September 29, 2007

Studying began...

Studying started yesterday and I have to admit that some things are not as I expected them. For example, I thought our group to be of much younger age in average but instead our range spans from 19 to around 45 years. And many of them are fresh to IT.

Not that I think that this is bad. To the contrary, I think that this mixture of different experiences and backgrounds surely can help us with networking the new knowledge to existing areas.

Currently I'm setting up the eLearning environment and network accesses and begin to find into studying-mood and processes...

September 27, 2007

One year

One year ago, he left us. This post is dedicated to a man who left traces in our minds which will never be covered.

September 21, 2007

Support the cliché

Without further words on americans or blondes...

Long night...

Still up. This time because this night I've got a nightshift at the company. Walking through the empty hallways. Nobody here. Silence and darkness. Almost. Monitors are spending some light. Some screensavers running, red halo from the company's background. Fans whirring. Some small LEDs shining through computer cases. Optical mouses blinking. Someone forgot to lock the workstation.

Sitting here for hours now, bored. Just waiting for a job to finish and make sure everything ran ok. Watching videos and clips, browsing the web, playing games. Does not really work to distract.

I'd like to call her, hear the voice, listen to the breathing. It's still there, refuses to go away, to calm down...

September 19, 2007

Wii games pickup list update

Just a small update to my Wii games pickup list:

Just to write down a quick list of games I'd really like to acquire so that I don't forget it until they are available.

  • Already picked up

    • Mortal Kombat Armageddon
    • Super Paper Mario
    • Zelda - Ocarina of Time (VC, incl. Classic Controller)
  • High Possibility

    • Metroid Prime Corruption
    • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Low Possibility

    • Godfather: Blackhand Edition
  • No Possibility

    • The Rest (until a review or tryout changes my mind ;) )

September 7, 2007

Motivation issues

The longer I think what I've been doing in the last weeks the more I realize, that I'm currently lacking motivation to do anything.

Yes, I've been gathering quite some overtime hours, but the additional work only covers the issue that I have problems with getting out of bed as early as I did in my past. Currently my daily works starts at around 8.30am while before it was possible that I've been productive already before 7am. Maybe this is a sideeffect of my sleeping-issues which have eased a bit but are still present nevertheless. What it also means, that I'm working until late in the evening now and arrive home when most of the others are already in bed.

And I do not have the motivation to do anything productive at home...

Of course, I still have my personal list of things to accomplish, what to repair, how to extend something at home, what to do to finish more rooms in the house. What's missing, is the spark which makes me take one of the points on the list and start working on it, be it repairing the silicone-isulation in the kitchen or organizing a tiler who helps me finishing the toilet and bathroom. It could also be as little as to tidy up some rooms which still have to be cleaned after a lot of room became free.

But no, mostly I just do something to not recognize the time going by. Nothing of these things have sustaining value. Everything feels empty.

I want to change that, but just wanting it is not enough...

September 5, 2007

Happy Anniversary, Voyager probes

Today the two Voyager probes celebrate their 30th year in space. Altough, 15.5 billion km (Voyager 1) and 12.5 billion km (Voyager 2) from home there won't be many participants if they started a party there.

For a quick imagination: Light which emits from the sun needs about 8 minutes to reach Earth. When Voyager 1 sends its data to Sector 001, the signal has a journey of more than 14 hours until it can be received by human devices.

For more info on this event and interesting details see the Voyager Homepage and the BBC Science News Article.

September 1, 2007

Wikipedia offline edition... reloaded

My past effords to create a Wikipedia on DVD have stayed as a thought in my head all the time altough all my effords to create a recent edition have failed.

But now I stumbled over a link which presents an approach different to my previous tries to create all articles as separate files. Instead it sets up an unbelievable tiny webserver locally and accesses the article data directly in the .bz-ipped archives of the worlds largest encyclopedia. And in compressed form, it fits nicely on a DVD, even a recent dump. Maybe I'm trying this one out soon. Drawback: no images on the dump, just textual content.

See the Wikipedia offline reader (via) for details.