Tuesday, December 12, 2006
That's my conception of a "whisky on the rocks".... Holy Crap!
I mean I remember those drinks being for a couple buddies, myself and mich, but still, there are limits... at least I thought there were. I'm pretty sure I went through that bottle in 4 glasses....
PS. It's like searching for Waldo - mich is actually hiding in the picture below...
found him yet? go on, look closer - it's the dude with the 2 drinks (soon to be 3) in front of him ;)
Another night of anthology at the Long Hop!!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Recently Microsoft has put in a "clever" feature in windows that verifies if the version on your PC is genuine before you can install new software and updates. I personally think that I am doing Redmond a favour by running their OS on a PC in my home when there are some many other great OS'es out there. For instance in the desktop space I run pretty much nothing but OS X (from Apple... you know?) and it kick Microsoft's "ass" (sorry kids). In the server space my company uses FreeBSD and Gentoo Linux (the later because a few drivers for something we do doesn't work on FreeBSD - if it wasn't for that fact everything would be daemonised). So no win in desktop space and no win in the server space for Microsoft. Anyhow, back to the Windows Geniune part. So as you are upgrading your Windows OS they take the opportunity to sell you a copy of the software. Isn't this exactly the wrong time to do it? I mean first you see a list of 23 new flaws (discovered in the last 3 days or so) in their broken, written by a 17 year old, over priced, slow, featureless, unstable, ugly operating system (which take the total up to 14347 serious flaws) and then they have the audacity to ask you money for it.
How about this. If Windows runs for 365 days, without crashing, without having to be rebooted, without any serious security flaws being discovered and exploited, without being paid a visit from Dr. Watson (or whatever his new replacement intern is called), then a dialog could pop up and say: "Hey we arn't that bad - say why don't you send us a check?"
It's almost laughable the last thing the "Microsoft Update" refused to install was IE7 - I don't even want it, nor do I want to pay for it and isn't it free anyway? And also, has Microsoft not be asked in pretty much every legal juristiction in the world not to automatically install it?
You should really switch to Apple's OS X. It is soooo much better. More secure, faster, genuinely innovative, smart, pretty, userfriendly and durable. And now you can even (if you absolutely must) run Windows either in bootcamp or in parallels so you get the best (and in one cast) worst of both worlds. Go on.... buy one of Steve's Macs - they're great - (like Kellogg's Frosties).
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
For lack of better use, we have placed it between our two desks, which allows people to see the massive amount of work we do everyday:
Friday, October 27, 2006
Recently, mich and I have been boycotting the local (eurest) cafeteria for personal reasons (ie. we don't appreciate eating slop). To fulfill our midday fiesting habit, we know buy a bunch of grub on monday, and live off that for the week.
One of our main dilemnas when choosing food at the local store is (of course) quantity - most of the dishes sold in france offer ok food, but the quantities wouldn't satisfy a midget on a diet. I'm talking 200 to 350 grams (yes you read it right) - GRAMS (!!!) of food. Now I weigh in at a svelt 122kg (I've lost weight...), so 350 grams of food is pretty much a hors-d'oeuvre for me.
Thankfully, our local 'Monop' stocks a British brand of food called Noon, and their dishes offer 450 grams of delish indian and thai food. I mean the stuff is actually made with real ingredients, and tastes pretty damn good, and the quantity is nice (when complemented by our chicken wing platter as an 'entrée'). The only damn problem with the Noon products is the plastic film covering the dish- When you take the scorching dish out of the microwave and try (I insist on the verb 'try') to peel that film off, you know you're in for a disaster - In nine out of ten cases, either your white shirt or the whole kitchen gets sprayed with Chicken Masala.
Being fond admirors of Noon products, we decided to put ourselves to use for once and send them an email, complementing them on their food, whilst also telling them about our plastic film issue. Here's the email:
We are in Paris, France, and (almost) happy consumers of Noon products. We very much enjoy the actual food, but we have "issues" with the packaging. The number of times we have scorched ourselves (and our
shirts) whilst handling your products is innumerable.
Please continue to provide good quality/quantity food - but please put some more money on the packaging R&D budget.. It will be very much appreciated.
On another note, do you sell the products directly to end-users ? We only have two of your dishes available at our place of purchase, and they always carry a low stock. Perhaps we could purchase directly with
Michael & Dimitri
We haven't got a response yet, but we'll keep you posted. And if you are looking for some decent lunch food, try Noon, it's good stuff ;)
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
I've been exploi^h^h^ha client with Free (this time around) since September 2004 - so over 25 months - and order to get a new ADSL modem (Freebox v5) - and not getting ripped - I should be subscribed for at least 25 months (the swap will cost me 30EUR - instead of the usual 90EUR)..
