Sunday, November 27, 2011

I am going on a journey tonight – how to reach me over the phone?

Facebook friends can see my valid mobile phone number; my home and my office phone numbers stay the same, calls get forwarded "reasonably".

I will definitely return to Berlin on December, 23rd. I will return to Berlin for the weekend occasionally.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Journal: end of the line for syslog? - The H Open Source: News and Features

Journal: end of the line for syslog? - The H Open Source: News and Features: Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers have developed a new logging system for Linux. The Journal daemon, which integrates with the service management daemon systemd, is intended as a replacement for syslog

New user interface for Firefox on Android - The H Open Source: News and Features

New user interface for Firefox on Android - The H Open Source: News and Features: Tonight's Nightly build of Firefox for Android will see the mobile browser gain a native user interface, replacing XUL. The change should make the browser load faster and reduce the amount of memory it requires

Netfilter developers working on NAT for ip6tables - The H Open Source: News and Features

Netfilter developers working on NAT for ip6tables - The H Open Source: News and Features: Netfilter developer Patrick McHardy has released patches for the ip6tables IPv6 packet filter under Linux; the patches allow the software to replace the address information in IPv6 data packets

Thursday, November 24, 2011

rsync, ionice, iotop

c't-Archiv, 23/2011, Seite 154: "Rsync zwingt Linux-Server in die Knie".

The above article (in German) is about using rsync together with ionice (like "nice" but for I/O load).
You can watch your processes' I/O load with iotop (like "top" but for I/O load).

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adium offers 1.5rcX updates, but they keep crashing on start up and restarting

So I keep re-installing 1.4.4, which causes me no headache.

Update 2011-12-24:
Still the same problem (incompatibility with the Skype plugin) up until 1.5b8.

Update 2012-02-01:

Still the same problem (incompatibility with the Skype plugin) up until 1.5rc2.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Unknown network event causing BIND 9 DNS server crashes - The H Security: News and Features

Unknown network event causing BIND 9 DNS server crashes - The H Security: News and Features

Rails updates close XSS hole - The H Security: News and Features

Rails updates close XSS hole - The H Security: News and Features

Google enhances WebP to take on PNG - The H Open Source: News and Features

Google enhances WebP to take on PNG - The H Open Source: News and Features

Forget love, biological sex is a battlefield - Boing Boing

Forget love, biological sex is a battlefield - Boing Boing

Israel effectively annexes Palestinian land near Jordan Valley - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israel effectively annexes Palestinian land near Jordan Valley - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

seeing my dentist

Understanding Apple fans - O'Reilly Radar

Understanding Apple fans - O'Reilly Radar

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

openSUSE 12.1 arrives with systemd and Btrfs - The H Open Source: News and Features

openSUSE 12.1 arrives with systemd and Btrfs - The H Open Source: News and Features

XML::FeedPP - Parse/write/merge/edit RSS/RDF/Atom syndication feeds - metacpan.org

XML::FeedPP - Parse/write/merge/edit RSS/RDF/Atom syndication feeds - metacpan.org

XML::Atom::Feed - Atom feed - metacpan.org

XML::Atom::Feed - Atom feed - metacpan.org

Report: Android malware continues to rise - The H Security: News and Features

Report: Android malware continues to rise - The H Security: News and Features

Google details location services opt-out for Wi-Fi access point owners - The H Security: News and Features

Google details location services opt-out for Wi-Fi access point owners - The H Security: News and Features

Appending "_nomap" to ones SSID – what a sick idea!

Monday, November 14, 2011

rather satisfied with today's page scraping work

I did not experience much trouble, everything works just as expected. There could be more days like this one.

another page scraping task for the same client

It's getting funnier again, after I got more familiar again with my "old" tool set.

  • At first I care for the forward navigation.
  • Got the loop operating.
  • But will the loop also stop?
  • Yes, the loop stops successfully.
  • Now for the content.
  • No, reworking the loop first.
  • Alright, the navigational part works fine.
  • Now for the content.
  • Content matched and split.
  • CSV output is fine.
  • TBD: RSS and Atom output.

