I must solve the quoting issue. Now the pattern is <aggregate search “foo”> for example, but double quotes are important characters when searching for phrases. Argh! I think i need to make these optional.
With some books getting cheaper all the time, but Amazon’s shipping limit staying the same, it gets ever harder to reach those EUR 20 when ordering a book or two for the book club. Positive problems… 😊
More gathering of numbers. At home, ThunderBird downloads three days worth mail and finds 29 non-spam, and 413 spam mails, 442 in total. A quick scroll through the spam mails reveals no false positives. Just looking at subject and sender, I was able to find 17 more spam mails in my 29 non-spam mail. One more email required a look at the body to determine it was spam. In total, I therefore got 413+17+1=431 spam emails. Thunderbird only identified 413/431=95.8% of my spam as spam. It would be nice to see this climb up to 98%!
I still get an amazing 431/442=97.5% spam.
TelePolis über die Aktion mit 250 Polizisten, die ein Haus stürmten und einen der Verdächtigen angeschossen haben: “Der Rest der Familie wurde 12 Stunden lang verhört und anschließend ohne Anklage freigelassen.” 
Ich hoffe wirklich, dass mir so etwas nie passiert.
The Times Online article also mentions how the neighbours claim having been hit by the butt of a machinegun or kicked. 
Wir waren am Wochenende auf dem Üetliberg: Wir sind vom Triemli bis nach Felsenegg gewandert.
Interesting picture for our friends in India:
The AllOfMP3 situation is getting more interesting.
Note: I’m afraid of linking to it, that’s how bad the situation is!! Some time ago Heise wrote:
And since this server is situated in Germany…
Here’s what the IFPI claims:
As far as I understand, this is not true.
Here’s an AllOfMP3.com statement from Slyck:
Sounds like the IFPI is bullshitting us.
No permission is required when paying to collecting societies, and clearly they are paying.
And – shame on us! – these guys have their “registered office” in Zürich! 
Of all places.
I foresee the following next step: AllOfMP3.com will block access from all countries that join this maneuver, thereby accepting the point of view that a person should pay the collecting society of the customer’s country, not the collecting society of the service provider’s country. (Something I find far from obvious.)
What does that remind me of?
It reminds me of the great Internet firewalls around China, Iran, and other countries governed by terrible regimes. Only that we let companies and big business do this to us, where as in other countries, it’s their evil government.
Heise über eine geplante Demo in Berlin: “Bürgerrechtsgruppen rufen zu einer Protestkundgebung gegen die drohende “Totalüberwachung” durch den Großen Bruder und seine kleinen Geschwister in der Wirtschaft.” 
Organisiert wird auf http://www.freiheitstattsicherheitswahn.de/ ← interessanter Name.
Das Originalpapier muss ich allerdings zuerst noch lesen. (PDF)
Germany seems to be following in the footsteps of the big brother accross the ocean instead of learning from lessons in Iraq, according to TelePolis: They’re sending troops (less than 1000) to ensure the safety of the coming elections in Congo (a country as big as western Europe with about 58M people). The mind boggles. The article then goes on to talk about national interest, the rising prices rare metals used in mobile phones, the new security strategy in Germany, and other such things. 
Not much different from what I dislike about the USA, just on a smaller scale. And denying the similarities, but dodging when asked whether the troops with their “humanitarian” goals would also help nationalize the mines (as Morales is doing in Bolivia) for the good of the people.
I’d love to play more Oblivion, but I somehow don’t have the time! I guess I’m wasting too much time on Oddmuse.
I noticed that I feel bad in the current quest: I’m fighting to liberate a town, and several soldiers joined me. One by one, they died. And being the kind of character I am, I have no “heal other” or “protect other” spells. The sad part is that some of these soldiers have individual names. And their corpses stay behind. So whenever I come back to that square in front of the temple, I see my fellow fighters, dead.
Based on a request by Oddmuse:Auriea Harvey I added some more code to Oddmuse:Indexed Search so that you can now add tags to uploaded images. And I tweaked search so that the entire ^#FILE weirdness is gone – you can now search for filenames and MIME types of uploaded files just as for anything else.
And my unit tests: 862 passed, 0 failed. I love it.
Also note how my new blogging module will hopefully change how I use page titles: 2006-06-12 Wandern auf den Rigi (with pictures).
I kept working on it and posted some notes on Oddmuse:2006-06-11 Blogging.
