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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tides are turning...

For the past month or so all has gone down hill. Problems here and there...

So far everything I have done has been in the range of pure p0rn or just plain failures...

Most of my plans have gone down the drain - planning is not for me :-|

Today Google gave me good news, telling me "Your luck will change!" :)

So far it has worked...

Lets see if everything starts to work well again - its getting tiered to be on the down side of the life.

PS! Everyone have herd the idioms about "spinning in the grave" - here's an idea of how to power the whole world.
The Murphy is the author of the the Murphy's laws so he gets all the blame when things go wrong - how about strapping he's corpse to a 100000000000TW generator and if something goes wrong it will spin the generator. Considering that there is around 7 billion people living on this small planet so the chance of someone having bad luck is almost 99.(9)% witch would power the whole world. Simple isn't it?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Flying to Sweden...

Tomorrow morning to Sweden - wakeup at 5:00... Gee this will be fun...

In todays news was that one plain got a computer problem and had to make an emergency landing - so can I count that as a near miss of an accident on my flight or will it show the road for me..

Lets hope for the best...

Expect me when you see me :)

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Feeling like frigging manager...

As usually I'm calm about problems thrown my way but today has been like a frigging managing day...

From the start of the day I have had to solve managing problems, consult on so many problems that I have just a vague idea of that I really feel like a frigging manager.

The people that usually come to me with the problems get some kind of positive feedback (usually), but today it looks like im micromanaging their work and no one likes that. Especially me!

The only solution that I can provide at the moment is to answer that the problem will be fixed in the new release.

The obvious question that follows next is "When will the new release come out?!?!?)

ARRGH - can't the people understand that I can't do my job while I'm micromanaging theirs?!?!?!

This jumping through the hoops has taken all the will to work today - maybe its because it is friday, maybe not...

Nothing is easy in life...


PS! for those who don't speak urban - here is the translation book.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

7 days and 7 nights...

... thats how long my experiment has lasted.

No major breakthroughs - 7 days without energy drinks.

On a side note, this has lowered the need to smoke by around 25% and the hunger is back.

Constantly tiered...

23 days more to go...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Guinea pig by choice...

I have always been skeptical about all the food additives advertised as the miracle cure for almost all diseases and symptoms, so naturally I'm skeptical about this experiment also. As winter is coming and the pressure at work is rising and more and more new tasks are piling in the work queue and one more major project beginning I need something to keep me sharp.

So far I have been drinking coffee a and espresso to keep the mind sharp, but lately it has started to stop giving the kick I have become used to, so the natural next step was to start with energy drinks (Dynami:t, Red Bull, Battery, Hustler, Red Devil, LX, Traffic, Red Energy, Starter, Burn, Firestarter, Energy, Rodeo, Dark Dog, etc... - hmm, I didn't know there were so many available here...) but they are not meant for day to day use. Also they can cause prolonged fatigue after prolonged usage not to mention the stress to the body when recovering from from the constant hyper stimulated state.

Ok, back to the subject - as I was watching the TV I saw an add for a drug called Neurozan. It was advertised as "food for a thinking mind" so it is a perfect drug to test my skepticism.

After little googeling I found the specs for it and to my surprise - its an food additive/complex vitamin joined together. Ok, some components stay a mystery for myself, so lets hope those are the "secret" components that provide the "food for the mind" part of the advertisement. So if it does not work it will provide me full days worth of vitamins.

The pest way to test if this really works or if it is a placebo is the increase the pressure (will happen next week with 2 fold) and start taking the pills. Tho this raises another question - if the placebo effect works one way (making you believe the drug works even if its just plain candy in a medical capsule) will it work the other way (will my skepticism work against the effects of the pill)? The only way to know is in 30 days :)

Tho, I will not substitute my regular coffee and espresso that I drink at work with water I will try to lower my usage of the energy drinks. I'm not going cold turkey on a thought that it might help...

Day 1 - no effect so far :)

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Vita Combibo...

At least thats how I feel today...
The whole week I have started to feel the change in weather.

And todays winter storm can only address what I'm feeling.

So in short - I'm sick@home...


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Monday, October 8, 2007

Phoenix rising...

Its been really long since my last post, but the Murphy's laws are at work when you least expect them.

So what have I been up to? Well work, work work....
I have not had time to write anything and when I had the time I had nothing good to write about. So I didn't want o make this blog about some usual whining blogs, when reading wont provide anything useful. Only stress and agony.

But as usual I don't have anything good to say. Only to bitch about my life.

So to make this whining short - our IT is moving to a different location sometime in the near future. Ok that does not sound really bad at first, but there is a catch. My time to go to work and back will be extended by at least 45 minutes each way. As I drive to work around 45 minutes on good conditions and daily spend around 1.5h driving, it will double. As it isn't bad enough I heard today that in the new location the parking spaces are limited and I might not even get a parking space.

So this has made me to consider about switching my employer. As I like my current collective I just cant bare stupid political decisions.

Well enough for today - lets see what Murphy can think up next...

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

The day...

Another year has passed...

Thank you all who remembered...

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The first days of vacation...

Every new thing is weird at the beginning and this works with going to vacation also. As my vacation started in the middle of the week it makes it somewhat harder. When you get into the rhythm of 9-5 5 days a week it is hard to get out of the cycle.

Yesterday morning was interesting: when I opened my eyes it was around 12 or so and the first thing that came to my mind was "frell I have slept in soo much that....". The first thing that came to my mind was "The frelling electric company - they had an power outage AGAIN". After starting to get dressed to go to work I finally realized - Frell I'm on a vacation. It took around 5 minutes before realizing it and well going back to sleep was out of the question...

Todays morning was a bit better - waking up at around 8 - realizing that I'm on vacation and going back to sleep wasn't that hard to do. Tho the biological clock should have an off switch for the vacation time :)

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Time flies so fast...

... that a month has passed like it never existed....

So much has happened and so much has already been forgotten...

The time has passed under the star of work, more work and even more work. The end result was overdose of caffeine and lack of sleep, so I had to move to drink tea instead. This was not an easy move as I love coffee, but after few weeks its starting to produce results. The downside is that I'm becoming slower so the pressure from the work is increasing. This has created a side effect - stress. So at the end result I have been struggling with an ear infection and fever spikes. This is not too bad considering that theres 8 days until my vacation starts, so by that time I hope to well and kicking.

