Pascal's TechBlog

Monday, March 27, 2006


For a while now I've been involved with a local LUUG in my school, which is called HSZLUUG. During the past month we had a logo design competition, and because a lack of competition I won by default.

Behold the new official HSZLUUG logo:

Sunday, March 19, 2006

AMiLDA Logo Design Competition

A couple of weeks ago I found this really cool project which aims to replace the ADMtek 5120 routers firmware, it's called AMiLDA.

Recently they started a logo design competition, I though I'd give it a try:

More information can be found here.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

"Copy Controlled" Music

I've recently purchased Moby.Hotel and noticed it was "Copy Controlled", when I popped in the CD, it asked to install software. After the Sony rootkit debacle, nobody in his right mind will ever even consider installing software bundled to copy protect the CDs contents. So obviously, I didn't.

Frankly I can't see why record companies would want to copy protect their content, and here is why:
  • Most people who buy music, do not buy music to make illegal copies, most people who still buy music, do it because it's the right thing to do.
  • Copy protection will severely impair their righteous customers listening experience. (For example: I don't own a 'real' CD player, and I can't play it on my computer without installing Mute Records untrusted software).
  • Folks who illegally acquire music from p2p networks, remain unimpaired, and can redistribute it to their hearts desire!
  • The mere notion that any copy protection scheme could protect music against 'professional' pirates (who generally populate the p2p networks) is extremely naive at best.
I'm considering returning Moby.Hotel and will probably never purchase another "Copy Controlled" CD from Mute (or any other record company) again.

I hope this will be properly resolved in the future, so I can keep on enjoying Moby's music!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

City counsil elections

We had the city counsil elections yesterday, after checking the results for Sittard, I noticed that the left-wing parties seems to have significantly grown, which is a Good Thing(tm). Especially PvdA and GroenLinks seems to have had a growing spirt with respectively +8,7% and +3,3%.

It seems Sittard is in for a four year rule under a mostly left-wing city counsil... Good times ahead...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Dell PowerEdge 2500

Recently a friend of mine purchased a Dell PowerEdge 2500, which to his suprise worked just perfectly with Ubuntu, even Dell's PERC RAID worked fine:

Red Hat/Adaptec aacraid driver (1.1.2-lk2 Oct 10 2005)
AAC0: kernel 2.5-0[2991]
AAC0: monitor 2.5-0[2991]
AAC0: bios 2.5-0[2991]
AAC0: serial 212010d2
scsi1 : percraid
Vendor: DELL Model: primary Rev: V1.0
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Vendor: DELL Model: files Rev: V1.0
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02

Sweet stuff!

After posting some mildly embarrassing pictures of Floortje (of Idols fame), it seems a fanatic (albeit nerdy) Floortje fan has defaced Patrick Kicken's homepage:

There is a lesson to be learnt here: Apply security updates swiftly, when available!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Mordheim rules!

Surprisingly Games Workshop has released the Mordheim: City of the Damned rules for free!

Mordheim Rules
Mordheim Warbands
Mordheim Campaign Rules