My hard drive has passed away

Thursday 14 June 2007 @ 3:57 am

Dear friends and visitors,

We have gathered here today to mourn the loss of a truly reliable friend. Not even two years of age, my loyal companion Matrox, nickname 250 GB Disk, passed away two days ago. Without any previous symptoms he lost his life under rather mysterious circumstances.

Let us all remember him, and my precious MP3 collection that he took with him, as the literally hot piece of storage device that he was. I hope that he is now watching me, if not my friends’ and ex-girlfriends’ pictures, that also died with him, from hard disk heaven above.

Okay, long story short: If you asked yourselves where I have been the last days – I had computer trouble and lost a lot of data. Well, just wanted to let you know.

If you have added me to your viral tags, don’t worry. I’ll add every newcomer tomorrow :-).

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Worldview 2.0 - The evolution of the binary mind

Saturday 2 June 2007 @ 7:33 pm

When I went to elementary school, we discussed things like children do. We said what we liked, what we didn’t care about or what we flat out hated.

Then I went to secondary school (at least I think that’s what Americans would call it). There the teachers wanted to teach us to discuss issues like grown-ups do. Collect arguments, sort them in a pro/contra scheme, then debate on them. My problem: Never was one side a clear winner. It might work for the arguments, but the whole topics are not that easy.

I hated it. I won these debates, but till this day I don’t like the pro/con idea.

Nowadays, when I turn on the news, I get the same feeling I got in the classrooms. There doesn’t seem to be room for interpretation, analysis or a variety of different opinions. Everything has become pro/con.

Shades of greyWhile people see and report things as black or white, I enjoy the different shades of grey.

Have you ever felt stuck in a corner, when a topic came up and all of a sudden people asked you: “What do you say? Yes or no?”, but you haven’t really thought about it? Or maybe you have thought about it, but found reasonable arguments on both sides?

Welcome to the world of grey tones. The German comedian Dieter Nuhr once said:

I think there is a big misunderstanding. You can have an opinion in a Democracy - you don’t have to.

In this war, you’re either with us or with the terrorists!” Uhm, what if I’m with you, but not with the war?

Are you for globalization or against it?” I don’t know, I’ve never seen it done in a fair way. All I see are corporations looking for cheap labor.

What are you? Liberal or conservative?” Actually, I’m both. People are complicated.

If you’re against the war, you are against the troops.” Wow, this is stupid.

The list could go on and on. Republican or Democrat? Left or right? Pro-choice or pro-life? You get my point.

As long as people tell me to chose between two extremes, I mostly stand in the middle, smiling.

Next time when you hear politicians talking on the news, babbling about their color, think about it and ask yourself where you stand - black or white? Or do you join me in grey?

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What’s happened to blogcatalog?

Friday 1 June 2007 @ 5:11 pm

Could anyone please tell me where blogcatalog.com went?

Yesterday it was up, then down, then up before it went down completely. Now www.blogcatalog.com forwards you to siteproplus.com.

Not that I can’t live without it, but I grew rather fond of it, especially after they introduced their forums.

Does anyone know what happened there? Any announcements I missed? A not renewed domain? Too much load because of the forum?

In case you are also wondering or know what’s up, please leave a comment.

Hey, I’m over 30. Sudden changes are bad for my health *g*.

Update: Okay, it’s back.

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We are Google. Resistance is futile. You will be data mined.

Thursday 24 May 2007 @ 10:43 pm

I just read an article about Google on the Financial Times Website.

What peaked my interests were these quotes from Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt:

We are very early in the total information we have within Google. The algorithms will get better and we will get better at personalisation.

The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ‘What shall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘What job shall I take?’

We cannot even answer the most basic questions because we don’t know enough about you. That is the most important aspect of Google’s expansion.

Recapitulating, I’d say it this way:

We are Google. Resistance is futile. You will be data mined. We will add your informational distinctiveness to our database. Your culture will adapt to be serviced by us.

Is it just me being paranoid, or does anyone else also think that Google is overdoing it?

Just think about it for a moment.

Do you use Google.com as your main search engine?
Do you surf the web with the Google Toolbar?
Do you use Gmail to store your emails?
Do you read feeds via Google Reader?
Do you stay in contact with friends by Google Talk?
Do you watch videos at youtube?
Do you use Google Earth to look at places?
Do you blog at blogger.com?
Do you display ads from Google Adsense? Hey, I do.
Do you Check your stats with Google Analytics?

There are a lot more things you can do with Google. And everything you do leaves data for Google to analyze.

Is it used to enhance their service? Maybe.

Can it be used in a bad way? Yes.

Do I want one single company do know that much about me? Heck, no!

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American TV-shows are the best

Saturday 19 May 2007 @ 2:54 pm

Yesterday I watched the last episode of “Gilmore Girls”. One of my favorite TV-series - over.

Then a friend sent me a link to a site that said that there will be no 4th season of “Veronica Mars”. That kinda pissed me off.

After that - to follow the theme of the day - I read that “Jericho” is also over.

Jim Profit DVDWhen I was young, I watched stuff like “The A-Team”. When I got older, I watched “Picket Fences” and “Profit”, which is still my favorite TV-series. Then came “Buffy” & “Angel”.

Today there are at least 15 shows I watch - Yes, I’m an addict and I love it.

Do you notice something in this list? Keep in mind the fact that I’m German.

Exactly - I didn’t mention one German TV-show. Why? Because German TV-series in general suck! There are probably one or two pearls in this pile of dirt, but that’s it.

What is your secret? It can’t be the gigantic budget. Shows like “24″ or “Rome” might cost a lot to produce, but something like “How I met your mother”?

The Abundance of great actors? I don’t think so. There are a lot of them, no doubt about that, but I wouldn’t bet on a David Schwimmer block buster anytime soon.

So what makes your shows so much better than ours? The screen writers? Technology? The way they’re produced?

I’ve got no idea. But I hope you will continue to make them. I’m an addict, remember?

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