Wednesday, September 17, 2008

200000 km

My trusty old Polo had its kmversary...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

msdnaa fail

To download a ISO image for Windows XP (as a member of a university, I joined the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance programme) I have to download a special windows-only binary program... Which doesn't work right in WINE (the windows API for Linux). But they didn't even get it right on Windows either, as the screenshot here suggests.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sunday, June 08, 2008

New home-office...

This is what will become my new home-office... as soon as both mould and hole are removed from the wall :-(

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I ordered a GPS antenna, checked that the list of "compatible" GPS receivers include +5V types, asked them in a Email about it, to which they replied "3.3V - 5V is ok", and now got the product depicted next to this text.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Office Temperature

Office temperature has reached 28 degrees celsius (upper line).

Monday, May 05, 2008

Knight Rider

When I was about 10 years old, we loved to watch this. Yesterday in the evening, I found out that someone analyzed almost all episodes, which are, I have to admit, incredibly bad! But a very entertaining read, unfortunately in german.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Measuring Power

I don't own something like a Kill-A-Watt but was interested in the power-consumption of several computers, so I had to improvise. Upper trace: Voltage, lower trace current. The result is that the fluorescent lamp illuminating the still-life depicted consumes 7.2W. A 1.2 GHz Athlon is 95W when idle, 105W when busy. A Pentium-II needs 45W of juice.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Competition Pro

I repaired my second Competition Pro (german article) joystick from the old Amiga days. It works remarkably well with the linux db9-driver:
$ jstest /dev/input/js0 
Driver version is 2.1.0.
Joystick (Multisystem joystick (2 fire)) has 2 axes (X, Y)
and 2 buttons (Trigger, ThumbBtn).
Testing ... (interrupt to exit)
Axes:  0:     0  1:     0 Buttons:  0:off  1:off
This one now has two buttons: I had to repair the broken cable, removed the auto-fire electronics and then just rewired the small triangle buttons to fire2. (not-so-recently).

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Subject: Drucke hierher und bekomm die Postkarte. Von wem erkennst du spater Sie haben eine virtuelle Karte erhalten! Sie konnen die Karte innerhalb von 30 Tagen ansehen, unter der Verweisung gehend: Klick der Verbindung auf oder Kopie es zur Adressbar des Internet-Browsers. ------- Befreien Virtuelle Karten!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Scientist - like new!

Ebay #330212923460:
Wissenschaftler, neuwertig
Erstklassiger Wissenschaftler, promoviert, habilitiert, auslandserfahren, belastbar, kreativ, teamfähig, multi-lingual, kommunikativ, Organisationstalent, jung, unverheiratet, kein Kinderwunsch (Arbeit geht vor), erstklassige Publikationsliste, kein Privatleben
Arbeitet mindestens 65-70 Stunden pro Woche, wenn das nicht reicht, gerne auch zusätzlich am Wochenende. Die Nacht ist bis auf Ausnahmen für Literaturarbeit reserviert. Übernimmt sämtliche Lehrverpflichtungen, präsentiert Ergebnisse auf Kongressen und Tagungen. Schreibt Reviews und Publikationen, bereitet Vorträge vor und organisiert Begehungen (Arbeitssicherheit, Gentechnik, Radioaktivität, Tierschutz …). Gerne auch drittmittelfinanzierte Zeitverträge bis zur Rente. Garantiert kein Arbeitsausfall durch Urlaub oder Krankheit. Wer nicht zu Hause schläft, hat auch keinen Unfall.
Gehaltsvorstellung BAT 2a oder weniger (auch mal Hartz IV wenn es sein darf), gerne auch in Hessen (kein Tarifvertrag). Geld ist eh nur schnöder Mammon.
Sucht perspektivlose, frustrierende Routinearbeiten in der akademischen Forschung mit Giftstoffen, Radioaktivität und Tierversuchen, alles was andere liegenlassen. Wo andere ins Ausland abwandern, steht ein echter Wissenschaftler seinen Mann. Frust ist ein Fremdwort.
(Scientist, like new. First class scientist, graduated, lecture qualification, able to work under pressure, creative, can work in a team, multilingual, communicative, talent for organizing, young, not married, not planning to have children (work first!), good publications, no private life, works 65-70 hours/week, possibly also on weekends. Nights are reserved for researching literature. Will also do lecture-work, will present results on conferences, writes review and publications, prepares results and does misc inspections, like work-security, biohazard, radiation and animal-rights. Does short-term contracts until retirements, will not take holidays or sick-days... (...) Looking for repetitive, boring work without perspective in academic resarch with poisonous, radioactive substances or animal experiments. Everything that others won't touch. When all others are fleeing in foreign countries, a real scientist will take the burdon, frustration is a word he does not know.)

Friday, February 15, 2008

CCD camera

The bright LEDs are completely dark to the human eye, it's a camera for near infrared..

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Small pages... (2)


Valve thing

Things I did not want to end in the dumpster, Part 123512.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Running JACK with realtime priorities

I spent *HOURS* trying to figure out how to use POSIX capabilities unter Linux to run the jack soundserver with realtime priorities. The simple answer to this “how-to” question is: YOU DON'T!. There are many pages describing the various merits of SYS_CAP_NICE and all, a buggy kernel-module that does no longer work on a recent kernel, and even more junk. But the real solution is to just use rlimits. Had I only used GENTOO, most likely, I would have found out earlier. I only found out what to really search for, after stumbling over this page on