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A month has gone by and winter has come!

My latest post was already a month ago! So what’s up? For starters, winter has come and a lot of snow has fallen down. Other than that, not much really. I did start with my LPIC-1 study and hope to get a lot more done when Christmas comes. The current plan is to take the LPIC-1 101 exam around February, with 102 done somewhere before the summer. If successful I’ll be LPIC-1 certified around July 2010!

Other than that I’ve also been reading a bit from the books that I’ve listed on my bucket list. Game Coding Complete, 3rd edition is particularly interesting. Read about some cool stuff like a process manager and being able to execute a chain of processes after process gets killed. It’s not like it’s some sort of rocket science, but it’s an interesting technique to help write clean code. Another thing that gets quite some attention is resource handling and sticking it in a cache. All of this should make writing game prototypes a lot easier.

One particular thing that’s also on my bucket list is forming or joining a band. This was something I didn’t mean to happen very soon, but I got in contact with a drummer and we’re planning to jam very soon. Still looking for a bassist though. Looking forward to it!

Anyhow, although I just said that not much is up it looks like there is. I also plan on writing some articles on topics I come across whilst studying for my LPIC-1 certificate. Most of these articles will probably be reference material for myself.

TODO or not TODO, that’s the question?

Added a new page which contains a todo list of stuff I want to learn/do.

Why? Let me quote myself 🙂

“My head gets clodded with lots of ideas and things I need to do. So much that I decided I need to create a list.”

So, if you’d like to know what’s on the list, go see it yourself.

Upgrading Ubuntu server delayed for next LTS version

Today at work we decided to wait for the next LTS version of Ubuntu, 10.04. Currently we run 7.04 which is no longer receiving updates. For a while now actually. This summer I worked on planning the upgrade process from 7.04 to 7.10, and finally to 8.04. Which is the current LTS version.

I was able to do a dry run upgrade on our backup server. So I was able to document every step of the upgrade process. Ubuntu upgrades nicely and from 7.04 to 8.04 there are only minor changes that need to be done in our configurations. Even the HP iLO software, for which support on Debian based systems is a bit vague, works out of the box with a native driver. No longer do I need to manually compile the HP iLO driver after every kernel update.

Originally we planned on doing the upgrade somewhere this month or December. But due to tight schedules (it’s quite busy for us) January or February seemed be more likely. Since 10.04, the next LTS version with support until April 2015, is out in April 2010 it likely doesn’t hurt to wait a little bit longer. As far as I know every LTS version so far was easily upgradeable to the next LTS version. So I expect upgrading is going to be a breeze. But of course, I’ll be running tests first when 10.04 gets released.

Why not upgrade to 8.04 first and run that first for a couple of months? Well, support for 8.04 ends in 2013, so 10.04 gives us more years of updates. Also, the upgrade process takes (down)time, time to get there, man-hours that need to be paid etc. etc. Further more, without a doubt, with every upgrade there are some issues going to arise. Small and trivial or stuff that brings down every website that’s running on it. Resolving these issues also takes time, which delays the progress of other projects and what not. By skipping yet another version I think we’ll actually save time.

I’m looking forward to it actually. On of the cool things I’m looking forward to is being able to upgrade Zend Framework from 1.8 to 1.9+. I’m also planning to use memcached and perhaps some PHP optimizer to greatly speed up some of the webapplications. And of course, Perl 5.10 (perhaps 5.12 by then?). Although we, unfortunately, don’t use Perl for our websites I like to keep Perl up to date as we use it for several system administration programs. CouchDB also caught my eye :-).

OK, enough for now. Bedtime :-).

Twitter update?

I’m checking if my freshly installed Twit-update plugin works. If all is well it should have added a new tweet to my account.

Now all you faithful followers will be updated when I post a new blog entry or edit one!

New website launched

So I’ve finally decided to do something useful with my website!

I’ve been planning to writing my own CMS to maintain my website from day one. Thing is, due to my day job taking up 40+ hours a week I don’t have much time to focus on this. Besides, my day job is web development so I really don’t have much energy nor motivation left to write a CMS. I figured others already did the hard part for me so instead, why not use what’s out there?

I’ve taken a look at MoveableType, which has a very nice admin panel, but installing it on a shared hosting provider is a bit of a pain so I ended up testing it in VMWare. Because of bad Perl support in shared webhosting land I wasn’t really looking forward to all the headaches updating would give me.

So what’s next? I had used WordPress a couple of years ago. Didn’t really like it, nor the interface nor the codebase. I was very surprised to see the new admin panel. Very easy to use just like MoveableType. The big pro for WordPress is it’s ease of installation, and the amount of themes and plugins.

At the moment I’m busy setting up all the pages. I plan on using this site to keep you updated on all my projects, be it games, applications or my BlitzMax user libraries. But I’ll also use the blog for my hobbies, which include guitar playing, Atari Jaguar, my dog and what not :-).

For now, this post is long enough me thinks!