where is the XGL live cd?


There is this XGL stuff which hardware accelerates the linux desktop – but since there are many movies that show the magnificence of this there is actually no real way to try it for ourselves – except when we would compile it ourselves… and that’s,…. well no solution at all.



So – I am searching for a not-too-much-pain bringing way of trying this XGL stuff…


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xgl

I want one of those Q-WUXGA

Since my girlfriend has a brand new 1440×1050 notebook display it’s hard to ignore that 19″a 1280×1024 are not the highest possible dpi to have… and as a matter of fact I really want to have some more DPIs on my 19″ TFTs…

Take a look at this schematic:



As you can see, SXGA is quite Low-End these days :-) But we have to wait before the manufactures get serious with their 200 DPI displays…

Source: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=29655

we want a Top Gear track in racing simulations…

For some game generations we have the Nürburgring in racing simulations. But now a new challenge: Top Gear is in my opinion one of the best car- and motor-sport magazines ever made (and coming up the next months again).

So this magazine has a test track where all the cars have to do a power lap to set a time.

And that’s exactly what I want to do: I want to set a time and compete with others on this track. Wouldn’t it be great? Even after Jeremy Clarksons Gran Turismo experiment where JC exercised on a PS2 and raced the real track afterwards…



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear

LED throwies…or: How to add color to your neighborhood

“LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends and city officials.”



Beside the list of the needed parts you can even watch a video of the throwies, beautifying some-ones neighborhood:



Source: http://www.instructables.com/ex/i/7DBB34EAEDFF1028A1FC001143E7E506/

Adventureworks.Cinema – a .NET Framework sample

What would you do to demonstrate a new technology? Yes! You’re right! Create a comprehensive example. And that’s exactly what 9 studentpartners did. They created “Adventureworks.Cinema” – a sample with 5 client applications and one server application, demonstrating almost all facets of the .NET Framework 2.0.

As you can see we have:

  • a Windows Client Application for the cinema operator (Windows Forms)
  • an Office Client to assist the operator by creating flyers (VSTO),…
  • a Mobile Client for the customer (Compact Framework 2.0)
  • a Web Client for the customer (ASP.NET 2.0)
  • and a RSS feed

and all this communicates with the backend server.

And to give you an idea how all this is designed inside – the layered architecture of all components:

For further information and the complete sourcecode of Adventureworks.Cinema please take a look at the links below.

Source 1: http://www.microsoft.com/germany/msdn/library/vs2005/samples/default.mspx
Source 2: http://www.microsoft.com/germany/presseservice/detail.mspx?id=531559
Source 3: http://www.dotnet-magazin.de/itr/online_artikel/psecom,id,791,nodeid,31.html

what happened last night…


I really really hate those moments. This morning around 0100 AM the server that hosts schrankmonster and some more websites crashed after more than 200 days of flawless operation. I arrived at the server room at around 2 and rebooted the machine – but it did not boot – instead it kept rebooting and rebooting…



I turned it off and decided to come back after some hours of sleep with fresh diagnose software and a just-in-case operating system install cd…


Well I turned the machine on, booted into memtest86 and no errors were found… I rebooted and voilá – the machine came up and everything worked.


What the hell was that? :-( Any hints? (no there is nothing of interest in the system event logs)

XBox3000 TV – episode February 2006

Here we are – the newest episode of Xbox3000 TV (german).



Natürlich kann auch eine iPod/PSP Version der aktuellen Episode per Podcast empfangen werden. Einfach den Podcast abonnieren.

Games-News:

  • Medal of Honor Airborne angekündigt
  • Rainbow Six Critical Hour für Xbox360
  • Kommt noch Xbox1 Software?
  • Star Trek Legacy – neuer Kotor Konkurrent?
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent verschoben
  • Ghost Recon 2 Content!
  • New Xbox Live Arcade Games
  • Vorsicht mit Xbox 4GB Festplatten
  • Stargate SG1 angekündigt
  • Call of Duty 3 angekündigt
  • Festplatte zwingend notwendig!
  • Gerüchteküche…
  • Deutsche Casemod-Meisterschaft gestartet

Specials:

  • Interview mit Microsofts Xbox Live Product Manager Frank Halgasch

Gewinnspiel:
Preise von Microsoft

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Xbox Live Kit
  • Conker T-Shirts
  • Perfect Dark Zero Kalender
  • Xbox1-Developer-Mousepads
  • bestickte Xbox Live Caps

blast from the 11 year old past… Sony will use MPEG-2 on BlueRay?

That’s exactly what I was frightened off. If it’s true – what are those morons thinking?! (are they?)

Anyways – they have to fill at least 9 Gbytes of space. And in times of MPEG4/AVC/WMVHD when 720p movies with full 5.1 sound are only around 4-5 Gbytes… you have to find a way to fuck the customer.

So – expect great MPEG2 HDTV movies with 3-4 times the size of their current-generation encoded equivalents… and all that just to fill the space… What’s the point in having the space and the technology when we’re not going to use it?

Source: the news

uhh, so the Intel Yonah comes with 64-bit?!… that’s news!

We all know that some of the newer Pentium 4 processors have the EMT64 extensions – which are just the licensed AMD64 commandsets poorly emulated by the Intel processor.



