Spreading the word

My girlfriend is still attending college, she is studying to become a teacher in sports and informatics. She was asked to do a presentation at here school today. As we at home mostly use opensource she is familiar with the linux phenomenon. She is actually quit pleased with the results, ie she fully agrees that firefox is a better browser than internet exploder.

Yesterday she was poking my brain about opensource so she could do the presentation. She took our camcorder and started with recording our mythtv box. She really loves this piece of softwer, I don’t think she wants a normal vcr ever again :).
She also took my copy of an elephants dream the first opensource movie. She also recorded the fancy xgl stuff,just for letting her fellow students see that linux in some fields even surpassed windows already. (in my eyes they already did in almost every field 🙂 )

So I wanted to give here a big kiss and hug for helping me spreading the word of opensource software. I hope the presentation goes well for here. Schools and computers mostly don’t go together that well, I hope the dvd and avi file work on the crappy material they have over there.

Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training

As I’m a geek and I want to keep my brain fit, I bought a nintendo DS. Actually for 1 purpose, to do brain training. I’ve got it 3 days and according to the game my brain is already 30 years younger. I’m now 28. Not to bad if you ask me, but it will get better.

How does it work, actually very simple. Dr Kawashima is a doctor at some university in china or japan and he investigated brain activity. His experiments showed that doing small calculations and other kind of excercises increased the brain activity. He created a program that does these excercises. Afterwards it calculates your ‘brain age’, the funny thing is that you actually notice that your brain reacts quicker doing after doing those excercises, probably you just focus more on the excercise or something but it still is nice that you can train to become ‘smarter’.

For all the geeks out there who are also interested in training their brain, try it or something like it (I found some look a likes for windows mobile), and let me know if it works for you 2.

Installing 2 tomcat servers as service on windows

It seems that installing 2 tomcats as a service on 1 win box is not as easy as next,next next. Here is the procedure.

I installed the second tomcat using this command:

tomcat5.exe //IS//ApacheTomcat2 
--DisplayName="Apache Tomcat 5 2" 
--Install="C:/Program Files/Apache Software Foundation/Tomcat 5.5 2/bin/tomcat5.exe" 

Because in this line we named the new tomcat service as ApacheTomcat2. We have to rename the tomcat5w.exe process to ApacheTomcat2w.exe, because we called it like this, when we start the service it looks for the ServiceNamew.exe. After renaming you run the new ApacheTomcat2w.exe and insert all the settings from your firstly installed tomcat.