Saturday, 24. December 2011Week 51
.: Packing

This morning I started to prepare the bagagges for my trip to 28C3 and for the two months in Sydney.
While stowing away all my stuff in boxes so I can sublet my room I found old boxes with stuff, which I did stow away over a year ago when I went to Sydney the last time and I've never even thought about since!

As I did not have time to open them today I don't even know what is in those boxes. Probably I should just throw them away when I come back from Sydney, there can't be anything important in there :-)

11:49 | Misc | Permalink
.: Open Systems

Let's finish the badge advent calendar like it started - with a tech conference badge. Enjoy my Open Systems nametag:

Open Systems Nametag

08:31 | Badges | Permalink
Friday, 23. December 2011Week 51
.: Soiree BAM

One of the rare concert evenings at Satellite where even the technicians had to have an additional badge (but nevertheless this is another one of a kind memory): Soiree BAM 2005

Soiree BAM

08:43 | Badges | Permalink
Thursday, 22. December 2011Week 51
.: Balelec 2005

There we go, the first year I participated as staff: Festival Balelec 2005

Balelec 2005

06:56 | Badges | Permalink
Wednesday, 21. December 2011Week 51
.: Balelec 2006

Luckily this one took place very year (for more than 30 years now!): Festival Balelec 2006

Balelec 2006

08:11 | Badges | Permalink
Tuesday, 20. December 2011Week 51
.: Closedair 2006

Yet another great event which no longer exists: ClosedAir 2006

Closedair 2006

10:23 | Badges | Permalink
Monday, 19. December 2011Week 51
.: LinuxWorld 2007

Let's start the last week of this badge advent calendar with another tech conference badge (looks like the conference no longer exists, thus no link to any website): San Francisco LinuxWorld 2007

LinuxWorld 2007

08:35 | Badges | Permalink
Sunday, 18. December 2011Week 50
.: Artiphys 2008

And there the other student music festival which managed to provide badges: Artiphys 2008

Artiphys 2008

12:46 | Badges | Permalink
Saturday, 17. December 2011Week 50

Quick and dirty way to get an alert before your server starts to go crazy because of a full disk.

This script checks if a disk is more than 75% full.


df -h | awk '/%/ {
        limit = 75
        percent = sprintf("%d",$5)
        if ( percent > limit ) {
                print "Warning: ",$6," (",$1,") is to ",percent,"% full:"
                print $0

Save it under /root/ and create the following crontab entry to check the disk usage every day at half past midnight.

30  0  *   *   *     /root/

Assuming your host has configured an MTA and defined a recipient for root@<yourhost>, you should get an e-mail whenever a disk is more than 75% full.

17:09 | Linux | Permalink
.: Balelec 2008

Now on to the badges of 2008, as every year: Festival Balelec 2008

Festival Balelec 2008

10:10 | Badges | Permalink
Friday, 16. December 2011Week 50
.: iPhone PIN bruteforce


08:20 | Misc | Permalink
.: Caprices 2009

The only time (for now) when I got to fly in a helicopter for a music festival was at: Caprices 2009

Caprices 2009

08:15 | Badges | Permalink
Thursday, 15. December 2011Week 50
.: Balelec 2009

And once more there is a badge from: Festival Balelec 2009

Festival Balelec 2009

08:37 | Badges | Permalink
Wednesday, 14. December 2011Week 50
.: Festival de la terre 2009

Here comes the largest badge in my collection: Festival de la terre 2009

Festival de la terre 2009

12:44 | Badges | Permalink
Tuesday, 13. December 2011Week 50
.: Montreux Jazz 2009

Probably the most 'famous' badge in my collection: Montreux Jazz Festival 2009

Montreux Jazz 2009

07:44 | Badges | Permalink
Monday, 12. December 2011Week 50
.: Metropop 2009

With the 2009 badges, I can almost fill another week. Let's start with: Metropop Festival 2009

Metropop 2009

05:44 | Badges | Permalink
Sunday, 11. December 2011Week 49
.: (Mini) Bacon and Egg Cups

Last week I stumbled upon this delicious looking bacon and egg cups recipe and thought that I should try it sometimes, which I did this morning.
Since I don't have a real muffin tin I used a somewhat smaller cake tin, with the result that the handling was a bit more delicate and also my cups are more like 'mini' cups (which is not necessarily a bad thing because the bacon I bought was also smaller than expected and thus it matched perfectly).

