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If you are reading this, you must definitly be bored.
Either that, or you're looking for information about this site and/or its author.
For the first group of people I advise YouTube. For the second group, well, read on.

This is my personal blog page. I'll be referring about all things happening to me - that might be interesting for whoever reads it. I can not garantee it will be very high level for everyone though...

So - what is a blog anyway ? For this - check out Wikipedia - they have the best description for this. If you want to contact me - you'll have to reformat my E-Mail - so - good luck.

What I am ? I call myself a hacker.
Please note - most people think about the bad guys doing bad things to other computers. Well - I would say - that those guys are the Black Hat guys - also known as crackers. What I call myself - is a White Hat hacker. See it as a system administrator using professional tools to probe the robustness of his own systems and networks, and trying to get the maximum out of the used hardware - making its use as efficient as possible. This is legitimate - as I do not break into anything - while crackers attempt gaining unauthorized access to systems for eventual unethic actions.
The difference between hackers and crackers does not lie in the tools or techniques they use (the same hammer can be used to build a wall, or break it down), but in their intentions !
For me - building a stable and secure system is a very interesting challenge, and to know it is stable and secure - I need to test it with all tools available. And this is what I like doing most.


Please note that all I say on these pages is for personal use only and under no circumstance has to be taken/used/copied without my explicit written permission !

 

Achievement unlocked: French Citizenship   [ 
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Naturalisation

 Today, I was invited to receive my french citizenship booklet at the prefecture de Beauvais/France, with all the relevant official papers.
It was a touching moment - as this is one episode in my life I have atteined through free will.
The funniest part actually was that we all had to sing the french national hymn. And to our surprise, we almost all knew the text :cool: face-cool.svg 

Written on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 - 19:04 | 78 views
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Our amazing trip to Japan   [ 
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Japan trip

 having had planned our trip to Japan for a long time now (actually, my wife did all the planing. She is a Fan of the culture, and even started learning the language 4 years ago), we had decided to go for the O hanami (Cherry Blossom) in April. Unfortunately, we missed it by 2 weeks. The weather was not our ally this time.
As we had only around 18days onsite, the plan was to check out Tokyo the first half, then Kyoto the second half. And - as we wanted to live it the Japanese way, the flats we rented (through AirBnB) were also Japanese type flats with tatamis all over. Needless to say we had to eat with Chopsticks and sit on the floor all the time :cool: face-cool.svg

But - let's start from the beginning.
The beginning was quite stressful, as of course, during almost all holidays, Air-France pilots decided to go on strike. The problem with that was that in the event that our flight would not take-off, we'd have to take another flight some days later (which was out of the question, the planning was finished and we would have lost too much time). Fortunately we had a friend working at air france who "made" some ladies contact us to change our flights, 3 days earlier (instead of Monday, we started the friday before). Of course, this change the plan and we had to book a Hotel for 3 nights. Very honestly, in Tokyo a double room has just enough place to lay down next to each other and stop moving. Tiny!
The first batch of fotos are online. Find the pictures for Tokyo in the Static Gallery 

Written on Sunday, 10 June 2018 - 22:36 | 87 views
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SteamBOX   [ 
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 Having a gamer Family (Yes - we are all gamers), and no Console at home, I decided to give a try to a SteamBox. Only - there wasn't any out there that fit my requirements, so I decided to set one up myself.

When I saw the Sentry case, I knew I actually had found the case for the SteamBox. Being on the 3rd batch of Backers, it took a while to arrive though. But when it was finally here, and lots of reading in the forums about what to put inside of it, I finally decided to get the following hardware

  • Gigabyte Z370N Wifi Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-8400 with the stock Cooler
  • 2x8GB Ram Corsaire Vengeance 2666-16
  • 500GB SSD 1.8/3.2 960 EVO PCIe M.2
  • Gigabyte 6GB 1060 GTX D5 Gaming
  • Silverstone SST-ST45SF-GF v2 450W Power Supply

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Sentry case. I have never (and I do build up computers for +28years now) seen such good quality for a case.
All chosen parts did fit as if the Box was specifically built around. I didn't have to adapt a thing! See for yourself

