Saturday, March 31, 2007

My readership

This is the geo-map of you (as in Time's definition of it) from last December until today. According to Google Analytics.

Yes, there is quite high a concentration in (and around) my hometown, Vienna, Austria, but otherwise quite international, I'd say.

So thanks to all of you out there

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Engadget: mobile phone brands

Don't look now, but that Nokia in your pocket means you're over the hill - Engadget:

  • Nokia: Family-minded, middle aged managers, balance seekers, health conscious
  • Motorola: Fashion conscious, under 24, fun seekers, individualistic
  • Sony Ericsson: Ambitious young men, professionals, success driven, individualistic
  • LG: Favorite of mums, stay-at-home parents, success driven, harmony seekers
  • Samsung: Young women, career focused, success driven, fun seekers

Although from down under, it's not that different here in Austria
(No Australia - Austria jokes, please)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What a non-event... > News > Business > BEA, CA Ally for IAM: "BEA Systems, Inc. and CA, Inc. have announced a partnership for identity and access management (IAM) across the enterprise."

so what...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Scott Rosenberg: Dreaming in Code

I just finished reading Scott Rosenberg's very insightul journal-like book about the opensource Chandler project:

Dreaming in Code

Excellent book; a must (just like Joel Spolsky's writings) for everyone responsible for SW development.

Frankly, I sometimes had the feeling he was not too sure about how familiar his (intended) audience is about development.

But boy, it does good to be reminded of Brooks again (and again).

URLFixer update for Austria needed

I just notices that URLFixer converts to, which is wrong...
I hope Christopher Finke will change it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

displaytag library fix details

I noticed some interest in my post about the fix in the displaytag libarary and have recently also been asked to post the fix:
here's what I did to the file:

public final String finishRow()
StringBuffer buffer = new StringBuffer(1000);

// Grand totals...
Object decoratedObject = getDecoratedObject();
int decObjSize=0;

if (decoratedObject instanceof Collection)
decObjSize = ((Collection)decoratedObject).size();
if (decoratedObject instanceof SortedMap[] )
decObjSize = ((Object[])decoratedObject).length;

if (getViewIndex() == (decObjSize - 1))
if (groupPropertyName != null)
return buffer.toString();

the main thing is that I also accept Arrays and not only Lists (as in the original code)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Engadget: Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things

The funny thing about Google is, that every single aspect of their datacenters (n.b. the plural here) is a large enough sample for statistics.

No surprise therefore, that statistcs like the following can be release:
Massive Google hard drive survey turns up very interesting things - Engadget

Saturday, March 03, 2007

New Flickr Feature

A great new feature that make flickr even more collaborative/social/linked/... as reported on FlickrBlog:
"Invite a Photo
You're surfing through the Flickrverse and you find a photo that would be perfect for your group. This new feature will allow an administrator to invite that particular photo to their group without membership requirement. You'll see a new link under the comment box that says ‘Invite this photo to...’

The Human Clock

There are a couple of sites on the web (1.0, 2.0, whatever, I don't really care), where you can really get lost following the links - in a positive way.
E.g. imdb, partly wikipedia, and also flickr.

While "surfing flickr" I stumbled upon this nice web-site:
The Human Clock™ - A Clock Photo for Every Minute of the Day
There is a different picture for each minute of the day showing the current time of day.
Actually for most of the "minutes" there is more than just one picture, which makes it a lot more fun to watch the time go by.

Totally cool idea and well done.

DSL flat rate - finally

Finally in Austria broadband providers are moving to true flat-rates, i.e. without any fair use clause.

Mine, too.

So from 15GB fair use a month, I'm now on a true flat-rate.

Love it.

Of course, this renders my Google-Desktop-Gadget that shows my current DSL usage totally useless, not only because without limit I don't care about the usage, but also because the use statistics of my provider no longer shows any volume.

As a side note to flat-rates:
There is currently a lot of stir in the mobile arena in Austria, because what some mobile operators advertised as a free flat-rate - of course - turned out to have a fair use clause, and they started to threat the users who were above the limit. Lawyers and courts are already employed, and operators have changed the small print to some larger font in the mean time.
The main problem was that they advertised free off-net calls including mobile to fixed-line, which in turn are not free to the operator, because they have to pay interconnection and of course they have limited intentions to pay for that endlessly...

Well, there is no free lunch, how often do we have to repeat that...

Thunderbird Released

My TB has just been updated to
The fix I'm particularly interested in is:
  • Fixed: 363113 - Thunderbird autocomplete freezes up to 1 minute after typing one or two characters of an email address
I was suffering from this one several times a day... I hope this is really gone now.