6 April 2008, 23:12 by mark hoekstra

...and it's still quiet

...around here…

my setup this sunday
click to go to the corresponding pic on flickr

First of all, when I read this, I didn’t recognize myself in that, and somehow I think that’s a good thing.

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

“...the stress put upon prolific bloggers to maintain a constant flow of content in order to satisfy both consumers and advertisers in the information age.”

...erm… what? *^_^*

Somehow I made it my goal to show that you can have a lot of fun *without* advertisers.

“...Then the goal is raised, like a sales commission: write more, earn more.”


Anyway, that’s not my way and for long(er) time readers that shouldn’t come as a surprise, right?

This weekend I’ve been busy (again!) with server number two (and other things as well).

A couple of days ago I received some more memory for this server, I only had one problem. Since I’m using OpenBSD/i386 on there, and the PAE-support has been reverted since 4.1, how do I use the extra 2GB above the 4GB 32-bit limit?

Well, last weekend (not this one, the one before this one) I spent a great deal of time on that. I noticed that a lot of the PAE-stuff had been done by Michael “Mickey” Shalayeff. The coincedence is that Mickey (who had a wonderful accessory then) and I met on the last CCCamp and I decided to drop him a mail and he helped me out with a patch for my system (ain’t that nice!). It took me a while (...hey, I’m not a developer aight?) to incorporate it and I still have a question or two left for Mickey, but the machine now at least sees 6GB, so, we’re getting there! (this server is up and running around the time my then current cellphone will have the same horsepower ^_^).

6GB on boot
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compiling with the patches done:

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...and then… there’s another reason why I’m so quiet… ***^_^***

...and I’m not sure if I should mention this here, but well, since this is my personal blog and sooner or later you’re gonna see her anyway (right here) so, yeah, there’s a girl, a very special one and she keeps me occupied (and I don’t mind that one bit) *^_^*

I’ve already written something about it on the Dutch Moois Magazine, although non-dutch readers should be able to understand my post there as well.

her shoes / my shoes
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her bike / my bike
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Her name is Victoria and she lives in Buenos Aires. (if you’re really curious, you can spot some pics *through* the compiler-output in the picture above…). Now that’s quite far from Groningen, I know(...) but somehow, in today’s world you can really (and I mean *really*) get to know each other very well (it only takes hundreds of mails and pictures, hours of video and days on skype). (and if you read this and think ‘yeah right’, that’s what’s I thought two months ago also…). We know each other for almost two months now and I’m totally blown away by her. *^_^*

I’m not sure if I should put more love induced texts on my blog, for now I don’t think so, but who knows I’m gonna turn it around in some love & happiness blog (mind you, Victoria loved the idea!)

We’re both saving for tickets and we should be able to meet up this summer. If you somehow feel you want to contribute to this geek love story, you can!

...if we’re able to do something nice with the money, of course I’m gonna blog it! (although… I haven’t discussed this with her yet… ...erm… Victoria? *^_^*)

...so yeah, what to say? it’s quiet around here and I’m a happy man *^_^*

oh, and back to where I started:

“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”

“This is not sustainable,” he said.

...I think my way of doing things is, but we’ll see about that. *^_^*

(but maybe I’m just thinking that, because I’m in love)

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  1. Ceristimo @ 7 April 2008, 05:09 :

    Woehoe! Markie and Victoria, sitting in a tree…K-I-S-S-I-N-G-. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Markie with a baby carriage ;-).
    Anyway, I wish you and Victory all the best!

    By the way, did I spot a IBM Model M keyboard in that picture? You lucky bastard. I’ve spent ages trying to find one, and you actually own one! ;)

  2. Franco Filiberti @ 8 April 2008, 19:14 :

    whell… im not the only one “Argentino” here?

  3. Przem @ 8 April 2008, 19:44 :

    Keep blogging Mark!

    Constant reader from Poland.

  4. mark hoekstra @ 8 April 2008, 20:05 :

    thanks guys! and …erm… yes that’s a model M keyboard (i’ve got …several… of those, only the most have a DIN-plug instead of PS/2 and funky layouts instead of one similar as US international)

    and …erm… indeed Franco, you’re not the only Argentinian around here anymore ;-)

    and oooh, I will keep blogging, no doubt about that, it only goes in flows of inspiration and since there’s hardly any other pressure, I like to keep it that way.


    the donation button is being used btw! oooh, now I have to think what to do with it! ;-)

  5. Ceristimo @ 8 April 2008, 21:52 :

    What to do with the donations? How ‘bout saving for a ticket or buying some cool gift for your girl? ;)

    P.S. The “repeat after me” code is always 42 on my computer. Is that normal?

  6. markie @ 8 April 2008, 22:07 :

    Oh yeah, I come up with something! For now I can buy two cups of coffee in a posh joint somewhere ;-)

    And about 42… yes, that’s normal, I wanted to get rid of the earlier CAPTCHA and I came up with this… if 42 doesn’t ring a bell, I suggest you read(or …ahem… watch) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy one time ;-) You won't regret it.

  7. v @ 8 April 2008, 22:15 :

    buy some ***

    (maybe you should erase this comment)

    (victoria! you can't say that! ***^_^***)

  8. Ceristimo @ 8 April 2008, 23:59 :

    Damnit, The Anwer To Everything. I should have known that, as I’ve read the book ánd seen the movie (altough I fell asleep during the movie). 42 didn’t ring a bell though.

    Ah wel, two cups of coffee is a start, right? Now you can start saving for that bowl of spagheti which you can romanticly share together, Lady-and-the-Tramp-style ;-)

  9. Adi @ 9 April 2008, 11:58 :

    I have a Finnish friend with a Japanese girlfriend, eergh, I mean wife by now. :) They came to know each other on the net some years ago, they visited each other a couple of times and that they got married. ATM they’re living in Helsinki happily. :)

    So, go ahead Mark, and don’t forget to blog! :)

  10. Chris @ 22 May 2008, 09:59 :

    Mark, I am just outright amazed you found someone that can actually live with a geek. Most girls would see this website and the stuff you do, and run the other direction as quick as possible.

    Cheers to you man. We all need to have a booze party for Mark :)

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