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Skype scares me…right now.

I had a Skype call today with a colleague and we came across the remaining 1,40 Euros on his SkypeOut balance… As many of you will know this SkypeOut balance is limited to 180 days. So when you’re not using it for 180 days it’ll be deactivated. We didn’t know this at that very moment we just talked about it what would happen.

And minutes later this happens:

I did not do anything with skype. I did not search on skype.com nor did I do anything else except talking about the subject with my colleague over skype. And there it is: The information we just talked about… you have to do a call once every 180 days to keep your SkypeOut activated…

Am I a bit to paranoid on that matter? It just matches a bit too well … and that would explain why Skype is using that much CPU cycles while calls are made…

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If you have dropped connections in Vista…

… you’ll probably can solve this problem by activating your integrated Firewall.

It seems that Vista just like Windows XP SP2 enforces the same stupid so called “worm restricting measure”. To make it short: If you disabled the integrated Windows Vista Firewall you’ll have a connection limit. And you probably will run into this limit resulting in strange network behaviours, dropping VPN connections and so on.

Beside activating the integrated Windows Firewall you can disable the TCP/IP “Autotuning” feature:

Click on the Start menu and type cmd in the search box. Type CTR+SHIFT+ENTER to tell the command prompt to open with elevated privileges.
In the command prompt window, type netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable and hit Enter
After getting the OK returned in the command prompt window, restart to activate the change.

Way to go when it comes to networking :-/

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Channel 8 starts next week…

Hmm.. maybe you would have missed it:

Source: http://channel8.msdn.com/

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how (almost) everything works at ISWIsion

Namenlos wrote about how almost everything is held together at this years ISWI technically. Well he even draw something neat to look at and say “Look, that we did!”

“Die Audiostrecke wird mittels 6 Behringer Ultragain Pro-8 Digital ADA8000 aufgebaut. Diese Geräte nehmen 8 Kanäle Audio via XLR entgegen und setzen die auf eine ADAT-Verbindung über ein TOS-Link-Kabel um. Da die TOS-Links nur 10m weit gehen hängt an jedem Behringer ein ADAT-Extender, der das ganze gleich auf Glasfaser umsetzt. So kommt der Ton vom Studio zur Regie und zurück. Zusätzlich liegen noch 5 Strecken Video (so ein Fernsehsender ganz ohne Bild is ja auch nix.). Zum Abschluss verteilt in der Fischerhütte nochmal ein HP Procurve 2524 ein bischen Netz an die Surfterminals und die Leute vom ebenfalls dort beheimateten L.i.g.h.t. Projekt.”

And then deka came and created another drawing of the Live Streaming infrastructure:

Source: http://blog.slash-me.net/archives/225-ISWISION-2007-hat-begonnen.html

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Gadget Geeks video podcast

“Gadget Geeks” is a new video podcast show made by some guys from Berlin. Just wanted to point you to that 😉 Give it a try.

P.S.: this is episode 0. Hopefully that does not mean that they’re going to argue why they did not start with episode 1 in the next episodes…

P.P.S.: I like the Schäuble picture 😉

P.P.P.S.: Oh… what about more… NOT OSX specific stuff? It’s not as if there are no OSX only podcasts available…

Source: http://gadget-geeks.de/

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Herr S. is teh suck!

Oh joy! Seems like ahzf took out an ad and guess for what? Yeah, for our unfriendly neighbourhood Herr S..

Oh you could search for this…or for “Tino Seeber”

Source: http://blog.ahzf.de

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where do you get old versions of your tools when you need them?

Well I always wanted to have something like that: An archive for old versions of software. Comes in very handy. Did you know that an old version of Winamp only takes 0.5mbytes of your memory to do the job?

“Sometimes upgrading to a newer version can be a good thing. Other times, your computer may not be compatible with the new version, the new version is bloated, or all the options you liked are no longer available. OldVersion.com has been supplying the online community with old versions of various programs since 2001. The service is utilized by thousands of users every day and has been featured in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television.”

Source: http://www.oldversion.com

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Attention: no VLAN settings with Intel Network Interface Cards

When you’re using Windows Server 2003 R2 64bit Edition with SP2/IE7 you will most likely not be able to access the advanced settings of an Intel Network Interface card (Teaming, VLAN settings). Instead you get the simple dialog:

Damn it. I don’t have a solution for this right now and it does corrupt my plan using one of the servers for VLAN games….

