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Meeting in Hamburg





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on my way…

…to Hamburg.

See you there.

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HDR campfire…


We had a great campfire and I played again with my Powershot… here is the High Dynamic Range campfire:


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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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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 football world championship started…

And those noisy crowd watched it…

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attend a meeting and get…

LIMES! A huge amount of them. Yummi.

Thanks Dominik 🙂

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off to…

Munich.

I am on the road now 🙂

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Imagine Cup Beachparty 2006

As this is a germany-only-offer I’ll do it in german:




“Die Entscheidung ist gefallen! Die überwältigende Anzahl von 6477 Teilnehmern hat es der Jury sehr schwer gemacht. Dennoch stehen die deutschen Vertreter für das Weltfinale in Indien jetzt fest. Die vielen tollen Ideen und Euer super Engagement möchten wir mit Euch gebührend feiern – denn eine Party unter Palmen bei 25° Lufttemperatur und 31° Wassertemperatur geht auch in Deutschland. Wir laden Dich hiermit herzlich zur Imagine Cup Beach Party am 30. Mai 2006 in das Tropical Island Resort nach Brandenburg ein.



360 m lang, 210 m breit und 107 m hoch, eine Grundfläche von 6,6 Hektar mit 7000 Kubikmetern Wasser und über 20.000 tropischen Pflanzen, dies ist genau der richtige Ort für einen würdigen Abschluss des Imagine Cup 2006 in Deutschland.



Deck-Chair-Coding, karibischer Flair, Beachparty in der größten freitragenden Halle der Welt, und das alles kostenlos, … lass Dich überraschen!


Es sind noch ca. 50 Plätze für Studenten frei. Also los und anmelden! Die Vergabe findet nach dem First-Come-First-Serve Prinzip statt.




Hier geht es zur Anmeldung.

Hier auch ein kurzer Blick auf die Agenda:



Source 1: Imagine Cup Beachparty 2006
Source 2: Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006

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German CISCO Expo 2006 review

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 😉

Keynotes

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.

eLearning

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”…

review and pictures by Ahzf

Source: http://www.ahzf.de

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some pictures from the Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006”

To give you an brief impression of the equipment that is necessary to stream and broadcast such a festival, here are some pictures:

Pictures made by der Andi.

Source: streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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5. Ilmenauer Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006”

Today it’s once again time for the Ilmenau Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006”. And this time again there’s FeM involved. But first the facts:

16 Newcomer bands from all across germany are going to perform in the next two days. Since the 16 where chosen from 272 you can bet that there’s only the best the newcomer scene has to offer these days.

And now to the juicy facts from FeM: You can watch the whole Newcomer Festival “Vorsicht Band! 2006” over the internet for free. Just connect to one of the following Windows Media livestreams:

Broadband Internet (1 Mbit and above): mms://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de/vorsichtband2006
Narrowband Internet (below DSL): mms://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de/vorsichtband2006_modem

To be precise:

THE LIFESTREAMS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!!

And some facts for the nerds: 3 stages, 9 cameras, 30 people, 10.000m cableing,…

Source 1: http://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

Source 2: http://www.ilmenau-festival.de

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FeM BBQ

After the last BBQ which I could not attend, there was a second one yesterday for all active FeM members.

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Promise VTrak training in Dortmund

Here are some impressions of the training in Dortmund. Quite many information and hopefully a brand new e-class test setup in the next months.

Impressingly enough: the 1.8l 4 cylinder engine of this Toyota made 100km with about 25l… the display even showed 90,9l/100km from time to time…quite frightening.

Oh and some words to the Toyota itself: bad gearbox, even worse the ride. The clutch: nightmare. To be fair: everything was brand new: the car only had 57km on the clock. Oh: It’s no SIXT rental car…I never got any japanese plastic-bombers from them… THANK GOD!

And small panoramic view of the training room:

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on my way to dortmund…

I am on the road now. So watch out. See you after the jump…

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Promise and QLogic event tomorrow


I am about to attend an event by Promise Germany and QLogic. The two partners are going to present their current products and focus on the technical side of storage area networks and current solutions (VTrak… remember? We have several of them…)



I just got the car from the rental so expect some pictures of the journey and the event tomorrow.


Source: http://de.promise.com

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Cisco Expo 2006 in Germany



Technology-ninja correspondent ahzf is attending the Cisco Expo 2006 at the moment. He sent us the first impressions from the expo floors – more details to show up soon:




Source: https://www.ciscoeventreg.com/ciscoexpo2006/germany/index.lasso

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paint something…the massively multiplayer online game way…


“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!”


