granny in space, what’s it to live 10 times longer than supposed?

Do you remember the landing of the two mars exploration vehicles calles Spirit and Opportunity in 2004? Well I think you do. They were built to last 90 days. But it’s now more than 1000 days – more than 10 times the timespan.

Well well, the two sneaky space travellers are kind of tattered – ones wheel isn’t working anymore and the other one had to get his brain “reformated” several times…but all over all they are in good shape for very old fellas.

Source: http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/home/

Vista and Office University Roadshow 2006

The event is over and it was great! More than 7 hours of new information compressed into 8 talks were presented today. If you missed the event, don’t worry: you can download the slidedecks here and of course if you like, you can participate in another University-Roadshow 2006 event in another german city (complete list and subscription here). If you like to attend some more talks at the TU-Ilmenau you can watch out for the local community website: www.dotnetcommunity.de – Since we’re in the process of building a INETA .NET Community here in Ilmenau we’re planning several events in the next months. Oh, to name one: on the 25th and 26th of next month there’s a ASP.NET workshop, held by my colleague Nico Orschel. More information on that can be found on dotnetcommunity.

The Slidedecks are available in three different formats(german language versions only):

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YAPS Update

For me YAPS becomes more and more the vcr application I was always searching for. I’ve fixed a lot of bugs since the last article about YAPS and added a lot of features. It did not crash for about a month on my production system and the daily build access seems to work better than I thought it would (since it’s only a quick .cmd script).

Since the settings page is quite hard to implement I started with some other things that lead their way to get the settings page done – one of which is the dynamic template keyword feature where you can add options to .html pages which can be used in the page itself. (documentation to be written).

The settings page should be ready within this week hopefully as all the needed parts are coming together right now (like those options and stuff).

What I want from you:

  1. Feedback! – Keep the feedback coming. It’s good to hear from people using this software. It’s even better to hear feature wishes.
  2. HELP! – If you are a HTML guru, graphic artist, .net coder or TVR car dealer, then write a comment, leave your contact data and you’re in the team. I need help in every mentioned way and in some not mentioned…hrm…

Here’s the changelog since the last version I wrote about…oh..we do have a build version now…it’s 1.0.30 for the Processor and 1.0.2474.1263 for the application as I am writing this.

10.10.2006

  • added the %settings_*% keywords to the TemplateProcessor
  • changed the MapNames Class to ChannelMapper
  • added ChannelAddress Settings, Settingsfile
  • added %buildversion% template keyword
  • added Misc Settings and Channel Adress Mapping Settings Icon
  • added Misc and Channel Settings to the Settings HTML Page
  • some cosmetic changes to index.html and the LoadSettings console output
  • added automatic categories to the To-Be-Recorded Listing

09.10.2006

  • changed the HTTP Servers file buffer size to 20480 bytes; increased the HTTP performance by factor 4
  • changed the Multicast Cached Reader/Writer buffer size to 150 RTP packets per client-loop-run

07.10.2006

  • implemented AddSearchTerm and DelSearchTerm functionality
  • added editcategory_step4.html for Searchterm deletion (changing that in future versions!!!)
  • added AutomaticCategoriesForRecording functionality to the CategoryProcessor
  • added Category Listing to the RecordedListing Template Processor
  • added RenderOneLine Method to the RecordedListing Template Processor
  • added CategoryFilter functionality, just click on the category in the Recorded Listing to filter
  • added SortAscending/SortDescending Keywords to recordings.html handling – you can now switch between those sorting schemes; default is Descending
  • added Querystring.cs
  • known bug -> when CategoryFilter is active SortAscending/SortDescending wouldn’t work; currently fixing

03.10.2006

  • fixed a bug in the http method calling tree

29.09.2006

  • fixed a bug in the Managerecording-Deleterecording methods
  • changed the RemoveRecordingFile Forwarder to the /recordings.html instead of the last page in browser history
  • fixed a bug in the ForwardToPage method
  • updated the TV Browser Capture Plugin Configuration (/Documentation and Misc/TV Browser Capture Plugin)
  • added settings page
  • added settings_categories page
  • added settings category and addcategory icons
  • changed Design Vector file format to CorelDraw! X3
  • added Category Adding functionality
  • added Category deleting functionality
  • added Searchterm adding functionality (partly)

28.09.2006

  • added the deleterecording functionality for managerecordings (delete recording without knowing the ID)
  • changes to the Category data structure
  • added category.cs to the repository
  • added CategoryProcessor
  • added AddCategory HTML Page
  • added EditCategory HTML Pages
  • added Category listing Template Processor
  • added ForwardToLastPage HTTP Response
  • added ForwardToPage HTTP Response

21.09.2006

  • changed the Settings data structures
  • fixed a spelling error in the DoneRecordings table
  • added category listing to the RecordedListing table
  • added channel image for german br
  • added several category management specific changes

Dailybuild (Microsoft.NET): http://www.slow-backward.de/yaps_daily_build.zip
Dailysource: http://www.slow-backward.de/yaps_daily_source.zip

Adventures in .NET land…

Sven brought up the idea to start a “DotNetUserTaskGroup” – which, to simplify the explanation, is a group of .NET interested people who once in a while get a task to solve. Everything is for fun and educational purposes only. No commercial background whatsoever.

