Adding to the fun

And here I am, comfortably sitting inside, sipping my coffee and looking out to see nothing but rainy and stormy weather.
I have to admit: I am privileged enough to appreciate these circumstances. I could do worse.

Gathering research data goes rather well, currently I’m gathering and comparing definitions of what a portal is, and summing up similarities. These will be part of a chapter to eventually come up with the main subject. (Which I still will not share with you.)

On a sidenote: I’ve also upgraded to the excellent 2.3 (“Dexter”) version of WP, and I can recommend upgrading to anyone using WP to blog.
Thanks for reading, and now I’ll return to drinking my coffee. 😉

Note: see WTC for details on how to upgrade.

Scripting FTW!

When you are busy creating your thesis, it is vital to have at least one "offline" backup, and preferable more on different locations.

I’m already putting in several extra methods of making sure my data will be available, no matter what.
The first line of defense would be having a SVN-repository enabling me to have a versioning-system for all documents. This way I could easily revert to a previous version of a document, without having to make copies of the difeerent versions. This is all done by the SVN-server, running locally.
Although SVN enables me to completely recreate all files in the folder "MSC", the versioning doesn’t protect me against data-loss in the "D:\SVN\" folder. Here all SVN-information is stored and when this is lost, all is lost.

This is where my second line of defense comes in:
As this script is originally written for a *nix-system, it has some hiccups when ran on a Windows machine. I’ve been debugging an hour or so to tackle the problem of reoccurring errors telling me the destination-folder for the backups isn’t write-enabled, or other fatal messages. I finally solved it, and will post the complete script if needed.

In short:

[source:python]# Global Settings

# Path to svnlook utility
svnlook = “svnlook.exe”

# Path to svnadmin utility
svnadmin = “C:/Program Files/Subversion/bin/svnadmin”[/source]

Thesisupdate: Proposal is accepted!


After my first proposal for a thesis was rejected by the university as the quality of the proposed thesis didn’t quite match the (high) university-standards, I sat down to rethink what Ordina was asking from me, and what I wanted myself.
I met with the supervisors from both Ordina and the university to discuss the matter and came up with an ingenious solution (if I might say so myself), I was not going to report on the symptoms, I was going to study the root of the problem!

What this problem is, and what the symptoms are will remain undisclosed for now: I promise to elaborate on them later on.
To those with whom I’ve discussed my proposal in the last week: yes, that subject is now accepted.

My data-collection stage will commence as of now, and I’m planning to start writing shortly.
FINALLY: we are getting somewhere 😉

Back in town

Right, after a very refreshing two-week stay at some tiny town in Austria, I’ve learned quite a few things about the place, and the very first would be: Internet is not something the Austrians would consider a necessity.

During my twitching and eye-twisting my girlfriend tried to distract my attention from the lack of internet-access to more relaxing things like walking the awfully beautiful mountain-trails available at Ötztal or the fine local cuisine, the latter led to some very fine pizza-eating which, given the fact we were only about 40km away from the Italian border is not astonishing.

I very possibly will post some pics when I’m back home I placed some pictures below (see the update), we’ve taken scandalous amounts of photos in those 14 short days.

Anyway, it’s good to be back, and it’s good to have been on holiday. I’ve rested enough to turn my attention fully to the three most important things in the upcoming months: my masterthesis, my sport and my friends and relatives.

 UPDATE: please click "Read More" to see a small selection of my photo’s.

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Today has been a big day in my, so far very short, career.

My internship has been approved! I will be busy writing my masterthesis at Ordina, a leading company when talking about SOA and SOA-integration. My job is to write a thesis which not only will grant me a degree at my university, but one that will satisfy the need at Ordina for certain knowledge.
So far, I’m still trying to find an optimal subject for me to write about.

I’m currently still debating, continuing with a longlist of 9 subjects. I will narrow it down to about 2 or 3 subjects to make my final decision. Also, I found myself a thesis-supervisor at the university, mr. Guah. He will be responsible for the approval of my thesis, and support me when needed.

These two combined make up a great week for me, I hope it’ll be like this for quite some time.

New hardware!

Right, you’ve probably all been anxiously waiting for any sign of life from me, and here it is. Yes, I’m still here! Not only that, there have been some interesting new developments concerning my master-thesis (of which I will speak in a later stadium) and I’ve spent almost my entire holiday-bonus on some exciting new hardware. Within a short period of time I’ve acquired several items:

  • 2x 1GB SO-DIMM PC2-4200 memory modules for my notebook (For the geeks: KVR-533D2N4/1G)
  • 3x 400GB Samsung SpinPoint T133 P-ATA HDD’s (Again, for the geeks: Samsung T133 HD400LD 400G/7200RPM/8M/P-ATA)
  • Nikon D40 dSLR + Nikkor 18-55 AF-S DX EDII (3.5-5.6) + Nikkor 55-200 AF-S DX ED (4-5.6) + Crumpler That-Bag

After all that, I’m all out of any wishes (so far :-)) and money.

I’ll be posting photo’s of everything soon.

Here are the images!