Archive for April, 2005

Ubuntu and me

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Since I’ve been using my first PC I’ve been using Microsoft operating systems for my daily work. In 1997 we moved our BBS over to Linux (I guess it was like 30 floppies or so) and since then I’ve been using Linux for networking. A couple of years ago I made my first experiences with […]

Keyboards are flawed

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Donald A. Norman wrote a couple of pages in POET about keyboards and how hard usability experts try to make them as unusable as possible – e.g. by arranging the keys in alphabetical order. Another issue struck me a couple of days ago when I was helping a friend log in to his computer. The […]

The Scene

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

I found an interesting “TV” series that is made by a couple of hobbyists. “TV” is put in quotes because the series is published on the internet only – e.g. by BitTorrent. “The Scene” describes the life of a (ficticious) group of movie pirates that rips not yet released movies and shares them in file […]

Gnome in Shrek 2

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Recently I watched “Shrek 2” with some friends. Nice movie. Very funny. Afterwards we had a look at the extras on the DVD. At some point I didn’t really believe what I saw but we rewinded the DVD multiple times and zoomed in and what not. Even after multiple viewing I didn’t get rid of […]

What’s yr take on … Le Tigre? Well …

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

I promised Keywan to write a panning review of Le Tigre. That’s not that difficult for a band whose first song I listened to was “Get off the internet”. I mean, come on! This is 2005. Behave! And, frankly, I don’t care that much about their take on Cassavetes. Further more, the music is generally […]

Heisenberg meets Audioscrobbler

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle says that one cannot observe sub-atomic particles with arbitrary precision. One of the popular explaination of this phenomenon is that an observation involves some interaction with the observed particle and that one, as my former chemistry teacher expressed it, “kicks the particle in the butt” doing so. This phenomenon can also […]

Font mix

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

I made an interesting find concerning “we just use a font that looks similar to the one they already use”. This restaurant uses fonts from three groups of blackletter faces. From left to right: Gothic (14th century), Schwabacher (15th century) and Fraktur (16th century). The group still missing is the Rundgotisch. But we’ll probably find […]

Beweislastumkehr

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

Normally I don’t go to parties. The music is often too loud, I don’t dance anyways and I’m not into small talk. And I’m not referring to the programming language here. Because of this it was more like a coincidence that I ended up on the genderterror, the queer party of the AZ Mülheim. Keywan […]