Anyone reading this got a solution how to get the VLAN settings tabs back?

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You don’t know jack episode 1 available for you to be played online…

Hmm.. You don’t know “You don’t know jack”? Well learn:

Source: http://www.youdontknowjack.com

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anyone in need of a joost invitation?!

I’ve got two joost invitations left. So if you want one just comment on this one and leave your eMail. The first two ones will get it.

What? You don’t know what joost is? Take this:

“Joost™ is a new way of watching TV on the internet, which uses new and established technologies to provide the best of both the internet and TV worlds. We’re in the process of making it as TV-like as we can, with programmes, channels and adverts. You can also see some things that we think will enhance the TV experience: searching for programmes and channels, for example, as well as social features like chat. There are many more new features to come!”

Source: http://www.joost.com/

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speedup Mail.app (or at least try to)

“As everyone knows, it is possible to get quite a speed boost out of Mail.app by stripping all the bloat out of its Envelope index, an SQLite database Mail uses to store senders, recipients, subjects and so on.”

It can lead to a speedup of Mail.App. Despite the fact it decreased the Envelope Index for me it wasn’t really noticable… but your mileage may vary.

Source: hawkwings

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behold the scientify beauty! one of the ten worlds best webcams.

Oh well it’s no big deal really :-). The theory behind it was discoverd in 1851 and it proofs that the earth rotates under the pendulum. Uh, of course you can grab some more sophisticated theory insights here. So what’s up with that thing? It was voted to one of the ten best webcams on earth. Go and have a look.

Source: EarthCam.com Top Ten
Source: Webcam

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very bad taste tommies…

Oh dear, someone came up with this website and the first thing I was getting angry about is the header of the site:

What were those guys thinking? Anyone remembers the phrase “Arbeit macht frei” on the entrance of concentration camps? It’s just too bad to start thinking about possible excuses. Very very lame.

Source 1: http://www.ukresistance.co.uk/
Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbeit_macht_frei

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GTA 1 + GTA 2 + Wild Metal downloadable for free

“In 1999, Rockstar Games and Rockstar North (then known as DMA Design) furthered the groundbreaking gameplay concepts established just two years prior in the original Grand Theft Auto – with the release of GTA2. GTA2 expanded on the top-down, open-ended crime world gameplay formula with a host of new features including the advent of multiple rival gangs – seven, to be exact, including the Yakuza, Scientists, Looneys, Rednecks, Zaibatsu, the Russian Mob and Hare Krishnas. Earn your respect with each gang. Reap the benefits with all manner of shady work-for-hire gigs contracted your way. And climb your way to the top of the criminal pile.

Now, longtime Grand Theft Auto fans can revisit this classic entry in the series – and new jacks who missed out on this early franchise title can further discover Grand Theft Auto’s roots – absolutely free. GTA2 has been completely optimized for play on modern PCs and is available gratis for all registrants to the Rockstar Games mailing list (rest assured your information will not be shared with any third parties, you will only receive information from Rockstar). Simply fill out the form below and check your email for a direct link to the file (353 MB .zip file, includes install .exe, readme .txt file, and a .pdf of the original PC game manual).”

Source: http://www.rockstargames.com/classics/

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rewire the web…

The internet comes up with new ideas of information transformation and management every day. Yahoo now came up with a great idea of how the users could almost freely transform syndicateable data to anything they like.

Yahoo says this about it’s new baby:

“Pipes is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Using Pipes, you can create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant.”

If you ever wanted to connect NY Times articles to Flickr, you can do this and many other things now. You even get a decent editor:


(yes, that’s in a webbrowser…)

Go and give it a try.

Source: http://pipes.yahoo.com/

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a tool you might need some day: emulated smtp server for debugging purposes

“It monitors port 25 and emulates an Smtp server dropping the files in a directory which you can read using Windows Mail (Outlook Express).”

Source: get it here.

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PC vs. Mac – the return of the clips

Uhh, seems someone took the time to create some clips that show the world the other way around as the well known Mac vs. PC clips did… Oh well as with all “point-of-view” things, just enjoy and start loving each other 😉

Oh and there’s plenty of them here.