Anyway, I'm still alive and kicking for now and try to update this blog more often when my vacation starts.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The past, present and future...

Another month has passed since my last post - this is starting be a tedious behavior from my part. I don't know if it is me or the world thats doing it but I just cant find the time to scribble to here. I know its the summer and the weather is nice outdoors, but most of the time I spend in the office or hacking/modding Fedora 7 at home. Anyway I don't have the urge nor the energy to go outdoors and do something. Sure I attend few grills here and there but most of the time I just feel totally drained of energy.

Maybe it is the result of past events or an aftermath of medication. Maybe its both - but one is certain - if I don't get enough rest anytime soon (that is in next few months) I will blow up... This reminds me to start making big red crosses in the calendar as my vacation is ONLY 33 days away :|

Anyways a lot has happened and it look like tomorrow will be even more interesting...

If I get some rest maybe Ill write about few of them... Ill hope it doe not take another month till the next post...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Silence of the lambs...

Its been a while since my last post...

I don't even know how to start again, as I'm not the same person as I was when I started...

Is it for good or for bad I cant say at this time. There are four dates that will determine if and how things work out.

Ever wonder why we set out dates to ourselves? Almost all people would say to make us remember things. So why do we need them? No one really knows, its just a taboo we have created to ourselves to make us more efficient. To get more done. To show that you are better than someone else...

I wise man once said - there is a fine line between genius and madness. So where do we draw the line in scheduling? When is there harmony and when is there too many deadlines? Again no one knows...

Talking crazy?


But then again...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

World gone crazy...

I haven't had time to update the blog for a while for 2 reasons. For fist, I have really too much schoolwork as the exam dates are coming closer and closer and for second reason - the riots - which is todays subject.

Normally I wont put my nose into politics. I just really don't trust politicians. No matter how good or believable they are. Usually the smoothest politicians are the worst - they have the deepest and the extremest ideas. Extreme does not always mean a bad thing but usually it is hidden until the minister is in place to fulfill hes/her ideas. Besides every politician has their secret agenda no matter how honest - everyone wants to get rich.

As usually I'm getting ahead of myself. The problem started around a year ago when the government started to theorized around moving a monument from the center of Tallinn to a cemetery in the suburbs. For what reason I cant remember and I don't care really... The monument was in honor of the soviet soldiers who fought off the Nazi soldiers. As history was never my favorite subject I don't remember exactly nor do I believe a history written in times of CCCR times (the history was always rewritten to emphasize the goodness of Soviet Union). So for whatever reason the monument was created or for whatever reason it was a good idea to move it - I don't care.

Estonia's population is around 1.4 million people of which 0.4million are russians. W have been tolerant of the russian population, we have adopted some admissions to out constitution to allow the russian community to work with us. As out national language is Estonian, we still have a bilingual society (Estonian and Russian). We have granted special privileges to some areas in our country to allow legal papers to be entered in Russian, as most of the people living there are native russian peaking people. They have had time for around 16 years to learn even basic Estonian, but around 40% of the russians (and yes I mean those people living here and who are not speaking even a word of Estonian - starting from this point I refer to those with lower capital letter as they really are not russians nor do they try to be Estonians) don't speak even basic Estonian. In our constitution we have set the Estonian language as our national language, but usually trying to argue with a russian in Estonian you will fail ad they will give you an empty glare "What jiberis are you going about now - speak Russian as this is the only thing we understand". This is with the elder 35+ people... With the younger ones there is a rift between - some who try (usually with high school/university education level) and some who don't give a Frell (elementary school or below level of education). Of course there are exceptions in both. When I have had guests from other countries and they have heard me talk in Estonian and my coworker speak Russian they have had interesting time learning the basics :) Usually businessmen men also speaks pretty good Estonian and at least 1 other forging language, so I have no quarrel with them - good job I say!

Well back to the unrest. This is the first time In Estonia that we have huge (in our population terms) mobs of people running amok in the city, trashing things, breaking into shops, stealing stuff, turning cars upside down and setting fires to the shops and the stuff stolen from them. This is the First time in 16 years from when we got our independence.

The events started Friday 26.03.07 as the government started to prepare to move the statue. The mobs started to gather in the dig site and the police sent more policemen to guard the site. The mobs got bigger and bigger... Soon the mobs started to get controlled by an russian extremist group called "Öine Vahtkond" (Night Guard in translation) and they started to wind up the people there. It did not take too long until the shouting started. Soon came the confrontations with the police as the regular russians started to get influenced by the extremist and the emotions ran wild. The normal people got turned against each other and the police. The government decided to send the "riot police" troops to the premises (not into the crowd but the premises of the dig site). The extremist took it as an sign that the mobs could be divided into smaller groups and they would loose their grip over the already emotional people, so they started to agitate the people to penetrate the police barrier. At the beginning it was just a simple word fight but soon it became a small hassle as some of the people started to try physically penetrate the barrier. The police tried at the beginning to do what they know how to do best - try to stop the penetration attempts. Stopping the people trying to run through the barrier. They didn't use any unnecessary force nor did they beat or even arrest the runners. This was enough for the extremist to take the last step - they started to agitate people to the police by forcing on idea that the police are brutalizing the people and they should retaliate. I don't know who threw the first stone - the extremists or the common people - but this started a chain of events that no one didn't expect.

This would have been the turning point where the police could have stopped everything if they only would have sent in the riot troops to dissipate the mobs one by one but they didn't. The riot troops were put in front of the regular police to protect them as they had the special gear to protect them self from falling stones, bottles, what ever else was at hand to throw at them. There they stood for around 3 hours and took the beating. This made the crowd feel like a superior force and no consequences would come to them if they would storm the policemen. Here the things got from worse to plain ugly. Feeling the superiority of the mass psychosis the bolder ones would start to storm the front. To their surprise the riot police stopped them at the tracks. Getting angry and frustrated by this the loads of rocks and bottles started to increase exponentially. This in the other hand created an unseen problem for the bystanders - as the police front created waves to push the marauders back and to keep a safe distance between then so they could not be stabbed for example, the chicken extremists started to throw the rocks from a longer distance and there fore around half of the objects thrown fell into the crowd. This of course heated up some more violence.

