football world championship on tv…damn it.

Despite the fact that there is no such thing as interesting-tv-program I want to show you what a non-sport-tv-station in germany is doing when sport events are on the schedule…:

Over 13 hours of sport…damn it.


quite a refreshing drink: Ipanema

The temperatures raise these days. And I have this great limes. So what else could I do than transforming limes+cane sugar+passion fruit juice+ginger ale+ice into this really refreshing drink called “Ipanema”. It’s just like a Caipirinha. But without the headache afterwards.


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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.

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Source 2: TechEd radio livestream

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the quiet revolution

“An elegant vertical-axis wind turbine, quietrevolution has been designed and developed by XCO2, an established low-carbon energy consultancy and engineering practice.

Virtually silent and vibration free, quietrevolution is ideally suited to both urban sites and exposed locations.

The simple and robust design (patent pending) has just one moving part, maximising reliability and minimising maintenance requirements.”

Vertical-axis wind turbines not only look very sci-fi, but when you add LEDs to the border of the turbine you can use them as a display:

So I leave you with a patent pending revolution which produces power and is virtually silent…whatever that means.


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the Wikification of the MSDN

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

— Molly Bostic, MSDN Wiki PM

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


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help Project Gutenberg to celebrate their 35th anniversary…

Michael Hart wrote in a newsletter:

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

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

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

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


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.NET Framework 3.0 was WinFX…

The .NET Framework is an immensely successful programming model that has strong positive connotations among customers, developers, and partners. Effectively immediately, we are renaming “WinFX” to “.NET Framework 3.0” because of the strong affinity developers have with the .NET Framework brand name. All WinFX components will now be included within the .NET Framework 3.0. There is no change to the ship schedule of Windows Vista or the .NET Framework 3.0 and the .NET Framework 3.0 will still ship in Windows Vista. Apart from the branding change, the plan of record has not changed whatsoever.

The change is in name only and will not affect the
technologies being delivered as part of the product. The .NET Framework
3.0 is still comprised of the existing .NET Framework 2.0 components,
including ASP.NET, WinForms, ADO.NET, additional base class libraries
and the CLR, as well as new developer-focused innovative technologies
in WPF, WCF, WF and WCS:

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Adrienne Pierces great music..

I am listening to Adrienne Pierces music since about two weeks. I really like those singer-songwriter style and therefore I like Adrienne Pierces music. My favorite song is “Lost&Found” which was featured on the “Veronica Mars” soundtrack.

“The buzz on Adrienne Pierce continues to build. The Vancouver born singer/songwriter taps into a singular source to create music that has universal appeal. Her independently-produced debut, “Small Fires,” is a pop gem full of sublime songcraft and intense performances.” – John Goodman, North Shore News

Visit her website, and buy her music!


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the football world championship started…

And those noisy crowd watched it…

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why are there…

Refill-Packs that contain 500ml of something when there is just a package that holds 400ml…

Is it the same story like with those hot-dog buns… you get packages that contain 4 sausages…and bun packages that only contain 3 buns… You see…

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Mario Kart Source…

No no no! I am not writing about the sourcecode of Mario Kart. Source is the graphic engine created by Valve is used by Halflife 2 for example.

So Mario Kart Source is a modification for Halflife 2 which tries creates the well known Mario Kart feeling on your PC.
Apart from some pictures and videos there is nothing to download yet. But if you want to give the developers a helping hand, you can contact them on the Mario Kart Source Website.


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Rechnen an der Uni

In den heutigen, von Terrorgefahren verunsicherten Zeiten, passen sich die Menschen auch an ganz unerwarteten Stellen den Gegebenheiten an.

Aus dem aktuellen Statistik-I-Übungsskript, Aufgabe 20:

“Unter den 20 Passagieren eines Charterfluges befinden sich zwei Bewaffnete, die das Flugzeug entführen wollen. Zehn Passagiere werden zufällig ausgewählt und genau untersucht. Wie groß ist die Wahrscheinlichkeit dafür, dass die beiden Bewaffneten unentdeckt bleiben?”

Na dann, frohes Rechnen…

Jens Heymann

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pwned life…a battlefield 2 movie

There’s a battlefield 2 movie online for your viewing pleasure:

Kotaku writes:

“”The Pwned Life” apparently took a year to create and is voiced entirely by one man. It takes the form of a mockumentary on the life and times of a hardscrabble gang of soldiers, complete with soundtrack and interviews. Top-notch stuff and outstanding comedic timing.”

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Windows Vista Beta 2 available for public download…

We invite you to be among the first to experience the clarity that Windows Vista can bring to your world. The Windows Vista Customer Preview Program makes a pre-release edition of Windows Vista Ultimate broadly available to the public for the first time.

