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April 29, 2007

Simply touch it…

Category: General — kaldor @ 6:25 pm

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Last night I had a discussion with a friend, about how Desktops should change to revolutionize, what we currently use. Since some time I personally do not see, that windowing systems come along, being it the big players or niche operating systems. You always have this fixed desktop system, you always have a hierarchical order, etc. you get the point…

Of course these have a reason for existence. As soon as you get used to them, they are what we call intuitive. Been employed at a company which tried to push its own operating system gave me the experience that intuitive is not always, what the word really means. It is more that today intuitive equals to what you are used to as I said already. People always wanted to have things, like they were also on other systems, just because it is “intuitive”.

As destiny is always playing with us, I browsed through a blog of a friends blog. And then I saw something a project called Perspective Pixel. It is a concept a little bit based on how the iPhone by Apple tries to refresh your daily work on a cell phone. But it goes much further. Well, take a look first:

video(commercial in beginning)

This definately gave me a big wow and that is exactly what I am talking about. Of course, the developers know what they implemented and therefore it looks so smooth, what you can achive in a short time. But still I really believe that getting used to such a mechanism of work may really get you more productive on your daily work. Talking about Perspective Pixel, it is not only a concept, it is actually a company, which made this dream already come true. On this link you can see a live demo of this system working like a charm. The founder of this the company Jefferson Y. Han sells them already. Of course to prizes that we can currently not effort, but hey, you are most probably sitting at a computer which costed millions of dollars a century ago.

This really captured my attention and if you have some more information (for instance about parallel or competing system), please let me know…

April 17, 2007

Now I can’t see you anymore…

Category: Spare Time — kaldor @ 10:26 pm

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something akin Maurice Moss from the IT-Crowd said while he was reading the manual of a fire extinguisher.

Since some time nobody was able to see me available on ICQ and I always thought it is the service provider himself to blame. Well, in some sort he is. During the weekend I played around with my fresh install of E-Live and to get online with ICQ, I build Gaim. Launching the application showed me that I was invisible. That is unusual at connection time, isn’t it? So I tried to set my online status to available, and the app crashed. Hm… restart, everything working, at least the app said, I was available and a few minutes later I received the first message saying “I can see you as available”. So the result is: During my test period of the MirandaIM Client my online settings on ICQ seem to got screwed up.

You can easily see, that nothing really exciting to blog about it happened. Because of that two funny links for those of you, that understand German:

Die Gewitter-Oma

Deutsche Bahn, Ein Mann - Ein Posten

Stay tuned…

April 10, 2007

back on the track…

Category: Music — kaldor @ 9:01 pm

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Hey there,

it took some time until I was online again, it was a hard fight between julun, T-Online Darmstadt and T-Online Berlin (although the links are the same, and the company is also, their department know nothing about each other…).

But at Eastern I invested some spare time making music on my computer, and this is the result.

Yes, you see right, I’ve installed a pretty neat plugin for online mp3 streaming. Hopefully it works for all of you. Let me know, if not.

Regarding the song itself: in theory it was supposed to be a ballad, but it seems like they are the hardest ones to write :) Although it has some speed parts (they are supposed to be the chorus), I think it is still a more groove oriented song. Next I will add the guitars and that might change the sound and feel of the song quiet a bit. Especially I am proud of the keyboard stuff as they are recorded by myself. It is really cool watching some progress so early. As some of you already know, I take piano lessons since some time now. Not counting my vacation and school holidays (music school is closed then. Not that you believe, I still go to school ;) ), I had five lessons until now and I believe the result is very ok for that. If not, well, shut up :P

Seriously, give it a chance and listen to it. If you really like it, here is the direct link for download: link

Feel free to comment on it. Unfortunately I needed to moderate the comments again as the spam flood seems to break through the math test. This is very sad, as I hoped to get rid of them.

Updates to come…