Now the politicians finally wake from their deep hibernation and give an order to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. This is of course too little too late. The crowd had generated enough marauders from is peaceful bystanders to go into a rampage. Angried by the force used against them and the adrenaline from the experience they start to drift in to the direction of "Vabaduse Väljak" (Freedom square in translation) destroying shops and kiosks on their way. They are around 1km apart but there are 5 roads connecting them directly. 2 of them got blocked in time by the Police, but all shops in 3 of them got totally trashed. Not bad eh? Its only 20Mil EEK worth of stuff...

So eventually the mass psychosis ran out and the marauders ran out of things to break and loot, so the police finally started to make progress in arresting the perpetrators and by 5 in the morning most crowds had dissipated and went home to sleep it off. Saturday the extremist tried to organize another raid, but they could not get enough crowd in one place and the police used the necessary force to dissipate any big crowd from gathering and arresting the aggressive components. There is also good statistics of this also - first day the police only 300 people of around 20 000 because they were given the order to start aggressive arresting too late, on the other hand the premature arresting of 500 people bough down all the mobs so that they could not gather the strength needed to become marauders.

This comes to today Monday 30.04.07 - as there aren't enough bold extremists left to confront the police them self and the gathering of mobs generates fear in the normal people as they can be arrested. SO the masterminds thought up a plan to... hmm... slow down the cities traffic by using public forums to agitate russians to drive through the city with speed of 5km/h and blow the horn constantly. Well, this didn't last too long as it against the highway code and around 100 of these wannabe marauders were fined and some were arrested.

What surprised me was that most of the big news agencies each time got their story wrong...

These are the events as I saw them...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Something Cute...

I'm going back to bed

[stretching paws up]

No amount of coffee is working this morning. Serious. I'm hittin' the hay.

Katherine M., nice find. Tho, they should have ended the movie at exactly the current middle point.

As I'm too tiered to live out my frustration to gnome configuration I though something cute would be a nice change...

Update: - hacked Lightning Multiweek to work with Thunderbird

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Disappointed in Google...

Yea I know that the google search engine is great, Blogger is great, Gmail is great, Orkut is great - basically all the services are great. They just made few mistakes on the road to the greatness.

I know how much it takes to maintain huge systems, and I know that the most problems are started from the business side. Revenue is everything, so you always need to expand and create new products. I is hard to integrate different systems as they tend to have very different architecture.

I have survived several harvesting/infection attempts in Orkut - I admit they are a minor nuisance, but still, its an indication that something is broken. It may not be a problem of technology in essence, but the social engineering behind it. As people get more adept in scripting languages the patterns you need to create to suppress malicious use are getting too complex.

Bu this is not why I'm disappointed. The problem is one single decision that google made to increase the revenue with its gmail service. At the beginning the service was nice and pure - you had to be invited to join by a person. I know it is not really efficient nor failsafe against bot engines that would send up millions of invitations to them self, just to be able to send more spam. When one gets closed and the address banned the bot has several to spare.

I have pretty good filters to filter and classify spam to categories. The thing that pushed me over the line was 2 e-mails coming from the same gmail address with 1 hour interval - first was mail containing harvesting address and the second was mail inviting me to work as gmail address creator "Work from home filling forms".

Right - does anyone else see a problem here or am I alone?

How blunt do you have to be to work for the people who harvest your address or even infect you computer with spyware or trojans.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

A step closer to interstellar travel...

Another nice gem was found in the wide space of Internet. It seems that the smart minds of NASA have started to come around to a technical solution that the SCFI world has known for ages. The simple concept of Deflector. There have been a lot of experiments consisting of generating, stabilizing and forming of plasma fields.

We still don't have the materials to create super strong alloys that would withstand the pressure or radiation gradients of open space but they are not that far away maybe few years of theory and another two to finalize the material generation.

Nor do we have the technology to get into the orbit efficiently. The best are ether hydrogen/oxygen or kerosene/peroxide rockets. Well in few years we should have the reusable crew vehicle, but still anti gravity is just a theory. There are some promising ideas - one of which is HexaLifter - its not a mature technology, nor is it a anti gravity device. Tho it could provide some interesting flight apparatus - well if we could create a light enough power reactor capable of putting out few gigawatt's of energy and would weight around 100kg.

When we get out to the orbit, getting to the next planet will be easier as we already possess the the ION Drive technology. Getting it to go faster wont be a problem.

The hull design could be HyFish as its very aerodynamic design and also because of its light weight. Also an plasma generator could be up on the nose part of the craft to make the ride smoother.

Mind condition: Hopeful wishing at full potential.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Cure for the braindead...

Well almost. Brain death does not really mean a condition where the brain shuts down - it can also mean that the person is not smart. Well it seems the scientists can have a cure for that in a future. These gene factors can help to regenerate the brain enough to make it learn faster and put the knowledge into long term memory. As we use only 21% of out brain matter (well at least we thing we use - no one knows exactly) we have enough spare neurons to remap our "damaged" neurons. In theory this could fight against Alzheimer's and few more memory and learning disability's. I'm guessing that it will work on normal people also by increasing their memory and learning ability.

Now I understand how the characters in SCFI movies are so smart - they meed to learn some new technology, so they take a magic pill and read the book. Woala, instant intelligence :) So if you think we have a drug problem now, think what the masterminds of the future will think out (or are on). Next generation drug wars will not be fought on who get higher fast, but who gets smarter faster. I imagine the direct brain download isn't far behind, since the normal optical data assimilation is just soo damn slow...

Too bad the pills ain't out right now - would be nice to ace the math exam (I suck at math)

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Late and Later...

haven't had time to write something new - tried to Survive the school, Work and the flue. Yes I'm still not well, but here goes...

The first thing is: Thunderbird is out. Looks sleek, works a bit faster and looks like the spam engine got a little boost :) Lightning works also, but as usually there is a catch (and I don't get why the people coding lightning haven't integrated it yet) - Lightning Multiweek View is not compatible with with TB 2.0. Well I hope Joey Minta is fixing the problem, or at least he will update the version requirement in the extension. Usually people wont know what they are missing and a month view is not sufficient when you are at the last week of the month - this little gem will show you the next 4 weeks (thats how many weeks I want to see into the future - less is insufficient and more is too much I can bare :) ).

