Google Maps has Germany

Apparently, Google Maps has German Maps now:
The place where I live and where my University is.
Pictures seem to be kind of old, though. The big white spot a little bit left of the middle on top of the picture seems to be the base of our house, which would make it around spring 2003.

Other interesting places include:
The place where I grew up
The Kardinal-Frings Grammar School
Bonn University
The place I stayed at in London
Tartu College, Toronto
York University, Toronto


root@OpenWrt:~# uptime
10:57:32 up 35 days, 1:54, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.00

My ASUS WL-500g running an OpenWRT snapshot from some time ago is quite stable and works very well. Compared to my former Draytek router it comes with the following features:

  • Availability: it does not reboot under high load, thus I have a quite available internet connection
  • Security: I have the full power of IPTables to secure my network
  • IPv6: It takes care of my IPv6 tunnel for my whole network which is a great feature
  • etc. etc.

So, as you can see, investing 80 € into a new router was a really good idea.

“Your Linux is broken”

A friend of mine fixed my TeX setup yesterday (thanks), in order to get rid of prancing letters in the PDF version of my Bachelor’s Thesis. There was a point when he told me that my Linux is broken, when I had a look onto the screen in order to find out what he was talking about, I saw the following:

marcus@mobilHal:~: vi
-bash: vi: command not found
marcus@mobilHal:~: vim
-bash: vim: command not found

Still laughing about that 🙂


Well, I’ve been looking for something to create the graphics for my bachelor thesis, which are mostly some diagrams showing syntax trees. I’ve used Kivio 1.3 for the initial version, but unfortunately it had the bug that it lost some of the connectors from time to time.
Today I upgraded to Kivio 1.4 beta (I’m still hoping that KOffice 1.4 will be released before I release my thesis) which unfortunately had the problem that it couldn’t load some of the files. I reported the bug and it was fixed only 2 hours after I reported it … so here’s to you, KOffice guys.

In other news everything is working out somehow, I think that I might be able to finish the draft version of my bachelor this week, all exams that I’m still having to do are scheduled for July, so this works out as well and I might be finished with all this stuff by end of July. Sounds reasonable to me. But maybe Google is going to destroy the free August project, which wouldn’t be that bad because it involves 4500 $. And I’m going to the first European O’Reilly Open Source Conference (EURO OSCON) in October …. as a speaker.


Dear Marcus,

Congratulations! You have been accepted as a presenter for
the O'Reilly European Open Source Convention 2005 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 17, 2005 - October 20, 2005.

The following has been accepted as a 45 minute session for the event:

"FIFFS - FIFFS Intelligent Feed Filter System"

Wieder zu hause

So, bin wieder zu hause (warum haben Germanwings Flüge von oder nach Wien immer Verspätung?) … hier noch ein paar Bilder:

me talking
Ich bei meinem Vortrag

Leo Tötsch, Autrijus Tang
Ich mit Leo Tötsch (Parrot Pumpkin) und Autrijus Tang (Pungs Meister) beim Mittagessen

Group picture
Die Teilnehmer der Austrian Perl Workshop 2005