Archive for the ‘software’ Category

Disabling SMS threading in Windows Mobile 6.1

Sonntag, Juni 21st, 2009

After a recent update (yeah — got me, I am on Windows) the SMS functionality decided to display conversations in the super practical, new and shiny „Threading mode“. Trouble is, my brain is not compatible with that — especially when having 3 threads of the same person (threads are grouped based on sender phone number, not [outlook] contact [id] — bugger!), which totally erases message sequence.

The interweb to the rescue.

…but is it any good?

Sonntag, Mai 17th, 2009

Actually, I am euphoric but try to cover that up. Really!

After short-lived flickers of life in Wolfram|Alpha over the last couple of days it finally seems up and running. Or, should I rather say „public“? Because — beliving the machine itsself — they were secretly creating that monster for years.

> how old are you?
> 1.635 days

So the thing actually is kind of self-aware. And as I am not, at least in mathematical terms, why bother figuring out which day that was.

> today - 1635 days
> Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Well, ok — it knows math. No surprise there (Enormously helpful, though).

So much for the moment. Sure there will be tons and tons of reviews all over the internet soon. Till then let’s give the hard working developers at Wolfram|Alpha a first applause and some time to head for the further goals they declaredly strive for.

> Who is your daddy?
> Human Discourse: Additional functionality for this topic is under development...

Thanks. We are all looking forward…

Mounting with /etc/fstab

Freitag, April 24th, 2009

Mental note (ok — actually a rather unnecessary duplication of already existing how-to’s):

One method to mount a NFS file system of another machine, is to add a line to /etc/fstab.

So instead of doing

me@myserver:~> umount server:/usr/local/pub
me@myserver:~> mount -t nfs server:/usr/local/pub /pub

all the time, just add the following line to your fstab

server:/usr/local/pub    /pub   nfs    rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14,intr

Leaving you in the comfy situation that the system knows what you are talking about if you just shout

me@myserver:~> mount /pub

Insights in things no one ever wanted to know

Donnerstag, April 23rd, 2009

Today’s task is to figure out how to show one and the same gzipped sitemap (one sitemap map + multiple sitemap files) from multiple web servers kickin‘ the same domain, while having it generated only on one of these machines.

Of course, its not hard — as a matter of fact, its more the amout of possible options that bothers me. Let’s see which turns out to be the least disturbing one (not so much of an optimist today).

To be continued…


In the end the file server looked all so promising, that a new mount was established in which the master webserver now periodically publishes the sitemaps and all webservers gather needed data from on request — which required a bit of a hack as the big search engines want sitemaps to live in the root directory.

Does anyone run domains where different publishers‘ spheres of influence are distinguished by folders? sucks… money

Montag, März 30th, 2009

As to the recent change in’s policy I quit my membership today. Only giving to them (be means of scrobbeling up my taste) without getting anything back (music) I don’t really see the point in using their service anymore.

Showing a bloody counter how many times a track on the HDD was listened to, knew the infamous M$ MediaPlayer already back in the 90s…