Hurray. Today the Windows SDK was made available.
Yesterday the first usergroup meeting took place in the computer pool of the faculty of mechanical engineering. Sven and Nico had their lectures for which you can get the slides as soon as possible on the website of the usergroup.
For the upcoming 23. Chaos Communication Congress and for Virtual Machine testing purposes FeM bought a brand new DELL 2950 Server with impressive specs: 2x Dual Core Xeon 2.0 Ghz (5130) + 8 GB RAM + 2x 73 GB 10k upm + 4x 300 GB 10k upm (all SAS).
I spent the last day installing Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 on the machine which leads to the well known hardware driver issues. But everything solved, the RAID is up’n’running and the machine seems to be a seriously fast one.
Since it’s a DELL machine it’s tidy, which is great since I’ve seen enough machines from other manufacturers where something must have been seriously gone wrong in production phase.
“You’ll have to sit through three Microsoft webcasts or virtual labs on the products, but that’s a small price to pay considering you’ll actually learn about the software features. There are some relatively minor restrictions, however this is an offer you just can’t refuse. These packages can cost you upwards of $300 or more out-of-pocket, so I’d consider this time well spent.”
Oh and there’s the downside: only for US residents… well…
Oh yeah, there’s actually something one can do to play with fusion… the downside of this is the needed time and the electricity bill…
“In the basement of his parents’ Oakland Township home, tucked away in an area most aren’t privy to see, Thiago is exhausting his love of physics on a project that has taken him more than two years and 1,000 hours to research and build — a large, intricate machine that , on a small scale, creates nuclear fusion.
Nuclear fusion — when atoms are combined to create energy — is “kind of like the holy grail of physics,” he said.
In fact, on www.fusor.net, the Stoney Creek senior is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create nuclear fusion. So, how does he do it?”
The kid built a Farnsworth Fusor, which, beside of the manufacturing skills is said to be doable by almost everyone. In fact: It’s quite an achievement to be in the “Neutron Club”.
Source 1: http://fusor.net/
Source 2: http://www.fusor.net/board/index.php?site=fusor
Source 3: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061119/NEWS03/611190639
Since Windows Vista will be available on the 1st of December I am uploading the newly available 2007 Office Application Updates.
The following products will be available within the next hours/days on the maniac/MSDNAA download servers of TU-Ilmenau, Bauhaus Universität Weimar and Fachhochschule Erfurt. Enjoy!
It’s exactly one year since the XBOX 360 launched and I got mine from amazon. And since it’s birthday-party time, I bought another accessory:
8 kilograms of pure joy and racing fun. It’s the “XBOX 360 Wireless Racing Wheel”.
I just had time to drive for about 15 minutes with the wheel and all I can say is: PERFECT!. It’s one of the best wheels I’ve ever used and the force feedback is the best I ever had on a console and on PC. Currently only Project Gotham Racing 3 (comes with the wheel) and the upcoming Forza 2 support the wheel (…and one or two other games that don’t count), but well: Forza 2 and GTR (should also support the wheel, not announced yet) will be my favourite games in 2007…
If you’re playing racing games on the 360, I encourage you to get one of those wheels!!
“Ahead of the release of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Corporation has fre- quently referred to what it calls the “new world of work” – a business environment and econ- omy characterized by mobility; a worldwide network of customers, partners, and suppliers; new compliance and regulatory requirements; and a need for broad visibility into business processes and the information that supports and governs them. Together, factors such as these drive the need for organizations to integrate business applications, documents, and workflows and transform the content of documents into business information they can act on. These factors make plain the essential link between knowledge workers, business informa- tion, business processes, and software. This free 236-pages ebook focuses on a critical element of Office development – Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, plat- forms that developers can use to create collaboration applications as well as applications and features that support business intelligence, workflow, data calculation, team workspaces, document life cycle management, content management, knowledge discovery, and project management.”
- Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
- Building Solutions with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
- Building a Basic SharePoint Site
- Organizing Lists and Documents with Site Columns and Content Types
- Working with Features in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
- Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Core Developement
- Creating Worklfows …
Source: eBook Download
He asked, and she said “Yes”. Congratulations Manuela and Markus!
At the moment I am writing the opening credit generator which will most likely be used (maybe not… who knows) at the 23. Chaos Communication Congress
As far as I am informed last year an Apple Keynote + DV Video export was used to create the openings and endings of each recording. This time hopefully most of this gets automated and way more comfortable for everyone involved.
Oh, I almost forgot: I am going to release the sourcecode(C#, .NET 2.0)+binaries as soon as possible. But don’t expect too much, in the end it’s just an application that lets you enter or import the lecture data and it then creates a MPEG-2 video file…that’s all folks.
“At locations that are particularly subject to accidents, speed cameras are erected specifically to catch speed offenders, to call them to account, and thereby to teach them a lesson. This should also reduce the number of accidents.
We are of the opinion that there is also another way to reduce the number of accidents.
With the help of our database, we hope to achieve the following for our users:
- to warn them in good time about high accident area
- that they check their speed and adjust it if necessary
- that they can fully focus their concentration on what is happening in the traffic
The goal of our project is not to promote “racing”! “
How to draw a car in MS Paint…
It’s quite some days since SIGGRAPH’06 and the article I wrote about Photosynth. But here it is: You can testrun the photosynth viewer by yourself or you can watch this short video:
Video: Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth screencast
Source 1: synthesize your photography
Source 2: http://labs.live.com/photosynth/
Wer erinnert sich nicht an die Zeiten, als man die Zukunft der Videospielerei im sog. “Interaktiven Film” sah. Vorrangig die ehemalige Vorzeigeschmiede Origin war bekannt für ausschweifende Filme zum Spielen…äh…Spiele mit Filme.
