Just after my rant about parcel delivery I got a surprise as the first delivery of my amazon package (with tax to be payed) happened in the evening when I was at home. Now to find time to watch the BBS documentary.
Picked up a package through GLS (formerly Nederlandse Pakket Dienst) today. I keep wondering why those package delivery companies have depots somewhere on some outer industrial area. When you're gone during the day (working, for example) you'll have to find their depot (in this case only open during daytime). Hard or impossible to reach by anything else than a car. Oh, I did meet the delivery van the first try, but I could only pay in cash for the package, not using pin. This does make TPG post look reasonable with their post offices with not completely working-person-friendly opening hours. At least the post office is within the same part of town (for most people..).
Have you already done the Which SF/Fantasy character are you? test?. I like the response from Peter David to his results.
Nice article in populair science: Be your own wireless hotspot. Using a high-speed cellular data connection for Internet access and a solar panel for power. [link broken] Blog entry by Mike Outmesguine (the author of the article) on thewirelessweblog. Found via Wifinetnews article.
After more than 6 (yes. six.) years, microsoft has fixed the begin bug. A bug with seniority, and a long-standing example of how interested Microsoft was in fixing bugs.
The Coffeecam at work is back on-line. The harddisk in the machine died (a 1995 harddisk that had been in use most of the years) last Friday. Re-installing the OS and getting stuff running again (especially the philips webcam driver) was a bit of work as the stock debian is compiled with gcc3 (tsk! the README says to use 2.95), the debian kernel source seemed to be inflicted with some gcc3-isms (tsk! again) and the philips webcam driver is discontinued (I understand his reasons, but the other choice in webcam is 'no webcam at all'). But, I dug up a somewhat compatible kernel, gcc-2.95, waited for the kernel to actually compile (takes quite a while on hardware this old), a binary of the webcam decompressor and now it's back. The one and only Original coffeecam (The Trojan Room Coffee Machine) is now rackmounted at Spiegel online.
I got surprised by rain biking home and found a spot for shelter and taking pictures. A jogger in heavy rain, rain bouncing off a bus, the streets flooding.
My ADSL modem started to show very regular connection drops after what seemed to be an upgrade on the KPN side last Thursday morning. Calling the helpdesk of KPN made me wait more than ten minutes for a live person who got me through a number of standard questions and told me the script was at the point check the splitter (at least he was honest enough to tell me about the script). Without the splitter the problem remained. I also mailed the xs4all helpdesk about it who gave about the same set of suggestions including trying to upgrade the modem firmware. I noted later today that the drops were related to my speedtouchgraph script. So this evening I upgraded the firmware, changed the script to the new commands and disabled the bit where it asks the dslam for its statistics (it wasn't willing to give them anyway), now it's waiting to see if the adsl modem is more stable.
Cool use of the new Google maps api and backstage.bbc.co.uk : gmaptrack central London cameras. Source: Wired News: Map hacks on Crack.
One of my pet peeves: abusing excel as a database. Just because it looks like a stack of cards doesn't mean it is a good idea to use it as such. Maybe a European version of excel would be nice: rip out all this calculating stuff almost nobody uses, just leave the sheets with nice squares. Found in relation: Rory Blyth cartoon about excel abuse and the official word from microsoft After all, Excel is not a database management system. It is spreadsheet software, and it stores units of information in rows and columns of cells, called worksheets..
Got a curry from Jag's Curry to Carry yesterday for dinner. After 60 kilometers of bicycling we weren't that interested in cooking.. The curry tasted very nice. They have a real good concept: for 10 euros you get a selection of dishes, with 2 choices in main dish.
I rewrote the Using Dynamic DNS for your dynamic IP micro-howto using docbook (the previous version was in linuxdoc format). Things look better and I get more flexibility. I had a good look at Making your DocBook/XML HTML output not suck to see how to incorporate a stylesheet and custom stuff.