyboardist of Pink Floyd, passed away, aged 65.
An interesting read on Ars Technica: How the ‘Net works: an introduction to peering and transit.
Sade linked me to this nice ebook by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere. Unfortunately, you need Adobe Digital Editions for it, which only exists for Windows and Mac. Since she’s a Linux user, that one didn’t really fly with her.
After yesterday’s clone I noticed some applications behaved erraticly, amongst which Preview, Thunderbird, Appfresh… rather irritating.
Upgraded my Macbook with a bigger disk: from an 80gb Toshiba MK8034GSX drive (with which it came delivered) to a (secondhand) 320gb Hitachi HTS543232L9A300 (what’s in a name…). Long live diskspace! ;)
You know what I really hate? Crap parkers. People that have a car, and that, according to them, needs to take up atleast 1.5 parking spots. Parking so badly that you – parked nicely in between the lines, in the bloody center – can’t get in or out of your car anymore, save by crawling in the car over the seats.
Simon’s Cat YouTube channel
Here’s a short how-to to get the iodine dns tunnel working on your Mac.
I was trying to get xrdp running on my Linux box, so I could takeover the screen from the outside world. The rdp protocol is a (huge) bit more performant than VNC, which is why I wanted to use it.
I got a company phone, a Nokia 3109 Classic, which is nothing less nothing more than a standard company phone. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles I’d like to have, but it works.
This is not a good weekend. For me atleast…
If you want to copy a bunch of files from one spot to another, but preserve links/permissions/ownership/…, it’s usually a big hassle.
Another very beautiful “Dead Piro Day” comic, from Megatokyo.
I can get so goddamn annoyed at our local sport-crazy people…
“Goodbye, my trusty Palm! May you bring joy to your new owner and know many more years of use!”</p> … and there was much rejoicing …</center> (Yeah, I sold my Palm TX – Didn’t use it anymore since I got the E65…)
In another episode of totally wonky legal battles, eBay was found guilty of selling counterfeit Hermes handbags by a french court.
I still haven’t found any mail client I really like on the Mac… I’ve been using Thunderbird now for a while, but it doesn’t really have what I want in a mail client. I guess I’m spoiled, since I’m used to using KMail at home (and I’m forced to use Lotus Notes at work – a horrible client from a usability point of view).
After nearly 8 months of no release (if you don’t count the 1.33-beta1), I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.33. This version includes the following changes:
I’ve been having a weird issue with the motherboard on my pc. The first time you boot it in a day, it was very likely to freeze on you – either after the USB started flopping on and off, or the sound starting cracking, and so on… not very fun. Solution: power off the power supply for a minute, power it back on, and it would be good to go for the rest of the day. It’s not an unknown issue (see t...
Thanks to a post on Frank Goosens’ blog I discovered FunPidgin! A fork of Pidgin, a multi-messenger client formerly known as Gaim.
Mostly because I keep forgetting…
I’m wondering if anyone out there can help me with this one…
This is sometimes so very true:
Woohoo! Another milestone reached:
Yesterday, when walking through Ghent, we discovered a new shop specialised in coffee and tea: Simon Lévelt on the Kleine Vismarkt (nr. 5) in Ghent. It’s a small shop easily passed, but really worth a visit.
We went to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street the other week.. a good (if rather grim) musical!
My pirate name is: Black Jack Flint Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. Like the rock flint, you’re hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you’re easily chipped, and sparky. Arr! Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com. </div>
I’ve recently discovered a new python based blogging client for Symbian S60 3rd edition based phones.
Yesterday, Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Oddysey” and other great works, passed away at the age of 90. He’ll be sorely missed both by the science community and the millions of fans he had.
On the 4th of March 2008, Gary Gygax – creator of D&D, which laid the basis for the tabletop RPG’s as we know them today – passed away, age 69.
Since last weekend I’ve been stuck with a nasty cold, reaching climax on wednesday when I bailed work at noon and went to the doctor. Sickleave until friday, and some painkiller (perdolan) and a coughsirup (mjummm.. not!)
Today the government of Flanders imposed another “Smog alert”, atleast until tomorrow evening.
I finally got our brand new Prius! It’s damn pretty, drives smoothly… <3 ;)
Mah Nà Mah Nà
I do hate insurance companies.
