Moved...

Ooops... forgot to mention here that I've moved to a new site: http://spaces.msn.com/members/andyandyx. Please update any favourites/bookmarks :)

Why did I move? Just because it is easier to post articles over there, just to send an e-mail! Some stuff sucks, like it's hard to insert images in articles. But I really like that I can post articles very quick instead of logging into this site and click here and there before I can start writing...

 

Hope to see you over there, ciao!


How to cook?

Just read a cool interview with Lindsay McDougall, of Frenzal Rhomb (was at a concert with them at Rock Against Howard in October btw which was awesome!). Seems like he cooks the same way as me: chop & mix some veggies etc and see what it ends like :) (But my dear mom teached me this "trick" earlier ;).

"June: I'm coming around for dinner to your place next week ... (thanx for the invite Lindsay!) what's on the menu .... ummm ..... can you cook or will it be takeaway again?
Lindsay: I'm not all that bad, actually, contrary to what most people would probably think. I had to start cooking when I went vego, living with my Dad there weren't many options. I'm pretty experimental in that I'll chuck a bunch of things in together and see how they taste. But I'm not really one for presentation, it often looks like a pile of filth, but tastes awesome." For the rest of the interview see http://www.animal-lib.org.au/interviews/lindsay/

I guess I've never managed to follow a cooking reciepe completely. When I use a receipe most of the time when I get to the half of it (or earlier) I start to do something else :) The most interesting part of receipes are to see which vegetables etc they combine, because not all veggies mix as well together. And with such information it is easier to create a brand new dish :) I also use info from receipes as to how to prepare something, like avocado, for dishes. So... in a nutshell that is how I cook :)

Hosting bugzilla with Microsoft IIS

Wasted a lot of hours this weekend trying to setup bugzilla on IIS. So, if I ever need to do that again I'd rather read this post then figuring out the issues again :).

Most of what you have to do is documented in the bugzilla docs. More information is given at bugzilla.glob.com.au/guides/windows. One important issue which costed me many hours to figure out was how to run perl(cgi). If you follow the docs then you set the handler of ".cgi" files to be something like c:\perl\bin\perl.exe "%s" %s.

Two things with this:
1) As you quickly discover you need to remove the -wT part of the first line in all the source files. (thanks to VS.NET replace in files for fixing this job!). This is written in the docs, but I failed to read that first :).

2) You _must_ set the path to where perl will execute as well. With ActiveState this is done through the -x argument, such as c:\perl\bin\perl.exe -x c:\inetpub\wwwroot\bugzilla. If not perl will have c:\inetpub\wwwroot as it's current directory which breaks a lot of things.

My executable information for ".cgi" is the following c:\perl\bin\perl.exe -x[path to bugzilla] -WT "%s" %s

Which File Extension are You?

You are .inf You are informative.
When you are gone you make life very difficult for others.
Which File Extension are You?

Woho!

Just got to know that Lene and myself got selected to do a master thesis by Teleca.

Some information about the thesis is given in this document.

First thing to do now is to write a short memo about what we are gonna try to do/solve in this thesis, which is unfortunately due on Friday so we haven't got much time to do it. (And even more unfortunately is the fact that I have to deliver documentation for the operating system project I've taken this session this Friday as well!).

Team America

Haven't had much spare time to write more about spring-break and other things happening here. But just watched a quick preview of the Team America by the creators of South Park. It seems as funny as 'South Park' and 'Cannibal the Musical', so I'm definitively looking forward to this one :).

The preview can be found here.

Spring Break!

So, what did I end up doing for spring-break?

Well, let's check the list:

  • No plan at all - just see what happends from a day to day basis...


  • Invite my good old friends Johnny Walker and Jameson to my place for a week. Maybe mr. Baccardi also comes along?


  • Use the money originally planned to be spent on the Whitsunday trip to buy a surfboard and a wetsuit and go to some beach and surf for the whole week. And check out some pubs during the evenings.. would of course be a lot more fun together with more people.


  • Spend the week outside Kentucky Fried Cruelty and demonstrate against them :)



I ended up doing point 2, 3 and I came to Whitsunday :D (Wearing a KFC Cruelty t-shirt I did some of point 4 too!). Actually I bougth a surfboard the weekend before spring-break. Lene, Solrun and I took a day trip over to the beach at Manly Island.

Johnny-boy had to stay at home, but Jameson & Baccardi came along to Whitsunday with me for a couple of days with sailing and fun :).

I couldn't leave Monday because of some quite strange workshop as explained earlier. But I found out that I could fly at 0630am on Tuesday, catch a bus at 1030am from Mackay airport and be at Arlie Beach, Whitsunday at 1230pm and still have one hour before the boat left the harbour... so I did that. I'm always nervous when travelling and changing vehicles, because you never know if you reach the next vehicle or not.

Everything seemed quite nice until I came to Brisbane where I had to change to another airplane to come to Mackay. I had 30min on Mackay airport to get my baggage + find the bus to Arlie Beach, and suddenly the airplane from Brisbane to Mackay was delayed. Um.. I didn't like that, but there isn't much to do with it, except hoping the bus+boat would wait for me :). Finally the we could board the airplane and fly away to Mackay. Fortunately we landed close to 10am as planned and I was happy with the situation. I found the bus quickly (Mackay Airport is very small, close to Vigra Airport for people familiar with it), and after a two hour long busride I arrived Arlie Beach.

