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GSoC Welcome Package

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I have been accepted into Google’s Summer of Code program this year to work for the MacPorts project. In a nutshell, I will be writing an equivalent to Gentoo’s revdep-rebuild – if you’re interested in the details, check out my proposal.

At the beginning of GSoC, every student receives a welcome package from Google, with a few goodies and a prepaid Visa card through which they will be paid. I have received this package yesterday and want to share my unboxing experience ;)

whatthecommit.com Git Hook

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whatthecommit.com generates commit messages for the lazy… but being one of the laziest people, this isn’t just easy enough!

I currently use Git for most of my version control needs. I’m keeping all of my hand-ins for university under version control to be able to sync them between university and my laptop easily and to make it easy for others to contribute (and sometimes they actually do!). But those of you using version control systems know what the biggest problem with version control is: Thinking of a commit message. Wait no moar! The ultimate solution is here!

whatthecommit.com is a website that provides you with a fresh commit message every time you load it. So all you have to do, is copy and paste the line into your commit window. Still too much work? That’s why git comes with hook scripts. Paste the following code in .git/hooks/prepare-commit-msg in your working copy and make the file executable and you’ll be provided with a wonderful commit message every time you type git commit automatically!

# A hook script to prepare the commit log message.
# Called by "git commit" with the name of the file that has the
# commit message, followed by the description of the commit
# message's source.  The hook's purpose is to edit the commit
# message file.  If the hook fails with a non-zero status,
# the commit is aborted.

case "$2,$3" in
	,|template,)
		line=$( curl -L http://whatthecommit.com/ 2>/dev/null | grep -Po '(?<=\<p\>).*$' )
		file=$( sed '1d' "${1}" )
		echo "${line}" > "${1}"
		echo "${file}" >> "${1}"
	;;
	*) ;;
esac

Windows 7 on MSI K9N Platinum (nForce 570 SLI)

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Recently, a fresh Windows install was due on my home PC primarly used by my parents and my family after my switch to a MacBook about a year ago.

However, whenever I tried to start the installation routine, the setup would boot into the “Windows is starting”-screen with the nicely animated glowing 7-logo, but stay there indefinitely without an error message. When starting the setup in safe mode, the setup would just hang after

Loaded: \Windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys

I started searching the internet for similar problems and found a couple of recommendations related to nForce chipsets. Some told you to disable your on-board LAN ports (which I’m not using anyway) and a lot of similar disable-some-hardware tips, which, unfortunately, did not help at all. I had almost given up on Windows 7 and re-installed XP, when I decided to try a BIOS-update as a last resort. After using MSI’s rather comfortable LiveUpdate – an Internet Explorer Active-X plugin optimized for IE5 and 800x600 which works surprisingly well – the Windows 7 setup did work fine. It felt a little weird when the BIOS update utility ran within Windows and does a hard-reset after updating the BIOS, but that’s probably better than rebooting with a possibly non-working BIOS.

Bon Appetit at the Erlangen Cafeteria

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It’s no secret the canteen on the Erlangen university’s southern campus is not the best – but I haven’t seen something like that before.

Worm on a plate with noodles

A little bit disgusting if you ask me – I was lucky, it wasn’t my meal, though…