(Comic © http://www.xkcd.com)
Yay. Soon it’ll be Aalst Carnaval, a so-called cultural feast. I rather call it a drunkfest, since there’s actually very little culture and loads of drinking going on.
Yay! I finally got the firstall of my certificates of the leasing firms – now we can go insurance-hunt!
Today we went to get the papers for the Prius, and got a sneak-preview at it too ;) (no, the pic ain’t blurry, you’re just drunk! :p)
Today the 100 meters mad dash started to get all the paperwork in order for my too early delivered Prius.
The Belgian National Railways (known as NMBS/SNCB) really totally suck. Completely and utterly.
(sung to the tune of John Lennon’s “Imagine”)
Amazing! Today I saw the second Prius on the road since I bought mine! wh00t!
I’m currently trying to get Linux (Debian Sid) working on my MacBook… it’s installed, but still needs lots of tweaking.
An update after my previous ISP post:
I “recently” ordered (after doing some research) a Raidsonic Icybox NAS (full model: IB-NAS4220-B). I chose it because of:
Go Belgium, with our super-duper hyper-effecient roads:
We made another change to our cavies’ cage: we put it on a table (so we see them better and they see us better):
… in Lolcatian!
Well, new year 2008 all!
If you’re using VMWare on a variable-speed processor (like all most modern cpu’s these days) you might have noticed that sometimes the guest OS runs a lot faster (causing the guest clock to run faster and all kinds of weird effects).
I just installed VMWare server on my gf’s linux-laptop, but the server console didn’t want to start for some reason… Just came back to the command line, nothing happening.
Ubuntu has these versions of it’s distribution they label LTS: Long Term Support. Now seems that if you use an LTS, and want to go to the next LTS… you’ll have the pleasure of either breaking your system, or reinstalling from scratch.
In Belgium, if you want to get somewhere on time – don’t take the train.
I hate having to go through the blog to correct posts!
I wonder how long the lifetime is of a Linksys WRT54G v2.2 router… I have one, and it’s been showing more and more problems with the WiFi part of the router: often after a powerup it just doesn’t initialise, no WiFi to be seen. The router reports it’s up, but there just isn’t any signal.
|Merry (x||newton||christ||…)mas and happy newyears!|
Depending on what you (don’t) believe, today is Xmas, Christmas or newtonmas. Or even something completely different, if you want it to be!
I recently bought Portal – a puzzle game (based on the Source engine) by Valve. The game in itself is fun, but even more fun was the end sequence!
We got our xmas tree! (and the obligatory decorations, and lamps, ofcourse!)
(Comic © http://www.xkcd.com) Too true too often…
If you’re not from Belgium, you probably won’t get it…
I’ve often wondered why people insist on letting their cars run when:
Take the test here. Nothing new there ;) Tho I play little games these days…
I just finished creating three new WordPress Widget Plugins. Some are conversions of older plugins I made for WordPress, one is brand stinkin’ new.
After one week of working again, here’s a quick .. urr.. reviewish kind of thingy:
After they screwed a screw in my previous repair, it’s back again. I’ve checked it, nothing’s loose, everything seems to be in order. Let’s hope it is!
Also known as Horoscope.. :p
This guy deserves a statue and medals…
What’s with people and their prejudice against the Prius?
Feliz Cumpleaños Cariño Diana!
Today, my stay of 1.5 months at home comes to an end, and I’m going back to work! Yay!
Today I went for another testdrive with the Toyota Prius, longer this time – 2 hours – to see how the car handled in all the usual traffic, and also to be able to judge the seats, the radio, the cruise control, the multi-info-display, everything.
A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff. All the time. Those lulls in the conversation over dinner? That’s the nerd working on his project in his head.
There’s a Nokia E65 software update available, updating the mobile to version 2.0633.65.01.
Today I managed to get a testdrive with the Toyota Prius (thanks to Garage Holvoet in Dendermonde).
In short, I finally found a way to manipulate windows under Mac OS X like you can in X11:
I use Irssi on my mac with Terminal.app in Leopard. All very nice, except that in Terminal.app, the dark gray colour used in my Irssi theme shows black. Black on black doesn’t work very well.
I put it in for repair after hairline cracks started appearing in the front bezel and on the bottom.
Sick video, by Weird Al Yankovic!
by Ryan Somma
Continuing from my previous post, I’ve now visited a bunch of car manufacturers: (all cars are diesel fueled except the hybrid)
No christmas stuff before december 15th!
