Saturday, November 25, 2006

Weekeend works - a try to make some statistics from ISUP events - for some job scheduling needs - a database to store data from the two above

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I have googled for my name.
The results shown:

1. Daniel VOINA - Myself.
2. Daniel VOINA - art critic.
3. Daniel VOINA (aka Dady) - hooligan beatten by the police during a footbal match.


Saturday, November 18, 2006

My phones

Among the gadgets I have had the mobbile phones were among the most worthy of attention. I have been fascinated by them since they appeared in Romania as I couldn't realize how they are really working.

So cronologically here is the list of the phones I had:

1. 1998 - 1999: Motorola D460
This one was a brickphone. It was big, hard, with a few functions but it worked well.
Its main use was that I was reachable by my folks in Timisoara. My mom abbused it by calling me very early in the morning. I bought a quite expensive prepaid (for my student budget in those days) in order to operate it.

2. 1999 - 2001: Philips Savvy
The second one. Nothing very special on it. Blye, small, with some nice ringtones and biorithm. I made my Vodafone(Connex) subscription for this.

3. 2001 - 2003: Ericsson R320
"The Rolls-Royce": I still cannot believe that I have had one of those. It was an exxtraordinary piece of work and engineering. Slim, with long battery life, with many features that even today are missing in the phones.

3. 2003 - 2003: Sony-Erricson T300
Impressed by R320 I went again on SE's hand. This one was from the first colour+polyphonic phones. Nice retro design. Somebody has stolen it from me.

4. 2003 - 2005: Siemens ME45
I bought this very well built phone. It had all the business functions possible inside a roughed case. A true supporting gadget.

5. 2005 - 2006: Siemens S65
Extremely nice ddesign. Stylish case and lots of functions. Unfortunately lots of bugs, bad camera...

6. 2006 - ... : Nokia 6233
I am not a Nokia fanatic but I have to admit that they do good phones. This one is my 3G shift.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Finally Ubuntu + Beryl + Xgl on i915

What I did for this:

1. Added this repositories to /etc/gdm/sources.list

deb dapper main
deb dapper main
deb dapper main
deb dapper main
deb dapper main aiglx
deb dapper main aiglx

2. Imported those GPG keys

#wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
#wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
#wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3. Upgrade my distributio to latest release

#apt-get upgrade
#apt-get dist-upgrade

4. Install the following packages:

# apt-get install xserver-xgl libgl1-mesa xserver-xorg libglitz-glx1 beryl emerald-themes emerald

4. Edit the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf
4.1 in section [server] change the line:



4.2 add trhe section [server-Xgl] with the following content:

name=Xgl server
command=/usr/bin/Xgl :0 -fullscreen -ac -accel glx:pbuffer -accel xv:pbuffer

5. In the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
5.1 edit the section "Module" to have the following content

Section "Module"
Load "i2c"
Load "bitmap"
Load "ddc"
Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Load "int10"
Load "type1"
Load "vbe"

5.2 edit the section "Device" to have the following content

Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family Graphics Controller"
Driver "i810"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"
Option "DRI" "true"

5.3 Check for the sections "DRI" and "Extensions" - if you do not have them add them to this file with this content

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "true"

6. In the menu System->Preferences->Sessions go to "Startup programs" tab and add the applications:


7. Restart your X server.

In the System->Preferences you should have now two more entries "Beryl settings" and "Emerald"


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Eye Candy on Ubuntu

I have installed on my cusin's computer (another Ubuntu fanatic) Compiz/Beryl with Xgl on a nVidia card.
It is incredioble how nice it works. Th gui is quite fast and responsive the graphical efects are awsome (wobbling, zooming).
The instalation was a little odd but afterwards everything went smooth (only a few crashes - but that's normal for such tools that are very new).

Saturday, November 11, 2006

British Film Festival in Timisoara

The poster - as usual funny

British Animation Awards

My first OS-X experience

I have just installed OS-X 10.4.4 on my laptop. I succeded only after some trial and error cycles. I guess that I will finally end up in buying a real Mac as the software is just to nice to work with on my PC

Now the list of operating systems I worked with has a new member:

OS-X, Solaris(8,9,10), FreeBSD(5.4,6), IRIX(5.3) HP-UX, AIX, OS/400, DOS, Linux(2.0.30 - 2.6.18), BeOs 5, Windows(3.0 - XP)

Thursday, November 2, 2006

My Heloween Pumpkin

Management promises - again

Act 1, Scene 1:
The Manager asks for commitment and reliability. He asks people to estimate well and keep the deadline.

Act 1, Scene 2:
People are trying their best and do the job in time.

Act 1, Scene 3:
The Manager promises rises without being asked for.

Act 1, Scene 4:
The manager cancels the rises and moreover it diminishes the netto income.

Act 2, Scene 1:
Everybody starts to leave.

Act 2, Scene 2:
Somebody writes this on the net.

Not the scenario of a play - it is what happened today in my company...
The manager was not reliable at all in front of his peoople.