after a week: update, speakers acting, 22c3, my 360 and more…


I did not write for over a week now – I simply had no time to write – but now I want to give you a short update on what happened the last days:


2. December: the 360 arrives. I had only some time to unpack and testdrive PGR3 – in fact it’s what was promised – the next generation gaming console. (please make a firmware update so that the DVD drive is more quiet).



yes, there’s an apple keyboard attached to the 360.


To raise the pain-bar the desperatly needed XBOX VGA cable is not available anywhere around. I actually have to wait till it’s available again. Until then I am using the 360 via PAL-60 – which is – oh well …


There are some nice and some bad things to say about the 360 – one thing I just found out and impressed me: when you want to type – let’s say in XBOX live – you might want to use the on-screen keyboard. But when you attach a commonly used USB keyboard to the 360 – you can use it for the typing job … I wasn’t expecting that.


late last week I attended the 3rd “Speakers Acting” Training held by Vision Voices Executives Alexandra Schwarze and Martin Marx. As you can imagine it was a fantastic and enriching experience.



And the this weekend it finally happened: SIXT gave me my the first V6 – a Mercedes Benz ML320 – what a … hell of a car.



hmm… a SUV at >220 km/h… hrhr eat this mother nature!


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what I did with the addictive ML – We took a trip to Berlin to meet with the guys of the Chaos Computer Club Berlin who are organising the 22th Chaos Communication Congress. As things work out we will be in Berlin at 25th of december with 10 people – recording and streaming the whole congress for you. Working closely together with the guys from congress-tv, congress-streaming… I can only cross fingers and hope that everything is going to happen as planned and discussed.



Source 1: http://www.visionvoice.de
Source 2: http://www.ccc.de
Source 3: http://www.ccc.de/congress/2005

short trip to dresden, panoramic views and a Ford Galaxy that survived

I spent the whole day in Dresden – introducing Lars Iwer into his new job at Microsoft. But because that did not take the whole day I had some time to walk along Dresden. Actually I underestimated the fact that it’s getting dark quite early at wintertimes. That and because my digital camera isn’t as good as it should be is the cause that there are just some panoramic views from Dresden – not showing any of the usual sights ;-). Oh. I should mention the heroic presentation the Ford Galaxy gave us – yes, Sixt decided to give me another one after the death of the first one.




who designed that?!






since the big picture is >19000 pixels width you can
get a medium size version here.

we need your help: be a video angel for the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress



This year more than any year before the 22nd Chaos Communication Congress needs your help!


Since FeM e.V. plans to help the team of the 22c3 with equipment and manpower there never can be enough hands to help at such a big event.


If you want to assist and help us recording and streaming the whole congress than surf to the official 22c3 wiki and state your intention to help by contacting the orga-team telling them that you want to be a videoangel.


Source 1: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/
Source 2: https://events.ccc.de/congress/2005/crm.en.html

Mercedes Benz SLK 200 Kompressor on the “racetrack”

average speed: 193,373239 km/h
top speed: 234 km/h
duration: 00:09:38
track length: 30,51 km



It’s my favourite car. And Sixt was so kind to offer me a “free ride”… this thing is awesome. Finally I got to drive one with compressor. Mercedes listen! I want one! Now!





GPS-Logfile: GPS20051121205829-568.zip (29,65 KB)

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

want to meet at the What The Hack?

After some internal discussions a small delegation of VJs, some DJs, some computer hardcore nerds, some wireless experts, some Microsoft fanatics and some UNIX geeks will be sent to this years What The Hack conference/event…but what’s it anyway?

What The Hack is an outdoor hacker conference/event taking place on a large event-campground in the south of The Netherlands from 28 until 31 July 2005.”


I just organized a Mercedes Sprinter transporter and VW Passat to get all our stuff to the Netherlands and back. It’s planned to start early on the 28th of July.

We won’t come empty-handed! This is what we’ll probably bring:

  • Tables, banks, chairs
  • video projector and screen
  • probably lots of computers
  • networking equipment
    • probably one Cisco Catalyst 3500 (no, not for any Cisco-throwing contest!)
    • a Linksys WRT54G OpenWRT-enabled
  • some Sony DV-cameras
  • some microphones
  • a 12V-powered cooling box
  • a Cafetiere (to make espresso)
  • hopefully enough DECT-phones
  • at least a small PA (home hifi?)
  • a good attitude, (german) humor etc. ;)

Of course you can expect a number of articles on this website straight from the conference.

Anyway. If you want to contact or meet me at the What The Hack just write a comment or an eMail or use one of the DECT phone numbers at the conference:

“You can reach some of the FeM-team by calling our toll-free service number: FEM1 (3361) through FEM5 (3365). A DECT-phone is required (on your side), though.”

