we get full refund: the Promise VTrak m500i adventure is over… don’t buy it!


Today is a great day! We just finished the packaging of the Promise VTrak m500i and it’s hard disks. And soon it’s going to get back to Promise.


As you may have noticed we had trouble with our newly bought m500i. Very serious troubles that all pointed to one source: Promise. The firmware of the m500i just isn’t capable of doing the things Promise is promising. No 3 Tbyte Volumes. No DHCP for the Management port without a complete crash of the m500i. No saved settings (the m500i lost it’s settings after a power outtage). The list goes on.



mount(ed) harddisks:



Now back to business. We await the arrival of a NetApp and an IBM storage solution. So more on that subject soon.

more iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 pictures…

I made some more pictures of iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 that show how it looks when it’s playing songs. And some more detailed pictures of the interface itself. They tried to make it one-hand accessible which means that you can easily control iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 with just one hand. You literally never have to pick the pen to click on something on the touch-screen – just use your thumb.



if you press on top information pane the pane is pulled aside and the toolbar is shown:


See the “toolbar”? There it is: Shuffle, Repeat, Equalizer. The button on the left is used to pull out the toolbar and pull in the information pane


…and as we know it from the other iTunes versions…


Finally some more words on the technical aspects: It seems that it’s entirely written in some .NET language since it requires the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 to run. And that leads me to the conclusion that there will not be an iTunes for Windows Mobile for earlier Windows Mobile versions like 2003 and 2003SE.

I so far was not able to actually buy anything in the apple store – iTunes just crashed when I tried. So there’s obviously more work to do for Apple than I thought yesterday.

it’s revealed… oh well… again: sort of… What is Origen?



So what is OrigenXbox360? It’s… I don’t really know. This viral marketing is going on and on like the first season of LOST. You are told some details – at least you think they are details….and then it’s some weird bunnies and trees and…


You see: It’s strange and it’s getting worse…of course you’re as ususal recommended to comment this article to exercise you’re right of free speech.


Source: http://www.origenxbox360.com

Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5 spotted!!!

UPDATE: even more pictures and testing here…

I managed to get my hands on Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0. After the Motorola ROKR Apple seems to get seriously into the mobile phone business. As my sources tell there will be a special data rate for T-Mobile bundled with devices that come with iTunes (maybe we’ll see an official announcement soon).

The version I could test was iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 version 0.9. Although it looks pretty complete (everything (except bonjour) is in place and even podcast sync worked like a champ (see picture)) it’s not a customer ready version. I don’t know anything about the release dates or announcement dates at the moment.

Some words to the graphical user interface: Apple decided to use the well known iTunes in favor of the iPod user interface. Since the buttons and functionalities are all where I expected them it’s as easy to use as the “big” version of iTunes.

I did not have the time for an in-depth test yet but it seems that it is not limited in the way the Motorola ROKR is. Nevertheless I was not able to sync it with a PC/Mac iTunes yet since there are no drivers (and I haven’t got any) I successfully copied 1 GB of MP3/AAC files onto a SD Card and I could play it all. When I inserted the SD Card iTunes automatically searched for media files and rebuilt it’s library. After some seconds I could start listening.

It’s about 6 AM here and I had no sleep – so more after I woke up…


we all know this icon… now even on Windows Mobile.

This MDA2 is connected to the Internet over GPRS. You can see that a search in the iTunes podcast directory was successful.


a little bit closer


the menu. All one-hand-navigation…

Source: http://www.apple.com

i-mate 1-View – all your media in one place



Since there are some new Windows Mobile 5 devices out and will come out till christmas there are many new applications showing up these days.

And one application is called “1-view”. It’s meant to be an application that gives you access to all your media on the Windows Mobile Device with one view – one GUI.




1-View on the JASJAR



the GUI…



an overview of 1-view.

