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TechEd Europe 2005: Windows Internals & Advanced Troubleshooting 1st Break


the break-of-the-session panoramic view


In the first Session of todays series of “Windows Internal & Advanced Troubleshooting” Preconf Sessions Mark Russinovich and David Solomon talked about some tools and how to use them. Especially the Sysinternals Process Explorer was part of some very interesting demos.


Source: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html

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Mobile Media Player 10 + Activesync 4 = syncable Mobile Media Center

I am using Windows Mobile 2005 for some weeks now. And one of the cool new features is the Windows Media Player 10. Finally you have the functionality to sync your Pocket PC just like any other MP3 Player. This even integrates your Pocket PC into the Windows Media Player…





See the “Media” item in the Sync-List…





the WIndows Media Player recognizes the Storage Card in the Windows Mobile Device…





And it just syncs 😉

Source: Windows Mobile Mediaplayer 10

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MaxiVista 2 review


Some weeks ago I was asked if I would like to do a review of the brand new MaxiVista 2. I’ve made a test quite a while ago of the old version and so I was very excited about what’s new and better in the new version.

First: What is MaxiVista 2

Maxivista is a server-client application that gives you the ability to use displays of PCs that are connected to your main-PC via LAN as if they were connected directly to your main-PC. With a 100Mbit LAN Connection you almost forget that the Display isn’t directly attached to your graphic card but attached via the network. With GBit there is simply no difference … just like I installed a second or even third graphic card. Impressive!

So I started with the following test setup:

2 machines with 3 displays at all. The display numbers are 1,4,2 because I installed the 2 Extension-Display version of MaxiVista 2. So Display 1 and 4 is physically available and 2 and 3 are the MaxiVista 2 Extension-Displays.

Since there is a great manual on the MaxiVista Website the installation and setup was as easy as possible. A 2 minute job, including the reboot of the server-machine. During the setup you’re asked what sort of MaxiVista 2 Service you want to use:
  • one seconday PC – makes one additional display
  • two seconday PCs/one secondary PC with 2 displays – makes two additional displays
  • three secondary PCs/one secondary PC with 3 displays….and so on

On the primary PC MaxiVista 2 installs the server that – in that particular case – isn’t a server from the network point of view. The server connects to the clients. So you launch the server on the primary PC and the client on the secondary PC(s). MaxiVista 2 does the rest. And THAT was one point I wasn’t expecting to work. I used two machines for this review that are connected to the FeM-Net. Both machines where located in different subnets. And in this network the broadcasts aren’t routed between the subnets. So I thought: How on earth could MaxiVista 2 possibly detect the secondary PC… well I even phoned the Publisher Bartels Media. It seems that there’s some kind of magic voodoo power involved to get this job done. So I nodded and accepted it: MaxiVista 2 found the secondary machine without any problem… oh well there was just one problem with the Windows XP Firewall.

You possibly get the following message:

Just unblock it and you’re done if you’re machines are in the same subnet. If they are, like my machines, in different subnets you have to configure the Windows Firewall little bit to allow other subnets.

And then: It’s done. MaxiVista found it’s secondary PC, connected and p0wn3d the machines display. Great! That’s it. I then just started using it as if the new display was directly connected…even when I played a movie on the additional secondary display it worked… BUT: To get a movie of the size above to work, you have to have a 1 Gbit link between your machines.. it’s about 14 Megabyte/s of data…4 Megabytes/s more than a normal 100 Mbit link could supply.


this is a Screenshot of the Desktop when MaxiVista 2 is activated…as you can see even for the PrintScreen Feature of Windows (to make a screenshot) MaxiVista 2s secondary display looks like any ordinary display…



the network utilization when moving a full screen window to the additional secondary display

Then there are two more things to say about MaxiVista 2:

1st: the setup menu. It just contains what you can see down there. Nothing more. That’s everything you can setup. And the fact that you never ever would need more to use MaxVista 2 should show you that this application was designed for one thing: to work.

