Quake 2 ported to Java and fully playable via Java Webstart…

Bytonic ported the good old Quake 2 to Java – just like Vertigo Software did a couple of years ago by porting Quake 2 to .NET.

The port is called “Jake2” and runs straight via Java Webstart – if you do not have the necessary data files the Jake2 downloads the demo data files directly off the web for you.

I tried it – it sort of worked – well it displayed 3D graphics – but it was unplayable due to massive frame droppings. I don’t know why it does not work since I am not into Java that much. The environment I tested in looked like this:

C:\java -version
java version “1.5.0_04”
Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.5.0_04-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.5.0_04-b05, mixed mode)

What do I need to play it smoothly?!

Source 1: http://www.bytonic.de/html/jake2_webstart.html
Source 2: http://www.vertigosoftware.com/Quake2.htm

if hackers ruled contest

What a great contest! Get your Photoshop started and create a world “if the hackers rule”.

“Remember when computer hackers were the big scare? Sure they might be 15-year-olds computer nerds who t41k 2 mUc4 l1k3 7h15!!!!!!!!!!!!11 [talk too much like this]. But that doesn’t mean that, with a few deft keystrokes, they couldn’t take over the world. And what would everyday life be like then? Get ready for some l337 h4xx0r1ng!!!!!!111 [elite hacker language].

The rules of this game are thus: In this contest you will show us images from a world run by l337 hax0rs. Your images should ideally focus on something that already has text on it. (i.e. a shampoo bottle with instructions written in html or the Coca-Cola logo written in poorly spelled gibberish). As always, quality is a must. We will remove poor entries no matter how much we like you. You’ll have 48 hours for this contest, so make your submission count.”

Source: If Hackers ruled

more new software: Virtual Machine Network Driver for Microsoft Device Emulator

Last week I was helping Manuela with her Windows Mobile Device Emulator – the bugger just didn’t want to connect to the local network – we solved the problem by cradling the emulator via the Device Manager – but this is the “russian-solution” for the problem – the better solution would be the Virtual Machine Network Driver which is available since today:

“The Virtual Machine Network Driver allows the Device emulator’s OS (or even the Virtual PC OS, as the case may be) to emulate its own network connection. Because the physical network interface on the host machine is now “virtualized,” you have a way to get two IP Addresses – one for the host PC, and one for the operating system that is running within the Device Emulator (or Virtual PC). Device Emulator users using the VMNet Driver can connect to the host machine over TCP or UDP as the alternative to the standard “Activesync over DMA” solution.”

Source: Virtual Machine Network Driver

Importing Certificates on the Pocket PC 2003 / Windows Mobile 5 platform…

Hurray! Now the certificate import utility is available for Windows Mobile 5. Since we’re playing a lot with 802.1x we are desperately in need of such a certificate import utility.

I did not test the utility – more on that later.

“I have made Crtimprt, a program for Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0. Crtimprt allows you to import:

  • A “Personal Certificate” issued by any Certificate Authority (CA).

  • A private key which corresponds to this certificate.

  • One or more “Root Certificates” (or none at all).

Once an X.509 certificate is installed, you can use it to for user authentication on the Pocket PC. The imported certificate can be used in the following scenarios:

  • User authentication in L2TP/IPsec VPNs.

  • Web client authentication in Pocket Internet Explorer.

  • User authentication in 802.1x wireless networks (EAP-TLS only).

  • Other third-party applications that happen to support Personal certificates (I am not aware of any, though).”

Source: http://www.jacco2.dds.nl/networking/crtimprt.html

storage space sizes for removable media growing…

Finally there are definitive words about holographic storage medias. Maxell made a press release today of it’s upcoming 300 GByte holographic medias – yeah!

“With uncompressed storage capacities achieving 1.6 TeraBytes per disk and data rates as high as 120 MBPs.”

“One 5¼ inch-diameter optical disc can store up to 150 million pages – more than 63 times the capacity of DVD. Also, with holographic recording, a multiple of form factors, such as discs, cards, etc., and laser wavelengths (red, green, and blue) can be used. “

“The first generation of holographic media with 300 GB of storage capacity and a 20 MBPs Transfer Rate is scheduled for release in late 2006.”

Source: Maxell-USA

Windows Media Center Edition for in-car use

So this is what namenlos is working on at 3soft!?

“The 7″ touchscreen is connected to a computer under the temperature controls. The computer features 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, wireless 802.11g networking and a slot-loading, dual-layer DVD Burner. If you’re like me, you’re already making a list of the items you’ll need to complete this in your car. Absolutely amazing.”

