About to retire from Debian

I got involved with Debian development in, I think, 1998. In early 1999, I was accepted as a Debian developer. The next two or three years were a formative experience for me. I learned both software engineering and massively international collaboration; I also made two…

Licentiate Thesis is now publicly available

My recently accepted Licentiate Thesis, which I posted about a couple of days ago, is now available in JyX. Here is the abstract again for reference: Kaijanaho, Antti-Juhani The extent of empirical evidence that could inform evidence-based design of programming languages. A systematic mapping study….

A milestone toward a doctorate

Yesterday I received my official diploma for the degree of Licentiate of Philosophy. The degree lies between a Master’s degree and a doctorate, and is not required; it consists of the coursework required for a doctorate, and a Licentiate Thesis, “in which the student demonstrates…

Dear Lazyweb: Does this software exist?

I’ve been wondering if the following kind of testing management software exists (preferably free software, of course). It would allow one to specify a number of test cases. For each, one should be able to describe preconditions, testing instructions and expected outcome. Also, file attachments…

dctrl-tools translations

dctrl-tools 1.14 (targeting squeeze) has the following incomplete translations (as of right now in git): ca: 89 translated messages, 4 fuzzy translations, 18 untranslated messages. cs: 108 translated messages, 1 fuzzy translation, 2 untranslated messages. de: 111 translated messages. en_GB: 89 translated messages, 4 fuzzy…

Coloring line art in the Gimp, and some other stuff

I have written a tutorial on how to produce colored comic strip from script to finished image, using pencils, ink, paper, scanner, and the Gimp. It, of course, suffers from the fact that I am myself fairly new to this stuff, but – there it…

New Netnews (Usenet) RFCs

The RFC editor has finally released K. Murchison, Ed., C. Lindsey, D. Kohn: Netnews Article Format. RFC 5536, November 2009. R. Allbery, Ed., C. Lindsey: Netnews Architecture and Protocols. RFC 5537, November 2009. They obsolete the venerable RFC 1036 (Standard for Interchange of USENET Messages)…

Socialized vaccination – a narrative

Such was the scene I arrived at on Wednesday last week at the municipal health center at Kyllö, Jyväskylä, Finland. A queue extended a hundred meters beyond the door. It was not hard to guess what it was about, as it had been announced that…

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