Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the story of a family, holidaying in Nantucket over the summer each year. We’re getting an insight into their life during the eponymous “Summer of ‘69”. Exalta, the grandparent generation, is the matriarch of the family. Her husband, Penn, passed away years ago and is idolised by Exalta who herself has been a prisoner of the (sometimes questionable) morals of the time...

Homo Faber by Max Frisch My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Ich nannte sie eine Schwärmerin und Kunstfee. Dafür nannte sie mich: Homo Faber” Es muß in den frühen 90’er Jahren gewesen sein, als ich im Bücherschrank meiner Mutter ein Buch im recht nüchtern und sachlich gestalteten weißen Schutzumschlag sah – “Max Frisch”, “Homo faber” und “Bibliothek Suhrkamp” stand dort. Suhrkamp kannte ich – sonst nichts.(Heute weiß ic...

Criss Cross by James Patterson My rating: 2 of 5 stars “The past will hunt you down” it says right there on the cover and I wish it was sarcasm by Patterson to put it there. Because the past hunts only him down. Let’s start at the beginning, though: In typical Patterson redneck manner, he lets Cross witness the state-sponsored murder of a killer he put away – right after Cross framed the guy… Cross himself about the framing part: ...

“(Confession time: that moment, when the humans or augmented humans realize you’re really here to help them. I don’t hate that moment.)” It doesn’t happen often but I’m running out of words. So, go and read my previous reviews first, I’ll be waiting here for you. Everything I stated before still holds true for this book. This first full-length Murderbot Diaries novel proves that Wells can obviously write at any length without ever b...

Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (The Murderbot Diaries #4.5), by Martha Wells My rating: 4 of 5 stars This short story primarily focuses on Mensah (irritatingly called by her first name Ayda here) is nice enough but doesn’t live up to the standards of the rest of the series. Most disappointingly, Murderbot itself is hardly ever present and just at the moment when it got interesting, the story was at its end....

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I had options, and I didn’t have to decide right away. Which was good, because I still didn’t know what I wanted. But maybe I had a place to be while I figured it out.” So, four novellas and I’ve devoured them. One short story and one novel (so far) to go. I haven’t had this much fun with a book series since… Hitchhiker’s Guide, I guess. Whereas the latter is (almost) purely h...

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, here’s yet another great instalment in the “Murderbot Diaries” series. It starts exactly where the previous novella left off and this leads us to yet another exciting adventure. While it’s, again, more of the same in a good way, this time we get to know even more about Murderbot’s ethics and morality because he has to deal with a human-form or pet robot. Miki, the “pet”, i...

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Murderbot Diaries strangely appeal to me. As I’m still on my way to the full length novel, recently published, I’m wondering at the simple elegance and straightforwardness of the novellas. This second instalment in the series is, thankfully, pretty much more of the same in a very good way. We still get a good view of a “construct” that’s basically a robot with human parts ...

All Systems Red by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars “And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.” I’m not a Science Fiction fan. I’m not especially fond of novellas. This one, though… I can’t even really explain what appealed to me about this novella: Murderbot neither really feels like a robot nor like a person but still s...

Beach Read, by Emily Henry My rating: 3 of 5 stars When I decided to read this book, I was expecting a light, funny romance before going back to more “serious” books. I basically wanted what the title promised – an early “Beach Read”. Unfortunately, this was obviously not to be. First of all, January, our heroine, is annoyingly insecure. Her mother got cheated on by her late father and both the cheating and the dying entirely shatte...

Multilib migration after The Great Merge (optional)
Exherbo / January 5, 2012

Disclaimer: The entire migration procedure as described below is completely optional. If you don’t need or want multilib/multibuild/multiple C targets support, you can ignore this email. We won’t force anyone to use it. I’m only going to use it on my desktop myself. 🙂   We’ve now merged all multilib branches into master (this will go down into history books as “The Great Merge”!). Thus, we don...

Exherbo – my goals for the remainder of 2011 & 2012
Exherbo / October 1, 2011

(Disclaimer: The following is just my personal opinion and what *I* want to achieve for Exherbo. It’s fairly likely not everyone will agree with everything I’m going to state. 🙂 ) We’ve come a long way with Exherbo since we started: – We have a pretty much complete set of packages to use Exherbo on desktop, notebook and server systems. – With exheres-0, we have a very powerful and useful EAPI. – We...

You all suck at working on patches, my fellow Exherbo devs!
Exherbo / March 26, 2011

I originally posted this in 2011. Unfortunately, hardly any significantly changed since then. I decided to add !pd statistics this time, though: Philantrop: 557 sepek: 271 ar: 207 keruspe: 180 SardemFF7: 105 zlin: 98 compnerd: 94 sepek_: 88 SuperHeron: 67 heirecka: 53 moben: 43 mrothe: 37 woutershep: 33 pipping: 33 Bruners: 33 virkony: 30 arnej: 27 nicoo: 24 tgurr: 22 freeedrich|: 22     What really annoys me lately is the unw...

HowTo: systemd on Exherbo
Exherbo / October 18, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.8. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: cf. systemd’s README, here’s an excerpt: CONFIG_DEVTMPFS CONFIG_CGROUPS (it’s OK to disable a...

systemd and the Linux kernel
Exherbo / September 13, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.0. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: In your kernel config, enable autofs4, devtmpfs and cgroups. Do not enable autofs3. Here’s what ...

systemd in Exherbo – what’s happened so far…
Exherbo / September 12, 2010

It has been quite a while since I last wrote something about my work on systemd in Exherbo, so here’s an update: What has been accomplished so far: The Exherbo patches are done. Do NOT try to submit them upstream yet, though. I’ll take care of that when the time is ripe. Lots of services are done. You can boot and run most systems using systemd now. I’ve built new amd64 and x86 stages without any init system so you can...

systemd in Exherbo – Rules of Engagement
Exherbo / June 9, 2010

As you may have noticed, I’ve recently added systemd to ::philantrop for use in Exherbo. I’m writing this to warn you that I will break systemd (and consequently your boot process) until further notice recklessly, repeatedly and without prior warning to anyone make clear what I intend to do with systemd in Exherbo make a plan for myself. What I want to do first is get a feeling for systemd and see if it might have the potent...

Exherbo – what we’re good at, what we should improve
Exherbo / April 17, 2010

Exherbo has developed nicely since we went public about it two years ago and even though we haven’t yet accomplished all of our major goals yet, I think we’re doing well. In this post, I’d like to comment on a few things that we’ve accomplished, some we’re still working on and some which we yet have to deal with. This is, of course, just my personal point of view and not necessarily shared by any other Exhe...

Gentoo packs it up – joins Exherbo
Exherbo / April 1, 2010

In an unexpected move, the Gentoo trustees have contacted us, Exherbo, recently with a suggestion. Disappointed with the intense internal quarreling among Gentoo developers (which Gentoo has been famous for anyway), the general inability of the current Gentoo council to provide the necessary vision and strategic governance for Gentoo as a whole as well as the lack of implementation of newer EAPIs in Portage, the trustees deemed it neces...

Recognition
Exherbo / January 10, 2010

What keeps me doing things in my life are primarily two factors: Money and recognition. Not necessarily in that order. In my job, I’m being paid to do what I do but I couldn’t ever be satisfied with just that. What really thrills me is being recognised for the professional I am. Receiving an email from a customer that simply said “Thank you. You’re one of the few persons I can always rely on.” made my day. ...