Sonntag, 14. Juni 2009

Brixen第一天

经历了熟悉的德国交通,色彩诡异的奥航班机,以及近乎于中国上世纪八十年代的意大利火车,终于来到了Brixen/Bressenno,意大利北部Südtirol上一个重要而美丽的小城。

我住在Brixen旁边Milland村的Millanderhof宾馆,主人十分热情好客而且乐于帮忙,让人感觉到无比舒服。单人间面积不小,宾馆的服务也是一流。短暂的check in后,绕着Brixen慢跑了一圈,一为完成今天的锻炼量,二为认识一下routes。

晚上register后和几个熟人聊了聊天,发现自己还是和一前一样,不太会在熟人面前表达自己。晚上据说有Trinken的活动,但我不知为什么毫无兴趣——不知为什么,我很景仰这些R专家,但感觉affinity并不大,不是那种可以一起参加社会活动的感觉——比如和Özgür或者Fabian或许就可以。从心底我觉得自己还更是一个programmer,并不完全是Wissenschafler,当然用我的程序解决科学问题更好,不过那似乎不是我的最终目的。不过话说回来,Wissenschaft还是很有意思的,比如Statistik。所以,我会珍惜余下的将近两年PhD时间认真地设计软件,补充必要的Statistik知识。目标仍然是两年后找到Programming的工作。

说的太多了,还是早休息去了。是不是老了,对Party毫没有兴趣...

Donnerstag, 4. Juni 2009

勿忘六四,奋斗民主,拒绝独裁

无法正视历史的民族,是没有希望的民族。

Montag, 1. Juni 2009

Amarok has too many errors to play the playlist

Syndrome: I have a second sound card (Creative X-Fi Champion) besides the on-board HDA Intel soundcard. Before upgrading the Amarok to version 2.0.2 (along with upgrade of Ubuntu to 9.04) everything was okay with Amarok. Afterwards however the Amarok refuses to play any music file, and warns something like 'too many errors to play the playlist'. Starting from command line suggests Phonon(sound API for KDE) has problem to access the Creative card (resource busy) and uses 'default' - which does not give any sound output.



Solution: Some posts found via Google suggests it might help to install GStreamer backend for phonon, therefore I went to Synaptic package management, and installed phonon-backend-gstreamer, phonon-backend-xine, and several other packages of phonon (like phnon-dbg, libphonon-dev, etc). Now Amarok rocks again:) Experiment showed that phonon-backend-xine is essential, since sound disappears again once it is uninstalled.