I’m in the market for a car.
This script is a downloader for the entire archives of the 2600 radio shows Off The Hook and Off The Wall.
… or the story of our two-week vacation in Madrid.
I’ve just updated my list of applications I use on my Nokia E65. Go take a peek!
Apple has confirmed the 26th as the releasedate for Leopard!
Today is Blog Action Day, to bring awareness about the environment and the problems that we (human beans_^W_beings) are causing.
Just in case you ever find yourself in the Brussels Airlines VIP lounge (in Brussels Airport), and you want to do something besides using IE on their internet pc’s, here are the proxy settings (that you can use in eg. putty). I had to find a way to open a command box to get to the settings, but in the end I managed.
Here’s a simple howto to get your Mac internet-connected using GPRS/3G on your bluetooth-equipped phone. I’ve only tested this with my Motorola V3 and Vodafone (Spain), so no guarantees about the other providers, but the main part should be the same.
BBC 4 Radio is running Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as an audiobook series!
Really. What’s up with iPhone owners these days? They buy an overpriced piece of equipment, knowing:
As some of you might already know, last friday was my last day of work for Tri-enniuM (and ergo, Reuters and KBC). I went to say goodbye at our head-office in Rotterdam on the 25th, gave a farewell drink for the collegues at KBC on the 26th, and finally left the company on the 28th. It’s still somewhat strange, being that this was my first job after leaving school. Oh well, we move on in life…
Here’s a simple howto on how to install an ARM crosscompiling environment on your Debian Unstable:
I’ve been cleaning up a bit.. and finally decided to check/sort all my empty cd boxes I had lying about.
I’m teh Cool Nerd King! Bow to me! ;)
Yeah, yeah, I know, that title is about the lamest I could come up with. It’s appropriate though – since yesterday evening the main source of background noise when my pc is on is no longer my pc! I finally decided to get that noisebucket tamed, after hearing my brother-in-law’s new computer (or better, the lack of hearing it).
Diana’s been here since the 27th of july, and we’ve been busy bees sofar ! Ofcourse the necessary amount of relaxing and just enjoying the time, too :)
Querer – Cirque Du Soleil (Alegria)
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.32. This version includes the following changes:
It seems that visiting Germany is becoming a habit of ours during summer ;) This time we went to visit Laura, Christian and Lumi (and Fina, the cat) in Germany, last (long) weekend.
Wanna learn Lolcatian? Then try the lolcat translator!
I know some companies are thankful when an employee chooses to work for them (like I did – choosing to go work for CTG)… but it’s a first that the employer actually sends flowers to your home address with a thank you note :P
I’m changing employers…
After owning my Nokia E65 for about a month, here’s the list of apps I installed on it:
In my quest for a prettier theme than the default themes of the Nokia E65, I’ve found the Reflect theme by Psiloc on the Symbian in Motion blog. See the blog for a full review of the theme.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.31. This version includes the following changes:
If you’re rolling your own kernels, and upgraded to 2.6.22, you might have bumped into a compilation issue:
I recently bought a Nokia E65, a very classy, handy, and feature-packed phone. One of the reasons I went with this one is because it has WiFi, which I want to use for making internet-calls. The SIP client is a bit of pita though to configure, but I finally managed to get it working.
In case you’re using Windows (or Microsoft) Update, you’ll probably have noticed that your PC sometimes grinds to a halt after bootup. Checking with task manager usually reveals that svchost.exe is abusing your CPU, pegging it at 100%.
I was trying to get GalleryRemote installed today on my Linux installation (because for obscure reasons, using the java applet in gallery directly crashes my browsers), which wouldn’t run. Attempting to run the installer gave obscure errors like: <br /> awk: error while loading shared libraries: libm.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory<br /> dirname: erro...
Today we went Karting with work in Brussels Kart, a karting / expo / restaurant thing in Groot-bijgaarden (just outside of Brussels).
We’ve (well, my parents really) have had some Zebra Finches for a while. They never really did any real breeding, but last time they seemed more serious about the matter. And yes, we got ourselfs some little birds!
I’ve been trying for a while to get the Apple X11 installed on Mac OS X. I just couldn’t figure out how.