Source: http://www.thebroth.com/

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download all MIX´06 sessions


The complete MIX conference lectures (slides+videos) are online and ready to be downloaded. Very much information…


“The MIX conference is a 72-hour conversation between Web developers, designers and business leaders. When you attend MIX you’ll learn the latest about IE7, Windows Media, Windows Live!, as well as “Atlas”, Microsoft’s new AJAX framework.”



Source: http://mix06.com/Default.aspx

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Microsoft Studentpartner Summit 2006 – Düsseldorf-Mettmann









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CeBIT plans…



I will be at CeBIT on the 10th of March – it’s the second exhibition day so it shouldn’t be to crowded. Since I am going to be driven this time the only thing I need to do at the moment is creating a plan which booths I should visit… any recommendations? Would you like to meet at CeBIT? Make a comment!

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we where out for dinner… the “Nektar” in Munich


Here are some pictures of the “Nektar“…




Source: http://www.nektar.de

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f00d


That was a delicious and even more entertaining dinner…




matie “housewives kind”



betroots soup – baked salmon trout-bread dumplings



fillet of oval – tuna risotto



White chocolate parfait – sweet olive litchi-espuma

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Meeeeeeeeeeeeting.



yeah, things have to be discussed…

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hmm yam yam… an AUDI A3…


After the Sixt-Guy tried to fool me with “hey it’s a VW Polo today” he cough up the right keys for the AUDI A3… nice car…



Hmm… due to the snow it took me more than an hour more to arrive in munich…



that’s not munich ™

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off to Munich…

Despite all the weather warnings I am on my way to Munich…

…see you on the other side…

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22c3 Update: What happened and when will the recordings be available?

So here we are. The January passed by and still no recordings. What happened?


picture by namenlos

Straight after the congress we started working on the recordings – but soon we realised that almost all of the recordings we made live with ffmpeg and his friends were corrupted: The audio and video is just not in sync.

Well it would be easy if it was just shifted for a given amount of time – but the amount of shifting time is changing all through the recordings.

So we engaged DEFCON 4 and got back on our backup solution that is there, just in case something would go wrong. (who would have thought that?!).

So what’s DEFCON 4? We came to the congress with 400 brand new DV tapes. And that’s simply what our backup solution is: everything that was recorded during the 22c3 is on DV tape. And it’s in sync there.

So we are extracting nearly all of the recordings from those DV tapes…

And as you can imagine: this takes some time. It takes less time than we’d expected – we are making serious progress. Together with the CCC it was decided that an intro and outro should be added to each recording – that also takes some time. If you are experienced in creating scripted/batched DV material with definable text… we obviously need your help 🙂

So when will the recordings be available? We hope very very soon. Like I said we are making good progress in getting the stuff off the tapes, but it’s very difficult to give a time frame. Check back here or on the official 22c3 FeM Homepage for updates – … well if we can get the intro/outro issue working fast it’ll probably be only days away.

If you have any comment, feel free to comment here.

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22c3: encoding the recordings…



still a lot of work to do…

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22c3: definitiv answers – when will the recordings be available? – and a thank you



So here we are: a new year and just two days after the 22c3. As we can tell everything was recorded as planned and everything went just great.


I want to tell everybody who helped to make this happen: Thank you very much. It was a pleasure and great fun to work with you guys. The results that we all together achieved speak for themselves: nearly 1 Tbyte of downloaded live-stream bytes. Nearly 400 listeners on our streams at peak times.


In fact there is a lot to do afterwards: We have to cut the MPEG2 files (5 Mbit) of each lecture to set start and end-times correctly. We have to tag them and make them available (1 to 5 gigabyte each) for you as soon as possible – which means when the last hard drive arrives from berlin here in Ilmenau.


When all MPEG2 files are complete we complete our MPEG4 encodings – which means: we are already encoding everything we have in MPEG4 1.2 Mbit.


This is our main focus at the moment. It should be possible to make everything of the above mentioned available within January. After all this is done (or maybe in the meantime, we don’t know at the moment) the remaining WMV on-demand streams will become available as we have to reencode. So check back here to get more information and updates about this topic.


I often was asked why the WMV on-demand streams were only available for the first day: the answer is easy – we tested if it’s feasible to cut them nearly live – and we came to the conclusion that it raises the stress bar for our team to high to handle it the complete 4 days of the conference. So we changed our plans to ensure that you have a mostly flawless live-streaming experience.