Am Sonntag bin ich von Arth auf den Rigi gewandert (mit dem Zug von Zürich nach Zug, mit dem Bus via Walchwil nach Arth), und zurück nach Goldau (und von Arth-Goldau nach Zürich mit dem Zug).
Notice the haze on these pictures:
CharlieStross – a science fiction writer I have enjoyed in the past (eg. 2005-12-13 Books) and whose blog I still enjoy – rants about the situation in Guantánamo. He concludes with the following: “But meanwhile, kindly reflect: if you support the war on terror, then you’re also supporting a policy that has brought concentration camps back to the western world.” 
In his addendum , he has two or three quotes from The Guantanamo Detainees: The Government's Story (PDF), prepared by legal academics from Seton Hall Law School who acted as defense advocates for the detainees.
TelePolis zitiert aus einem Bericht (PDF) der Bundesstatistiker: 19% der Einwohner sind Einwanderer oder Kinder von Einwanderern. Beim kurzen überfliegen des Dokumentes ist mir im Kapitel “Migration” sonst nichts interessantes aufgefallen. Ein Grossteil der Diskussion betrifft die Definition von “Migrationshintergrund” und “Migrationserfahrung” und so weiter, und dann gibt es noch ein paar nicht besonders aufregende Alterspyramiden.
Hier in der Schweiz kenne ich nur die Zahlen über die Ausländer. Hier muss man je nach Herkunftsland bis zu zehn Jahren im gleichen Kanton leben und arbeiten, bis man Schweizer werden darf.
Zurück zum Telepolis Artikel. Ich fand die Prognose zur Bevölkerungszusammensetzung und die Schlussfolgerung für die Integrationspolitik gut:
Ein paar Paragraphen weiter oben fand ich auch die Formulierung interessant, “dass sich die Politiker der großen Parteien auch künftig den Realitäten verschließen können, in dem sie weiter Integration fordernd, deren Voraussetzungen verweigern, um den Stammtisch zu bedienen und zugleich soziale Probleme zu ethnisieren.” (Mit zwei Links auf weitere Telepolis Artikel .)
Clearly there must be about twenty times as many Brazilians than Swiss people living in my neighbourhood. Switzerland played 0:0 against France, and there was some honking. Brazil started to lead 1:0 against Croatia and the street is going bonkers. People crowding the street, traffic slowing to a crawl, flag waving, Samba, cheering, chanting, honking, whistling…
I like the party mood at first, but as it drags on, more and more drunks start shaking the passing cars, climbing on their roofs, trying to climb into car windows, and some have pressurized horns blowing them at people, some people dancing with joy but others throwing bottles at passing cars, the drivers in turn get angry sometimes and step onto the gas pedal, accelerating towards the crowd, and so on. Mass phenomena make the extremes more visible. If I watch it for too long I have the urge to pour cold water onto some of them. Or a potted plant.
In Schweden wird gemäss Heise die Kultur-Flatrate wieder diskutiert.  Mit der Reform in den USA ist auch keiner Zufrieden – die Geldgeier fürchten Einnahmeverluste, die EFF fürchtet die unsorgfältige Formulierung.  In Frankreich ist die Reform mit der Kultur-Flatrate ja leider wieder gekippt worden. Es bleibt bei der Reform im Sinne der Geldgeier. 
Wo wir gerade dabei sind: In Deutschland ist ja möglich, wegen den unmöglichsten Dingen “abgemahnt” zu werden. Was das für eine Katastrophe für jeden einzelnen von uns sein kann, illustriert ein älterer Artikel, auch bei Heise: Ein 16 jähriger bastelt ein Homepage, holt sich Bilder von einer Seite “free” irgenwas – aber diese sind kostenpflichtig. Bei einer ordentlichen Lizenz wären maximal EUR 734 fällig geworden, aber mittels Abmahnung wird ein Gegenstandswert von EUR 33K veranschlagt, daraus eine Aufwandserstattung von EUR 1099 errechnet, und nachträglich Lizenzgebühren von EUR 2700 zusätzlich verlangt. 
Heise kommentiert die Abstimmung im US Repräsentantenhaus. Die Netzneutralität wird nicht festgeschrieben. Was ich davon halten soll, weiss ich auch nicht. Interessiert das Otto Normalverbraucher, oder nur “die Grossen” – also ein Thema für die globalisierten Firmen dieser Welt. Falls dem so wäre, dann sollen sich doch deren Anwälte untereinander beschäftigen. 
