My code on Github and Zenodo

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Sat, 07/11/2015 - 18:35

So, my PhD has been submitted and I can wait for the paperwork to advance and then the date of the viva...

While I always supported making the code available - and it was on Sourceforge as a zip-archive - (minus the Intel ODE library which must be downloaded separately), this has become official with the library recommending Github with Zenodo to create citable code.

Hence my Chemical Kinetics Solver has found an official home here:

Hello (ONA) Astoria - First Impressions

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:18

Hello ONA Astoria - my new camera bag.

Some people may have seen my search for a camera bag on "" - if not, I was basically looking for a discrete large messenger camera bag.
The ONA Astoria perfectly fits that bill - nothing gives it away as a camera bag, except maybe the slightly boxy look - it is a bit thicker than regular messenger bags.

Fujitsu Lifebook U904 – Followup

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:20

My initial review was written fairly soon after I bought the Fujitsu U904. Now I have had the time to use it for one and a half months in which it has replaced my university provided PC fulltime – unless I need access to papers/proprietary software that I cannot obtain.

I remain entirely satisfied with the quality of the U904 – in both manufacturing quality as well as engineering quality.

Initially I was slightly worried about the low key pitch on the keyboard – well, with extended use I have gotten more and more used to the keyboard which includes the low key pitch.

Review: Fujitsu Lifebook U904

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:00

Disclaimer: Please note that the below represents my personal experience and opinion only.

Given that my last laptop was purchased in June 2008 and I had some personal reason to require a more up to date personal computer, I purchased a Fujitsu Lifebook U904 this December – so I have had it for a couple of weeks as of writing this.

My requirements for a laptop were fairly simple but also very specific:

The Future?

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 16:01

A little bit of a roadmap: I have not been updating my site recently - also because I do not think there are any pressing updates.

Along the way I am planning a migration to Druapl 8 - although I will possibly need to wait until all my required plug ins are available.

The main content has however been ported over so that it is "ready to go" with some more tweaks once Drupal 8 is finally released. Other than that... - the new theme is "Responsive Bartik" which means my website is finally (!!) properly accessible on mobile phones!

Chemical Kinetics Solver Updated

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:24

After a fair bit of time, my Chemical Kinetics Solver has been updated.

The changes are primarily "under the hood", but some changes in input handling are also included with the update. In addition, work on a more detailed documentation has begun, however it is quite empty as of now.

The project can be found at

Website Structure Improvement

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:29

Sadly there is not a lot of new content to publish, however I have spent some time improving the layout and structure of the website.

The number of menu entries in the main menu has been reduced and the navigation menu has become more important. While this may mean more clicks, it has made the website structure a bit more consistent and logical.

Dependent on time and mood I will potentially roll out further updates to my website - which should include content as well besides further restructuring.


As usual, feedback is always welcome.

New Old Images On Their Way

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Sun, 11/04/2012 - 20:03

So it has finally happened, I have started to sit down for a massive updating spree.

My gallery is now being expanded with an extensive selection of photographs from my early days as well as some new images. As a preparatory step, first all existing images were downsized on the webserver, this should improve loading speed for uncached images and allows me to present a significantly larger amount of images.

Server Recovery on its Way

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Sat, 10/27/2012 - 21:02

So, my server is working again - to some extent. The main OS drive was swapped, the server recovered, a drive added via USB... the database is being duplicated and the neyxt step is to remove the offending drive and think about the next step...

I guess I will need to buy another 2TB drive as I really don't want to go through the hassle of getting WHS v1 (based on Server 2003) to work with larger drives...