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2008.09.02 | 01:36

Yes, I haven’t written a damn thing in a million years now.  As usual.  Anyway, let’s see what’s been up.

I’ve been working at UHU Systems for quite a while now, coding in Perl (mainly plain scripts, some Gtk2 stuff and some web stuff),  Also packaged a few programs, some needed, some just for my own pleasure.  It’s mostly fun, we get along well, and that’s really all that matters.  Decent pay is decent, too.

Renovation of the house still hasn’t begun, whoever was to be doing it found himself in financial trouble, because one of his other projects (a huge one) refused to pay him.  Here’s for hoping that some other guy can pick it up.

Had a mostly awesome summer.  Only one week of vacation, but that went really really well.  Got some well-needed colour on my skin too, saw a really nice night sky (because the bunch of us were in the middle of nowhere), and so on.

School starts in a week, hopefully for the last time.

I’m sneezing like no tomorrow, the entire world can go fuck itself, I hate my allergies.

And as a conclusion of the summer, I had the shittiest weekend in a long while, so the entire world can go fuck itself once again.  I so should have remembered to call my ex-classmate and head with him to the Balaton.  Why do I only now remember that?

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Cleaning

2008.07.06 | 22:15
Feelings in a word: accomplishedaccomplished

Today I finally got around to tidying up and cleaning my room — not that there was much disorder in it to begin with, but dust and unused junk needed to go.

So, last night (interesting time for that, yes), I cleaned my drawers, the action resulting in quite a lot of things thrown out. And today, after getting up, it was time for some more serious business: taking books and stuff from the shelves, cleaning said shelves, putting said stuff back up, hoovering, taking my computer apart and dragging all that stuff over to another room… and taking some Vanish® to the carpet and attack it with a big brush.

Who needs fitness centres? — housework does you good :P

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Hungary

2008.07.04 | 11:16

I'm writing this from my moble, so forgive me the lack of formatting and proper html.

yesterday as i was walking home from the bus stop, i noticed that there had been some changes to the park, such as the grass (weeds) finally getting cut and the trees todied. i was quite shocked, it's an unfortunately rare event.

to add to that, several of the green patches became once again marked as dogs not allowed -- such posts had last been in place in the eighties. those o you who don't live here must know that this is an area full of 3 and 10 stories tall buildings, particularly unfit for pet keeping, et it's not at all uncommon for people to keep more than one dog. i often see three people walk five to seven dogs and talk and not pull them out of the way. it is also known that in this city of less than two million people there are approximately 450000 registered dogs...

anyway. cue forrward to today. the signs from the poles are gone. this is hungary.

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Updates

2008.06.12 | 02:28

I haven’t used ljKlient in a million years :(  And I haven’t updated my LiveJournal in about as long, either.  Both of these are rather sad, but that’s life.  I’ll get back into it eventually, hopefully.

So my last entry was about me getting a new monitor.  I have to tell you, the thing’s been in my possession for a little over two months and I’m very glad I bought it.  Thank you LG, decent TFT screen is decent.

I’ve been busy with school.  Doing the specialisation stuff, mostly, and some extra classes I need to do.  We have to make a few credits (heck, altogether an entire semester’s worth — 31 credits) of extra, “common knowledge” classes, of which there are two kinds, and I was missing six credits of one type.  So I did two classes this semester, both two credits worth.  One was called something like “The Issues of Internet Media” or something like that — basically it was a fairly interactive and interesting class where a guy was talking about the new media (It’s the way to go, kill the radio!), virtual communities, Creative Commons, and the likes.  And we talked back when asked.  And stuff.  He’s a cool dude, but for some reason I always felt kinda shy, dunno.

The other extra was — grab your seats! — “English communication skills 1.”.  Alright, I don’t think it counts as boasting if I say that my communication skills in English don’t really need practice.  If anything, having an American teacher and being surrounded by many Hungarians just sent my pronunciation to hell.  Still, since it’s an easy class, I thought I’d try it and rake in some easy credits.  Since I still have to do at least one — have yet to count my classes and such, will do that as soon as possible —, I’m going to take the second one next semester.

The specialisation classes went okayish.  The lab was often like pissing blood (here you go, a Hungarianism).  One of the teachers was kinda like a kindergarten teacher… talks a lot, knows everything (or at least believes so), and you’re never right.  And we were told a few times how said teacher dislikes Linux, yet all those labs were done in linux (network security related stuff).  The other three teachers were fine.  In the end, got a five on this whole anyway.

