Category Archives: Fun

Countdown has started again!

Yes folks! The countdown timer has been started again. This time I decided to renew it a bit and use a bit of javascript with jQuery instead of the good ‘ole java applet.

It is an important occasion for me this time. Basically it is the closure of a long period starting in 1998 that is now over. It is exciting to start something new again!

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Looking back on the Nokia N97

I went to the phone shop today to get ale newer SIM card because it could have been the cause for my reception problems in Switzerland some time ago (so customer service told me). So I told the guy in the shop about this and after taking a short look at my phone he said: “well, I think it might just as well been the phone itself”. I asked “really?” and he said “Well, name me one problem and the Nokia N97 has it, these phones are really problematic.”.

And come to think of it, I think he is right about this. Just listing the problems I had with the phone produces an impressive list:

  • Reception problems: Other phones (also other Nokias) have reception while the N97 has lost it.
  • Poor keyboard: Indeed the keyboard took a lot of getting used to.
  • Unusable GPS reception: GPS reception quality was bad enough to be unusable for car navigation (even after the hardware fix).
  • Scratching lens: The lens has tendency to scratch easily because of the lid.
  • Battery life and life span: The battery often dies during one day of use. Also, I am now at my third battery.
  • Slow operating system: The N97 just gets slower and slower over time (unacceptable as I know that OSes exist that in fact get faster the longer you have them turned on).
  • Outlook incompatibility: Some repeating appointments in outlook can simply not be entered in the calendar application.
  • Bad screen connector: After 1.5 years the connector got unreliable. I am now using scotch tape to make sure I cannot open the phone in an attempt to keep it working a bit. Now using google calender to enter most of my appointments.
  • Unusable as a phone: After ending a call, you always lose control over it because the screen goes black and the phone doesn’t respond to anything for at least 10 seconds.

So indeed a big list. Now what should I do with the my N97 once I get my new phone? Please leave a comment on this post. I will then film the winning suggestion with my new phone and post the result on youtube.

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New logo for

Here it is, the new logo for It is Duke is flying like an eagle (wamblee) on a component (a Java component of course).  The component has one provided interface and two required interfaces. If you listen carefully, you can hear Duky say “Top of the world!”.

The image is a little derived from a component diagram in UML. These are just initial steps as far as the logo is concerned. I found out that I will need to add a skeleton/rig to Duke myself to make it take different postures and do animations but that will come later.

One of the first steps will be to improve the image. The current version contains non-smoothed elements that will show when enlarged. Also, someone compared the required interfaces to plungers. To avoid any such confusion I am going to change the end shapes to more abstract geometrical shapes and also work a little on colors and lighting.

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Successfully rendered Duke logo using blender

After quite a lot of trying, and learning to use Blender, a great open source 3D rendering package, I finally managed to create a Duke image based on a DXF file from the open source Duke project.The rendered image is on the left.

This means I can use it for other logos and movies that I create with Blender. Soon I will use it on the website which recently also got a style update. The good thing about it is that in this way I can use the Duke image inside any 3D model I want. In particular, it also contains a rig but haven’t tried that yet. With some luck I should also be able to create Duke animations from that.

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Java 4 Ever

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