I have been quite disappointed by Windows 10 Home. Even though I have an amazingly fast system compared to our old gaming Rigs (CPU twice as fast, GPU twice as fast, M.2 4 to 6 times faster), the Windows 10 System feels way slower than the gaming rigs (They run Win 7, and there is no Browser and no AV running on these. Only Steam and Minecraft allowed).
I'll be doing some benchmarks one of these days. Maybe I will figure out a way to speed things up.
If however it does not work, I'll Install a Win 7 copy on it for testing (we can test for 30 days ...).
If all that does not work out, SteamOS it is! even though there will be some games I won't be able to play. But - it is free, and it does not force me to sell out my familys privacy through all Telemetry-data etc., and I can decide if an AV is required or not myself!

Update: Dumped Windows 10, and installed SteamOS Beta. The OS and even Steam (in big picture mode) is way smoother and more reactive. The Steam_remote works as expected (very nicely), and even the games appear to be as fast (if not faster) as under Windows 10. A :cool: face-cool.svg change IMHO
I was surprised to see Steam to install a recovery partition, and take a Clonezilla dump during the installation onto that partition. A very good idea, other Linux distributions could do too.
Only thing now is that not all games run under SteamOS. But there are quite many indie games, and some AAA Titles (Dying light, Tomb Raider, Metro last light etc.) that do.  

Written on Monday, 12 March 2018 - 22:47 | 489 views
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RQ-7 Build blog   [ 
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 Well - as winter is long, and weather is bad - I decided to go for building a UAV from scratch, using a laser cut kit provided by Hobbking. In terms of hardware to put into, some is already planned as seen in the RC DB

So far - only the main body is glued and start to taking shape.
It will still need some Kit and sanding before applying the cover film to have that part finished. The only sad thing about gluing that plane together is that it requires, despit the laser cut, quite some detail re-work to get it all fit together. This is definitely not a plane for a beginner, and not having built a RC plane in years forces me to actually think the process over and over until I have found the optimal way to do it. This - takes time :} face-smirk.svg
 

Written on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 08:11 | 1418 views
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James Blunt au Zenit   [ 
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 when my wife saw that James Blunt was to perform at the Zenith in Paris, it took barely 5 minutes to buy tickets. And the big day was finally there.
As a man who enjoys music, I went with her - and was seated between my wife and another female groupie who, when both of them started sreaming, made me deaf for the next minute.
Contrary to the other bands we have seen this year, this show was perfect. Audio was very good, and James Blunt himself performed flawlessly for all :cool: face-cool.svg groupies in the Zenith hall :smile: face-smile.svg

I also did enjoy the show immensely. Contrary to many other "so called" artists, James Blunt really answers to the definition. He definitely has an enjoyable voice, he plays various instruments (Keyboard, Guitars etc.) and he also is nice with his audience, cracking jokes, sharing stories and making the audience participate to the show.. A real showmaster who can be considered as brilliant on stage as the french Singer -M-, whose concert we attended 2 years ago but unfortunately forgot to take pictures. 

Written on Friday, 10 November 2017 - 20:02 | 1011 views
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Barclay James Harves   [ 
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BJH

 And another concert we went, to make sure that we'll see our Idoles before they leave the face of this earth.
Thie time, we went to Bad Kreuznach/Germany to watch the Concert named: Retrospective. The place they played in was a small sports-hall, and if there were 400 people present, it was allready a lot. Of course, the average age was around 50, and really only Fans showed up (As this group was not that known during their apogee).
Sadly, the first part of the show had bad audio. As soon as the Bass came out, the audio distortion was so strong that the music was not really enjoyable. Luckily we were not the only ones to notice that, and the technicians on stage fixed it for the second part of the show - where audio then was perfect.
The Music was - as known by BJH, rich in details and really enjoyable. The vocals started to show some age - but that didn't make it less good.


All in all, we didn't regret seeing them. Who knows how long they will still be on stage! 