2nd: There’s a “Remote Control” feature in MaxiVista 2 that gives you the ability to use the mouse+keyboard of the primary PC on the secondary PC(s). This feature does not extend your primary display with the secondary display. But you can control the mouse+keyboard of the secondary PC(s) with the primary mouse+keyboard. Hmm…complicated? It isn’t. With MaxiVista 2 you get the functionality of Multiplicity for free… it’s just built in. And it’s better than Multiplicity.

One big problem of Multiplicity was that the mouse acceleration was different for every machine… I never managed to get the same mouse behavior on every machine…but with MaxiVista 2 – no problem. Its the same mouse behavior on every display as you know it from your primary machine. Again: Great!

Conclusion

If you have a desktop machine and a notebook I suggest that you buy this piece of software right now. For only about $30 you get what Stardock isn’t capable to supply for $70 (Multiplicity). A great tool that will not only extend your desktop – it’ll also extend your productivity. That’s exactly what it did for me.

P.S.: I am working on a 5 display test of MaxiVista 2…

Source: http://www.maxivista.com
Source: http://www.bartelsmedia.com

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another OSX dock bug…

hmm… another one…this is getting me tired… had to restart the dock to get the two defect Icons of Entourage out there…



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Magneto RTM on MDA2

Done! With the help of Buzz Lightyear I managed to get my two RTM ROM Images of magneto flashed onto my MDA2. And it runs flawlessly so far.



And the best of all: All of the Memory is usable. Now I have to figure out how to get the Lotus Notes Sync-Conduits working…

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hmkay…ever heard of quarter-bits?



AdiumX tells you!

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hax0ring the HTC Himalaya (MDA2 / XDA2)

uhh…the last 3 days I did almost nothing else than hexediting, flashing, dumping and thinking what to do more with the ROM Images I’ve got.

Maybe I have to explain:

I’ve got a new build of a new Operating System for my MDA2 Smartphone. The only problem is, that some genius at HTC (the manufacturer of the MDA2) decided that it might be a great idea to lock a major part of the ROM of the device. On the support side it’s great: It’s nearly impossible to “destroy” the device by flashing it. You always have a fail-safe mode. Even after a crash when the “100% ROM erased” line appeared won’t affect the device…just redo the flash…

But for me it’s a major problem. I am supposed to flash the new ROMs via a serial terminal (HTCs MTTY to be precise). The problem is that the only reply if the device on the flash command is “NOT ALLOW OPERATION”. Which is quite frustrating.

But there’s another way to get the data flashed. If you have the BIN file… dd / ntrw it do the SD card…SD Card into the MDA2, boot into bootloader…and voila… flash!

Okay. That’s the fast version. But stay tuned for the long version soon 😉





USB>d2s
d2s
SD:Waiting for card insert.........

CMD3 for SD, it's OK, ready to get RCA from response.

SD:Detected one card

SD:ready for transfer OK

pc->drive.total_lba=F4400
pc->drive.num_heads=0
pc->drive.sec_p_track=0
pc->drive.num_cylinders=0
pc->drive.block_size=200
pc->drive.features=0
pc->drive.RCA=2F83
pc->drive.drv_type=40000000
pc->drive.securedAreaSize=0
pc->drive.securityDrv=0
pc->drive.busWidth=1
pc->drive.erasedSize=0
Total card size=1E880000

***************
Store image to SD/MMC card successful.

USB>



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new version of Process Explorer

Yesterday Sysinternals released the new version of their famous Tool “Process Explorer”…

New in this version:

  • x64 and x86 executables are in a single binary
  • x64 kernel and user-mode stack support
  • New Verified Company column shows image signer information
  • Strings tab in process properties dialog has in-memory image scan option
  • Highlighting for images that are packed (have compressed or encrypted code, which is common in malware)
  • Window menu on process context menu allows for minmizing, maximizing, and restoring windows

Source: http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/procexp.shtml

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finally after nights of hax0ring: Magneto on the MDA2

my MDA2s Bootloader is/was unfortunately locked – which simply means that you cannot update/flash it. However I managed to get my offical dogfood-Magneto Release Candidate Image up on my device WITHOUT even touching the bootloader. It boot, it runs. And it works completely: except the all known “lost RAM” issue.

This issue is solved in the RTM Image which hopefully will successfully flash onto my device…until that. Enjoy the screenshot of my device:


Dogfood Magneto Release Candidate

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Mac on Mac – virtualize your machines!

