vasárnap máj. 28, 2006

Farewell

After 6 years the time has come for me to say goodbye to Sun. It was not an easy decision to make, but I think my skills and knowledge will be utilized much better this way. I'm starting my own company called MetaPrime and will be doing consultation around Java/J2EE projects. Also I've started a (EJB3, Wicket and Glassfish based) community (let's hope 2.0) portal for my home town (Esztergom) called www.szeretgom.hu (it's an anagram of the city's name and also "szeret" means "love" in Hungarian). I'll probably have blog up and running there in a week or two (http://www.szeretgom.hu/blog is the url candidate).

So, that's it. See you later...

Janos

hétfő ápr. 03, 2006

The Danube is coming

Spring came a bit late this year and it brought a huge flood on all major and minor rivers of Hungary. Both the Danube and Tisza rivers are flooded, several hundred people were evacuated from their homes. There are some cities that are completely cut off and cannot be approaced by road. Some underground stations in Budapest also experience minor water leakage, some rail services were shut down.

I've taken some pictures yesterday in Esztergom, but the Danube is expected to rise another 30-40 cm. If it does, this will be the highest flood ever recorded in the last 150 years:



More photos from the Fire Department's archive:

szombat márc. 25, 2006

Régi verseim #1

Tragédia a csuklómon

Meg fog halni az óraszíjam.
Széles repedés testén, mely
Hamar kettétöri rövid
Életét.

Nem szenved sokáig. Ide-oda
Hajlik majd megadja magát
A kínzó világ égõ
Fájdalmának.

Elveszti értékeit, s üresen
Száll a végtelenben, miközben
Helyén már ott a
Következõ...

(1996 ősz)

Szabad kényszer

Úsznak a felhõk Pest felé
Az egyik, mintha visszanézne
De látom, hogy csak menekül
A szél elöl...

(1997, a gólyatábor előtt)

Álom

Halvány fénysugár vagyok
Mely egy csillagról indult
Átszelt millió fényévet
És gyöngéden rádhullt
Messzirõl jött s érezte
Itt megpihenhet
És megismerheti
Az igaz, forró szerelmet
Betakart a fényem
Apró ponttá váltam
Egy láthatatlan görbén
Tested fölé szálltam
Lecsúsztam egy szôke hajszálon
Elmerültem szemed kék tengerében
Kiúsztam a bársonyos partra
És megmártózva édes ajkad ízében
Folytattam utam
Hozzád simultam merészen
Én, a halovány fény még soká
Elidõztem jónéhány testrészen
Majd táncolni kezdtünk egy
Örök, hosszú táncot
Csak forogtunk, forogtunk
A testünk egynek látszott
S mi csak fogtuk egymást
Mint akik soha el nem válnak
Ajkaink egymást kérdezték
S mohón ittuk a választ
Szerelmet táncoltunk
Mely már soha el nem múlik
Csend van, senki sem szól.
Hangszerén az univerzum játszik

(1998 tavasz)

Régi írások #2

Egy élet...

"...Every day sends future to past
Every breath leaves me one less
to my last..."
(Dream Theater)

Az öregember fáradt szemekkel nézte a szegényes viskó sarkában lobogó tüzet. Odakint már a metszõ novemberi szelek fújtak; észak hidegét hozták erre a békés tájra, ahova már évek óta senki sem tette be a lábát rajtuk kívül.

Egyedül volt. Teljesen egyedül. A kicsiny falu, mely tízegynéhány évvel ezelõtt még élettel, fiatalsággal volt teli, most az öregség és az elmúlás falva lett. Két éve volt itt utoljára halotti ünnep, azóta az öreg egyedül élt abban a kis házban, melyben majd egy évszázaddal korábban megszületett.

Megint eltelt két hét. Az öregember egyre fáradtabbnak érezte magát. Nem sokat foglalkozott már az élet dolgaival, csak néha gondolt rá, hogy õ a falu utolsó élõ lakója. A többiek, nos õk már a másik oldalon vannak...

December közepén már tudta, hogy nem sok van hátra az életébõl. Elõkereste azt a keményfából készült koporsót, melyet még a múlt nyáron készített magának. Készült a halálra. Tudta, hogy el fog jönni az a pillanat, ami után minden megszûnik számára létezni, és ami után õ is minden számára megszûnik majd...

Lefektette a koporsót a földre, és szalmát tett az aljára. Arra rongyokat terített, és ráfeküdt a kész fészekre. Végignézett kis házának plafonján, és felkészült a halálra. Elgondolta, hogy milyen lehet megszûnni; eltûnni a világból, és átadni testünket az Anyagnak. Vajon mi jöhet utána? Örök öntudatlanság? Vagy tán egy jobb lét? Vagy egyik sem? Ilyen gondolatok közt aludt el, a földön fekve egy durva koporsóban, szalmán és rongyon...

