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There’s a battlefield 2 movie online for your viewing pleasure:
“”The Pwned Life” apparently took a year to create and is voiced entirely by one man. It takes the form of a mockumentary on the life and times of a hardscrabble gang of soldiers, complete with soundtrack and interviews. Top-notch stuff and outstanding comedic timing.”
Source 1: http://www.jaredhudson.com/movies/pwnedlife.html
Source 2: http://www.kotaku.com
We invite you to be among the first to experience the clarity that Windows Vista can bring to your world. The Windows Vista Customer Preview Program makes a pre-release edition of Windows Vista Ultimate broadly available to the public for the first time.
This version now is time-limited:
“Windows Vista Beta 2 (and RC1) is time-limited, pre-release software that will expire on June 1, 2007.”
You can also order Beta 2 and RC1 DVD kits there.
So our test-drive 6509 is setup-and-going in the local
junk server room. As you can see the room is obviously used for two different purposes. On the one hand it’s a windowless central network service point…and on the other it’s… oh dear…take a look for yourself:
When you come closer…you see…:
And to raise some pulses -a module listing:
Mod Ports Card Type Model Serial No.
— —– ————————————– —————— ———–
3 48 CEF720 48 port 10/100/1000mb Ethernet WS-X6748-GE-TX xxxxxxxxxxx
4 24 CEF720 24 port 1000mb SFP WS-X6724-SFP xxxxxxxxxxx
5 2 Supervisor Engine 720 (Active) WS-SUP720-3B xxxxxxxxxxx
7 6 Firewall Module WS-SVC-FWM-1 xxxxxxxxxxx
Mod MAC addresses Hw Fw Sw Status
— ———————————- —— ———— ———— ——-
3 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 1.0 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
4 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 2.3 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
5 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 4.4 8.1(3) 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
7 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 3.0 7.2(1) 2.3(4) Ok
Mod Sub-Module Model Serial Hw Status
— ————————— —————— ———— ——- ——-
3 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
4 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
5 Policy Feature Card 3 WS-F6K-PFC3B xxxxxxxxxxx 2.1 Ok
5 MSFC3 Daughterboard WS-SUP720 xxxxxxxxxxx 2.3 Ok
Oh…something that raised our pulses… a 6513 in one of the other Network Service Points…yummi:
At the moment the ahzf and cosrahn are playing with the machine…so more stuff is definitly to come soon.
As of today the 6bone IPv6 testbed is phased out…
The 6bone was established in 1996 by the IETF as an IPv6 Testbed network to enable various IPv6 testing as well as to assist in the transitioning of IPv6 into the Internet. It operates under the IPv6 address allocation 3FFE::/16 from RFC 2471. As IPv6 is beginning its production deployment it is appropriate to plan for the phaseout of the 6bone. This document establishes a plan for a multi-year phaseout of the 6bone and its address allocation on the assumption that the IETF is the appropriate place to determine this.”
Putty is a free SSH client for Windows. And here’s a link to a How-To that shows you how to set up a tunnel as a system service:
“First of all, before I wanted to browse the web, I’d have to start the putty client and log into my ssh shell. I had to always keep the putty client open, so it would always be minimized to the taskbar, taking up precious space and often getting closed my mistake. Also, if I lost internet connection my ssh session would be aborted and I’d once again have to log in. There must be a better way. By running the ssh tunnel from a Windows Service it is now always running silently in the background. If my network connection is disturbed, it automatically reestablishes my ssh session.”
Read more here.
Source: Putty SSH Tunnel
Agile makes the beta version of it’s great instant messenger for Windows Mobile 5 available.
The Alpha and Beta versions are free of charge…
When you played and enjoyed the LucasArts Adventure “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis” then this is great news for you:
“Fountain of Youth is a fan-made adventure game by a team of both Indiana Jones and computer game enthusiasts. A playable demo has been in development and has experienced quite a few delays, but is expected to be available soon – and the design of the full game, (after much revamping) is nearly complete – for development to begin by Fall 2005.
The project has been running almost 5 years, and has suffered several major setbacks. This website contains information about the game we are developing plus information on the developers, screenshots, downloads and much, much more. Just use the navigation bar on the left to find your way around.
We’ve had thousands of offers for translations of the game, thanks!!! Its great to have so much interest and help to hand (believe me, we will contact a lot of you – there’s lots of languages!!) If you CAN offer a translation we are very greatful – but please wait for the release of the demo before you decide how well a translation you can provide 🙂
We also hope to send out free DVD-cased editions of the demo and full-game once they are available to anyone who donates enough to cover the shipping. We also hope to create a special boxed edition of the game with a printed manual in the future.”