There it is. Today, Claudia’s SlackWare box wouldn’t start anymore. A quick wirr on the harddisk, then silence. No output on the monitor. BIOS wasted?
I decided to buy a Mac Mini!
I thought about it before (2005-02-06 Software, 2006-03-01 Gadgets, 2006-03-06 Gadgets) – and today, as I walked Claudia to her studio, I decided to take a look at the nearby Eschenmooser. I didn’t know that they had 10% off today, so I was lucky.
Total: CHF 1586.30 (USD ~1300)
Now I need ext2/ext3 drivers for the Mac…
On the ever-helpfull EmacsChannel, I got some info regarding my fried PC:
In the mean time, I’m downloading software upgrades on the new Mini.
Back to my file rescue mission. I installed the Ext2 drivers from the ext2fsx project on my old iBook running OSX 10.3.9, plugged in the external USB drive, and waited. And lo and behold! It mounted the various partitions on the drive!
Unfortunately, it was not possible to simply copy the folders via the network to the new drive connected to the second computer. Permission problems. In the ext2 preferences panel I indicated that I did not want permissions used on these partitions, and started fooling around. I did a
sudo su and tried to create a tar file, thinking that it might circumvent the permission problem.
Kernel panic! A little transparent box tells me I have to reboot my Mac!
I do that, and my drives are no longer mounted automatically. The readme just said to run fsck_ext2 on the devices to repair them if they did not automount. At first the disc did not show up in /dev, however, so I was confused: What device? After asking around on IRC, I realized that the disc had reappeared in the meantime:
alpinobombus:/usr/local/sbin alex$ ls /dev/disk* /dev/disk0 /dev/disk0s3 /dev/disk2s1 /dev/disk2s3 /dev/disk2s6 /dev/disk0s1 /dev/disk2 /dev/disk2s2 /dev/disk2s5 /dev/disk2s7
So then I started to run commands such as
fsck_ext2 -C 0 -p /dev/disk2s5 – they take forever! The -C 0 makes sure you get to see a progress bar, and the -p makes sure you don’t have to answer questions when fsck encounters problems. Just fix it, man!
I guess this is taking forever because I’m doing this via USB.
I can’t believe that I finally finished checking all the disks, mounted them using
disktool -m disk2, opened one of them in the Finder, started browsing, and got another fucking kernel panic!
Now I’m running
for p in 1 2 3 5 6 7; do fsck_ext2 -C 0 -p /dev/disk1s$p; done and I’m hating it.
I noticed that all filenames with Latin-1 encoded characters in their filenames got shortened: From the first non-ASCII byte onwards, everything was replaced by a questionmark. (Latin-1 characters result in invalid UTF-8 encoding.) Thus, copying the directories resulted in duplicate files on the target system. Then I produced a file list using
find and had no problems doing it. Then I tried to copy the files using
cp – and another fucking kernel panic!!!
for p in 1 2 3 5 6 7; do fsck_ext2 -C 0 -p /dev/disk1s$p; done again. Current mood: ice cold death.
Some time later…
Ok, I think I have all the data now. Luckily enough I didn’t have too many files with Latin-1 encoded names. I also noticed that browsing directories with such files in the Finder doesn’t crash the system, it just truncates the names. Thus, I was able to copy large parts of our home directories going directory by directory, and then skip or rename the truncated filenames – actually if I had several files called ver? I had to copy one, rename it on the HFS drive, then copy the other, and rename it as well. As I said, once I got the knack of it, it wasn’t too much work.
I also got into the habit of mounting the external hard disk, going to the ext2fs preferences, and make sure the partitions were all mounted read-only. That saved me from fsck-via-USB terror on the two or three occasions it still crashed.
I also had to set the jumper for one of the old disc drives to “Master” because “Cable Select” (CS) didn’t work: The drive would not mount.
Let’s see whether I remember any thing else…
Ah yes, I didn’t like the quality of the enclosure’s internal stuff (Pyrogate). The IDE plug and the power plug for the drive didn’t fit well, so it required grippers to unplug the bastards. The damn thing also got very hot, and the fan was always blowing. I can’t believe the 250G Iomega external drive I bought is so incredibly quiet. Well done! (Up until today I’ve been very happy with the Pyrogate “business drives”, however: Very small external drives that worked very well for backing up my iBook.)
ThunderBird detected 311 spams, 28 remain. Quick scan of the 311 spams shows no false positives. I find 12 spams in the remaining 28 with a quick scan.
Spam detection: (311+12)/311 = 96.3% – good!
