Friday, March 06, 2015

When programming in Java and using Apache Maven, you might get the following warning, which does no harm but clutters up the output;

[WARNING] Using platform encoding (UTF-8 actually) to copy filtered resources, i.e. build is platform dependent!

The solution is to add the desired platform encoding in your pom.xml file by adding it to 'project.build.sourceEncoding' section of the properties (if you don't have properties, you will need to add them first).



Friday, September 19, 2014

Security on the world wide web is important, projects like Firefox certainly take this serious and i applaud what they are trying to do by making the browser as secure by default as possible. However, when using enterprise software this sometimes gives problems because they always lag behind (a lot in some cases).

Once again, after the latest update of Firefox, i suddenly could no longer connect to the ILO interface of our HP servers. This was caused by the recent addition of 'pkix' in Firefox.

Should you see the following error while connecting to an https enabled site;

An error occurred during a connection to . Issuer certificate is invalid. (Error code: sec_error_ca_cert_invalid)

Simply disable pkix verification through: about:config - security.use_mozillapkix_verification - false

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Retro find: Commodore Vic20

Went to look for an Amiga 500, but it was in a bad shape and had just too many missing pieces and i found it not worth the time when there are so many more perfect A500's available. My eye caught another piece of equipment from the same owner - A Commodore VIC-20. I asked him if i could take that instead and he agreed.


The VIC-20 is famous for being the first affordable home computer and further development of the platform would later turn out to be the iconic C64. Notice that the casing is much the same, except the color is lighter.
Included are a 16kB expansion (without it, it only has 3kB of memory!) and a tape unit.

Remember: If you have retro gear and want to get rid of it, don't throw it in the trash, but donate it to a collector like me (or one of the many others).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Retro find: Amiga 2000

My latest retro find is this Amiga 2000 (rev 6). It has 2 disk drives and a CD drive installed (however the CD drive is no longer connected). Still has the original battery, which is not leaking yet! but i won't be waiting too long to replace it before it can do damage.
The A2000 case is in good condition, however a '0' dropped of, so now it says 'Amiga 200' :) and there is a sticker on the side from 'The Simpsons', which is kind of cool and i'll probably leave it on there.
Not too many scratches or yellowing. There is no keyboard anymore, but that is not a big problem.


Included is also a 'BSC Tandem IDE controller', although it isn't really any good. It's main purpose is to control CD drives. Clearly first generation because it has two connectors; one for ATAPI drives and one for Mitsumi drives (remember those?). It is also possible to attach hard drives, but it does not support autobooting, luckily i still have a spare 'Buddha flash' available (which supports autoboot and up to 8 ide devices), combined with a compact flash card this will work perfectly.


Also included is a genuine Commodore monitor, but i won't be using that.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Heb je nog een oude/retro computer (Atari, Commodore, MSX, Amstrad/Schneider, Sinclair, ... - 8 bit, 16 bit, ...) op zolder staan waar je niets meer mee doet? Of eentje die niet meer (goed) werkt? Ik zorg er wel voor dat deze een nieuw plaatsje krijgen in mijn collectie, daar kunnen ze dan nog jaren verder en worden ze in werkende staat gehouden. In die gevallen waar ze niet meer te herstellen zijn, nemen we er de nog werkende onderdelen uit om zo andere weer tot leven te wekken.
Contacteer me via Google+ of op Twitter (of laat hier een berichtje achter) mocht je er nog zo eentje staan hebben en om verder af te spreken (toch beter dan naar het container park te brengen).

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011







Fosdem weekend is already over, and it was fabulous once again. There are just so many great sessions and talks that sometimes it's hard to choose. This year there were 6000 open source minded people present, and this is getting problematic. On Saterday i had a lot of problems getting into rooms because most of them were full. What i did notice is that a lot of guys take their girlfriends along, don't ask me why, because most of the time these girls are bored and don't really want to be there. I don't have anything against geek-girls, who are there to learn, i just think it is silly that some people are not able to attend a talk for that reason.
Never the less, great conference. What captured my attention is the strong presense of open source embedded solutions, going from arduino to satellites. Perl is still going strong with fresh and cool projects. Even though the perl crowd is older then most other projects, there is some young blood blowing fresh air. They definatly need a person like Sawyer, which is a very good and entertaining speaker. It's also interesting to see that the main talks don't draw that many listeners anymore and all the action is found in the developer rooms.