There is a demo available and the full game is expected soon.
Download Managers are helpful tools to suck a great number of files from machines across the network. Since there are many commercial/shareware ones, this guy decided to write his own and give everyone who wants the source of it:
“Right then, a little light bulb went on in my head, and I decided to build her a file download utility. The requirements were simple:
- I should be able to point to a web page and filter URLs on it. For example, “*.doc” should give me a collection of URLs that have .doc at the end of the link.
From the list of available files, I should be able to select the files I want to download.
- I should be able to download my selected files simultaneously.
- I should be able to nominate the number of simultaneous threads for download.
- I should be able to cancel a download at any point in time.
- I should be informed of the download status of each selected file.
- I do not want to re-download files that I have downloaded before.”
P.S.: yeah..i know.. it should be leech…but well… suck scores better 😉
Schrankmonster is powered by a 4-way XEON 2.8 Ghz machine with 2 GB RAM running Windows Server 2003 and dasBlog blog-engine. And believe it or not: dasBlog actually utilizes all 4 CPUs completely at peak times.
Much of this is led by the fact that dasBlog was built for much smaller weblogs (not that schrankmonster is big…). And for MUCH less traffic. When you load the front page of schrankmonster you instantly notice the lag between typing the URL+pressing enter and the completely loaded page showing on your screen.
dasBlog does not use any database server. Instead it uses XML files. Two for each day of the year. And well. It parses them very often…
Very much to my pleasure the traffic on schrankmonster is raising each month. And that means: slower page load times… It became more and more unacceptable in the last weeks.
Beefing up the hardware is not an option. I believe it’s a quite beefy system already. And the main problem remains: the software. So it’s time for a change: I will move schrankmonster bit by bit from dasBlog to a shiny new software called “Community Server“.
I just finished the test-setup today and I am thinking how to move the content to the new platform. The main goal is that nobody will even notice (beside some radical layout changes) that there is a new blog engine powering schrankmonster.
German CISCO Expo 2006 is finally over and from our point of view it was truly a great success.
There were very interessting sometimes cool presentations and demos, a lot of food & snacks and
very colorful light at the party. Over all it was a much better event than all those cisco
CeBit exhibitions I’ve been to before… the new (cisco) economy seem to be back on stage 😉
CISCO’s new vision for next generation networking got a new name: “Intelligent Information Network”!
Now all the routers and switches should become more intelligent, be aware of the users actual location
and connection type (ethernet, wlan, UMTS, …) and voice, data, video are integrated services of
IIN. Doesn’t sound this familiar? Yes! In the days of web 2.0 I think German Telekom would call
this reinvention of the wheel just ISDN 2.0… let’s hope that it will work better this time 😉
BTW: During the T-Systems keynote they showed us a _real hacker_ *huu-hoo* and demonstrated
the unbelievable security risks of unencrypted VoIP by using ARP Spoofing *hu-hoho*. So don’t
ask T-Systems if you have a _real_ security problem.
There were several talks about eLearning, eEducation, about the CISCO networking academy, and
the Scottish Schools Digital Network. If we belive in the given facts and figures people with
deep knowledge in networking will have a great time to earn a lot of money during the next years.
But from our point of view there is still no real funding of university research (URP is not that
great). The NetAcad program might be good for people willing to learn how to configure cisco
switches, but not when you are more interessted in building next generation routers, switches, and
networking concepts. So for us this program is more or less just marketing…
Technology power sessions
WLAN is still a lot of fun… Much more interessing was the talk about the modular IOS, EEM, and
Gold. CISCO is rewritting their os from ground and the new one will have some really nice features…
For example a real filesystem with virtual files like /sys (*hu-hoo* think about this twice ;),
embedded event management, processes for more or less every protocol in use and best: an TCL
scripting environment! If you send enough emails to the dev team embedded perl could also
become available. You can win a box of sparkling wine when you implement tetris within TCL *g*
RFID sponsored by German Telekom… great… :/
Burn venture capital, burn!
The party was really a great! Thanks to the orga team… but I still don’t like this “booooming”…
For some time we where in desperate need of a comprehensive and secure VPN solution for Windows Mobile (all version!). There is PPTP and L2TP. And there are teething problems for… well ever since.
The silent wish always was to have a more subtle solution: We are using OpenVPN on all of our machines. So we wanted it on our mobile devices too. And there it is:
It’s running on Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.