The two “proper classes” weren’t as good as those from last semester.  This is probably the reason why I only managed to get a 2 on one of them — I could try to fix that grade on the 23rd, but… I don’t think I’m capable of concentrating on anything anymore.  I could probably pull a 3 out of it if I really try.  Not my kind of topic, though.  Got a 5 in the other one.

Research went okay.  We kept being ridiculously senile — it’s now a running gag that once we pass through the door, everything will be forgotten.  Next semester I’m definitely recording our talks.  Good going, I only came up with this idea on the before-last meet for this semester.  The whole thing is progressing quite well — I took the server side of the things in my hand (that way I can avoid Windows and especially development on Windows (which wouldn’t be so bad, but I have not the slightest idea how to properly do it)), and I need to catch up and get some basic things running.  This means things like shoveling together some CGI script to serve requests to the devices, and looking into the Google Maps API — the latter of which is going to be a total pain in the butt.  Google’s help pages are anything but helpful.

Work’s been going well, I have made a metric ton of Perl scripts, we’ve migrated from file-oriented design to a database-oriented one, now that we know what we’re doing, and I’m currently breaking apart (in the good sense) some of the web-based tools I made.  Will have to factor out the common parts in the other scripts and modularise things… and throw the deprecated shit out in the rubbish.

The other day I made a CSS syntax highlighter for midnight commander.  Gonna publicise it eventually, stay tuned.  Personal projects are totally on hold though… I never have enough energy when I get home, to mess with them.  Wish ljKlient 0.3 would finally start taking shape…

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Autoplay

2008.04.20 | 14:51

Recently, there have been a bunch of posts on my friend list that automatically started playing and more importantly, MAKING NOISE.

Fuck you all, I have now turned on the placeholders. Which of course will make me miss out on Youtube embeds.

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Monitor

2008.04.01 | 22:00
Feelings in a word: bouncybouncy

Hell yeah :3  I mean, I bought a new one finally.  It’s an LG L206 WTQ, a 20″ wide LCD screen, capable of 1680×1050 and equipped with DVI.  It’s quite nice so far :3

My old monitor was slowly dying — when I turned it on (or rather, some minutes later) it would get blurry (and I mean really really defocused!) and then eventually sharp again… and then somewhat blurry after a while.  In any case, it was getting really uncomfortable to look at, so I gave in and blew a significant chunk of my savings on this thing here.

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Mobile

2008.03.29 | 11:29

Dear LiveJournal,

your user interface looks hideous on a PocketPC.



On a wholly different note: what is the condition of hating Scientology called?

Xenuphobia.


Okay, that was below par.

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Spam

2008.03.27 | 01:28

At 00:36 CET today, a spam network decided it would use my e-mail address (ralesk § muszaki … info) as a fake from addess and SMTP failure notifications have started flooding in at a rate of around 20–25 a minute.

Fuck you, spammers.

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Referendum

2008.03.10 | 07:00

Landslide doesn’t even begin to describe it.  But that’s not the reason I’m mentioning it.

The voting information website www.valasztas.hu came out with a really decent (albeit not particularly accessible — it’s Flash) map for the results and the site in general works in every single browser.  Even in Konqueror.  That’s how the web should be.

PS: I bought a new mouse, finally.  The bastard has a wheel that emits bright blue light — purple if the red tracking light on the bottom activates.  Other than that, it’s working fine so far, unlike my previous one :P

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Quickies

2008.02.16 | 02:39

College started like all heck.  Both of the compulsory classes are ridiculously boring so far, but on the other hand, I’ve been enjoying the two extra classes I’m taking.

AIM and ICQ don’t let me connect tonight; I can ping the server, and it also doesn’t depend on my DNS settings (ISP vs. OpenDNS) or the client being used (Kopete, Pidgin, Miranda IM) — other people report that they can connect just fine, even with Pidgin.

Amikor frissítettem a Windows XP-met, láttam egy ilyet: „Microsoft .NET-keretrendszer”.  Na most lehet, hogy én nem értek ehhez, de ha kötőjellel írjuk, akkor valami olyasmit jelent, hogy „a .NET keretrendszere” vagy „keretrendszer a .NET-hez” – márpedig a .NET maga a keretrendszer (ebben az értelemben pedig szerintem nem kötőjeles).

I recently developed a liking for System of a Down.  Those who know me for a long time may get quite surprised by that.  A coworker listens to them quite a lot, and this made me realise just how good they are (when they aren’t just screaming their lungs out) — not to mention, I really like the message in their songs.  On another note, Serj Tankian looks a lot better now than in SOAD, imho — the long hair just totally doesn’t fit him.

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