13 Sep 2000
(updated 13 Sep 2000 at 21:08 UTC) »
Hmm, it's been a while... I wanted to update this thing more
regularly. However, doing stuff regularly usually means that
I have to force myself to do it three to four times until
I'm used to it, so it'll probably be a while until that
A lot of stuff happened. I'll leave the KDE/RMS stuff
Windows ME discussions (is it really worth discussing?) to
people who have more time on their hands. (Actually, I
wanted to give KDE a try now that it's free, but Qt 2.2.0
doesn't compile on the Alpha.)
Last wednesday, my ISP stopped allowing me to dial in.
Strange, I thought, and wandered off to the office, where I
learned from the Heise
Newsticker(my primary source for news- yes, slashdot is
only #2) they'd went bankrupt. When I went back
home, I noticed I'd lost my cell phone somewhere along the
way. Great. It took four days until I got a subscription to
a different ISP (and exactly as long to get a new SIM card).
Well, things are almost back to normal now, even though I'm
still limited to ISDN. According to some rumors, DSL will be
available in my area before the end of the year; ADSL only,
though (128 kbps upstream / 768 kbps downstream).
Well, I don't really have time to do anything serious in
net or install interesting stuff on my web server ATM; two
pre-diploma tests (the last 2 of 5) are approaching rapidly.
And at least one of them is about stuff I don't have any
In the few spare seconds that remain, the new FreeSCI
graphics system is advancing- slowly (see the page pointed
to by my previous diary entry- it's got a link to a new
updated page near the end). Soon, it'll be time to write
object-oriented code (widget management stuff) in plain C.
This will be... fun. Well, at least I got confirmation from
the two (current) main contributors to the project that
they're still interested in it (and at least one of them has
worked on it recently), so I'm happy to announce that
FreeSCI is just in cryostasis, waiting to be woken up some
time next month.
Speaking of cryostasis, the Futurama pilot was
shown last week- or, at least, what was left of it after
they'd localized it (or should that be "synchronized"?
"mutilated" may be the most appropriate verb, though) into
german. I'm seriously glad I saw it english first...
For people who are interested in the quality of synchronized
shows on Germany's TV
broadcasting companies, there's a german
article about the mis-translated Futurama episode at
Telepolis (which is sort of a part of the Heise Newsticker).
When I'm talking about animated shows, I should mention
I finished Serial Experiments Lain recently (13 episodes,
japanese with english subtitles). It's one of the best Anime
shows I've seen so far (rating only the parts I understood),
and I'd readily recommend it to anyone who's looking for a
replacement drug for LSD.