September 10th, 2007

Ok, now that they have lowered the price to $399 and it can be unlocked to work with e.g. T-Mobile SIM cards there is no reason for me not to get one.

I wanted a Smartphone for years now but there never was the optimal device I wanted to spend hundreds of Euros on. And the iPhone brings it all together.

Getting the US model has some limitations of course - like no UMTS/HSDPA and only 8GB (and the upcoming models seems to have 16GB). But they are going to charge premium for that again which I am certainly not going to pay.

What a nice coincidence that the MySQL Dev Meeting is coming up and Mark is so kind to bring one from the US.

iPhone Dev Wiki

More OSX Stuff

August 17th, 2007

Got my new Apple Keyboard and AirPort Extreme today. The Apple Online Store listed a delivery time of 1-2 weeks but they actually sent it out on the very next day.

The keyboard is extremely cool, ultra flat. As I do not have my MacBook Pro yet I've connected it to my XP machine and it works smoothly. Same on my old Powerbook after installing the software update.

Setting up the AirPort was trivial and it is doing what it is supposed to do. Have not yet tried to connect a USB harddrive to it to make it a network disk.

Hannes has found a few other small tools for OSX that make your life easier. Geektool allows to show various things like the system log directly on the desktop. StartupSound.prefPane allows for turning off the annoying Mac startup sound. The iSlayer apps displays nice stats in the menu bar and on the Dashboard.

New Apple Keyboard
Disk Inventory X

Vienna Teng

July 10th, 2007

A new colleague listed Vienna Teng among his favorite musicians. That raised my attention since it is not very common to use my home town's name as a first name.

So I checked out her site and I really do like her music. Reminds me a bit of Rachael Yamagata.


Path Finder on OS X

March 12th, 2007

A colleague pointed me to Path Finder, a OS X Finder replacement. And I have to say, this is exactly what I have been missing when working with OS X.

It allows tabbed browsing of the file system and features a better List view by allowing the folders to be first in the list. You will never ever need two finder windows at once again.

The only thing that did not work from the start was that the original Finder could not be quit. It kept popping up each time I quit it. By double clicking the following file /Users/mike/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist and by adding a [New Child] to the Root node with "Finder" as key name, "String" as class and "/Applications/Path Finder.app" as value the problem was solved after a new login.

While searching for a solution I also found the TinkerTool which can be used to enable hidden OS X settings.

And of course I am using Synergy to operate my PowerBook from my Windows keyboard.

Path Finder

Burglars In My Flat!

July 5th, 2006

Yesterday evening I got a call from a police officer informing me that burglars broke into my flat. I jumped into the car and drove home to find the police on site. I checked the formalities but was still not allowed to enter my flat because a girl from CSI (who was hot btw.) was checking for fingerprints and stuff.

She managed to take an excellent fingerprint off my box of "24" Second Season box which was ripped open.

When I finally was allowed to enter the scene of crime I discovered that - apart from a huge mess - almost nothing was missing. They left my DVD player, TV set, even my old watch and a bag of international coins behind and only took my precious tie pin. I guess they just were in for cash and bankbooks which I do not keep there.

So apart from the broken door it could have been worse.

The Difference In Customer Care

June 26th, 2006

If anybody has ever considered to get a device from P+S Technik should be prepared for snootiness and infamy. We have been discussing the order of an Mini35 for weeks now and get zero discount for a complete set, no cash discount and have to pay a lot for shipping. And the best part is that we have to pay before the actual delivery and still have to pay the after-delivery fee. Simply amazing.

On the other hand, we have been in Munich last week to get a live demo of the Panther cine dollies and cranes. Not only that they took 3 hours to show us everything and answer every single question in much detail, they have been very obliging and cooperative.

None of these devices is aimed at the mass market and it is very surprising to find such a difference in customer care.

P+S Technik

It's a small world!

May 2nd, 2006

After one of my talks at the UC an attendee came up to me and asked me about the group picture I showed during the presentation. It was one of the pictures taken at that small, beautiful restaurant in Sorrento.

As it turned out, she has been to the very same restaurant just a few weeks ago. And she recognized it from the background of the photo.

Too funny.

Dev Conf Post

Open Source, Connecting People

April 13th, 2006

Open Source and the people behind it amaze me from day to day. Two weeks ago I helped somebody in the US with a problem he had using my old DBDesigner4 project.

And today I found this small piece of art in my mailbox. Sent by airmail accross half the globe from San Francisco to Vienna.

Thanks a lot Julian, and keep spreading the Open Source spirit!

Small piece of art
One of Julian's amazing pages

I Hate Broccoli

October 15th, 2005

It is sad that Barbara Broccoli does not seem to have any taste. Daniel "who?" Craig? That was as bad as giving George Lazenby a try.

Bond has to look cool, handsome and clever. The only role Craig would fit into is the gofer of the bad-guy.

Let's hope this is a one time shot and the next Bond movie is a huge desaster at the boxoffice. And they replace him with Clive Owen.

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...