If you’re like me, and have Fink installed on your Mac and compiling away all those wonderful unix applications, and you have a desktop nearby running linux (with more processor power being unused), you’ll want to setup distcc so you can harnass all that power.
Today I put them little critters outside for a change, in an old cage we have standing around. It was obvious that they had a bit of a hard time adjusting to all the noises that are there and as such they were hiding a lot…
Anyone want to Hack a Mac and get paid for it? Well, now you can:
In case you don’t hate SCO yet (or don’t know them), they’re a company that sued IBM because they had allegedly put SCO code into the Linux kernel. The whole thing still has to be proven, point, counterpoint, yadda yadda yadda. Basically they want to make everyone pay a license to them if you use linux. Old news.
From http://www.apple.com/hotnews/, there’s an Apple Statement:
… but Debian Etch got released last week. Yay! :)
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.30. This version includes the following changes:
Those cavies are damn destructive creatures! We installed a wooden stairs made of balsa for them, basically they trashed it completely… So I went out and got a new piece of balsa, cut it to size and installed it (leaving the old one for chewing):
I finally (well, no, I got the answer from my thread on mac-forums.com) found how to type spanish characters on Mac OS X (thanks to the wonderful Study Spanish site):
A few days onwards with my spiffy new macbook, I’ve discovered a lot of useful tools:
Yesterday I went to FEM Computer Systems in Aalst, Belgium – a local computer store that sells PC’s and Apple stuff. After my wonderful time in another store, I was kinda weary, but for nothing :) The service is great, they treat people like they should be treated :)
Since I sold my trusty 3-year old Acer Travelmate 803, I was going to go and look in some stores for new laptops. Hopping around in Ghent, I walked off to the Fnac, noted the offers there (nothing that really drew my attention), and then to the Switch computer store (an authorized mac reseller). Their non-mac offerings are not too great (you can better go to another store), so I waited my turn ...
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.29. This version includes the following changes:
In june 2006 I switched from the cable provider Telenet (Expressnet) to the ADSL/hosting provider Schedom / Dommel (Netconnect). I can’t say I’ve been sorry.
I guess you all know about Spam Assassin. It’s a wonderful tool that allows you to filter out tons of spam easily.
Wow. As in, wow. Damn. Wow. I want ;)
Now we have a very simple way for the Windows-people to turn to linux: A windows installer to install Debian ;)
After all the hipe that’s being created around the virtual online game Second Life, I decided to give it a quick spin. Quick being very quick here, since after around 30 minutes I bailed out and deleted the game.
A while back (basically, in december) I decided to sell my Cisco Catalyst C2924-XL switch on eBay. Since I’ve done plenty of auctions before there, no problem! So, the item got sold to someone from the EasyHost company. Fine by me, I don’t really care who buys my stuff, as long as they follow up ;)
‘ear ye! ‘ear ye!
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.28. This version includes the following changes:
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.27. This release includes the following changes:
I recently started using the wonderful textbased IRC client called Irssi. It’s console based, scriptable in Perl, fast, low memory footprint.. really nice for the average geek ;p
I saw it from my SO’s site, so I’m gonna include it here!
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.26. This release includes the following changes:
Seems they did like the changes I made to their cage… I had to modify a bit still, because appareantely they took to pooping on one corner of the cage, where the stairs used to be. Oh well, moved to the other side, and I added some cardboardish panels to the sides of their ‘loft’ so the hay doesn’t spill out so much anymore :) I also made their floor ‘complete’ because for some reason Nero insi...
Today I decided to change some things to their cavia cage, and see if they like – use it.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.25. This release includes the following bugfix:
This page documents my attempts (and successes!) to get Linux fully working on a Dell D610 laptop.
This page documents my attempts (and successes!) to get Linux fully working on an Acer Travelmate 800 series laptop.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.24. This release includes the following changes:
One of my favourite web comics, MegaTokyo, published a really very beautiful DPD (Dead Piro Day, a ‘filler’ image that’s used when there’s no real episode) of Miho, one of the characters of the Story.
I reflashed my good old Linksys WRT54G router two weeks back, from using Sveasoft Talisman to DD-WRT. I must say, I’m happily amazed with the quality of this firmware. And, it’s for free too :D (you have to pay a 20$/year subscription fee for sveasoft to have access to their firmwares)
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.23. This release includes the following changes:
YAY! My new toy got delivered today!
