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Back to University

21 Oct 2008 07:06:15 diary, rant

Back to University. We’re now done with four weeks of training at Lapinjärvi and have eleven months of work to do. I was lucky to get to work at department of computer science at University of Helsinki. When I walked out the building having returned my badge and my key I was fairly sure I wouldn’t be coming back. At this point I’m glad I was wrong.

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Lapinjärvi, week two

30 Sep 2008 03:36:28 diary

Another week at Lapinjärvi, another early morning. Because I was left out the first two busses last Friday I decided to play safe and arrive early today. I packed my stuff (minus hair brush) last night and woke up at 5:30. I brushed my hair, packed the remaining bits and took a taxi to Kamppi, from where the bus would leave at 6:35. I arrived at Kamppi just a few minutes before six o’clock and found maybe ten others already there. This time I would catch the first bus no matter what.

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10 nights to go

26 Sep 2008 12:43:43 diary

Another rant about my non-military service. Back on the road. It turned out – not that I’m complaining – that our Fridays are a bit short. Our rooms were checked at eight o’clock and we had the first and the last lecture of the day from nine to eleven o’clock. Carter bus and the first normal bus both left quarter past eleven. Carter bus was for those who had to catch up with connections. Thanks to our rather large numbers, not everyone could get on the first two busses. To my big surprise I found myself standing at Lapinjärvi training centre with some ten lucky fellows.

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First impressions from Lapinjärvi

23 Sep 2008 07:00:03 diary

Diary-alike entries of the two first day at Lapinjärvi Centre of Civial Service (non-military service).

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fpgg 2008-09-18-r41

18 Sep 2008 15:20:00 software

fpgg can now build map URLs from coordinates.

In related news, I also uploaded a minor update of wanha, a URL grabber for IRC.

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Berlin in July 2008

15 Sep 2008 21:51:08 photos
Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

See some photos from Berlin, Germany.

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Safe channel patch for X-Chat 2.8.6

13 Sep 2008 17:53:32 software

I’ve updated my safe channel patch for X-Chat to apply against X-Chat 2.8.6 sources from Debian repository. Hooray!

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Unbrearably busy doing nothing

9 Sep 2008 08:52:51 diary

Busy busy busy. It’s amazing how one can be busy doing nothing. Even a four week holiday wasn’t long enough to allow me to sort out some of my photos, earliest being from May – and don’t even get me started with DCCP or other projects I have… Things are little easier now that I’m done with my studies, but somehow I manage to waste most of my time sleeping and playing Homeworld and Sim City 4 (thanks to Wine). And now that I’m back to work it’s even worse.

My non-military service is set to start on 22 September. After the initial four-week so-called training at Lapinjärvi I’m supposed to spend 11 months working at Helsinki University. This whole deal sorted out quite well – far beyond my expectations. First of all I get to work in a familiar environment. Second, I may actually get to do something else than making coffee and sorting out papers. Finally, unlike some parties, University will take care of (half of) my apartment’s rent, feed me, and most likely also cover my expenses to get to work.

The only thing I’m worried about is the training. I’m supposed to spend and actually live four weeks with people completely alien to me (and probably some ten years younger than me) and with no proper Internet connection. I just hope they don’t have some fancy group activities there. I wouldn’t stand that for sure.

The good thing about this is that I’m probably going to have fewer responsibilities to worry about back home. Maybe then I will have the time to finish gazillions of unfinished things I have. Also, once I’ve put this stupid thing behind me I’m finally free from this burden.

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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

7 Aug 2008 16:46:17 rant

Enjoy your entire digital entertainment library in full glory on your PC or even on your TV with Windows Media Center. View your photos in a cinematic slide show, browse your music collection by cover art, easily play DVDs, watch and record TV shows, download movies, and project your home videos – Microsoft Corporation (Link).

After having three days of first hand experience of Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Media Center, I beg to disagree. Let me elaborate.

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sidplay2 and modern ALSA (for Maemo)

20 Jul 2008 10:38:01 maemo, software

I’ve patched sidplay2 to use ALSA output, and compiled a version for Maemo Diablo/Chinook.

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