Arra ébredt, hogy még mindig él. Meg akart mozdulni, de nem tudott. Ereje végén járt már, és biztos volt benne, hogy nem látja meg a másnapot. A kelõ nap besütött kicsiny ablakán, és fényárba burkolta a haldoklót.

Az öregember délelõtt fél tizenegy után pár perccel halt meg. Harminc évvel késõbb egy arrajáró expedíció talált rá a kísértetfalura, ahova csak a novemberi szél hozza el minden évben az Észak hidegét...

(1996)

péntek márc. 17, 2006

Friday evening at last

Despite the fact that we only had four workdays it has been quite a busy week. My girlfriend's 5 year old brother was in hospital because of an orthopaedic surgery on his ankle. He almost died after birth due to his blood-sugar level being zero and nobody noticing it until it was almost too late. He survived but due to a minor brain damage he cannot use his left side as efficiently as his right. His leg was operated on Monday to allow him to move more freely but he will remain in bed for a month because his leg is in cast. At least they are at home now - he spent too much of his first two years in hospitals to like them.

StarOffice 8 PP2 Hungarian version master cds have arrived on Tuesday: the retail boxes are in manufacturing. I have high hopes for this project - I was sending out emails requesting this localization for so long and to so many management folks I cannot really count them all.

On Wednesday we had a national holiday. In 1848 Petőfi and his young, enthusiastic fellows decided to rebel against the Habsburgs on this very day (15th of March).

On Thursday I slowly and quietly turned 27. It doesn't feel different. Yet.

Oh, and I'm off to Prague on Sunday. I'm attending a technical course on SeeBeyond Sun Java System Integration Suite. It will be a 5 hours drive, so I'm preparing a number of CDs to listen to (although the highway between Brno and Prague is not CD player friendly at all...

péntek márc. 03, 2006

Politics in general

My week long absence from Hungary resulted in me completely forgetting about the political climate the coming April elections brought upon us. Now that I'm back it's getting more and more awkward each day. The only good news: our political powers have finally started using the Internet for their goals: for example prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány started his own blog updated daily and also allowing people to leave comments.

The black side of using the internet for political goals: a few weeks ago the right wing party (Fidesz) was accused of breaking into an internet facing system of the left wing party, MSZP illegally downloading campaign materials from the server. Evidence from the server logs showed they actually did brake in. Three young supporters of Fidesz were held accountable for the act.

Also news report that the Szeklers of Transylvania decided they've had enough of their leaders' talk and they are to come together on the 15th of March (national holiday in Hungary remembering the revolution of 1848-1849) at Székelyudvarhely to declare an Autonomy of Szeklers inside Romania. Considering the fact that no territorial autonomy was ever given peacefully to minorities in Europe (not even for the Germans living in South Tirol in Italy) I fear the worst to come.

And last but not least H5N1 is here in the neighborhood. I drive every day to Budapest through an area where authorities have already found a dead bird carrying the virus.

2006 is an interesting year...

A week in London

We went on a short trip with my girlfriend last week to London. It was fun although we've walked so much I could barely stand on my feet at the evenings. Four full days were enough only for Madame Tussaud's, London Eye, National Gallery, Oxford street, the Tower and the change of guards at the Buckingham palace - so I think we'll have to go back another time to visit more of the sights...

hétfő jan. 02, 2006

2006, here I come

Highest point of 2005: getting my Mensa test results

Lowest point of 2005: a car accident a day before we travelled to Prague. It could have ended much much worse if I had slower reflexes:

I haven't blogged for a while (as Craig reminded me in an email) for a number of reasons but if all goes according to my plans I'll have a hell of a time in 2006 with a lot of events to write about... Some of these in no particular order:

  • I'll probably get married.
  • We're going to build (or at least start constructing) a house. The site (5 thousand square meters) currently looks like this. I do intend to keep the grapes for a while (perhaps even start my own vineyard in the long run). This and this are views from the top of the property, south and west respectively.
  • A few Sun Ray deals are in the queue so after a year of doing mainly pre-sales work in this subject I hope to get my hands dirty with real stuff.

hétfő okt. 17, 2005

Fairies and wizards

The Hungarian localization of OpenOffice.org started in 2002 when a community of people translated most the GUI during a 3 day marathon. The enthusiasm and creativity of the individuals resulted in a number of interesting translations that were more of an interpretation and cultural adaptation of a given function rather than a simple translation.

The most significant change in my opinion was the appearance of Fairies instead of Wizards. In Hungarian tales and myths I cannot recall any appearance of a helpful wizard while fairies with good intentions are definitely there to guide you. They come when you need them and help you achieve your goals. So translating and modifying "Wizard" (varázsló) to "Fairy" (tündér) seems like a more logical choice given the cultural context.