Great.. I access their site to order the new box.. I'm greeted with a nice message, saying the swap will cost me 90EUR.. now hold on - why is this ?? Well, according to the "hotline" I changed my subscription to "degroupage total" a couple of months back - and they reset my service level..
Now what _really_ pisses me off, is the fact that when doing the subscription changed, I carefully read the information on the page whether or not be subscription would be reset - and it was not stated ! Again according to the "hotline" this is specified in the "Terms and Conditions" which I have obviously not read..
So - what to do ? I can either just bleed the full 90EUR for the modem swap (and have my subscription reset again) - or I can cancel my subscription and choose another ISP (this will also ending up costing me around 90EUR - as my subscription has been reset, and you cannot cancel without charge before at least 12 months or so)...
Last but not least, I can keep my current modem, and current subscription.. and just have the bittersweet taste of Free once again getting away with raping me in broad daylight..
This is far from being over...
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
La Poste has decided to raise the prices on stamps again... A couple of years ago it was 40 centimes for a stamp for France and Europe (20g).. Here are the new prices:
Principaux tarifs pour 20g:
* France: 0.54EUR
* France économique: 0.49EUR
* International zone 1: 0.60EUR (CEE + Suisse)
* International zone 2: 0.85EUR
It's a bloody travesty..They keep raising the prices, and their service level remains the same: useless
I loathe La Poste - from the very bottom of my heart... May each and every postman meet a vicious rottweiler on his route.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Lasse capitulated pretty early in the game, leaving mich with the "rough" task of finishing his drinks alone! Here are a couple pics from Friday night. As you all can see, Lasse is looking a bit "tired", probably from the long train ride over....
I've got one word: FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Holy cow, they had some cool stuff there.. Alarm systems up the wazoo, cameras a go-go and old shitty coaxial ipx/spx network..
I managed to grab a few shots of the safe.. I could smell the money !!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Just thought I'd post a pic of the staff I work with on the weekends. This is to accustom Lasse to the people he will be spending next weekend with...
from left to right: Me, Charlotte, Guillaume, Olivia, Marko, Alice, Arnaud, and Eric.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Do you know what I mean?
So firstly let me tell you that I have some experience with Macs. I have owned 12' and 14' iBook and several 15' Powerbooks before getting the new Intel based 17' Macbook Pro. I first came in to contact with Mac OS X at a FreeBSD conference in Brighton (South UK coast) I was attending with FreeBSD hacker Michael Hostbaek (Mich) that also blogs here. Anyhow what I liked about the operating system is the fact that it is based on Unix/BSD and so I was familiar with shell etc + I thought the GUI was nice and you could even run your office apps etc. Interestingly enough Steve Jobs also mentions Creative Professionels and Education customers but never spends much time on IT/Telecoms people for which the Mac OS X system is perfect.
After having run Mac for many years (pretty much since the first versions of OS X) I have always been extremely pleased with the performance and stability of the OS. Apps rarely crashed and configuring network stuff is easy. I am btw working in the Telecoms sector and I do a lot of technical work on the network level (around layer 2-5 if that means anything to you) and so the Unix tools that are available off the shelf leaves windows in the dust. Sure you CAN run Ethereal and other diag tools on windows but it's just not as nice and integrated as Unix.
Anyhow, back to the Macbook Pro. Firstly let me say that although I have installed bootcamp and Windows XP (as I wanted to play Red Alert II with my neighbour a while back - let me assure you I don't own a license for either) I'm not going to show you a screenshoot of that as it seems every other review does exactly that. Rather let me sho you the laptop with Expose.
Overall the Macbook Pro is a great Laptop. Mine has nice specs:
2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo
2 Gigs of memory
7200 spin 100GB disc
+ Mac niceties iSight, Apple Remote DVD drive that reads and writes every (current) format
As a network guy I btw like the fact that it comes with auto crossing (or whatever its called) gigabit capable NIC. I.e if you connect to another host or switch the mac will cross the connect or provide straightthrough connectivity regardless of the cable you use.
It also runs fast, noticeably faster than my old Powerbook (which was the fastest when they discountinued the Powerbook range).
