A new journal theme!

Posted on Sunday, 22 October 2006 at 03:26.

Awesome! While writing this post I accidentally hit Reload, erasing what I had written so far! Grrr. Why aren’t modified web forms like modified open text files: you get a warning if you try to close it? Here we go again…

Warning: no pictures today, and mostly geeky news. You have been warned.

Woke up at around 5 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got up, refreshed, got dressed, made some tea and started working on my journal. At 9′ish I went to the mini supermarket (…), got some fresh bread and a tasty pudding roll. And now, after a full Saturday’s work, my new journal theme is up and running, making my journal blend in nicely with the rest of my website. I’m very happy with it, even though there are still a few issues:

Still, it is functional: recent posts, active post highlighted, archives, blogroll, feeds, next/previous post, comments, searching, it all works. Please let me know if you find any other problems. Also managed to set up Apache, PHP, MySQL and WordPress locally, so I can easily test my journal now. And creating a dump of the server’s database and loading it into the local one went without trouble, too.

I’m trying to get my learning agreement signed (which officially lists the courses I’m enrolled in), but Doaitse, my coordinator back home, isn’t happy yet with the courses I’m doing now. So after a talk with João, my coordinator here in Portugal, we’ve decided that I’m going to do an additional two courses: one on XML, and a custom project, to make my courses more software technology oriented. Hopefully things will be okay now.

My other courses are going okay. For Cryptography we’re just doing some basic javax.crypto stuff, and for Distributed Systems we’re rebuilding serialization, cos our teacher thinks the standard one in Java is too inefficient. So while I was trying to efficiently write a string of characters over the network, he gave me a pointer to the XDR RFC. Interesting stuff.

Upgraded to Mac OS 10.4.8 yesterday. Got two kernel panicks, but I found out I can avoid them if I close my VPN connections before closing my MacBook. Noticed that dragging images from Safari produces near-instant feedback now instead of taking longer proportionally with the image’s size. While looking for fixes I found out Macs have their own version of what Windows calls Hibernate: Safe Sleep. See this video for a demonstration. Speaking of Apple, it seems a few iPods were shipped with a Windows virus, and Apple seems to be partially blaming Microsoft. Hrm. On the other hand, Internet Explorer 7 was released last week, and within 24 hours the first security hole was found already. Hrm.

Been playing Büdi Siebert a lot, lately. Perhaps I should get more music from him. And heard on the radio this morning that the Metropole orchestra is going to play game music in Vredenburg, Utrecht. Too bad I won’t be able to be there. :-(

My private SVN repository hit revision 300 last week. Whoo.

Showed the picture of the cooks to the cook on the left; he was pleasantly surprised and offered me money for it. I don’t think so. I sent him an email with the link to the corresponding entry.

A silly bit of code I came up with in Cryptography class:

public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
	IOException x1 = new IOException();
	IOException x2 = new IOException();
	throw x1;

Finally, some more links:


By Jelmer Vernooij on Monday, 23 October 2006 at 21:40:

Hey Martijn!

Keep up the blogging, it’s interesting to read! :-)

The image galleries are fine here in firefox, btw – I’m running some beta of FF 2.0.

By Martijn on Wednesday, 25 October 2006 at 17:41:

Good to hear. =) I added you and Olivier to my blogroll.

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