Showing posts from February, 2006 the only thing missing is U

On is another brilliant guy. Read what he has to stay about Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) next marketing slogan... ROFLMAO

New photos online

I've uploaded some photos I had gathering silicon dust on my hard disk:
- Trance Energy 2006 photos from mid Febuary
- Barcelona power trip photos of almost everything Gaudi had done there

Cracking Enigma code

With the idea "Better late than never", a group of code hackers have taken it upon themselves to crack 64 year old messages from the Germans during WWII in a distributed fashion. The first message is already craked.
The messages are encoded using the Enigma machine and no one has been able to decode them... upto now. You can download a client yourself and participate, much like the SETI experiment a while ago. Messages used to be cracked with this huge machine. Today, even your mobile smartphone could help, given the right client.

Orange, the Blender Project

Go check it out, more blogging later!

Apple Hits 1 Billion iTunes Song Downloads

And they said no one would ever pay for audio on the Internet: Apple Hits 1 Billion iTunes Song Downloads, yesterday!

The Love is Back

The Love is Back!!!
So cool! July 15th, Berlin, write it down, start booking!

Web Hosting Wars Heat Up

Now that both Microsoft and Google are ready to offer free web hosting services, ISP are beefing up their packages to make sure they still can compete... somewhat. Remember Lycos and Geocities in the mid 90's? Interesting to see where this leads.

Powertrip: Barcelona

Just got back last night from a short trip to Barcelona. Petra and I were going to go skiing with her family, but the trip was cancelled due to health problems of her mom. Since we'd already reserved the week, Petra, her sister Marleen and I took a trip to Barcelona instead. Skiing was just impossible, with the vacation rush for that week.
Barcelona was great. Already Spring-time there! :) Lots of sunshine, blue skies and easy temps. I only took my hooded Blogger sweatshirt, more than enough. We saw all the Gaudi things: La Pedrera, Casa Milà, Park Guëll, Segrada Familia and more. Mleen had serious ankle problems from all the walking. All of our legs, thighs and calves were sore. Walking stairs is a punishment. :)
Photos are online.

When muslims burn the wrong flag...

This was on
when muslims burn the wrong flag...

Happy Valentine's Day

Samsung P300: small, pretty, quiet beamer

Samsung has created killer beamer: the Samsung P300. Small, pretty, silent, energy efficient and very portable! Just what my girlfriend ordered! ;)

CSS Generator Form

The gods from PositionIsEverything (PIE) have done what no one thought possible! They've created a CSS generator for 1, 2 or 3 column CSS designs for websites. :)
The Page Maker, by ClevaTreva Designs, is a great piece of programming and gives you working, cross-browser CSS designs that you tweak to your needs. It also works as a great teaching utility because you can play with it and the code it generates and teach yourself how CSS works. And coming from the PIE gods it means you learn it the right way! :respect: Highly recommended!

iTunes - Billion Songs Countdown

Apple is waiting for the iTunes Billion-th Song to be downloaded... OMG!

Foxit: Small, Fast, Clean, and FREE PDF Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a must have program under Windows or Linux for that matter. You simply need it to read all the PDFs out there. Right? Wrong!
Linux has tons of alternate free PDF readers such as GhostScript, X PDF, KPDF and GNOME's Document Viewer. So it's not really a problem that Adobe finally wrote an Acrobar Reader v7 for Linux. However, Windows users will love the free Foxit PDF reader. It's lightning fast, only 1 MB to download (compared to 20+ MB for Adobe!) and it does what 98% of the population needs: open a PDF file and print it occasionally. Recommended!

VMware Introduces Free GSX Server

It's true: VMware Introduces Free GSX Server. Cool! The virtualization battle is heating up...
"In the left corner: MS Virtual Server, the proprietary giant. In the right corner: the reigning champion VMware... In the other left corner: XEN, the open source boy-wonder!" LOL :D

Adn they say mobile radiation can do no harm

Some people in the UK have come up with a great way to make breakfast: they boil an egg using their mobile phone! Serious! No kidding! At least, the site offers no proof but it seems plausible. Following the instructions on their site, they were abel to cook an average egg in 3 minutes of free local calls...
/me is stunned

OpenRAW - Digital Image Preservation Through Open Documentation

In an attempt to break open the world of proprietary RAW formats, an initiative has launched to create an OpenRAW format for all cameras. They have just started and are inquiring about people's wants and needs. If you are a photographer and regularly use RAW technology, please take a moment to fill out their survey.

