Joh Hiatt / Gothenburg 11 Dec 2007

At very rare occasions you stumble across great concerts. Sometimes
they are like pure magic. Sometimes even better. This was one of
them. OK, John Hiatt as s song writer has been a favorite of mine for
years. Ever since I heard Have a little faith in me I’ve been
stuck. I still remember listening to the album Bring the family for
the first time. Pure magic. Back to the concert.

Hearing favorite songs like Lipstick sunset live is fantastic. And
acoustic. No band. No nothing. Only John Hiatt, his music and his
magical voice. He seems to enjoy playing live. Enjoy being still being
married. I will not (try to) write more about the concert. Instead I
will ask you to but the album Bring the family. That album is very
high on my greatest albums list. The concert itself is heading for the
top. Neil young and Sonic Youth (both in Roskilde, Denmark) and Elvis
Costello (Spike tour) are the others I can think of. And perhaps Frank
Zappa in Stockholm.

John, please come back to the place you actually didn’t pronounce that
well: Storan

Nils Liedholm has passed away

A great player, trainer and person has left us. Nils Liedholm died yesterday. Wikipedia and other sites have information about his achivements so I will not bother you about that.I will write some personal words.
I met Nils when AS Roma was in Gothenburg the 80s. I went down together with my friends to see them training. Those days AS Roma had players like Bruno Conti, Falcao and they were all trained by Nils, so seeing AS Roma train was something special. Once at the arena (Ullevi) we couldn’t get in. When starting to give up I was asked by someone I recognized from TV if we wanted in to get in. Well of course we said yes, and the reporter said to the guards that we were with him (Staffan Lindeborg… finally you’re getting a big thanks!!!!). We got in. We could see the Falcao. We could Conti. And Nils. And I even spoke with Nils. Even though he wasn’t that interested in me he was very nice and gave me some autographs and some nice photos. I still have them and I consider them to be among the most precious things. Not because of the value. Only because of the memory.

During the training I was caught by the guards (where were you then Staffan?). They yelled at me and I was pushed into a room. A small room. Alone. And I couldn’t open it. Very soon they opened it and then a Brazilian reporter used the room to interview Falcao. Yup, I stayed there in the room. In a room with my idol Falcao. He was writing so many autographs for me. It was a strange feeling.

After the training we went on to try to get in to their hotel. We didn’t of course since there were guards outside. But all of a sudden one guard lost control and we got in. Yes, we were inside the hotel. And we could see the Roma players eating. In another room. We crept behind some flowers and managed to sneak in to the room. We crept until we reached Nils’ table (I know this sounds a but stupid and perhaps even a story made up). Then we asked for more autographs. And we got them. We really did. Nils laughed about it. A couple of seconds later we were thrown out of the hotel and not so kindly asked to not come back. But we were happy. Probably the happiest people on the planet.

So this is my memory of Nils. Nice, warm and friendly. Even towards a fans without any sense of how to behave.
… and of course I remember when Nils was part of winning Serie A .

With modems sleep can help a lot ….

Just been at a customer trying to fix a problem with a really old wavecom modem that seem to malfunction after detaching from the gsm layer. This worked fine:

detach gprs

attach gprs

start pppd

… and this failed in a script:

detach gprs

detach gsm

attach gsm

attach gprs

start pppd

But worked when executing the commands (bash functions that wrapped the various chat scripts) one by one …. strange. Not really. Timing problems, as usual!
OK, so we added a small sleep (1 second I think) after attaching to gprs. Et voila. it worked again.

…. modems modems modems. Can’t live with or without them 😉

José González live in Gothenburg

I’ve just been to a live show with José González (thanks Mattias!).

Jose played mainly new songs (no, he didn’t play Crosses). Since I haven’t listened that much to the latest album (yes, I bought it.) it suited me fine.

I tried to write some words about the show and discovered I suck at writing about music. I think I need to practice. Anyway, I deleted the text. For your sake.
it’s kind of fun to listen to one of my top[1] favorite artists alive and hear him talk between the songs. You can he’s from Gothenburg (my home town)
…. you can hear the show live in Swedish Radio 14 November

[1] Will Oldham, Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Hiatt and of course José González

New GNU stuff October 2007

This is a compilation of the GNU software releases as
announced during October 2007 on the mailing list:

GNU Xnee 3.02 / 2007-10-31

GNU Xnee is a suite of programs that can record, replay and distribute user actions under the X11 environment.

glpk 4.23 / 2007-10-28

GLPK (GNU Linear Programming Kit) is intended for solving large-scale linear programming (LP), mixed integer linear programming (MIP), and other related problems.

Libgcrypt 1.3.1 / 2007-10-26

Libgcrypt is a general purpose library of cryptographic building blocks.

GNU Gama 1.9.04 / 2007-10-20

GNU Gama is a project dedicated to adjustment of geodetic networks.

GnuTLS 2.0.2 / 2007-10-17

GnuTLS is a modern C library that implement the standard network security protocol Transport Layer Security (TLS), for use by network applications.

GNU Guile 1.8.3 / 2007-10-16

Guile is an interpreter for the Scheme programming language, with support for many SRFIs, packaged for use in a wide variety of environments.

GNU CLISP 2.42 / 2007-10-16

ANSI Common Lisp is a high-level, general-purpose programming language.

GNU Classpath 0.96 “Staying Alive” / 2007-10-16

GNU Classpath, essential libraries for java, is a project to create free core class libraries for use with runtimes, compilers and tools for the java programming language.

GNU tar 1.19 / 2007-10-10

The Tar program provides the ability to create tar archives, as well as various other kinds of manipulation. For example, you can use Tar on previously created archives to extract files, to store additional files, or to update or list files which were already stored.

GNU AutoGen Version 5.9.3/AutoOpts Version 31.0 / 2007-10-07

GNU AutoGen/AutoOpts is a two-part project that serves two separate purposes. The two parts are combined
because they are inextricably intertwined

If you have any comments or questions regarding this
compilation, contact Henrik Sandklef (hesa at gnu org)