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Today I was in the local post office and I saw the following ad:
Okay… you can have that letter tray in blue, black and… trendy grey?! Trendy grey? What the hell is that supposed to be? A marketing division out of control?
My colleague Andreas sent me this cool gadget:
It’s called “RotaryCharger” and charges the mobile phone without any power source. There are several cables suitable for different mobile phones (Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, Ericsson). All you need to do is twist the handle and rotate it clockwise. Three minutes charging will give approx. 2-8 minutes talktime.
A very cool gadget 😉
go and see this really funny ads:
“See stationery behaving badly in our series of office-based movies. Is anyone safe from its wickedness?”
one of three ads….
Maybe it’s a boring lecture…
…infact it wasn’t a boring lecture…Telematics 1.
Umm… on the way to the next lecture I came by this car. When I can see through the fender straight to the ground…
dog-food | d
This is weird. Google offers a free service for beta testing:
Use it, if you would like to let Google know when you’re surfing where… I recommend not using such a service…
Source: Google Web Accelerator
Namenlos configured the Subversion server for anonymous acces. So you can now access the current development builds of multeem. Multeem is a project whose goal it is to reinvent the Instant Messaging world. Okay okay. That’s a bit to much marketing blah. I wrote about the goals and plan behind multeem some days ago. Just read this 😉
You can access the subversion server at https://vcs.slash-me.net/multeem/. Use the username “anonymous” and an empty password.
There are two ways to build multeem:
1. Visual Studio 2003
There’s a Visual Studio 2003 solution included. Just create a working copy from the SVN and open the multeem.sln in /multeem in Visual Studio. The solution should compile now. And you should be able to debug/run multeem.
We will release binaries and tarballs every now and then here on schrankmonster. So far we do not plan to maintain a dedicated website for multeem.
Today three of the six ordered Shuttle XP17 TFT Displays arrived. And to be honest: I was not expecting such a high quality. Okay these displays are not really cheap (approx. 540 Euro) but a high price is usually no guarantee for quality.
When you turn the monitor stand you can “pivot” the display…
developing multeem and a display closeup
As you can see the quality is really impressive. There’s tempered glass in front of the TFT – possibly to increase the contrast. Another great thing is that the displays viewing angle is quite big. Normally you don’t get any contrast or color changes from any viewing angle.
The display has DVI and VGA input and an external power supply. It’s quite heavy for a 17 inch display but it looks like it’s unbreakable.
It would be great if this special build of Forza Motorsport would be available publicy…but unfortunatly it isn’t. Anyway this is the setup I would like to play in the future.
“The above photo shows you the proper way to experience Forza. Yea, those are all DLP screens…with the racing wheel. This is being played on a private build of the game that supports multiple screens. It’a a great way to experience one of the best racing games to come to Xbox.”
Source: Major Nelson
This sucker’s electrical, but I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 jigawatts of electricity I need.
A Microsoftie made this picture on his way to work:
a nuclear DeLorean?
Ich liebe es, das neue(?) Übersetzungstool des Browsers meiner Wahl. Damit hat MS wohl wieder erfolgreich in das Geschäftsfeld Anderer (wie Babylon) eingeparkt.
My colleague Matej Ciesko wrote an astounding simulation especially for his webcast series: “Performance in .NET and Scientific Computing“.
I was able to get a look at the code and it’s impressive to see so little code doing cool things 😉 Of course it’s completely written in .NET.
As soon as I have the permission I will post the program here so you can play with it for yourself…
Here is the press release in german:
Im selben Moment, wenn Elijah Wood (Herr der Ringe) auf MTV die neue Konsole enthüllt, werden die Gäste der Next Generation Xbox Night natürlich per Großleinwand mit den Infos versorgt, die man danach in entspannter Club-Atmosphäre bei einem Cocktail diskutieren kann. Diverse Pressevertreter von TV-, Print- und Onlinemedien sind ebenfalls live vor Ort und werden einmalige erste Eindrücke der Gäste einfangen.