Bread with holes
This is the result of the first step in the recipe and all what is leftover once I was finished. Not very useful for putting jam on it anymore, but perfect to stir the next cheese fondue :-)


  • 1 slice of bread per muffin cup (1 slice per 4 cups for the 'mini' version)
  • 2 slices of bacon per muffing cup (use small slices for the 'mini' version)
  • 1 egg per muffin cup (same for the 'mini' version)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese per muffin cup (optional, I used some parmesan instead)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    (that's 190 degrees celsius)
  2. Use a cookie cutter to cut circles out of each piece of bread.
  3. Grease a muffin tin and press circles of bread in the muffin cups. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until bread is slightly toasted. Remove from oven.
    (be careful when doing the 'mini' version, your bread will be toasted in well under 5 minutes)
  4. Cook bacon in a skillet until halfway cooked (approximately 3-4 minutes).
    (here again: when using small bacon slices they will be ready in less than a minute, be careful to not make them too crispy otherwise they will be hard to fit into the cups)
  5. Place 2 slices of bacon on top of the pieces of bread to form a cup (the bacon should cover the bread and the sides of each cup).
  6. Crack an egg into each muffin cup (on top of the bacon). It helps to discard a little bit of the egg white after cracking and before pouring into the muffin cup.
    (for the 'mini' version keep the surplus egg white in a bowl and use it to make some 'only-white' cups, one egg gives enough surplus egg white for another cup)
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the eggs are set.
    (for the 'mini' version use 8-10 minutes, I almost burned mine!)
  8. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over each egg and continue to bake until cheese is melted (this step is optional).
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


bacon and egg cups

bacon and egg cups sideview

The advantage of my 'mini' version is that you will end up having plenty of little bacon and egg cups, yummy :-)

plate full of bacon and egg cups

18:55 | Food | Permalink
.: Caprices 2010

Right at the beginning of spring, in the beautiful mountains of Crans-Montana, there is: Caprices 2010

Caprices 2010

11:35 | Badges | Permalink
Saturday, 10. December 2011Week 49
.: Artiphys 2010

Also this one took place in 2010: Artiphys 2010

Artiphys 2010

09:36 | Badges | Permalink
Friday, 9. December 2011Week 49
.: Balelec 2010

Like almost every year, there is a badge from: Festival Balelec 2010

Festival Balelec 2010

00:37 | Badges | Permalink
Thursday, 8. December 2011Week 49
.: Metropop 2010

Looks like most of the 2011 badges are done. Now on to the 2010 ones, starting with: Metropop Festival 2010

Metropop 2010

07:44 | Badges | Permalink
Wednesday, 7. December 2011Week 49
.: Caprices 2011

And there comes the next music festival: Caprices 2011

Caprices 2011

14:15 | Badges | Permalink
Tuesday, 6. December 2011Week 49
.: Artiphys 2011

Another student music festival from EPFL: Artiphys 2011

Artiphys 2011

07:45 | Badges | Permalink
Monday, 5. December 2011Week 49
.: Sat Rocks IV

Again a badge from a music festival: Sat Rocks IV

Sat Rocks IV, c'est chouette

05:20 | Badges | Permalink
Sunday, 4. December 2011Week 48
.: MoleKul'Air

The next badge is from a concert (or rather a series of three concerts): MoleKul'Air

MoleKul'Air 2011

12:55 | Badges | Permalink
Saturday, 3. December 2011Week 48
.: Balelec 2011

Another badge from a music festival: Festival Balelec 2011

Festival Balelec 2011

12:55 | Badges | Permalink
Friday, 2. December 2011Week 48
.: Metropop 2011

Here comes the next badge. This time not from a tech conference but from a music festival: Metropop Festival 2011

Metropop Festival 2011

For insiders, there is also a view of the backside :-)

08:02 | Badges | Permalink
Thursday, 1. December 2011Week 48
.: Badges

When attending conferences you often receive a badge granting you access (which usually is not much more than a nametag with some logo). Also when working at concerts and festivals you receive a badge identifiying you as staff. I regularly keep these as souvenirs which remind me of the amazing times passed at those events.

Over the time there are now a couple of badges hanging on my closet and I think it would be nice to be able to look through them on my laptop. Thus this new Badges category in the weblog.

My idea for now is to put a new badge online every day until Christmas like some form of an Advent calendar.

Here is the first one, it is from the IPv6 Business Konferenz:
IPv6 Konferenz 2011

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