At the end: Here is the list of the people I want to thank for their support and help at 22c3 (without any order actually):


laforge and his team, maedness, mucki, namenlos, manu, cosrahn, Agtmulda, yray, cutcat, ecki, ahzf, ambanus, somi, all the video and audio angels that made the great audio and video possible, Ambion for the great support, the POC who helped were our cable guys and supported us even with coffee, the NOC which made IPv6 happen finally and made the best conference network ever possible…. and a whole lot more people I forgot.

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22c3: intermediate streaming-server status


Well..that makes 442 connected clients at the maximum peak… nifty!



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IPv6 nazis.


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22c3: hall 1 panoramic view



thanks to namenlos

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intermediate streaming server status report…


We are experiencing some high bandwidth usage… it seems that we have to set a second streaming server for the unicast up. That makes a whole of 328 Gigabyte of outgoing traffic since we started streaming.


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22c3: 3G Investigations slides and information


22. Chaos Communication Congress
3G Investigations


lecture slides


Scanning your GPRS/UMTS IP network for fun and profit


We are giving an overview of ip networks used for >=2.5G technologies. Our main focus is on scanning the overlaying ip network, on different Voice-over-IP filter implementations and the possibilities to circumvent them.


We want to explain the ip networks used in GPRS and UMTS cellular networks from the enduser point of view. How do they work today and what has to be done to get a normal webpage, voice-over-ip or even a video stream onto your PDA or SmartPhone.


For your private investigations inside your providers ip network we want to demonstrate you a tcp/udp port and round-trip-time based traceroute program based on the .NET compact framework. With the help of this program we want to analyse the anti voice-over-ip filters implemented by different cellular providers and show you some possibilities how to circumvent them _efficently_. So we don’t just tunnel all the traffic through a VPN. But even when these filters become more sophisticated in the future we want to present some ideas how to defeat your right to talk via voice-over-ip whereever and whenever you want to.


Slide download (PDF, 5.9 Mbyte)

Sourcecode: PrivateInvestigationNetworkToolSrc.zip (239,1 KB)

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22c3: working place update



all the 4 lecture halls in one place… the “Club Mate” is empty…
(broad hint)

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22c3: the on-demand era has begun – the streams are online


On-Demand streams are put online as they are available – but at least within 2 hours at the moment. So enjoy. Comments are welcome.



Source: http://22c3.fem.tu-ilmenau.de/index.php?action=ondemand

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22c3: stream pictures


we edited some pictures … for the live streams




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22c3: video and audio streaming and recording scheme


As promised yesterday here are some more information about the video and audio streaming and recording at the 22c3. First let’s start with the almost complete scheme:



What’s not in the scheme is where and how the streams are recorded:




  1. there’s a DV tape in every camera (we’ve got 400 brand new DV tapes for that purpose here)


  2. audio+video streams are recorded on the CCC encoding machines on their local hard drives (MPEG2 audio and MPEG4 video)


  3. audio+video streams are record on the FeM encoding machines on their local hard drives (Windows Media Audio+Video 9)


  4. audio-only streams are recorded on the CCC streaming servers local hard drives

Last but not least: How can you watch and hear those fantastic streams? Easy:


Two ways:


go to http://22c3.fem.tu-ilmenau.de and take a look or follow the links directly to the WMV streams:


lecture hall 1
lecture hall 2
lecture hall 3
lecture hall 4


or go to http://81.163.3.2/ and take a look or take this table:


















hall
OGG/Vorbis HQ OGG/Vorbis LQ MP3 HQ MP3 LQ RTSP MP4V MPGA
hall 1 link
link
link
link
Link
hall 2 link
link
link
link
Link
hall 3 link
link
link
link
Link
hall 4 link
link
link
link
Link

Visio: all lecture halls.vsd (507,5 KB)
SVG: all lecture halls.svg (384,63 KB)


Source 1: http://www.fem.tu-ilmenau.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://22c3.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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the view from my workplace



we can look directly into lecture hall 1

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lecture hall 2 – sound and camera testings


We only had the time to test one lecture hall today – and this is our current setup which worked quite good:



A complete listing from where to where the signals are routed will be available tomorrow.



the headless encoding pc kinda broke for a second.


…and the mandatory panoramic views:



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young single searching…



lonely switch searching for connections.

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inside the Phone Operation Center (POC)


Since we are kind of interested in providing a large user DECT network on the campus of our university we spoke with the Eventphone guys about their setup: and as far as we can tell it’s far more sophisticated than expected.



little panoramic view of the POC server room



the Alcatel machine rear view



patch panel



front view



front view with logo



switching switch



audio patch panel



the actual POC service area in the main hall


Well sorry that there are more pictures than text – it’s just because we have to compile all the information we got and pile it all together into a nice and well understandable text for your reading pleasure.

