Wanna have your own infoline that users can call and navigate through using their dialpad (this is normally called an IVR, which stands for Interactive Voice Response)???
Well, all you need is a VPS (Mine is a 256MB Ubuntu server at hosteurope for 9.99€/month) and a VOIP-account (I went with a sipgate basic plan from sipgate, since it’s free and you get a local phone number with it).

If you haven’t done so already, you may wanna upgrade your ubuntu to hardy (although I don’t know if this is a requirement). Next, install the required asterisk packages:

In der Gischt des diesjährigen RAF-Hypes (u.a. die Filme “Mogadischu” u. “Baader Meinhof Komplex”), ist folgendes Interview mit Horst Mahler, einem der Gründungsmitglieder der Rote Armee Fraktion, meines Erachtens nach ein wenig untergegangen. Bevor es also in den Archieven der Vanity Fair verstaubt, verlinke ich es hier lieber noch einmal schnell:

Teil 1: http://www.vanityfair.de/articles/gesellschaft/politik/horst-mahler/2007/09/11/09724
Teil 2: http://www.vanityfair.de/articles/gesellschaft/politik/horst-mahler/2007/11/01/10118

If you’re also thinking about doing a dist-upgrade of your Ubuntu VPS over at Hosteurope (from 6.06 LTS to 8.04 LTS), don’t dare. I just got off the phone with a technical assistant from Hosteurope, who confirmed that, at the moment, it is not possible to upgrade the system since that may very well cause problems with their virtualization software (I think Parallels Virtuozzo). So I guess I won’t risk it :-) Well, I couldn’t resist :-) And it seems to have worked by doing the following. Before I start, I should mention that I’m running Hosteurope’s “Virtual Server Linux L 3.0″ WITHOUT Plesk installed. Also I didn’t do the update using the new “update-manager”, but went the old fashioned way instead. So here it goes:

Backing it up

November 18th, 2008

Some time ago I got the WD MyBook (1TB) (which btw I can only recommend, especially, if your Mainboard contains an e-SATA interface) to backup all my data. Running ViceVersa every 2 or 3 days works like a charme for me.
While local backups might help in case of a (main) harddisk failure, they leave you with nada in case of a fire or burglary, which is why one shouldn’t just distribute your backups amongst harddisks, but also geologically.

iTunesSnarl is Open Source now!

September 10th, 2008

Hey y’all,

I just released the source code of iTunesSnarl. It is available via Google Code. So if anyone out there could please fix the cover issues, I’d be more than happy :-)

Check it out here: http://code.google.com/p/itunessnarl/

iTunesSnarl 1.1 is out!

September 4th, 2008

Alright, I give up! Until someone explains to me, how to save the image, which that *beep*-ing iTunes Visual SDK function PlayerGetCurrentTrackCoverArt is supposed to return, this will remain a minor update:

Version 1.1, released 2008/09/04

  • The current song’s title is now displayed in the title of the snarl window.
  • The snarl window now also lists the artist’s album title (most of the time….don’t know why it bails out sometimes).
  • Removed Snarl_CMD.exe and any dependencies to it.
  • Plugin now registers with Snarl and popups can be disabled via Snarl.


Update: Go here for version 1.1


Over the last weeks I’ve become a huge fan of Snarl, which is a Growl-like notfication system for Windows. With the appropriate plugin, applications like Firefox or Miranda can display user messages through Snarl, which only opens small “bubble” message boxes that close itself after a certain period of time. This way the desktop isn’t cluttered with message windows that the user has to close by hand.

So far, the number of extensions/plugins that are available for Snarl is still small, but with the software below I’m doing my part to increase it :-)

Online Comics

May 27th, 2008


Unter http://www.nichtlustig.de gibt es wunderschöne Comics über depressive Elefanten, ängstliche Zebras, kreative Lemminge, sowie viele andere skurrile Alltags- und Nicht-Alltagssituationen. Absolut sehenswert!!!

Already a little while ago Robert postet some example code on how add meta data to images using the relatively new WPF.

After playing around with the code for a while, I got some weird exceptions thrown at me, e.g. “A first chance exception of type ‘System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException’ occurred in PresentationCore.dll“. Now, the only thing I had changed was letting the tagging routine run in a seperate thread:

static void Main()
Thread t = new Thread(writeMetadata);
Application.Run(new Form1());
static void writeMetadata()
// write the metadata to the image here