It’s available for public download and testing now. You can grab your bits here and here.

This version now is time-limited:
“Windows Vista Beta 2 (and RC1) is time-limited, pre-release software that will expire on June 1, 2007.”

You can also order Beta 2 and RC1 DVD kits there.


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shift! SHIFT NOW!… a screaming 1.6l Ford Focus

A 1.6l Ford Focus is quite fast indeed. It screams at you: SHIFT! SHIFT NOW!… I would have shifted if there was another gear left…


XBox3000 TV – episode Mai 2006

Here we are – the newest episode of XBox3000 TV (german).

Download WMV (810 MB)
Download iPod kompatibles MP4 (340 MB)

Natürlich kann das ganze auch iPod kompatibel über den Podcast bezogen werden.

54 Minuten


  • Halo 3 kommt
  • Forza2
  • GTA 4
  • Xbox Live Update
  • Neue Call of Duty 2 Maps
  • Hitman Blood Money Demo
  • Neue Games auf der E3


  • Major Nelson vs. Bill Gates


  • HD DVD ohne digitalen Kopierschutz?

Über den Tellerrand

  • Sony E3 Press Con
  • Nintendo Wiiii


  • Tischtennis bei Take 2!
  • PGR3 Entwickler machen „The Club“
  • LEGO Star Wars II


  • Wir sparen für Xbox „DREI“


  • Preise von

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attend a meeting and get…

LIMES! A huge amount of them. Yummi.

Thanks Dominik 🙂

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setting up the 6509-ng

So our test-drive 6509 is setup-and-going in the local junk server room. As you can see the room is obviously used for two different purposes. On the one hand it’s a windowless central network service point…and on the other it’s… oh dear…take a look for yourself:

When you come closer…you see…:

TWO 6509!!!!..
an old one(in the rack) and the new one (on the ground)

And to raise some pulses -a module listing:

c6509-ng#sh module
Mod Ports Card Type Model Serial No.
— —– ————————————– —————— ———–
3 48 CEF720 48 port 10/100/1000mb Ethernet WS-X6748-GE-TX xxxxxxxxxxx
4 24 CEF720 24 port 1000mb SFP WS-X6724-SFP xxxxxxxxxxx
5 2 Supervisor Engine 720 (Active) WS-SUP720-3B xxxxxxxxxxx
7 6 Firewall Module WS-SVC-FWM-1 xxxxxxxxxxx

Mod MAC addresses Hw Fw Sw Status
— ———————————- —— ———— ———— ——-
3 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 1.0 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
4 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 2.3 12.2(14r)S5 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
5 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 4.4 8.1(3) 12.2(18)SXD7 Ok
7 0000.0000.0000 to 0000.0000.0000 3.0 7.2(1) 2.3(4) Ok

Mod Sub-Module Model Serial Hw Status
— ————————— —————— ———— ——- ——-
3 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
4 Centralized Forwarding Card WS-F6700-CFC xxxxxxxxxxx 2.0 Ok
5 Policy Feature Card 3 WS-F6K-PFC3B xxxxxxxxxxx 2.1 Ok
5 MSFC3 Daughterboard WS-SUP720 xxxxxxxxxxx 2.3 Ok

Oh…something that raised our pulses… a 6513 in one of the other Network Service Points…yummi:

At the moment the ahzf and cosrahn are playing with the machine…so more stuff is definitly to come soon.

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fischertechnik goes Coding4Fun

Today I finished my first fischertechnik [1] article for the Coding4Fun website [2]. I guess it will take some days until the text is read, processed and published. I also think already about a follow up article of some more sophisticated models.


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oh, and 16 Mbps memory bandwidth ought to be enough for everyone…

I have to quote:

“Looks like some karmic retribution to compensate for all of Sony’s evilness of late.”

“You end up with a console with half the triangle setup rate of the 360, a crippled CPU that is a bitch to program, and tools that are atrocious compared to the 360. To make matters worse, you have an arrogant set of execs telling us that twice the price is worth it for half the power, a year late. If it isn’t already too late, Sony had better do something about this recto-cranial inversion or it may very well sink the console.”

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how to have fun with mentos and cola…

If you not have known yet: Mentos and Cola is a great combination for some explosive fountains.

