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Mon, 17 Jan 2005


Steve give me my crown:
I am
nerdier than 99% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find

No, I did not cheat during this test, but I'm waiting for someone with a nerdscore of 100 :)

And the others:
is your weird quotient? Click to find out! I am
94% loser. What about you? Click here to find out!
5% are more weird,
2% are just as weird, and
93% are more normal than you!
94% are cooler,
1% scored the same, and
5% are more of a loser than you.

Luckily I don't believe in tests.

PS: I still don't understand why those memes are so cool, but I beat Steve :)))

postet at 10:30 into [Debian] permanent link

Wed, 12 Jan 2005

Bug me not

I agree with Wouter. If you post links to sites where you need to register, can't you supply us a link to login data or even better links where you don't need to register at all?

postet at 10:32 into [Debian] permanent link

Best of all worlds...

When I run X, my favorite user interface looks like this:
Screenshot of my desktop

If you didn't noticed it: It is xfce4 (a gtk based small Desktop environment), with a KDE icon theme, Aqua / MacOS X like window decorations and a color scheme inspired by the "OS which must not be named". Oh, and before I started using screen in a normal xterm, I always used the GNOME terminal.

I used to call that the best of all worlds theme, while other called it bastardish or suspect I suffer from schizophrenia ;)

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Wed, 05 Jan 2005

Monty Tolimar and his holy grail

I hate it, when such things happen:

$ date ; uptime
Mit Jan  2 23:34:18 CET 2005
 23:34:18 up 258 days, 13 min,  1 user,  load average: 0.11, 0.08, 0.06

$ date ; uptime
Mit Jan  3 11:17:59 CET 2005
 11:17:59 up 0 days, 49 min,  1 user,  load average: 0.49, 0.24, 0.19

Seems to happen every time I get near the magic 365 days.

postet at 11:21 into [Debian] permanent link


Being new to blogging, I'm still wondering, what's that thing about memes, and out of curiosity I tried planets last meme (still thinking, that I won't blog about it).

I got so surprised by the results, that I can't resist to blog them. Here they are:

Musical russian roulette

There is a nice, new meme, the musical russian roulette, others on planet Debian have been playing: fire up your music player, set it to shuffle, and note the first ten songs it plays for you.

  1. Aerosmith - Just Push Play
  2. Aqua - Barbie Girl (Dutch Version)
  3. Billy Idol - Hot in the City
  4. Simon & Garfunkel - Sound Of Silence
  5. Classic Disney Volume II - The Bare Necessities
  6. Loona - Bailando
  7. Queen - No One but you
  8. Pur - Abenteuerland
  9. U2 - Where the Streets Have no Name
  10. Monty Python sings - knights of the round table

I'm surprised! Neither a song from The Beach Boys, nor The Blues Brothers. And WHY do I have the dutch version of Aquas Barbie Girl? I DON'T like Aqua, and I don't understand dutch!

Oh, now that I see a song from my Classic Disney Volume II CD: I still have Volume I as cassette - but I never owned a cassette player (don't ask me, why I bought a music cassette without having a cassette player. It's a looooooooong story.) If anyone has the possibility to create oggs of it, please send me a mail!

Consulate of the USA in Frankfurt

Erich blogged about the fun he had during his visit of the consulate of USA in my home town Frankfurt. Perhaps you feel better, if I tell you, that it isn't fun to have them between our university campi (or is the plural of campus campuses?). Don't try to go from on campus to the other via the shortest way passing the consulate in a group of six long haired students without valid identity cards shortly after the USA became victim of a terrorists attack. Not funny.


The How To Write Unmaintainable Code will ensure, that you can't be fired, since nobody can maintain your work.

eye catcher

And finally something Debian specific: The eye catcher project made some progress. Shortly after the mention in the Debian Weekly News and an announcement (in which I set a broken reply-to), the mailing list has 13 subscribers and we created a first prototype.

The prototype works... somehow... but it's far from being perfect. Most of the time I spend working around missing features of magicpoint. It has no real includes, so I use m4 to do some includes before running the presentation. I has no "run in an loop until I press a key" mode, so it is run in a while-true-endless loop. You need to end it with <ctrl>+<c>, so it won't clean up. The presentation is called again and again, so it flickers a bit between the end and the restart of the presentation.

Yes, I know what you thinking: Why didn't you used for it? You wouldn't have any of those problems! Although documents are basically just some xml files, it seems not be easy (for me) to track changes and work in a community on a document. Magicpoint slides are text files, you can put them in a cvs repository, and the current design allows a translator to just create an additional directory, translate some text files (without any layout entities), and run it at an exhibition in his own land in his own country without knowing anything about magicpoint.

However: If you know a better way to do this or knew a solution for any of the problems, feel free to join us, or please send me at least a mail. Thanks.


Thanks for reading this far, and thanks to Andreas, Jörg and Gerfried for giving me some advice in blogging and creating my hackergotchi, and thank you Mako for all your nice blog entries.

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.