To kick off the idea Sven opened up a website where you can find more information on the subject (german only at the moment). Don’t miss our .NET Community site.

Source 1: http://www.dotnetadventures.de
Source 2: http://www.dotnetcommunity.de

you need a fast, small and free (as in beer) SQL Server? Read this!

Here it is from Microsoft: Currently in CTP, The SQL Server 2005 – Everywhere Edition is a compact database (5MB memory footprint, approx. 2MB!! disk footprint)

  • Full referential integrity with cascading deletes and updates
  • Multiple connections for foreground and background operations
  • Single data file with password protection and 128-bit file level encryption
  • Transaction support to commit and rollback grouped changes
  • A wide range of data-types, such as UNICODE character data types, IMAGE, MONEY, and IDENTITY
  • Supports database size up to 4 gigabytes
  • SET Functions (aggregates), INNER and OUTER JOIN, subselect, and GROUP BY and HAVING clauses
  • Scrollable and updatable cursors to provide fast and easy data access

So. Take a look at it. There is also the slightly bigger SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, which gives you nearly all the functionality of a large scale multi-user database. But when you need to do small tasks (e.g. small websites) you need to try that one.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ctp_sqlserver2005everywhereedition.mspx

Kürbisfest in Altendorf

Das ist der erste Artikel von http://blueturtles.schrankmonster.de



wie jedes Jahr gabs Unmengen an Kürbissen zu kaufen



(neue Art endeckt: Kürbisschildkröte ;)






Natürlich gibts nicht nur Zierkürbisse und Halloweenkürbisse da wird von der Kürbisbratwurst bis zum Kürbiseis so ziemlich alles aus Kürbissen gemacht.





Link: http://www.altendorf-gemeinde.de/slideshow/diashow.php?id=3

Go,Go, Gadget-o-Power-Suit!!

Everybody will need one of these when the guardians attack zion…

“In 1990, we started to develop a Wearable Power Assist Suit, and in 1991 we fabricated a Powered Arm constructing the master and slave system in one unit by utilizing a rubber tube air actuator and sensing cuff, [ref. 1]. In 1994, we developed a Wearable Powered Suit constructed with powered arms, a powered waist, and powered legs [ref. 2], and finally in 2002, we developed a Stand Alone Type Wearable Power Assist Suit [ref. 3]. This suit was composed of newly developed air bag actuators driven by micro air pumps, newly developed muscle hardness sensors, and an embedded micro computer. The muscle hardness sensor was developed for detecting the muscle force driving joints. The micro computer was for calculation of the necessary joints torques to lift heavy objects. The calculation equations was derived by body mechanics. This suit could run continuously 20 minutes with 12 volts Ni-Cd portable batteries. The latest power assist suit can generate higher assist power, and is composed of compact body, a compact embedded micro computer, small and flat rotary sensors, and has newly designed muscle sensors which are embedded in 3-D mesh [ref. 4].”

Source: http://www.we.kanagawa-it.ac.jp/~yamamoto_lab/pas/index.htm

Play PACMAN with Excel…

“This software works on Excel 97 and 2000. I was absorbed in video game named *pacman* when I was a schoolchild. I would like to reproduce that on Excel. I’ve held the thought from two years before,
and finally…It’s realized.

All actions are expressed by rewriting of a cell background color. Each one of cells as a dot, and move it by make cell’s background color high-speed rewriting. Although I did not think it’s possiblele, but now it’s possiblele by the favor of the improvement in a performance of a personal computer. The window zoom is 10%, so the each cell can not be seen. But it is A CELL.”

Oh…of course Space Invaders is available too…

Source: http://www.geocities.jp/nchikada/pac/

low latency network audio…JACK

It’s been some days when I wrote about my wish and need for low latency network audio solutions. And now it seems that there is something to help the situation: JACK.

“Have you ever wanted to take the audio output of one piece of software and send it to another? How about taking the output of that same program and send it to two others, then record the result in the first program? If so, JACK may be what you’ve been looking for.

JACK is a low-latency audio server, written for POSIX conformant operating systems such as GNU/Linux and Apple’s OS X. It can connect a number of different applications to an audio device, as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves. Its clients can run in their own processes (ie. as normal applications), or can they can run within the JACK server (ie. as a “plugin”).”

This alone isn’t what I was searching for…but there is NetJack – the network extension for JACK.

Netjack is a Realtime Audio Transport over a generic IP Network. It is fully integrated into JACK.”

Source 1: another nerd wish- low latency network audio
Source 2: http://jackaudio.org
Source 3: http://jackosx.com
Source 4: http://netjack.sf.net
Source 5: http://www.grame.fr/~letz/jackdmp.html

still using VMWare…

I am still using VMWare for some of my virtual machines – not because it’s faster… Just because the one feature that VirtualPC just doesn’t offer: USB Passthrough.

The other thing about VMWare is the number of great tools that are available. For example this one which is coming up soon:

“VMware Converter is a highly robust and scalable enterprise-class migration tool that reduces the time that IT managers spend converting physical machines to VMware virtual machines. Using a snapshot based cloning mechanism that is extremely fast and reliable, VMware Converter enables remote conversions without disrupting the source server during the conversion process.”

Source: http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/converter/