Written on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 22:37 | 1062 views
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Paris-Manga Sci-Fi show event.   [ 
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Paris Manga

 And another event we went to: The Paris-Manga Sci-Fi show.
Of course, everyone had to get cosplayed again. The nice thing about going to Paris (Parc des Expositions) is that many people are Cosplayed too.
This time we went there disguised as, from left to right: Ohura (my better half), Capt. Kirk (myself), Rey (my youngest) and Ayano Aichi (my oldest).
It was not as crowded or big as the Gamescom, but the warehouse was warm and welcoming and the people were very happy to be there. So we had our pictures taken and we roamed around the different shops looking for pop figurines the girls are collecting, and some other cool stuff for cosplays to come. 

Written on Sunday, 1 October 2017 - 20:30 | 990 views
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Gamescom 2017   [ 
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 A new edition for us, only this time with kids and Cosplayed.
The kids were respectively left to right: Ayano Aishi from the Yandere Simulator game, Jessie from Pokemon team Rocket, then comes Ondine Kasumi (also known as Misty in the English speaking world) from the Pokemon universe.
In the back, was my humble person cosplayed as Aiden Pearce from the Watchdogs game. And, last but not least, my Wife who made her own Steam-Punk cosplay - not linked to any game, but rather to a type of game (like Bioshock, Borderlands etc.) - which looked amazing. And we were not the only ones to tell her (many asked her for a picture).

The plan for the next conventions is to have everybody cosplayed in the Steam-Punk fashion.
Due to popular demand, here some high-res pics Pic 1, Pic 2

Written on Sunday, 27 August 2017 - 17:15 | 1517 views
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Toto and Roger Hodgson Concert   [ 
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 it was an amazing 2 days we spent at a charming little town in Switzerland, known as Schaffhausen.
After a early morning flight (7h30 from Paris CDG), we landed in Zürich, took the train to Schaffhausen and started visiting a bit before our Hotel-room became available. The one site to visit is the Munot Fortress.
In the evening, we realized that the event Stars in Town taking place every year since 2010, lasts several days and brings in various stars on stage. Our luck was that we had Toto and Roger Hodson (former Supertramp member. He actually also wrote most of the early songs of Supertramp) performing one after the other. And it was truly amazing.
Roger Hodgson was first, and performed as if he never aged. As last song, as it started to rain - guess which Song he performed? Yes It's raining again This man was also able to enchant his public without really playing the mad man.

Next came Toto. Here, the weight of time started showing up on some of the band members. Even though they had a solid performance, I have to personally mention that depending on the instruments that where played, the audio system distorted pretty strong.
Why does Music at concert always has to max out the amplifiers to a point where the audio quality drops drastically?

Anyway - it was an amazing experience to see our old Idols again, playing what we listen on a daily base at home.  

Written on Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 23:34 | 1559 views
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Holidays in Greece - again   [ 
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Ramnous

 as last year we definitely didn't have enough time to see all that was interesting, we (all family) had decided to go back to the same location, same hotel, same everything - except the sites we had missed. These - we had to see again. Of course, Indy was again part of the team.

Regarding the explored sites, we checked out the Temple of Artemis nesseld in a marvellous valley at Brauron, the impressive abandonned fortress of Ramnous overshadowing Euripe's straits, Corintia's site overlooked by an amazing fortress (we didn't have the courage to climb up to). We tried to meet Hercules at Nemea and looked for a less famous hero named Amphiaraos (somewhere around Oropos).

Of course, we went back to Athens to check out Hadrian's gate, which led us to the temple of Zeus. But most impressive was the natioanl archeological museum, which displayed gold Mycaenien treasures from the Peloponnese (Future destination?). As for the Cycladic museum which was a charming surprise, we strongly recommend it.
A small selection of the pictures we took can be found on our static photo album


Because our oldest had her first level in the FFESSM (French divers association), we also made some diving trips. My wife and the little one were not really happy about the weather influencing our diving excursions (it is not a problem to go visit a site during strong winds, however this could prevent a dive).
What you should not miss, are the various Videos we made from the underwater life around the Marathon bay. Notably, the dive at the Katrakilia/Dikastika, Kinasoura and last but not least, a Night dive in the Marathon Bay

Written on Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 22:11 | 1648 views
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