The OS is still new on Intel and it is NOT AS STABLE as on the G4 processor. This is a shame. I'm sure it's not the processors fault, rather Apple has yet to clean up all the bugs.
So overall I think it's a great piece of hardware. It's very expensive - I paid £2000+ for mine, but if you don't care about money it's great. Really it's like a good bed or a nice car. If you use it a lot it makes sense to buy something nice.
The look and feel is also great. It's pretty and the design is clean and pleasant.
I would recommend it to anyone that's serious about their hardware.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
that most people don't get to see up close.
This fine water-blaster truck was sitting on the curb, probably in standby, waiting for shit to hit the fan at the Techno Parade happening in Paris on Saturday.
and up close:
Thursday, September 14, 2006
magazine has hit the kiosks in France. Well, calling it a magazine is maybe a bit
"too much", as basically it's just a copy of Freebsd 6.1 and a light installation manual.
Nevertheless, it's a step in the right direction. Let's hope some people buy it,
to keep it going, although at around 10 euros, it's pretty steep for something you can download for free...
Here's the cover:
I took this at the Chatelet RER station - the dude behind the counter was looking at me pretty weird...
Some hunt it turned out to be..
When clicking the lyrics tab in Amarok, it would bitch about no script would be running.. When attempting to start lyrc - would give me the following error:
/usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:560:in `initialize': Connection refused - connect(2) (Errno::ECONNREFUSED)
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:560:in `open'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:560:in `connect'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/timeout.rb:48:in `timeout'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/timeout.rb:76:in `timeout'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:560:in `connect'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:553:in `do_start'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:542:in `start'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:1032:in `request'
from /usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8/net/http.rb:769:in `get'
from /usr/local/share/apps/amarok/scripts/lyrics_lyrc/lyrics_lyrc.rb:122:in `fetchLyrics'
from /usr/local/share/apps/amarok/scripts/lyrics_lyrc/lyrics_lyrc.rb:172:in `loop'
Basically, how the lyrc script works - it's by looking up a song (title and artist) on www.lyrc.com.ar - and the parsing the lyrics.. (simplified..)
So started out by verifying that I could access the website - which I could.. So it's not a network problem...
Next - check proxy settings.. From #amarok on EfNet, I learned that Amarok gets its proxy settings from the KDE controlpanel.. No proxy settings were specified - as it should be.
Next - I managed to launch the script from Amarok scriptmanager (without actually looking up any lyrics) - and attach truss(1) to the PID - from which I could see that it would trying to connect to localhost on port 8888.... Interesting...
Looking over the lyrics_lyrc.rb source - more specifically the fetchLyrics function - I noticed the following:
if ( @proxy == nil )Running, the above command - would yield:
@proxy = `dcop amarok script proxyForProtocol http`
http://localhost:8888Back to KDE control panel and double-check the proxy settings.. still no problems there..
Finally, I did a recursive grep for localhost:8888 in ~/.kde/
The file ~/.kde/share/config/kioslaverc
I have absolutely no idea how it came to be there.. and I don't care.. I removed the file, and restarted Amarok - and voila.. lyrc works again !
Though, now I can't remember which lyrics I was looking for..
Monday, September 11, 2006
The Long Hop is a nice pub/bar in the 6th (right next the metro Maubert-Mutualite).. oh yeah, and that useless slacker buddy of mine, Dimbo, is working there on weekends..
On the pic: the incredible bar duo - Marco & Dimbo (rare photo, both of them conscious at the same time)
Friday, September 08, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
What did we do? We pulled out our desks (and everything that was behind them), flipped them around, cleaned everything, threw away half of all the crap we have sitting around, recabled (kinda), and stole a plant from another office (our boss') for decorative purposes.
Here are the pics!
Voila! We're pretty happy with this new 'work' environment! The only thing missing is a fridge and a pool table... more to come.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
According to The Economist newspaper Ryanair's chief exec Michael O'Leary uses the term "One big monopoly" on some days when he describes BAA the operator of the major airports in Britain in positive terms and on other days "Overcharging rapists" in, well, not so positive terms.
As most of the world is aware currently in the UK, the government has increased the security checks in airports to the frustration of carriers such as Ryanair. Also the allowance for hand luggage has been reduced. I guess to make security checks quicker. It all makes sense.
On Ryanair's website Ryanair makes a passionate direct appeal to the Bristish government to amongst other things "send in extra army or police personnel to help the BAA to carry out these checks." and to "also ban these items (hair gels etc) from being carried on potential targets such as the London Underground and Eurotunnnel" to reduce delays and cancellations.