Source: OurPicks

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Aus dem Giftschrank des Internets…

Also wenn es irgendwann mal eine Abstimmung geben sollte, mit der man Minderjährigen den Zugang zum Internet verbietet, würde ich ganz ernsthaft darüber nachdenken, mit “Ja” zu stimmen.

Zum Anfang:

Ich habe in der Cinema über den Film “Eragon” einen Artikel gelesen. Dieser beinhaltete keine Kritik, woraufhin ich auf der entsprechenden Webseite nachgeschaut habe. Und wie man es vorher erahnen konnte, trieben sich in den User-Kommentaren hauptsächlich Unter-18-Jährige herum.

Ein paar ausgewählte Kommentare:

“Zum Schreiber der Filmsorry und zum Regie, kann man nur sagen Thema verfehlt setzen 6. Wenn ich so eine schlechte Inhaltsangabe eines Buches viel mehr ist es nämlich nicht geschrieben hatte wäre das die richtige Note meiner Deutschlehrerin. Aus einem Buch das von der Storry, Komplexität dem Herz der Geschichte Harry Potter und Dem Herr der Ringe gleich zu Sätzen ist. Haben die einen Film aus aneinander gesetzten Filmszenen gemacht der nicht an den Film der Unendlichen Geschichte heranreicht. Für den Oskar nominiert soll er sein. Für den schrott kann man doch nicht noch ne Belohnung geben. Die Sorry hat nichts mehr mit dem Buch zu tun und der Film guckt sich als wäre es ein 2h langer Trailer. Kauf euch das buch und geht nicht in diesen Film”

“Der Film hat über Haupt keine handlung . Das was bei Eragon zusammen geschnitten würde hätte jeder Film Student als kurz Film drehen können . Es ist keine Spannung im Film , eine Handlung ist auch nicht vorhanden .”

Anstatt zwei Stunden mit diesem Film zu verschwenden, hätten die Kiddies lieber mal Deutsch üben sollen.

http://www.cinema.de/film_aktuell/filmdetail/userb…

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hello kotaku!

Thanks for linking to me. And you kotaku readers: grab the RSS feed and keep on reading this blog!

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finally using last.fm

Several months after I was told about last.fm I finally ended up using it. I installed it yesterday on my main-music-playing-machine and so far the experience is great.

“Last.fm is a service that records what you listen to, and then presents you with an array of interesting things based upon your tastes — artists you might like, users with similar taste, personalised radio streams, charts, and much more.”

Since last.fm is monitoring what music I am listening to it can also be used to create some kind of “personal chart list” which you can put on your website… it may look like this:

bietiekay's Profile Page
(this actually is a realtime chart of my account)

In the meantime I was redirected to another quite similar service called “Pandora”. You also get a free high-quality radio from them. But Pandora is working very differently in the inside. Instead of taking the social approach like last.fm, Pandora wants to investigate the “genome of music”:

“Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.”

Since last.fm has a really nice tool for my mac and is working really well for my music taste I am going to stick with it… for everyone else: go and try both.

Source 1: http://www.last.fm/
Source 2: http://www.pandora.com/

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a map of the intertubes

Source: http://www.xkcd.com/c195.html

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game tattoo

PMS GibGirl aka Evil Angela sent this picture of her back over Xbox Live today:

Yes boys and girls, this is an Atari logo tattoed on her back. In fact it’s looking great 🙂 Find more pictures here.

Source 1: XboxLive
Source 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/evil_angela/

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Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape 15 available

“Ben Westbeech, Briony, Cris Tanzi, Divas Harmony feat. Kayla & Trip, Golden Era of Sound feat. Dionne Charles, Granufunk & Sonny Plankton, Kristin Hild, Lady Destiny, Layonne & Krako, My Toys Like Me, Reebosound, S. Maily, Stee Downes, Super Star Planet, Switch”… oh wait… GRANUFUNK?

Source: More

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free VM with XP SP2 pre-activated + IE 6.0

The Internet Explorer Team just released a free, downloadable, pre-activated Windows XP SP2 image with Internet Explorer 6 installed. Grab it here. The image is time-bombed to expire in April 2007, but new versions (including images where Internet Explorer 5 is installed) are expected to be released.