There’s a short video you shouldn’t miss on that:

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Goodbye 6bone…

As of today the 6bone IPv6 testbed is phased out…

The 6bone was established in 1996 by the IETF as an IPv6 Testbed network to enable various IPv6 testing as well as to assist in the transitioning of IPv6 into the Internet. It operates under the IPv6 address allocation 3FFE::/16 from RFC 2471. As IPv6 is beginning its production deployment it is appropriate to plan for the phaseout of the 6bone. This document establishes a plan for a multi-year phaseout of the 6bone and its address allocation on the assumption that the IETF is the appropriate place to determine this.”


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Offenes Wasser

Ich habe gestern “Open Water” gesehen; mit Sicherheit ein Film, an dem sich die Geister scheiden. Die einen sind begeistert, die anderen zu Tode gelangweilt (Höre ich hier ein gepflegtes “Booooring”?). Gerade wegen dieser Ambivalenz lohnt sich mal ein genauerer Blick auf den Streifen.

Die Geschichte handelt von zwei zurückgelassenen Tauchern, die allein im Meer herumtreiben. Die 80 Minuten kommen dem Betrachter dabei durchaus länger vor, ebenso, wie wenn man im Nirgendwo schwimmend auf Rettung wartet.

Achtung Spoiler!

Die ersten 70 Minuten schaue ich den Film und denke: Na ja, am Ende wird alles gut. Ich meine, schließlich gibt es Schlimmeres als mal einen Tag und eine Nacht auf dem Meer zu treiben. Irgendjemand wird schon, merken dass da wer fehlt. Umso erstaunter war ich dann, als mich langsam die Ahnung beschlich, dass die beiden Hauptcharaktere wirklich nie wieder aus dem Wasser herauskommen, obwohl sie eigentlich gar nicht soweit vom Land weg sind, sondern elendig zum Sterben verurteilt sind (Mal alle anderslautenden Theorien über den realen Hintergrund der Geschichte ignorierend).

Ende Spoiler!

Zur weitläufigen Meinung über den Film:

Was macht man, wenn man allein im Meer herumtreibt? Richtig, oben bleiben und warten. Insofern folgt der Film einer realistischen Verhaltensweise. Man kann keine Zeitung lesen, nicht im Internet surfen (schöne Metaphorik…) oder Verbrecher jagen. Einzig das Meer und sonst nichts.

Nun ja, nicht ganz. Dafür sorgen hin und wieder Auftritte von diversen Fischen. Viele Zuschauer sind offenbar mit der Vorstellung an eine “Der weiße Hai”-Handlung an diesen Film herangegangen. Für die Spannung und/oder Action sicherlich keine schlechte Überlegung, aber mal ehrlich: Wie sollte das funktionieren? Wenn so ein Vieh einmal zubeißt (sogenannter Gaumenbiss), wäre der Film nach einer halben Stunde beendet, weil kaum jemand die Verletzungen überleben würde. Und dann?



Ganz schnell wird einem da klar, dass solche abrupten Momente keinen Platz in der Geschichte haben können. Also warten die Haie ab, knabbern ein bißchen und ebenso der Zuschauer. Das lässt für ungeduldige Zeitgenossen nur den Schluss zu, dass die Filmidee an sich nichts taugt, sondern von vornerein zur Langeweile verdammt. Das ist durchaus ein Standpunkt.

Damit kollidiert wiederum die Intention der Filmemacher, auf den wahren Hintergrund der Geschichte zu verweisen. Und außerdem lässt sich mit nur knapp 130000$ Budget auch nicht viel mehr bewerkstelligen, bei einem Kinoeinspielergebnis von knapp 40 Mio. aber ein glasklarer Kassenhit nachweisen.

Bei verwandten Filmen wie “Der weiße Hai” oder “Deep Blue Sea” sorgten entsprechende Storyfreiheiten und Zufälligkeiten für eine weitgehend straffe Dramaturgie. Bei “Open Water” aufgrund des angestrebten Realismusses nicht. Deswegen kann man sich auch fragen, ob das pure, unbearbeitete Leben wirklich interessant genug fürs Kino ist.

Jens Heymann


a house demolition time lapse

Ralf of created a great time-lapse movie of a house demolition. See how things end:

Music by 2-RD. (I added this)

You can get the movie iPod-compatible via the muckefuck podcast feed.

Within some days there will be this and one more time-lapse movie be available on the streaming website of FeM e.V.. You can read here and of course on this site when it becomes available.

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the perfect working environment part 3

Once again I reorganised my desktop. One display less now, but much more working space on the left-hand.

See part 2 and part 1 for comparison.

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Super Mario Bros. 2.5D

not really 3D… but not exactly 2D…well it’s 2.5D… and you can get it here.