Okay. We got several virtualization solutions for Windows and the x86. Now there is something brand new for the Mac.


“Mac-on-Mac is the userfriendly port of the Mac-on-Linux Project to Mac OS X.It makes it possible to run Mac OS Classic,Mac OS X, OpenDarwin or Linux for PowerPC in parallel with your Mac OS X installation in a Virtual Machine. Due to the fact that there is no real platform emulation its very fast!”



Source: http://maconmac.bastix.net/

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ImagineCup 2005 national finalist: Smartrunner

Up to now, it was only possible to be informed about speed and covered distance of a workout session at a fitness studio or using an exercise machine at home. But what about jogging in unobstructed nature? Any guidance is missing. What distance did I cover? How many kilometres did I run? What was my speed? How is my training condition and how did it change during the last month?
Without such information you lose impulse, because you are not able to meter, evaluate, and compare your athletic success.
Should we do sport in stuffy rooms only? – Not with us!

We developed a software, which makes it possible to do sport everywhere and anytime – in unobstructed nature – while being informed about specific measured values of the workout session, like:

  • duration of the workout session
  • covered distance in kilometres
  • current speed
  • average speed
  • estimated calorie consumption
  • graph of the covered distance

Using a web service we inform the athlete about the weather plus information about its short and medium term development in the actual training area.
Furthermore, SmartRunner provides an Internet site, where athletes can request extensive evaluation of their collected data, individual workout plans, nutrition recommendations, and advices for the best route. Additionally, it is possible to contact other athletes and exchange experiences and success in the JoggerCommunity.
This overall system uses the latest Microsoft technologies and consists of client application (.NET Compact Framework), web application (ASP.NET 2.0), Windows

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how to remove EXIF informations

I got my hands on some very great pictures of the universities campus. But in order to make them publicy available I was asked to remove the EXIF information from all the images.


So I searched for a tool that could to this fast. And I found JHead. It’s a fast and easy usable command line application that can modify, extract and in my case remove EXIF information.


Source: http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/

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Pixologic ZBrush – high polygon modeler

I knew ZBrush for some time, although I am not using it I am frequently asked where to get this program or even how it’s name is. So I put it on here to find it in the future.

“ZBrush 2 is a huge leap forward in speed, performance and technology. Modeling, texturing and painting features have all benefitted from unprecedented code enhancements. New tools and options provide even more versatility in all areas, boosting the artist’s productivity and streamlining workflow in surprising ways.

Z2 is fast. It boasts handsomely optimized code innovations, combined with unique features, providing more power to create models with unparalleled detailing capabilities. Even medium- to high-resolution models respond instantly to sculpting actions, constantly rendered and shaded in real time.

Building on the freedom to sculpt high-frequency details with ease, Z2 offers revolutionary new modeling, surfacing and texturing techniques, while intuitive controls focus these powerful resources on the creation process.”

The results are astounding. In just minutes you can create impressive high polygon meshes.

Source: http://pixologic.com/home/home.shtml

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that’s going to take some time…



Doh!. -2096314! Am I supposed to write them NOW?

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2nd multeem Brainstorming Session

We had a second brainstorming session yesterday where we discussed the possible plugin architecture for multeem.


Here are the whiteboard sketches:



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things I like in Adobe Photoshop CS2

There are several things in CS2 that are really cool. But it’s the little things that makes the whole experience… this for example:


When an action takes longer Photoshop displays the progress bar beneath the Dockicon.


Finally a font sample…gone the times when you had to remember the names 😉

to be continued…

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nothing new in 10.4 land

When this came up tonight:

I thought for some moments: THAT could fix all the problems I have with Tiger. To make a long story short: it does NOT. What did I expect anyway ;-(

None of the problems mentioned earlier is solved. Thank you Apple.

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Free Pascal 2 released

“Free Pascal (aka FPK Pascal) is a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler. It is available for different processors: Intel x86, Amd64/x86 64, PowerPC, Sparc. The discontinued 1.0 version also supports the Motorola 680×0. The following operating systems are supported: Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X/Darwin, Mac OS classic, DOS, Win32, OS/2, Netware (libc and classic) and MorphOS.”