Or you just come to the FeM Village where I can be found when I am not in any talk.

Source: http://www.whatthehack.org
Source: our wiki

Source: FeM Village

TechEd Europe 2005: The Party – Studio 7

That was the coolest Microsoft presented party I’ve taken part in. The live band was great: Scissor Sisters. Man that was an awesome show. So I took some pictures of the location which was calles “Studio 7” – Actually it was Hall 7 of the RAI Conference Center…but see for yourself how it looked:



that’s what I saw when I came into the hall


Well sine there were no refreshments we relied on the fact that there would be proper food at the party. And there was. At about 7 locations inside the hall you could grab Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fishburgers and Stuff.



So. I don’t want to bore you with food pictures and blahblah about the organisation… here are the Scissor Sisters!



a short video…it’s shaky but it gives a feeling.




sorry for the bad quality…it’s just my little cam.



that’s a guy up there…controlling the spotlight.



that’s no genetically modified vaccine or something…it’s just alkohol B-). Hmm.. I don’t drink it actually…it’s just for educational purposes.

TechEd Europe 2005: 2nd Keynote “The Future of Software”

So there was the second Keynote “The Future of Software” held by the Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer for Business Platform of Microsoft David Vaskevitch.


As it was a great keynote it was also a inspiring keynote. I mean: the bottom line of the keynote was: It’ll all be automated. It’ll all be connected and wired together.



Well that’s a great vision. In the first place. Until there came the example: A big company has about 17.000 Employees working in support. And when the vision becomes reality those 17.000 employees won’t be have a job anymore. Anyway: From the shareholders standpoint this is great. But what about the social duties a big company that employs 17.000 people has? Okay, I really missed that point in the keynote. But nevertheless the future will be bright and shiny…



Oh and there was news on WinFS. Well actually it wasn’t news as David Vaskevitch stated it’ll be not shipped within Longhorn. Although there’s a release and shipping plan.


The graphic you can see in the picture above shows the vision the keynote wanted to transport. Try to read it several times… as I did B-)

TechEd Europe 2005: Refreshments & magic fridges

There’s (almost) no Microsoft event without Refreshments and magic fridges. So there’s almost no conference blogging without blogging about those life-improving features.



(this picture has nothing to do with this article ™)



refilling the refreshment



yummy


So this year there’s almost the same service as it was last year. Great and tasty! Always refreshing. But where’s Pepsi? ;)

TechEd Europe 2005: the RFID conspiracy

there’s a little sticker on the every TechEd 205 badge and they say it’s an experiment/demonstration for the keynote which is going to take place tomorrow. Infact the paper I’ve got with the badge said that there is indeed an RFID device embedded into the sticker. That device holds a random number (approx. the one printed on the sticker). The deal is that there seems to be a demonstration how the people are coming into the keynote hall…some kind of monitoring – probably a demonstration that modern RFID technology doesn’t surrender when 6000+ RFIDs are going to enter the same room.



of course I’ve taken a closer look:



Nothing really new or interesting. Anyone that knows something about those tags?

why the Golden Tulip in Amsterdam rocks

After the smooth and on-time arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. After meeting with Matej we checked in at our hotel “Golden Tulip Inntel” and guess what: They have free wireless Internet Access in the Hotel … just everywhere. Finest 54Mbit … and it’s 54 Mbit… whoooo!



Actually what alarms me is the fact that there’s simply no security at all. You just connect to the WLAN and you have Internet Access. Nothings filtered. Just working Internet as is should be… I asked the reception if they aren’t concerned about the fact that somebody could possibly do some … well … illegal things from their WLAN… I think they did not understand what I meant… so I just yelled “Hack the planet” and went to my room… ;)



hack-the-planet!


Source: http://www.goldentulipamsterdamcentre.com/

TechEd Europe 2005: What about a blogger meeting/dinner?



I thought about the possibility to have a blogger dinner/meeting at TechEd Europe this year. Since there were only a few bloggers on last years european TechEd we had no meeting – but this year I expect a lot more bloggers to be on TechEd. So if you’re at TechEd Europe 2005 and want to meet with other bloggers, just comment here. We’ll find a place and time.

Source 1: TechEd Europe 2005
Source 2: TechEd Bloggers

ADAC Driver Training panoramic views




on the day we had our training Daimler Chrysler had an event on the track…so they had every car Daimler Chrysler is building for fun purpose…



the reception…



pole position!



a short briefing before the fun starts…



this is a 360 degree panoramic view of the brake-test-track. Beware: it’s huge!



the gyro…drive as fast and as safe as you can … the white area is slippery … was especially fun to drive with disabled ESP … in the front of the picture you can see the cars waiting for their turn.


a short movie of the A4 in the gyro



the pylon track…and the cars waiting…



another line of cars waiting for the start…