Laptop crash

Last week my laptop crashed. For a long time several programs were crashing randomly. I didn’t had time to investigate this, but it was becoming a very big problem lately. Firefox was crashing about every 5 minutes. Last week I couldn’t even start Mongrel or Tomcat.

A disk check revealed a lot of problems on file system level. I started to backup everything I could, but some parts were already too much corrupted.

I was afraid it was a hardware problem, but after doing a clean Debian Lenny install everything looks okay. Even my random crashes are gone!

But I’m not completely convinced the problems will be gone away for good, so I’m starting to look for another laptop anyway.

And now I must make a difficult decision: Will my next laptop be Linux based or MacOSX based?

The Next Web Awards

During The Next Web Conference there will an award ceremony for the Next Web Awards. The website describes these awards as:

The Next Web Awards are the world wide web public awards for most promising and upcoming services and people.

So these are awards for future accomplishments 🙂

The most interesting thing about these awards is the voting process. In most elections every vote has equal power, but not in this one. You can gain voting power by voting in every category and by inviting others to vote also. Any vote can count up to 12 times in the election. On the Awards website you can see what you need to do to gain this power.

See Patrick’s post about how they came up with the idea for a new voting system.

Go to and start voting, or use the widget on the right of this page so my votes will gain power 😉