Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cool project

Digg had a story about a cool project that I want to spread the word about. It's called Local Cooling
and while the app doesn't do anything you can't already do, it makes it easier. It lets you set some power saving settings very easily and you get to see how much power you save. Small steps for a big result. Spread the word.

Freedom 2.0

We all know that the whole 'freedom' thing in the US is a farce, but I was shocked to read this today. It really makes me wonder what's next. I am glad I left that police state. Now I can just point and laugh.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Global Warming, Rain Dances and the Hippie Mafia

After a brief discussion with my brother I have come to quite a realization. I think it's important to share this with the world so here goes:

1. Greenpeace and all the tree-huggers have been getting increasingly frustrated with their lack of success.

2. Many scientists are green friendly and have ties with the above mentioned tree hugger groups (THGs).

3. Science has been moving at a rapid pace lately with new developments springing up 'overnight'.

4. Combining 1,2 and 3 it's not a far stretch to realize that the THGs have realized there are scientific advancements they can use for their cause.

5. THGs have many members who currently are, or have been at one point flower loving, dancing hippies. Note the dancing.

6. Rain dances have been used for centuries to affect the weather, but like any other unrefined technology they have not been very successful.

7. Combining 4,5 and 6 it is evident that there is a good chance the THGs have used the science available to them to perfect the rain-dancing technology.

8. The last few years have seen devastating weather conditions all over the world including tsunami's, landslides and of course hurricanes.

9. These devastating weather effects have been blamed on Global Warming which is controversial issue that no one can prove.

Conclusion: Combining 7, 8 and 9 it is clear that Global Warming is just a cover the THG mafia has been spinning for years while they perfected the rain dancing technology. Last year they nearly struck a deadly blow by wiping Texas off the map but suffered a glitch and sent Katrina to Louisiana instead. They will not make this mistake again..... We must act now and fight the THGs.

Q.E.D.

I was watching Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" the other day and it got me thinking about Global Warming and the way we treat our planet. He makes a good point and I have trouble believing he is bullshitting. For those who need an alternate explanation however, I was kind to provide the above proof.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Countdown

I figured it was time for an update of the old blog. The last few months have been quite uneventful. I've been working on a BizTalk project in the Hague which has kept me pretty busy. I've got three weeks to go before the contract is over. I'm counting the days cause I've decided to take a bit of a break durring the winter. Last year I spent quite some time at my parents' cottage in the czech rep. and I want to do the same this year. I don't want another contract until march. I made good money this year and one of the reasons I went freelance is so I can take more time off. This means I'm getting the old snowboard ready for a busy season.
One other reason I want to take some time off is to do some thinking and planning. A friend put it really well recently: "it's really hard to figure out how not to work 9 to 5 when you have to work 9 to 5". I really want to try hiring someone next year and I want to go over the math in detail. I've also got a few pet projects I'd like to spend a bit of time on.
So for now I count the days and look forward to a good winter.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Got my BlackBerry, broke it....

So I got my new BlackBerry last week and I've managed to break it already. I think it should be fixable, but I'll probably have to deal with vodafone again. I thought it would be cool to be able to use Google Maps Mobile on my device and since I was getting some weird error, I decided to follow the advice of the GMM FAQ. This said to delete a certain service book entry (IPPP fopr Click 5) and things would work OK. Seemed a bit strange but Google usually has their shit together so to speak. Well I deleted the service book in question but not without doing a backup first.

After doing the delete, my device seemed to work just as well as before but still was receiving errors when trying to run GMM. So no change that I could tell, except that the icon for the shortcut to the web page where I can configure BIS had disappeared from my device and was replaced with the enterprise activation icon. I didn't like that since I don't need the ent. activation icon and I the other one is kind of useful. So why not restore the backup I had so wisely made?

After I restored the backup, my device was royally F-ed. I couldn't send email and receiving email was shaky. I then logged into the web interface for BIS and sent myself a new service book which has restored my email functionality. I am now without a browser and am not sure how to get one back. I also remember having many more service books before than I do now. I wish I knew what the hell a service book was.....

I guess the lesson learned here is that I should not mess with stuff I don't understand. Then again, what better way to learn?

Update: I've got my browser back - some further reading online revealed that I had to register my device again.

All seems to be working for now but I am still somewhat disappointed that I can't get GMM to work. It appears that there is no TCP support for the 8707v device that I have, and without it GMM doesn't want to work. On the upside I'll save some $$ on my data plan, but it sucks that I can't play with the cool new stuff just cause RIM decided to scrap a feature.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

When am I?

"Is it Tuesday or Wednesday?" - This is a common theme in the office today. We've been releasing / replacing a whole whackload (that's the official term) of new systems and that means a lot of pressure, a lot of stress and long hours. I'm on day 10 and counting of working long hours and I am one of the lucky ones. There are guys here that have called October 'Groundhog day' since they've been working straight all month. My team is in very good shape and so we are mainly monitoring our solution and doing a small bug fix here and there. Its nice to be ahead for once. Today we did some real production runs and things look good. I'm hoping that life is back to normal soon, but for now it's one of those days. Even in Europe we work hard from time to time.