Now the news came up that the current “Intel Core Duo” Chip – whose codename is “Yonah” also has such a EMT64 extensions. That would make it quite interesting to see how some of the 64 bit operating systems perform on the chip…I doubt it would be faster than the 32 bit – but at least more features means more fun for the geek.

Source: Intel Yonah hidden features exposed

I want this particular iPod please…

There are many iPods. Many different generations. There’s even a video playing iPod. But some guy made a flash mockup of something he wants to have as the next videp playing iPod. And oh my god I am with him! I would instantly consider robbing a bank for this one:



Source: http://www.deviantart.com/view/28738962/

You Played Mario Brothers 1 2 3 On The NES You Loved It You Even Played It On Your PC In An Emulator Then Theres Prob

You played Mario Brothers 1, 2, 3 on the NES? You loved it? You even played it on your PC in an emulator? Then there’s probably something new for you: A brand shiny new version of the Mario Brothers. It’s not officially from Nintendo but made by some guy who calls himself “DAHRKDAIZ”.



For the download you get nothing more than completely new worlds and levels, modified graphics, new gameplay features, new power ups,… and many many more.

It’s “just” a hack – but it’s a great one. Almost a complete re-new-make…

Source 1: Mario Adventure Article @ VintageComputing

Source 2: NES emulators

VMware Browser Appliance Virtual Machine

Since there is the free VMware Player that allows you to run virtual machines for free on Windows and Linux there is now a ready-to-go Browser Appliance Virtual Machine based on Ubuntu Linux and Firefox:

“The Browser Appliance is a free virtual machine that allows users to securely browse the Internet using Mozilla Firefox.”



The most interesting thing about that is not the pre-installed Linux or Firefox – it’s the idea of making pre-installed available and usable for free. What if we just had something like that for Virtual PC and Windows… what would the impact of that be: giving thousands and thousands of software developers the opportunity to show and demo their products in the wild…

Source: VMware Browser Applicance Virtual Machine

finally found: a GUI frontend for dict.leo.org for my Mac

I am using dict.leo.org for years now – and all the time I looked for a frontend to the website. It’s not as if the website is not usable – it’s just the point: a website takes so much more screen space than a dedicated tool does.



So there’s now iTranslate: A free tool by equinux that is exactly what I was searching for – a small and handy frontend for leo. Great!

Source: http://www.equinux.com/us/products/itranslate/index.html

Amplifico: great music – support the band

I am usually into scottish bands – and in this time once again it’s a band from Scotland that pleases my ears…It’s name: Amplifico.

There are a some songs downloadable on their site and you can listen to more of their songs on the Podsafe Music Network – but you definitely want to buy their CDs and support them directly.

Source 1: http://www.amplifico.net
Source 2: Amplifico on the PMN

statistics to enlarge my penis…


As if he wasn’t big enough I am here to tell you once again something about the statistics behind schrankmonster.de. There’s the obvious tendency upwards – and I intent it to go straight upward for the next years…



any questions?


there’s a weblog ranking on blogscout.de – Of course this was one of the very good days ;)




Source 1: http://www.mrunix.net/webalizer/
Source 2: http://counter.blogscout.de

RSA SecurID undressed

We had a project which used the RSA SecurID token for authentication. But that was more than a year ago. Now what’s left are several unused token which are free for some fun…



“Your RSA SecurID token contains delicate and sophisticated instrumentation. The token casing, LCD and silicon chip will break if abused. Protect your RSA SecurID token from phyiscal abuse. Do not immerse it in liquids, do not expose it to extreme temperatures, and do not put it under pressure or bend it.” (RSA SecurID manual)


Let’s bend it, put it under pressure, expose it to extreme temperatures and liquids. Let’s physical abuse it so that it breaks…



in the beginning…



contact pads… interesting…



the backside opened



the front side opened



the “core”…



in all it’s beauty



more black foam under the LCD…


Source: http://www.rsasecurity.com/node.asp?id=1156

3 more terabytes please…


So here we are with another Promise VTrak m500i and another 14 250 GByte drives…


This time it seems that everything is working – even the DHCP request did not result in a complete crash of the appliance…




This time we won’t use the complete 3.1 Tbyte storage space as one humongous volume. This time the m500i serves as a boot-up platform for several XEN powered virtual machines.


And for that purpose 3 Tbyte should do it. If we have the time (since this particular m500i is planned to go into production very soon) we will test how it will work together with the already existing m500i. If we don’t have the time – we have to wait for the other m500i that is to be ordered…


Source: more info about the “m500i-odysee”

research for the next generation…


I was pointed to a very very very interesting research website today. It’s the website of Jefferson Y. Han – a consultant at the NYU’s Department of Computer Science. He is showing off the research projects he is working on. What an impressive portfolio!!!


One of these projects is the “Multi-Touch Interaction” which means:


“While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. Such sensing devices are inherently also able to accommodate multiple users simultaneously, which is especially useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops. “



This video and project came up when some people discussed the recent Apple patents like “gestures for touch sensitive input devices”.


But there’s more to discover on Hans website – so go there immediately and get inspired…


Source: http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/