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.22. This release includes the following changes:
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.21. This release includes the following changes:
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.20. This release includes the following changes:
Saturday, 8th On saturday, I went to pick up Diana, and we drove straight on to Ikea in Zaventem, to look for some general stuff and to check out their couch department. We decided on the Lund Valla couch (the red one), which comes in a handy do-it-yourself package :D It’s very comfy, you do need the pillows tho. Otherwise the back is a bit hard.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.11. This release includes the following changes:
Thanks to my mum I discovered and can appreciate Jasperina De Jong (a dutch cabaretier, who no longer performs unfortunately) a lot.
Is it a plane? A bird! No! It’s a spinningwheel!
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.10. This release includes the following changes:
Hmmm.. what can I say, after being ‘away’ for this long :) I just didn’t know what to post, or didn’t think of it usually.
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.01. Brown paper bag release!
I’ve just released phptelemeter 1.00. The first ‘stable’ *cough*
I spent my newyears in Madrid, went there the 28th (evening). After an uneventful flight, we went to Diana’s place, didn’t do much and went to sleep.
Have fun on this eve and the rest of the year!
Feliz Cumpleaños Cariño Diana!
Well, I’ve been to Spain, came back in the meanwhile… (unfortunately.. I wanna stay there longer…)
I went, had fun, came back (unfortunately)… It’s all on Diana’s blog!
I was talking a while back about them gifts…
You know what you get when you do a Google search on the word ‘Failure’?
Last week I went back to Spain to visit my girl – it was an overall quiet and relaxed stay, we didn’t really do much – except making american style pancakes (thick ones) *mjumm* and we went to an Indian restaurant, the Taj where we tried the Chicken Vindaloo (Red Dwarf anyone?).
What have I been doing the last times… well…
As you might have (not) noticed, I’ve migrated this blog from using sphpblog to WordPress.. It seems a lot more maintained, and well, it’s nicer overall :)
On tuestday, 20 september I took the plane (yes, I gave it back ;p) once again to spain, to visit Diana :) :)
A few weeks back I finally decided to get me (yet another…) new phone.. and I decided on the Motorola V3. Coming from using a multitude of phones from different vendors, this one took me the longest to get used to. It has a different style phonebook, the menu system is totally different, … Intuitive, yet different. The manual, on the other hand, is totally crap. Half of the things aren’t explai...
Last thursday, the 30th of June to be precise, Diana landed back in belgium :) After going through hell traffic we got home, spent a quiet evening there. We watched The Tuxedo) and went to sleep.
A friend of mine pointed me to http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000270043583/
I’m going to Spaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiin again to see my girl on the 27th of May!
Okay, first time I spend an entire night at work, because of a multicast routing problem. It took us a while to diagnose and to figure out where it went wrong and why it did… And having spent a 12h shift before, and then after would’ve been quite deadly ;p
Fenfen dragged us along to see some more nice viewpoints around Saarland, and old castle that was preserved more or less up a hill< insert name here >. From the tower you have a very lovely view of the surroundings :) During the walk down we did some impromptu-footballing with a rock, which unfortunately had to stay behind near the bottom of the walk.
This fine day we went with Fenfen to Saarlouis, his hometown, a small quiet town next to SaarbrÃ¼cken. First we went to see the Teufelsburg, which translates to “The Devil’s Castle”. There are some midieval organisations that use this as a place for their campments or to perform acts, which can be found here. Afterwards we went into the city itself for a quick dinner, and moved on because Fenfe...
Today we ran off to Germany, Saarbrücken to be more precise, which we reached in about 4,5 hours, driving in turns and taking a pitstop here and there to refuel / restock. We also had the honor of having some lovely traffic jams due to roadworks in the province of Luxembourg, but we got there in the end.
This fateful day we met up with an old friend of mine (actually, ex-gf *panic*) in Ghent, were we had lunch at a cute little bar, then walked over to a deliceous Chocolate Bar (mjummy choco milkshakes… *melt*). And the two girls had lots of fun (I wonder what they’re planning against me… *runs away in terror* *g*)
We went to see the city of Ostend today, which is one of the coastal cities of Belgium. We had some bad weather for starters, but it cleared out pretty quickly. And most of all: it was _quiet_. ;) We walked along the coastal line for some km, enjoying the sounds of the sea and the refreshing winds ;)
Today after my work (waaaaay to early to get up.. *snif*) we went to act like little children in Mini Europe, a place with tons of scale models of great sights (and sometimes sounds!) of the European countries. Unfortunately several models weren’t finished yet when we went there, but that’s okay. After spending more than an hour in that place (ooh! A button! *push* *bark! bark bark!*) we walked...