Spam received: (311+12)/(311+28) = 95.3% – as bad as always…
ElectronicIntifada posted an interesting article, describing a terrorrist shooting people in a bus, one of the victims grabbing the gun, onlookers storming in and killing the terrorrist. The victims are buried – and then the police starts to investigate the lynching and rounds up seven suspects and puts them to trial.
The story starts to make sense when you realize that the terrorrist was an Israeli soldier killing Palestinians in a bus.
Well, I agree that people should be put on trial for the lynching. But obviously the court should decide that it was legitimate self-defense to attack the soldier, and extenuating circumstances. I don’t believe in the death penalty, and thus I cannot condone a lynch mob killing a criminal, no matter what his crime. Self-defense might not have required the killing of the soldier, for example.
The injustice is more apparent in the lack of compensation for Palestinian victims compared to the compensation of Israelian victims because a soldier cannot be a terrorrist, the lack of investigation into the negligence leading up to the killing-spree – apparently there were early warning signs that got ignored, the use of obvious fanatic racists in the army, and the double-standard when you compare it to other stories of Israeli massacres of Palestinians.
TelePolis reports that Australia will not treat prisoners made in Afghanistan as prisoners of war according to the Geneva Conventions. Just like the USA and Canada, Australia will treat these people as “enemy combatants”.
The evil is spreading.
I wonder: If they are not prisonsers of war, and not prisoners according to Austrialian common law, nor prisoners of Afghan civil law: What are they? Pieces of living flesh, at the mercy of their captors: They will be treated humanely, one hears. But clearly humane treatment is not a right that is to be defended at court. It’s a present, a reward for cooperation and the licking of boots.
Of course terrorists don’t take prisoners of war, either. But if we lower ourselves to their standard, what the fuck are we fighting for?
Not yet. Not yet. And not if we can prevent it, I hope.
Irgendwie hätte ich gerne Möbel aus Massivholz. Ich bin die Billigmöbel satt, die zur Hälfte aus Papier oder Sägemehl und zur anderen Hälfte aus Kleber bestehen, die dann entweder nur furniert sind, oder wo dann sogar das Furnier aus Kunststoff besteht. Unsere Dreizimmerwohnung hat schon ein künstliches “Parkett” aus Laminat.
Leider haben wir allerdings a. keinen Platz und b. sind diese Möbel verdammt teuer (mehrere tausend Franken pro Stück). Das habe ich ja auch schon früher geschrieben (2006-02-27).
Ich muss wirklich mal mehr daran arbeiten.
Zwei schöne Beispiele mit Massen, Bild und Preis fand ich übringens beim Handwerkskollektiv: Nussbaum mit Holzbeinen, und Nussbaum U-förmig. Beide je nach Modell und verwendetem Holz zwischen CHF 2600 und CHF 4200.
I recently bought a Mac Mini (2006-06-15 My PC got fried) for Claudia. I remember how I quit using most of Apple’s software on my iBook. Apple Works sucked for the kind of stuff I write; Emacs is a better editor than Text Edit. I deleted the Microsoft Office trial software, and most importantly, Mail sucked and without Mail, the Addressbook was useless, too (2005-02-21 Software). I moved on to ThunderBird.
But this is a new version of OS X (Tiger instead of Panther), so I decided to let Claudia try non-free software again. If they were well-integrated, why not? I am already using iTunes (although I heard good things about Amarok) and iPhoto, and I have always felt frustrated with the Thunderbird Addressbook. So let Claudia try Apple’s Mail + Addressbook for a while. I’ll report back.
I also set up iChat for her so that she can chat with me when I’m at work and she’s at home (using an AIM handle).
We’ll get NeoOffice for the Intel Macs when it’s out, however. July 1st, 2006.
Bumble bees rule!
Via MichaelOlson , a GP2X site , and a review : It has all the arcade emulators, and TV output. Ohhhh… I hate playing emulators on my desktop or laptop because I want a good pad and don’t have one.
I think I’d like getting one of these. And Michael is porting NetHack to the GP2X. I wonder whether I shall ever see the bottom of the gnomish mines again. Only reached it once and died soon after. Damn.
In einer Heise Meldung zum EU-US Gipfel (EU-US Summit, 21 June, Vienna) heisst es:
Den “Austausch geheimdienstlicher Erkenntnisse” für die gemeinsamen Bekämpfung von sogenannter Produktpiraterie und Urheberrechtsvergehen? Es wird immer besser…
Not only will the secret service help find copyright violaters, they also note that so-called theft of intellectual property entails “significant health and safety risks”. These guys are amazing.
