Monthly Archive for Februar, 2005

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Romance isn´t dead

On Valentines Day you should show your girl how much you love her. But how? Send flowers – boring. Send a text message – ohhhh. How about something unique, something permanent – like a tatoo on your butt?

Thanks everybody

Es war ein netter Abend mit Euch. Und Literatur habe ich jetzt wieder für die nächsten Jahre.

Hello Goodbye

Hello Goodbye von den Beatles war an diesem Tag vor 37 Jahren die Nummer 1 in den Charts.
Das paßt für den heutigen Tag recht gut, an dem ein altes Jahr verabschiedet wird und ein neues Abenteuer beginnt.

Flickr Graph

The next „network mapping tool“ after the TouchGraph Google Browser: The Flickr Graph

[via Nico Lumma via A Whole Lotta Nothing]

Need a clean screen?

Hitlers Postanschrift

Der Spiegel vermeldet: Die Deutsche Post fahndet auch 60 Jahre nach dem Tod Adolf Hitlers nach dessen derzeitigem Aufenthaltsort. Im Bundestag wurde am Mittwoch eine in England abgeschickte Postkarte zugestellt.

‚To Führer Adolf Hitler, Reichstag, German Parliament, Berlin, Germany‘ hatte der Absender handschriftlich auf der Karte vermerkt. Sie wurde von der Post mit der Bemerkung zugestellt: ‚Sendung nachadressiert wegen unkorrekter Anschrift. Bitte Absender verständigen. Deutsche Post‘. Als korrekte Anschrift vermerkte die Post: ‚Deutscher Bundestag, 11011 Berlin‘.

So so, der Führer wohnt also noch im Bundestag.

Flickr rules

What a story. At the O’Reilly Emerging Tech Conference in 2004, a startup called Flickr introduced a funny little social networking app that let you upload digital photos and share it with your buddies. By July 2004, they had achieved a critical mass of features, and Flickr was becoming the hottest thing on the net. In January 2005 alone, Flickr has been profiled in Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Washington Post.

Flickr now has over 270,000 users, four million photos, 30 percent monthly growth in users, and 50 percent monthly growth in photos.

Flickr is a phenomenon, a fundamentally different way of using digital photography and the Internet. Flickr is simply the manifestation of the perfect storm of camera phones, consumer broadband, blogs, RSS, and folksonomy tags.

Stewart Butterfield, the CEO of Ludicorp, about the theory, practice and technique of running Flickr.

It’s really valuable for any new product or service to reach the hyper-geek audience, who are particularly influential. And for them, the open API is a sign of good faith, a sign that your photos and your data are not going to be locked up in Flickr–even though we don’t currently offer a feature to download your photos to your own computer (we will), you could develop one.

It makes a difference for us as a business that other businesses are interested in working with us because they can tell up front how much work it’s going to be. Basically third-party apps fall into one of two categories, useful or cool, and some things are both. Useful would include uploaders for a bunch of different platforms, a screensaver that pulls in your contacts‘ most recent photos, and an application called 1001 for OS X that grabs the most recent photos from your contacts or specified tags, and it pulls from them like an RSS reader. And then there’s a bunch of applications that are just cool, like one that takes photos tagged with different colors and arranges them into the shape of a rainbow.

It makes a difference for us as a business that other businesses are interested in working with us because they can tell up front how much work it’s going to be. They can have their engineers look at the API and say, ‚This is what I want to do, how long do you think it’s going to take?'“

Flickr is really a phenomenon. They choosed the right approach, and via the „hyper-geek audience“ of the blogosphere the word is spread. Flickr sucks? No, it doesn´t, stupid. It rules.

(more at Boing Boing)

ding dong the witch is dead

Carly Fiorina quits. Looking back Carly has not „revitalized the company“. She missed nearly every goal.

