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Where would you hide?

April 4th, 2014

In nature there is always threats. I recently watched a documentary this weekend about the Great Dusky Swift which hides and sleeps behind waterfalls. This is a natural safe haven for the bird species, pretty ingenious.

In the mid 1990's I played a online BBS game called tradewars, where players trade, steal, and destroy each other. It was ANSI based and I even later attempted at creating a helper program for this at twh.centroid.eu, the helper sucks but what my favourite strategy was in that game was to check if a robot planet named ferrengal was cutting off the entrance to a tunnel sector. If yes then I'd shoot a photon torpedo into ferrengal to stun it and quickly move past it into this tunnel. Here I could build my home planets and have a safe haven to sleep. It was much like the Great Dusky Swift of south america chosing to sleep behind a waterfall.

I wonder what the future holds, are wormholes possible? And if so can one create a wormhole that is a sock? ie. it has no end? If that were possible then hiding in such a stretch of space-time would be like putting on a cloak. Spaceships that may come from other galaxies to study us may hide inside these "socks" and not worry about being seen at all. It is almost like hiding behind a waterfall... :-) in space.


Good Weather ahead?

April 2nd, 2014

I turned the heat off here at home, so I'm hoping the weather doesn't get cold again. Last year I spent over 8000 KWh's and 80% for heating. Not ideal but perhaps the price in electricity will drop with all these "green" wind turbines and solar panels. Next year I'll spend less money on electricity as I'll heat my home a little less, it was too warm occasionally in my apartment last year.

In other news the local nuclear power plant Grafenrheinfeld has announced that it will shut its operation in May 2015. The reason they are saying this is that it is unable to compete on the energy market and it's not worth it any more. I think this is good news. I've been against this nuclear power plant almost since it began operation, see here..


Happy 5th Anniversary Centroid.EU Blog!

March 31st, 2014

Although belated I'd like to make you aware that we surpassed the blogs 5th Anniversary on January 16th, 2014. Although the articles are missing until May 2009, they were once there. I had expired these but kept their article titles here.

The blog was always like a public diary to me. I just am not important enough to write about cool topics that are/aren't directly mine. Oh well. The history of centroid.eu is longer than even this though, but this is the longest I had centroid.eu in one piece. It expired once even before that, but before that I was going through some hard times and the seriousness of the blog wasn't there. Now it's pretty serious stuff IMO. I like writing in this blog and I hope to be writing for another 5 years in 2019! See you then!


Pre-Ordered OpenBSD 5.5

March 31st, 2014

From OpenBSD Europe. This year puffy is not wrapping back in time. The release song is found here. Thanks OpenBSD!


I'm getting serious about new PC now...

March 30th, 2014

  • Intel Xeon E3-1280v3 CPU
  • 32 GB RAM (non-ECC) (Corsair?)
  • ASUS Z87WS Mainboard
  • 650 Watt S.V. (Coolermaster?)
  • 160 GB SSD (Intel)
  • Radeon Graphic Card
  • Blu Ray Disc Rewriter (LG?)
  • Computer case + keyboard
That's what I collected so far, next week I'm going to get a cost estimate.


My C Primer hits 30,000 views

March 30th, 2014

In March 2014 my C Primer hit 30,000 views. It has slowed down a little bit.

  • January 2008, first draft
  • November 22, 2011 hits 10,000 views
  • November 10, 2012 hits 20,000 views
  • March 2014 hits 30,000 views
Thanks to all my readers who may also read my blog. The C Primer is found here.


Oculus Rift, too bad

March 27th, 2014

Since May 15th, 2013 I've been writing about Oculus Rift. They've been aquired by Facebook. Too bad. I'm off their mailing list now and won't be all that interested anymore.


Scaling back on donations this year

March 27th, 2014

I've become aware that I'm making a lot less than before because I'm getting paid in Canadian Dollars. This forces me to spend less and the first to go is donations. Mainly OpenBSD, I'm possibly going to give 50 euros more to make it 250 euros donated this year. FreeBSD will possibly not get a penny. This is also because I'm upset they changed their donor listings. Sorry.

If you're interested in the CADEUR trend check this yahoo.com currency calculator. Right now the CADEUR went up, but it's a long cry from May 2013 as seen on the 1 year range. C'mon CAD gain strength! And it would be nice if the euro was a bit weaker.


americas.centroid.eu upgraded to FreeBSD 10

March 26th, 2014

If you've experienced this blog not being reachable you could have tried:

  • emea.centroid.eu
  • ap.centroid.eu
to get the latest. But the commenting system was off. My VPS provider has now upgraded the jails to FreeBSD 10.0 and that included fixing my vps up. It took a day to get most things back in order.


I hunt Sysadmins

March 21st, 2014

"There's a man with a gun over there, Telling me I got to beware..", maybe these are familiar lyrics to you. They are from Buffalo Springfield. I kinda feel like this when I read this article. It's about the NSA and similar secret services targetting sysadmins. Not to get all frantic or anything.. why us? The reason is quite clear though. Then the other question is "who will protect us?" or "who watches the watchers?". Is it just doomed fate for every sysadmin to lose their cools and spend time in a mental institution? Because Internet warfare has casualties one might guess.


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