Thursday, April 14, 2005

Crossposting doesn't work

Sorry, somehow the crossposting doesn't work.
So, please update your bookmarks.
The new address is:


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

New blog layout and location

Hi everyone,

after getting an OK to use the Channel9 layout by charles, I finally got (almost) everything set up.

From now on, the blog can be found at

For a while I will crospost at the old location, until everyone gets used to it.
There are still two main issues I still have to work on, although I don't quite understand why this stuff is happening:

  1. On the frontpage, the posts are shown in a backward order, although days are in the right order.
  2. Comments somehow don't work..
If anyone can give me an idea, why this stuff is happening, please let me know!

So, enjoy the new layout, and if your interested in it, let me know and I'll mail you a copy of the theme!

Monday, April 11, 2005

New XBOX to be presented on May, 12th

The new XBOX model will be presented on MTV with a 30-minute special featuring Elijah Wood.

Yeehaa.. can't wait for it. ;)

More Info soon

Wikipedia DVD available for free download

A couple of days after releasing the complete Wikipedia content on a 2.76 GB DVD, several mirror-servers are offering a DVD-image for free download!!

So, if you don't wanna spent your money on buying the DVD, just download it...
Need a new avatar?
Check this online Avatar Creator out:

Somehow, the created avatars look like Gremlins.......... ;)
Here's an example:

Friday, April 08, 2005

Wikipedia DVD in english

The Wikipedia DVD in german, I wrote about earlier, will be issued in english aswell, ZDNet reports.

The article says, that the english version will be on sale before the end of the year!

Why do developers go to conferences?

Jeremy Mazer has been researching this question, together with the marketing company, responsible for the PDC.

Main reasons are:
  • Networking

  • Learning

  • Labs

  • Inspiration

Are DRM and social media inherently at odds?

The socialsoftwareweblog asks this interesting question today.

His point is, that locking up content with ever-more complex DRM protection schemes works directly against sharing and distributing ones own created content just as effectively as it prevents piracy of content prepared by broadcast media outlets.

This is a pretty interesting point he's got there.
Let's think about this for a moment. We have media from big companies, secured with DRM. We've got computers, and they want to make sure, we only play legally purchased media. What will they probably do? Only allow media with DRM to be played.
But what About my own created videos? Won't they be played?

As far as I see it, there is only one solution:
Give some tools to the people, which allow them to secure their own media with DRM. But then all doors are open to copying again and nothing is achieved...

Let me put it this way. If the users are supposed to be able to create own media content on their PC's, then anybody can copy anything.

Meaning what? I don't know, what are your two cents?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Wikimedia and Yahoo

The Wikimedia Foundation ( and Yahoo! ( announced today that they have reached an agreement by which Yahoo will provide hosting capacity to Wikimedia. Yahoo will dedicate a significant number of servers in one of its Asian facilities for hosting Wikimedia's free content websites. Jimmy Wales, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, says that this generous donation will be of particular benefit to the vibrant and growing community of Wikipedia users in that part of the world.

Link (under "Latest News")

New Sony patent filed

NewScientist reports, that Sony has filed a patent on "a device for transmitting sensory data directly into the human brain".

This sounds really cool!!! Hopefully they will be able to produce tis stuff any time soon.... :)

EDIT: Thanks to BoingBoing, here's the link to the patent itself

Star Wars fans waiting at the wrong theater....

CNN reports that some Star Wars fans are standing in line at the Chinese cinema in L.A., although the movie studio has told everyone, that the premiere of the new Star Wars movie will open at the ArcLight theater, almost a mile away.

The fans explanation? Here you go:
"We've heard all this before," fan Sarah Sprague said, noting there were plenty of rumors in 1999 and 2002 that previous "Star Wars" movies weren't opening at the Chinese Theater. The rumors were false and the films were shown there.

Let me put my thoughts this way: There is a reason, why "fan" comes from "fanatic".
Studios can change their mind and times can change aswell. maybe The Chinese Theater just isn't big enough?
We will know on saturday.....

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Forgot to mention: my class got included!

Oh my god,

I completely forgot to mention this ;)

The C# extension I programmed and wrote about earlier, got included in the AvatarCreator!!!!!!

Sven even mentioned me in his post!

Hehe, just had to get that off my chest before leavin' work.... :P

Wikipedia to release content on DVD

Wikipedia has released a spring edition of their content on DVD.

It's just the german content, unfortunately.
But who knows, maybe they'll release the english one some day.

Tech group to join EU against Microsoft

ZDNET reports, that "a lobbying group backed by Nokia, Oracle and IBM has joined forces with the European Commission in its antitrust battle with Microsoft".

This sounds interesting. Maybe the tech companies can give some insight to the commision....

Happy birthday, C9!

Finally it's time to celebrate at least one thing.

The pope is dead. :P No, just kidding...

It's Channel 9's birthday today!!

Happy birthday, little guy!

I discovered Channel9 shortly after it was launched one year ago. Actually, I joined on April 13, 2004. Ok, I gotta admit, that I haven't been very active until lately. But I had more important things to do. Amongst other stuff, I had to find a new job and move to another country.

Once I got an internet connection here, I started posting away. And I gotta say: It's been a great time!
The people are great, the atmosphere is inspiring, well, it's just a wonderful place!
Thanks to Scoble, charles and the rest of the C9-team for doing an awesome job over the past 12 months! This is one of the best ideas, Microsoft has come up with lately!
If you don't know it already, check it out!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Amnesty International reports on worldwide executions

According to Amnesty International, the death penalty was executed 3,797 times and sentenced at least 7,395 times during 2004.

I am wondering, does the death penalty work at all?

I mean, the people getting executed can't harm anyone anymore. But does it also have an deterrence effect?
If someone wants to kill another person, or even does so in affect, I don't see him wondering around for day prior to the crime, thinking to himself: "If I do that, I will receive death penalty. Na, that's too tough, I better go home and smoke a spliff instead!"

So, does it help? IMO, no! It seems more like a way to get rid of the problemmakers, instead of dealing with them....

One more crazy interpretation of the trade mark laws

We all know Intels ad slogans, don't we?

Intel inside

get Inside

Now, in Germany there are two websites. and

Intel has just asked both sides to be taken down. Because of the use of the word "inside".

How sick is this gonna get??

I mean, "inside" is a normal word, like above, below, outside.......
Just because they use it in their ad, means they can forbid everyone else to use this word???
How about me, sending an email to my (imaginary :-P ) girlfriend?
"Hey, I locked my keys inside my flat, can I come over and pick up my spare pair of keys?"
Do I violate tradmark laws by writing this? Can't be true, can it?

These company lawyers really DO have too much time...

Friday, April 01, 2005

off for the weekend!

Alright, I'm off for the weekend... going home to Germany.

See ya all on tuesday!

Have a great weekend!

Google Gulp (beta) announced

Google today announced the availability of a new product line in a new area of business.

The newly founded department "Google Foods" put their first product on the market:

Google Gulp

From the website:
At Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)TM with Auto-DrinkTM (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.

Well, since it's April, 1st: HEHE, good one!!!