Archive for June, 2008

Interesting Times

June 30th, 2008

Setting up a new machine is something of a mix between a chore and a challenge.  Especially if you happen to be jumping manufacturer and OS as well. This time I have acquired an MacBook Pro (Its shiney) Throw in a country change and stuff can go odd; like the Internet defaulting to foreign. And I am (will be) migrating domains too, well nev is doing the migrating. I am just complaining that nothing is working. I should be keeping better notes on what I am doing. You never know, someone might be interested or stuck doing something similar. Its a big wide Internet after all.

So in no particular order, I am no stranger to various mac OSes, even if its been a long time since I did a lot of work on a mac (in my co-op days; well before Intel based macs). And these days OS X has a lot of common with unix, which is fine by me. So far various incarnations of OpenOffice, TeX and firefox seem to work well. Instant Messaging has been less successful and I shall probably end up using pidgin and skype as my main ones. My skype a/c is new so drop me an email if you want to swap contact details. I have also installed a bunch of widgets and more for the mac based around macports which is a shortcut to compiling your own X11 and unix programs; like ns2 or dia. macports is quite good but depends on volunteers to keep stuff up to date, so some things (ns2 again) can be quite broken.

I’m migrating domains to michael-barry.ie, which you should probably know about if you are reading this. When its more-or-less presentable I shall turn it on and close down the other blogs and the ul.ie page. At the same time I am migrating email addresses etc around the michael-barry.ie domain, even if I am accessing them through gmail. This type of thing will (should) be transparent to the average blog visitor and commenter, but should (will) allow me to separate life and work and whatnot away from a catch all ul.ie address. Next I need a flicker a/c for photos etc. Until I do get a flicker a/c the blog wll probably be more verbal and literate than before. But once the option of throwing a blog post togther with merely a picture and a few supporting words comes around I’l use that too.

So far so good. Otherwise I am busy(ish) getting my bearings in Munich and meeting new people and the usual. My diet (food plan) hasn’t been great this weekend, I blame the stress of moving. And the drinking. Last night at the Germany-Spain match  I had Bierbratl, which is essentially roadkill in gravy served with what seemed to be suet dumplings and accompanied by sauerkraut. At least there was plenty of beer to wash it down. And the walk home after the match couldn’t have hurt. And we got home BEFORE the thunder and lightning, which is always good. It would have been difficult to get home after the bad weather unless we had been willing to stay out all night. Sleeping in hot, humid, thundery weather isn’t great!

Wandered along to the German school and they were a wee bit odd. They hadn’t expected to see me and said so. But I hadn’t heard from them in six week and better safe than sorry. Everything is fine for starting on Wednesday. They did give me a booklist so I ordered those and have to pick them up at 9:30 tomorrow. An early start, and one that should get me into the city centre before the weather becomes unbearable and I have to hide from the evil sun in a coffee shop until 4pm. There are some Englisgh language bookstores in Munich so I may go searching for them. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy too many more English books than the ones I brough t with me (all on the Sony book reader). So I am going to limit myself to the books I would have bought if I was at home. That should only be 10 or so :-)

I have a few more small projects on the go to keep me busy in my spare time. I’ll blog them if they go anywhere.

Instant Training

June 19th, 2008

Its been quite a while since I have had a cup of instant coffee. We don’t keep any in the flat and its easy enough to avoid elsewhere.
As well, I have, more or less, trained myself to take coffee without sugar or milk in the last while. I am not at the stage where I can taste subtle differences between coffees yet, but neither is black coffe just a horriblly bitter got beverage any more either.
So I can tell the difference, or at least tell there is a difference, between coffee from javas cafe, or the shop, the common room and so on. Upping my coffee intake towards 4 or 5 cups a day has probably helped.
And so my first cup of instant for ages, train coffee… (insert ominous music) instant coffee is horrible when taken black. At least the stuff they sell on Irish Rail is anyway. Its weak and witery and cold. And suprisingly bitter, .almost in a “what do you expect its only instant” kind of way. Its enough to put one of instant for good. Or at least between trains!
This is also a training post in that its my first post here, .as a sort of test of the system before I formally move over. Its also my first time posting from a mobile phone, although Opera Mini is a good enough browser that the only real difference is the keyboard. And its my first post from a train.

Hello world!

June 11th, 2008

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Hello world!

June 11th, 2008

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