Source: http://www.1-view.com/

Wireless Tunes… WiFiTunes… wireless music on your Windows Mobile device

The one interesting thing is that this piece of software for Windows Mobile is giving you the possibility to listen to music which is streamed to you – hopefully wireless – from your iTunes on your Mac/PC. The second interesting thing about this application is that it’s entirely written in C# (.NET Compact Framework) and the sourcecode is/will be available. How cool is that?

“WiFiTunes is a solution that enables you to stream MP3s from a computer running iTunes to your Pocket PC. Since I last posted on the product in January, the developer has modernized the look and made the software simpler in use.”

“A C# implementation of the DAAP protocol was written using AppleRecords as a reference so thanks to Chris for doing all that tedious work. Thanks also to SPAlarm for starting a fmod C# wrapper.”

Source: http://www.aspecto-software.com/WiFiTunes/WiFiTunes.htm

new Avantgo sync software version that works with Activesync 4 available

The title says it all. There is a new version of Avantgo available. And this time it does work with the newly available ActiveSync 4.0.

So if you have a Windows Mobile 5 device and you’re wondering why you cannot automatically synchronize your AvantGo account then be sure you have this update installed.



Source: http://www.avantgo.com/

protect your property: build yourself a sentry turret

A quite nice job with some very interesting features. Please notices that this is NOT a real gun – it’s an airsoft replica of a FN P90.
These guys made quite an impressive job: Their turret is completly computer controlled and finds and follows it’s targets autonomously.



“Notice the tactical LED flashlight is glowing on the left side of the turret. There is absolutely no practical reason for that.”

Beside the complete building description there is also a short movie of the Sentry Gun in action on the website:



Source: Sentry Gun

BUBBLES! BUBBLES! – the hitcounter YOU want to have.

You have a website and you feel depressed because nobody comments your stupid articles? You want at least a little bit of appreciation? The thing that could brighten up you’re world is: Netbubbles.

This little gadget “monitors” your website: Everytime a user hits your page, everytime someone “buys” or does anything valuable on your website the Netbubble will fire some it’s special-effect-bubbles or even some light effects.

It’s a visual feedback for “the webmaster that cares” (sorry Falko, I had to take it).

dear Netbubbles Company: I WANT ONE! ;) I could test it… send me one!!!!1 (I don’t get enough appreciation (e.g. number of comments!))

Source: http://www.netbubbles.de

VSPlus: managing many Virtual Server Virtual Machines

Nico brought a quite nifty tool to my attention today: VSPlus. It’s an administration tool for Virtual Server which makes it a lot easier to administrate Virtual Server Virtual Machines.



“VSPlus is a safe and green software. It has not spyware, adware or malicious code. It does not touch your registry or your files. All operatings to your virtual servers and virtual machines are over Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 COM interface.”

Source 1: http://citynav.com/vsplus/
Source 2: Nicos Weblog

what’s this raid thing anyway?

You always wanted to know what I am talking about the last days? You got no idea what a RAID is? JBOD does not ring a bell? You think XORing is something sexually offensive? (Hey! You’re right!)

So free your mind of impure thoughts and look at this picture. If you did not understand that article, you probably understand what RAID is when you see this:



Source: http://exdream.dyn.ee/blog/

spot the difference

The stupidity seems to have no limits… if you think: No way that it could get dumber in any way. There it is! ;-(


it should be like that…


but it was delivered like that…

This whole “I give you money, please produce this and that for me“-Thing is completely obsolete…we should have something like “If you want it to be done properly – do it yourself” instead….

an IRC Client for Windows Mobile 5.0

Since we are developing multeem at the moment it should be interesting for you to know that there is a cool IRC client for Windows Mobile 5.0.



for Pocket PC…


…and for Smartphone

“wmIRC is one of the first IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client for Windows Mobile that works on both Smartphone and Pocket PC devices. With clear and straightforward user interface wmIRC is much faster and easier to use than it’s competitors. wmIRC contains only the required and minimum set of functionality, so that even novice IRC users can work with it without any problems. wmIRC is optimized for mobile IRC users who use IRC messaging a lot. It has much nice features, that can make IRC chatting with your Microsoft Windows Mobile gadget a bliss!”

