November 10th, 2007
So it would seem that Georg‘s freedom fighter‘s stories gained much more attention than expected. Let me tell you what happened to me recently. As some of you know, I’ve had some problems with my laptop and was in a store in Stockholm to check out potential replacements. I was just reaching out to check out a new Lenovo Thinkpad when the cutest voice in the world caught my attention.
Turning around, one of the store employees, with, I should add, an equally sweet face to go with the voice, was facing me. "Good evening," she said, and asked if I would be kind enough to agree to help out with their loyal clients inquiry by answering a few questions.
I think my answer went something along the lines of "Mhmggrh?!?" which she interpreted as a positive reply and started to fire off her questions. Getting into this, I was in the process of explaining to her about Free Software, how I felt about it, and how Free Software can very much be a way of life for us "freedom fighters" out there, when she suddenly asked me
what I wanted for christmas.
Still on the Free Software trail, I knew instinctively what to reply: "A freedom fighter! Designed for me!"
She thanked me for taking the time, smiled and twisted her head a bit to the right as she turned away and went in search of another customer. This quickly escaped my mind and I didn’t think of it until yesterday when I got home. As I was just going to bed, the doorbell (which is more like a fire alarm), quickly brought me back to the land of the living, and when I opened the door, this is what I got.
"Need a freedom fighter?" she asked.
After a short fight, she’s now locked securely in the basement. Quite furious, I should add, so I’m guessing she doesn’t like how I cook. And, she’s got a whip! I’m at a loss here. Anyone, ideas on what to do with this creature?
June 30th, 2007
On the 6th of july 2005, the European Commission rejected the software patents directive after years of hard work from the community. This friday, we will be celebrating two years of a Free Europe, and I would encourage everyone to please check out the Free July 6, 2005, Europa, web pages, and participate in the celebrations!
I can personally not be physically present for any celebrations, but I will definitely be participating in spirit!
October 27th, 2005
I have to take offense against the nerdtest that Georg and Karsten linked to. It must clearly be wrong! How else could I have scored a bindboggling 99% on it? (being completely truthful, for instance saying that I sleep at night — which I actually do!). On the other hand, 99% does have a nice symetry to it since 9+9 = 18, 9*9 = 81, and 1 + 8 = 9.
March 18th, 2005
Calendars are difficult, very difficult. For ten years or more, I’ve been struggling with finding the perfect calendar and have probably seen them all by this time. My ideal calendar is very similar to a desk calendar. But there are no slots in my laptop where I can insert a desk calendar.
Despite this lack of foresight by IBM (the manufacturer of my laptop), the desk calendar has been my most precious tool so far, even if it has meant that I could only plan my time while at the office.
But it’s time again to make the switch from a paper-based to computer-based calendar, a switch I have made many times before. Emacs calendar apparently didn’t work for me last time, though I really like the simplicity of it all. But maybe simplicity is overrated? Let’s see where Mozilla Calendar leads me!
Let’s start with the good things: I almost always have Mozilla running, so it starts quickly; it can export my calendar with WebDAV; it is reasonably easy to add and change events.
And then the bad things: It’s too complicated to add TODO-items; the presentation leaves a lot to be desired; the WebDAV publication doesn’t seem too stable at times.
All in all, however, I’m somewhat positively surprised by it. Except for the TODO lists, it might meet all my expectations. Let’s see if it survives a weeks use, or if I return to my paper based calendar where it only takes a few seconds with a pencil or eraser to get rid of an event.