“Many of you have asked how to run IE6 and IE7 in a side by side environment. As Chris Wilson blogged about early this year, it’s unfortunately not so easy to do. There are workarounds, but they are unsupported and don’t necessarily work the same way as IE6 or IE7 would work when installed properly. As Chris said, the best way to use multiple versions of IE on one machine is via virtualization. Microsoft has recently made Virtual PC 2004 a free download; we’ve taken advantage of that by releasing a VPC virtual machine image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, IE6 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit to help facilitate your testing and development. The image is time bombed and will no longer function after April 1, 2007. We hope to continue to provide these images in the future as a service to web developers.”

Source 1: Download
Source 2: IE Team Blogpost

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How to setup and configure a Sharepoint 2007 Server and migrate content from SPS 2003 [Part 1]

Once again it’s update time – this time the Sharepoint Portal Server 2003, installed in April 2006, needs to be upgraded to the brand new “Office Sharepoint Server 2007“.

I think the best way to get a clean installment is to start from the beginning. So I’ve created a new virtual machine and installed the OS, using the newly available R2 release of Windows Server 2003. Since the whole authentication stuff is Activedirectory based I did not need to bother with local users and groups. I’ve installed the .NET Framework 3.0 right away and so everything starts after the OS installation and the mandatory windowsupdate.com visit.

First, ensure that you’re currently logged in with Administrator privileges. Then check if IIS 6 is actually configured to use ASP.NET 2.0.50727:

Enable ASP.NET 2.0

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the Internet Information Services tree, click the plus sign (+) next to the server name, and then click the Web Service Extensions folder.
  3. In the details pane, right-click ASP.NET v2.0.50727, and then click Allow.

Install SQL Server 2005

When you’re planning to use the SQL Server Express Edition you can just ignore this step since Office Sharepoint Server 2007 comes with it. If you’re, like me, want to use SQL Server Standard Edition you just install it as you normally would.

The default configuration of SQL Server 2005 is that the local BUILTIN\Administrators usergroup also got the sysadmin role assigned. This is important for the next steps.

Install Office Sharepoint Server 2007

The first thing you have to enter is the product key. Just enter it and Continue…

Actually read and accept the license terms for Office Sharepoint Server 2007 and continue…

Choose “Advanced” installation type:

On the next screen you should choose “complete” which installes all components of the product.

You can now safely click the “Install Now” button which will start the automatic installation process.

After some seconds you should be seeing this:

And yes, of course we want to run the “Sharepoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard“. So click “Close” and the wizard opens (of course…)

Click “Next” to get rid of the welcome message and click “Yes” when you’re asked if it’s okay that things that need to be done are done (restart of services)…(why are they asking anyway?)

You are then asked if you want to connect to a currently existing server farm or if you would like to create a new one. Of course in my case I need to create a new one.

I’ve already created an user account in the AD domain called fem\sharepoint_admin2007 which I am going to use as the main administrator account for the sharepoint server. On the next page you’re asked for the configuration database settings.

Enter the database server, the desired database name and enter the user account name+passwort. You don’t actually need to add the fem\sharepoint_admin2007 account to the SQL Server 2005 logins since you’re currently logged in with a user with sysadmin role on the SQL Server 2005. That means: the new databases are created with the user account you are currently using and the username you entered is assigned administrator role for these databases.

After clicking on “Next” you’re asked which port you want the Central Administration Website to use. If you don’t choose something a random port number is chosen. We choose port 34474. You can also configure which authentication provider will be used for the Central Administration Website.

After clicking on “Next” you’re presented the whole settings you made. You just go on with “Next“.

And now the magic starts. Office Sharepoint 2007 Setup installs the server, configures the databases and web applications and starts/restarts the services that need a start/restart.

If everything worked (and it should) you’re once again shown the settings you’ve just made. Click “Finish” and your default browser should open http://moss2007:34474/. You should now see the “Office Sharepoint 2007 Central Administration:

Now you should configure/check you’re browsers security settings to ensure everything will work in the next steps.

Add the SharePoint site to the list of trusted sites(Internet Explorer 7)

  1. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  2. On the Security tab, in the Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings box, click Trusted Sites, and then click Sites.
  3. Clear the Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone check box.
  4. In the Add this Web site to the zone box, type the URL to your site, and then click Add.
  5. Click Close to close the Trusted Sites dialog box.
  6. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Since there is a copious amount of “Administrator tasks” which is Sharepoint speak for “you really really should work through that list“. Just click on “Administrator Tasks” headline on the homepage of the Central Administration website and you should get the complete list. Work through it, you’ll need everything to be properly set up to continue through this howto.

