Debian 5, or the joy of working with prehistoric software

For various reasons I had to setup a Debian box. Debian 5.

For building software that would be distributed in binary form and should run on any linux.

The original software that mine derives from is being built on a debian 5 system.

So, I needed one as well.

Enter: VirtualBox for Mac + Debian 5 netinstall.

So far, so good, until I actually cloned my hg repo onto the deb box, and found that the clone had two heads.

… debian uses mercurial 1.0.1 on debian 5.



that is old.

very old.

It’s a miracle that debian has heard of unicode by now.

At least I think they have heard of unicode …

gotta check that.

A tale of two internets

Lately I’ve come to think that there are two separate Internets out there, existing side by side and with little interaction between them.

One of them is the internet that we all know, populated by people who write their little rants about anything they care enough about.

The other is a scary place where semi-intelligent bots imitate human behaviour by auto-generating streams of gibberish aimed at each other, making it look like strangers talking to strangers.

Case in point: get a twitter account. post any random tweet but add “popular” hashtags. Observe the behaviour of “the net”. Pay special attention to some of the new followers you’ll get… do you really believe that someone follows 25000 people?

Who made up this “You have to be on twitter and facebook to be a successful company” fad, anyways?

Related: If “Search Engine Optimization” worked, none of those self-proclaimed “SEO Experts” would have to spam twitter… they would just be found with google.


KDE 4.7 – You didn’t think you would get off that easily, would you?

OK, so now I did a clean install on some old work laptop.

openSUSE 11.4, fresh off the DVD, on an empty harddisk.

KDE 4.6 or whichever version comes on the DVD worked fine, using the GSM/UMTS/EDGE card that my company gave me works fine too.

So I’m using that UMTS network to upgrade KDE to 4.7, and after that, plasma crashes every time I try to connect through UMTS… terminating the connection.

So, this time, not even a rollback to 4.6.5.


KDE 4.7 – all your emails are belong to us

ok, so KDE 4.7 is out.


After updating to 4.7, kmail complains on startup (which takes ages, btw) that “the server does not support TLS”. It sure would help to know which server. It also would help to be able to get at my mails at all; all my folders are completely empty. Oh, and deleting a mail from one of the folders that are not empty doesn’t work either.

rollback time.


About facebook and KDE…

Dear friends and family,

I’ve had it with FB. Every single time I read something about facebook, it is something to be annoyed, angry, or concerned about. their permanent policy of introducing new privacy-breaking features without warning and enabled by default, and their almost frightening mis-concern for their user’s data has driven me to the point where I have to say: If you want to stay in touch with me, or tell me something, or whatever:


My FaceBook-account will be deactivated for good on July 1st, 2011.


In case You’re wondering what broke the camel’s back:

Read this.

The nerd is… retiring?

Couple of hours ago my kiddo asked me via MSN for advice on a new “gaming computer”.

Not too long ago I’d have dived headfirst into hardware specs, price lists, and comparison results, to make sure he’d get the most bang for his hard-saved pocket money, but what did I do instead?

I assembled one box with the “online configurator” of a hardware retailer, then checked the media markt website and foud that he’d get a very similar box, with more ram even, for about 15% less.

So I told him to keep an eye on that website, and when he’d found something he’d like, poke me to eyeball it for flaws.

What the heck happened to “hand-selected, finetuned components”???

Gnome 3.0 first impressions, or “Is this thing on?”

I just gave Gnome 3.0 a very short spin with VirtualBox and a Live CD based on openSUSe 11.4.

Very short. 5 minutes, tops.

I don’t like it.

I can understand the general idea of not showing too many confusing things to the users at once.

I can not understand why the gnome team seems to have decided that any application at all is already confusing.

After starting Gnome 3.0 you look at a practically empty desktop. I really do not like having to search for my apps, files, and folders.



The emperor’s new clothes, or “This pair of pants has three legs”

I’ve been trying to find a netbook distribution that works on my slightly ancient Asus eeePC 4G.

[insert howls of frustration here]

So far, not a single one that I’ve tried worked at all, with the exception of Easy Peasy.

Problem is, I wanted to replace Easy Peasy since the latest version (1.6) doesn’t work too well with the ridiculously small screen of the 4G…

So far I’ve tried MeeGo, Ubuntu 10.04 netbook remix and Moblin… any suggestions, anyone?