use TerraServer Webservices with Visual Studio 2005


Nico wrote a cool article about the TerraServer WebService and how to use it with Visual Studio 2005. He uses this WebService in his talks as a WebService example – a great idea: The problem is now, that the example sourcecode does not work under Visual Studio 2005. So he changed it to work – and you can download the new sourcecode here.



Source 1: Nico’s Weblog
Source 2: TerraServer WebService
Source 3: Example Source
Source 4: Download VS2005 compatible Sourcecode

Windows Media on Quicktime


Did you ever try to play a Windows Media Video file on a Mac? If you did not – you probably would not expect the result: it’s horrible and simply nothing you want to watch.


Now there’s a filter/application that allows Quicktime to play the Windows Media Video files – and this does work really really great.


Almost all files I tried to play worked instantly – some had their problems – but well I did not expect the DRM to work.



“The WMV Player is an industry first product offering that allows you to play Windows Media directly in your QuickTime Player. This eliminates the need for an additional player and provides the great playback experience and control that you’ve come to rely on with QuickTime Player. “



Flip4Mac offers not only a WMV Player but also a “WMV Studio”-Application that allows you to cut and edit WMV content on MacOS X…


Oh… it does cost some money…….;-(


Source: http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm

oh…what’s that about my pre-ordered XBOX 360?

Amazon writes me an eMail…entitled “an important message regarding your Xbox order”…well that does definitly not sound good:


“Wie Sie vielleicht schon gehört haben, ist Microsoft derzeit nicht in der Lage, genügend Xbox 360 Konsolen zu produzieren. Daher können wir Ihnen leider nicht garantieren, dass Sie Ihre Xbox 360 vor Weihnachten 2005 erhalten. In Kürze erwarten wir von Microsoft weitere Informationen zur Verfügbarkeit der Konsolen.”


I ordered my 360 on August 18th…that’s almost 3 months ago…and now they are telling me that they probably-maybe can’t ship one for me… DOH! I’ll go berserk when I do not have my 360 on December the 2nd…in fact…I’ll try to get one at the next stores…and send the Amazon 360 back if they manage to find one for me…nuff said.

Mercedes Benz Music Compilation – mixed tape 09



Well there it is – I have to state that I am late some days… but here we are: the new “Mercedes Benz mixed:tape” in it’s ninth episode…

There’s another big news about Mercedes’ engagement for free content. There’s something called “text tracks” in the pipeline: A regular feature for audio books and spoken content…great!



Source: Mercedes Benz mixed tape

hoerschaden in Fischerhütte


After the very successful ISWI parties at the Fischerhütte here in Ilmenau there was another, probably the last, party at Fischerhütte. This time the hoerschaden crew obviously rocked them all.



Since I had no time the pictures are from nierenschaden and affiliates – maybe more in the future. Be sure to check nierenschadens brand new weblog.


And if you like electronic music, visit the website of hoerschaden – There’s a live stream every now and then…



Source 1: nierenschaden weblog
Source 2: ISWI parties
Source 3: http://www.hoerschaden.de/

MDA 3 / Blueangel with Linux…


The linux guys are making progress in porting Linux to the current HTC devices. Apparently they mark their current version of linux for the Blueangel as “not ready for the user” – but it runs and it does make progress.



My experience with linux on such PocketPC / Windows Mobile devices is that you can do all the neat things you can do with your linux pc – when enough space is available – but you can’t do all the neat things you normally do with such a devices like managing appointments, send/receive SMS, place calls… and so on.


At the moment you simply render your device into a brick with linux on it – but time will tell if and when that will change.


Source: http://www.handhelds.org/moin/moin.cgi/BlueAngel

Ford Galaxy…killed in action

Last friday I was on the streets as usual on my way to a lecture at the FH Deggendorf (.NET Chaostage, you remember?)…It was a normal ride until suddenly the turbocharger decided to stop working for me…Since I was driving at about 180 km/h at this very moment it felt like getting massive headwind.



killed in action.


So…I called the SIXT service and got a new car…a Ford Focus this time…small very very small. But nice to drive. Infact the Ford Galaxy was way more comfortable …



a turbocharger…


Source: Wikipedia Picture

What The Hack wrap-up


In the next days and weeks we will be doing a wrap-up of this years What-The-Hack. Everyone can come to EAZ 1341/1342 from 19.00 to 22.00 on the following dates:


Wednesday, 09.11.2005 “Cryptography”




  • Exploiting PocketPC


  • An Introduction to Quantum Cryptography


  • Learning cryptography through hand cyphers


  • PGP for companies, why not?


  • Fun and Mayhem with Radio Frequency Identification

Monday, 14.11.2005 “wireless networks”




  • Doing a wifi long shot


  • Wifi and 500km? Development of Wi-NVIS


  • OLSR


  • Using linux for embedded devices


  • Car-Puters

Wednesday, 23.11.2005 “Open World”




  • Is blogging Open Source journalism?


  • Do we run out of oil?


  • About mp3s and african farmes


  • Jabber


  • Dynebolic

Monday, 28.11.2005 “anonymity in the internet”




  • Bluetooth Security – News From The Front


  • Anonymous communication for the United States Department of Defense…and you


  • Future anonymity networks and Tor Hidden Services


  • Internet Censorship in China


  • Physical Security


Source: What-The-Hack