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mettw: Koenigsburg is now in Russian control (since the end of the World War II) and is called Kaliningrad.

Moved my diary to strlen.net/news. Now written using some modified PHP code, I took from Torfinn Nome. Ask me if you want my modified source, although source Torfinn provided is readable and easy to modify.

Played a bit with Linux kernel modules. Found out that writing modules for the kernel-space is not hard at all. Wrote a module which creates /proc/foo. Source at strlen.net/foo.c. Thinking of getting more information on how my UPS works and writing a loadable module for that also. kupsd would certainly sound nice. I tried getting data from my UPS (which is connected via a serial port) using minicom, on what is sent to the systems when power is out for example, but no such luck. It's an APC Smart-UPS 420.

Installed OpenBSD on my Sparc. Works well, openssh is very usable. Played a little bit with OpenSSL as well. CVSUP works well under SunOS emulation, with which I've played a while too.

decklin: Thanks for the fonts advice you have sent me via e-mail. Talking about fonts, X has been getting better and better. I am strong aesthetic and will not tolerate a Helvetica-12-Bold font or bold version of fixed and before gtk-themes were there I always modified the source to every gtk application to parse my .gtkrc, while everyone else was complaining about gtk's uglyness.

Again, I seem to have submitted to sawfish. Now I've found a theme to suit me, zen theme on themes.org, since all it has a border around the window, no title bar etc.. Very nice and space-saving. Worked a bit more with my emacs configuration. Tried xemacs shortly, but gave it up for gnu-emacs. Loop is finally here for the DSL connection, so I can expect DSL pretty soon. Made some provisions for payment of a second IP address, which I will dedicated to my Sparc.

Really thinking of learning more Python. Python looks neat and high level. BUILD Linux pre-view release is out, grab it. It even includes a script I've contributed in Perl (Hey at least I didnt something usefull). Watched The Matrix on VHS.

Let's see.. I redid my website, located now at http://www.fix.no. Added configuration file parsing to my MySQL project. Still needed is a web based interface and some debugging on my behalf.

Weather has been getting nicer, although as I am writing this message I am still quite sweaty. After all my adventures with Sawfish, I have again returned to Window Maker. Nothing beats its consistent interface. Tommorow going to do some simple hacking on its source, to change the default icons. Postfix is good for your health.

Doing backups at work and playing a lot of Chuck Yeager's air combat. Should limit myself in that area. DSL should be here in few days - at least the loop.

Haven't written an entry yesterday.. Lazyness gets me. So let's see. Yesterday I've compiled a new kernel and made fstab records at work, setup Postfix at home.


Woke up at 7:19 and got up at around that time. Hung out with a friend of mine untill 12:30, then spent some time on FIX and played a bit of flight sim. After I finish this entry, I'll guess I'll work on my website and do some work with MySQL.

School has ended, did surprisingly well on most my finals, especially Chemistry,History and French. DSL is still not here and I have no expectations that the covad / pacbell people will be there any time soon. Got some new furniture, put it toghether with help of my dad. Now i have a nice cherry-finished computer table, book shelf, and laptop (later to be writing) table. Obtained a NetGear (now Bay Networks), 10/100 hub: now I can run VNC across the network.

Weather is un-tolerable. Ever since May 17'th, its been over 35 degrees (centigrade of course) daily. Air conditioner fails to reach the up stairs. Probably will obtain a certain cooler.

Wasted a night, downloaded and installed Helix Code. Works nice, please thank Hans Petter for fixing bold-overstrike in gnome terminal (this actually makes it usable now). Spend some time working again on my .emacs, and got an IRC friend of mine (artwiz), to do a logo for me (it's show on his site).

DSL is not here yet, wasting my 56k bandwidth at this modem. Assembly and Python are interesting to learn, but school finals may interfere. Chemistry Honors final this Friday (20 chapters.), planning to interupt my computer activity and study.

Introduced my friend to techno, began with Orbital to show the purer side and ended with Astral Projection to show him the trance side. Also showed him some Lords of Acid, as the naughtier side.

Deciding to abandon window maker now, and forever, switching to Saw[fish,mill].

Ok, I realize I haven't posted anything in a long time. First, please don't classify me as Journeyer, as I dont deserve this certification at this time. Second, let's go over the important events which have occured at this time:

* I've been hired by a startup UNIX oriented company, doing system administration on their Linux system (so far I am the only one dedicated to that position). I don't want to disclose the details at this point, will do so later - as soon as we expand.

* Obtained another system to do development. A single Pentium II 350 system, with a super micro sp6ba motherboard and 128MB sdram. Runs mozilla without any trouble, but no running Mozilla was not the reason for me obtaining this system. Plan to do some serious development on it, going to work a bit with Postgress over the summer.

* Did some experiments with assembly. You should too ;-) Visit http://www.linuxassembly.org for more information.

* On a personal note, I just moved into a brand new house. Setting up a very nice office there and have placed an order for Covad/Firstworld DSL. Once the broadband connection is available, all my web related waste of disk space will be available again.

And once again, I emphasize, please put me back as an apprentice, I have not contributed enough to be counted as a journeyer.

Vacation is on its way. Introduced aaronl to FIX. Setup a mirror of my page at people.fix.no/strlen. Did some configuration of NFS and got to learning Python.

With the help of some FIXers, I have created a new word: dot-communism. Un American dot-communists can also be reffered to as dot-commies.

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