In case you were not aware as part of a new supposedly fairer(!!) way of charging flight costs Ryanair has recently started charging passengers for checking in baggage. So whereas before you could check in one bag per passenger you now have to pay £5 for the same priviledge.
So where am I going with this?
Well it seems to me that Ryanair actually profits in part because of this new reduced allowance on hand luggage. I don't know about you, but rather than bringing less things on holiday, I plan to put things I would previously have held in my hand luggage in my checked in baggage instead.
Ryanair has not increased the allowance on checked baggage (just came off the phone with their 10p-a-minute customer "service" center) so they stand to win revenue from the extra checked in baggage. Am I wrong?
Surely the variable cost for Ryanair must be the weight of cargo. Only before what I didn't have to pay for it in the cabin, I do now have to pay for it in the hold - at £5.50 per kilo no less.
Perhaps Mr. O'Leary would be willing to share some of his hard earned terror-profits with the Bristish government to pay for more security personel?
I would suggest to Ryanair that they quickly raise the checked baggage allowance to whatever weight has been taken out of the hand luggage allowance. That shouldn't cost a penny extra. (and it might make people resent them less for not blatantly taking advantage of the missery and fear of others).
Oh, and Michael, stop having brightly coloured signs printed complaining about every bit of regulation you don't like.
You may not be out of rocks, but your glass house is out of windows.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The project - wall-mount a switch under his desk.
First - get the powerdrill:
Well.. Lasse is living in London - and have been for a number of years now - the avid reader will notice that the drill do not have a UK powerplug - probably because Lasse acquired this fine tool whilst living in Denmark.. Goes to show you how often Lasse is using his powerdrill......
Here's the wall with the four (more or less aligned) freshly drilled holes:
The final product (not too shabby, eh..) :
The aftermath - cleaning:
As always, Lasse is available - together with the rest of the team of handymen on 1-800-MORONS-AT-WORK
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
My squeezebox just arrived a couple of hours ago - oh boy, this is a super nice little gadget..
I installed audio/slimserver from the ports collection, and turned the squeezebox on.. I took me about 30 seconds to get the little sucker connected to the network, and recognized by the slimserver (running off my laptop) - everything works like a beaut.. Now I'm discovering all the cool functions and features..
I also installed the last.fm plugin that soft of works.. seems the squeezebox reboots every time I initialize a last.fm stream.. I looked briefly on the slim devices forum, and it seems that I not the only one experiencing this problem.. hmm...
Haven't tried out the scrobbler plugin yet, but it is installed - so it should work.
Looking forward to listening to Danish broadcast streams tonight on my stereo... Also, I will have to connect the squeezebox to my WLAN at home.. That should be interesting..
Enough for now, I will play some more..
PS. UPS Express rocks - I put in my order Monday afternoon, and the package arrived at 11am today !
Monday, July 17, 2006
Weeee.. after Stig's excellent post about his squeezebox - I got kinda hooked on the idea, so I just ordered one. I got the one with both Ethernet and wifi connectivity.. It's actually quite affordable, something like $340 (with shipping) - I'll probably have to pay local tax on it, but even then it's still cheaper to buy it directly from Slim Devices than a France-based webshop - where it would be well over $450 (what the hell is wrong with those guys... don't buy your shit from softline.fr !)
So what can it do ?
Well.. pretty much anything - stream a shitload of online radio stations - I will finally be able to listen to danish broadcasts from my stereo.. also, I will be able to stream my own music. In addition, squeezebox can function as a wifi bridge for my WLAN - pretty neat !
Go read the Slim Devices : Squeezebox : Overview here !
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Israel calls Hizbollah capture of soldiers act of war
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed up to seven Israelis in violence on either side of the Lebanese border on Wednesday, further inflaming Middle East tensions.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Well, our favorite scientologist came down in a big ass helicopter, and people (especially chicks, but a lot of 'guys' too) went APESHIT! I mean, these people were moshing, just to get a pic of jerry mcguire!
First impression of Brian Flanagan - man is he short - I mean I knew he wasn't 6ft, but he is literally 5ft tall. Seems like a nice guy though, as it took his time signing autographs with pretty much everyone there (around 2000 people) I managed to get the following snap.
Apart from Ethan Hunt, Jamie Foxx was there too, didn't see him though, as I got the hell out of there, I needed a beer.