Monthly Archive for September, 2005

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ePay buys Skype

The last weeks rumours become reality. Skype is worth 2.6 billion US Dollar – at least for eBay. Still I miss a strategy behind this deal – and shareholder miss that too.

The markets were less convinced by the rumours and traders sent eBay shares down sharply late last week. Some analysts suggested eBay could benefit from a partnering deal with Skype without needing to buy the company.

The Register

Vicky präsentiert Ihren T4

Welch passender Nickname des Höchstbietenden.

Dig it, but dig it right

I am really fascinated about this geotagging thing. Google Earth and Google Maps is a great tool. I started using several new services like Geobloggers, Plazes or gVisit. I tagged some of my photos, everybody can see where I am and where the visitors of this site come from.

But is this everything we can expect from Google Earth? No! Luis Felipe from Brazilia has the solution for the last big question: If I dig a very deep hole, where I go to stop?

Unfortunatly my hole ends up somewhere in the pacific ocean. I can see the water down there.

(via it&w)

Immer zwei mal mehr wie Du…

Tassen_Talk – MyVideo

Kleiner Vorgeschmack auf die Vorweihnachtszeit. Wie kommt es nur, dass ich dabei an meine Kinder denken muß?

(danke Sascha)

Skybay – SkyPay

eBay bought Paypal in July 2002, and it seems eBay continues its shopping tour.

I can pay my articles purchased at eBay via PayPal – this acquisition made sens. But do I realy want to call the seller or buyer via Skype? I can see no real business value for eBay worth 2 US Billion dollar according to Wall Street Journal or even 5 billion US Dollar according to a New York Post guess. eBay is good in electronic market places, but its not a telco.


Zu unseren beiden iPod Minis würde der doch wunderbar passen – quasi eine kleine Familie.

Aber das iTunes Mobile von Motorola? Nein, kein Mobiltelefon mehr von Motorola, auch nicht mit iTunes.

Euro Dollar

Just tried to register for Lotusphere. Early Bird fee is 1.395,00 US Dollar, which equals right now 1.112,27 Euro. Submitting the credit card information links to a new page, where you have to confirm the purchase showing an amount of 1.395 Euro. Not Euro US Dollar like in the picture I took later from the first registration step.

1.395 Euro is about 1.749,60 US Dollar. That is not what I expected to pay.

Some travelling ahead

Düsseldorf, September 14th/15th – Munich, September 18th/19th – Andratx, Mallorca, September 22nd to 25th – Frankfurt/Wiesbaden, September 27th/28th. So you will see a lot of activities on my Plazes map.

But finally the best destination for this year so far: Firenze, November 4th to 6th. If you have any suggestions for cool places worth visiting, drop me a note.

Dealing with winmail.dat

Some Microsoft Outlook users still send out attachment renamed to „winmail.dat“. The file allows Outlook users to send Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF) information along with the email so that it retains the look and feel of the document with formatting, fonts, and colors when its received by another Microsoft Outlook user.

Unfortunately, the file is only relevant and used by Microsoft Outlook. Users of Lotus Notes, Mozilla Thunderbird or even Outlook Express will receive the attachment called winmail.dat with the email. The file is attached to the email because the original sender is sending emails in Microsoft Outlook Rich Text Format instead of Plain Text format.

I tried to explain this to many Outlook users who sent emails to me. Its not a big thing to prevent Outlook converting the messages. But Outlook users obviously do not want to deal with the application preferences. And Microsoft still believes everybody is using Outlook.

I will stop explaining this to my beloved Outlook friends from now on. I just installed Fentun. Fetun opens winmail.dat and extracts the attachment – to realize finally: most of the attachments are irrelevant.