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Back from Puppet training in Belgium

A colleague and I attended the three-day course Advanced Puppet Training in Belgium from Tuesday to Thursday, and we are now back in Denmark. Actually, we reached Aalborg around midnight between Thursday and Friday. The course instructor was Ger Apeldoorn, a freelance Puppet consultant from the Netherlands. He had put together a very interesting course and we look forward to applying our new knowledge at Netic. The course was held at Open-Future, a Belgian company specializing in Linux and open source in general.

I highly recommend the course. It was a well-balanced mix of lectures and lab exercises. Puppet now impresses me even more.

On Wednesday we visited a nearby shopping center, where I managed to pick up a few Belgian treats 🙂

We drove the approx 2100 km (roundtrip), but due to a pretty decent car (the Netic VW Touran) and the many long stretches of German highway it wasn’t a problem at all.

Feaster in F-klubben

Friday, April 5, I attended the Feaster event in F-klubben. It was a traditional Easter dinner with marinated herring, warm liver pate, meatballs, assorted salads, cheese, schnapps, beer, etc. Sometimes cause for confusion, in F-klubben, the name of all events must start with F, if in any way possible. Hence, Easter becomes Feaster 😉 F-klubben is a social club at the scientific faculty of Aalborg University, and it covers students and employees at the departments for computer science, math and physics. When I studied at, and later was employed by, Aalborg University, I regularly both (co-)arranged and attended events in the club. I was particularly active in F-kult, which is F-klubben’s cult film club.

As witnessed by F-klubbens sales system (“stregsystemet”), it was my first real visit in almost three years! At least I bought something very sensible on my previous visit… Limfjords-porter, of course. The brew for the elite 🙂

It was nice to say hi to a number of familiar faces, see the computer science building, and hear what is going on in the department. The evening and night also included a visit to the bar at the dormitory I lived at while being a PhD student (Nordjyske Kollegium) and a visit to the home of my old friend, classmate and colleague, Thomas Bøgholm, where we tasted some good whiskys.

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Welcome to my place on teh intarwebs!Martin Toft

For long I have had an old-fashioned, rather outdated homepage on my egocentric named domain, martintoft.dk. This is my attempt to kill off that page and take a permanent step into the fancy world of blogs. In order to try out WordPress and focus on content, I start out by letting the fine people behind WordPress.com host my blog. The phrase “thank you” seems poor compared to all the free stuff they give away. Since I am a geek, the blog will of course – invisible to the non-geeky readers – be moved to one of my personally administrated servers at a later time 🙂 It is said that the best homepages on the Internet keep their addresses intact forever, a saying with which I will attempt comply. For example, I host the somewhat popular Nagios plugin check_apcupsd and a (though outdated) Linux port of the window manager cwm, and it’s a shame if their users (you?) aren’t able to locate them anymore.

The choice of English – or at least my utterly mistreated version of it – as language for the blog is due to my educational/work-related background, my foreign acquaintances and the hope for a wider audience. I am a master of science in computer science and mathematics from Aalborg University, and I work as a senior consultant/systems administrator at Netic A/S. During my education, most of my writings and many of my presentations were in English, which made me fluent in the language. Also, I prefer English over Danish when writing about IT related subjects. Finally, over the past five to ten years I have made a number of foreign acquaintances, who I would like to give the opportunity to read my blog, even though I realize that the choice of English will also scare away some Danes.

I plan on blogging about my wide range of interests: system administration, programming, running, weight training, mountainbiking, cooking, hunting, metal music, selected TV series, detective books, cult films, and women. For example, I was out running a half marathon in difficult terrain yesterday – 21,7 km of beach, sand dunes and ice-cold ponds 🙂 With an end time of 1:59:29, I reached the goal exactly within two hours and became number 57 out of 179 runners on that distance. In my opinion an “okay” result, as I had a cold in the week leading up to the race and as it was a “trail race”, not a typical asphalt-and-some-hills race. I continuously had to blow my nose during the race, which led to the challenge not to hit other runners on the on narrow trails. The race is called Thy Trail Marathon, it was the first time it was held, and I strongly recommend it to boundary pushing fools 🙂 It offers the distances ~11, ~21 and ~42 km. The next major race for me is Copenhagen Marathon on May 20 – my first full marathon!

Once again welcome to my blog!