March 2008

Google Docs Offline Version

Google just released a offline version of Google Docs. It’s always impressive to see how fast Google is releasing updates and new applications.

I have upgraded this Blog over the weekend to the final WordPress 2.5 release. As far as i can see, everything is working fine. I’m very happy that all plugins and my customized theme are working without any glitches.

As promised, i added a new section called “Worth reading” below my Flickr the photo stream. In this section I link to interesting articles that i have discovered on the internet. The technical solution is quite simple, but very intriguing. I’m using the “share this item” feature of the Google Reader. This feature allows you to to share articles with your friends and the public. I simply embedded the RSS feed of the shared page here. Whenever i discover a interesting story on the web i will share it with you.

Btw. I stopped receiving spam by 100% (comments & trackbacks). How? Perhaps a few of you already have discovered it on the comments page, i have installed a captcha plugin. Frankly speaking, i was just tiered of comment spam.

Ein wenig was zum Lesen am Abend

Hier ein kurzer Ãœberblick mit ein paar Artikel die aus meiner Sicht ganz interessant sind:

  • Konsolidierung auf dem DSL-Markt rückt näher. Die Spatzen pfeifen es bereits vom Dach und die Akteure bringen sich in Stellung. Link
  • Joost plant angeblich eine web-basierte Lösung seines Clients. Link
  • E-Plus Chef im Interview: MNOs werden zu reinen Datentransporteuren. Tja, Differenzierung oder Kostenführerschaft? E-Plus setzt auf letzteres. Schlanke und effiziente Bereitstellung von Netzkapazitäten für MVNOs und Branded Reseller. Weiterer Vorteil einer solchen Strategie: Man kann den Nokia’s und Apple’s viel entspannter bei der Umsetzung ihrer Strategien zusehen. Link
  • Unitymedia plant angeblich Telefon Flat für 20 €. Flatrate für Single Play. Link

Ich werde gleich mal schauen ob es irgendwie eine Möglichkeit gibt, interessante Artikel aus dem Google Reader direkt hier zu verlinken. Per RSS Feed Reader bleibt man einfach auf dem Laufenden. Dazu gibt es noch die brilliante Möglichkeit in den abonnierten Feeds zu suchen.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5

I just updated to WordPress 2.5. Update went like a breeze. Simple FTP upload, one site refresh and that’s it. The administration interface got a complete redesign. Very clean and lean. It also seems to be, that all of the installed plugin’s are fully compatible with the latest wordpress edition. Let’s cross the fingers that this holds true.

Btw. I am in Hamburg for extended easter weekend. Being back in hamburg city 🙂

Wie alles angefangen hat vom C64 bis heute!

Mein Computer CV:

  1. C64 + Datasette  + 5.25 Disk
  2. Amiga + 3.5 Drive + 512k Ram Extension
  3. 386 40mhz
  4. K6 200mhz
  5. Celeron 300mhz @450
  6. K7 700mhz
  7. P4 1.6Ghz @2.3
  8. CoreDuo E6550

Mein Spielekonsolen CV:

  1. Gameboy
  2. SNES
  3. Game Gear
  4. N64
  5. Playstation 1
  6. Dreamcast
  7. Atari Jaguar
  8. Xbox
  9. Xbox 360

Mein DFÜ CV:

  1. 300 baud AkustikKoppler
  2. 14.4 Modem
  3. 28.8 Modem
  4. 56k Modem
  5. ISDN
  6. 1 mbit
  7. 2mbit
  8. 6mbit
  9. 2mbit (Ein Rückschritt!)

Alltime Favorite Games:

  1. Paranoid (C64)
  2. Tetris (Gameboy)
  3. Zelda Link to the Past (SNES)
  4. Pinball Dreams (Amiga)
  5. Dune2000 (PC)
  6. Quake (PC)
  7. Half Life (PC)
  8. Rollercoaster Tycoon (PC)
  9. Rainbox Six Las Vegas (Xbox 360)
  10. Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360)

Format Wars: What Are the Lessons of the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Battle?

The New York Times has a story about the Format War Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD. They asked some people to voice their opinion on the topic.

Shane Greenstein, professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University:
“Each hardware vendor lined up a large coalition, launched a sophisticated campaign, and fully funded their marketing efforts. Such sophistication led to large sunk expenses. That put both sides in a position to lose money unless the war settled quickly.”

Pai-Ling Yin, assistant professor of strategy at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management:
“This battle will end with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray retreating in the face of a new challenger: digital downloading. …. This question brings us to the larger war: the next-generation DVD player is only one battle in the larger war over the living room. Who will control the home entertainment center?”

Deutsche Telekom launches Project “Helios” Open Platform similiar to BT Web21C SDK

Deutsche Telekom will launch a service creation platform for developers in the next couple of days, that is probably similar to the BT Web21C SDK. So far i have only seen this press release on the public internet. Here the official quote (in German):

Helios – Open Development. Helios öffnet Dienste der Deutschen Telekom zur Verwendung in Webanwendungen durch Drittanbieter. Ziel ist die Schaffung einfacher Schnittstellen für Entwickler, die diese Dienste zu neuen Angeboten kombinieren können. Ãœber das Developer Portal werden Entwickler Teil der Community, erhalten Zugang zu offenen Programmierschnittstellen und nutzen bei Bedarf das Software Development Kit.

The internal press release on the corporate Telekom intranet was also very short. Besides BT there are a couple of other carriers who have or plan to introduce such SDKs: Orange UK , Orange Isreal, Vodafone Betavine.

Google Android SDK

Other interesting SDK’s in the mobile arena are the upcoming Apple iPhone SDK and the already available Google Android SDK.

I think it’s a perfect testbed for so called meshup services. Developers can easily integrate telecommunication services (e.g. initiate a voice call, send a SMS) into their web applications. As soon as i get more information on the subject i’ll make an update. Stay tuned!

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