Since we’re working with just one single machine and not a complete server farm we read fast through the quickstart guide and ignore the server farm related stuff. We go directly to the “Services on Server” configuration screen which looks much like this:

So we select “Single Server or Web Server for small server farms” and take a closer look at the services listing on the bottom of that screen. You can start the services in the following order:

  1. Document Conversions Load Balancer Service
  2. Document Conversion Launcher Service
  3. Excel Calculation Services
  4. Office SharePoint Server Search
  5. Windows Sharepoint Services Help Search
  6. Windows Sharepoint Services Web Application

As a next step we need to configure the shared services of the new Office Sharepoint Server 2007. You can find the page here: “Central Administration > Application Management > Manage this Farm’s Shared Services > New Shared Services Provider”

Since we did not create a Webapplication yet we can do it now: just click on the “Create New Web Application” link and fill out the fields accordingly. You can choose the database name here. Just use the names you’ll remember.

For security reasons please create a new account which will be used for the IIS 6 application pool and the SQL Server 2005. This user must only have the permissions he needs for the job. (see Office Sharepoint Server 2007 security articles on MSDN) When you now click on the “Create” button your web application, database and application pool will be created.

After the successful creation you’ll be forwarded back to the “New Shared Services Provider” page. This time the web application fields are filled in with the web application data you just entered.

You now need to specify the credentials for the SSP Web services to use for inter-server communication and for running SSP-scoped timer jobs. Don’t use a local administrator or domain administrator account. This user must only have the permissions he needs for the job. (see Office Sharepoint Server 2007 security articles on MSDN). You could now click the “OK” button but you’ll end up with a warning telling you that it’s not recommended to host the MySite on the same web application as the Sharepoint Services Provider administration site. So I recommend creating another web application for the MySites.

I did this in my case using a new hostheader “http://mysites.moss2007“.

By clicking on the “OK” button you should get the already familiar “Operation in Progress” animation showing you that the magic happens now. After a short while you should see this:

Hurray! It seems that everything worked out. Now the only thing we should do is to restart the IIS 6 server to ensure every configuration change is actually propagated.

To do this right-click your IIS 6 server in the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager select “All Tasks” and click on “Restart IIS…”. Click on “OK” and IIS 6 should restart.

When you now access “http://mysites.moss2007” you’ll asked for user credentials and since the only user for this moment that has access is the one you entered during the creation process, use this user. And you’ll end up with this:

And after a short waiting period you can browse through your brand new MySite. Last we need to create a new Site Collection. You can achieve this through the following path: “Central Administration > Application Management > Create Site Collection”.

Fill in the fields and select from the “Template Selection”: Enterprise -> Site Directory. After your click on “OK” once again you’ll see the “Operation in Progress” animation and after this you’re Site Directory is set up. Now you can access the your Top-Level Site in this case “http://moss2007“.

At this point we successfully installed and configured a Office Sharepoint Server 2007 on a brand new machine. And since we’re essentially done with the base Office Sharepoint Server 2007 installation process we’re now going to migrate the databases of the Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 version to our new installment. So stay tuned for Part 2 of this HowTo.

Source 1: Install Office Sharepoint Server 2007 on a stand-alone machine

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currently installing…

Oh well, it’s time to update. The Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) is available now. Grab your trial and install 🙂

Source: Announcing MOSS 2007

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Speed Camera Database

“At locations that are particularly subject to accidents, speed cameras are erected specifically to catch speed offenders, to call them to account, and thereby to teach them a lesson. This should also reduce the number of accidents.

We are of the opinion that there is also another way to reduce the number of accidents.

With the help of our database, we hope to achieve the following for our users:

  • to warn them in good time about high accident area
  • that they check their speed and adjust it if necessary
  • that they can fully focus their concentration on what is happening in the traffic

The goal of our project is not to promote “racing”! “

Source: http://www.scdb.info/en/

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Microsoft: change the world or go home

“Microsoft has forty seven thousand-odd employees, a huge percentage them very determined to change the world, and often suceeding. And millions of customers with the same idea.

