Not about everything

October 27, 2013

Forgotten

Not sure how other men deal with it, so maybe you could let me know if you read this. My situation is this: I have a family, we are living in the house were I once lived alone. And now we are moving to another house. That means that all stuff stored comes along, and I found something which I do not know how to classify: a small collection of female underwear, apparently left by women who slept at my place. They are from before my current wife and me started. The underwear was stored somewhere and I just found it.

Of course I could have just thrown it away, they are probably sort of trophies from another time in my life. They do not fit in my current life. But then again it used to be my life and I care about my past.

Here is what I did: I took photos of them, and then threw them away.

left female underwear

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December 16, 2012

Documenting my own life

Finally I have found what I have been looking for: a virtual machine with mediawiki installed,  it is here.

As many of us, I have boxes full of unsorted photos from before digital photography, I have boxes full of handwritten letters from before email (yes I am old) and generally I have lots of memories which I think are worthwhile remembering. Well, maybe my children won’t care very much about my memories. But maybe one day they, or their children’s children get interested in genealogy. I did. And I very much would like to have some more information about my great grandparents personal life. Something more then just their date of birth, marriage and death. I wished they left some more documents. But they could hardly write and photography was for a different class in those days.

Maybe someday someone will be lightly interested in my life. Not as much as I am of course. To me – I have to admit –  my life is of quite some importance. And I have done some efforts to materialize my memories. A directory on my computer devoted to my life, a dozen of annotated photo books on the shelf.

So I have been looking for a way to document my life that would be easy for me, easy for others and sort of permanent. Permanent in the sense that in 30 or 100 years people should still have software to open it.  My guess is that HTML is the most permanent format. There is so much  information in HTML available now already, that it will be and remain worthwhile to have programs understanding HTML.

Easy for me means, that is it is easy to expand and easy to change and wikipedia came to my mind. I know that editing in wikipedia isn’t immediately easy, but I have done enough wikipedia edits to be familiar with it. The outcome is HTML. So anyone can easily consume it.  It is not very hard to learn to edit it.  So,  as a benefit, I could allow my wife and children to have an account and also add articles and edit stuff.

Running it in a Virtual Machine is great, because it is easy to duplicate (“fork”),  so every child of mine could get his own copy and share it with his own children. Even in the long run, I think that virtual machines will make sense. Maybe  in 50 years, to run my current vm, it needs a vm in a vm in a vm.  But it sounds like it will be possible. Or maybe people will just have everything in a cloud. Who can predict the future?

I am aware that I might drop a precious idea here. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an online project based on our personal lives, our personal stories and histories that we can write ourselves. We could give relatives and friend permissions to view or even edit certain articles, as they would give to us.  It would result in a vast  network of personal history. Nothing like the neutrality of the wikipedia (nothing against that). Just our own stories and the stories of those who matter(ed) to us.

Anyway, I expect that the wikiproject that I just started will live on for some centuries – given that my “line” doesn’t die out.

So at the end: a big cheerio for the people from BitNami, for providing a virtual machine with MediaWiki pre installed. Because I am simply too lazy (or rather too busy with other things) to make such a thing myself. http://bitnami.org/stack/mediawiki

February 8, 2009

Did the Romans have digital cameras 2000 years before our era?

Filed under: history,mystery — takaita @ 11:59
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No.

October 7, 2008

Goodbye to the machine

Filed under: history — takaita @ 18:32
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After I write my previous message, I got a bit into nostalgia. It is always hard for me to throw things away. Sometimes things can no longer pile up, something has to happen. So earlier this year I had to say goodbye to an old PC. I had assembled it myself in 1996. It had functioned for a couple of years before I got a newer one. Occasionally I used the old one for some things, but its use reduced in time. Last year I assembled a third one, faster, bigger, better – and the use for #1 was lost. It did not run anything newer then Windows 95, it was hopelessly slow. I did try Linux on it, but that did not turn it into a racing monster. In short: I had to get rid of it, because it was only taking up valuable space in my house.

As I said, it’s hard to say goodbye to things that have served me well. For memory’s sake, I took some last photos.

Award BIOS
Award BIOS

Soundblaster 16
Soundblaster 16

Motherboard with mainly ISA slots
Motherboard / ISA / PCI

November 11, 1993

Filed under: history — takaita @ 13:49
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While cleaning out some old boxes, I found this printed on a paper. I’ll throw the paper away, but leave the text here just for old times sake.

page 1
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
DEVICEHIGH=C:\STACKER\STACKER.COM E:\STACVOL.000 D:\STACVOL.001
DEVICE=C:\STACKER\SSWAP.COM D: G:
DOS=HIGH, UMB
DEVICEHIGH=C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.SYS 1024
FILES=30
BUFFERS=30
COUNTRY=031,850,C:\DOS\COUNTRY.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\SETVER.EXE
STACKS=9,256

page 2
LH C:\MOUSE.COM
LH C:\F-PROT\VIRSTOP
@ECHO OFF
PROMPT $p$g
PATH = C:\NORTON;C:\WINDOWS;C:\DOS;C:\STACKER
MIRROR C: D: E:
LOADHIGH C:\DOS\DOSKEY

September 7, 2007

A greeting to future historians

Filed under: history,idea,world wide web — takaita @ 22:53
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Link rot, web archive, copyleft to preserve content for the future, the digital dark age. I was in a discussion on the interweb about this. The current diarrhea of weblogs and myspace stuff and photos, the highly praised content of web 2.0, created by the average user about his or her average life and average opinion. It should all be preserved. Future historians want to know all about us.

Yes, I gladly join. This is my content. Mediocre as can be.

For the occasion, a special greeting to future historians. Let me keep it simple. One word. “Hi

Mikulov - Jewish cemetery

As always it needs a photo. What is more appropriate then a photo taken on a graveyard.

August 29, 2007

For Geoffrey

Filed under: history — takaita @ 22:10
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Through the keyhole

We were sitting there, in the chapel.

They showed us this painting, made by you. How you would carefully look through the keyhole to the world outside. Many other things were said and done, music played. You know how it goes.

Not sure what to say now. Does “goodbye” have any meaning? Or just that you will be remembered?

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