Next gem is the HP new printer family. Well It seems they are so efficient in inc consumption that they wont make ends meat with the ink industry. So the geniuses there will lease you a printer instead selling you one. I would have nothing against it BUT they charge for each printed sheet AND that is based on the printing quality. This pops up some questions:

1) I print 1000 pages that contain 100 dots of with the highest quality setting - probably I will be taxed with the highest rate per page, so increase the amount of pages by few million and HP gets a HUGE profit out of nothing as the ink will last well really long (this is a theoretical exercise, but to use so high volume printer you might just print out blank forms)

2) Ok, You lease the printer, You print um, some 100 000 pages in a month, so its time to start paying for the service. So do you call the service people and get them to come to your work place so they would take out the statistics? Who says that the data that the technician takes is the same you are billed by? You augment your network so that the printers can go and report to some HP site that they have printed xxx pages with this quality? Big deal, you just wont let the printers to connect to the HP site - profit right? Well, what happens if someone hijacks the session and crawls back to the intranet with that?

3) You take out you Uzi and start shooting it at your firewall to open up dozens of IP-s and ports so that the (hmm technicians?) processes can go and monitor the "printer". As the high volume printer probably will utilize some PC and most likely will operate on a OS (who wants to bet that it will be some kind of a stripped down windows?), so I will not go into the security risks it will propose...

4) Who can guarantee that the printer wont lie? Everyone lies - its just the matter of degree of detecting it!

Enough with HP - lets continue with google. I understand competition, but I don't understand regression. So far I have been happy with most of the services that they provide, but the deal to buy was a blow below the belt (I think). I would understand the tactics to eliminate the the competition by eliminating them by merging (and I hope thats their tactic). Google has been my (Idol would be a bit much, but still...) example when it comes to web advertising. I survived the switch when they started to do flash based adverts - thats where I draw the line. I have seen my share of web based flash advertising that filled the whole page. SO I hope they are just eliminating the competitor!

New Ubuntu Feisty Fawn is out and should be looking great (haven't had time to test it tho).

Next rumor is that the Valve servers have been hacked - nothing is sacred any more.

There is a new material that is tougher than the diamond. Well its not completely correct, as there are several materials that are tougher than diamond, but they are super expensive to create. Most people would thing "the Frell with it" who needs it. I on the other hand would imagine creating some kind of hexagonal grids from it melted into a some king of a elastic material. Well I assume it is as fragile as as a diamond - tough does not mean strong you know! This would be interesting as micro meteorites ore some debree in space will not pierce or scratch the craft while out in the space :) Weird way of thinking? Well yea - I want to be in space someday so Ill try to progress it as much as I can :)

There is so much more I would like to comment, but soo little time - so thats it for today - hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The 20 Most annoing tech products by PCWorld...

The every year worst top 20 is out. The number 1. is AOL - not my preferred choice as I don't live in USA, so my vote went to the number 8 (Microsoft Windows Vista). Well at least I tried :)

I have lived through most of the products, so heres some of my comments: the number 2 was not so bad - SE was worse.

How could they put together iTunes WMP, Zune and Napster - I don't get the logic. Sure all they use DRM, BUT there is a difference - Apple is dropping it, Zune is just a virus with its infective DRM and WMP is just not worth to mentioning. Sure DRM is the common bad factor in all of them, but still - they are not comparable. Besides Apple is correcting its mistake!

Never used the nr. 4. security products... Penguin rules! :D No comment on nr. 5.

And the next contestant is - Bonzy Buddy :) Anyone remember the green/yellow/purple helper screaming and wanting attention? Thats right its the ultra functional, resource hungry, nothing doing monkey. At the beginning it had at least 1 cool feature - H&H language synthesis engine and a api to make it scriptable - it was fun for a while. But as usual nothing good will last forever. Soon after MS integrated its functionality the the Clippy (well it became famous with Bonzy at least) and some time after that they started to bundle adware with the installer and as usual it was followed with spyware. Bye bye monkey (wave)!

Next stop MySpace - It matured too fast and so started the scamming, viruses and spyware - never got into it really.

Ok, we covered the Vista part - it just isn't worth the money, time and resources.

The next one is is kinda out of place (or should I say out of time). I would say it is the only good thing MS has ever done properly (if someone could kill the BITS). Windows Update isn't so bad thing (well it right now, but it started with Windows XP - 2004 or 2005). Well it started with WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) - Microsoft just got greedy and lost around 10% of its share with it in the enterprise world (Good luck with Vista - hi hi hi...).

I never had a quarrel with Apple QuickTime under windows - tho Now I have under linux, so in conclusion it never worked as needed!

Office 97 was usable (even tho it crashed in the places where you hadn't done a save and when restarting it erase the changes from an ancient backup).

Hmm, the next on is a pickle - Adobe (Formerly known as Macromedia) Flash. It got its bad name form flash advertising, but around 4..5 years ago some people created fantastic flash based sites. So I have no quarrel with the technology but I have with how its been used. Well thats up to today when Adobe joined the DRM market. I hope they wake up soon like Apple did - otherwise they will start to fade and waiting MS Silverlight to drop DRM and to be ported to linux will take ages, so life will get pretty interesting...

Next on the platter is AIM - as usually its a big corporation and should be spliced up to smaller peaces (in my opinion) too much power is never healthy... Also forcing Gaim to change its name to (what the **** was the new name?) Oh... Yeah... Pidgin... I feel sorry for the person who thought up that name. I understand the need for a not yet trademarked name but come one... I hope that name is not final as (If i remember right) that means pretty nasty thing in one language!

Windows (Live!!!) Messenger is almost totally unusable (PS! I didn't mention linux here!). None of my friends who use Messenger use the Live version. After Bill left the MS the design department has gotten free hands to redesign everything and as usually they tried to do the best, BUT as usually they managed to develop the worst. Go figure... I Have never used YIM nor PS3 so I leave them alone.

E-Bay - I cant say I have anything against them. They run a sleek operation, BUT as usually the greed of the government gets the worst out of them. Online taxing is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard of - basically its outrageous, people have bought the products once and now if they want to sell them again the government wants more money out of them. Why don't they go catch some Al-Qaeda or Bin-Laden or terrorist or something useful, not harass the simple people!

Now we get to a nice looking product :) Apple Pro Mouse - looks cool, but is totally useless (buttons anyone?). Never used plaxo, Outlook, Power Mac, Harmonium, Quicken, Harmony (well, I have played around a little with it but still - looks nice but programming is pain!).

This should be mandatory to every manufacturer on how NOT to do things!

That about it for todays technology bashing - see You all soon :)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Saving the world step by step...