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the trip to the 22c3, the arrival and some food.


Well here we are – packed with equipment we arrived in Berlin and successfully tested the first encoding-run for the upcoming 22c3 which starts in two days.



hmm… bad weather



this text was on the equipment to discourage thieves



rest place at the A9



finally some food – well maedness had some sandwiches – but finally something hot



the fairy dust has landed


Since we arrived we unpacked all the equpiment and drawn-in our new “office” for the next days: the video studio – which is kind of above/around hall 1.



so here we are… on the right side you can see into hall 1 through the window.



concentrated calculating power – our four encoding machines + one fallback.


Funny thing beside that: we got our own /24 subnet here – peered with 10GE directly to the Berlin CIX. How cool is that 😉

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packaging everything for 22c3


This is just a part of the stuff we’re going to take with us for the 22c3:



hrhr…2 Sony HDR-FX-1E, 2 Sony VX-2100, 1 Sony VX-2000, 5 Shuttle XPCs, 4 Shuttle 19″ TFT displays…

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some more FeM christmas party pictures…


Look what else we bought with Tino Seebers membership fee:




thanks for the fish.



Tiramisu, yam yam


thanks to teliko for the great pictures.

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FeM christmas party pt. 1


well..it’s over… some impressions – more to come:



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“facts” about the upcoming 22c3 talk streaming and recording…



So here are some information about how we are planning for the 22c3.




  1. live-streaming:



    1. MPEG2 Multicast (3-4 Mbit)
      available only in the internal 22c3 network


    2. WMV Livestream
      available everywhere – server inside the 22c3 network and one or more servers in the internet


    3. live OGG/MP3 audio casts


    4. congress-tv – available standard PAL tv signal of each talk in the congress center


  2. on-demand:



    1. MPEG4 downloadables
      untagged (without comments/naming…) available in the 22c3 network hopefully immediately(within 2-3 hours) after the talk
      tagged available via ftp/torrent… when it’s done


    2. WMV downloadables/on-demand streams
      untagged available immediately (see above) for download and live stream
      tagged available via on-demand live stream and downloadable when it’s done


    3. OGG/MP3 audio casts (will also be available via a podcast on schrankmonster)

Source 1: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: http://streaming.fem.tu-ilmenau.de

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after a week: update, speakers acting, 22c3, my 360 and more…


I did not write for over a week now – I simply had no time to write – but now I want to give you a short update on what happened the last days:


2. December: the 360 arrives. I had only some time to unpack and testdrive PGR3 – in fact it’s what was promised – the next generation gaming console. (please make a firmware update so that the DVD drive is more quiet).



yes, there’s an apple keyboard attached to the 360.


To raise the pain-bar the desperatly needed XBOX VGA cable is not available anywhere around. I actually have to wait till it’s available again. Until then I am using the 360 via PAL-60 – which is – oh well …


There are some nice and some bad things to say about the 360 – one thing I just found out and impressed me: when you want to type – let’s say in XBOX live – you might want to use the on-screen keyboard. But when you attach a commonly used USB keyboard to the 360 – you can use it for the typing job … I wasn’t expecting that.


late last week I attended the 3rd “Speakers Acting” Training held by Vision Voices Executives Alexandra Schwarze and Martin Marx. As you can imagine it was a fantastic and enriching experience.



And the this weekend it finally happened: SIXT gave me my the first V6 – a Mercedes Benz ML320 – what a … hell of a car.



hmm… a SUV at >220 km/h… hrhr eat this mother nature!


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what I did with the addictive ML – We took a trip to Berlin to meet with the guys of the Chaos Computer Club Berlin who are organising the 22th Chaos Communication Congress. As things work out we will be in Berlin at 25th of december with 10 people – recording and streaming the whole congress for you. Working closely together with the guys from congress-tv, congress-streaming… I can only cross fingers and hope that everything is going to happen as planned and discussed.



Source 1: http://www.visionvoice.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005

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short trip to dresden, panoramic views and a Ford Galaxy that survived

I spent the whole day in Dresden – introducing Lars Iwer into his new job at Microsoft. But because that did not take the whole day I had some time to walk along Dresden. Actually I underestimated the fact that it’s getting dark quite early at wintertimes. That and because my digital camera isn’t as good as it should be is the cause that there are just some panoramic views from Dresden – not showing any of the usual sights ;-). Oh. I should mention the heroic presentation the Ford Galaxy gave us – yes, Sixt decided to give me another one after the death of the first one.




who designed that?!






since the big picture is >19000 pixels width you can
get a medium size version here.

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