My Reasons for Leaving .NET (towards Ruby) - Karthik Hariharan

My Reasons for Leaving .NET - Karthik Hariharan

Finally, a Palestinian "Peace Now"? » Main Feature » Jewish Ideas Daily

Finally, a Palestinian "Peace Now"? » Main Feature » Jewish Ideas Daily

Google's NDK now supports Android 4.0 APIs - The H Open Source: News and Features

Google's NDK now supports Android 4.0 APIs - The H Open Source: News and Features

Talend's Community Coders program - The H Open Source: News and Features

Talend's Community Coders program - The H Open Source: News and Features

Ten Authors of The Agile Manifesto Celebrate its Tenth Anniversary: Agile slaves

Agile slaves

movie: Contagion (2011)

Contagion (2011)

sort of documentary drama. not easy entertainment.

I had dental treatment today, and I felt like things can always get improved, also in the medical area.

'Iran opposition will unite with government should Israel attack' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

'Iran opposition will unite with government should Israel attack' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nicole Fritsche unter Beschuss | Immer mehr Linkspartei-Mitglieder distanzieren sich von der Politikerin, die zum Bespitzeln von Piraten aufrief

Nicole Fritsche unter Beschuss | Telepolis: "Immer mehr Linkspartei-Mitglieder distanzieren sich von der Politikerin, die zum Bespitzeln von Piraten aufrief"

'via Blog this'

AVM cannot prohibit modification of GPL router firmware - The H Open Source: News and Features

AVM cannot prohibit modification of GPL router firmware - The H Open Source: News and Features

Android device maker calls on US DOJ to investigate Microsoft - The H Open Source: News and Features

Android device maker calls on US DOJ to investigate Microsoft - The H Open Source: News and Features

Speculation over Anonymous attacks on Israel - The H Security: News and Features

Speculation over Anonymous attacks on Israel - The H Security: News and Features

Microsoft "in talks" with Huawei over Android patents - The H Open Source: News and Features

Microsoft "in talks" with Huawei over Android patents - The H Open Source: News and Features

Samba gets Microsoft code contribution - The H Open Source: News and Features

Samba gets Microsoft code contribution - The H Open Source: News and Features

book: Introduction to Tornado - O'Reilly Media

Introduction to Tornado - O'Reilly Media

book: The Art of Agile Development - O'Reilly Media

The Art of Agile Development - O'Reilly Media

Friday, November 4, 2011

I need nice samples of XPath and CSS expressions for HTML

Something like /html/body/p…


  • o'Reilly's XPath an XPointer does not have a lot HTML examples
  • search the web for "xpath html" – there are a lot of hita

achieved quite some progress with my current commercial task

details here

C# Dynamic Features Helped Me Learn Ruby » RubySource

C# Dynamic Features Helped Me Learn Ruby » RubySource

my MacBook made a funny noise, sounded a little like "dying hard disk"

how bad! I hate that kind of noise. disks aren't really expensive, but will I be able to copy all the contents of the old disk to the new one, before it's really dead? whatever variant, they all cost far too much time.

"… is now following you on Twitter" – why do I hate these notifications?

I hate them, because 99% of these new followers simply expect you to follow them back, and their names just don't sound intriguing, so I will never follow them back.

