Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 04:39

Cheap hosting and why you might not want it

There're tons of cheap offers for hosting. Now there's nothing wrong with this if features and advertisement would fit together. They usually do not. Your average budget hosting offer gives you a virtually endless list of features. You might and should wonder how that is possible for the given price. The bottom line is: It usually is not. While that list might be true ( or not ) on paper. It usually does not tell you what you really need to know. A somewhat representative list of common features that are usually offered and what you really want to know about them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 23:25

Memory usage on Android. Tasks: to kill or not to kill?

Task killers are a rather big thing in the market and there seems to be a huge placebo effect when using them since they seem much more efficient than they can be in the first place.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 23:09

Firefox beta for Android.

I tried some earlier versions of the beast and they were pretty much unusable. But that's what alphas usually are in one way or the other. So the first beta is out and you can expect a certain usability.

And indeed it has improved a lot since the last version I tried. It's actually pretty usable. I just wonder on what phone?

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 03:09

Sogo and Funambol make a good have-your-crap-everywhere team

I need to have my contacts, mail and most of the other stuff ready most of the time. So syncing desktop(s), various appliances and my mobile is sort of a basic requirement. And there are tons of services out there to provide you with every which way syncing you need. But with most there's a catch.

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 02:32

Winamp - it really whips the lama's ass! ... on ANDROID!

If you happen to like playing lab mouse you can update to the newest beta ( desktop ) and sync your android library with your desktop and vice versa...over WIFI. It works mixed for now

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 03:21

The virus scanner: Apparently a *must have* for Adobe products.

Who would have guessed that. Adobe apparently realized that Flash is so crappy that they better ship a virus scanner with every update. I wonder how over-the-top-crappy they think it is if you can't even abort the download. Thinking about it...it's probably not the worst thing on earth to have a dedicated scanner for flash alone. I just wouldn't have guessed Adobe would admit it :-)

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 02:58

Kaspersky dishing out scareware...sorta. And not quite voluntarily


Some experts are just a bit over-the-top. Like the genius who robs a rent-a-cop-donut-shop. Now here's another species. Someone apparently broke into KasperskyUSA and redirected visitors to a not so benevolent offer to check their computer for viruses. Thinking about it. That's not a bad stunt. I guess the problem will be to get away with it...kinda like with the donut guy. It's not really hard to get the 10 bucks. It's probably a bit tricky to get past the 20 cops between you and the exit though.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 02:34

Fun with Apache Solr. Deep content indexing of pdf, doc and whatever you please

I recently upgraded the search with Apache Solr. The search function itself is actually far from finished and since I wasn't deep indexing before I'm a little short of proper documents to index at the moment. The bottom line is: It's awesomeness and then some. And the best part about it. If you have it configured properly once it's pretty much a self employed document indexer. You attach the document to a page, blog or $_whatever and a bit later it's automagically indexed.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 12:14

Google Wave - Reloaded

Wave is finally turning open source ( as in somewhat full open source ). I liked it. The idea behind it, the protocol and the productivity increase. It makes people <strong>work together</strong>. But I knew the same day I started to like it that it's going to flop big time. It's too much of a <em>What the hell am I supposed to do with it</em> application. It kills the user with features and of course everyone needs to switch from whatever crap he used to Google Wave.

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:59

Duke Nukem Forever - Reloaded

The everlasting zombie and all-time vaporware award honor winner is back. And this time it's for-real™. Wasn't it "for-real" the last time, and the time before that and every time before that in the past 10 years? They actually let users play this time. It's supposed to hit the shelves in 2011. If the game is actually worth playing after its odyssey of 13 years remains to be seen. I somehow can't imagine it. Too much time has passed to ring a bell with anyone who is within the main target audience for this game.