A lot of people are working on creating new technologies that will save the planet but they do it from their point of view. The problem with the new technology is that it takes time, to develop, time to mature, time to market and time to be adopted. Usually the better the technology is the longer it will take to develop and the higher are the costs to deploy, the higher will be the price and at the end run it will be adopted very slowly. So basically the development will kill the progress or an simpler alternative will be found.

I have read about several claims of modified car computer firmwares that save fuel consumption, lower exhaust gases, give more horsepower and some more tweaks. So far they were created by enthusiasts wanting to boost the power of their car and the high mileage and lowered fuel consumption was just a bonus. Well it seems they were partially right - a Dutch scientist has created crude way of saving the planet. The idea in it self is to switch off the generator when it is not needed. I would argue that it is not sufficient to save the planet, but it could compensate for some pollution. The original story is here. I would make a little alteration to this tweak - instead of switching the generator totally off I would just disconnect the battery charging circuit. Usually car generators utilize electrically enhanced magnets witch draw energy from the battery/generator it self. It wont be as effective as running the car electronics from battery, but in the log run it will save the battery itself. Constant charging/discharging the battery will kill it in around 2..6 months thanks to high cycle count. I would suggest starting to charge the battery 2 minutes after the engine has started, charge it to the full capacity and turn off the generator for the next 30..60 minutes and check the battery conditions after that if it need another recharging (this would have to integrate a temperature gradient tho - on cold weather the charging can take a lot more time). The voltage regulation could be replaced by a capacitor circuit to regulate voltage fluctuations.

There are around 1 billion cars out there and this technology could be applied to around 50..75% of them. When the current EU regulation is saying that the current norm is 160g/km CO2 - assuming that each car drives 10 000 km/year we get that each car produces 1600 kg/year and now all cars together we produce 1.6 billion tons of CO2. So what can the 1..5% CO2 cutoff give us? Well... we get at 50% implementation 8...40 million tons less and at 75% 12...60 million tons of less CO2 pollution. It wont save the planet but it helps a bit - progress is needed, but it will give few more years to develop better technology...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Space madness...

Looks like Bill Gates is finally starting to think out of the box - hes going into space:)

This is great that rich people spend some of their money on spaceflight. It could stimulate the space industry a little and maybe generate some new concepts of how to do it better and safer. It would be a hard blow to the companies ego to report to the public "We are sad to inform that the rocket/shuttle transporting Bill Gates to the ISS has exploded after takeoff". Some would be sad and the Linux people would rejoice (nothing personal Bill - its just business). Well, to think of the past, when bill was head of Microsoft security was nonexistent but at least the release schedule was kept strictly by the numbers...

This makes me wonder - when will NASA send the last (14?) peaces of the ISS up to orbit? I know that there should have been a lot of science modules, but how about sending a nice motel up there? As there have been 5 civilians up there and possibly more to follow. Also they could put a nice herbonics bay in place - the astro-/kosmo-/taikonauts need their daily vitamins also and where else can you grow 100kg melons (ok ok Chernobyl does not count as you would glow green the rest of the life).

As I have not been in space I really cant comment on what to do better (I can at least dream of it :) ) but when I will go I would expect a nice motel, good food, nice beverages and some more room. I could not imagine bouncing around in a 2 by 2 barrel all day looking at the blue sphere that is the earth. It will be interesting for about 2 hours total - 1 for day time and the second for night time, so what I'm supposed to do the rest 2+ days?

PS! Anyone willing to loan me 130M $USD for a trip to the ISS and a spin around the moon? :) Ill pay You back in 10k years - I promise. ;)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

When the SCFI and the present collide...

I was reading news today and found a nice little pearl about possible next gen (space?)flight hull design. The company is SmartFish and the future looks pretty nice :) The company looks to revolutionize the flight industry with new concepts, but I'm thinking in a bigger scale. When I first time saw the conceptual image of this design the first thing that popped into my mind was "Hey I have seen it before".

So I tried to remember where I have seen it - it was from an episode of an Star Trek Voyager episode. In that episode they designed their new shuttle and their basic holodeck conceptional model looked pretty close to HyFish. I tried to look for the image in the net but the closest I could come to a sideways image was this. It isn't the right image, but if you can watch the episode of "ST Voyager: Extreme Risk" (by this source) I'm sure You can see the similarities. A Mimbari from on of the Babylon 5 movies once said "Put a big enough engine on a flying brick and you get a starship" so the atmospheric rules don't apply in space :) The HyFish model looks a lot nicer than the Delta Fayer, but hey it lacks a warp drive, Borg weapons, teleporters, antigrav, antimatter core, unimatrix shields and who knows what else...

Back to real life. The design is sleek, but I can see some limitations with it. First is its wing span - its pretty small, witch means it cant carry a lot of weight and has to travel at high speeds. This is not really a drawback, but still if the landing gear cant properly retract on takeoff it will be guaranteed to crash thanks to the aerodynamic turbulence pushing the tail upwards and therefore making it nosedive in the runway. The same gos for landing - opening the landing gear bays will generate a lot of turbulence and possibly instability. The second thing is the large cockpit window (at least I'm assuming that is the black part). On high speeds (possibly exceeding march points) the pressure vortexes can crack or even shatter the glass as the pressure is not divided evenly - adopting the ST design could help. Also putting an ion generator at the front can reduce the pressure (this is experimental at this time tho). The third is the air intake(s) (I'm assuming there is another one at the other side) - they extend outwards to the direction of the plain. Its a common design used, but in high speeds the fuel/air mixture can get little too thin especially on high altitudes and the engine can stall. As its a single engine flayer, this can be problematic - it could be reduced by making the intakes the shape of an egg, so the airflow can be regulated without the need to regulate fuel intake.

This design can have a lot of promise and could be adopted to near earth orbit/orbital flight. We are just an step away from actual commercial spaceflight technology. Anyone have a warp drive / antigrav / shield / antimatter reactor plans lying on their desk? Care to share them? :)

PS! If the suggestions here will be taken account on improving the HyFish give some credit to the author also ;)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The wonderful world of scams...

I don't get it - normally get spam about Viagra, loans, lottery winnings, tax refund and fake rolexes. Big deal - ThunderBird's spam filter grabs, reports, ad dumps them. But the bank scam... I don't know who's black list I have been put, but they start to get annoying. One thing is to be a professional, do your job well (ether its for good or bad - its not up to me to decide that), but the latest batch is plain pathetic. Where has the ethics gone? 10 years ago, wen you got a scam - it was fine graded text with a meaning, it had a sense of personal touch, it was estethical. When you read the text, it was believable, it had the nice "personal touch". It had the feeling that even a little effort has put to it to make it more realistic. I miss the old days...