Source: http://www.freepascal.org/

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Windows Mobile 5 launched…

After the internal dogfood testing it’s finally done: Windows Mobile 5 is officially launched. You can get further information on the Windows Mobile 5 Website.

Source: Windows Mobile 5

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ecki ecki ecki pateng! A desktop wiki

In the #blogs.de IRC channel I was asked by Marcus (the author of Moinx) to test if Moinx would run on Mac OSX Tiger. So I checked it. Marcus could not know that I was searching for something like this: A easy to install and manage Wiki.

Just download and drag the Moinx Icon to the application folder and you got a locally available Wiki. You can even configure it to be accessible via the network… great thing.

Source: http://moinx.antbear.org/

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eat your own dogfood

dog-food | d

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force Spotlight to index network shares


Today I found a very interesting article on MacOSX hints. It’s about Spotlight and how to force it to index network shares.
By default Spotlight ignores NFS/SMB/AFS shares. Of course there are some problems about the whole metadata idea behind spotlight when it comes to network shares.

It’s the idea behind a network shared volume that makes it hard to be indexed by spotlight. First of all more than one user at a time has access to this volume. So at any time there can be changes made to documents on that volume. Secondly the system Spotlight is running is not informed that a document changed…
One feature of Spotlight is, that you do not have to reindex a drive. It just indexes every document when it’s created or changed on the drive. And this is impossible on network volumes. Because there’s no possibility to stay in touch with the documents like it’s on physically attached exclusive used drives (through the file system for example).

So you have to reindex manually from time to time to use Spotlight on network volumes. So here’s what to do to force Spotlight to index network volumes:

Open a Terminal and enter:

sudo mdutil /Volumes/… -i on

Great hint! Unfortunatly you have to reenable the indexing everytime you mount the drive…that’s once a week for me… so not a big problem but not perfect anyway.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Spotlight just seems to index the network volume but it does not search through this index ;-( Thats disappointing!

Source: MacOSX hints

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one tiger bug that hurts the eye

Why the hell is this dock icon not filtered?!

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About this release…

Sometimes an operating system installation is funnier than expected…

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Fileserver malfunction

Why does hardware always break when you don’t have the time to fix it… but this time I had to fix it to continue to work…


Several Hard Resets because of defective RAM…and now the server is back online with half of it’s RAM…I’ll have to wait till monday to get new RAM… ;-(

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Tiger

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Apple screwed it!

Okay. Here’s the list what’s really driving me mad with Tiger:



  1. Pivot is not working correct. It flips the screen but it’s unusable because it’s far away from smooth… stuttering crap!

  2. the program icon in the dock is not filtered, pixel salad?!

  3. you cannot configure spotlight noteworthy… it just indexes your local hard drive. That’s it. You even cannot configure when and what. You just can define exclusions.

  4. Dashboard Widgets are crap. What the hell do I need a dictionary for when I cannot even select the language? Anyway: Konfabulator did it far better.

  5. many programs crash or run out of memory. For example: iPulse. I used it about 12 hours… first the iPulse graphics screwed up. Then the system ran out of memory resulting in an excessive swap orgy

  6. Quicktime 7 is far from smooth playback. Stuttering on a Mac where Quicktime 6 worked absolutly smooth. Even the new Fullscreen Zoom-Animation isn’t playing smooth. When you minimize the Quicktime Player to the dock the movie isn’t playing in the dock. Even worse when you do this the player crashes.

  7. the newly added RSS Screensaver just “exploded”… after one hour of use it came up with a… well bright cyan color which just hurts the eye. Of course: You cannot configure anything…

  8. Safari has some serious bugs. Sometimes it “forgets” to draw the scrollbar… The RSS Implementation is well…why no stand-alone App. Why integrated in Safari?

  9. Rendezvous=Bonjour. Well I wrote about that issue some months ago. And now it’s time to forget about Rendezvous. It’s now called Bonjour. (it’s not really something Apple screwed up ;))

  10. Apple changed for some strange reason the security settings so that Virtual PC isn’t able to install the “Virtual Network Switch”

I will complete the list when Panther is back running on my Mac.

