program your YAPS VCR recordings from within tvbrowser…

I recently wrote about the progress I made with YAPS – the multicast to unicast proxy that suddenly became even a vcr. And today I found “TVBrowser“:

“TV-Browser is a free electronic program guide. It offers more than 140 mainly german stations.”

You get everything you might expect from an electronic program guide with TV-Browser and even more. It’s extensible and fast. The extensibility is exactly the reason why I am using it as the EPG frontend for YAPS/VCR.

I used the WebSearch Plugin of TV Browser to actually do a http-request on the YAPS/VCR webserver. This request adds the recording to the schedule list…easy as it could be…

It looks like this:

right click on the programme and you’re about to
program the recording…

Infact the only thing I had to do is to add one line to the WebSearch Plugin config, which looks like this:


Simple, isn’t it… one webrequest and the recording is added.

Finally I’ve got a great EPG to program my recordings…yeeehaaa!

Source 1: udp multicast to tcp unicast proxy extended to be a vcr
Source 2: http://www.tvbrowser.org

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is sort-of back…

“Mike Nelson – the comic genius behind MST3K – has launched a new site called RiffTrax, where he provides an audio commentary track to mainstream films that you can download and listen to while watching the movie.”

For just $1.99 (beta pricing!) you get a commentary track for a growing number of movies…really really great stuff.

Source: http://www.rifftrax.com/index.php

a captcha a day keeps the spam0r away.

“A CAPTCHA (an acronym for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart”, trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University) is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.”

This technology is mainly used to filter all those spammers from the normal commenting users. Schrankmonster even uses this technology. Kiesow doesn’t like very long captchas and I don’t like dumb ones…like this one which was sent in by Tomasz Naumowicz:


Source 1: http://www.kiesows.de/blog/2006/07/19/captcha-2

Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captchas

a real piece of art created with MS Paint…

So, you think MS Paint is just nothing worth mentioning? It’s quite remarkable what this artist did in more than 100 hours of work:

“This drawing was done entirely in MS Paint with a Logitech laser mouse. I did not use the copy and paste tool, or the text tool. There was no color sampling or pasting from other images, but I did view some seperate images as reference, as do most artists. ”


it’s 700px x 10.000px in the big version

Source: http://www.ubersite.com/m/84167

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

a short discussion of 1337ism and big ass tvs


On the way back home I came past a house where one particular window attracted my interest. A huge 1337 is in bright letters in that window. Obviously some elite hackers are living there…


When I made the pictures I noticed that just one floor down right from my elite window another obviously rich students are watching tv on some kind of big ass tv – probably a projector…




Since I don’t have the space (and money) for such artefacts as a big ass tv – I am just jealous with the guys…I want one for my 360… okay let’s start small: I want a 360!

22C3: 3G Investigations – scanning your 2.5G/3G ip network for fun and profit



Ahzf and myself are going to present a lecture at the upcoming 22th Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) in Berlin at the end of this year (27.-30. December). Today the Final notification of acceptance of our proposal arrived…



At the moment I am in the Implementation phase of the project…:



IPv6 on Windows Mobile 5…cool eh?


The final papers need to be ready due to december the 1st…


Source: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005/

You provide the light saber. I’ll provide the wireless LAN.

This evening the grey sky of Ilmenau was illuminated by something similar to Yodas green light saber. Actually it IS a laser of unknown power which seems to be used to “draw a straight line” above the roofs of the sleepy Ilmenau citizens.



Fortunately this is just a picture to show you what the laser should look like close-by.

And now cheer for the great pictures that where taken this night. They show the impressive skyline of Ilmenau and the even more impressive light saber by night.

Stay tuned for more light saber action…

Source 1: something about Yoda
Source 2: Wikipedia Laser

Nerd Sport: Harddisk Speaker!

Everytime I think it could not be worse I am impressed and surprised that it can be. After the fabulous Harddisk VU-Meter built by reply2all there is another Harddisk-mod project: Harddisk Speaker.


The idea is: take a defect Harddisk. Modify the read/write head interface and it’s bearing, add a standard stereo jack: Voilà you have a Harddisk Speaker.


The (quiet) sound is made by the read/write head when it’s moved fast on the plate.



The stereo jack in my notebook…



Soldering No. 1



Soldering No. 2
(connects the head interface to the jumper pins)



Soldering No. 3
(the bearing modified to move better)



the opened drive…


Really impressive to see that that little bit of energy from the stereo jack is enough to make the read/write head move and even create a sound. You can really hear the music … louder than you would expect. Okay: Sound quality is improvable especially the lower frequencies.


Source: Harddisk VU-meter

did you ever search a font? WhatTheFont?!!!

Did you ever search a font? I am searching the correct font several times a week. It’s everytime like this: I’ve got a picture with text in it. And I would like to add some more text to the picture. But this is impossible if you don’t know which font was used in the picture. Then I start the fontbook and compare the font in the picture to my fonts on the computer…this takes time… And now I found the solution for this time problem. It’s called “WhatTheFont?!“. You throw a picture into this search engine and you get font samples and names that are close to your reference font. Priceless!



Source: http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

Forza Motorsport for the XBOX

In only a few days you can buy the most realistic and fantastic looking racing simulation for your XBOX. It’s called Forza Motorsport and is there to beat Gran Turismo 4.
I had the chance to play a little bit with it…and it’s insanely great! More than 50 cars. Dozens of tracks. And a realistic driving model I never experienced before.

Here are some ingame screenshots to tease you for the 3rd May:

I strongly recommend buying this game!

Source: Forza Motorsport