Source 1: http://www.ziggurat29.com/OVPNPPCAlpha/OVPNPPCAlpha.htm
Source 2: http://www.openvpn.net
It seems there is something around the next holiday-corner:
“TheBroth.com is a massively multiplayer, real time internet application that connects people around the world to interact in a shared global mosaic.”
“The global mosaic is made of 1,000 colorful tiles. When you drag a tile, everyone else visiting TheBroth can see it immediately. Collaborate with others or create your own Mona Lisa for all to see!”
I joined second life some days ago to see what all the fuzz is about. And the first impressions I got is: there’s a shitload of pr0n and adult entertainment.
Being in Second Life for 10 minutes I met “Lucas Pow” on an island …
By the way: My avatars name is “Inspector Columbo”…just in case you want to contact me.
Wer kennt das nicht: Nostalgisch kramt man durch die alten DOS-Games, die man mal vor Ewigkeiten gezockt hat. Damals, als man noch selber Hand an die Betriebssystemkonfiguration anlegen musste, um die Software zum laufen zu bekommen.
Mit dem Aufkommen von Windows ist das Geschichte, allerdings auch die Kompabilität der alten Spiele.
Was also tun, um sie doch spielen zu können (z.B. unter XP)?
Die Antwort: Man lädt sich einen kostenlosen Emulator aus dem Internet herunter, in diesem Fall DOSBox in der Version 0.65.
Die Bedienung ist recht einfach:
lädt man das CD-Laufwerk, falls man das entsprechende Spiel auf CD besitzt.
steht für das Verzeichnis, wohin das Programm installiert werden soll, wobei man immer ein Verzeichnis angeben sollte. Die Software erkennt dieses dann als das normale C:\-Laufwerk.
Anschließend das jeweilige Installationsprogramm starten, das Programm installieren und schon kann es losgehen (Die Bedienung ist eben wie in DOS), wie in diesem Fall mit dem Klassiker “Beneath a steel sky” von 1994.
Ein Adventure der alten Art, wie es sie heute nicht mehr gibt.
Übrigens: Dieses Spiel ist Public Domain und kann demnach frei heruntergeladen werden.
Download (Beneath a steel sky): http://www.toolster.de/get.php?spieleid=329
Falls einige Spiele sehr langsam laufen, kann man mit Strg-F8 Frames überspringen (rückgängig mit Strg-F7) und mit Strg-F12 DOSBox mitteilen, dass man einen sehr viel schnelleren Prozessor besitzt (rückgängig mit Strg-F11).
“Silver Bells and Golden Spurs is an exploration of the movie making capabilities of Second Life. It serves as a proof of concept for doing such, as well as the need for certain technical improvements.
With all the available Second Life tools, customized avatars and animations, and with the help of Bedazzle Studios, I knew we could create a high quality, compelling movie.
I first read the anonymous poem in a collection of cowboy poems I picked up several years ago, and immediately knew I had to make this story into a movie. I made notes in the margins of the book describing camera angles, dolly moves and crane shots. When I ran out of room, I decided to adapt the poem for the screen. In the screen play I could accurately describe the action in each scene, and use it as my guide through the production process (just like a real movie is made).
Pulling information from the script, I created lists for props and set pieces, avatar animations, audio, and costumes. These helped streamline the production and assured that no details were overlooked.
The set and all of the props were created on a single simulator, maximizing visual quality while minimizing overhead. I met regularly with the set modeler, character animator and costume designer to review and discuss the progress of their work. Although I had a very specific mental picture of what everything should look like, I needed to allow each of these artists the latitude to explore and use their creativity.”
It started like a fairy tale
Son to father: “Hey Dad! What about these strange slots on the side of my notebook?”
Father to son: “Son! These things are made for PCMCIA-Cards. What a coincidence that you are asking about it. I just have one of these cards in my pocket.”
So today with fewer fairy and more reality I had the opportunity to test a Vodafone Mobile Connect Card UMTS Broadband manufactured by Novatel.
After an easy installation it worked immediately. Unfortunately due to the lack of available UMTS (a mere 500 meters to far away for it…) I had to go with GPRS.
The profile automatically switches between it – if you have chosen it during installation.
With a flatrate the whole package costs about 30€ a month with no additional costs for the PCMCIA-card.
Uhh… more than 13k SPAM Mails last month… 🙁
I am migrating the currently running MSDNAA download server solution to a Virtual Server 2005 R2 based solution. Since some of the portions of schrankmonster.de / technology-ninja.com are running on those machine you may experience some bumps in the next hours…
Everything on schrankmonster.de / technology-ninja.com should work by the time the sun shows up in europe…
What a game! It’s one of the most relaxing games I’ve played in the last months… going to sleep now
How to Play?