Basically, Microsoft is in the world-changing business. If they ever lose that, they might as well all go home.

I chose the monster image simply because I always thought there is something wonderfully demonic about wanting to change the world. It can be a force for the good, of course, if used wisely. It’s certainly a very loaded part of the human condition, but I suppose that’s what makes it compelling.”

Source: http://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/003388.html

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Memphis Belle

…neulich bei ARTE gesehen und schon aus dem Internet heruntergeladen. Natürlich legal, weil es sich in diesem Fall um einen Public-Domain-Film handelt.


In “Memphis Belle” geht es um eine B-17, die ihren letzten Kriegseinsatz über Europa fliegt. Während des Flugs war ein Kameramann an Bord und hat das Kriegsgeschehen live mitgefilmt.


Warum Public Domain? Nun, in den USA gibt es ein Gesetz, das besagt, dass u.a. alle von öffentlicher Hand angefertigten Dokumente gemeinfrei sind, also auch Militärfilme.



“Memphis Belle”



Der Hinweis, dass alles echt ist.



Die haben ihren Spaß…



…die eher nicht.



Der Einsatzplan.



Auf dem Weg zum Einsatzort.



Flak…



…und Jäger.



Verteidigung…



…und Angriff.



Verluste



Zurück auf dem Flugplatz.



Andere hatten weniger Glück.


Den Film gibt es übrigens unter http://www.archive.org/details/MemphisBelle

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YAPS TV-Browser Plugin

After using the “Web-Search”-Plugin of TV-Browser to program new recordings into YAPS, ello came across with the idea to use the “Capture”-Plugin instead.

And after doing so: It’s incredible what that Capture Plugin can do!


in the context menu: the “Record”-Button


specify the title..and you’re done…

The Capture Plugin does several things:

  • making the programming of new recordings as easy as possible
  • showing visually that this particular episode will be recorded
  • allowing you to remove the recording from the schedule

And all you have to do to add this functionality to your TV-Browser is:

  1. download: YAPS TV-Browser Plugin
  2. import the YAPS.tcf file into the Capture-Plugins Device Listing (Import Button)
  3. configure the server name and the channel-name mappings

When you’re done with that everything should work. Oh… I have to admit: The record delete functionality is not quite working as it should…but it will in some of the next builds…

Thanks to the TV-Browser team for creating such a great application!!! Keep on the good work!

Source: http://www.tvbrowser.org

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the MechCommander series is available for free download…

Get MechCommander, MechCommander Gold and MechCommander 2 for free.

Source: http://mechcommander.org/downloads.html

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program your YAPS VCR recordings from within tvbrowser…

I recently wrote about the progress I made with YAPS – the multicast to unicast proxy that suddenly became even a vcr. And today I found “TVBrowser“:

“TV-Browser is a free electronic program guide. It offers more than 140 mainly german stations.”

You get everything you might expect from an electronic program guide with TV-Browser and even more. It’s extensible and fast. The extensibility is exactly the reason why I am using it as the EPG frontend for YAPS/VCR.

I used the WebSearch Plugin of TV Browser to actually do a http-request on the YAPS/VCR webserver. This request adds the recording to the schedule list…easy as it could be…

It looks like this:

right click on the programme and you’re about to
program the recording…

Infact the only thing I had to do is to add one line to the WebSearch Plugin config, which looks like this:


Simple, isn’t it… one webrequest and the recording is added.

Finally I’ve got a great EPG to program my recordings…yeeehaaa!

Source 1: udp multicast to tcp unicast proxy extended to be a vcr
Source 2: http://www.tvbrowser.org

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MSDN-Solve starts in Germany…

“MSDN Solve ist die Lösung für alle Entwickler, die praxis-orientierte Hilfestellungen bei typischen Programmier-Herausforderungen suchen. MSDN Solve liefert verständliche Antworten auf immer wiederkehrende Fragen aus dem IT-Alltag und sorgt dafür, dass Sie Stolperfallen in Software-Projekten künftig leicht umschiffen.”

Source: http://www.msdn-solve.de/

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is sort-of back…

“Mike Nelson – the comic genius behind MST3K – has launched a new site called RiffTrax, where he provides an audio commentary track to mainstream films that you can download and listen to while watching the movie.”

For just $1.99 (beta pricing!) you get a commentary track for a growing number of movies…really really great stuff.