Ab 22.00 Uhr endet der eigentliche Event, die Nacht beginnt jedoch erst, denn ab dieser Stunde steht der D-Sign-Club im Zeichen der Gold-Club Party, die nicht nur mit DJ-Größen der House- und Dance-Szene aufwartet, sondern auch diverse Showacts mit GoGo und Live Percussion, sowie Vocal – Performances von KrisZ (David Guetta) bietet. Die Party geht dann natürlich erst richtig los und verspricht Lifestyle und Clubfeeling in exklusivem Ambiente bis in die frühen Morgenstunden. Kurzum: Die Next Generation Xbox Night ist der einzige Ort für jeden, der den Abend nicht allein zu Hause vor dem Fernseher verbringen will. Natürlich sind die Tickets für die einzige deutsche Party an diesem Abend streng limitiert und wer es schafft, sich eine der 300 Karten zu sichern, wird nicht nur mit neuen Eindrücken, neuen Informationen und der Erinnerung an einen fantastischen Abend nach Hause gehen, sondern weiß, bei einer außergewöhnlichen Party dabei gewesen zu sein. Ein besonderes Goodie bietet die Microsoft-Community theSpoke. In einer Sonderverlosung gibt es für alle Eventteilnehmer ein T-Shirt als Gastgeschenk.
Infos auf der Anmeldeseite und über www.theSpoke.de.
Möglichkeiten, an eines der Tickets zu kommen, sind ab dem 03.05.05 das Portal von XboxFront und Verlosungen auf NBC Giga und dem Radiosender Eins Live.
after some hours of forza motorsport…without any driving aids…and not a minimum time… but I love this game 😉
This whole Tablet PC thing is getting huge. And If you ever used one of those you probably know what I mean. Tablet PCs can and will change the way we deal with information. PDAs changed a lot. But Appointments, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and fragmentary eMail support is not enough. I want to do nearly everything I can do with my PC. Just several form factors smaller.
There’s something coming up the next months… and maybe it looks like this:
A tablet PC that deserves the name “palmtop”…approx. 500g in weight, 8 hours battery life, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition…. I want one…NOW!
harhar…namenlos contacted me this evening that he wants to measure his brand new Toledo. So let’s not stand on ceremony:
average speed: 175,2794118 km/h
top speed: 202 km/h
track length: 30,51 km
This is the Toledo:
download the GPS Logfile here: GPS20050501221915-624.zip (32,74 KB)
Cosrahn and I decided that a dinner would be great … and I took the opportunity to measure my 54PS Arosa on the “racetrack”:
average speed: 143,6209677 km/h
top speed: 164 km/h
track length: 30,51 km
download the GPS Logfile here: GPS20050501172020-760.zip
Since I really don’t get it what Tino from nyblog wants to tell the world with his strange pictures…I made one on my own…
Hehe…this is fun. If you have an IE6 handy you could try this website. It all starts with a google search…and you get nearly everything rotated from that point 😉
Schrankmonster for example:
reply2all VJ Justus Rogman wrote about the premiere of “OPERation Rossini” in which he took part in:
It was just great!! They even forced me to come on stage while applause, so it’s me in background on the very right of following pic. But the applause of course is due to the actors infront. They really earned it! Like the orchestra. Was a great performance, especially in this cultural less-developed town :-p…”
text: Cesare Sterbini / Music: Gioacchino Rossini
musical adaption: Juri Lebedev
text adaption: Maximilian Ponader
staging: Maximilian Ponader, Hamburg
conductor: Juri Lebedev, Weimar
Bad news for all the mars rover fans:
“A note to all you Opportunity fans: Get used to the current scenery, because we’re going to be here awhile,” said Steve Squyres, lead scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover effort at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “We are very optimistic that we’ll be able to get out of here, but we’re really going to take our time doing it.”
So let’s hope the best for the little rover.
Actually it’s great to see both rovers in good health so far. Remember: Officially their mission is over since more than a year…
At the moment I’m reading several technical books in preparation for the exams. Especially the Communication Systems and the Digital Signal Processing exams are known to be very hard. My mate Christian gave me the hint for this outstanding Digital Signal Processing eBook:
You can download the eBook for free. So if you want to know (or you’re expected to know) anything about Digital Signal Processing, get this eBook.
It’s quite a time since I found this website where you can download several technical eBooks for free. One very interesting eBook is this:
A Programmer’s Guide to the Mind
“We will try to explain how the mind works, and we will also show how a person can make it operate more effectively. If we compare the task of developing the mind to that of taking a journey, then this volume could be described as a combination road map and tourist guide. While there are many similarities between a brain and an electronic computer, there are also several factors which make the human ‘computer’ unique: First of all, it is rather large. The electronic chips which are contained in the computers of the 1990s are constructed from flat little squares of silicon, no bigger than postage stamps. In contrast, the human thinking apparatus is a three pound, three-dimensional, solid chunk of neurons and interconnections. The average human brain contains about one hundred billion neurons and around one hundred trillion connections. Compare this to today’s computer chip with its total of about ten million transistors, and you can understand why, at present, we have about sufficient technology to simulate the brain of a slug.”