Nowadays, when you get a scam mail, its full of some random garbage, excessive grammar errors, all mails come in with some active content to harvest your mail address and/or contact list, infect you pc with a trojan/spyware/adware/malware. the mails contain embedded insults/garbage. They are filled with pictures with sites to harvest all they can on show you the finger at the end. It just gets frustrating to even open your mailbox. When you finally get the mood up to open it all you see is SPAM. Friends sending you "I love you", your bank asking for passwords, the lottery telling you won 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000$ USD even if you haven't participated in one (I wonder if there is enough currency in the world to cover that amount), the pharmacists telling you that you cant get it up, a "friend" telling you a way to pay off your 20 year mortgage in 6 months, etc... etc... etc....

Back to todays topic. Some unknown bank (BB&T) send me a mail like this:

Looks legit right? Well not really - this is not a screen shot, its the picture from the mail. I have seen a lot of nice scams, but this one was just cold - a template picture, a little text in photoshop, no personalization. This alone should arise alarms even if you secretly wish that you had an account with 1 000 000$ USD on it :) As usual it was a html mail with some embedded text from "Misery by Stephen King, 1987". I know its just for bypassing the spam filters as the optical recognition isn't so widely used to scan email pictures, but still isn't it and IP violation and if so what is the RIAA/MPAA/BSA for literature? I guess if there would be such a organization they could file charges against that person and by doing so they could enforce law enforcement organizations to fight spam - wouldn't that be a nice twist? :)

Well back to the scam - all looks legit except that the url the picture was pointing to. Poor Outlook (express) users would not even see to what they are clicking, but thanks to TB I can look at the link I'm about to click. Now look at the url in the picture and compare it to the link thats embedded to the url (I'll make comments in brackets): http://(hmm http is insecure why isn't it https wit ha valid cert? DEFCON 4) why is the mail from, the url on the picture *.bbandt.* and the real url *.bbt.*? Right the author made a SMALL mistake when writing the url to the picture? DEFCON 3) .com.onlineservlet_(here comes some random numbers that can be tracked back to me, so I'm not releasing them - but still why is there a "." instead a "/"? Its part of the domain - this should rise a lot of alarms. DEFCON 1) <- now the last part should put all the bells and whistles to scream on the maximum level (if the blinking read lights are not enough :)). Your right - this is not the right url for the bank - its a phishing site under the Tokelau TLD. A little more digging and the owner of the domain is Donald Williamson. Now there can be 3 explanations to why he would try to scam people like this 1) hes domain is hijacked and is used by criminal element and the owner is not aware of it 2) this person does not exist, is stolen identity, is forced to register by other parties 3) he is running the scam and was stupid enough to give out hes real information. A little more googleing gave me also this result. This means the domain is part of a larger group of domains focused on attacking BB&T.

The conclusion turn off javascript, turn off images and activex (if you are using windows), use ThunderBird or an alternative browser, look at the url before clicking on it (ant not the text that looks like a link) and finally rise your paranoia level - next time the mail might be from Your bank and it might contain personal info to make it more believable.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Life is sick and so am I...

Well, now you know the truth. I'm sick. I had all hopes up that I wouldn't get any flue this year and it was successful until last Friday. This is kinda ironic tho - the weather getting wormer and wormer and I still manage to get a flue. I hope it isn't the bird flu :P

So far I have found that the best thing to do meanwhile is to do something interesting on the computer. This will keep the mind off the bad side at the same time letting the body to heal. So today I found a nice site for little mind exercise called that I finished in 3 hours or so.

And hers my results :)

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

CeBIT v 1.5 - the good stuff

The second day was a lot of running around. As I was not looking for something specific nor shopping for new technology I was looking at everything available. If normally I would say that window shopping is not hard, well this time I was really mistaken. 27 halls full of technology makes a techhy feel like a kid in a candy shop :)

Ok, the short version of the long story is - there were no big surprises in new technology. Don't get me wrong, its one thing to know the background info and pictures from the Internet and another thing is to see and touch a physical object.

The first thing that comes to my mind is 3D TV. Well it really isn't 3D as you really cant see it from all around the TV. Its a normal LCD TV with a extra layer of film that generates 3D like picture when looked at a correct angle. All the TV's and monitors I saw were quite crude, but promising. I'm guessing that the viewing angle is around 10+/-5 degrees vertical and horizontal, so it has a long way to go. Most of the sets were around 40'', so when the object moved from one end of the screen to the other the picture went foggy and you would have to look for a new spot where the picture became 3D. I would say that this technology has potential, but it could take up to 5 years until its production ready - I for one could not imagine watching a 3D movie while running around the room like crazy. So until the viewing angle is at least 90 degrees or more its not worth for a release. In one box I found a "medical" monitor that was around 15..17''. This could be usable much sooner as the display area is smaller and finding the focal point more easy as the user would be sitting in more or less constant position. Tho the chair would have to be really comfortable as sitting in a constant position gets really hard - maybe a new design would be needed to accommodate it.

Second big thing were flash HDD's. I know its not a big thing for most ppl, but for me it is. I have 7 comps running several apps for me and 4 of them run 24/7 so the HDD noise get irritating some times. Flash based drives have one more advantage compared to the normal drives - they consume around 75% less energy and therefore generate less heat witch also means lower rpm fans or maybe even peso/pelter based cooling for the whole case. This is if the CPU makers lower this TDP to around 30W (the current mobile/laptop CPU's fall to this range). One more good thing is maximum sustained transfer rate of around 30MB/s read/write and seek time of 2ms, so they are fast compared to the current best HDD's 5.4ms seek. And now for the bad things - the firs generation will use normal NAND flash cells, so the write cycle count is limited to 10..20k guaranteed write cycles per memory slot. This is extremely low compared to the standard DIE HDD's 100...300M write cycles, so the first users will probably be big enterprises that use LARGE databases for read only access. The first generation has been around for a year now with sizes of up to 32GB and I know that at least 1 company is using it for that purpose - NY Stock Exchange. I talked with 3 manufacturers who promised 128GB 1. generation flash drives by the end of the year with a price tag estimate of 1k USD/peace. Tho the price seems kinda high I suspect that this is just a manufacturing price not retail price. The bright side is that 2 of the sale persons revealed that their developers are working on a new technology to make the write count grow to the level of normal HDD's (100M write cycles). Hers a link to all the new flash memory technologies for extended reading.

