Sunday, April 30, 2006

welcome back, kryptikmo

Kryptikmo is back from the dead, blogging again. Nice to hear that!

advance in storage technology

Two harddisks and one compact-flash card: Miniscribe, Model 6032 23 MB (s/n 122544), Hitachi HTS548080, 80GB, SanDisk UltraII Compact Flash, 1 Gbyte Update: I just found out that the XT harddisk-driver is still included in recent linux kernels (just could not see it on a non ISA-enabled machine). I will try to make this message appear today: Ending clean XFS mount for filesystem: xda1

Friday, April 28, 2006


Our cats are really good in bringing Ticks back into the house as soon as they are outside for a little while. Look what I found creeping on our floor. Those hairy cats really deserve a good shearing I suppose. Insert joke about shaved pussy here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

noisy monstrosity

It was the fastest machine with the biggest storage once. Now it's just a noisy monstrocy from which I have to copy data off a unstable RAID. Just imagine a circular saw operating in your office.

Saturday, April 22, 2006


After being quite angered because of the computer problems, it is really nice to see spring finally arriving. It's also much better for the blood pressure :-)

Windows XP is a piece of shit

So I'm installing WinXP on the notebook again. After some time it showed signs of bit rot. And I'm annoyed. Again.

This is such a piece of shit. Obviously not enough thought was spent on design. The latest annoyance: How to turn off autorun (stuff running when you put in a CD) when not running with administrator rights? Actually, you can't. The settings you make on several overly complicated dialogs are useless. You just *have* to know that the only way to turn it off is to enable Turn off autoplay in the Group Policy Editor under Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System.

Now that was an easy one. As all other security related stuff seems to be fucked up that bad it's no wonder how many windows installations are plagued by worms and virusses. You have a long way to go Microsoft.

Just don't get me started about all the 10000 things you have to suffer when trying to run *NOT* as an administrative user. Interestingly most open-source and free stuff works like a charm, it's the commercial stuff that is very much broken.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

computer illiterates

This is what you get in your email-inbox if ... like I have to. Please give attention to the actual content of the email, one line at the top, and 11 generations of redundant fullquotes below.

Friday, April 14, 2006

foul weather

Currently the weather is really depressing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Finally going home.

I chose a good train-connection and printed out the online ticket. Nothing will keep me from going HOME! MuahahahahaMuahahaha.....! (thanks perreira for the correction)

Monday, April 10, 2006

Go chris go go go!

Had a very enjoyable walk. Possibly someone knew that I would go that route?

Nice fill

Just completed a nice fill. HERA seems to work fine again.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Self-explaining code

Some snippet of analysis code. Some cut actually.

300 Volts, 1000 Amps

This are the meters on the power supply of our big spectrometer magnet. It's a fridge magnet, you can put refrigerators on it easily.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Thursday, April 06, 2006

End of Phil

Phil now also starts to blog, welcome to the blogosphere, Phil!


Supervising a broken experiment.

Finally: Darkness

The day after my first nightshift was terrible. My hotel room does not have real blinds and I could not sleep because of the light. Some black foil and sticky tape hopefully fixes that.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Night shift...

Dealing with beautiful software on night-shift.

Monday, April 03, 2006

License Plate Interpretation

Numerologic interpretation of your license plate from interstar-astroservice, translation by the Babelfish

This characteristic symbolizes reputation, loyalty and organizational ability. With it a high realization ability is connected at the same time. Truth and sense search play thereby a large role. Furthermore with this characteristic a strong resolution loyalty is expressed. And are moral problems such as property and bad of a solution combine confidence into mental laws as well as the desire, contrasts to supply to want a further signal effect of this number sign. Sense of responsibility and the position of the conscience find here a particularly strong development. Virtue orientingness as well as always-lasting striving for an equilibrium with oppositenesses can be specified as further characteristics.

Looking forward.

I will have much fun on my shifts -- starting two days from now.