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Kind of a personal notepad, just writing down some thoughts...
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My Notepad : Recollections
on 20.10.15 (247 reads)
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Having offline for almost 2 years, suddenly, out of nothing, I decided to bring it back to life... Everything is still here, runs smoothly, in its perfect old code and technologies. Once state-of-the-art, now out of bounds, out of social media interaction, Web2.0, "Internet of Things", but yet so smooth and well built for an open source platform. I can hardly tell I would believe in 2002, when I published anything online for the first time, or even in 2006, when I started, that I would feel like dropping a line again.

Years have passed, some of us got married, some of us have children, funny to throw back time in just a few pages in here... I can hardly tell that I' ll start posting frequently again, although I have always been keen to. At the very end, I feel closer to the process of building the website as such than filling it in with content. [weirdo!]

After all, I dont feel like updating the cms sofware, I love this retro 10 years old fellow, so many years lying in the server, not a single flaw... No need for any "like" buttons or so, we do have numerous of social media for this kind of toys... So why not starting a new image bank category ?? Cheers!!

My Notepad : Xmas. Again. That's good then!!
on 21.12.09 (1385 reads)

Christmas is closing up again, moving from 2009 to 2010. I cannot say that I have gone deep into the Christmas mood, no idea if work is to blame for that or my own self; I would bet on the second explanation... Too many “chapters” opened this year, these last months to be more accurate, and brought to me too many duties, all of them pressing and obligatory, one way or another. Spending twelve months serving my military service, I went through lots of experiences, each one of them flagged as “useful for the future”, in its own special way. So no doubt 2009 was the year of my military service. Wasted or not, it was a year that I would always remember for its very special memories, good or bad, all of them valuable guides for the future.

No matter how intensively I am avoiding to admit the obvious, Christmas has affected my mood, has made me happier, creating a weird feeling of an unknown expectation in me. If we try to see this from another aspect, I feel more lazy, less productive and ready to spend money and time on less or completely unimportant things.

The truth is that I have lots of work to do, at office and at my School's Alumni Association, Panathinaikos is leading for the very first time after six years the Greek soccer championship and I have my very own Christmas tree. So, I guess, we can pass to 2010 then.

ps: There is no reason I stopped commenting here the daily news. I just realized that if one would read such a news-blog, would find it completely same and recurring. Is that another symptom of living in Greece or not?

My Notepad : Back in Action
on 01.10.09 (1727 reads)
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I hardly felt how this year went by. Since the 2nd September 2008, when I joined the forces of Hellenic Air Force, more than 12 months have passed. It had been a good year, I was taught lots of things, had some unique experiences, met lots of people. The fact that no internet line was allowed in my office (preliminary examination's office) due to security reasons, was very disappointing, since I could have used lots of time in order to improve and update this site. Still searching through it I remember my choice to create a multi content web site with technical information as well, so that other creators that are not web designers or pros would get some help to build their own. It wasn't a bad choice, although the content available right now in the relevant section is outdated, although functional.

Back in my office I am trying to catch up the tempo of real life and get my self to work for real. The fact that I have already applied for a PhD (on which I am starting to work soon) gives me a reason to continue supporting the site. It is definitely the most "well built" website I had ever set up; this is why there are no plans for changing the design here; I should update the core software though, since I am still running version 2.0.15.

This news blog entry is more of a brainstorm than a solid post referring to a subject or idea... Oh, forgot to mention, went back to Edinburgh for a while, from March 24th to April 2nd, for a Conference. Still beautiful, mysterious, spooky, special, unique; never bored to walk down the royal mile and enter the "Woolen Mill" store, next to Hunter Square...

I will continue post in English, although some papers are in Greek; I am planning to use this site for posting some research material and any publications under (CC) licenses. And of course I will start again posting my thoughts, pictures from great places I've been, just for the fun of it! Next online project is a Law Office's site! So, welcome back G...

My Notepad : Military Service mode: ON
on 10.11.08 (1711 reads)
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Almost half a year has passed since my last post here. I am not sure if it is work to blame for, or just my laziness. Summer was really nice, got a nice “set” of vacations and recharged my batteries for good! What makes me feel better (at least for the last three months) regarding my “abandoned” web site is that I have been spending most of my time away from my office, away from home and definitely away from my laptop.

