often you'll see me inconsistently switching between capitalising words and all-lowercase. although i'm a perfectionist about too many other things, i'm often too lazy to bother about this particular nicety. whenever you see me using proper capitalisation, it means that i thought of that topic as being important (or wanted to make a good impression).

[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:19 | filed in about/site | ]

I hate Spam. If you think about selling me something, forget it! I'll remember you and will never ever buy from you.

If you need to contact me, send me an email. My address consists of the local component az+no+fscking+spam and the domain-part should be snafu.priv.at. No idea what I'm talking about? Read the relevant standards document, then.

If possible use GnuPG and encrypt+sign your message; see my crypto comms page for details.

What only stupid spammers do is to try this mail link.

[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:08 | filed in about/me | ]

Well, maybe: a test of whether a blog-like web environment is acceptable for me to work with. I'm not certain of that yet, but here goes.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Wed 14.01.2004 23:45 | filed in about/site | ]

A kilo of blade steak: $4.80.
250g of Camembert cheese: $6++


[ published on Wed 14.01.2004 23:29 | filed in interests/au | ]

A fully mechanical high-precision pocket calculator, designed in the late 1930s.

[ published on Tue 13.01.2004 00:10 | filed in brainfarts | ]

This is how a genuine metallica bootleg sounds. Amazing. (kilroy^Wköhntopp was here...) I positively hate the recent Sue-O-Mania regarding copyright issues.

[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 23:59 | filed in mystuff | ]

sure; I /am/ a geek but nevertheless I do find the time to think of a couple of other things in my CFT:

  • There's my daughter Cornelia, whenever she happens to be near me,
  • Paragliding whenever the weather permits,
  • Motorcycling has lost a bit of attraction, I'm afraid.
  • And Living in Australia is quite interesting, too.
[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 01:10 | filed in interests | ]

stuff like this of course did not happen.

[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 01:09 | filed in interests/anti | ]

...but I like my privacy very much and am concerned about security, privacy and free speech issues. And I am not paranoid, noooo <shaking head vigorously>...
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 00:55 | filed in interests/crypto | ]

(The picture above shows Phil Hystek, my instructor and mentor.)

After years and years of longing I've finally found the time to do a paragliding course in the beginning of 2002. It took me about four weeks (one full week and some weekends) to achieve the first licence for it. Since then I've spent most of the flyable weekends (which means almost all) on the hills around here, either flying, parawaiting or lugging the pack up the hills again.

Currently I'm also running the net presence of the local club, the Canungra Hang Gliding Club (which despite its name also caters to paraglider pilots).

So far I'm still alive and I'm really enjoying this challenging sport.

[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 00:25 | filed in interests/flying | ]

In the beginning of 2001 the opportunity to move to Australia presented itself - and got taken, as I had been longing to at least visit this continent once for ages. The opportunity involved a job offer and nice benefits for the move itself.

Without too much fuss I god rid of some of my stuff (motorbike, flat etc.) and on August 10 2001 I reached downunder - for the first time: I hadn't been to Australia before, so it was a bit like navigating uncharted waters.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Mon 12.01.2004 00:24 | filed in interests/au | ]

Fortunately (for us BOFHs) many of the dumbest people on earth auto-darwinate themselves, and the methods and results are hilarious.

I won't talk about Dilbert and userfriendly, they are must-sees anyway..

This is a very good compilation of computer jokes.

There's the list of toaster makers^W^Wcomputer companies and the famous methods of how to shoot yourself in the foot, but see also other Unix methods.

Internet...On A Stick is cool! Attrition has a nice picture gallery.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 23:33 | filed in interests/humour | ]

...and so is some stuff you may find at the locations below. therefore,

do proceed with caution, make sure that nothing edible or drinkable is in your vicinity and enjoy life (and death) as weird and rich as they come.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 23:29 | filed in mystuff | ]

I've given a talk about Debian at SAGE-AU's annual conference in 2003. The paper and presentation slides are avaliable here. It was very well received, and I'll give some follow-up presentations at this year's Tasmanian Summer IT Conference as well as the SAGE-VIC IT Symposion

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 23:21 | filed in interests/debian | ]

Debian is my favourite open source project. The structure of stuff in Debian very much pleases my sense of perfectionism. Plus, Debian is perfect for server machines.

I'm supporting the project by packaging and maintaining various stuff, most notably kuvert my mail privacy tool.

This list shows the packages I'm currently maintaining and a bit of technical status for each of them.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 23:17 | filed in interests/debian | ]

...that fights back.

The languages of my choice are

  • C
  • perl
  • and lisp -- despite the saying:

    LISP: To call a spade a thpade.

No real hacker should ever miss the Obfuscated C Contest nor its Perl Counterpart, these are truly awful. Wish I could write gems like those.

Participating or stealing^Wborrowing code from the entries is worth its time for sure, because you'd improve your job security vastly by emanating that weird code :-)

I'm firmly in favour of open source software, whatever exactly you may call it. The dark side would like to condition everybody with propaganda like this, but it is not going to work:

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 23:13 | filed in interests/comp | ]

As we all know UNIX is very good for nice, common tasks like shooting yourself in your foot.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 22:57 | filed in interests/comp | ]

Of course (#insert <asbestos.h>) emacs is my editor.

Tom Christiansen said:

Emacs is a nice operating system, but I prefer UNIX.

Nevertheless emacs is not my login shell.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 22:47 | filed in interests/comp | ]

Are you familiar with the following?

R$1<@$2>$3    $#error $@ USAGE $: "aaaaaaaaaaah"

Well, I am. Yes, very familiar. And I still like sendmail. Enough said.

There's a faint possibility that you might want to see what anti-spam hacks I've added to version 8.8.8+. Yes, I know that this is almost paleolithic in comparision to today's versions. Still it was a nice setup then. The new stuff is good for all of us, but there goes my effort :-).

Recently I've played with milter, the sendmail on-the-fly filter system - and I still like the beast (must be congenital, then).

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 22:38 | filed in interests/comp | ]

As a discerning BOFH, you should never be without your O'Re*lly...ahem, though.
Don't miss the other series of O'Really designs.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 22:34 | filed in interests/humour | ]

"Everything we have is yours."

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 21:50 | filed in mystuff | ]

Please help yourself to anything in there. Or not, as things may be. You don't trust me?! Good. That concludes the lesson.

[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 21:28 | filed in mystuff | ]

russ's rant about job postings flooding is still applicable, years later. not a good sign for humanity if you ask me.


[ published on Sun 11.01.2004 21:11 | filed in interests/usenet | ]

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