MySQL Users Conference Coming Up

March 27th, 2008

On April 14-17 the MySQL Users Conference will be held in Santa Clara, CA again. Vlad and I will represent the MySQL Developer Tools Team.

Vlad is going to host a tutorial session about Workbench scripting and I will do two talks about Workbench in general. In addition to that we will do BOF (Birds of a Feather) sessions.

If you are in the area, please come by we will have lots of fun as usual and you get to check out the latest about MySQL Workbench.

What's BOF?

Red One Camera Ready To Ship

February 1st, 2008

Finally! After waiting for about two years my Red One Digital Film camera is finally ready to ship. It was very interesting to follow the complete development cycle of this product - from the very first designs to the first pre-beta cams to now the final production cameras.

I am going to resolve the last complications with the order process today and will expect the camera end of next week or beginning of the week after.

These are exciting times!

Joining The Red Rebellion

August 15th, 2006

After promising reports of the first footage generated by the MYSTERIUM sensor I finally decided to reserve a RED cam. After the IBC in Amsterdam when the first footage will be presented to the public the number of reservations will explode. Therefore it is a good point in time to reserve now.

One can get the deposit of $1k back at any time - but honestly - I do not want it back, I want that cam to be delivered on specs. This device will be up-to-date for a decade. Starting to record in 2K and later simply use the full available 4K once the PCs get fast enough to deal with that amount of data in post.

My set of Nikon primes should be good enough for 2K. It was an excellent decision to offer the Nikon F mount as option for the RED ONE cam. On the XL-H1 with a Mini35 they deliver excellent resolution and color. For 4K I will upgrade to RED lenses in a few years.

These are exciting times. A revolution will be happening soon right before our eyes. And I will be part of it.

Rebellion Fighter #379

Red Digital Cinema

Macs running WinXP

April 6th, 2006

Well done Apple. With officially enabling WindowsXP on their Intel based Macs with "Boot Camp" they did a great step forward. Now one can run all major client side operating systems, Windows, Linux, OSX on one machine.

'Like the old saying goes "If you can't beat 'em...Boot 'Em!"'

But even more important than the dual boot is the availability of VMware on OSX. "Boot Camp" also means a major step forward for this because Apple is now offering all necessary drivers for Windows.

Currently I have a Thinkpad and a Powerbook but I guess my next notebook will be a MacBook Pro.

Boot Camp for OSX

Video IPod

October 13th, 2005

This could have been really cool. But there are two downsides. A display resolution of 320x240 is not that good and the battery only will last 2h during video playback - which makes it hardly usable.

When I was flying back from Cupertino last week with KLM they had this new entertainment application that is based on Linux and allows each passenger to view it's own video stream. The selection of movies was real good, 20 or so, and I enjoyed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Interpreter and The Jacked and the ability to pause and fast forward the video whenever I liked to.

I was hoping to use the Video IPod the same way for other flights, too. But the 2h of battery time makes it useless. One has to see if external battery packages are released but that is not quite as handy.

So maybe it is better to wait for the next model, as Apple seems to present a new one every other month...