Mittwoch, 28. Januar 2009

What would be nice: IMDB rating column in Explorer / Finder / other File Manager

What to do if you've got a directory full with (legally owned ;) ) movies and disk space runs out?

I'd like to sort the movies & the directories they are in - based primarily on my - and if not present - on the average IMDB rating. Then I could just delete the worst 20%.

The same could be done with last.fm for music - sort the music based on how often I heard it and how well the fit into my music profile.

What do you think? Any Idea how to implement this? Or is this idea not so new and there are programs out there which actually do that?

Samstag, 24. Januar 2009

Seagate - will it be a never ending story?

My hard drive is dead. But it's only the firmware so data is still there - so maybe seagate could do some recovery, media say they'll do it for free in my case but who knows ...

So I wrote an e-mail to DiscSupport@seagate.com with all the data and described them my situation. Exactly ONE WEEK later I got the following:

Thank you for contacting Seagate Support.

A firmware issue has been identified that affects a small number of
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive models which may result in data
becoming inaccessible after a power-off/on operation. The affected
products are Barracuda 7200.11, Barracuda ES.2 SATA, and DiamondMax 22.
Based on the low risk as determined by an analysis of actual field return
data, Seagate believes that the affected drives can be used as is.
However, as part of our commitment to customer satisfaction, Seagate is
offering a free firmware upgrade.

Please follow this link
(http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931)
to enter the Knowledge Base article(s) detailing the steps to update your
drive.

In the unlikely event your drive is affected and you cannot access your
data, the data still resides on the drive and there is no data loss
associated with this issue. If your drive is no longer accessible, contact
us directly for further assistance at
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/.

NOTE: If you have contacted Seagate Support regarding a separate issue or
about another product, please visit
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/ to submit an email.
Thank you.

Seagate Support
Yes my hard drive is dead and it doesn't seem to me that there was only a low risk that my drive died ... So i feel really disturbed when I write an email to support and get such a generic message back.

I opened the according page for Europe: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/about/contact_us/world_wide_contacts/contact-techsupport-emea
Please could anybody explain that table to me?

Country

Phone

Email

Language(s)

Business Hours

Belgium
Denmark
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
00.800.4732.4283 Email





Chat (English)
Chat (French)
Chat (German)
English
French
German
Spanish


English
French
German
8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday
(CET)



8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday
(CET)
Europe
Middle East
Africa

1.405.324.4714

Email English
French
German
Spanish
8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday
(CET)
They speak French in Norway?? German in Spain? And where does Austria fit in?
I thought the best choise is the email adress in the bottom. Well you do not exactly get an email adress, yet another page for logging in or creating an accoung.


Anyway I tried to login into my support account, which is not possible and if I try to reset my account's password I only get the following message:

We are sorry, there appears to be a technical error affecting your account. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact our Partner Application Support Team for assistance by phone or email.
So now I need support for the support ....

The thing I thougt : let's make a new account with an different email address. On the bottom of the form you can choose your language - German!
What then happens is this: the whole page refeshes and you have to put in your data again. The guy who made this knew extremly little of user interface design, not mentioning the tiny button in the bottom for sending your data - on the left of the screen ... by the way shouldn't I've been able to select German up in the weird table?

Because I have an account and it's not possible to recover the password, I tried to put in a different username and email adress which i haven't surely not entered there before.

I only get this
Invalid XML message

If you google this you can find forum entries from 31. dec 08 regarding that problem, so they haven't fixed it yet.

So no Seagate support for me. I'm angry and pissed off.

Who is able to create a support account? Do you geht the Invalid XML message as well? Thanks.

UPDATE: I was able to create an account!! How? I used a completely new E-mail adress and took extra care that my password consists of numbers and letters and is longer than 6 chars.
As well I removed a '+' from the telephone number and email, maybe this caused the xml error.

Donnerstag, 22. Januar 2009

fast movie review: Wa Pei

WA PEI

Spannender chinesischer Film mit stylischer Choreographie, wenn auch eindeutig schwächer als in Heroes mit etwas kitschiger Liebesgeschichten, irgendwie ist jeder auf die eine und andere Weise in einen / eine andere verliebt und es werden brav Werte wie die Ehe vermittelt. Verstrickt sind darin noch Dämonen und irgendwie wusste ich die erste halbe Stunde nicht wer jetzt wer ist - zumal Mandarin mit englischen Untertiteln den Blick ablenkt.

Netter Film aus dem asiatischen Kulturkreis der doch irgendwie teilweise sehr anders ist als der unsrige, genervt hat nur der miserable soundtrack mit unpassendem wiederkehrenden Gedüdle. Anschaun lohnt sich auf alle Fälle wenn einem Tiger & Dragon gefallen hat, auch wenn er nicht ganz an ihn rankommt.

Dienstag, 20. Januar 2009

Virtual Klagenfurt

Geek (Markus Ortner) hat gerade seine virtuelle Tour durch das neue Vorstufengebäude auf der Universität Klagenfurt fertiggestellt - genial! Übrigens ist der Umbau ganz nett geworden, leider etwas steril aber spätestens vor der nächsten ÖH Wahl werden die Wände bekleistert werden :)

http://virtual-klagenfurt.at/uni/


PS: 7. & 8. Feber findet dort das Barcamp statt!