What am I suppose to do?
After I wrote about the Visual Studio Express Editions and there is now a contest available… go and create something! 🙂
“This contest is all about cool stuff you can do with Express. We’ve brainstormed a few ideas of our own…
“I would build a screen-scraping API, then use it to create a custom application with Visual Basic Express to show the last time my friends update their MSN Spaces or MySpace account.”
“I would build an application with Visual Web Developer Express and SQL Server Express to track my club events (soccer matches, bike rides, swim meets) on a map, and allow my club’s members to subscribe to event updates and get a map of where the event will happen.”
“I would build an application with Visual C# Express that can read my RSS feeds out loud to me in the morning while I’m having coffee.”
“I would install a PC in my car and write an application with Visual C# Express to play my music library, give me directions, and remind me of appointments.””
I you think it couldn’t possibly get worse…it gets… and hits you hard…
That is awesome! Look what high-tech is doing for…well everyone…
AJAX is the key to rich web applications. And finally someone bridged the gap between click-tracking and those rich web applications.
With “Crazy Egg” is is possible to track the users of any site right down to their clicks…how cool is that (well if the users-webbrowser is configured to allow that) ?
Mashable.com was able to test it on their website…which looks like this:
After one our Crazy Egg created this heatmap…showing where the users clicked the most…
patented isolatr technology: Helping you find where other people aren’t…great idea in fact not new 😉
Thanks to wiseguy for the tip…
I don’t know why but I am in movie-making-mood. So I did another movie showing some of the features of Windows Live…:
searching web, news, images,…
Oh well that’s not really news. Some say that Google utilizes the “big harddrive” that’s inside our planet earth… and some say that even gravity does not apply for google employees….
In fact… that’s all bullshit. Please Google. Be careful with words like “unlimited” … more text over here
I am not that much into VWs but this site is really great. You can configure the VW Golf and then view a video of that particular car… and the video is worth the watching…oh I love that german accent…
This Web 2.0 and AJAX thing is getting bigger every day… there’s now even an AJAX Weblog-CMS showing up…
What a cool flash application: You enter the words and the stars sing your words. All the words are taken from famous songs and put together… you can click the image to get an idea what I mean…
So here we are: We got a EIB bus in our office and thought: Oh well – that’s something to play with. But this guy wired and automated his complete house.
I cannot even imagine what information he is getting from “toilet flushed 3 times today”…but hey – why not 🙂
As if he wasn’t big enough I am here to tell you once again something about the statistics behind schrankmonster.de. There’s the obvious tendency upwards – and I intent it to go straight upward for the next years…
there’s a weblog ranking on blogscout.de – Of course this was one of the very good days 😉
Despite the fact that the settings dialog only speaks of the Windows Media Player it appears that the current beta version of Windows Live Messenger even listens to what iTunes is playing currently.
Actually I am told that even the 7.5 version (the current beta is version 8_beta) had this feature… great!
3 months ago I wrote about Songbird – an obvious iTunes clone. And now there is the 0.1 version for your testing pleasure.
As far as I can see it is not really an alternative to iTunes yet. But it certainly has the genes to become one…
There’s a new idea of comments: It’s really hard to stay up to date when you are making many comments on many different websites. So there is CoComment. It’s keeping track of your comments and gives you one overview of all the conversations you’ve made the past days/weeks/months…
the current Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer versions are not cutting edge enough for eBay…
I am wondering what those changes are…
Since I am quite frequently working on my Mac via ssh I was in desperate need for a tool to monitor the input/output network traffic. I normally don’t need something like ethereal or tcpdump – I just need something that displays a graph and simple traffic statistics and last but not least updates itself frequently. So netstat is not usable for that purpose because it’s not the most concise tool I know. So ethereal and tcpdump are usually used for different purposes like traffic sniffing and dumping – So ahzf gave me the hint to look for something called “darkstat” – And yes: it’s a really useful tool.
Darkstat runs on the host system and monitors the network interfaces. It also incorporates a webserver which allows you to take a look at the statistics.
Darkstats main start-page looks like this:
It’s a great tool that displays more detailed information when you click on the links in the menu bar. If you’re searching for a great network tool for your unix/mac – go for darkstat!
I have to mention that darkstat is no longer under active development – sad but true.