I am impressed, too. They collect “feelings” from all the blogs out there every ten minutes  and visualize it . It works for me. I feel like I belong, and I feel disturbed by the humongous data harvesting. Look at some of the pictures. Imagine some of your own blog pictures showing up there. How did you feel at the time? Would you have imagined other people looking at the picture, your sentence, and wondering?
I absolutely love the minute details of the userinterface. The movement, the anonymous dots, the colors, movements, the relevation, the exploding the sentence, all those tiny effects truly evoke the mystery of seeing masses of people and discovering how they feel. To realize that all of them have feelings, to realize how strange and alien some are, how mundane your own feelings are… As I said, I am impressed.
Tour de Babel, by an Amazon software engineer. Read it. 😊
The site promotes a graphical mud called Wyvern. I decided to give it a try. ;)
Hm, both installer and java-only version of the game crash on a dual Monitor Windows XP machine at work.
At last! We now have software to sync our mobile phones with a computer. Claudia and I each own a Nokia 6230i. Well, she does starting today. Her phone is new, and we had to get data off the old phone onto the new one.
The Nokia 6230i phone does Bluetooth, but the iSync software on OS X 10.3 (“Panther”) was not able to sync contacts with it. Only a simple file transfer was possible. Or I was just too stupid to set it up. But it works with OS X 10.4 (“Tiger”) as we discovered yesterday.
Claudia’s addressbook is based upon a very old BBDB file we used to share many years back when both of us used Gnus to read mail. It contained about 800-900 contacts. Her old phone had contained 200-300 contacts.
The old phone is a Nokia 6610i without Bluetooth. What to do?
I copied all her contacts on the old phone to the SIM card. This copied several dozen numbers but still left many on the phone itself. Transferd SIM card and moved the contacts from the SIM onto the new phone. Ran iSync just to check. Seems to work! (Although it did take quite some time!)
Moved SIM card back to the old phone. Damn! In the first step, I had copied instead of moving! This time, I moved several dozen numbers from the phone to the SIM, transfered SIM and moved them onto the new phone. Transfer stopped after a while. I figured those were the duplicates that it would not transfer and decided to delete the contacts remaining on the SIM.
Big mistake! I discovered that the new phone’s memory was full. I had called iSync and synchronized all contacts – over a thousand by now. It seems that the phone cannot handle more than 1000 contacts. Talk about arbitrary limits. Bastards!
I had obviously deleted a few dozen contacts from the SIM that had no room on the phone. Argh! Perhaps I was lucky and those had been copied in the first run? We still don’t know whether we lost anybody important.
It turns out that iSync has an option to limit synchronization to contacts having a phone number. Very handy, because most of the old and useless contacts from our BBDB times only have Email addresses.
But now I had it figured out. Take the SIM, move contacts from the old phone to the SIM, transfer SIM, move contacts from the SIM to the new phone. Repeat. Then sync. Worked!
Claudia’s addressbook has around 1130 contacts, now.
Nice pictures of the Swiss Alps by a friend:
Nach dem Sieg der Schweiz über Südkorea: Die Schweiz kommt als Gruppenerster ins Achtelfinale…
Ich war meinem kleinen Bruder zuliebe am Bellevue und habe Portugal gegen Holland geschaut. Unzählige gelbe Karten, vier rote Karten. So harte Spiele sehe ich nicht gerne.
Interessant war, wieviele tolle Torchancen Holland hatte und nicht nutzen konnte. Schade.
Bei TelePolis ist ein interessantes Interview zu den negativen Folgen der Privatisierung uns seinen Spielarten (Private-Public-Partnerships) erschienen, sowie ein Hinweis auf mögliche Auswege: Basisarbeit, Genossenschaften, direkte Demokratie (Informationsveranstaltungen). 
Sowohl Coop als auch Migros – die beiden grössten Detailisten in der Schweiz – sind nicht Genossenschaften.  Und doch sieht man, dass beide immer mehr “profesionalisieren” und die demokratischen Mechanismen nach und nach aushebeln. Schade!
Aber im Fall der Migros kann man sich dagegen engagieren: Migros Genossenschaftler werden und für Sorgim stimmen: “Wir treten mit einer eigenen Wahlliste an die Parlamentswahlen 2008 der Migros an.”
Radomir was throwing limericks on #oddmuse. I decided to contribute as well: