brain activity log
- Woken up late and immediately ran to work. Nothing interesting to report until now.
- Yeah. I have started this blog again after a looot of time.
Why ? .. well, maybe just because I need some sort of diary to keep track of
the feelings, or maybe because I've finally (after 4 years!) found some spare
minutes to invest in this task.
- KVIrc 3.0.2 is getting really close. The idea is to make a new sort of Christmas
release. I still have to run through the bugtrack tough...
- Iakko is working on the notifier, I'm sure he will do a great job. Tonight I've also
sent him the splash screen hoping that he will come out with some great idea for the
black "shadow" in it. I wanted something that transmits "technology" but the old and abused
hexadecimal numbers didn't look so good.
- Spent some time in putting more stuff in the site. Recovered the old news archives
from the kvirc.firenze.linux.it home dir (good old serverone: honor and glory!).
In the next days I'll try to recover more stuff from there.
- Short jump to the Virus Studio. People are excited there because of their
last developments in music career. The "Marla Singer" CD is selling. I'm happy about it :)
- Need to study a lot: "Discrete Systems Theory" exam is upcoming. 10 days left: damn, I'll do it!
- Battery: low, not recharging... yet
- Weather: ugly it's raining...
Posts previous to 2002: really ancient :)
Overload , overload!
Yep...my life is running really fast actually...and I happen to have 25 hours scheduled per day :)
Hehe...just joking; but it's true that I'm really busy with work.
Actually I'm working on an interface to a numeric controller and developing a distributed internet-point network project.
Working as programmer is fun, especially when you have "mind-storming" projects to hack with, like the internet-point thingie.
On the other side, sometimes you have to face with absurd request from commitees or horrible enviroinements (like VB4 for win 3.1!).
I've upgraded my CPU lately....or better....bougtht a new one and started to build a new machine.
This time it is a 1200 MHz Athlon.... Wow! :)
Have you ever had a disk crash ?...that's one of the most horrible things that can happen to a programmer :)
Well....I had one in the last days; I've turned on the machine and the disk emitted a loud "cronk"....
In that "cronk" , half of the disk blocks have left this world.
The nice thing was that I was still able
to boot the machine in single mode; then with some hours of hacking I have been able to save the most important
part of my works.
KVIrc: restarted to work on 3.0.0 after the disk crash, actually implementing the options dialog.
The developement goes a bit slow lately: this is due to my lack of time... I think that in July and August the things
will go really better.
Music: the band meetings have started recently... but from my point of view, it is still a big question mark...
2.1.1 is out since days... now all my efforts are concentrated on 3.0.0...
My last nice achievement is the gnutella module: gnutella is a nice test-ground routing protocol, you
can learn a lot from it.
The "band" idea is starting to work: I have found a great drummer and a keyboards-guy.
Also on tuesday we'll have a meeting with a girl that might become our new singer.
We're still missing a good bassist: if you're interested, and you live around Siena, drop me a mail :)
I'm overloaded with work: and I have fun with it...that's a nice life :)
I hope that this trend will continue.
Just need to organize my days better: to have some time for studying too...
Well...here I am... and 2.1.1 is not out yet...
Still horribly busy (ugh!)... but finally I can see the end. :)
Btw... 2.1.1 is going to be named "Monolith", as ode to Arthur C. Clarke.
You know...the 2001 thingie :) (go and read it!)
Finally the Spring arrived. We have nice sunny days here. This throws me in a good mood when waking up.
Sth is changing again in my life: I've "magically" started to wake up around 8-9 am....
and without the need of an alarm-clock.
My mother says that sth wrong must be going on :)
Well... nothing wrong, I've just decided to see a little more sun.
I'm wondering what is going to happen with napster.... It seems that nothing has changed until now.
Ok...this time the hole is really big :)
A new release of KVirc is pending....2.1.1. I was planning to release it in the last week, then in the week-end....
now I'm planning to release it in *this* week.... heh... Too much work on my shoulders: I'm busy with a couple
of temporary Win-based proggies.
Well...don't blame me... someone is going to pay me for this job.
Another exam is also just behind the corner...
The "Dark Star" has left my life...
I had a really nice month anyway. :)
I have been embarassed and irritated by a "slip of the tongue" , recently....
Mmmmmh.... I'll follow my mother's "chinese revenge" suggestion...
I'm sure...something will happen, that will make me feel good.
Today I have burned my first CD from linux :)
I had to : rearrange my ide connections (by excluding a disk: I'm out of IDE channels!),
read the (excellent) CD-burning-Howto, recompile my kernel twice (installed a new one on the way),
hack with the scsi modules, install the basic cdburning apps, read the manpages.
Well....it is a satisfaction....but on the other hand , I MUST say that Windoze-CD-writing-enviroinement is light
years away from the linux one. The Win CD-Burn proggies are just a step from making coffee while you're waiting
the CD to burn, while on linux....well....
Ops...the water for pasta is burning.....food time.
No graphic frontend works for me (I have tried at least 6): NONE can recognize a pure IDE CD-ROM as source;
all pretend to see it through the scsi interface.
The commandline apps are powerful , but have really too many options....
The user has to understand all the burning process (and this might be good for *me* , but not for everyone),
and all the crazy CD protocol thingies like "padding", "leadin/out","pre-emphasis"....
I have found no way to make a disk-at-once session with my drive: cdrdao complains about
something ununderstandable and aborts saying that is not able to setup a DAO session.
cdrecord spits out some similar error-output too.
Again a "hole" in the news... just some days off :)
The "Dark Star" release is behind me at this point.
That's good , because I have some time to study now.
The only annoying point is that the bugs hang out always after the release: we have already
catched 4 or 5 minor problems, like the "menubar transparency", broken "libkviabout" autoload and
The idea of a 2.1.1 is slowly coming out...
Music is "trapping" me today.... sth pushes me to look for a couple of good musicians and set up a band.
I'd need to be extremely lucky :)
I've finished my Rukkukah solo tabulature transcription: I'm going to post it to some Allan Holdswoth's fan-club sites :)
I love that solo :)
I'm wondering why the heck I can't login to any ICQ server since yesterday....
Dark Star is out.
I'm preparing binary packages just now, and later in the evening I will start announcing it to the world.
The IRC friends have helped me a lot in these days (especially yesterday): honor and glory.
Crocodile has added new dns entries for the kvirc.net network...we have new pl and us machines
and an AAAA record for the istari's IPV6 box.
/me wants an IPV6 enabled browser.....
I've started studying hard from this morning....exams are really near now! aaargh! :)
Emotional landscapes in my eyes.....
Bleah....it's raining again...
Really busy morning: release deadline is tomorrow.
Ran thru the whole source tree, removing spare warnings ; worked on the treeview object class
and merged a new plugin.
Still not sure about libkvibiff....the compilation looks horrible, and I'm not even sure if it works at all...
Kristoff is busy with exams , so he has no time to make the last fixes: asked the mailing list people
Some of the wishes from bugtrack will remain unimplemented.
Christian suggested to delay the release for this reason , but there is no way for me: I have to
spend the next two weeks in preparing my "Tecnical Physics" exam, and the release MUST be
"behind me". :)
www.kvirc.net is up again.
... but my IPV6 tunnell is dead again :)
attila , the new tunnel endpoint seems to be unreachable (down ?).
5 minute hack to this homepage... the music page has a couple of new pics...
[14:34] Wow...attila has just been "awaken", I can ping6 the world again! :)))
I definitively need a spam/virus-mail filter..... or maybe I should kill the email@example.com mailbox....
I have received 16 (!!!) bulk mails just now....Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
"Pleased to meet you....I hope you guessed my name..." :)
OK...the name is definitive, I have also made a new splash screen. KVIrc 2.1.0 will be named "Dark Star".
I have also included a small "irc discussion" between two "aliens" that talk about "thinking meat"....hehe.
Anyway , this is a day of "release work"... last minute fixes and package building.
Yesterday night (or better , this early morning) I had a 3 hours trip at the "hospital emergency center"....
No,no , no accident or other stuff...no one was hurted, it's a long story.
Anyway , the clue of this news-entry is that I've noticed the technology at human's service...
Hospitals are places where the technology is concentrated, used at high levels.... the machines used in the emergency
center are up 24 hours , must be highly reliable and fault tollerant: this is a really interesting topic (for me).
The emergency center has been rebuilt recently, and the whole thing looks like the Strar Trek's Enterprise...
Newer looked at it from this point of view... (maybe just because it is rather uncommon to go to the hospital "just to take a look around").
A fabolous sun has awaken me this morning: I was waiting for this since a couple of days.
Yesterday night I have worked on the graphic layout of this site.... now I'm starting to like it.
Prolly I have a name for the new KVIrc release....I still have to decide...but I have good reasons to call it "Dark Star".
Maybe later I'll explain the reasons too. :)))
The 2.1.0 is really near....making the last hacks in the sourcecode and starting to think about the tarballs and rpms....
www.kvirc.net has been down for a couple of days lately.... but now everything seems to be ok.
AFAIK, "as usual" , the service failure was due to an idiot that was smurfing an IRC server on the backbone where the www.kvirc.net machine is located.
Woken up with the notes of Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu"...I've played it again and again ; I think that the neighbours
heard it very well too :)
Ppl....Chopin was a genius!
Year ago , I have tried to transcribe the initial part to guitar: it required a lot of right hand tapping and a lot
of practice even to be able to play it at half of the original speed.
As far as I can remeber, there was a guitarist that already did it... the tune was called sth as "Chopin Fantasie",
but I can't remember the guitarist name.
Once I'll post a tabulature transcription of it....hmmm....I just have noticed that the "music" and "art" sections
of my homepage are still empty....
Anyway, yes , the music is able to turn my day from black to white.
Fixed a couple of 2.1.0 bugs & wishes reported in the bugtrack.
We're really near the release now...just 6 days left. I'll be starting to prepare the packages in the next 3-4 days.
mmmh... I want to change the release name too.... 'Phoenix' is already flying high (even if it still has no idea where to fly).
Spam and mail-viruses are really bugging me: not that a virus can "live" on my machine....but it really freaks me out when I
I find 500 KB of senseless stuff and windows executables in my mailbox.
The source machines for the virus mails
all seem to come from brasilian networks, especially from dynamic-ip machines from *.com.br. Grrr... once more and I'll start forwarding
all this shit to the postmasters of the domains.... hehe... yup , I know that it is senseless... but maybe they will
start looking closer to their machines.
It also freaks me out that my ISP has no idea of "blocking mail relaying"... I can't ask them to stop relaying mail from *.com.br.
Ok...my karma is still here , and feels really fine.
At the same time I did the first step.
IPV6 routing on serverone is not working yet....mmh....
I definitively need to mail Christopher to wake him up :)
In the morning , met a girl (and old friend o'mine) and noticed that years really change people....
In the evening, spent a couple of hours playing "hard rock" with two friends... , well...just ordinary fun.
Spent some time in testing the DCC VOICE proto for 2.1.0, and in fixing the KviThread class... Kristoff has been able
to find a way to crash it :)
Some other minor hacks around the KVirc sources too.
Weather: hmmmm..... no weather entry today.
Yesterday night I have been in Firenze, at a concert of my friends band: Karisma.... I had really a lot of fun....(there were 7 bands in total).
But finally I comed home with a permanent white noise in my head.... hehe. Also met some new nice people...
My "horizons" are enlarging again, and I'm happy about it.
Yep...I want to say it twice: I've felt really good yesterday night; I had forgotten that "freedom" feeling.
NickServ protocol sucks: you simply can't implement automatic network-independent identification: the service
protocols are too much different from one network to another. This breaks my plans of implementing "registered channels"
in KVIrc that could be autojoined on connect.... the nickserv registration should be made before autojoining ...
Let's see if some ideas drop into my mind in the next days....
RHCP rules. That's all.
(Time to grab some coffee).
Hmmm.... I think that I'm going to do sth quite strange tomorrow...
I just hope to preserve my karma... I hope that this will be fair-play (it might be, but it is not obvious actually).
cryptic ? :) What I might be talking about ?
Weather: sunny. A really nice day....
Uufff..... yesterday is gone: and that is good. Not that it was a bad day... but for some reason I was waiting it
Wow....I've learned the basis of the Fourier Transform theory... and immediately
dropped my knowledge into a C test proggie. FFT rulez! :)...
I couldn't have suspected that a mathematical procedure can extract (exactly!) the amplitudes of thre
(for example..this was my test) sums of cosines from a sequence of sampled values....
The results are incredibly accurate.
And this is the real way that hard image compression works....
you just cut off the higest frequencies....
Simone is working on a video compression algorithm that uses 3D DCT (discrete cosine transform in a 3-dimensional form)
to send 8 frames / second 120x60 video stream over a 33.600 kbit/sec modem!!!.... and the results are quite impressive!.
Listening to Queensryche now..... man ,you must try it :)
I suggest you the album "Empire".... the songs that I prefer are: "Silent lucidity", "Hand on heart" and "Jet city woman"...
but the entire album is a really good listening. Another lp from the same band might be "Rage for order"....they were
young guys full of "dreams" there.... amazing. Mmmmh.... "Operation mindcrime" is a superlative concept too.
Other songs that come into my mind are "I am I", "Dis-con-nec-ted" and "Damaged".
Weather: Rainy but sunny....strange... but I really like it.
A really nice day for me: full of "communication"... Yep...life is beautiful (<-- What a thought !).
I'm observing myself on long periods: I have months where I can't interact with people too much,
and others where I seem to be in the "eye of the cyclon".
A friend o'mine explains it in terms
of "bad/good" energy...
Today I had an interesting class : it was about the SQL language... an cool standardized tool, from
my point of view.
Going to play a little more with the Simone's tunneled "local network": we have local routing problems
and I hope to get it fixed before midnight.
Weather: Still windy... but less "agressive".
Ok...forgot this page again for a couple of days.
Yesterday night I've spent some hours in setting up an ipv4-in-ipv4 tunnel over ppp with a friend.
We set up a "local network" (ya know..with 192.168.* ip's) over my poor ppp connection. Whoa :)...That was funky!
And as usual on mondays, I woke up late for my "Networks" univ lesson. I'll never be on the monday 9 am lesson in time.
I've used this morning to cleanup my house, review an excellent Electronics manual that a friend of mine gave me yesterday,
and to take a looong hot shower (besides spending some time in reading & replying mail and writing down these news).
Fear Factory rulez! Listen to Demanufacture at a high volume early in the morning...
warning: your whole day might take an unpredictable color.
Weather: a really damn cold wind come out from nowhere yesterday; there's some part of my brain that seems to like it.
Spent a couple of hours in porting kvirc to FreeBSD, thanks to Scott Raymond that provided me
FreeBSD machine to play with. Mmmmh.....FBSD is not that bad system from my point of view....
they have a good API, and (really) excellent manpages. They even have pthread functions built in libc (ah....
thread-safe gethostbyname() and gethostbyaddr() calls are missing....and that's bad(tm))
blah...what to say. Yesterday got to bed at 20:00 , so this morning my eyes were wide open at 7am.
It's cool to wake up early....every time I do it, I feel very good in the morning.
Anyway, at the moment I'm writing this news entry , it's nearly 24 hours that I'm awake.
I will have to tune better my sleep time in the future :)
For a couple of days I have forgot of the existence of this page.
This is Pragma ;)
We finally have some sun here: I confirm that the morning weatcher influences my humour and behaviuor...
with the sun I even wake up earlier.
Umpf...it's raining again: this gray weatcher really doesn't help me to wake up.
My isp's pop3 servers seem to be dead: can't download my mail this morning: traceroute returns
!X on that machines (communication administratively prohibited) (!?!!??).
Rewritten this cgi to read news from external files: we have less system load and it is more flexible.
Ok...I have setup also a guestbook.
You're invited to leave a message by clicking here.
Ok...this is the last day of "freedom" for me: tomorrow the university "train" starts
running again at full speed. It will be better for me to jump on and do not get off until I have finished.
Next exam is going to be "Math Methods for Engineering": a really interesting part of maths.
In these days I have really enjoyed the net: it didn't happen since some month (or even years)...
I have been spending my net time mostly on developement in the last months, and forgot completly
all the fun that the net tools can provide. I mean that instead of focusing on the contents of a
I was looking into the player to check out the data compression algorythm, and analyzing the "quality loss".
Hehe, imagine to buy a video-player, and instead of watching movies, you put it on a laboratory table,
break it down in pieces, analyze the components, draw the electric-circuit schematic and probe the chemical composition of the screen :)
So I realize that I had some days of "net joy" lately.
Just as example, I had a couple of days of "really free chatting": using IRC "just to chat"
about anything comes into my mind, with new unknown people; hehe.... I was forgetting this "state".
This is also good to "focus" the KVIrc developement targets: when "really chatting" I notice
the features that I'm really missing in KVIrc, and the tools that I'd like to have "under my mouse click".
Saturday. Generally I don't like saturdays. You always expect something exciting
from this day, and you always end up doing the same thingies. hehe :)
Anyway, this day started very well... (and very early...it started before going to sleep)
It is a sunny saturday: that's good, since the last days were really rainy, and brought me
in a kind of "bad mood".
Modified the KVirc logging system interface: now it is an external module and starts to satisfy me.
I've spend a couple of hours in playing my guitar this morning... wrote down a piece of
Cynic's "Textures" and the last part of the Allan Holdsworth's "Rukkukah" solo.
I'm wondering what's happened to Cynic...they seem to be dissapeared in hyperspace...
I think that they were an excellen experimental band, and should have continued spitting out albums.
If you're a little brain-damaged jazz fan, and can stand really hard sounds, I suggest you
to listen to Cynic's "Focus"... It's a strange jazz approach to "really brute metal",
I have heard no other band doing this kind of music. ... and they're really excellent tecnical musicians.
The site is up and running.
Many sections are still empty, but I'm working on it:
today I have set up the photos page.
Yesterday night...or better , this morning , I had an IRC conversation that I wanted absolutely
to log...ouh!...KVIrc 3.0.0 does not support logging yet!...
So this morning I have spent some time in implementing it (it's working byt i'm not satisfied...).
Linux 2.4.0 is out!... going to download it this night.
A rainy day here in Siena.
I have started this cgi-based site a couple of months ago, but never finished it
and never put in on-line. This is the good day to do it.
want more ?
... really ? :D
Browse around then.
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