Source: http://wmirc.com/index.htm

Quantum notebook soon to be available…

There’s a great vision of the future when there are quantum computers available:

“Processor: 6.8GHZ CPU (AtomChip® Quantum® II processor / System Compliance: Two Operating Systems with Voice Command (Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional and Linux®) / Memory: 1TB Quantum-Optical non-volatile RAM (NvIOpSRAM-SODIMM 200-pin) / Storage: 2TB non-volatile Quantum RAM (NvIOpRAM-ATA IDE) / Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi / LCD Display: 12.1” WXGA (1280 x 800, 16:10) TFT Glare Type LCD display with 1.3 Mega pixel CMOS camera / Video & Graphics: Two Integrated graphic controllers [Intel®855GME internal graphics, support Intel® DVMT (Dynamic Video Memory Technology) and AtomChip® DVM (Dynamic Video Memory)] / Communication: 10/100 Base-T LAN on board, MDC Fax/Modem V.90/V.92 on Board, 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g WLAN, Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100/2200BG/2915ABG network connection, WiFi, Bluetoth, GPRS -with Bluetoth antena, CMOS camera with USB interface, Mega pixel resolution CMOS image / Pointing Device: Synaptics touchpad with 4 way scrolling button / Application Launch Key: E-mail, Internet, Capture, WLAN / LED Status Indicator: Power, Suspend/Resume, Battery Charging Status, Quantum Storage Access, Num Lock mode, Caps Lock mode, Scroll Lock mode, WLAN Lock mode / Keyboard: 3.0mm travel, inverted-T, 88keys with 2 windows key (Internet & Microsoft For Connectivity) / Interface Ports Front Side: One 4-in-1 card reader slot (support SDIO/SD/MS Pro/MS), Audio line out, Stereo Microphone-in / Interface Ports Left Side: LAN port, Modem port, SVGA–out port, One Type II PCMCIA slot (support CardBus), 1394A port (mini jack) / Interface Ports Right Side: USB 2.0 ports x 3 / Interface Port Rear Side: DC-in, Kensington Lock / Audio: Built-in two stereo speakers and Built-in Microphone / AC Adapter (Input: 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 1.5A. Output: 20V DC, 2.5A, 50W) / Battery: 6 cell Li-lon battery pack. Battery Charge: 3 hrs charge time to 100% capacity while system off and 4 hrs charge time while system on. Battery Life: Approximately 8 hours for AtomChip® Quantum® II processor and 3 hours for 4 x Intel® Pentium® M processors 1.7CHz / BIOS: AMI, Support PnP, password, Bootable from USB and DVD / Power Management: ACPI 2.0 compliance / Smart Battery System Support / Security: Kensington Lock / Size: 320.0(W) x 242.0(D) x 22.0(H)mm/28.0mm (front/back) / Weight: 1.9kg(when fully equipped with AtomChip® Quantum® II processor) and 2,20kg(when fully equipped with 4 x Intel® Pentium® M processors) / Packing Accessories: Quick Guide, Support CD (Driver, Utility, Manual), AC Adapter, Power Cord, Battery Pack, BOSE Headphone Music System with noise Cancelling.”



The processor.



the non volatile RAM…

Source: http://atomchip.com/_wsn/page4.html

Buffer Overflow: wordflow



Nice tracks, if you like german hip-hop…

Buffer Overflow – Wordflow

1. In Reimen Szenen
2. Conservation
3. Game Over (Deutschland)
4. Drama
5. Kinderwagentown
6. Game Over Sausage World Dom Remix (Vinyl Bonus)

texte: buffer overflow
musik: buffer overflow ausser game over deutschland, kinderwagentown: buffer overflow & moosgummi
zusätzliche stimmen auf in reimen szenen, conservation & kinderwagentown: milamatic
scratches auf in reimen szenen: dr. tobi ost
recorded, mixed and mastered by vladislav delay @ the white room, berlin
teilweise ein Basteln mit Moosgummi Produktion
produziert für there is no business like flow business 2004/2005

Source: http://www.buffer-overflow.info

benchmarking the storages: iSCSI Enterprise Target (+Software RAID0 3 drives)

This time we got a Software RAID0 Volume with 3 drives which made a volume size of 1465176195 sectors = 715418 Megabyte.