Had a lot of luck that day, so I found my friends quite quickly and after a little while we entered the sailing boat.

Um.. I've gotta get some sleep now so the rest of the spring-break story will come later. Some pictures are up on my gallery-page, and more will be added later. Ciao!

Learning to surf at Kronulla Beach

At 11. Septhember I was at a surfing course at Kronulla Beach. Kronulla is the longest (6km) beach of Sydney. I've done some snowboarding earlier in my life and expected surfing to be close, but harder.

I was harder, actually a lot harder. To stand up on snowboard you just have to stand up like you would normally do, and after a while you learn to get some balance so you don't fall down :). With surfing you start lying on the board, and it's quite hard to stand up. That day I managed to partly stand up :).

Some pictures can be found here.

Rock Against Howard concert

Long time since I've written something here now, but I'll try to fix that tonight ;).

On 17. Septhember we (Lene, Solrun, Kate, Thorjan and me that is) was at the Rock Against Howard show here in Sydney. It was at the Metro Theatre.

First I did a stupid thing regards to getting the tickets. I had already ordered them at Ticketek, so I had to get them before 7pm that day. Unfortunately my Friday class is finished at 6pm so I didn't have much time (I left a bit earlier to get more time on me though :)). Um.. yeah the stupid thing. I was very convinced that the Metro Theatre was at the far end of George Street, close to where you can see the famous opera house etc. So I started of from house number ~600 and went/ran down to George st. 84. Woho.. but.. where was that Metro Theatre? I found a nice looking restaurant, but nothing close to the Metro Theatre. So I called Solrun who was at home and asked her if she could locate it. And I wasn't quite happy to hear that it actually is located somewhere close to where I first entered George Street (house nr. ~600). But I got the tickets at last :).

So, I got home close to 8pm and the show started at 8pm. But I needed some food first so I went down to Domino's Pizza a few metres away from Lydia(our house :)) and ordered a pizza. I waited something like 20min for the pizza and went down to catch it, but was it there? Oh no.. they had given it to someone else, claiming he was me or something like that. Good that you don't pay in advance at Domino's ;). End of that digression was that I got my pizza for free :).

Okidoki, we came to the concert place 10pmish I think and there was a break between the 1st and the 2nd show. I can't remember the name of the band, but it sucked bigtime. Very boring, and most of the other people I sow was half asleep too... They reminded me a _little_ bit of R.E.M., but a very poor version that is.

A quick break and then the 3rd band entered the stage. This was some hip-hop band, The HERD, which was quite cool, and the crowd woke up a bit. Sounded a bit like Moder Jords Massiva when they're playing more hip-hop music :).

And finally(for me!) Frenzal Rhomb entered the stage. Woho! Suddenly circle pits started and most of the people in the pit were jumping/moshing around :D. The floor was very slippery though, so I believe I fell down at least five times during the concert, but people were nice and picked eachother up again. Frenzal Rhomb plays some very fast & cool punk music.

Spam can be fun!

Found this site through this link: www.spamusement.com.

Didn't know you can have so much fun with spam :) Sometimes I read a few of the ones I get (ca. 100 each day I guess) to see what ridiculous things they think I'll need :)

Well, off to the uni now...

What to do during Spring Break?

In the last week of Septhember 'Spring break' starts here. That is, it should start. But one of my courses wants to have some obligatory workshop at 27. Septhember instead. Which doesn't fit very well to the original plan for 'Spring break'.
The original plan was to travel along with some friends to Whitsundays for a week. And included is sailing for three days. But since I can't leave Sydney until Tuesday morning (the workshop is finished at 9pm/2100) I doubt that I will catch that sailboat :/. I sent a mail today to the professor asking him if the workshop could be moved or if I could complete the workshop at a different date.. I'm looking forward to read a positive answer to that mail ;) But if he the answer is negative then I need to have another plan for what to do during 'spring break'. Here is what I've come up with so long:
  • No plan at all - just see what happends from a day to day basis...
  • Invite my good old friends Johnny Walker and Jameson to my place for a week. Maybe mr. Baccardi also comes along?
  • Use the money originally planned to be spent on the Whitsunday trip to buy a surfboard and a wetsuit and go to some beach and surf for the whole week. And check out some pubs during the evenings.. would of course be a lot more fun together with more people.
  • Spend the week outside Kentucky Fried Cruelty and demonstrate against them :)

  • Currently I'm thinking about nr. 2 from the list above. But let's see what happens... Oh I'm sooo looking forward to be finished with all *explicitives removed* assignments etc now :) Just a few months left now...

