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Ion
05 June 2009 @ 06:38 am
This is it. Today I'm getting married.
Right now its half past 6. I've slept well.
I'm going to do my morning stuff and at 9, my brother is picking me up, and then we'll pick up my fiancée and drive to the beauty salon.
There she will get her hair done, and I will even have a make-up.
After donning our clothes, we're going to the botanical garden for some photos and a snack.
After that it's down to the church where the ceremony will be performed.
After we've received congratulations from the invited guests, we're going straight back to her apartment (our apartment) for a romantic supé of the best lasagna in town and a lovely tiramisu cake baked by her sister.

I'm not nervous at all, which is good.
Regarding big things, I never get nervous, because there's no point.
Usually it comes a while afterward, like sometimes when I realize how close I came to killing myself and such.
 
 
Ion
27 May 2009 @ 09:38 pm
I learned to make brown sauce!
Now my macaroni and meatballs taste super delicious!
 
 
Ion
06 May 2009 @ 10:56 pm
There's a lot of buzz about piracy nowadays, not only in Somalia, but also on the net.
All moral arguments both ways aside, I think we all do it from time to time.
And the entertainment industry have had over 15 years to come up with a business plan to deal with the situation, but they have wasted the time alienating their customers.
Good business plan!
So as far as I'm concerned, I have no sympathy for them at all and happily admit that I do love filesharing, not just because I love to get things for free, but also because I feel good being one of the millions of reasons that drive this obsolete and contemptible industry to it's long-awaiting grave.
Also, I love the idea to be left alone, with no one to look over my shoulder.
Don't you hate that? When someone is looking over your shoulder, examining all that you do?

So I'm going to give you all a recommendation:
Get an account at ivacy.com.

Ivacy is a VPN service, meaning that you will connect to one of their servers via an encrypted tunnel.
All your traffic goes via this server, so no one can sniff it or even know what you're up to.
Right now, I'm connected to a server in Russia, voiding the new draconian FRA-law of sweden whereby the army listens in to all traffic, and also voiding the new draconian IPRED law of sweden whereby ISP's are required to fuck over their customers if a corporation wants to.

The downside is that it costs. But not much. 10 euro per month, or 25 euro for 3 months (about $13 and $32 respectively).
Also, some sites think I'm russian...

On the plus side, apart from the user friendly VPN account, Ivacy also provides you with a webbased filesharing service, only accessible through the VPN service, where you can find a lot of interesting things.
It also provides an anonymous webmail account, and, something I've wanted for years, access to the Usenet!
Usenet is a bit complicated for first time users, but install a usenet client and it'll give you access to pretty much anything.
Not to mention that the speeds are amazingly good!
I notice no speed decrease at all.
In fact, it sometimes seems to run better than it usually does (when my ISP speed throttles my connection).

So all in all, it's well worth the price and have made me a happy leecher!

 
 
Ion
25 April 2009 @ 12:24 pm
This is a really great idea.
OFF System stands for Owner Free Filing System, and it is a P2P system with a bit of a tweest.
No copyrighted data is transferred to your peers, at all.
Instead, what they do is if you share a file, the program creates a bunch of segments that are 128kb long that only contain randomized data, and creates a key that, by XOR-ing, retrieves the original.
The blocks of totally random data is then dispersed on the network, along with the key.
None of these hold anything that is copyrightable.
When the blocks are downloaded and reassembled with the key, the original content can be received.
However, the totally random pices of information can, with other keys, be used to assemble other content as well.

Think of it this way, say the RIAA owns the number 12.
But they don't own the number 5 or 7, so what if I add 5 and 7, do they own the formula "5 + 7"? Of course not, and if they did, what does the sequence "5, 7" really mean?

The bottom line is that it is possible to share anything without the need for cryptography or other forms of obfuscation, because there is nothing illegal taking place.
There are just a bunch of computers that trade completely randomized data with each other.

The trade off is the overhead. You have to store a bit of data, and downloading goes slower than on direct file transfer.

On the other hand, the same stored data can be used to restore many different files, and until you give the program the command of restoring something, it is simply not there, thus if you would get caught, you'd only have a hard drive full of meaningless data.
Also, on the other hand, in contrast with most other p2p services, like even the best anonymous ones, this one actually works!

http://offsystem.sourceforge.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owner_free_filing_system
 
 
Ion
28 February 2009 @ 08:27 am
...will be on the 5th of june.

Nothing fancy, just a small ceremony with anyone invited who still calls me their friend.
After that, dinner at a fine restaurant for the family. We've started to try out different restaurants, so I have a few weeks of romantic, candlr light dinners ahead of me.

We're postponing the honeymoon to the winter because of practicality and strategy.
We've agreed to every year save up the money we save from the lower rent and use it to travel to some tropical paradise for three months every winter.
This means that I hopefully will never have to experience a Swedish winter ever again, and that make me happeh! ^_^
 
 
 
Ion
01 January 2009 @ 03:13 pm
Yes!  
She said yes!
 
 
Ion
01 December 2008 @ 10:24 am
And it has nothing to do with christmas.
No, nothing as tacky, but maybe just as expensive.

I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me.

I just need a couple of rings.
First of all, I've already decided on the look of the wedding ring.
It's going to be a simple braid of gold, silver and platinum (alternatively electrum), representing the union between me, her and God (as we're both spiritually inclined people), probably embedded upon a rail of gold to get a flat surface on the inside. I don't know if the individual threads should be twisted, or two twisted threads to make it appear more like rope, or not, but so far so good.

Now, the thing I'm currently thinking about is the engagement ring, which I want to be something special, but not too elaborate, since we're both of simple tastes.
As material, I'm thinking either white gold, or even more interesting, titanium (to represent durability).
I want two (or three) stones, one diamond and one (or two) sapphires.
This because they both symbolize love, fidelity, eternity, etc, and they go great together on a silver white background.
I'm not sure on the ornamentation of the ring itself, which is sort of why I turn here, for some creative input from you people if you have minute. ;-)

Since I'm, as you might have guessed, a person who is very keen on "symbology", I've been pondering different designs and symbols to include in a tasteful manner.
For example, the infinity symbol or the Taiji.
I know she's keen on celtic patterns and such and that might be a lovely way to hold the stones.

If any romantic out there have any ideas, designs or thoughts to share, I'm all ears. :-)
 
 
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Ion
20 November 2008 @ 10:44 pm
Answer me these questions thirtee-six


01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) Favorite band to listen to when you're mad?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
 
 
Ion
23 September 2008 @ 08:39 pm
I'm in Ireland at the moment.
Will fly home tomorrow.
Will post pictures, etc. later on.
 
 
Ion
10 September 2008 @ 04:58 pm
Wen burning a CD-ROM yesterday, I opened the disk manager and got a big red warning text going "OMFG!!! YUR HDDDRIVE SI TEH FAIL!! MAKE BACKUP & BUY NEW 1 FOR GREAT JUSTICE!!!"

Something is wrong with the hard drive, I gathered.
I have no idea why, but apparently that's the case.
Well, is is two years old, and you can't really expect ANYTHING to last THAT long, can you?

So I went looking for a new one, comparing the SEK/GB ratio (how much each gigabyte costs) and the cheapest I found was only 2.30 SEK/GB, which is rather cheap.
Especially considering it was the fastest one I could fin as well!
Yay!

It's on it's way. So tomorrow, I guess I'm going to have to re-install the OS and do a lot of copying.
 
 
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