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19 Jul 2007 (updated 19 Jul 2007 at 21:57 UTC) »

Not dead

I don't know how many people read this or how many care, but I'm in fact very much alive. I'm in the process of finishing off the second last assigment for this semester (apart from a to-be-written report for my 2 year project and the usual exams). The weird thing is it's actually the last regular semester for me, afterwards I'll just have to write my thesis.

What else have I been up to? I've accepted a job at the robotics lab for the next couple of months, where I'll be doing some interesting probabilistic robotics and vision stuff, apart from (real) embedded development. Real as in not just another PC crammed into a cubic inch which is a more adequate description for most consumer devices that people like to label embedded.

Speaking of which... I stopped reading mail on my personal account (the one that receives mail from mailing lists and anything open source related) months ago. I haven't decided whether to get back into the loop yet. Given the fact that my schedule for the next months won't leave much spare time it's at least not going to happen very soon.

Of course there's also a good side to this break, in fall it will hopefully be clear whether a bunch of other projects will be able to deliver what they promise or not. Once that's out of the way it will be a lot easier to evaluate the purposefulness of my involvement in Familiar and related projects.

PS: All courses and the final presentation of our 2 year project went well. So, yeah, life is good :)

4 Jun 2007 (updated 13 Jun 2007 at 22:23 UTC) »
Assignment of the beast

I noticed this while including stuff by line numbers (using lstinputlisting from the excellent listings package) in a LaTeX document. Should I be worried now?

$ wc -l kernel/bs2_syscalls2.c
666 kernel/bs2_syscalls2.c

Update: After a cleanup the code is now a bit shorter.

17 May 2007 (updated 17 May 2007 at 17:36 UTC) »

Minimo 0.2

I've finally got around to updating our Minimo recipe (plus patches) for Minimo 0.2. The resulting package is available from the Familiar unstable feed.

12 May 2007 (updated 12 May 2007 at 21:48 UTC) »


There's lots of good stuff happening at Handhelds.org just not always as visibly as it could be. We're serious about fixing that and the latest article on the front page is another step in that direction. More to come...


This morning, my spontaneous response to a guy complaining about the first rainy day after weeks of sunshine and temperatures >25C was: "The day will come when you'll be very happy about every single raindrop."

A true but scary thought.

Nassler & Schneider

I saw Nassler & Schneider in concert on Thursday. It was just amazing. Two classical/latin guitars, some percussion elements, mild use of synthesizer and live recording/playback effects, and a unique mix of classical, spanish, latin and jazz influences.

If you ever get the chance to see these two masters of the guitar in concert, don't hesitate to go!

Kernel hacking for fun and credit points

...is one of the things I'll be doing at university this semester (although I don't actually need the credit points). There are various other interesting courses, but I haven't made a final decision on which of them to take. Anyways. Good times :)

Etch is out

Of course I'm a bit late to blog about this... Etch has been released. It's working well on several of my machines. Congratulations to the Debian project for a successful release!

"I just love it when a plan comes together!"

I finished implementing a bit of interesting infrastructure for the next major release of Familiar today. It's great to see stuff come together that started out as a rough plan devised at breakfast one day long ago. Arguably, early January wasn't long ago but it feels like forever given how busy I've been (with other stuff).

Anyways, there's more infrastructure waiting to be specified and implemented. On to more fun... :)

Evolution Annoyances

So, evolution is one of those applications that I don't altogether like but can't work without. It's simply the only application that handles my deeply nested folder structure on the load of IMAP accounts halfway well.

Recently, however, a number of annoyances started piling up. Today I got so annoyed that I downloaded the source code and patched the stupidities away. Most importantly there are a lot less confirmation dialogs now and the folder sorter order is sane again.

Now back to Familiar infrastructure...

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