On my way to Cambridge…

Since two of my colleagues wrote about their work at Microsoft Research I wanted to write at least something about it…just like Andreas said:

“One reason I recently don’t blog too much is the fact that I am a bit restricted in what I can tell. Being involved in some exciting projects, the confidentiality of these projects does not allow much publicity.”

So really the only thing I can write about is that I am honored to work with these great people and being part of the process of creating great software.

So – for now I am on my way back to Cambridge – the next article will be written from there…

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Of course I will write about all the things when I am allowed to do so…

Source 1: Martin Calsyn
Source 2: Andreas Heil
Source 3: http://research.microsoft.com/ero/

"Ich bin für mehr Sex – mehr Schweinereien, keine Tabus." Charlotte Roche

Und wieder ein deutscher Artikel über Charlotte Roche. Schon vor ein paar Tagen war sie auf Spiegel Online – nun auf ein zweites: Es geht um ihr erstes und aktuelles Buch: “Feuchtgebiete”:

Amazon schreibt über das Buch:

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“Nach einer missglückten Intimrasur liegt die 18-jährige Helen auf der Inneren Abteilung von Maria Hilf. Sie wartet auf den Besuch ihrer geschiedenen Eltern, in der irren Hoffnung, die beiden könnten sich am Krankenbett der Tochter endlich versöhnen. Unterdessen nimmt sie jene Bereiche ihres Körpers unter die Lupe, die gewöhnlich als unmädchenhaft gelten, und lässt Krankenpfleger Robin die Stellen fotografieren, die sich ihrem neugierigen Blick entziehen. Nebenher pflegt sie ihre Sammlung von Avocadokernen, die ihr auch in sexueller Hinsicht wertvolle Dienste leisten. Selbst wenn Helens Besessenheit eine Notoperation nötig werden lässt – ihr ungestümer Witz und ihre Wahrhaftigkeit machen sie zu einer Sensation nicht nur auf der Station des Krankenhauses. Sie spricht aus, was andere nicht einmal zu denken wagen. »Feuchtgebiete« ist eine Exkursion zu den letzten Tabus der Gegenwart. Mutig, radikal und provokant rebelliert Charlotte Roches Roman gegen Hygienehysterie und die sterile Ästhetik der Frauenzeitschriften, gegen den standardisierten Umgang mit dem weiblichen Körper und seiner Sexualität – und erzählt dabei die wunderbar wilde Geschichte einer ebenso genusssüchtigen wie verletzlichen Heldin.”

Source 1: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,537317,00.html
Source 2: Amazon

Count the bodies

The most (in)famous action-flick of movie history now has its third sequel, but nowhere a company producing a proper first-person shooter? It’s kind of strange that nobody seems to be interested in picking up a worldwide-known character.

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Is it too much guilty pleasure? Too much far-right, political incorrect or just old-fashioned? Maybe it’s the lack of box-office in the US. Or simply no licence is available.

Anyway, back in the Reagan-era these concerns didn’t exist.

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The 1985-game with a well-known score by Martin Galway was a huge bestseller.

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have serious fun with…free 2D physics sandbox tools

The standard nerd knows: physics is fun. Even better: When you play with gravity and friction and water an what-not in a sandbox. Now there are several tools available that allow you to do just that: Play with physics.

The first tool is called “phun” and is Windows and Linux only. It’s a small tool that allows you to draw circles, boxes, springs,… and when you finished: press the “play” button to start the simulation. You can interact all the time with the objects and the simulation by draging and manipulating everything.

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There’s even a video available of phun in action:

It’s serious fun…that phun tool… yeah I had to write that, you know?!

The second tool I want to write about is called “Chipmunk” and is available for OS X only. To be fair: this is not a real drawing tool like phun – it’s more or less a game physics engine that cames with several samples in sourcecode that you can play with if you can… You need XCode and some Objective C knowledge.

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So now go and play!

Source 1: http://www.acc.umu.se/~emilk/index.html
Source 2: http://wiki.slembcke.net/main/published/Chipmunk

ready.for.takeoff – the Microsoft Launch 2008

Unfortunately I only had the time to get into the last day of the ready.for.takeoff Launch Conference for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008. It took place in Frankfurt/Main in Germany from the 19th to 21st February 2008 and it surely was a great event.

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Besides the real great tracks there’s this little thing every participant got:

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Source: http://www.microsoft.com/germany/aktionen/ready-for-take-off/default.aspx

real great and smooth Today Screen replacement for Windows Mobile

Just minutes ago I was pointed to an application that replaces the Windows Mobile today screen (and many other features) and comes along with all sorts of next-gen Touch Controls:

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“After grinding our teeth with enterprise mobile systems, we came to the conclusion that end users need applications that focus on usability, performance and consistency.

Pointui (pronounced point-you-i) has been built from the ground up and sets the benchmark in pioneering the delivery of total user experience, never before achieved on a Windows Mobile device.

Our main focus is structured around simplicity and usability while extracting the most out of your current Windows Mobile device. All products we develop forge stability and dependability while maximising performance.”

 

The thing is – these guys deliver on their promise:

 

 

If you’re a Windows Mobile user, go and try this piece of software – it’s free and small.

Source: http://www.pointui.com

One of the best Notepad replacements…

“Notepad++ is a free (free as in “free speech”, but also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement, which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment.

This project, based on the Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component), written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence.

This project is mature. However, as you can see it’s a one-man-project, there are still some bugs and missing features. If you have any question or suggestion about this project, please post them on the forums. As well, if you have any feature requests, you can always make the demand, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll implement it.”

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Source: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/de/site.htm