„Directors typically don’t leave mid-term, unless they have a change in other responsibilities. Replacing them before a shareholder meeting is even more unusual“

A friend of mine worked for HP several years – till Carly came in. His comment today: „ding dong the witch is dead“.


Ab in den M-E-X-er

Bin gestern ge-m-e-x-t worden. So viel Traffic war noch nie. Nettes Ergebnis für so ein kleines Hobby namens Blog. Danke fürs Vorbeischauen.

Joke of the day

Ed Brill listens to Bill Gates at the Office Developer Conference:

We’ve driven Exchange penetration up substantially over these last couple of years, talking about from 55% to 75% market share on Exchange.

Last years Gartners study says Exchange has 44% and Lotus Notes 46%. Well, maybe Bill Gates has his own way of counting seats.

gmail Inflation

Das Thema gmail scheint gegessen zu sein. Offenbar nähert sich jetzt die Beta-Phase des wirklich netten Google Mail Dienstes ihrem Ende, denn ich habe inklusive diverser Familienaccounts 200 (in Worten Zweihundert!!) gmail Einladungen zu vergeben. Da die letzten auch nur schleppend weggingen, folgt hier die müde Aufforderung: Wer eine haben will, melden.

Mobil und Fest zum Flachtarif

Den Johnny erreicht ein Gerücht, wonach E-Plus zur CeBIT die Einführung einer netzinternen Flatrate für Sprachdienste einführen wird.

Im Klartext: Für eine feste monatliche Summe innerhalb von E-Plus telefonieren, soviel man möchte. Gilt natürlich, wer hätte das gedacht, nicht für Datenübertragungen. Aber auch das wird kommen. Vernünftig.

Tja, also dann Flat innerhalb e-plus für mich, und im Festnetz eh schon Flat bei arcor. Durch den Tarifdschungel blickt ja sowieso keiner mehr durch.


A middle aged man bought a brand new convertible Porsche. He took off down the road, pushed it up to 160 and was enjoying the wind blowing through his thinning hair.

„This is great,“ he thought and accelerated to an even higher speed. But when he eventually looked in his rear-view mirror there was a Police Car behind him, blue lights flashing. „I can get away from him with no problem“ thought the man and he floored it some more, and flew down the road at over 210km/hr to escape being stopped.

Then he thought „what the hell am I doing? I’m too old for this kind of thing“ and pulled over to the side of the road, and waited for the Police car to catch up with him.

The Policeman pulled in behind the Porsche and walked up on the driver’s side. „Sir, my shift ends in five minutes and today is Friday the 13th. If you can give me a good reason that I’ve never heard before asto why you were speeding, I’ll let you go.“

The man looked back at the Policeman and said, „Last week my wife ran off with a Policeman and I thought you were bringing her back“

The Policeman said, „Have a nice day.“

Hätte ich doch am Dienstag nur einen so entspannten Polizisten getroffen. Man kann halt nicht alles haben.

Skype Voice Mail activated

As mentioned yesterday Skype started the voice mail service for selected customers. Thanks to Mitch I received an voucher, so we can test it here.

Spice up your life!

Skype Voice Mail

As a workaround I am using Skype Answering Machine (SAM) for client based voice mail. Skype has activated now a server based voice mail service with version for selected users. It seems there are a view users now in my buddy list using this service.

-> Here is the description how to start with the voice mail service.


I don´t like Flipphones. But this Palm OS Device looks cool.

What´s wrong with this photo?

[danke Steffen]

How to stay in touch – even when you’re dead

An inventor from Osnabruck, Germany, has released a mobile phone for the deceased. The idea is that once your loved one is six feet under, you will still be able to talk to them, even if the conversation might be a little one-sided.

The phone comes in a black box with a loudspeaker that is placed on top of the grave. It runs on a battery that lasts at least twelve months, and the inventor claims the sound quality is excellent.


It will, however, set you back a cool €1495. Disgruntled punters can return the phone within 18 months and get a generous €50 refund.

The Register