Monthly Archives: April 2005


Been looking at 3Ware and Areca SATA RAID controller cards. Looks like very decent stuff and best of all: FreeBSD support.

Combined with a Chenbro chassis makes for a nice RAID system with good cooling. The Chenbro stuff comes with enclosures to put your normal disks in, so no need for ordering expensive ‘specially prepared’ hard disks from $VENDOR. Just order your regular 200 GB Barracuda SATA disk, put them in the enclosures and place them in the chassis.

Bugzilla additional database support

I’ve been using Bugzilla for a while now for the TenDRA Project. I am quite happy with it. Right now I use it on a MySQL database, but everybody that really knows me knows I prefer PostgreSQL over MySQL because of the real database features it has.
To counter any knee-jerk reactions, no, MySQL is not bad, I am just used to features real databases provide (views, stored procedures, etc) and once you are used to that, MySQL feels, …, inadequate.

Bugzilla has, in the last year, been working hard on making the program database independent.

See the following URLs for developer details on progress:

Bugzilla PostgreSQL meta bug
Bugzilla Oracle meta bug
Bugzilla Sybase meta bug
Bugzilla Firebird meta bug

This is what I also emailed (the URLs that is) to the authors of IEEE’s Software magazine column about Open Source. They wrote that Bugzilla is not database independent, and while that is undisputable (aside from the ‘hackish’ port to PostgreSQL on the side, which I also worked on) there is significant work being done behind the scenes on making it database independent.

Updates, updates, licenses. Nutbunnies!

In a blaze of insane reasoning we now see that using or embedding GPL’d fonts with/in documents can/might/will make that document GPL’d as well. discusses some of the finer points with regard to this issue.

On the FSF site we can find a mention of how fonts apparently are a difficult thing with the GPL.

Personally I am getting sick of licenses to the marrow of my bone.

A typical font license is quite similar to what Adobe says on their “What about fonts?” page.

To quote:

“You may embed typefaces into documents only under certain circumstances. Adobe permits embedding certain typefaces into documents for the explicit purpose of viewing and printing only.”

An interesting article on the issue Font Licensing and Protection Details.

On the art side I totally fell in love with Ryan Church’s work especially after seeing some of his concept artwork as laid out in my copy of The Making of Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.


‘Ei e!, ‘Ei e!
(Aye, ay! Aye, ay!)
Teu lea pea tala ki mamani katoa
(I shall speak to the whole world)
Ko e ‘Ikhale Tahi kuo halofia.
(The Sea Eagles is famished unfurl.)

Ke ‘ilo ‘e he sola mo e taka
(Let the foreigner and sojourner beware)
Ko e ‘aho ni teu tamate tangata,
(Today, destroyer of souls, I am everywhere)
‘A e haafe mo e tautua’a
(To the halfback and backs)
Kuo hu’i hoku anga tangata.
(Gone has my humanness.)

He! he! ‘Ei e! Tu.
(Hey! hey! Aye ay! Zap.)

Teu peluki e molo mo e foueti taka,
(Maul and loose forwards shall I mow)
Pea ngungu mo ha loto fita’a
(And crunch any fierce hearts you know)
Teu inu e ‘oseni, pea kana mo e afi
(Ocean I drink, fire I dine)
Keu mate ai he ko hoku loto.
(To death or victory my will is fine.)

Ko Tonga pe mate ki he moto
(That’s how Tonga dies to her motto)
Ko Tonga pe mate ki he moto.
(To her motto Tonga gives all.)

Haka ka mate!

Ringa pakia
(Slap the hands against the thighs)
Uma tiraha
(Puff out the chest)
Turi whatia
(Bend the knees)
Hope whai ake
(Let the hip follow)
Waewae takahia kia kino
(Stamp the feet as hard as you can.)

Ka Mate! Ka Mate!
(It is death! It is death!)
Ka Ora! Ka Ora!
(It is life! It is life!)
Tenei te ta ngata puhuru huru
(This is the hairy person)
Nana nei i tiki mai
(Who caused the sun to shine)
Whakawhiti te ra
(Keep abreast! Keep abreast)
A upane ka upane!
(The rank! Hold fast!)
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!

(Into the sun that shines!)

Another test…

After taking I get:

Jeroen, you have an unusually strong psychic talent in the area of Precognition

This means you have an uncanny ability to look into the future and anticipate what is going to happen. By knowing something’s going to occur, you can even change the outcome of events for the better.

Jeroen, our in-depth analysis also shows you have other hidden psychic strengths including retrocognition (the ability to know what has happened in the past), telepathy (the ability to sense people’s true thoughts) and clairvoyance (the ability to see the unknown).

Well, that makes a lot of sense to me, since I do sense people, have a lot of déjà vus, et cetera…