Source: http://www.rifftrax.com/index.php

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a captcha a day keeps the spam0r away.

“A CAPTCHA (an acronym for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart”, trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University) is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.”

This technology is mainly used to filter all those spammers from the normal commenting users. Schrankmonster even uses this technology. Kiesow doesn’t like very long captchas and I don’t like dumb ones…like this one which was sent in by Tomasz Naumowicz:


Source 1: http://www.kiesows.de/blog/2006/07/19/captcha-2

Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captchas

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how Google Map/Earth works…

I want to share with you a fantastic page where Pascal Buire discusses his investigations on Google Earths tiling and algorithms:

“This is my analyse about how google map works, et specially how the tiles are encoded. Google map uses pre-rendered tiles that can be obtained with a simple url. This article explains how to build the url for a tile from its geo coordinates (latitude/longitude)”

Google Earth mirroring anyone?

Source: http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/googlemap.asp

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udp multicast to tcp unicast proxy YAPS revisited…and bugfixed

Yesterday I had an idea how I could fix the last remaining problem in my udp multicast to tcp unicast proxy server (YAPS).

The last time I had to report this:

“There are some glitches I am afraid to say: one known bug is that there are 12 bytes to much in the outgoing data stream which corrupts the picture. If anyone here can fix it: Do it please 😉 I tried one day and I could not find a solution for the problem.”

My idea was now, that those glitches are possibly there because some bytes of the header remain in each packet and therefore the movie stream itself is destroyed. MPlayer was able to display something, but as I said…glitches.

So I made a method that actually calculates the size of the header of each RTP packet and then removes this header:

   1:  public byte[] killRTPheader(byte[] b,ref int inlength)
   2:  {
   3:  byte[] outbytes = new byte[1600];
   4:  int headersize = 12+4*((b[0] >> 0) & 0x0f);
   5:    Array.ConstrainedCopy(b, headersize, outbytes, 0, inlength - headersize);
   6:    inlength = inlength - headersize;
   7:  return outbytes;
   8:  }

The results speak for themselves: A perfect sound and picture.

Beside that I added some additional features. Read the source and you’ll find out.

You can grab the source and binaries here: YAPS.zip (24,74 KB)

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because he could…3D renderer in PHP

People do almost anything just because they can, and this guy is no exception:

“This evening I remembered an idea I had a while ago to make a 3D renderer in PHP (and if anyone’s tempted to ask – “because I can” ). I did a bit of reading on old 3D engines, as I didn’t want something modern and slow, and found out that the “raycaster” rendering used in Wolfenstein 3D is ridiculously easy to implement. A few hours later and it’s up and running I’ve not run any proper speed tests yet, but the images load up pretty much instantaneously. I have a couple of ideas of what this could be used for, so watch this space “

Source: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=116224

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Imagining the tenth dimension


“The “theory of reality” that I advance on this website and in the book “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” is not the one that is commonly accepted by today’s physicists. Anyone wanting to know more about the currently established thinking behind string theory and the tenth or eleventh dimension should refer to such excellent books as “Parallel Worlds” by Michio Kaku, “The Fabric of the Cosmos” by Brian Greene, or “Warped Passages” by Lisa Randall.

I invite you to think of this as an entertaining diversion that for some people will have a strong and thought-provoking connection to their impression of how the world really works. If you click on “The Forum”, you will be taken to a page that gives readers an opportunity to debate the concepts presented in the book and this website more fully. Enjoy!”

Source: http://www.tenthdimension.com/flash.php

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FIWAK 2006 starts today!!!

After last years FIWAK, FeM is back in the forest. This year with even more hardware, even more people and even more tents.


The first lecture starts in just a few minutes so stay tuned for more news on the FIWAK 06.








Source: FeM FIWAK Homepage

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Windows Live Messenger out…

Aparently the new version 8 of the MSN Messenger Windows Live Messenger is out. It looked great in the beta and it does look great in the final release:

Source: Windows Live Messenger

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Kings Quest 3 remake downloadable for free


It’s the year 1986 and Kings Quest got it’s 3rd episode. An adventure in 16 colors. But now it’s 2006. And Infamous Adventures did a remake:

“Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William’s classic 1986 hit, King’s Quest III. Remade in VGA color to match later Sierra releases, and using the AGS engine by Chris Jones, IA promises to make an enjoyable 1:1 remake of King’s Quest III. In the tradition of recent remakes, King’s Quest I and II+ by Tierra/AGDI, Infamous Adventures hopes to create a new classic of the Beloved Series.”