Source: NES SMB 2.5D

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Soccer Scoreboard

I am definitely not the biggest fan of soccer. But when the championship is in Germany, I will at least watch of the German team. The Soccer Scoreboard [1] allows you to add your home team to your desktop.



size matters: console size comparison

So someone created a comparison picture of all the current available non-handheld consoles. Damn this Nintendo Wii is small.

Source: Aeropause

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dealing with new UI concepts in todays applications…

I really like the new Office UI. And I especially like it when it’s used in future development applications. Great!

“I promised that I would deliver the new Office UI that NStatic uses this morning. Unfortunately, I am currently redoing the icons on the ribbon, so you’ll have to wait another day or two. For now, I’ll give you a partial glimpse.”

Source: .net undocumented

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Putty SSH Tunnel as a Service

Putty is a free SSH client for Windows. And here’s a link to a How-To that shows you how to set up a tunnel as a system service:

“First of all, before I wanted to browse the web, I’d have to start the putty client and log into my ssh shell. I had to always keep the putty client open, so it would always be minimized to the taskbar, taking up precious space and often getting closed my mistake. Also, if I lost internet connection my ssh session would be aborted and I’d once again have to log in. There must be a better way. By running the ssh tunnel from a Windows Service it is now always running silently in the background. If my network connection is disturbed, it automatically reestablishes my ssh session.”

Read more here.

Source: Putty SSH Tunnel

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after more than 4 years…

… I am back playing a Mario game… soon:

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new beta of the Agile Messenger for WM5 available…

Agile makes the beta version of it’s great instant messenger for Windows Mobile 5 available.

The Alpha and Beta versions are free of charge…


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Indiana Jones and the FOUNTAIN of YOUTH

When you played and enjoyed the LucasArts Adventure “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis” then this is great news for you:

“Fountain of Youth is a fan-made adventure game by a team of both Indiana Jones and computer game enthusiasts. A playable demo has been in development and has experienced quite a few delays, but is expected to be available soon – and the design of the full game, (after much revamping) is nearly complete – for development to begin by Fall 2005.

The project has been running almost 5 years, and has suffered several major setbacks. This website contains information about the game we are developing plus information on the developers, screenshots, downloads and much, much more. Just use the navigation bar on the left to find your way around.

We’ve had thousands of offers for translations of the game, thanks!!! Its great to have so much interest and help to hand (believe me, we will contact a lot of you – there’s lots of languages!!) If you CAN offer a translation we are very greatful – but please wait for the release of the demo before you decide how well a translation you can provide 🙂

We also hope to send out free DVD-cased editions of the demo and full-game once they are available to anyone who donates enough to cover the shipping. We also hope to create a special boxed edition of the game with a printed manual in the future.”

There is a demo available and the full game is expected soon.

Source: Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth

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802.1x with Vista…

Of course every single one of you knows how to do this: connect to a 802.1x network with Windows Vista (beta 2 in this case). But I just want to give you a short slideshow of how it’s done:

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speed tweaking dasBlog…

I got the new Community Server platform up-n-running now on But with the help of the dasBlog developers I am able to tweak dasBlog a little bit for speed. You should have noticed a dramatic improvement on front-page loading-times…

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Gamers Domino Day

Look what someone who has too much time created in Oblivion:

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Windows CE Shared Source Contest 2006

Microsofts Embedded Devices group and offers a contest to everyone who likes to take part. Read this: and Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices (MED) Group are teaming up to invite developers worldwide to compete at using Microsoft’s Windows CE Shared Source in an exciting real-world project. The contest’s theme is “Show-It-Off at the Shared Source Project Competition.”

“Create a cool, real-world project that combines Windows CE along with either or both of two Shared Source components — the Windows CE WebCam driver and/or the Windows CE DVR engine. If your project is selected by our team of judges for the Grand Prize, you’ll win a complete Xbox 360 dream setup consisting of the Xbox 360 console, a 34-inch HDTV, games, and accessories! Three other winners will be awarded Xbox 360 game consoles.”

So you are actually using shared source components to create new applications. Everything that is needed for the contest is freely available for download. And the prices are quite cool…

I recommend having a look at the Microsoft Shared Source Website. Just to stay up-to-date.

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Windows Vista Beta 2 graphic driver updates available…

The major graphic card manufacturers ATI and NVIDIA decided to release new drivers for Windows Vista Beta 2. So if you can grab them. In my case there was an improvement in speed…

ATI Driver Download

NVIDIA Driver Download

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Download Managers are helpful tools to suck…

Download Managers are helpful tools to suck a great number of files from machines across the network. Since there are many commercial/shareware ones, this guy decided to write his own and give everyone who wants the source of it:

“Right then, a little light bulb went on in my head, and I decided to build her a file download utility. The requirements were simple:

  • I should be able to point to a web page and filter URLs on it. For example, “*.doc” should give me a collection of URLs that have .doc at the end of the link.
    From the list of available files, I should be able to select the files I want to download.
  • I should be able to download my selected files simultaneously.
  • I should be able to nominate the number of simultaneous threads for download.
  • I should be able to cancel a download at any point in time.
  • I should be informed of the download status of each selected file.
  • I do not want to re-download files that I have downloaded before.”