Blink 182 concert

I'm a bit slow on writing here :/. But Tuesday last week (7. September to be precise) I was at a Blink 182 concert here in Sydney (at the Hordern Pavillion) :).
Wohoo! It was a fun concert. Too bad that I got the last ticket so I was alone there. There were two other bands playing first, Gyroscope and Sparta.
Gyroscope played first. I believe they're some Australian band or something like that. It was just okay, but I don't think I want to listen to them again :). I was very close to the front of the pit, and seemed like some of the other people liked them better than me...
And then Sparta played. They rocked :) very cool band, and a lot of action in the crowd too. I had the same position basicly, but it's hard to stand on the same place when the crowd is moving so much :).
Finally Blink 182 entered the stage. Call them sell-outs or whatever, but they have very funny shows anyways, and they didn't disappoint me. They always do lot's of funny stuff between the songs. For example they asked the crowd to hold their mobile phones up in the air(and with the light turned on). It looked like a little city from a distance.. quite cool. heheh and then they said something funny about it which I can't remember (should have written this last week.. it was something about that we should be ashamed of it for some reason..).
At the start of the concert I was in the middle of the pit, but during the first song I got so tired in my legs so I decided to move out (which wasn't easy with lot's of people moving from behind..). Guess I'm getting old or something :/.
Unfortunately the sound was so high at the Blink 182 concert that I started getting some problems with one of my ears, so I had to move around to find a position where that ear was a bit hidden from the sound... not easy to find, but after a while it got better happily.
In the end they said something like this: "Well, here is the plan. We will play one more song now, then go off the stage so it seems like the concert is over, before we come back and play two more songs. blah blah blah". And they did it too :) Actually after the "extra songs" Mark(I think it was.. not sure..) stayed on the stage and said he was sorry that he was the only one back on the stage. And then he asked if we wanted to listen to a guitar solo by him.. of course the crowd wanted that, so he played something.. I remember he made some really high tunes which wasn't good for my ears... and when he finished he wondered if we wanted to listen to a drum solo too, and after playing the drums for a while he left the stage too.
So, a funny evening... thanks for moshing!! :) Now I'm looking forward to attend the Frenzal Rhomb is gonna play, which I hope will be fun :)

Nice neighbours!

Bah.. stupid me went out to check the mailbox, and forgot to take with me the keys for the outside gate, so I only took with me the mailbox key.

Happily a guy living in one of the other units here in Lydia (which is the name of the house I'm living in)(check out Lene's gallery for some pictures of Lydia) was home when I rang the doorbell and opened up the gate for me :D

Strange Fruit Testing #1: Paw paw

A lot of the fruit & vegetables they sell here in Australia is also available in Norway (such as bananas, apples, etc.), but some of the fruit here I've never seen before and in this category I'll try to give a quick review about them.

Earlier this week I was shopping and was thinking about buying a half pineapple(not the canned type), but then between the pineapples and melons a different fruit attracted my attention: the paw paw!

It seems a lot like a honeydew melon in shape. But there are a lot of differences when you inspect it more closer:
  • The stones are small and black. Looks a little like lenses.

  • The consistency is similar to the mango fruit.

  • It smells quite yucky (like in: you don't really want to eat me, do you?)

And the biggest difference is that honeydew melon tastes very good (unfortunately I'm allergic to it so I can't eat much of it..) and paw paw tastes um.. yucky :/.

You can find images of it here: Google Images search for paw paw.

Das Partyzelt am Albanifest in Winterthur

This is a Macromedia Flash game where the goal is to just keep a drunk man walking. Very cool that he does yodel sometimes :) Move your mouse to keep the man standing...

www.wagenschenke.ch

Edit: Forgot to add name of url inside tags...

PADI certification

Oh yeah! I've been taking a PADI Open Water Diver course here in Sydney, and thursday this week(2004.08.26) I got certified :). So now I can go down to a maximum depth of 18 meters and greet with fishes and what else.

When diving at that thursday we even saw some quite small sharks(approx. 1 meter long). They were sleeping and hopefully had some sweet dreams :) Also I saw lot's of strange fishes, some which could have been "actors" in "Finding Nemo" :)

woho :)

Introduction

Hi and welcome to my site! I'm Andreas Häber :)

Here is a little introduction about myself for people who don't know who I am.

My hometown is Aalesund, Norway. It's a town with approximately 40000 inhabitants, in the mid-west of Norway.

My current occupation is to study Computer Engineering. I've got a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer engineering from Buskerud University College, and now I'm studying for a Master of Science degree in computers at Agder University College in Grimstad(also in Norway). A nice thing with Agder University College is that we can take part of the degree at some other university. So I'm taking my final year at the
University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia together with my friend Lene. Woho! It's very nice down here :). More about my life down-under to come in further entries.

Well, that was a quick list about my education. Besides taking degrees and such I actually also like to do other stuff(I guess you won't believe that by looking at my book-list to the right here ;)). Doing sports, watching movies, partys and um.. more things I guess is also things I enjoy doing.

Sports I've done in the past or still practice are: Soccer(at Aalesund Fotball Klubb), diving, greek-roman wrestling(at Ålesund Bryteklubb), skiing(cross-country, slalom) and snowboarding. Soon I'm gonna add surfing to that list, hopefully ;)

So, what am I gonna write about here? We'll see when the time comes. But a few things will be: what I'm doing here down-under, about computer development, maybe some vegetarian dishes(yeah, I'm a vegetarian) and various other things of course.

ciao!
Andy


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