“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
The replacement RAM for my new workstation “curiousity” finally arrived yesterday, stuffed through the letterbox by the friendly neighbourhood courier to fall upon worn rental-property pile like the softest rain on virgin soils.
A collection of loosely coupled network devices running a variety of collaborative and cooperative services to provide an information grid/mesh within a home environment. So I’m networking my apartment, drenching it in EM radiation from access-points and wifi devices: workstations, laptops, portable gaming devices, network storage, media centres.
I’ve installed Sun Java 5 and 6 now, and the Eclipse IDE. In theory this means I can actually start doing some coding — and on a Saturday night that means code, sake and Asahi beer!
Well it’s nearly the weekend and none of my gear — the RAM replacement, a new HDD to piggyback the NAS, a copy of (ergh!) Vista — has arrived from Ebuyer.
Here’s a thought: how much electricity could you get from a turbine generator placed inside an adapter roof run-off downpipe in a place as consistently rainy as Scotland? Would it be enough to trickle-charge a battery system for running throughout the day?
So I’ve applied for a job with Canonical, that wonderful company that (in cooperation with the community of course) brings us Ubuntu. In an effort to brush up my development skills I’ve now installed Bazaar and Python on my (Windows) workstation.
Finally started my training for LPIC-1. This is going to be fun! Okay, more information: after a long talk with Dee last week, I decided that I needed to get into a career that was more closely aligned with my passions – namely GNU/Linux, open source software, GNOME, Ubuntu and especially hardware and embedded systems.
On Friday night I watched a presentation about PulseAudio, an open source and cross-platform sound server which could well finally bring decent desktop audio to GNU/Linux and other open systems.