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TJ 200

2 Mar 2009 12:59:14 misc

200 days to go. TJ 256 passed without much notice but my fellow servicemen couldn’t help but remind me about TJ 200. TJ comes from tänään jäljellä or “days remaining”, which is widely used in context of (non-)military service to indicate number of days until some significant date such as relief from duty. Talking of dates, UNIX dates 1234567890 and 1234554321 also passed not long ago.

My work at department of computer science, University of Helsinki, hasn’t changed much. I finished instructing a course on database applications in January and now I’m spending all my time in making Cubbli, or Common Ubuntu-based Linux, ready. I can’t say I agree with everything they’ve done in Ubuntu, but luckily under the hood it’s only slightly different from Debian.


Game of Life in 6502/6510 assembler

28 Feb 2009 19:05:04 software

Bringing back old memories… Game of Life for Commodore 64 written in 6502/6510 assembler. Uses border-wrapped 38*23 board and currently renders 16.7 frames per second. One step closer to the sources.

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Sparta? Spartaa? Spartaaa?

19 Jan 2009 08:42:30 misc

How does Sparta rank in search results?

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Partition UUIDs and You

14 Jan 2009 08:26:05 Linux

UUIDs are unique (and stable). With Linux, /dev entries may not be. I learned this the (not-so) hard way.

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6 Jan 2009 13:20:03 misc

Another Nethack ascension with neutral female gnome healer.


64-bit Java-plugin for Debian/Ubuntu

17 Dec 2008 15:00:17 Debian, Linux, software

Sun has finally delivered 64-bit version of browser Java plugin for Linux. If you can’t wait for proper release (update12), you can try [Java SE 6 Updates Early Access Program][jdk6]. If you’re running Debian or Ubuntu, you can package everything neatly in a .deb-package. While java-package 0.4.1 don’t know how to deal with the early access version, this patch should help.

Link to “patches” page.

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VDPAU and Debian

15 Dec 2008 18:35:10 Debian, Linux

Now that NVIDIA has released updated beta (180.16) of its proprietary graphics card drivers for Linux, I’ve finally managed to install VDPAU-capable drivers without breaking everything else. Basically version 180.06 also worked, but for whatever reason it also caused X to consume nearly all available CPU time whenever Firefox was running. lf VDPAU is an API that allows applications to utilise GPU for video decoding and post-processing. In other words, you’ll get smoother video playback of H.264. To quote phoronix, “HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux”.

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Ubuntu 8.10

10 Dec 2008 12:34:55 Linux, rant

I was lucky to get to work at department of computer science at University of Helsinki for the duration of my non-military service. I’ve spent most of my time doing two things: instructing – that is, not teaching – course on database applications and working on Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that will replace CSL2, RedHat-based Linux distribution used here at the department. Working on CSL3 (to be renamed) has been mostly rather smooth – until my personal experiences with Ubuntu 8.10.

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4 Dec 2008 17:21:32 misc

Another NetHack ascension! My seventh NetHack ascension took place as chaotic male orc barbarian on a public server at nethack.alt.org. In 93401 turns and eight days of wall time my character ascended to demigodhood. Cheers!


Woclema, now with valid Atom/XML

17 Nov 2008 13:58:39 software

The latest version of Woclema finally produces XML that validates against Atom DTD. The bad news is that the old feed will now have an invalid ID (in theory and practice). If you’re reading this post with a feed reader, you probably already wondered why you’re seeing all the old posts too. That’s why. Anyway, if I get to choose between “broken now” and “broken forever” it’s fairly easy decision. Especially because I think Woclema has somewhat limited target audience.

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