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Archive for June 2011

Those funny technicians

2011-06-30 (99) by Ton Kersten, tagged as humor

I hope the work is done more serious as the reporting.

Check report

Switching to a static blog

2011-06-22 (98) by Ton Kersten, tagged as blog

I have been running WordPress for some time now, and I rather liked it. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that I had to use PHP and a lot of strange software that was almost impossible to keep up to date.

Before I started using WordPress I used NanoBlogger and I liked that because it generates static websites. And I am a big fan of that. But: NanoBlogger is very, very slow and I didn't like that, as you can imagine.

But I want my static pages back and I want to use my patched version of MarkDown and I want to create my posts with vim.

I also want to be able to change the blog system the way I want it to work and with Nanoblogger that is really out of the question. The source code of NB is (mildly said) a mess. If you change a little thing everything else breaks.

As you can see, I have a lot of wishes and no answers..... Until I ran into BlazeBlogger, which is lightning fast and generates static html. And the very nice thing is that the source code is in Perl and everyone with little knowledge of Perl can read and adapt it. And that is what I did, I changed some things to make it more the way I like it. And, as OpenSource should be, I mailed the changes to Jaromir.

So, what you see now is generated with BlazeBlogger and some extra stuff.

Comments are enabled as well, through Disqus.

Yeah, I found it

2011-06-11 (97) by Ton Kersten, tagged as news

A very long time ago, when I was still studying computer science I had a HP15C calculator. And I realy loved it. Unfortunately it was stolen and I couldn't afford to buy a new one. I ended up using a Casio FX602p. A very, very good calculator, but it's not a HP15C.

Last Friday I was discussing old times with a nerd like me and we ended up discussing calculators and what the heck, he had used the HP15C as well and hated HP for stopping to sell it, as wel as I do.

So I started digging the internet and this is what I found:

HP 15C emulator

A HP15C emulator for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows. I use this one now at a very regular basis and I really love it.

If you want to give it a try, look at Torstens site and, please, give Torsten a heads up.

FreeBSD PXE boot Part 2

2011-06-09 (96) by Ton Kersten, tagged as freebsd, puppet, pxe, sysadm

Some posts ago I wrote that I was busy to find out how a FreeBSD machine can be PXE-ed from a Linux server. Well, I found that some time ago, but I didn't have the time to type it here, yet. Well, as always, once you know how it's done, it's quite simple. But because a lot of the FreeBSD documentation is very old (talking about FreeBSD 4, 5 and 6) it takes some time to find it all.

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