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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.


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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sidplay1 and ALSA (for Maemo)

16 Jul 2008 17:49:46 maemo, software

I’ve patched sidplay1 to use ALSA output, and compiled a version for Maemo Diablo/Chinook.

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katei.fi on 21st century hardware

6 Jul 2008 20:07:20 hardware
Capacitor plague

katei.fi (and virtual hosts such as wnd.katei.fi) is now served with the 21st century technology! Cheers!

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Nokia Internet Tablet and IPv6

25 Jun 2008 22:55:05 maemo, network

Diablo was finally released for Nokia Internet Tablet, and with it comes IPv6 support. Finally. IPv6 comes as a module, which isn’t loaded at start up. Once I became aware of the module, I wrote a small Application manager installable package that loads IPv6 at start up (and when installed).

Use one-click install or download the package manually.


A long, long time ago...

12 Jun 2008 13:12:03 rant

Roughly 276,400,000 seconds ago I entered a building I hadn’t been in before. In practice, entering this particular building started process which would eventually last nearly nine years. During this process an IBM-PC-compatible computer would replace Amiga as my primary computer, I would get Internet access and start using GNU/Linux. I would meet a very special person and move to another city to get to live with her. We would get engaged, and married. We would get the most wonderful cat in the world, and worry about his problems a lot. I would go through five jobs, and my Chinese co-worker would quickly become one of my two true friends. My other friend would also move here from my old home town. I would see the world, and travel to United Kingdom, Switzerland, United States of America, China and Japan. Eventually, I would spend a year working on hundred pages of text.

Today was the day when this nine year process finally ended. It ended with a piece of paper. I received it, bowed, turned around and simply walked away. I finally had my master’s degree in computer science. Realising that I had spent 23 years studying, the past nine years started to feel insignificant. They’re not. Every single event during past nine years have helped to shape me the person I am today. It has not always been easy or fun, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.


Blackmore's Night

6 Jun 2008 10:31:55 misc
Candice Night of Blackmore's Night

Last night Blackmore’s Night (Wikipedia) had concert in Helsinki, Finland. It was my first time in popular music concert and I have to admit it didn’t fully match my expectations. I had seen live recordings before, and I knew not to expect perfect audio or perfect performance. The show was great, the mood was great, and the music was just what I wanted. It’s just that their live performance wasn’t that much of an upgrade to listening to their recordings back home. When it comes to classical/orchestral music, the difference between live and recording is much greater. Still, don’t get me wrong – I don’t have any regrets in going there. I had great time.

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My second helicopter

22 May 2008 19:32:31 photos
Walkera Dragonfly 53-1

At the end of April I finally fulfilled one of my long-time dreams of buying a “real” radio-controlled helicopter. Sure, I already had one of those IR-controlled mini helis, but those things are really nothing but toys. This one would have to be fully controlled; altitude, yaw, pitch, and roll. In other words, this would have to be at least four channel helicopter. Since it would be my first true RC helicopter, I decided that a co-axial helicopter would be a good way to get started.

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(Fake) cherry trees in Helsinki, 2008

7 May 2008 22:41:15 photos
Hanami in Helsinki, 2008

Spring/summer is a bit early this year in Finland. Not everyone likes it but I’m not complaining. Last Sunday was just splendid day to get out to sit in a park. In addition to beautiful weather and good company, cherry trees were in full flower. Actually these things are not real cherry trees but they’re close enough for me. I just wish one day I could get to Japan in April…

I also uploaded some other photos to random 2008 set. I’ll have to put a link there on “photos” page at some point.

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