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Random Password Generator

Posted in SQL Server at Thursday, 29 December 2005 01:44 W. Europe Standard Time

Just found this on The Daily WTF in a thread about a (misunderstood and therefore discussed) random password generator. Instead, this one creates random fixed-length 8-character passwords fairly easy in T-SQL:

SELECT LEFT(NEWID(), 8)

Recommendation

Posted in Fun Stuff at Thursday, 29 December 2005 00:49 W. Europe Standard Time

A recently discovered blog is Riesenmaschine (German only). Extraordinaryly funny and well-written content. Recommended!

Riesenmaschine

Now playing: Ulrich Schnauss - Far away trains passing by - Molfsee

Firefox Developer Tools

Posted in Browser at Thursday, 29 December 2005 00:27 W. Europe Standard Time

There's a good article on rapid web development using Firefox posted on the Vertigo Software Blogs. I especially liked the slides linked at the bottom of the post. I've installed all plugins that appeared useful in the first place.

I've been using the developer tools (DOM Inspector, JavaScript Console) included in the Firefox redist for some years now and have always been blown away by their usefulness. Currently there are neither open tags to close nor quirks to eliminate for me, set aside that there have been some annoyances with the layout of this page. Let me see how much additional value the tools bring when I encounter the next problem. According to Murphy's Laws I will!

Unfortunately there's nothing that flexible and powerful for Internet Explorer. The IE DevToolbar tries to mimic the functionality of the Firefox DOM Inspector, but is far from being perfect. Nevertheless, better that nothing.

Now playing: Turner - Lukin Orgel - Unu

Merry Christmas

Posted in NonTech | Tools and Software | Mobility at Sunday, 25 December 2005 00:58 W. Europe Standard Time

I would like to wish all of my friends a merry christmas, or happy holidays, depending on your religion (if any). That's something Gunnar and me learnt from Arte yesterday night. My Christmas evening is over, I was happy giving my presents to my parents and we had nice conversation. The "Roster und Kartoffelsalat" dinner was delicious as always. The same procedure as every year? Yes. :-)

Something more technical: T-Mobile internet access rules. The first time I really have a chance to try it since my department decided to give me a Dell Laptop. I've got UTMS here and it's pretty fast. If you ever wondered how to dial in to T-Mobile with your Laptop/PDA configure the Dialup Connection as follows:

Username: t-d1
Password: t-d1
Number to dial: *99#

This will work in Germany, I'm not sure if this is true in other countries. I tested the connection using my Nokia 6680.

Now playing: Zero 7 - When it falls - Over our heads

Computer Scientists == Criminals

Posted in Geek Mode | Fun Stuff at Friday, 23 December 2005 13:07 W. Europe Standard Time

No comment on this one...

[Via Dinge, Zeugs und Sachen]

Don't Close Any Application To Continue Installallation

Posted in Fun Stuff | Tools and Software at Thursday, 22 December 2005 14:32 W. Europe Standard Time

This message box popped up during the latest installation of the .NET Framework 2.0 Redistributable...

.NET Framework 2.0 Setup

Now playing: Massive Attack - 100th Window - Special cases

A Computer Department's Strange Password Policy

Posted in Geek Mode at Friday, 16 December 2005 22:29 W. Europe Standard Time

The main computer department (computing centre) of the University of Leipzig has a rather exceptional password policy. The error message on top says the the password I tried to set is too long, i.e. it must not be longer than 8 characters.

Password is too long

Update: As Karsten pointed out this is due some legacy Solaris system the users accounts were migrated from.

Audiophile Accessories

Posted in Hi-Fi at Thursday, 15 December 2005 23:31 W. Europe Standard Time

Gunnar links to a good (and funny) article on Spiegel Online on superfluous paraphernalia accessories for high-end audiophiles. Not that I am that much into Hi-Fi that I would actually spend money just for clean power...

 

Wooden Amp

Outlook 12 Comes with Instant Search Capabilities

Posted in Tools and Software | Office at Tuesday, 13 December 2005 23:31 W. Europe Standard Time

Hooray, Outlook 12 will have an instant search feature. Anyone who wants to use something similar today would like to have a look at Lookout.

Now playing: Bonobo - Dial 'M' for Monkey - Light pattern

Beyerdynamic DT 880 Headphones

Posted in Hi-Fi at Saturday, 10 December 2005 19:34 W. Europe Standard Time

Now that I am at work most of the time I decided to give myself a pair headphones as an early Christmas present. Leipzig's Weihnachtsmarkt which is located in front of my office was also a good reason buy these because the "music" playing there the whole day long and other sound pollution spreading around is nothing but enervating to me.