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swim swim swim

a few days ago this message came in… and mape reminded me today:


Operas CEO John S. von Tetzchner claimed he would swim from Norway to the US if Opera is downloaded more than 1 million times. And the downloads are already far above 1 million. So … go go go ! 😉


The training just has begun. You can read about it here.


“Before the weekend, Opera’s CEO, Jon S. von Tetzchner boldy proclaimed at a company meeting that if download numbers of Opera 8 reached 1 million within four days he would swim from Norway to the USA. Opera’s communications department could not resist the temptation, and made his statement public. As any respectable CEO and gentlemen, Mr. Tetzchner stands by his word.”



May the force be with him…


Source: http://www.opera.com/swim/

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Seamless Windows with Microsoft Terminal Services…and without ICA

I’ve searched quite a time for this solution. So take it with the same pleasure as I did. (it’s an order!). The best about this solution is that you don’t only get the compiled binary. You get some sort of short tutorial and the source. It’s far more than a crash course to Terminal Services. It extends the field of applications of the Terminal Services and on top you get knowledge for free.



Microsoft’s terminal services client (also called ‘Remote Desktop Connection’) has one main thing against it. Remote applications do not appear as if they are running on the local desktop, instead they appear in a separate window which represents the server’s desktop. This is fine if you just want to work exclusively on the server, but can be a pain if you want to switch between applications on the server and the local desktop or want to run applications on different servers. What is needed is a way to display the remoted applications as ‘Seamless Windows’ on the client.


Commercial products have been written to achieve this in a Windows environment, the most well known would be Citrix. Citrix uses its own protocol (ICA) to publish applications to the client. Others have used Microsoft’s protocol called RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) with additional software to achieve the same effect (the most notable of these is Tarentalla’s Canaveral IQ – I suspect they use a similar, but more sophisticated, method to the one presented in this article).


While these products provide a lot more than just seamless windows, they are also quite expensive. It would be nice to have this feature in a regular RDP client without having to buy a whole application publishing product.


This article provides a possible solution to this problem by extending Microsoft’s RDP client using virtual channels to communicate between the server and the client. This option has been chosen over writing or extending an existing open source RDP client (such as rdesktop) because we will still be able to take advantage of all the features in Microsoft’s client (and presumably all new features they add in the future). Also, an advantage to using Microsoft’s client is that we can get some rudimentary application publishing over a web page since their terminal services client has an ActiveX component to do this.”


Source: Codeproject

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Garageband Song from Nine Inch Nails

Oh… TRENT has prepared!… Oh! Why not more of that?!




Source: http://www.nin.com/access/garageband/index.asp?action=showlogin

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Xyle scope CSS Analyse- and Authoring

There are not many great CSS Editors. But there seems to be a new one that is really cool. Xyle scope. Because I will need a good CSS Authoring Tool in the near future this is quite helpful.



“Einer der Gründe, warum ich Websites teilweise auf Firefox entwickele, ist der Live-CSS-Editor der Web Developer Toolbar. Ein geniales Ding, wenn auch ziemlich hässlich und manchmal ein bisschen buggy. Xyle Scope ist gewissermaßen die extrem aufgebohrte, native OS X-Variante dieser Grundidee.


Xyle ist jedoch keine Safari-Erweiterung, sondern eine Standalone-Applikation, die auf dem Apple WebKit basiert und Seiten somit genauso rendert wie Safari. Hinzu kommt jedoch eine Seitenleiste, in der man sich allerlei CSS- und HTML-Strukturen anzeigen lassen kann. Dabei ist es egal, wo sich die Seite befindet, ob auf dem eigenen Rechner oder irgendwo im Web.”


Source 1: http://www.praegnanz.de/weblog/598/xyle-scope-daumen-hoch
Source 2: http://www.culturedcode.com/xyle/

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How to enable Remote Desktop remotely

Oh how often did I sit in my office and tried to log into a newly installed server. It’s always the same..you are in the server-room … installing the operating system … it’s cold and loud … and the one thing you’ve forgotten: enabling the Remote Desktop.