Source 1: A Programmer’s Guide to the Mind
Source 2: TechBooksForFree
I’ve written about my views and demands on the future Instant Messaging Client world several times. It’s a fact for me that the common Instant Messenger protocols and applications are not suitable for my needs. Maybe I represent the power-user group, maybe not. But without doubt the limits of ICQ and MSN are reached.
1. The Problem
Every available Instant Messaging protocol was designed to be used by one user at a time on one machine at a time. Since mobility is becoming more important these days slowly but surely everybody will reach this protocol given limit of one login at a time.
For example: When you log into ICQ on one machine. And then on your smartphone you do the same. Only the last client that logged into ICQ stays logged in. But why? Because the protocol and the server infrastructure is not designed to handle multiple logins.
2. The Goals
The goals are:
design a comprehensive architecture to extend given instant messaging protocols (ICQ,MSN,…) with multi client capabilities
implement the architecture platform independent
create a specialised platform independent client to make it feel good (*g*)
If you want to join us. Feel free to mail.
4. The Architecture
I told namenlos about my problems with the instant messaging world during a dinner last week. And he came up with several great ideas. We took the chance, went to the office and started the brainstorming.
First we looked at all the protocols once again. And Jabber seemed to provide a quite good base for further thinking. But there was another idea. More simple. Maybe even easier to implement.
4.1 Plan A
in few words:
- take Jabber as initial point
- create some kind of Jabber “NAT” / Jabber Proxy which represents a Jabber client to the rest of the Jabber Network
we scribbled it on the whiteboard:
4.2 Plan B
The second plan is based on the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) idea which is described in RFC1459. Namenlos had the idea we could take a standard IRC Server and implement the Instant Messaging Protocols like ICQ,MSN,… as Modules.
After some brainstorming we realised that it should be possible to map all the Instant Messaging Features like Buddy-List, Chat, Chat-Conference, Filetransfer,… to the IRC idea. Query for Chatting, Channels represent the Buddylist. Even the synchronised chat across multiple clients would be possible. Filetransfers would become DCC….you get the idea.
This is our Whiteboard for this idea:
Shortly after the brainstorming I started the Implementation of an IRC Server. Because we wanted a platform independent Implementation I decided to use .NET and C#. Since there is a .NET Framework for all Windows Operating Systems and Mono for all unixoid Operating Systems we got what we want. Even more: With Visual Studio we have a great development environment. (Well actually Namenlos won’t use Visual Studio…but at the moment the major part of the code is made in Visual Studio 2003)
When I started to write the first lines of code I thought about possible names. We started on the whiteboard with “Projekt Buffen” (don’t ask!) … I thought that “Jabbernaught” would be a great name… and after some Skype-Sessions we both thought that “multeem” would be a great name for the baby.
After some days of implementing I am proud to present the first sourcecode package: Multeem01src.zip (61,54 KB)
This version of multeem implements an IRC Server without any Server 2 Server Communication and a load of bugs especially in the Channel Management. See it as a first prototype for the IRC Implementation and as a base for the future development.
7. The License
We release this and the following sourcecode packages under a BSD-like license (see license.txt).
8. What now?
Please comment and criticise our plans and ideas. Feel free to ask anything you would like to know. If you are interested in helping us in any way feel free to contact us.
Uhh it seems that there’s some racing stuff going on at my university:
“Formula Student is the biggest and best of its kind in
Today evening (1900) there will be a meeting in ZHS201. I hope I can make some good pictures.
Source 1: http://www.stud.tu-ilmenau.de/~fegr-ii/
Source 2: http://www.imeche.org.uk/formulastudent/index.asp
I want to inform you that my colleague Matej Ciesko will present two Webcasts in the next days.
Sorry. The Webcasts are in german language. So if you don’t speak it. Nevermind.
MSDN: Performance von .NET: Schnell oder langsam?
am 25.04.2005 von 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr
In diesem Webcast wird die Microsoft .NET Architektur aus dem Blickwinkel der Performanzaspekte betrachtet. Für ein besseres Verständnis werden einführend “Hardware Counter” sowie betriebssystemspezifische Mittel zum Erfassen von Performanzereignissen erklärt. Die Performanzeigenschaften der .NET CLR sind der Schwerpunkt dieses Webcasts. Anhand von Beispielen lernen wir kennen wie man performanz-orientiert Applikationen für Microsoft .NET entwickelt und optimiert.
