Monthly Archives: september 2008

I quit … HALLELUJAH!!!

Just came back from a visit to the local church office on my parish, where I filled out a form to quit the Danish state church, folkekirken. Boy does it feel good to finally having that done! 😀

I’m fairly happy I got this done this week, because next week is my 20th birthday, so I’ll be entering a new decade in my life, with this fresh change, which is going to be nice. Now I never have to worry about accidentally paying the church tax (In the case I had forgotten about quitting the state church) when I get a job in the future, which would go towards funding what I have termed the Sunday Circus, when I am being polite, or the weekly circle jerk on Sundays, when I am not being polite.

Anyway, I hope we Danes get our act together and separate church and state in the future, if the Swedes can do it, bloody hell we can too!
Being a socialist, I am obviously not that big a fan of privatizations, however there is one privatization I’d love to see done, and that would be the privatization of the Danish state church, buildings, employees, every damn thing that has got to do with this joke that only 2,5% of the population actually use. And then we could stop spending 650 million DKK a year for funding this stuff!
If we look at history, it shows us that there’s tons of money in religion, I’m sure there’d be a buyer for the state church! 😈

If you are a member of the Danish state church, and just got offended, look in the upper-right corner of your screen, there’s a small button with a cross on it, just click that, come on go ahead! 😉

Always avoid x.0 releases of software!

Since Fedora dropped KDE 3.5.x for Fedora 9 and thereby future releases, I was kind of squatting what operating system to use for my main computer. I was getting so desperate that I even considered going back to openSUSE (Which supports KDE 3.5.x in 11.0, which is supported with security updates for two years), which I left in the first place because Novell started to just piss me off with their laissez-faire attitude towards the free software community. Their deal with Microsoft and other things show this to a great degree. Other technical things also annoyed me back then, such as their reluctance to include applications such as Azureus, despite them being completely legal.

I know that Debian 5.0 Lenny, probably coming out in a month or two (Debian loves their delays!), but I REALLY don’t like Debian at all, so that was not a good option.

So what I picked was FreeBSD, since KDE 3.5.x is in the ports system, and looks like it isn’t going away any time soon. Also FreeBSD, in general, is a very solid operating system.
So for the last 10 days I have been messing with FreeBSD on my main computer. However, I discovered how true the saying “Always avoid .0 releases of software” is! I first picked FreeBSD 7.0, and I ran into some serious bugs, the area of networking, where the vr network driver would drop-out as I tried to transfer files to other machines on my local network, or had intensive traffic to the Internet going. I also ran into problems with sound, where the sounded output of KDE’s artsd sub-system would skip and drop. While artsd is very cruddy these days, it still barely works. So I tried installing FreeBSD 6.3 and did a quick test setup, and I didn’t run into those problems. The 6.x series of FreeBSD, has been out for a good while now, and it shows, the system seems more solid than 7.x, I was actually flabbergasted that something as simple as the vr ethernet driver for VIA-adapters was broken, because it’s such basic hardware as 10/100 ethernet networking. I decided to have a look in CVS, to see whether it might have been fixed for 7.1, and I did notice a bunch of changes, so hopefully it will be fixed in FreeBSD 7.1, and if not, hopefully 7.2, because this sort of basic issue would tarnish FreeBSD’s otherwise very good record of solidity, reliability and stability. But anyway, I’m willing to cut them some slack, since 7.0 was exactly that, a “dot zero” release, which often with any operating system and any category of applicaiton, often is a good example of something to avoid, until childhood illnesses are rooted out.

The postage system took a dump … again!!!

Yesterday I ordered a Promise SATA300 TX4 controller, and it did get shipped yesterday, but yet again Post Danmark (The company that runs the postage administration) took a dump in a beer can, because the package didn’t get moving in the system before today!!! This really pisses me off. My fuse is very short when dealing with these guys, because it’s not the first time these morons have burned me. Sometimes I can see the argument that liberals often make, about how government sponsored monopolies are bad for consumers, because Post Danmark gets away with charging me up the ass for crappy service. The only thing that saves the grace is the PD employees, who have delivered stuff to me recently, they have been very nice.