Here’s a short howto to get this done remotely:




Set fDenyTSConnections to 0 to enable Remote Desktop.”


and of course there’s a long version…


Source: How to enable…

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Windows Automotive SUV spotted…

At the beginning of this week I spotted a Windows Automotive SUV in Munich. Unfortunatly I did not have any real internet connection (only GPRS…sux0r!) – so here are the pictures for your pleasure:




Source. http://www.microsoft.com/Automotive/default.aspx

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Darwinia…retro graphics that remind me of TRON

My colleague bereal told me about a new game for Mac and Windows. Not only that this game has a really innovative interface (you draw the commands with the mouse and manage them as “tasks” in a big computer-like task manager) it also has really great graphics. Not that they are very detailed or something. It’s just that their retro-look that makes it cool.


“The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running inside a computer network built by a computer genius named Dr Sepulveda. Darwinia is populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. They are the product of a decades worth of research into genetic algorithms.
Unfortunately, the systems of Darwinia have been overrun by an evil red Viral Infection. This Virus has multiplied out of control and must be stopped. Your task is to destroy the Viral Infection and save the Darwinians from extinction.”




Source 1: http://www.darwinia.co.uk/index.html
Source 2: http://www.mac-4-life.de/

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dynebolic 1.4.1 codename LUMUMBA

I am proud to announce that there’s a new version of dynebolic. Well it’s there since march 15th… but better now then never

dyne.org productions proudly present:

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Dynebolic is the linux distribution that is used by the reply2all Team of FeM e.V. for interactive video installations based on effecTV.


Source 1: http://www.dynebolic.org
Source 2: http://effectv.sourceforge.net/
Source 3: http://www.skureal.de/?id=reply2all

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Celestia – the universe at your fingertips

hmm…today must be the “show me teh starZ”-day…



“… The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.


Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn’t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A ‘point-and-goto’ interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that’s not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects. “


Source: http://www.shatters.net/celestia/index.html

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Gravit – simulated galaxies

I love colorful pictures… especially when they are generated by computers…


“Gravit is a gravity simulator which runs under Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It’s released under the GNU General Public License which makes it free. It uses simple newtonian physics using the Barnes-Hut N-body algorithm. Although the main goal of Gravit is to be as accurate as possible, it also creates beautiful looking gravity patterns. It records the history of each particle so it can animate and display a path of its travels. At any stage you can rotate your view in 3D and zoom in and out. Gravit uses OpenGL with SDL, SDL_ttf and SDL_image.”




Source: http://gravit.slowchop.com/

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I’m sure you don’t like it (hi buttercup!)

What did you expect? Just a picture of my mobile phone just a minute before the magneto update B-)


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working with Multiplicity – nextgen multimonitoring

I tested Multiplicity like I promised some days ago. And I would like to show you the results. Because I tested the Trial-Version of Multiplicity I was unable to use it with more than two machines. In fact if I had the full version of Multiplicity I would also be unable to test it because the Mac OSX Version of Multiplicity is not ready… and there are only 3 machines in my Office.


So I took my main development machine and my notebook and installed Multiplicity. The notebook was client and the big-one was the server.


As you can see:



…there’s an overall of 3 displays after Multiplicity found the client machine (escaflowne). You can configure Multiplicity to append the clients to the left or right side of the servers’ physical displays (1,2). As I said: In the trial version only one client is allowed.



The Installation ran quick and without any problems but it failed to configure my Windows XP SP2 Firewall correctly. The problem is the following: by default Multiplicity configures the XP Firewall to only allow access to the Multiplicity network port within the same subnet. The machines I’ve tested on did not reside in the same subnet. So in the first attempt the machines were unable to talk to each other. After I manually configured the XP Firewall to grant access from other subnets it worked instantly.



Another curiosity with Multiplicity is the fact that it’s not the client that accesses the server. It’s the exact other way. You tell the server the name/IP of the client and there it goes. Confusing…


After this relatively small problem it worked just perfect. I used the servers keyboard+mouse to control the two machines without manual switching. Just move the mouse to the screen you want to write or click.. and voilá.



The only problem I had was caused by different mouse-speed and acceleration settings in the two Windows XPs. This is surely something that needs to be fixed. But when you got the correct settings it works perfect. I was even able to play games with the “virtually switched” keyboard+mouse… and I did not notice any lag or something.