I've done a little research online and then checked the local Saturn store to see what they are offering. There I found a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 880 that were reduced from 250 €. The short sound check (Nothing else matters by Metallica played with a 50 Hz hum indicating bad grounding) inside the large store promised nothing special, so I decided to rely on the very good reviews by Audio and Stereo.

Beyerdynamic DT 880

Back at work I connected the phones to my machine and was surprised. The bass is pleasantly heavy, mids and highs are presented very clear and clean. There's also a good spatial resolution. I often refer to "analytic" describing such presentation, which is the way I like to listen to music. The feeling of the phones surrounding the ear is very comfortable. No pressure marks, even after hours wearing them. The half-open headphone design allows listening to music at high volumes without disturbing co-workers.

You may ask why one should spend that much money just for headphones. At least, others to that.

  1. Unlike your computer, or your car, your headphones will never wear out or become obsolete. I hesitate to say lifetime, but they're multiple decade investments at the very least.
  2. The number one item that affects the music you hear is the speakers. Without a good set of headphones, everything else is irrelevant.
  3. The right headphones can deliver sound equivalent to extremely high-end floorstanding speakers worth thousands of dollars.

I don't fully agree to point 3, but that's as always a matter of taste and how much you're into high fidelity. For you Hi-Fi enthusiasts, take a look at the Stax SRS-4040!

Tranquilizer 3.1

Posted in Tools and Software at Monday, 05 December 2005 19:36 W. Europe Standard Time

When the .NET Framework 2.0 was released, I decided to give my little home-grown application called Tranquilizer a major update. The first version was written in C++/MFC in back in the days of my studies at BA Glauchau. In 2003 I ported the source code to .NET 1.1 after attending the .NET Summercamp in Leipzig. I admit that this port was kind of ugly since I didn't have deep knowledge of the framework's design guidelines. My knowledge has broadened since then, so I decided to do a rewrite from scratch.

Tranquilizer 3.1 Screenshot

Tranquilizer is an application that allows you to fade out music and let the computer perform other music-related actions. I use it almost every evening when I go to sleep, the music is faded out so I won't awake when it eventually stops. There is also an option that allows you to shut the machine down.

New to this version is the wakeup mode. It leverages the Task Scheduler introduced in Windows 2000 to start Tranquilizer at defined times. The configured actions will then be executed. Put a playlist file in the "Run" text box and your media player will wake you softly with music.

Wakeup Settings Screenshot

DownloadDownload the installer or the executables for Tranquilizer. Source code is available upon request.

Please drop me a line if you're feeling that some kind of functionality is missing. I'll happily add it. The development effort is also reason for the last weeks of silence in this blog. :-)

Now playing: Sepultura - Chaos A.D. - Amen/Inner self (Live)

Rezept: Bananen-Chili-Suppe

Posted in Recipes (German) at Sunday, 04 December 2005 22:30 W. Europe Standard Time
  • 2 Frühlingszwiebeln (normale Zwiebeln schmecken auch)
  • 1 Knoblauchzehe
  • 200 ml Kokosmilch (1/2 Dose)
  • 400 ml Gemüsebrühe
  • 1 TL Chilipaste
  • 1 Banane
  • 1 EL Öl
  • Pfeffer, Salz, Zucker

Zwiebeln in Ringe schneiden, Knoblauchzehe und die Banane in Scheiben schneiden. Frühlingzwiebeln und Knoblauch dazugeben und kurz in Öl anbraten. Alle anderen Zutaten bis auf die Banane dazugeben und fünf Minuten köcheln lassen. 3/4 der Banane dazugeben und alles pürieren. Danach die restlichen Bananenscheiben dazugeben und alles erwärmen.

[via Leckerbisschen]

Let there be Genitiv

Posted in Fun Stuff at Thursday, 01 December 2005 19:05 W. Europe Standard Time

No comment!

18:50 Jens: Rein dem Protokoll wegen. :)
18:52 Alex: des protokoll wegens meinst du. :)
18:53 Jens: Kommt auf die Region an... :)
18:59 Alex: oder ob man deutsch in der schule hatte :)

Now playing: Kruder & Dorfmeister - G Stone Book - Kieser Velten - Dubolition