MSDN: Scientific Computing mit dem .NET Framework
am 30.05.2005 von 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr
In den letzten Jahren gewinnen die virtuellen Laufzeitumgebungen wie MS.NET auf dem Gebiet des wissenschaftlichen Rechnens immer mehr an Bedeutung. MS.NET in der Welt des wissenschaftlichen Rechnens und des HPC (High Performance Computing) ist der Schwerpunkt dieses Webcasts. Code Analyse, Optimierung, parallele Middlewares, wissenschaftliche numerische Bibliotheken, Win64 – das alles und mehr wird behandelt, um Ihnen ein Gefühl für das Potential dieser Plattform beim Einsatz im “Scientific Computing” Umfeld zu geben.
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.”
…then just watch those crappy homeshopping channels… and be patient while they try to sell you things you’ll never ever need. But then. When it’s dark and cold outside… they will show you this:
… and the camera comes closer and closer… and and and… voilá there it is. It’s illegal to use this product key. But does the average Joe care? I do not show the closeup here because “I love my company!” 😉
the speculations about the upcoming Xbox 360 increase rapidly. It’s fun to see everything going nuts these days 😉 And so does engadget:
“So what are we looking at? A power button? A removable hard drive? A slideout tray for the optical drive? The only thing we know for certain is that we’ve all fallen into Microsoft’s viral marketing trap, that’s for damn sure.”
thanks to argh for this great link… Amazon.com is giving away lots of good music for free…
Okay. It’s done. I’ve managed to create the perfect working environment for me.
From left to right:
Mac mini 1.42 Ghz+Bluetooth 1GB RAM + Samsung 910T + Apple Wireless Keyboard
custom built PC P4 2.8 Ghz 1GB RAM + Belinea 102580 + Highscreen 19″
HP compaq nc8000 centrino notebook (1.5 ghz) 1GB RAM
All three machines are hooked up to the FeM-Net which connects over 1500 machines across the campus with 100 Mbit and is connected to the university uplink with 1 Gbit.
One floor below in the server-room is the fileserver located where I store most of my data(about 800 GByte at the moment). This machine is connected with 1Gbit to the P4 and 100 Mbit to the other machines.
The best of this: it’s absolutely silent.
PS: okay it’s a bit of a show off… but I needed it because I really like my working environment now
there are several erros carefully hidden in this slide. Find it and write a comment. You can win…something maybe.
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…
The recordings of the 21c3 are online. Unfortunatly only the audio. No video so far. You can download them via bittorrent (it’s a 2.2GByte lump of data)
Malte from treehugginpussy splitted this big download into the several pieces. You can get them here.
All the recordings are in .ogg. You can grab the handouts here.
“Vom 21c3 wurden jetzt die Audiomitschnitte veröffentlicht, man kann sie mit BitTorrent herunterladen (2,2 GByte). Wer nur einzelne Beiträge sehen will, kann diese hier herunterladen, ich hab mir mal ein Verzeichnis mit den einzelnen Dateien online gestellt. Die Dateien liegen im .ogg-Format vor.
Mitschriften, soweit vorhanden, gibt es auf dem Fahrplan zum Congress.”
This picture was taken from my hotel room in the 9th floor. Near the main station in munich.
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:
average speed: 176,63711 km/h
top speed: 226 km/h
track length: 30,51 km
download the GPS Logfile here: GPS20050421183634-621.zip (33,35 KB)
Oh and of course a picture of the lovely 320d:
If you are on the 19th of April between 0500 and 1100 on the A9 on your way to munich. Beware of this car:
Okay. Jokes aside. I am off to munich to attend the second part of the “Speakers Acting” workshop held by Visionvoice.
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.”
As written before here are some pictures of the effecTV setup in action. It’s quite
“EffecTV is a real-time video effector. You can watch TV or video through amazing effectors.”
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. “
What did you expect? Just a picture of my mobile phone just a minute before the magneto update B-)
This is Atze. He wants to show us what makes him somewhat horny. Its…
…a 12 connector “whip” for a chipcom 96 port switch. *Rawr* Doesn’t that sound hot?
Why did they play with the chipcom? Because on Saturday we will show this antique piece of technology to the public… the guys played about an hour to get the switches twinkle like it’s their last thing before they are dumped in the junk press… 😉
That is the proof that goggles and headphones are not always improving your look. Well actually I am already thinking about it…was it better before?!
Oh…Namenlos does have a weblog…go and check it out!