Doing my military service has proven to be a nice experience, but a great setback regarding work as well. Being an “airman” is not that bad, and definitely better than a typical “soldier”. After finishing the basic military training and the so called “specialty's training” in Tripolis I found my self doing paperwork again at Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens. I am quite sure that paperwork includes guarding the facilities as well, but this is nothing new nor scary to me, had enough and I am always ready for more...

Without being in the mood to drop more lines I can tell that there is nothing to complain about my post-student life so far; wish there was some more free time to feed this space, after dealing with my last boring obligation (military service) I will be able to sort my life the way I want; or at least, the way I can... In the meantime I can always enhance the image bank...

ps: Despite all these, I did find time to repair my laptop (good old FSC M3438GV), setup a dual boot system wearing Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Windows XP SP3 (Vista should be officially banned!!). Oh, I also found a new toy now, a PNA GPS device, wearing Windows CE 4.1. Funny how easily it can be tweaked... So, it is obvious that I had no time dropping lines here!

My Notepad : Summer ante portas!
on 23.05.08 (2000 reads)
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Sitting at my office I realized that once again this little "repository of ideas" hasn't offer any new content to its "restricted audience" for quite a long period of time. Can't say that there is not much to tell, to discuss, to actually "share" online. But to be honest, when one is no more a typical student, there is little time to spend for a personal web site. Being almost a normal lawyer and a PhD candidate can be classified to the top of my personal "changelog". Hate to say that, but I still miss Edinburgh... I miss the 10ish coffee at NERO, in between the IP lectures on Friday, the cookies at 4 o'clock during Burkhard's lecture and definitely Andre's laptop with that huge (CC) sticker on it. Cannot deny that I would love to stay there, be in the closest touch with my field, "Technology & Law", BUT cannot deny that there are other pretty little things here in Athens that renumerate me for my "losses"; these are too silly or too personal to chat about.

Leaving behind the Athens' Bar Association exams, I have a whole summer to work, have some fun and finally prepare my self for another adventure, the military service! People say that this period is a man's last excuse for “being lazy”, or more politely, “decide what one's gonna do with his life”; I am quite sure that neither 's going to work for me, so it is just going to be “the military service among other duties”. Well, like I mentioned before, there is still a whole summer to go through...

One of the future plans for this site has to do with the creation of a section relevant to tourism and brief descriptions of rad trips. As a prologue, I provide only some pictures from the beautiful artificial Plastira Lake; brief “guide” of the trip will follow... Cheers!

My Notepad : Athens by night... At office!
on 08.01.08 (1879 reads)
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Already in 2008 and I feel bad about abandoning this site with no updates for such a long time. To be honest I have also “forgotten” the fact that my laptop has a burnt-out graphics card, three months must have passed since the first time I saw that lovely blue screen warning me about the permanent hardware failure... My daily routine has changed (me) dramatically since this magic word called “work” entered my world. Even when the pressure is a bit lighter (right now I am posting from work), there is always a “next issue” to work on. Well, leaving the legal training alone, one of the fascinating things here is this good old Pentium III that I am using right now, forget about the other specs of this “baby”, which runs under Linux, Ubuntu distribution. Not bad at all I would say, this old fellow would be totally useless right now if it wasn't for Linux. The open source motives are ringing bells and I can hardly say that I miss any of the Windows' features in a strictly professional environment that needs no more than a good office suite and a stable browser to be complete. Well, sometimes lawyers are boring even when referring to their software needs to run their office...

How on earth did I end up talking about software again? I blame the labor law overdose under which I was exposed today! Sometimes I miss Edinburgh, sometimes I don't. What I must start getting used to missing, is the careless Edinburgh's mornings, when the only problems to care about were the empty fridge (which meant go to TESCO) and some hundreds of pages about IT,IP law and crazy AI stuff that I had to go through... Oh, I also miss that -5C training night... Not joking!

