Stuff I didn't expect I'd had to type today:
$ dpkg-repack dpkg-repack
Some history background:
A document of Charlemagne (Karl der Große or Charles the Great) from 806 mentions for the first time a "Kammergut" (estate) he owned, namely Ingoldesstat — which later became the city Ingolstadt (not too far away from Munich). Yes, that's the Ingolstadt you know from Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Ingolstadt will celebrate the 1200th "birthday" in 2006...
The aim of the archaeological project Ingoldesstat-finden is to find the exact place where the first settlers of Ingolstadt lived. Some recent findings indicate that the original Ingoldesstat was not where the city center is today...
The project, lead by Hans Strobl, has many volunteer participants, ranging from archaeologists, historians, art restorers, designers, photographers, videographers and — finally — a computer science student who created their website ;-)
There's a photo gallery which documents the excavations, findings, activities and people behind the project. I also set up a group blog so that all people involved can blog about what they do... It was a lot of fun for me to work with these people to get the site up and running and I'm curious how it will develop — my hope is that it will become a lively site with lots of discussions.
The thing that fascinates me most about this project is that so many citizens of Ingolstadt take part, help with excavations, wash findings, take photos etc. etc. I'll probably also take part in some of the archaeological stuff in the future. Expect to see me "digging in the dirt" soon, in the truest sense of the word ;-)
The HitMaps service provided a small world map showing where visitors to your site or blog live. They now started a new service called ClustrMaps™ (beta) which basically does the same. It's still free for smaller sites (< 1000 hits per day), but you'll have to pay if you run a more popular site.
(Wow, I just found out that I'm one of their TOP-50 users, though I'm far away from 1000 hits per day)
Users of the old HitMaps service can upgrade for free and get 5 invitations. New users are only accepted via such invitations at the moment.
So I took the Debian Quiz, too.
The result is not too good:
You got 36 of 41 (87.8%) right.
Pretty good. Some answers were still wrong, though.
The Debian project turned 12 today! It's come a long way since 1993, and still gets more and more popular (for good reasons). For more details on the history of the project, see A Brief History of Debian.
(via Amaya Rodrigo)