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Telekom und FLOSS

Categories: — josef @ 20:04

Die Deutsche Telekom hat sich bisher leider nicht sehr unterstützend im Bereich Open Source hervorgetan. Die Verstärkung der strategischen Partnerschaft mit einer dieser Redmonder Firmen dürfte dem auch nicht zuträglich sein. Dabei profitiert die Firma doch recht stark von dem Einsatz …
(aufgedeckt durch scharfe Beobachtung am Dresdner Studentenwerk durch M.E.)


On the road… (USA)

Categories: — josef @ 03:05

Some days ago I was invited to the FSG OpenPrinting Summit which was co-hosted with the IEEE-ISTO PWG meeting. My affiliation was mainly with my university and the topic of GUI generation from formal models. However, the KDE print dialog could serve as a target for eventual implementations. Those will take some while though - I’m not aware of any free auto-layout algorithms at the moment which would be suitable for this task.
The OpenUsability folks shared a room with me.
The PWG meeting was a bit more abstract but learning about all the specs, most of them being related to some XML-based modelling, was certainly something I appreciate.

This week is mostly spent in Mountain View, California. Being hosted at the Googleplex (note: link doesn’t really work in konqueror) is nice. It is just a few meters away from San Francisco Bay and there is a certain humour in the naming of the streets over here.

Meanwhile, the Kubuntu break-out room is running at full steam. I dared to do some PyQt4 porting of the language-selector application… let’s see how this will turn out. It’s not easy to be productive here, there are too many interesting sessions going on. In particular, some up-to-date information on free java, security updates and of couse the obligatory the local haute-cuisine.
Some packaging work is also due this week, to prepare easy-to-use installations of online gaming portals. There is close to none infrastructure available for such tasks (similar to GForge or other complex web applications), and I’m certainly awaiting some improvements here.

Beside the hack factor, what one gets out of those travels is experiencing other cultures, nice landscapes and… coins!
Coins collectors are the ones who constantly grab the change money in stores and refuse to give back any of it to the cashiers, and then, back at home, spend hours to order their collections. Whenever I’m not hacking, I’m one of them. It’s still an expensive hobby though.



Categories: — josef @ 13:47

This is a permanent entry which will be updated from time to time, similar to the activity/publications entry.
I thought it is about time to document what kind of machines I have and had. I had such an overview page some years ago but it got lost. Here we go…

The only machines in operation are Vista, Nada (still), Madrugada, Caramba and Samba.
The backup computer Noosphere2 seems to be broken but final death is not confirmed yet.

Samba is my latest work notebook, the successor of Nada. It was inaugurated in late 2007.
Specs: FSC Lifebook E8410, Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2*2,20 GHz), 2 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD running Debian/sid

Caramba replaces Noosphere2 as private backup computer and general-purpose PC. It was bought in pieces and assembled just like its predecessors, and is very light since no external drives are present, although for safety reasons a RAID-1 has been created. A 19′’ TFT accompanies the machine.
Specs: AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+, 1 GB RAM, 2*250 GB HDD running Debian/etch

Madrugada is a cute subnotebook, model JVC MP-XP 7210. It was bought as a used machine and although limited in its capabilities is very useful sometimes, especially on travel.
Specs: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 30 GB HDD running Debian/etch

Nada is a work-sponsored hacking notebook, and as such the successor to Armada and Bizarre. I got it already as a used notebook in late 2006 and so I hope it will survive long enough.
Specs: Intel Pentium M 1700 MHz, 768 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD running Debian/sid

Vista is my main computer at work, a FSC Esprimo machine. The name was influenced by the great panorama view on the skyline of my city. I also go by josef|vista on IRC when logged on there, which is almost always as I never switch the thing off.
Vista is equipped with a nice 20′’ TFT.
Specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+, 1 GB RAM, 85 GB HDD running Kubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)

Armada was a notebook I’d temporarily been donated by a friend of my brother. As the name suggests, it’s a Compaq Armada M700, certainly not the fastest notebook on earth but I can do some hacking when travelling. Unfortunately I only could keep it for some weeks in autumn 2006.
Specs: Intel Pentium III 450 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD running Kubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake).

Bizarre was my previous notebook, a new-world Apple iBook of the second series. Bought in early 2003 it lived until mid-2006.
Specs: IBM G3 PowerPC 750FX (700 MHz), 256 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD running Debian sid (mostly what later became sarge and etch) and OS X 10.2 (not really used).
Replacements: power adapter in mid-2005

Itajuba was the computer in the lab of UNIFEI where I studied in 2004.
Specs: Intel Pentium II 700 MHz(?), 128 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD (?) running my very own TUDix upgraded to Debian/unstable
Note: memories fading, will need some backed-up notes on that one

Noosphere2 started out as main private machine in mid-2002 under the name Noosphere, influenced by ESR’s hacker tales. After a drastic surgery, it changed its purpose to be my backup computer and so I decided to modify the name.
Specs: AMD Athlon XP 2000+, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD running Kubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) and FreeBSD 5.x/6.x.
Replacements: hard disk in early 2005, CD burner addition in late 2004

Résistance has been the main machine before Noosphere. It was bought in 1999 and assembled, including the 17′’ monitor which later served Noosphere as well. Its first name was Athlon500, following the old naming scheme. After Noosphere was bought, it served as server and gateway and thus got its name.
Specs: AMD Athlon 500 (first series with Slot-A), 128 MB RAM, 13 GB HDD running Debian sid (mostly what later became woody) as well as some other OSes (OpenBSD, Hurd).
Replacements: CD burner addition somewhen in 2003

Pentium133 was my first own machine, bought in one piece with a 15′’ CRT monitor in 1996.
It was factory-equipped with MS-DOS and Windows but was switched over to Linux in 1999.
A lot of DOS-based development was perfomed on this machine.
Specs: Intel Pentium 133 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 1 GB HDD running MS-DOS 5.22/Windows 3.11, SuSE Linux 6.1 and Mandrake 7.x.
Replacements: CD-ROM drive addition and exchange in 1998

Schorsch had the honour to be the first computer I’ve ever extensively worked with, an Olivetti machine bought in late 1992. It was actually only named so in retrofit around late 1997.
Specs: Intel i286, 1 MB RAM, 120 MB HDD running MS-DOS 5.0/GeoWorks.
Replacements: The 14′’ colour monitor failed around 1998 and a monochrome one had to be put into place

Other devices not really usable as a generic computer:

Zaurus is a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 donated in 2002 by Sharp. It was used to do some embedded GUI hacking.
Specs: (Intel) StrongARM 200 MHz, 96 MB RAM/ROM, 32 MB of which are used as RAM, running some embedded Linux.

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