my new page scraping assignment – getting familiar again with my toolkit


For my new page scraping assignment I thought for a while of trying a much more modern approach.
That actually kept me from really starting it for quite a couple of weeks now, because it seemed so very tedious and I thought, I don't have like 3 shots for it.
This week I thought about going with my own old approach and about making use of the state-of-the-art technology at a (slightly) later stage. That should work.
So where is my software and where is my documentation?
  • I remember, I had left a link here at my Aleph-Soft.com website
  • that leads me to my slightly more extensive dedicated article
  • of course, while I read it, I switch to the sources of that article, so that I can improve the article "en passent"; OMG: running that DocBook website toolchain even works after at least a year or so! I'm amazed. well, not updating software does have some positive side-effects.
  • does LiveHTTPHeaders still work with my current Firefox? LiveHTTPHeaders is one of the reasons I still keep my Firefox updated, although I chose Chromium as my main browser on all platforms (*** bookmark ***)
  • what about its cousin ieHTTPHeaders for IE? WTF, where does it actually live and get maintained? alright, I assume Jonas Blunck is the creator and maintainer
  • is there anything like *HTTPHeaders for Chrome/Chromium? that would be nice; I would have to make my respective tool read its logfile then
  • creating a perl script from LiveHTTPHeaders's log file still works
  • integrated that perl script into my framework for that kind of stuff
  • download the root HTML page, parsing it, extracting the 1st few bits of information wanted
  • download the 1st linked page; the navigation doesn't go further / deeper than this
  • TBD: extract the information details from that linked page; CAVEAT: there is an optional intermediate ("region") level within that page
(This article is getting extended and updated these days in early November 2011.)

at its best, "philo-Semitism" led a narrow part of British society to favor the resettlement of Jews in their homeland

British Philo-Semitism, Once and Future » Main Feature » Jewish Ideas Daily

I was tempted to mention, that the link refers to a rather interesting article, but for what other reason did it find its way here?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mercurial 2.0 adds large binary file support - The H Open Source: News and Features

Mercurial 2.0 adds large binary file support - The H Open Source: News and Features: Simpler backporting of individual changes and the ability to handle large binary files efficiently are promised by the latest edition of the distributed revision control tool

Hortonworks launches Apache Hadoop based platform - The H Open Source: News and Features

Hortonworks launches Apache Hadoop based platform - The H Open Source: News and Features: Yahoo spinoff Hortonworks has announced Hortonworks Data Platform, a 100% Apache-licensed Hadoop-based system for "big data" and other large scale distributed computing

fastcompany says the Apple app store is a lot like a casino, with a few big winners, most developers making nada

Striking It Rich In The App Store: For Developers, It's More Casino Than Gold Mine | Fast Company

apparently SPARQL is not going help me with my web-harvesting / page-scraping task

What a pity! Would have been far too elegant. But if everybody makes use of RDF, stealing is just too easy.

Julian Assange Loses Fight To Block Extradition To Sweden

Julian Assange Loses Fight To Block Extradition To Sweden

Selenium 2 Cookbook | Packt

Selenium 2 Cookbook Book & eBook | Packt Publishing Technical & IT Book and eBook Store

Freshmeat is now called Freecode - The H Open Source: News and Features

Freshmeat is now called Freecode - The H Open Source: News and Features

Ruby 1.9.3 arrives with licence change - The H Open Source: News and Features

Ruby 1.9.3 arrives with licence change - The H Open Source: News and Features

Google TV update adds Android Market - The H Open Source: News and Features

Google TV update adds Android Market - The H Open Source: News and Features

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - O'Reilly Radar

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous? - O'Reilly Radar

15 Ways to Make Your Application Feel More Responsive under Google App Engine

High Scalability - High Scalability - 15 Ways to Make Your Application Feel More Responsive under Google App Engine

Dennis Ritchie's legacy of elegantly useful tools - O'Reilly Radar

Dennis Ritchie's legacy of elegantly useful tools - O'Reilly Radar: "We need more people who share Dennis Ritchie's spirit."

Learning SPARQL - O'Reilly Media / came up another time

Learning SPARQL - O'Reilly Media: "Querying and Updating with SPARQL 1.1"

An update alert came in from O'Reilly.

The hope grows, that SPARQL may be the elegant solution to my current web harvesting / page scraping task.

Update 2011-11-02

  • Started reading the book
  • installing the software and the samples
  • running a few samples
  • looks as if SPARQL cannot query HTML resp. XML not formatted resp. marked up specifically (frustration here on my side)