Was aber tun, wenn man die Filme mal wieder sehen möchte?
Nun, man kann natürlich alles durchspielen; das kostet jedoch eine Menge Zeit, geschweige denn die schwierige Installation einiger unter DOS laufender Spiele.
Die andere Möglichkeit wäre, die Filmsequenzen direkt von der CD auszulesen und in einem Player abzuspielen.
Tatsächlich gibt es so ein Tool: Wing Commander Movie Player
Heute kaum noch vorstellbar, welcher Aufwand und welche Namen als Darsteller für die Spiele aufgebracht wurden:
Aus Wing Commander 3:
Mark Hamill – “Star Wars”
Tom Wilson – “Zurück in die Zukunft”
Josh Lucas – “Stealth”
Malcom McDowell – “Clockwork Orange”
John Rhys-Davies – “Indiana Jones”
Dazu aus Wing Commander 4:
Mark Dacascos – “Crying Freeman”
John Hurt – “Alien”
Clive Owen – “Sin City”
Jürgen Prochnow – “Das Boot”
Christopher Walken – “Die durch die Hölle gehen”
Dieses “Interaktiver Spielfilm”-Konzept hat sich bekanntermaßen nicht durchgesetzt, vermutlich aus Kostengründen. Aber trotzdem immer wieder nett anzusehen.
“Microsoft has forty seven thousand-odd employees, a huge percentage them very determined to change the world, and often suceeding. And millions of customers with the same idea.
Basically, Microsoft is in the world-changing business. If they ever lose that, they might as well all go home.
I chose the monster image simply because I always thought there is something wonderfully demonic about wanting to change the world. It can be a force for the good, of course, if used wisely. It’s certainly a very loaded part of the human condition, but I suppose that’s what makes it compelling.”
ATTENTION: The information in this article are not final and are subject to be changed during the plannings.
In less than 2 months the 23c3 takes place in Berlin/Germany (December 27.-30th 2006). And the plannings are in full progress. We had several brainstorm sessions and I think that we finally do have a plan. First of all: We learned a lot from the 22c3 live streaming and recording work. And to give you an overview of the things we want to achieve this time:
- permanent working live streams of all 4 lecture halls
- high quality recordings without using our DV-Tape fallback
- making low/mid/high quality recordings in different codecs available for download within 24 hours
To achieve these goals we’re going to need considerably more hardware than last year, which means:
- 4 WMV Live Encoding machines
- 1 MPEG-2 encoding machine with 4 MPEG-2 encoder cards
- 4 video editing machines
- 6 19″ TFTs + 1 4
- at least 1 monitoring machine
- more than 1 Tbyte of storage space
- 5 cameras + 1 video mixer
- a lot of helping hands (yes, we need help chaos angels!!)
So. The camera setup is almost identical to the last one. But this time we want to use a better FBAS signal instead of the in-house HF-cable-TV. The WMV encoding stays as it was last year. We plan to install an additional MPEG-2 hardware encoding machine which produces high-quality MPEG-2 data (which gets edited and compressed for download distribution as fast as possible).
Since we’re sill in planning stage we cannot speak about bitrates, live streams and such. Everything is subject to change, it’s just a draft. But stay tuned and read frequently. Oh… and comments are welcome.
Source 1: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2006/Home
Source 2: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2006/Angel_FAQ
“ActiveWin is reporting that Windows Vista launches on Nov. 30 along with Office 2007, confirming that Microsoft is going to hit their promised delivery of Vista in 2006.
That being said, the consumer versions of Vista are still planned for a January 2007 release, with ActiveWin saying it will likely be Jan. 30.”
Yes, you can have your Halo 3 in 3 flavours:
Regular: which is actually one DVD with the game…
Collectors: no info available at the moment…
Legendary: the game + Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet Replica!
“What do you get when you take 38,240 PixelBlocks, excessive amounts of free time, and a love of built-in Windows time wasters? A six foot tall recreation of Minesweeper! You’re looking at dozens of hours of work and over $900 worth of colored pegs.”
“There are files from all kinds of sources that we want to store and manage. Files are created by our digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store, manage, retrieve and view files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to regularly get copies of files from another location to add to primary location; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping track of whether the locations are synchronized in their heads. Other users may use two or more applications to provide this functionality.
Now there is an easier way. SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows Vista, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without additional complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another case. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.
We listened to your feedback. SyncToy was released as a beta in early August 2005 for Windows XP. We collected feedback from the discussion forum on the Windows XP Professional Photography web site, from customer feedback surveys, from a large number of professional and hobbyist photographers at Microsoft, and from various world-wide forums, sites, reviews and blogs on the web. Most of you (55%) asked for the ability to type in a UNC path to select a folder. We added this feature between the beta release and the v1.0 release. Features we added in response to customer feedback include:
- The ability to type in a UNC path;
- Support for longer folder pair names and ability to widen the left pane to see those longer names;
- The ability to support the maximum length for folder paths, and documentation was added to the help file about how to set up a share to be able to sync deep folder pairs;
- Better handling of the difference in precision between NTFS and FAT timestamps;
- More discoverable link to the help file for information on how to schedule SyncToy using the Windows XP Task Scheduler;
- Support for 800×600 screen resolution;
- Added a warning for users if the selected action will take some time to complete;
- Added brief explanations of the actions in the user interface;
- Improved behavior when choosing folders to include or exclude when there are large numbers of folders involved;
- Improved support for accessibility modes. “