P.S.: yeah..i know.. it should be leech…but well… suck scores better 😉

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cleaning up the keyboard…

When a sugar containing, quite sticky substance is spilled over your keyboard… you have to wash it…

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Strange New World

Sometimes I have to wonder about the world we live in: While thousands went to strike to work less (at the end half an hour a week), I have to write an additional application that has to be approved to work two hours more each week. This does not make a lot sense to me. 

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off to…


I am on the road now 🙂

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Stallone Update

Achtung Satire!

Der liebenswerte Sylvester Stallone plant ja neben Rocky 6 auch Rambo 4. Dabei müsste man eigentlich gar keinen neuen Film drehen, sondern den letzten nur an die aktuelle “Political Correctness” anpassen.

Das wäre sogar international vermarktbar in Form von Lizenz-Franchises wie im folgenden (zugegebenermaßen schnell zusammengeschusterten) Beispiel:

Ein Slogan für die russische Variante könnte dann so lauten:

“Yuri Rambov, unser geliebter Mann vom KGB, ist in Afghanistan im Kampfeinsatz, um dort tollwütige Eingeborene zu jagen. Seht, wie er mit Pfeil und Bogen gegen Maschinengewehre kämpft, mit Wodka Einschusslöcher abdichtet und es ganz allein mit der Großfamilie von Bin Laden aufnimmt.”

Jens Heymann

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CISCO Catalyst 6509+FWSM to be taken to a test drive…

Today the 6509 + the Firewall Service Module arrived at our office. Quite a heavy machine but we’re really excited to play with it 🙂

in all it’s beauty…

more pictures and infos to come…


CM lounge club in Bamberg…

Hmm… great club. bad music. nuff said.


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VTrak not VTrack

Oh… just in case you are searching for the Promise m500i…. it is VTrak not VTrack. So try this search.

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Ilmenau drive-in cinema

Once a year the HFC (HochschulFilmClub) organises a drive-in cinema. And yesterday was the first of two days of drive-in cinema in Ilmenau. Unfortunately a storm came up just before the show started. I was ready in place for the movie and then the HFC decided to cancel the event for this time…

They told us to come back the next day…well I don’t have time 🙁 So no drive-in cinema for this year for me.

Oh…we (Microsoft) even sponsored the event…


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things have to change…

Schrankmonster is powered by a 4-way XEON 2.8 Ghz machine with 2 GB RAM running Windows Server 2003 and dasBlog blog-engine. And believe it or not: dasBlog actually utilizes all 4 CPUs completely at peak times.

Much of this is led by the fact that dasBlog was built for much smaller weblogs (not that schrankmonster is big…). And for MUCH less traffic. When you load the front page of schrankmonster you instantly notice the lag between typing the URL+pressing enter and the completely loaded page showing on your screen.

dasBlog does not use any database server. Instead it uses XML files. Two for each day of the year. And well. It parses them very often…

Very much to my pleasure the traffic on schrankmonster is raising each month. And that means: slower page load times… It became more and more unacceptable in the last weeks.

Beefing up the hardware is not an option. I believe it’s a quite beefy system already. And the main problem remains: the software. So it’s time for a change: I will move schrankmonster bit by bit from dasBlog to a shiny new software called “Community Server“.

I just finished the test-setup today and I am thinking how to move the content to the new platform. The main goal is that nobody will even notice (beside some radical layout changes) that there is a new blog engine powering schrankmonster.

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one more step to photorealism

I came across a short movie which demos a new animation and graphic engine for all next-gen consoles and PC.

Yes, this actually IS a computer generated character:

The engine yet has some obvious problems with the mouth and teeth animation…but it’s just astonishing what’s possible these days. They even claim it’s in real time. Oh and the first appearence of this technology will be in an adventure game… great news, eh?


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Masterchiefs’ Warthog is a Peugeot…

I have to admint that when I first drove the Warthog in HALO 1 my first thought was “It’s a french car! The steering is so indirect and tipsy like in every french car I drove to this point.”

And who would have thought that I was right? (well beside of moi) It’s a PEUGEOT! It’s a concept car and therefore it’s worth a lot of money…though it lacks the turret on the back…

Source: Warthog Testdrive

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