Sonntag, 18. Januar 2009

Backup your Files on Flickr

Due to my hard disc drive loss I had to get my photographs again which were only on flickr. How to do this? Well I found a great solution:

Download http://janten.com/downloadr/ choose Extras > authenticate -> klick Ok on the Flickr website, go back into the program, click ok and choose Extras > complete backup.

Voilá! - Downloadr downloads all of the pictures from your account :)

Samstag, 17. Januar 2009

posses an Seagate drive? Your data is in danger!

I bought a new Dell XPS 420 2 months ago - now the hard disk (STM3750630AS) died. I blamed Dell first, before reading this: Seagate has got a firmware problem in most of their hard drives which leads to malfunction. First they tried to deny that this is a common problem but it seems that too many drives died the last weeks. If I would have had the tool yesterday I could have saved my data.

What to do now? If you have got a Seagate drive - I recomend installing the tool immediately.

Freitag, 16. Januar 2009

Gelaskins & iphone

I ordered Skins for beautification of my iPhone from www.gelaskins.com
They aren't cheap but not expensive either. I've got them on my phone for a month now and I'm not dissapointed. Putting it onto the iphone without any bubbles in the corners is possible, but very very little wrinkles always remain on the 3g (have a look at the pictures).
The screen protector is great as well but if you want a shiny surface you have to replace it every month, because they get easily scratched. I like the additional protection for my display because I'm a bit paranoid regarding the glass of the iphone ;)
Take your time for putting the skins onto your phone, align it to the left or right side and you'll enjoy gelaskins.

Dienstag, 13. Januar 2009

HDTV - What for?

I'm watching a lot of movies in 720 and 1080 lately. Sometimes it's great (e.g. Wizard of OZ 720), sometimes it's not. Because you see all the details movies don't feel that real anymore. (Which isn't a problem in Wizard of Oz - you now that most of the background is painted ;) ) In Lord of the Rings you can see a lot of the film grain which is often disturbing when you see the perfect CG sequences without grain a few seconds later. Sin City feels cheap in 1080.

You recognize bad focus easily, I think there's a scene in Alien or Aliens where Ripley is out of focus a whole scene - which is disturbing in hd.
- By the way you will find bad focus in nearly every movie - except madagascar and other cg movies.

I still love the movies but often I was just looking onto details which destroyed fantasy in some kind of way because you could see that the rock was not a real one, or the snow isn't real, textures in the background in Sin City are like in an old computer game and so on.

I think more detail isn't always good. Maybe that's a reason why nobody wants blue ray - I know I don't really need it, DVD is cheaper and the resolution is just fine. Exceptions are CG movies and documentaries about nature and sport coverage.

Sonntag, 11. Januar 2009

World of Warcraft Werbevideos

Viele meinen ja Mac vs. PC sind die besten TV Spots des Jahres 2008 & 07 gewesen. Sie sind toll - keine Frage - aber Blizzard hat ihnen mit den Spots zu World of Warcraft eindeutig die Show gestohlen, so kann man Ozzy Osbourne (2Mio Views), Mr. T (2 Mio), Jean-Claude van Damme oder William Shatner bewundern - und das durchaus selbstironisch :)

Wenn das mal kein perfektes Marketing fürs Web ist ;)











Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2009

Team Fortress 2 - how to make the scout more interesting to play


We (Kwentin, Unplug) are often having discussions lately how useless the scout class seems to be. Sure, there are players who are able to beat the freak out of you with the baseball bat, but mostly scouts are not much fun to play.

You capture pretty fast, but die even faster, especially when hopping into a sentry gun. Pushing a cart is pretty useless with a scout if there are enemies nearby, a pyro is a far better choice. Have a look at valve's stats - it's the least played class ( ~6,4%, comparison: engineer is #1 with ~16,3%).

my suggestions for the next update from valve are the following:

  • sentries do not do as much damage when the scout is airborne, e.g. they are missing him. This would be quite funny if you could outrun sentries ;)
  • some co op-special ability like the posibility to take a teleporter exit from an engineers dispenser, getting behind enemy lines and placing it there. Think of all the fun this would create, or maybe just chaos ... ;)
if you have got other great ideas - let me know. Let valve know ;)

UPDATE: scouts could automaticly mark enemy sentries in your HUD, isn't that what a scout should do? ;)

Samstag, 3. Januar 2009

Why are there no female characters in Team Fortress 2?


Team Fortress 2 - is a great Multiplayer game where you shoot the other team members and can select between different classes with distinctive professions. Look at the picture above, these are the different and well made characters with their own personality.

I'm playing it a lot and today my sister asked me why these are all male characters.

Maybe because most of the designers at valve are male?

Maybe 80% of the players are male as well, but some girls could relate more to Team Fortress 2 if there would be female characters. More female players would enrich the gameplay - I know several who have got the potential for being great spies ;)

We'll see if there are going to be some female classes or player models, I think it would be nice, but please not another Lara Croft with unrealistic proportions - you find enough of them already in nearly every game (Seraphin- Sacred2, Alex in Half Life 2 Fakefactory Mod ...)