Pittsburgh Steelers win SuperBowl

Wow, I can't believen it! After like 30 years or so, Pittsburgh finally wins another Superbowl! Amazing. I believe last year they lost in the finals or so... Too bad I no longer live in Pittsburgh, because while I lived there (1986-1990), the Steelers weren't much at all. I went to a few games in Three Rivers Stadium and decided College games were much more fun. The damn commerical breaks in NFL annoyed the hell out of me. :D
But today I am kinda proud that I have lived there and carry at least the knowledge of the Pittsburgh Steelers. So I'll say: congrats to the team and all of its fans in the Burgh!

LinkedIn: Christian Peper

I had a few quiet moments today and I browsed to check which job titles are applicable to me, in the various positions I have worked in over the years. It's amazing what a few edits can do to a resumé! Check out my update LinkedIn profile! LOL
You have to take things with a bit of irony of course, but to the untrained eye, my resume is very impressive all of a sudden! If you have a profile on LinkedIn or elsewhere and are serious about job searches, check out the job titles in various industries on and cut&paste them into your resumé!

Epson Scanners

Well I'm glad that's cleared up.
We got the driver alright; installed fine; now it seems I did buy a great little scanner, however, I was not prepared to have to scan medium format negatives. The scanner won't do transparent objects, only reflective. So make mental note of that in case you go out and buy a scanner one of these days. ;)
Petra is now looking at different Epson Scanners. Luckily I caught her just before she had made up her mind to go out and buy a €500 thingy... pfffew. All she seems to need is the Perfection 3490. The 3590 just adds a 35mm negative feeder for €60! Ka-tching! And the high-end scanners (4490/4990) add a bit more dpi/ppi, scanning speed and Epson's (albeit outstanding!) post-processing software DIGITAL ICE. The expensive scanners also have a higher Dmax value, giving you a better resolving power in the dark areas. However, it seems to me you'll only get the max out of the 100% price difference when you scan old and/or dirty or scratched o…

BenQ Drivers Mirascan 620U

Petra decided recently she wants to scan her own negatives. She bought her own Mamiya 645 and has to make frequent trips to Amsterdam, to the Foto Academie, to scan the huge negatives in as TIFF, put them on a USB stick and process them at home. So I told her she may be able to use my old 600dpi flatbed scanner...
Naturally, finding a new driver for WinXP proved a bit harder than I thought. But when I found out BenQ is now what Acer was, it was very easy to get a WinXP drivers for the Mirascan 620U. Pffew. In 5 years time, the driver for a 5 year old scanner has doubled in size. I'm curious for what! ;)

The future of Digital Cameras

C|Net has an interesting article on the future of digital cameras, now that everyone's got enough megapixels and we can stop comparing cameras based on that. pfffew, finally.
What's up next? Well, they say that they can now innovate the camera's design instead of resemblingthe good ol' photocamera. Or that they'll add image stabilizers. And get better in taking video footage (like Canon's Powershot S80 which can record at 1024x768px!). WiFi digicams are around the corner, making that 4GB CF card kinda obsolete! :) And more...

Simple software to help you get organized: 37signals

Check out 37signals. You must! They write simple software to get to going and it's all free! The basic versions, that is. For some of the more advanced products you can buy access to more functions/room/features. But you'll only need to when you really love the tool because then you simply want to use it for everything. :) And that's when you need more room to put it in! ;)
They have Basecamp, a web-based project management tool focusing onh communication between project members to ensure to get work done, instead of Gantt charts and deadlines and meetings.
There is Backpack, a collecting tool to gather ideas, lists, notes, images and more. Kinda like a plastic folder to hold all the snippets of some idea you have together and organized.
Writeboard is like a sharable whiteboard to collaborate on getting some text right. With full version control behind it, so you - the owner - can roll-back anytime and anywhere. :)
And Ta-da List, the sharable todo lists so you can get to your…

Sinus infection

Well, now that my head is exploding for the third time is several weeks, my nose runs marathons and my joints aches as if I'm 85 years old, I decided to stop by the doctor's office and get a check up. Turns out I have a left over Sinus Infection ("voorhoofdsholte ontsteking" in Dutch). My sister Isa had one last Fall and I do remember getting a bit sick shortly after a visit there. So it seems I still have it. Got an anti-biotics treatment and I called in sick today. I will probably sleep all day... :Z

CoNGNes 2006

Today, I spent all day at the CoNGNes 2006 in Nijkerk with RealOpen IT. We hosted several practical sessions on Novell and Linux, desktop and server management and office mobility tool (like Teamware and Omni). I gave a talk on Open-Xchange. Open-Xchange aka "Open Exchange" is a commercial, open source, groupware product to handle any company's Email and scheduling based solely on open standards, as opposed to MS Exchange closed .pst files. Open-Xchange integrates other commonly found (open source) Linux products in an easy to install and manage setup without sacrificing the open character. The best thing is that you can choose your own preferred client and Windows users can keep using Outlook through the Outlook OXtender that provides a MAPI<->IMAP interface.