Third big thing for me was WiMAX. The dreaded IEEE 802.16 has so much potential, but is dieing so fast as the final draft is still not ready after 5 years of research and standardization. As far the manufacturers we ready to comment was that the beta generation is working and running pretty well. So far the manufacturers are shipping out only as much hardware as is are telecoms ready to experiment. Since the v2.0 daft was sent to the IEEE council for reading the first generation wont be 100% compatible with the v2 draft as the transceivers are not capable to use all the frequency ranges that are allowed to use in v2. This is not all bad, as if the draft gets standardized, some have built their chips on a wide band transceivers so they can make small changes with only firmware upgrades, but the old generation is hardware based and therefore not compatible. The suspected v3 draft of the protocol should be ready at the end of next year, and that should be the final version. The changes planned on v3 are minimal protocol optimizations, so they should not pose any incompatibility problems. So at the end of the year there should be publicly available both AP's and cards that support the normal wifi and also wimax - next summer I can sit at my yard and watch HD videos without any problems, from my laptop while sitting outside next to a pool :D

Hmm - this reminds me that I did not see any BluRay not HDDVD products at CeBIT. I guess I missed them by accident, but still...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Another bank scam on the wild...

Great... When you usually get spam about fake Rolex's, lottery winnings and some other crap then now I'm getting spammed by Nordea Bank. Hmm, how come they send me a mail that links to an Hong Kong site??? What can I say - poor outlook users. One click and your harvested at best, lost all your money at worst. I don't get what good does it do to send out such crap. It does even look like a real email from a bank.

Ok, I can understand that the first half of the mail could be considered as a similar looking then wtf is the second part? Looks like random gibberish. Eee.. if few years ago there was kinda non written "code of conduct" then looking at this it looks like well... I don't know what. If you want to send SPAM then do it elegantly, make it interesting or just don't send it. I understand that there are FTTP but why the hell do you send it so much??? If it does not work the first time then it wont work on the 100-th time.

So if you want to send spam, first learn the language, secondly do your homework, thirdly get a better job and for forth DON'T SEND SPAM!

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CeBIT v 1.0

Ha - I finally made it. I'm in Hanover in almost 1 peace. why in almost one peace - well about 10k of my braincells went out of order, when we landed in Copenhagen. Oh well I'm ahead of my time - lets start from the beginning.

The Day begin normally - had all things packed and ready to go. After getting to Tallinn the weather changed. It started snowing again. I'm no big fan of flying, but i tolerate it quite well. Well today looking out of the window of the terminal was totally frightening. around 15m/s winds, snow and blister. All the flights were delayed. Our flight was delayed around 30 minutes and boarding took place on the airfield instead of the terminal. This was a new experience - going from a warm terminal to a blister storm was interesting, also boarding with blister storm is not common for me. I thought it was the worst part, but i was mistaken. The landing in Copenhagen was much worse. The pilot flew by the landing strip at least 3 times thanks to around 20..30m/s side winds. Its interesting to watch the plain acting like bird - flapping its wings like crazy... Going though that was not the end tho - the flight was totally late around 2 hours. After landing we ran to the terminal where the Hanover flight was supposed to go from, and again nearly made it. the flight was worse as I have gotten used to - flying with turbo jets - not the old fashioned propeller plains. Everything was shaking badly. Oh almost forgot to mention that our pilot was Yuri Gagarin - hmm who isn't familiar with Russian space program, he was an astronaut. Well I guess any other pilot would have not landed that well, so nice job Yuri :)

From the airport to the hotel we had to take the suburban train and metro. The central train/metro hub was bigger than I expected. I have never seen a central hub that runs on 3 level: top level for trains, middle level, for taxi and buses, with lots of shops and of the subterranean level for metro. Its an interestingly simple and efficient solution - why anybody here in Estonia haven't thought about it. The hotel was around 800m from the central hub and walking there was also interesting experience. All the drivers were obnoxiously polite. Right that does not sound like a really good comparison, but here you can practically get run over when trying to cross over street - there they did what ever possible to stop the car to let you get over the street. It isn't bad, its just weird... Also the bicycle culture is on the rise there - that cant be a good side. In Copenhagen I saw where the road would go - streets full of hotshot bicycler's, streets full of old/broken/broken bicycles. I hope the government wont let this to happen here...

The Internet in the hotel was really expensive - even for European prices 14e/hour. My monthly DSL cost around 2 hours of hotel Internet, so thats why I didn't blog there... The room was comfy but minimalistic - the interesting thing was the balcony. The view was nice - supposedly it was to an old cemetery. Well seems it was around 300 years old cemetery turned into a park or vice versa - a park wit a cemetery look - ether ways it was nice.

This is a rewrite of my first day writing - Ill try to continue tomorrow night..

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

CeBIT v 0.9

Well, bags are almost packed, money changed and tickets and passport ready. If I have Internet in the hotel Ill post updates on what I find and see, but if not well... the next post will be in 4 days.

Goodbye cruel world - hello IT heaven :)

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

I HATE Firefox...

Todays topic is Firefox and how it su**s. Normally I would not say such a thing, and always recommend it. But not today - today I'm totally furious about it. The thing, that drives me mad about Firefox is its api. When mozilla suite was split up, it wasn't done evenly. Thunderbird got one part and Firefox the other - so far Firebox drew the shorter straw. I have done some work with mozilla api/xul before, but twice I have ran into big problems with it. The problem I have is that I need to install 3 CA certs for our internal CA to about 1000 workstations. Maybe in the future it will be 4 times the count.

So the first thing I thought up was to use an extension to do the installation. Everything worked fine, if any cert needs to be upgraded it will be put into the extension and the extension version will be upgraded and the new cert will be installed if newer extension is available. The user will be prompted to install xx times to install the certificate, or notified that a certificate is installed - not a perfect solution, but it works. So far so good. Everything worked fine, up to a point where the extension will be packaged and installed globally. Now the first time the user starts Firefox the users profile will be generated and since the extension is installed globally Firefox thinks it is already installed and it will not run the install script. So the only way to make it run the cert installations is when its updated. GREAT!!! The reason the extension was packaged is to enforce the security policy that users cant install their own extensions.

