Current reading

I spent most of the weekend reading, as I got a lot of books as birthday gifts, and didn’t had the time to read them last month.
First Haruki Murakami’s “Underground”. A book about the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo Subway by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. It is very thrillilng to read especially when you are sitting in a subway. I like the philosophising eastern, a bit depressive style of the author, I think i will try to read more books from him.
The second book was “Spies” by Michael Frayn. Although most reviewers on the Internet seem to like the book, i found it difficult to read, as it is constantly switching between an old man remembering his childhood and the young boy who lives his childhood. The story is fascinating, but the end reads like the author went out of paper.
Today I read Willem Elsschot’s “Cheese”. This is one of the most important dutch books, but i didn’t like it either. According to the reviews it should be humorous, but i was rather bored and annoyed. Luckily it was rather short.
Now the only unread book in my bookshelf is a Terry Pratchett “The Science of the Diskworld”…

MT Bug

Today I noticed a serious MT Bug. If i delete a spamcomment and then click on SAVE instead of REBUILD the blogentry gets replaced with the spamcomment. Argh. A reason to switch the blog software…

My first KDE Applet

I just finished my first KDE Applet, it displays how many minutes the students in our computer rooms are allowed to surf.
I was impressed how easy it was to implement the I/O and the timer, but I am still fighting with the GUI Layout. Here are two screenshots:
I haven’t managed to use a QVBoxLayout as I originally planned, so I am using static sizes, which sucks because if the taskbar height is reduced, the QLCDNumber keeps its size. The Code is here

Trackback spam works

Today I looked at the stats of my blog. The most read article by far (461 hits) was this one. A really uninteresting entry about my wisdom tooth (BTW he is still happily where he belongs, in my mouth). The reason it is read so often are the two trackbacks i send to the MovableType Blog and Tima’s blog because of the MT licensing debate. Probably a lot of people wondered what my wisdom tooth has to do with the MT license. To make it clear, my teeth are not available under any license.
Second is the Wikipedia article (179 hits), where I also send a number of pings to popular blogs. The third one is the first article, who is read because of search engine hits, BSD and USB Webcams (91 hits).