  • All 16 color backgrounds remade into stunning VGA graphics
  • Enhanced Close up cut-scenes and dialogue pictures help immerse you into what is known as the first plot driven chapter of the King’s Quest series.
  • Original music by professional music composer(s)
  • Re-experience the adventure with a stunning new interface (no more typing) And if you never played well, you’ll probably enjoy it anyway.

You can download Kings Quest 3 here for free. You can even get the soundtrack there.

Source: http://www.infamous-adventures.com/index.php?page=kq3

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my next phone

Hurray! The specs of my next phone is final and public:

  • 400 Mhz
  • Windows Mobile 5
  • GSM/UMTS/GPRS/802.11b/g/Bluetooth 2.0
  • 64 MB RAM and 128 MB FLASH
  • microSD slot
  • keypad and real wheel jogdial
  • QVGA screen (I wish it was a VGA…)

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scheduled downtime

Due to network maintenance work schrankmonster/technology-ninja will most likely not be available from 2030 till 2230 CEST (UTC+2).

Go and make some babies instead! Thank you.

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IIS6 and Apache syscall graph

SanaSecurity created these two graphics:



Apache syscall graph


IIS6 syscal graph

What’s this? You may ask…it’s an API dependency graph of the current Apache webserver and the current IIS webserver.

As some people try to interpret those graphics to the favor of their loved one. I cannot see anything discussable about these graphics, so I leave it to you to just enjoy them as they look quite nice 🙂

Source: http://www.sanasecurity.com/

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the world championship live…in your telnet terminal…

When you don’t have the chance to watch the football world championship live on tv, you can watch it on a very nerdy way: ascii-art telnet livestream.

You cannot deny the similarities to the actual tv picture…but you need to be very nerdy and/or very desperate to watch it this way…

Source: http://www.ascii-wm.net/#

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Microsofts Robot Invasion

“Microsoft is challenging developers worldwide to create conversational robots, or BOTs, for MSN® Messenger and Windows Live™ Messenger. The most original, useful robots collect $40,000 in total prizes.”

“Robots or “BOTs”, are software programs that you can add to MSN® Messenger and Windows Live™ Messenger. If you add a robot to your contact list, it can chat, give you customer service support, perform searches, make suggestions, play games and more.”


Source: http://www.robotinvaders.com/main/Default.aspx

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TechEd 2006 starts tomorrow…attend it virtually!

Tomorrow the US TechEd takes off. If you cannot attend personally you can attend it virtually.

Microsoft hosts a website called “Virtual TechEd” where you can watch talks and keynotes via streaming video.

Beside watching the talks you can listen to the TechEd radio livestream.

Source 1: http://virtualteched.com/
Source 2: TechEd radio livestream

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the Wikification of the MSDN

“The
MSDN Wiki site experiments with ways we can integrate community
contributions into the Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0
documentation.This is phase one. On
the current site you can add content and edit other people’s
contributions in a wiki-like fashion around the official
Microsoft-authored docs.In the future we want to take this further by allowing people to edit the Microsoft-authored docs directly.Let us know what you want to see!”

— Molly Bostic, MSDN Wiki PM

Hurray! The MSDN has it’s own wiki… I personally really like the wiki idea, when it’s used properly. So let’s hope it is used properly in this case.

Source: http://msdnwiki.microsoft.com/

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help Project Gutenberg to celebrate their 35th anniversary…

Michael Hart wrote in a newsletter:

“As most of you are aware, it is 4 weeks until we complete our 35th year of Project Gutenberg history, and we have about 380 eBooks left to make it to 20,000.

This would be about 95 per week. . .we did 82 this week.

So it’s not such a Big Push as we did to get to 10,000, but a rather smaller push, which is why you haven’t heard me say an awfully lot about it. . .things are working out much a closer match to reaching 20,000 on our 35th anniversary than anyone, myself included, would likely have predicted.”

If you want to help to achieve this goal, go to the Project Gutenberg website and contribute, for example as a proof-reader.

Source: http://www.gutenberg.org/

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