OK, so i feel really stupid and try to think up a way to make it work. After some digging in I end in a nsIX509CertDB interface (the point I started from). The thin I need to do is every time Firefox is started so I could check if the cert with the correct CN is in the database. If it is I can check the serial number for example, but as usual I ran into the problems. So I started digging deeper into the guts of the api.There were 2 interesting functions: findCertByNickname and findCertByEmailAddress. I started messing with the nickname, since it usually is different for each CA subtree. As you can see the interface takes in an "AString" type string. Well I could not find type definition for it so I thought it was just a string with a different typedef. Well, nothing worked. When tried with the email it worked nicely, but then again they are CA certs ffs, they have the same email and the function only can return ONE certificate. Seems I cant run the check through a while cycle.

So for corporate purposes Firefox is pretty much useless. I have some suggestions, but considering that probably no one at the mozilla team will ever see this blog Ill make it short. Fix the frigging LDAP support and enable it on Firefox, add type converter, and implement certificate search through nickname (*char), full DN certificate serial, and search with multiple certificates as a result and thats just for starters.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

New TV is here...

Well I finally got some time to write a little about it.

I have been searching for a perfect "Full HD" TV for about 2 years now. Naturally CRTs are out since they normally don't provide higher resolution than 1024x768 (and thats the highest I have found so far) normally the resolution is 640x480. Also the length of the tube in CRTs is against them - a 40'' has a depth of around 40..80cm and they are damn expensive also.

The next step was to research into Plasma technology. Its promising with its high contrast ratio, but it also has some major drawbacks. First is the resolution - normally its 1024x1024 or 1024x768 - considering that the "FULL HD" is 1920x1080 the plasma has to interlease to picture down to its native resolution. Some picture engines do it nicely by compensating it with contrast, the picture still isn't the same. Second major drawback is that when you get a "dead pixel" in plasma it usually means you get a dead stripe - this isn't a problem when its stripe next to a frame but if its in the middle of the screen it really annoying and really degrades the picture. The third drawback is that plasmas lifetime around 1..2 years. after that time the picture starts to get foggy and burnt in artifacts start to show. For example we have a TV channel called TV3 witch has a bright silver symbol that I have seen burned in on several plasmas. The forth and a neglectful one is that sometimes plasmas explode leaving behind a totally repainted room - its rare but it happens, so...

Naturally the next step is LCD TV-s. Lately the prices have dropped a lot on big screens - also the amount of models and manufacturers has risen a lot. So i started researching into them - the first thing to look at is if its "Full HD" or "HD Ready". HD Ready usually means panel with resolution 1280x768 or 1366x768. There are also some TV's that have panel resolution of 1024x640 and claim to have resolution of 1366x768 - this is achieved by interleaseing the input resolution down to the panel resolution - I cant comment on this much more as I have read it in forums by people claiming to be professionals, so... As I have been looking for Full HD, I wont comment on the normal panels much.

There are 2 types of Full HD: First is 1080p, witch is the real 1920x1080 resolution and second is 1080i which can mean 2 things. 1. the input is 1080p and the panel resolution is 720p - heres more info about HD resolutions. At the beginning I was fascinated about Acer's AT3705-MGW, for the sole purpose it was running Linux. Well it was a big surprise for me that Acer has a export policy - it only sells some products by a region ( no big deal most big dealers have it), but the thing that blew me away was that that policy gets violated by splitting the areas to countries and splitting the products by country also. Wellllll... this means Estonia ins in West Europe are with Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania. The TV is only sold in Sweden and Latvia. After some talks with the Acer direct contact in Estonia I could forget the Acer TV, so FU Acer you lost my respect for your products and I'm not recommending your products any more! Next came Phillips 37PF9731D - it has a Full HD panel, but has low contrast of 800:1. Its not that big of a problem, but when you compare it to a tv with hight contrast the picture looks kind of pale. After few weeks of digging in different models documentations I found a interesting fact. Phillips HD tv's support computer resolution of 1280x768. BLING BLING BLING. Well now I was confused. You can buy a Full HD tv with a hefty price tag and you cant use the panel in its native resolution??? Crazy.... So now I'm just surfing around searching all kinds of so called "Full HD " TVs, reading heir specs and looking at theirs manuals. Most of the have limitations similar to this. What it means is that 1080p is only available with HDMI. Good that I dint jump the gun, huh... So after some searching I found my baby. Samsung LE40F71BX - it isn't perfect, but contrast of 6000 just blew me away... It isn't perfect but I had to compromise - it does not have digital audio out, but thats not really a problem. Most devices that have HDMI also support digital audio output also so I can split the video and audio signals. A friend of mine also commented that running digital audio through hes TV deteriorated the audio signal, so he also connects devices directly to receiver. I cant see many minuses to give to this TV maybe that the built in speakers are kinda weak, but a nice receiver will compensate for it :)

Next step - buy a receiver :)

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Cebit v 0.4

Since there was no blog at the time I was asked if I wanted to go to CeBIT i will have to write a little on the background.

One day (around a month ago) I was asked if I would like to go to CeBIT - well what could I say. Sure! So I let my name to be put to the list of interested parties. Around 2 weeks ago I got a confirmation that I was selected to go there. Weehaaa! I have been thinking of going to CeBIT by my self for the last 4 years, but something has always come up to trash the idea.

Well today my travel package arrived - now its official, I'm going! :) I didn't have time to dig into the package at the work, so I opened it at home. All seems to be in order, well one thing is bothering me tho. The flight is with re seating in Copenhagen. Don't get me wrong - Copenhagen was great, but the last time a flight was late and they changed the terminal from C40 to A17 (thats about 1...2km apart) and the notice was for 5 minutes before the departure. 20 people running like crazy - that was not a pretty sight. Hope it won't happen to us. If everything goes as planned I can enjoy a nice glass of Tuborg in the airport! Cheers Mates.

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Templates... Oh the pain and agony...

For the last week or so I have been messing with the default template. i know graphics is not my strongest side, but this template drove me crazy... Tried even writing a new template but got too depressed with the CSS - tho I might do it sometime in the future. Well at least the text isn't so retro any more and should be readable cross platform and cross browsers. Next step apply the same template to the Linux blog and finally start blogging :)

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Saturday, February 17, 2007


Insert Windows Vista joke here

Oy Vey.

Not another Windows release.

[Falls asleep]


Kee H.—nice woik.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

First Post

Testing 123...

Seems to be working...