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Look what I got yesterday for birthday...

...a Manfrotto 055 B tripod with a 804 RC2 head and a book with photographs by Monty Sloan from my parents and a couple of gymnastic stretch tapes from my sister.

A Night At The Opera

My parents, my sister and I went to the opera house of Osnabrück yesterday and watched Giaccomo Puccini's opera Turandot. It was an highly entertaining performance with excellent singers and orchestra. Especially Ricardo Tamura (Calaf) and Iordanka Derilova (Turandot), who are not only very expressive singers and convincing actors, they can also sing at a volume that brings down the walls of the theatre, while still maintaining perfect modulation... Truely amazing. The choir was almost equally impressive. It used to be only average in the past, but this time I was listening mouth agape. There is only one word to describe their performance: perfect. Of course, everyone else was also very good, a great team on stage.

Frohe Weihnachten / Merry Christmas!

Ich wünsche allen ein frohes Weihnachtsfest, und denen die ich bis Neujahr nicht sehe, schon einmal ein schönes neues Jahr! is back

The machine running crashed twice within the last two months, so I decided to do some maintenance work. At the data center which is housing the system I discovered that my suspicions were right: Indeed, the CPU fan didn't move, and the power supply fans were stuck as well. Hence, I decided to take the machine home and fix it. First problem: I could not get the heat sink from the CPU (which I had to remove to get the fan off the heat sink),instead the CPU came out of its socket. Luckily, a colleague showed me how to get it off: take the blade of a box cutter, place it on the gap between the heat spreader and the heat sink and hit the blade carefully with a hammer. (Naturally, this will only work with chips that have a metal heat spreader plate. Try at your own risk.)

What a weekend!

Last weekend I've been to tanidareal's excellent birthday party. It felt like a whole week of vacation. Many thanks to Tani for the invitation! And of course, I'd also like to thank kralle_lion for crash space and breakfast as well as Eisfuchs and FinFarenath for keeping me awake on the trip back. I hope I didn't bore you folks too much with my constant drivel... ;-)

OMG! It's... The Dog Police!

Via Andreas of Spreeblick:

Permafrost in hell?

Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support


Herbstcon was a blast! After arriving in a rather pissed-off mood (my navigation system losing orientation in Aschaffenburg was one of the more entertaining experiences) I got into party spirit quite quickly. This furmeet sure has the right amount and mix of people. Not only that, the food was excellent, thanks to kralle_lion, nachtfuchs, Jaryic, tanidareal, AmurUssuri and the rest of the breakfast crew -- and Vicious Vampire. Somehow my trousers didn't fit anymore on Sunday...