But anyway. This tool is just breathtaking. After some hours of use you’re asking yourself why this wasn’t available ealier. I am surely going to buy Multiplicity because it’s not only simplifying my work but also helped me to gain more space on my desk. Because one keyboard+mouse is gone… and as soon as the OSX version is available… even more space would be freed on my desk. Well let me think about the things I can buy now to use the space…hmmm


In the comments of the last article about Multiplicity Uwe Husmann told us that there’s a similar tool available which is called “Synergy2“:


“Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).


Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.”


So as you can see Synergy2 does quite the same but it’s available for more operating systems (Windows, Unices, MacOSX). I did not test it for myself, but mape2k and nornagest tested it yesterday. Well and they liked it a lot. It seemed to work without any problem.



(WARNING) Synergy2 is GPL. 😉


Source 1: Multiplicity Homepage
Source 2: Multiplicity – taking the multiple displays idea to the next level
Source 3: http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/index.html

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so you were pissed by HTML Mails?… We got something new for ya

Ink it baby! As more and more people are using tablet pcs it’s going to get really really – oh well – confusing.


I personally really like the idea of handwritten notes on webpages or especially like in this case in a web forum. BUT only if the information of the handwritten text is also available as machine readable, not to say searchable text. Because the tablet pc incorporates a really great handwriting recognition it wouldn’t be that hard to get that done…


And now take a look at Channel9. They lately added the Ink-Feature to their forum. And it looks great.



Source: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=57600

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3D graphics on a Pocket PC… a technology demo


“I wrote a demo app, really intended for my own interest to see just how good the hardware 3D graphics is on the x50v. I’ve shown it to a few folks internally, and had requests to grab the app, so I thought I’d throw it out there (no source currently, maybe to follow). It’s basically a technology demo that enables you to rotate a protein cartoon in real time, but I’d like to develop it further (hence the ambitious name for the app). This is the first OpenGL program I’ve written, so be lenient. Remember that this app is only for the Dell Axim x50v.”



Source: http://pocketpdb.sdsc.edu/

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strange OSX behaviour

I wanted to reorganize my “Drop your Download here”-Drive today… but I was unable to move some of the folders. And I figured out why: You know that “last visited”-Feature of the generic OSX “Open file”-dialog. So here’s one:



As you can see, there’s the “multiplicity” folder. But who would expect that OSX will defend this folder with everything it has. Because when I try to move the folder I get the “indentify” dialog.



No problem. But when I authenticate myself it fails anyway…. So I am unable to move or delete that particulat folder. ;-(

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please welcome Loudblog

Tonight Gerrit van Aaken introduced his Loudblog. An easy to use podcasting software which is based on PHP and MySQL. Gerrit started Loudblog as his diploma project and worked on it a few months now. So you probably want to give it a try if you’re searching for a audioblogging/podcasting solution.


You can view and even more important hear a the Loudblog Developer Podcasts here. As


“Loudblog ist ein System, mit dem man auf einfache Weise Audioweblogs und Podcasts veröffentlichen kann. Und zwar auf dem eigenen PHP/MySQL-Server. Loudblog will nicht mit anderen Weblogsystemen wie Textpattern oder gar MovableType konkurrieren. Es soll einfacher gehalten werden und speziell auf das Verwalten und Verbreiten von Audioinhalten ausgerichtet sein.”


“Loudblog is a sleek and easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) for publishing audio content on the web. It automatically generates a skinnable website and an RSS-Feed for Podcasting. Just upload your audio files, add some notes and links, and you’re done!”



Source 1: http://www.loudblog.com
Source 2: http://www.praegnanz.de
Source 3: http://loudblog.com/podcast/

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Multiplicity – taking the multiple displays idea to the next level

Most of us know Stardock as the company that creates the ultimate eye-candy tools like Windowblinds, and Objectdock. And now they’ve come up with a tool that makes it possible to control different computer with one mouse and keyboard. Think of that: you have 3 displays and 3 pc’s. You used to have 3 times keyboard+mouse. That’s going to change with Multiplicity. This tool switches your mouse+keyboard when you leave the display to another machine… so to switch: drag your mouse cursor right to the edge of the display …virtually to the next display… oh you get the idea! 😉





  • Greatly increase your productivity!