My Notepad : One year and eighty-one days
on 12.12.07 (1671 reads)
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Well, it has been months since I published anything here. Its is beyond no doubt that the daily schedule has totally changed since I left Edinburgh. Last act was “on stage” on the 28th November 2007, a few weeks ago, when old friends met once again for the graduation ceremony and had the opportunity to have a few drinks at their classical meeting point, next to the School of Law. Good old fellows were there to celebrate drinking our last Scottish pints, wandering around Edinburgh's city, which had already worn its Christmas spirit suit.

Weather was sweet and everyone was in a very good mood, all of us laughing to each other at the sight of the gown and especially during the very moment when we graduated, making fun of our awfully pronounced surnames. Ceremony was nice, neither casual nor hyper-luxurious, just like the way it should be I would say. Everything was perfectly organized, everything was scheduled with precision, the contrast between the graduation ceremony in Athens, in October 2006 and this one was definitely great. But I doubt if there is any comparison to be made; different philosophy, and approach, two totally unalike “systems”, the British one fighting with its own industry of academic institutions, the Greek one still haunted by the ghosts of the past, uncertainty, insecurity, lack of mission and concrete philosophy; but still not less qualitative than the first one; two different aspects of the west European higher education's system.

I really don't know if there is an “Edinburgh's Review” to be written down, or not. But what I am totally sure of, is that I spent one fantastic year up there, full of new experiences and I managed to collect great supplies for the future. Only one promise to make, no way I wont return to Calton Hill to spare some minutes exploring the North See under the clouded Edinburgh's skies...

My Notepad : Where do I start, where do I begin?
on 25.07.07 (1239 reads)
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This is the last post from Edinburgh. I am about to return to Scotland for a few days at the end of August and for the Graduation Ceremony in November of course - but still this is the last post from my flat. Ten months have passed, a whole academic year has nearly come to its end. Not sure what was the exact "taste" of this period, definitely a special one that I am going to remember forever. What is now left for this summer is to finalize my dissertation and spend some days with friends on an isle of our choice. Given that everything works fine with dissertation and other academic duties, even if I still can't tell where do I start from now on, at least I can tell a little bit more of myself. That's not bad at all...

ps: Did I forget to mention that I am already posting here for more than a year?

My Notepad : The Final Countdown
on 09.07.07 (1142 reads)
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It has been a very fascinating year so far, a wonderful experience of studying abroad in one of the best universities in United Kingdom. There are many things one could write down about these nine months that I stayed in Edinburgh; it was not only the academic level and facilities but the general aura of this city that granted a very special character to my studies. Fully satisfied from all the knowledge offered there is nothing left to do but follow the developments in the field of IT Law; now that one has learnt where to search for information and how to interpret them, the most important is keeping in touch. Apart from excellent knowledge, this year offered me great friends and the unique and sometimes humorous experience of living alone in a flat; but still it was a "student's flat", so no one is claiming a real simulation! There is no time and I am not in the mood to summarize this year; will never forget the gold medal from scottish universities athletics events! Never expected to win a gold medal abroad, six years after I had retired from training and races; so there is so much to talk about, so little time to waste. There is only one thing I am sure of: Ready for Athens or not, there is lots of work that has to be done; and quickly!

My Notepad : Turning back time: June 2002
on 13.06.07 (832 reads)
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Almost five years have passed, since the first ever "gsake homepage" site was online. Using a free service provided by the ISP, a five megabytes space with FTP access and only limited capabilities grammo and GSake designed and developed their first online space in Greek. MS Frontpage and Paintbrush were used for this cute design that would load fast even under a 56K dialup connection. Divided into six sections, it contained a full editorial and a latest news module at homepage, an articles section, a calendar-like section for upcoming events, an MS Access based free forum (not integrated into the site's design), a Java IrCQ chat client (!) and a web links list. All content was static, built in HTML code page by page and every single change meant that the user (me) had to tweak all pages (nice)... It was just a week before the site's uploading when the the Academic Staff's Association representatives of the University of Athens announced that all exams would be postponed, since they were going on continuous strike. It was just the beginning of World Cup 2002, and we pretended to be "alternative reporters" with grammo, commenting every single game and doing a daily presentation of our own! The site "died" before the semifinals, in the middle of the summer there were more "real" things for 20 and 19 years old students to chase... Browsing through my old files today I bumped onto the last archived update of the homepage: 15.06.2002, 02:00 am...

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