Technology

Workstation – curiousity
May 8, 2007

“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.

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RAM, Vista, Ubuntu, sleep
Mar 28, 2007

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.

Smart Home
Mar 20, 2007

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.

Java and saké
Mar 17, 2007

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!

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Gear-less weekend
Mar 16, 2007

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.

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Generation Turbines for rainy parts of the world
Mar 12, 2007

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?

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Something useful for work downtime – Bazaar, Python
Feb 8, 2007

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.

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LPIC-1 – Certification is fun!
Feb 1, 2007

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.

PulseAudio
Jan 28, 2007

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.