  • Easy to use interface! Get your machines working together in minutes!


  • Copy and paste images and text between computers seamlessly.


  • Great for graphics designers, 3D animators, developers, or other professionals who want or need the resources of multiple computers at their disposal but want to work with them as if they were a single unit.


  • Also great for gamers (particularly MMORPGs) who might want to keep an eye on other things on one monitor while the game runs on the other without any slow-down (or control two characters at once).


  • Terrific for users with a desktop PC and a laptop who want to control both from a single keyboard and mouse.


  • OS X client in development.


I would compare Multiplicity with Maxivista , which does similar things… BUT the fact that Stardock takes this whole idea to a new level… AND the fact that they’re working on an OSX client… makes it irresistable for the power-user of today.


I’ll give it a shot next week. So stay tuned for the complete test.


Source 1: http://www.stardock.com
Source 2: Maxivista article

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MSN Messenger 7.0 FINAL released!

Today the MSN Messenger team released the FINAL Version of the MSN Messenger 7.0



DOWNLOAD.


Source: MSN 7 Download

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why Apache Tomcat?

uhh…I found the “WebSMS” Feature in MSN Messenger…and tried it. And all I got was this lousy Exception report. ;-(



Beside that: Why the heck is MSN using Apache Tomcat?!


Source: http://websms.handy.msn.de/msn/start.do

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playing with GPS: GPSMeter

With this cool tool you can measure the distance and area using your GPS Receiver. Great thing to play with 😉



GPSMeter


“The main characteristics are:


– Coordinates Lat/Lon and UTM
– 270 Map Datums predefined
– User’s Map Datum
– Precise Calculation of the area using projection UTM
– Calculation of distances in 2D
– Precise reading of the position of the GPS using averages
– Introduction of fixpoints in Lat/Lon or UTM
– Conversion between coordinates
– Navigation to the fixpoints
– Units of measurement: Metric system or Imperial
– Export of the area in ASCII and DXF
– Scales and Zoom
– Languages: English, German, French and Spanish”


Source: http://perso.wanadoo.es/jaluna/index_eng.html

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Defaulting to Windows directory…

today when Christian ran a simple batch-file on a fileshare:



“\\the-watch\outgoing”
CMD.EXE was started with the above-mentioned path as the current directory.
UNC-paths are not supported.
The Windows directory is used as the current directory instead.


C:\WINDOWS>pause
Press any key to continue…”


Now imagine what would happen if the “pause” was a “del *.*“…well it was a “del *.*” when Christian first discovered the fantastic effect it had on his freshly installed Windows…

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Kernel Talk with Dave

Are you like me: Want to know how things are working? – Then you should not miss this video-series:


“In this part Dave discusses the differences between the NT architecture and other operating systems.

Dave talks about the history of operating systems at Microsoft (not to mention Posix, OS/2, Unix, and other OS’s). Interesting stuff, first time we’ve had a kernel architect on Channel 9.

If you wanna understand how Windows works, you gotta watch these videos. Thanks Dave for taking some time out of your day to explain all of this.”



Source: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=54612

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Instant Messaging in the multi-client world


My problem is easy to explain: one user with many computers wants to use Instant Messaging…but not with multiple accounts – not with one account for each computer but with one account and one buddylist.


I have three machines with 4 monitors which makes 3 keyboards and 3 mice. It’s hard enough to get that managed – I don’t want to manage anything related to my daily tasks. I want to optimize my daily work. And therefore I want what obviously nobody wants today. Some kind of distributed Instant Messaging Network. I want something on top of the usual IM Services (e.g. MSN, ICQ, AIM, Jabber) – Let me show you an example:


Iam using all three computers – they are all signed in to the “Meta-IM-Network”. – And they all receive Events from that Meta-Network. When a buddy goes offline/online…he will go offline/online on all three machines simultaneausly. When someone writes a message to me. It will appear instantly on all three machines. When I’ve read the mail on any of the three computers the message will disappear on the other machines…


I think you get the idea. Why isn’t this possible? Why did nobody think of something like that? I want that NOW!

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