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…

the AUDI A3 2.0 TDI on the “racetrack”

average speed: 184,2804
top speed: 221 km/h
duration: 00:10:04
track length: 30,51 km

Speed Diagram

It was real fun to drive this car. 140hp is well…where fun starts. So this car has an amazing acceleration…the top-speed is, well okay but not great compared to the BMWs or MBs. Actually I had the chance to drive the A3 on a real race track which doubled the fun after switching the ESP off…pictures of that, soon…

GPS-Log: (30,63 KB)

one week of work

The last week was by far the most work-loaded week since months. I had even so much work I couldn’t manage to write for schrankmonster.

Anyway. I’ve saved several 10 articles that I’ll be making public shortly. To tease you. I’ve wrote a Review about the brand new Maxivista 2 Professional, which is a great software for power-users and people with more than one display.

But for now some pictures. Since I travelled a lot the last week (two times to Munich and one time to Aachen) I made several pictures on the journeys.

This is the Ford Focus cMax I’ve got from SIXT for the days. A great car and really really great to drive. More on that soon.

theSpoke on tour

Time for a public service announcement:

theSpoke ON TOUR besucht vom 30.05. bis 08.06.2005 bundesweit zehn Städte. Die Roadshow bietet Know-How, Markttrends und Karrieretipps für alle technisch interessierten.

Themen sind:

  • Mobility
  • Games Development
  • Direct X Basics

In Berlin und Dortmund findet zudem der theSpoke Games Cup statt.

Die Inhalte:

1. Games Development

Der Vortrag gibt eine kurze Übersicht über die Architektur der Microsoft DirectX-Komponenten. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Spieleentwicklung von 3D Spielen in C++. Die Direct3D Programmierung wird anhand eines einfachen, leicht verständlichen Beispieles illustriert. Zudem wird eine Übersicht über Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten und die Anforderungen vom Arbeitsmarkt gegeben. Die Schwerpunkte werden je nach Veranstaltung und Speaker unterschiedlich liegen.

2. Mobile Geräte

Thema sind mobile Webanwendungen sowie Smart Clients auf Basis von .NET Compact Framework und der mobilen Datenbank SQL Server 2005 Mobile. Anhand von Live-Programmierung wird die Erstellung von Anwendungen gezeigt. Zudem werden die Pocket PCs und Smartphones Next Generation vorgestellt. Neben dem technischen Teil erfolgt auch ein kurzer Abriss über die Marktsituation für mobile Entwickler und die Anforderungen, die man für den Einstieg in diesen Bereich mitbringen sollte.

Hier die Termine der einzelnen Veranstaltungen:

    Ort Thema Termin  
    Dresden Mobile
13 – 15
    Leipzig Games
Development – Direct X
30.05.05, 09 – 11
31.05.05, 16 – 18
    Berlin Games
Development & Games Cup      
01.06.05, 18 – 20
    München Games
Development – Direct X
01.06.05, 16 – 18
    Karlsruhe Games
01.06.05, 17 – 19
    Ilmenau Mobile
03.06.05, 15 – 17
    Erlangen Games
Development – Direct X
07.06.05, 12 – 14
    Dortmund Games
Development & Games Cup
08.06.05, 15 – 17
    Hamburg Mobile
08.06.05, 15 – 17

Natürlich kann man sich sofort anmelden:

Student Technology Conference 2005:

The 2nd Student Technology Conference starts tomorrow morning in Kassel. For two days students are invited to discuss interesting and new technologies from Microsoft. There will be several Workshops and a Fun-Part.

As a special highlight the national finals of the Imagine Cup 2005 will be held parallel to the talks.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it. So there it’s going to take place: Kongress Palais Kassel:

From Ilmenau it’s approximately a 2 hour trip. So more fun to come ;)

Here is the final agenda (on the website it’s not up-to-date):

Wednesday, 18.05.2005:

Thursday, 19.05.2005:

Source: STC 2005 Homepage

SEAT Toledo 1.6 on the “racetrack”

harhar…namenlos contacted me this evening that he wants to measure his brand new Toledo. So let’s not stand on ceremony: 

the facts:

average speed: 175,2794118 km/h
top speed: 202 km/h
duration: 00:10:21
track length: 30,51 km

speed diagram


track diagram

This is the Toledo:

download the GPS Logfile here: (32,74 KB)


TechEd Europe 2005 – I’ll be there

Great news! I’ll be at this years TechEd in Amsterdam to…

“..find out about the latest information on Microsoft technologies and tools, whilst networking with industry leaders. Take part in four days of in-depth technical training and evaluation on current and soon-to-be released technologies. “

If you want to meet me there, drop me a line.


Granufunk album Release

Today granufunk aka Jacob Grain contacted me after he got back from London, His first record was officially released yesterday – pictures of the party will be available shortly! And don’t forget to read the other article about granufunk.

“GRANUFUNK’is an album of magnetic originality; a true case of opposites attracting. The minimalist, oft haunting calmness underlying each song is masterfully juxtaposed against the agitated rhythms and glitchy beats inherent in each track. While the seamless continuity lies in its stargazing melancholia and curious wisdom, ‘GRANUFUNK’ surprises at every opportunity, utilising discordant grinding beats, whispering bi-lingual lyrics (by guest vocalist Sonni Plankton),delicate programming, booming basslines, and spine-tingling melodies. Throughout, GRANUFUNK creates a unique ambience through a mixture of harsh scarred urban brokenbeat and earthy jazz. ‘GRANUFUNK’ is an album of rich, poignant material, with a potent lingering after effect.”


As a result of the album-release by the label sonic360, granufunk is also available via iTunes.

Source 1:
Source 2: iTunes Music Store
Source 3: granufunk article
Source 4: granufunk christmas album download

the perfect hotel for the Technology-Ninja of today

Tim told us his vision of the perfect „Nerd Hotel“ of today. And I totally agree with him. Everytime when I am in a hotel it’s just pain-in-the-ass to get internet access and even more painfull to get enough outlets.

He made a list what the perfect “Nerd Hotel” would at least need to qualify as one:

  1. free Internet access
  2. enough ports (RJ45/power) in a room this means:

    1. at least one port per desk/bed
    2. at least one three power outlets per desk/bed

  3. 1 notebook desk for inbed-use (per bed)
  4. a minium of 2Mbit downlink speed for the Internet access and not less than 50% uplink speed
  5. free 802.11b wireless LAN everywhere
  6. DHCP in the LAN and please no strange security behaviour…it will certainly get “fixed” by the nerds
  7. no port filtering/filtering at all
  8. 99,9 percent network reliability (power and internet uplink)
  9. no NAT for IPv4 if possible
  10. IPv6 would be fantastic
  11. internal gigabit network/fast in-house network
  12. every ethernet port is a switch-port (to prevent sniffing)
  13. DVD/CD first-aid kits at reception

I’m sure that we’ll find several more – So feel free to comment this article and tell us!


night hike

We (cosrahn,namenlos,me) took a night hike to the local food supplier. Beside the fact that I discovered places I never would imagine to be near the Campus we had some fun with namenlos’ always-handy-“EOS 300D”…

this is me…laughing and glowing

Actually I had a LED torch…and because it was to bright I used my thumb to dim the brightness…so it’s red because of my thumb

a train passing by…

Actually it was pitch black… only some lights from the … I call it town … and from the train.