A First small blog from my mobile device.
Yesterday our beloved little Hamster “Mausi” died.
She was nearly 2.5 years old, which is a good age for a dwarf hamster. She wasn’t sick, and she did not seem to have pain, she just sleept away.
When we got her back early 2007, I never thought that a Hamster could be so much fun. With the experience that I had from the past – where I used to have Mice – I thought she will be in her cage most of the time and not realizing that there is something outside of her little kingdom.Also I thought that hamsters are only active at night, when we’ll sleep.
In fact hamsters are perfect animals for people who are working the whole day and come home in the afternoon.
Often, she was awaiting me in the morning when I entered the living room – kindly asking for a pick up to the “wonderland”:
After collecting some food there (well, all that she was able to stuff into her chops), she was ready to go back.
Coming home in the afternoon, it took not very long for her to show up and start her daily business: Re-organizing the food stock, refurbish her bed, running a mile or two in her wheel and maybe asking the humans to pick her up for a short excursion on the table or the floor.
It was always fun watching her and to get noticed by her as an individuum.
Farewell Mausi – we will miss you.
It’s not sure if this category will really be established. The plan is to give my mother a platform to show her faboulus drawings at the web. So far, there’s not much more to say. Here’s an example of her work:
I am a big fan of Open Source and Freeware. Whenever I have a need for some software, I check the net for freeware – most of the time you’ll find something. Most times it will end in spending days to figure out how it works, or if it works. But sometimes, you can find wonderful software that fits you needs (like wordpress for example).
However, some areas are not covered so well. Especially when it comes to applications that are typically used in an company, it starts to get difficult. That’s nothing else than natural, because developers of freeware are often Hobbyist. Maybe some of them are also professional developers, but than they do it for living.
One Example is PC Inventory. There are a couple of freeware tools out in the wild, but those that really scale to large environments will cost you some money. I worked with an self-developed inventory tool for a couple of years and I can tell you that getting money for it is the only way that makes it worth the time PC Inventory automation is like herding cats. It starts as simple as finding a reliable Unique Identifier and does not nearly end with creating reports that fit on one page out of trillions of Database entries that mainly contain rubbish. From my experience, all commercial products in this area do clearly over-promise.
But, inventory is not the area I want to talk about – it’s Software Management.
For this, I mean Software Distribution, Software Licence tracking and Software Removal in large Networks. To give it a number, I’m thinking of 1,000 up to 100,000 Clients or more. If you work in such an environment, be honest to yourself and answer this question: Do you believe that this process is under complete control?
There are lot of products on the marked that deal with this matter, most of them do only cover parts of it, others include additional parts (like PC Inventory), but to my knowledge, they all cost money, and none of them will cover all requirements in your very own community.
Professionally, I have had the opportunity to build and maintain a Software Management Solution. It does not cover all the aspects mentioned above, and it is certainly not perfect. But, as I do have some new Ideas on how to handle several things differently, and given the fact that I will likely not get the chance to be paid for an re-invention, I decided to develop the concepts officially. Here on this page.
My hope is that – at some point in time – someone gets interested and that the idea can benefit from some synergies.
Until that happens, I will silently drop some Posts as a kind of documentation.
That’s enough for today. I hope someone will ever read this
The name says “Home Entertainment”, but you will not find any Hardware tests here. I don’t have time nor money to buy and test new Hardware all the time, and that’s not the purpose of this blog.
However, I do have a quite ambitioned setup at home when it comes to Home Entertainment.
The list changes frequently, but that’s the current state:
- A Sony KDL-46W4500 LCD TV
- A Sony Playstation3
- A Denon 1706 DD Receiver
- A self build VDR with a single budget DVB-S card
- A Fritz!Box 7270 DSL-Modem/Firewall/Router
- A D-Link DNS-323 NAS
- A self build Home server, including 2 budget DVB-S cards
- One Laptop
- One PC, crafted for gaming
You see, that’s quite a technology stack which – in fact – costs more time maintaining than bringing classic “Home Entertainment”. I don’t mind, as both are my Hobbies.
This Section will talk about thoughts and experiences with these devices. The VDR components for example are linked between all PCs and the PS3, which causes many different scenarios, but also lots of opportunities.
The PS3 is an exceptional good Streaming client, which is fed by the VDRs and the NAS – including some very exiting setups (If you are the mind that gets excited about this kind of stuff).
We will see how well this turns out, but the Category is in place now…
I must admit, this is another nonsense post, and I do feel bad.
But – given the fact that I want to develop some Software at this Blog, I do have a need for correct Syntax Highlighting.
The plugin which will be used is called wp-syntax and seems to nearly a standard.
Well, let’s see if it is able to deal with good old perl:
my $something = 'Hello World!'; print $something."n";
Puh… that was the longest “Hello World” I was ever able to write.
I know there are much more complex ways to do that in perl, but I leave that to the ones that tend to be pervert.
Good, that looked usable. It does not match the colors of my current Template, but I did not expect that anyway.
Let’s try some PHP…
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<?php $something = 'Hello World!'; ?> <h1><?=$something?></h1>
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Here comes the same thing tagged as XML, what’s the difference?
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More red, less blue….
I think this will do. If you read this, leave a message
Here we go! The first Article on this site. Amazing.
Has someone ever made a statistic how long the average 1st article is in a blog?
I mean, is it always just a test like this one – with almost no content at all?
Or is it more often the “Hello world, here I am and that’s my life, from being ejaculated until died a bunch of years from now” ?
That would be interesting. At least for a minute.
Well, as said before, there’s no content at this article.
You may head over to the “WTF is a friggle?” article -it has more substantial things to say.