data Panik by Air Mail


It seems that today is one of those days where the things come together ;) So I checked my mailbox and look what I’ve got:




The newest and finest from John, Steven and the beautiful Amanda. It’s a limited 7″ record and available only through their website.


AFTER OVER A WEEK OF STAMPING THE RECORDS AND SLEEVES THEN PUTTING THEM ALL TOGETHER WITH A NICE INSERT, THEY ARE READY TO BUY!! >P> THIS IS THE FIRST RELEASE FROM MANDA, JOHN AND STEVEN UNDER THE NAME ‘DATA PANIK’. THE 7″ IS LIMITED TO 500 AND EACH COPY IS HAND NUMBERED BY THE BAND.” (obviously their shift key is malfunctioning)


And what a great record. It’s just like abi_girl said in dataPaniks flickr photostream: “you never fail to completely and utterly blow me away, you’re maturing musically in the most fantastic way..you’re ace at what you do. don’t ever stop”.


I don’t know if there are any of the 7-inches left – but you can buy the two songs via download on their website…it’s really really worth the money.




two A-Sides…of course, it’s dataPanik!



collectible!


Don’t miss dataPaniks flickr photostream. Amanda is almost daily putting new pictures up there…


Source 1: http://www.datapanik.co.uk
Source 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/datapanik

TechEd Europe 2005 – I’ll be there


Great news! I’ll be at this years TechEd in Amsterdam to…


“..find out about the latest information on Microsoft technologies and tools, whilst networking with industry leaders. Take part in four days of in-depth technical training and evaluation on current and soon-to-be released technologies. “



If you want to meet me there, drop me a line.


Source: http://www.mseventseurope.com/teched/05/pre/content/default.aspx

EIB in the Office – a short documentation Part 1

After the EIB installation is working the next step is to documentate the whole stuff as detailed as possible. So I start the game with this little article:


Whats the EIB


Wikipedia says:


“European Installation Bus (EIB) is the world’s leading system for “intelligent” electrical installation networking. The bus cable installed in addition to the supply cable combines devices and systems (e.g. heating, lighting or ventilation), which previously functioned separately from one another, into an economical system optimally adapted to individual requirements. Both now and in the future, this domotic network provides new functions which previously were either very difficult to implement or could not be implemented at all. For example, a turn of your house key can switch off forgotten basement light or the power supply to the iron. The result: EIB improves customized home living, security and efficiency – day for day – an entire life.”


What for?


Well and what we are doing with it is:




  1. switch light on/off


  2. dim light


  3. lower/raise the silver screen

and we want to do this via




  1. the switches


  2. a computer interface / web site / application

So we got this requirements so deka started to get a schema of what’s needed:



TLN: the number of the module
AT/S: the switch itself, in our case 4-way
SA/U: is an actor+sensor module integrated into a switch
BA: is a bus coupling module
SU: is the uninterruptible power supply
UD: dimmer module for the light


And now let me show you a floor plan of the office itself:



Each cross is a light that can be controlled over the EIB you can see power outlets, ethernet ports and switch modules.



We even made some sort of drawing on the whiteboard to make clear what this is all about and how it’s structured.


And because this is just part 1 ;) Iam stopping right now. So tune in when EIB comes back for more.


Source 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Installation_Bus
Source 2: working EIB
Source 3: EIB research

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. ;-(