When we've started translating StarOffice 8 to Hungarian we've decided to go with the terminology of OpenOffice.org. Although Microsoft Office comes with a number of "varázsló" items I hope people will find it more intuitive to ask for helpful fairies to guide their hands instead of waiting for the mercy of powerful wizards...

vasárnap szept. 11, 2005

Mother nature

A pretty big storm hit the town which caused a flood on the main street. This usually happens two or three times every year.

At least the rainbow was nice:)

szombat szept. 03, 2005

Looking at the past

The noisy mornings I've written about a few weeks ago are gone:

Looks like I was right to think they will eventually find remains of the past in the ground. There is definitely something that looks like an old wall on the front-right side of the picture. I haven't seen anybody on the site for a few weeks - they must be waiting for the archeologists to become available. There is another construction site being checked right now some 25-30 meters south from this one, so I don't how long it will take.

This is the main square of the town that is going to be under reconstruction for the following year or so. The work was started but halted immediately because the remains of the old St Lawrence Church were found. This church was built at the end of 12th century then rebuilt in gothic style in the 14th century. As usual it was destroyed during the Ottoman occupation of the town in the 17th century.

The archelogists have unveiled a cemetary with a few human remains. Some were still laying around in the ground when I took these pictures...

There is a plan to have the remains of the church become part of the new main square. The hand drawn picture is trying to give the impression how it would look like. I've always known that the buried remains of the historical town are under our feet. Still it's an interesting moment to actually experience them when some parts become uncovered.

szerda aug. 31, 2005

Nincs menekvés

Ez hihetetlen. Az ember a legváratlanabb helyeken találkozik a saját fejével egy-egy weboldalon... Ezt például most találtam: kép a 2003-as Internet Hungary konferenciáról

Sorban ülnek szépen egymás mellett a panelbeszélgetés résztvevői... Először Bán Szabolcs, másnéven Shooby kukac gnome.hu, Révész Gábor az IHM színében, Kali István (Microsoft), a TÖOSZ képviselője (akinek a neve nem jut sajnos eszembe, pedig névjegyem is van tőle és nagyon szégyellem most magamat), a III. kerületi önkormányzattól egy úriember, aki az ottani Microsoft alapú infrastruktúráéert felelős, majd szerénységem és legvégül Andreas Schoberth, aki a vitaindító előadást tartotta. A panel témája a nyílt forráskód vs zárt forráskód használata volt a közintézményekben, önkormányzatokban...

Érdekes volt... mondhatnám, hogy kicsit naívabb és szemtelenebb voltam, mint mostanában lennék. A félórás panel miatt mindkét nap részt vettem a konferencián: volt ott Vágó Istvántól Új Péteren át Bomberáig effektíve mindenféle ember: a vacsoránál az oktatási miniszter ült a szomszéd asztalnál, szóval teljes celebrity feeling volt. Azt hiszem az előadások és informális beszélgetések jelentős része elég komoly lökést adott annak, hogy elinduljon egyfajta megértési folyamat a fejemben arra vonatkozóan, hogy valójában hogyan is működik a világ, a gazdaság... Persze a mai napig nem értek igazából semmit, de legalább tudom, hogy nem értek semmit:)

kedd aug. 30, 2005

StarOffice 8

The localization project of StarOffice 8 to Hungarian is in a pretty good shape, although I still haven't upgraded the build on my Windows XP to the one containing the full Help localization. Here's a screenshot of the build I'm using and testing currently:

click to enlarge

StarOffice 8 will offer some advanced migration utilities for companies wishing to migrate from a full MS Office environment. I've started to compile a list of Hungarian companies who have been doing OpenOffice.org related activities in the country during the last 4 years. There are surprisingly many of them and virtually none are Sun partners. Yet. Or at least I hope some of them will become Sun partners and together we'll be able to offer advanced Office migration services for all those companies wishing to escape the Microsoft Office tax.

I have very good feelings about this project and this product.

hétfő aug. 29, 2005

Spielberg on the streets of Budapest

This is so funny. The local press was following this guy but couldn't get near him. Hungarians are not used to such rude behaviour from visiting guests, even if they are paying a huge sum to use the streets of Budapest to shoot a movie scene...

A few years ago Robert Redford and Brad Pitt was shooting some spy movie where Budapest played the role of Berlin. Even more years ago Budapest played the role of Buenos Aires in Evita. Now it's Munich's (or some Italian town's?) turn...

It's really weird...

csütörtök aug. 25, 2005

Best Google referer today

Lose settings when we reboot the thin client. Sorry if you haven't found the answer here: Sun's thin clients do not lose settings (they just don't have any). Reboot is also something they don't do well... at least I wouldn't call Ctrl-Alt-Moon a reboot:)
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