Source: http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/1690/windows_media_center

Songbird: cloning and extending iTunes

Well – Silence was around the guys who made Winamp after they played a bit with AOL. But here they are – back with another media player: Songbird will face the light in a first preview version in december.

I think that these guys will face serious threat from apple. From my standpoint it’s clearly an iTunes clone…wether the guys are telling different…

Source: http://www.songbirdnest.com/

deskloops – reinventing task switching and window management

It’s good to see that there are at least some people on this planet that innovate the things we are working with each day. One innovation for today is “deskloops” – a great application that reinvents the way we switch tasks and organize the windows of the applications we use for our daily work.

Since Deskloops is currently in beta state you can download it for free at Xilokits website.

“Imagine yourself at the center of a virtual loop where all the windows you use are spread out around you. Whichever window you need to view can be centered in front of you with a click of a button.

Take this idea and zoom into your pc environment. With Deskloops, all the windows you have open are aligned side by side in a loop-like order. No more countless windows arranged one on top of the other in a confusing manner. You can access all the information you need and navigate through it easily.

The loop can be rotated clockwise and counterclockwise simply by moving the cursor to the edge of the screen and using right click.

Think of the loop as a dynamic rubber band; with each newly opened window the loop automatically grows. With every closed or minimized window, the loop becomes smaller.

Anytime you want to return to the desktop, double click on Deskloops tray icon and the windows will shift aside in one swift motion.”

Deskloops in action on my notebook

Source: http://www.xilokit.com/deskloops/deskloops.html

NetApp test aborted.

Disappointing but true: due to the nearly complete lack of documentation and time we aborted the test of the NetApp FAS270 and DS14MK2 today.

The management software is… well – not self explaining at all. Since we do not have a documentation that goes further than setting up the basics we where unable to create a volume big enough to test with – we even where unable to create a iSCSI LUN/volume at all.

Of course we tried and looked – it’s not as if we’re totally unexperienced with such devices. But all hope that we possibly would see a concept that would self explain what to do to get to the goal was not fulfilled.

Very disappointing – unfortunatly the time we had for testing is over – so good bye NetApp – hello IBM. The next thing to test is the IBM storage solution – hopefully better documented and manageable.

The last words of this article by the NetApp:

fem-iscsi-test> halt
Thu Jan 1 01:23:47 GMT [fem-iscsi-test: kern.shutdown:notice]: System shut down because : “halt”.
Thu Jan 1 01:23:48 GMT [fem-iscsi-test: iscsi.service.shutdown:info]: iSCSI service shutdown

CFE version 1.2.0 based on Broadcom CFE: 1.0.35
Copyright (C) 2000,2001,2002,2003 Broadcom Corporation.
Portions Copyright (C) 2002,2003 Network Appliance Corporation.

CPU type 0x1040102: 650MHz
Total memory: 0x40000000 bytes (1024MB)

we need your help: be a video angel for the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress

This year more than any year before the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress needs your help!

Since FeM e.V. plans to help the team of the 22c3 with equipment and manpower there never can be enough hands to help at such a big event.

If you want to assist and help us recording and streaming the whole congress than surf to the official 22c3 wiki and state your intention to help by contacting the orga-team telling them that you want to be a videoangel.

Source 1: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/crm.en.html

when you want ISDN…you get ISDN… well leave all the work to us… T-COM

The T-COM was supposed to install some ISDN lines – and what did they do? Take a wire and span it across the server room… why not…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and as if this wouldn’t be enough…make it go through the CLOSED window…

how to deal with those 10-14 gigabyte MPEG2 HDTV transport streams.

As many TV stations start to broadcast MPEG2 HDTV movies these days from time to time one of those MPEG2 HDTV movies is stored on a local harddisk. These harddisk recorders store the data normally in so called “MPEG2 transport streams (TS)”. Since these transport streams contain several more information beside the MPEG2 video+audio data you need to get rid of those extra informations before you can transcode/reencode the MPEG2 to something like MPEG4.

A great tool for that purpose is HDTVtoMPEG2 – it converts the transport stream into a usable and reencodeable MPEG2 movie file. From that point you can use the commonly known tools (like Virtual Dub MPEG2) to convert to MPEG4 for example.

Source 1: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~balazer/HDTVtoMPEG2/index.html
Source 2: http://fcchandler.home.comcast.net/stable/

Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor on the “racetrack”

average speed: 193,373239 km/h
top speed: 234 km/h
duration: 00:09:38
track length: 30,51 km

It’s my favourite car. And Sixt was so kind to offer me a “free ride”… this thing is awesome. Finally I got to drive one with compressor. Mercedes listen! I want one! Now!

GPS-Logfile: GPS20051121205829-568.zip (29,65 KB)