Tuesday, September 30, 2003

HAL 0.1 available

I released HAL 0.1 late saturday night, less than three weeks since my first post.

I was shocked, when I saw it made headlines on osnews.com. Woov.. Badunka… Guess I should have been a bit more careful in cleaning up the code :-) Nah, just kidding; i’d love to get feedback on the choices I made so I can continue the implementation and specification. Update: There’s also a story at FootNotes. Update (Oct 2): As seen on Slashdot ;-)

In other news my sister is about to give birth soon.. I’m going to be an uncle.. again! Also woow…

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Hacking; Power outage


I’ve been told that I had a fun time at IBC



I’ve made good progress on the HAL project, lots of discussion and feedback on both xdg-list and linux-hotplug. It’s my first involvement in open source development and the ideas of extensive peer-review and general openness seem very good.


I’ve started reading Beyond Software Architecture : Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions and it’s very good. Right up my alley with the role I have right now at work.


Finally some progress; we tested the kit sunday at the curling rink and it seems to work wrt. framerate updates etc. More on that later..

Power outage

Today, at approx 1240 local time all power disappeared in Copenhagen and parts of Sweden and Denmark. Four million people was without power for three to four hours. CNN is carrying the store here and the BBC coverage is here.

We all left work at about 1330 local time. On my way home people looked disoriented and there were signs of traffic congestion.. Power was restored at 1645 local time in my apartment and fortutantly my server came up again.. I did had to tweak around with my OpenVPN scripts and manually start the MySQL database, but that was really my own bad.

I’m quite amazed that something like this can happen in a country like Denmark where we pay more than 50% in taxes. I don’t mind doing that (that much), but then I want some freakin service and not this…

There are no reports on any fatalities (yet), which is good. On the bright side, I managed to do the dishes while the power was out :-)

Thursday, September 11, 2003



Long time since last update. A ton of things happened. My sister got
married, I’ve been in London to attend a press event at the parent
company of my employer, I’m single again, and finally, my parents
just celebrated their 40th annivesery.

Nothing has happened at the robocurl project since last update, which is too
bad. It’s currently in the hands of electricians that need to put
wires and television at the curling rink. Mind you, a curling rink
is 42 metres long and we have three cameras, two televisions and
two servers.

In other news, I made my first post
ever to a OSS list about an exciting topic I read about.
People were very nice and generally seemed to like my ideas, so I will
continue to work on my draft spec and prototype. I hope to have an improved
spec in html ready before I leave for IBC
in Amsterdam saturday night (back tuesday night).

Oh, and I’m trying out the MapLocations plugin…