September 2009 Archives

2009-09-26 00:54:29

Ubuntus Frequently Unanswered Questions

In a FAQ (Frequently Answered Questions), people usually expect answers to the questions they might ask. Ubuntu is taking things to a new level there and simply repeats the question, adding a new one in the end:

Question: Ubuntu One Client FAQ #588: "My Account says that I have had an account for x months. What does this mean?"

Answer: The My Account page says that I have had an account for x months. This is confusing. What does it mean? Does this represent the age of my subscription?


Thanks for clarifying, Matt Griffin!

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: free_software

2009-09-20 14:34:21

Tauss is not alone - waiver of immunity of Roberto Fiore

Waiving parliamentary immunity appears to be a rather common case these days. Currently, the European Parliament is debating IMM/2009/2056 – Request for the waiver of parliamentary immunity of Roberto Fiore.

Usually, this type of activity is pretty rare. But in these days where everyone is talking about the democracy being under attack by terrorists and ministers of interior, such signs should be considered as a clear indication that something else is going wrong.

It should also be noted that I do believe more in the guilt of Fiore than I do in the guilt of Tauss, whose immunity has also been waived by the German Bundesrat. Tauss is being accused of possession of child pornographic material. However, this coincided strangely with his refusal to vote in favor of the party line. Also, incidentally, one of Tauss' working areas was the investigation of child pornography, so fabricating proof would be an easy task.

With these cases at hand we should all ask ourselves the question: what is really wrong in today's politics?

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: germany, politics

2009-09-19 12:48:27

Political flashmobbing made in Germany

The very positive reactions to Merkels election campaign event in Hamburg were rather disturbing than anything else. At first it seemed funny that the crowd screamed out loudly ”Yeah!“ after the first sentence of Dr. Merkel (stating that the Berlin wall had been crushed 20 years earlier), but the schema continued: every sentence of Dr. Merkel was followed up with a ”Yeah“ by the crowd.

I can only recommend this type of flashmobbing in political campaigns. If it happens at more of Dr. Merkels lectures, people will notice.

In the end, it was all predicted by a visionary with an edding on an election ad:

Und alle so ”Yeaahh“

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link | File under: germany, politics

2009-09-18 01:18:55

Roughly 400 new photos

I recently uploaded about 400 new photos to the photo gallery, such as new photos for the «Somehow wrong» section, the new «Hardware» category and photos of Lausanne, Bern, Neuchâtel or the Kleine Scheidegg.

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link

2009-09-18 01:06:40

Blog migrated to nanoblogger

Since the new version of bash removed a number of vendor extensions which were used heavily by Bash Blogger, I wrote a tiny script to help me migrate all of the contents of the old blog to Nanoblogger.

(This is just another example of why it's always a bad idea to rely on vendor extensions: the vendor himself might decide to stop providing them.)

The script used for this purpose will be published soon.

Posted by Tonnerre Lombard | Permanent link