Interface-Transferrate with a blocksize of 128 sectors at 0.0 percent of the capacity:

sequential read rate medium (unthrottled): 78407 Kilobyte/s
sequential read rate Read-Ahead (Latency 0.90 ms): 61569 Kilobyte/s
repeatedly sequential read (“coretest”): 67066 Kilobyte/s

permanent transfer rate: (blocksize: 128 sectors):
read:

  • Average: 75843.9 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 69892.3 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 78817.2 Kilobyte/s

write:

  • Average: 30138.9 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 29723.3 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 30658.8 Kilobyte/s

access time read:

  • Average: 12.95 ms
  • Minimum: 0.16 ms
  • Maximum: 26.16 ms

access time write:

  • Average: 14.78 ms
  • Minimum: 0.34 ms
  • Maximum: 44.73 ms

access time read (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 5.87 ms
  • Minimum: 0.11 ms
  • Maximum: 19.22 ms

access time write (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 6.80 ms
  • Minimum: 0.29 ms
  • Maximum: 25.17 ms


benchmarking the storages: Promise VTrak m500i RAID0

This time we got a Hardware RAID0 Volume with 4 drives which made a volume size of 2431630530 sectors = 1187320 Megabyte.

Interface-Transferrate with a blocksize of 128 sectors at 0.0 percent of the capacity:

sequential read rate medium (unthrottled): 46290 Kilobyte/s
sequential read rate Read-Ahead (Latency 1.52 ms): 44762 Kilobyte/s
repeatedly sequential read (“coretest”): 67861 Kilobyte/s

permanent transfer rate: (blocksize: 128 sectors):
read:

  • Average: 46935.6 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 38778.7 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 47382.7 Kilobyte/s

write:

  • Average: 33474.6 Kilobyte/s
  • Minimum: 32815.1 Kilobyte/s
  • Maximum: 33758.3 Kilobyte/s

access time read:

  • Average: 12.80 ms
  • Minimum: 3.65 ms
  • Maximum: 38.18 ms

access time write:

  • Average: 0.96 ms
  • Minimum: 0.47 ms
  • Maximum: 16.54 ms

access time read (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 6.60 ms
  • Minimum: 0.68 ms
  • Maximum: 1103.38 ms

access time write (<504 MByte):

  • Average: 0.61 ms
  • Minimum: 0.47 ms
  • Maximum: 3.24 ms

strange picture resizing when you have a high-DPI display


At the moment I am working on a Dell Latitude D800 notebook which is equiped with one of those nifty 1080i widescreen displays. That means: 1920×1080 in a 15 inch TFT display.


I got the machine preconfigured – and noticed that the Internet Explorer resizes every picture – Firefox doesn’t:



You can clearly see the difference


So I searched and found the solution for the problem: It looks like someone set the DPI Settings in the Display Settings to 125% – which caused Internet Explorer to resize every picture by 25%… what a stupid behaviour…If I would like to let Windows resize anything it would be the font size… not the size of the pictures that cannot be resized without quality loss:


hurray! iTunes 5 lost my podcast subscriptions…gnaarrr!!!

“Cool a new iTunes version!” I thought and downloaded it…but after the system restart and the first start-up of the new iTunes this came up:




“this iTunes library is damaged….”

And guess what: all my podcast subscriptions are gone. Damn! What the hell do you think you’re doing Apple?!

The “Update-Mania” on the Macs I am using is quite impressive: After a fresh Panther Installation you are forced to download more than 400 Megabyte of Updates…and at the moment around 200 Megabyte of Updates for a fresh installed Tiger…

Who is complaining about the 180 Megabytes of Windows XP!?!