Nice little applet I came across:
long high is yours? Is there such a test for writing C/C++/C# code?
Well..that makes 442 connected clients at the maximum peak… nifty!
MyGamerCard provides since some 40 days a service that allows you to put your XBOX live gamercard on your website or in web forum avatar pictures. Great service.
Chaosradio is the monthly radio show produced by the Chaos Computer Club Berlin and Radio Fritz!. Each last wednesday of the month chaosradio is part of the Radio Fritz! Bluemoon program. As I am listening since years now the only thing I can do for you is to point you to the podcast URL/FTP where you can download what you maybe have missed to date: ftp://ftp.ccc.de or ftp://ftp2.ccc.de or Podcast/Homepage.
But the old-fashioned radio show “Chaosradio” is not the cause of this article. Yesterday we had a meeting in the FeM Office to discuss the upcoming general meeting when Skype showed up with a conference call of Tim and typo23 (sorry dude, what’s your name actually?). As far as I can say Tim is really passionate about the new “Chaosradio Express” concept: a Chaosradio podcast without the need to ask somebody – just produce and “broadcast”. Freedom of speech!
So I do not only recommend the old-fashioned Chaosradio episodes – I strongly recommend you to subscribe and listen to Chaosradio Express through this link: Chaosradio Express Podcast.
Ghosttalker is pointing me to an upcoming movie: The Last Drug. After “Route 66” the film makers who call themselves “VEB Film Leipzig” are going to release a complete free movie in HD – sounds great.
For the tenth time in a row Mercedes Benz offers you many great tracks for free download.
One thing that Mercedes obviously got notice from is the podcast movement. So you can download the official Mercedes-Benz Podcast via the iTunes Music Store.
and even more news: the first text tracks release is there.
The port is called “Jake2” and runs straight via Java Webstart – if you do not have the necessary data files the Jake2 downloads the demo data files directly off the web for you.
I tried it – it sort of worked – well it displayed 3D graphics – but it was unplayable due to massive frame droppings. I don’t know why it does not work since I am not into Java that much. The environment I tested in looked like this:
java version “1.5.0_04”
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_04-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_04-b05, mixed mode)
What do I need to play it smoothly?!
What a great contest! Get your Photoshop started and create a world “if the hackers rule”.
“Remember when computer hackers were the big scare? Sure they might be 15-year-olds computer nerds who t41k 2 mUc4 l1k3 7h15!!!!!!!!!!!!11 [talk too much like this]. But that doesn’t mean that, with a few deft keystrokes, they couldn’t take over the world. And what would everyday life be like then? Get ready for some l337 h4xx0r1ng!!!!!!111 [elite hacker language].
The rules of this game are thus: In this contest you will show us images from a world run by l337 hax0rs. Your images should ideally focus on something that already has text on it. (i.e. a shampoo bottle with instructions written in html or the Coca-Cola logo written in poorly spelled gibberish). As always, quality is a must. We will remove poor entries no matter how much we like you. You’ll have 48 hours for this contest, so make your submission count.”
Source: If Hackers ruled
Microsoft beta-tests the Windows Live services at the moment… go and have a look there… some really great ideas and services are coming up the next months:
Finally after about a month of waiting the brand new UMTS/HSDPA ready PCMCIA card arrived together with the USIM.
We are going to use this card for our UMTS testings for the 22C3 lecture in december. So you can expect more on that subject in the future (reviews, sourcecodes, slidedecks).
But first the unpacking:
And the installation of the software “Vodafone Mobile Connect”:
of course PCMCIA card…
you can choose wether it’s going to use UMTS+GPRS(when UMTS not available)
or only one of each.
that settings are stored into profiles you can name…and switch between
ready. steady. go!
After the very easy setup you just need to start the “Vodafone Mobile Connect” Software and klick the UMTS/GPRS button – and voilá you’re in.
Since there’s also a volume counter you can see what this months leeches will cost you…
The software itself incorporates features like eMail, SMS, webbrowsing and traffic monitoring. Since eMail and Web is not interesting in the first place I risked a look at the traffic monitoring and sent a SMS to the card… which worked quite well… as expected.
Since it’s friday and I expect attendance…more on that later 😉 Oh the signal level is just 2 bars out of 5 because I am at the office at the moment – which means: I am about one meter below ground…
Not to many posts yesterday – the reason: I was working on the brand new Xbox3000.de Website.
Since some weeks the old website is offline – ready to be replaced by a brand new one: The plan is to get the new site up and running till the 22th of November – the date of the north-america launch of the XBOX 360.