• Where in the world is Jochen Lillich?

    (This nostalgia moment is brought to you by "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?", the geography action adventure from my youth that I actually remembered when I wrote the title.)

    It was hard for me to decide whether to leave another data trail, but it's a way too tempting opportunity to meet interesting people, so I registered at Plazes anyway.

    Plazes lets people register where they are and displays their location on a Google map. You can choose your current location manually on the website or even let the "Plazr" application (available for all common operating systems) do it automatically for you by deriving your location from your internet gateway address.

    So, if you want to know where I am at a given moment, go to Plazes and ask for "Geewiz". And if you're in the neighborhood and would like to drop by for a coffee, let me know!

  • Big Iron

    Today, our new midrange server got delivered: an IBM p570 with an initial configuration of 6 Power 5+ CPUs (2.2 GHz) and 128 GB of RAM. (Play back Tim Taylor grunting.)

    The storage unit will be delivered not until next week. Initial storage capacity will be 4 TB of production space (SCSI FC harddisks) and 6 TB of backup space (SATA). And there's still a lot of room to grow.


    (Click the picture for more photos.)

  • The long way to a mobile Skype connection

    A Skype client for mobile phones is eagerly awaited, especially since phones able to connect to UMTS (3G) and WiFi networks like my Nokia E61 are entering the market. But the only mobile version of Skype currently available is one for Windows Mobile, and even that isn't widely adopted. Skype announced a version of Skype for Symbian-based mobile phones a while ago now, but it seems we'll have to keep being patient for another while.

    According to CNet+most%2C+mobile+Skype+still+a+long+distance+away/2100-7352_3-6120610.html?tag=nefd.top, Niklas Zennstrom, Skype chief executive and co-founder, admitted unexpected difficulties implementing the mobile Skype client:

    When we began developing the mobile-phone version, we didn't realize the number of technical obstacles. It is challenging and is taking much longer than expected. We have no publicly available products yet to offer, and I can't give you a timetable.

    In the United States, where phones are tightly tied to mobile operators, there are additional political issues: no operator likes to see people switching from their cell network to cheap WiFi connections available at a growing number of hotspots. In Europe, where customers can get their mobile phone separately from the operator's SIM card, Skype may find it easier to push a cell/Skype hybrid solution to the market. Could it be that we old-worlders actually have an advantage here as an exception?

  • Track your packages with Bloglines

    Bloglines really is active recently. Yesterday, they added DHL package tracking#121 to their list of tracking services.

    I'm looking forward to subscribe to the tracker for the next package I'll send with Deutsche Post World Net (whose services DHL is the brand name of).

  • Skweeze it, baby!

    The new Nokia browser for S60 does a good job making mobile surfing a pleasureable experience. Especially if a website offers a mobile version for smartphones and PDAs, the small screen is not as bad for browsing the web as you might think.

    Bloglines is one of those websites that offer a version for mobile devices, so I can read blog and news feeds when I'm on the way or tied to a place[1].

    Now, Bloglines integrated Skweezer#120 to make reading RSS feeds faster and more important, cheaper: Skweezer optimizes websites for the transfer to mobile devices and displaying on small screens by compressing and reformatting the content. It can reduce the amount of transmitted data by more than 80 percent

    Skweezer is not constricted to Bloglines, though. Instead of visiting a website directly, just go to the Skweezer website and input the website URL there. Skweezer will then deliver its optimzed version to you.

    Since I'm doing my mobile surfing with Vodafone's lowest volume data plan, I'll certainly give reducing my data transfer with Skweezer a try.

    fn1. It's amazing how much you can learn on a toilet.