Today we went to Battice – Vervies, to a whiskey festival, where the pipeband I play in played several times. It was okay, prolly more fun if you’re a fan of whiskey ;p which, for the record, I’m not really. After a tiring day we went back home again, and had a quiet eventing at home. Nothing much, really.
After picking Diana up from the airport, we went to Ikea in Zaventem to pick up some stuff we’d need for home still (living with two requires organizing). After that we went to Brussels (you know, capital city of our pocketsized country called Belgium ;p) which unfortunately was crowded due to a general strike by the labour unions with the oncoming TOP-meeting of the EU in brussels. I must say ...
Okay, I added some more of our recipes to the recipe book. Totalling 341 recipes \o/ ;p
I’ve started a new project, a php based ‘meter reader’, for Telenet, to be able to get the usage statistics in an easy way instead of having to log into their site all the time…
Diana (my lovely girlfriend) and I decided to put up a shared website, under the nick we use on IRC when we’re together.
… and on this fair day, my trusty ‘old’ USB Logitech optical mouse ceased to process electrical inputs.. henceforth it shall go to silicon heaven with all the other mice and electrical appliances.
Well, what can I say? Best of wishes to everyone for 2005, and hopefully less violence/war/stupidity/suffering in the world.. Tho we really didn’t start of well, with the disaster that happened (and the medical disaster that’s starting to happen now) in the middle east with the Tsunami.. I hope that solutions are worked out quickly to make sure the needs get resolved…
I’ve spent the last 12 days together with my lovely girlfriend… Travelled off to Spain last week on wednesday, to find her in Barajas Airport. she came together with her mum to pick me up :) Had a lovely stay at the Abba Hoteles in the Pza. de Castillia, tho the elevators are a bit noisy there :(
Feliz cumpleaños cariño!
Another black day for the world: G. W. Bush won the 2004 elections. Great. Fantastic! Now we’re atleast sure that the US will be hated even more throughout the world than it already is… Wonder what stupid decisions he’ll make this time. Perhaps rule that the US is the only power in the world that should be allowed nuclear weapons, and that every country that doesn’t do it’s bidding must be atta...
1st of December, month of snow, christmas, and togetherness…
Counting down yet again… The days that we are apart are long.. and the time we spend together seems to last an eternity… So well, until the 28th of october this time…
I’ve often wondered if there’s a point to so many things we do, we say, we see. More than once I’ve come to conclude that many things we do are just for the masses, for the appeasing of the public that surrounds us. Looks are everything, who gives a flying fuck about the person underneath these days?
ATV Sync is a simple script that allows you to easily synchronise the premade ATV PalmOS databases to your PalmOS-powered handheld.
In a world so far away At the end of a closing day A little child was born and raised Deep in the forest on a hidden place Mother never saw his face
Hmmm… In my quest for useless applications to put on a Palm, I’ve come across SSH2 for Palm – an SSH2 client, PalmVNC – a VNC client ;p and upIRC – an IRC client…. totally pointless to have on a palm if you don’t have a flatrate gprs connection or the like. ;p
Got my Tungsten T3 a few days back, great machine – works very fast. I’ll do a review on it when I’m more accustomed to using it – it sure is different from my old m500…
Had the pleasure of installing a good old box (pentium 200 with 64mb of ram and a 2gb disk) for a friend of mine who gives them to the lesser fortunate ppl. Was actually quite fun, since I didn’t remember half of the things i should have… typical. Must say that obsolete operatingsystems work quite nicely on obsolete hardware ;p
PWS is the Pegasi Web Server, written from scratch in Java.
This is a collection of scripts that allow you to download complete archives of web-published comics.
teleMon is a script that you can use to monitor transfer rates. Originally it was written to keep track of the usage on the Telenet ISP Network, but now phptelemeter can be used for that.
This script allows you to download POP3 mailboxes over an HTTP interface. I wrote it to allow me to get my mail through the company’s http proxy server.