Archive for June, 2007

Novarock 2007

Two rather exhausting weeks come to an end. I did my very first diploma examination for my four students at the Technikum, followed by a weekend at the Novarock music festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Besides myself losing a lens of my eyeglasses and living next door to tons of drunk 16- to 18-year-olds the extremely well organized festival was fun. Then I attended a two-day training course of Gigaspaces in Stuttgart (perhaps I’ll post some examples later – it’s really cool technology), followed by a household move. I guess the worst is over now, and I can start concentrating on the simpler pleasures of life again. Below you find some impressions of Novarock (with pictures of Smashing Pumpkins, Linkin Park, and Slayer.)

Smashing Pumpkins @ Novarock 2007

Peace @ Novarock 2007

Linkin Park @ Novarock 2007

Sunset and Flogging Molly @ Novarock 2007

Slayer @ Novarock 2007


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TestNG and Groovy 1.1

It really is that simple:

import org.testng.annotations.*;

class GroovyTest {

@Test(groups = [“demo”])
void groovySuccess() {
assert 1 == 1

@Test(groups = [“demo”])
void willFail() {
// prints java.lang.AssertionError: Expression: (1 > 2)
assert 1 > 2


The only downside I found so far is that you cannot annotate the whole Groovy class with @Test, since Groovy defines additional public methods that TestNG mistakenly treats as testcases.

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Arcade Games in Soviet Russia

Arcade games from the soviet era:

One common feature among them all is a lack of a high-score list.

“That kind of competition wasn’t encouraged,” explains Alexander Stakhanov, one of the museum’s founders and engineers. “If you got enough points you won a free game, but there was no ‘high score’ culture as in the West.”

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Cambridge 2007

Cambridge, May 2007

Back from a five-day-trip to Cambridge, UK. Visited a close friend of mine who writes his PhD there, lots of fun, some pictures available here.

I haven’t been to the UK for the past ten years, so it was quite a culture shock – mostly positive. First of all, people seem to be much friendlier (at least in Cambridge), say “sorry” for everything, and are really, really cautious. My friend’s apartment is plastered with fire advisory cards, the college didn’t want him to have a couch because it could catch fire, and before leaving you get to read advices to lock all windows, doors and generally be aware of burglars. There’s nothing wrong with all that, it’s just funny since criminality (as well as fires) seems to be almost non-existent there.

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