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driving basic cars…

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Due to my job change I have driven 3 different cars since the beginning of the year. First I drove a pretty basic VW Golf which was a bit smaller than my old Ford Focus (which I had been driving for 2.5 years). Then I got a VW Polo, which is the smallest car I have ever driven. It is so basic and small that I was afraid to drive through Berlin in it – especially since Berlin has been really snowy and icy since Christmas and I wouldn’t want to know what is left of a VW Polo if it were to crash into a truck. Today I finally got to trade-in the Polo for a Seat Altea (which is a Golf class car).

The key points I would like to write about is the lack of features that these cars have: navigation, key-less locking, heated windshield, automatic windshield wippers and automatic lights. You really miss things if you’ve had the luxuries for the last 2.5 years.

During the time-frame that I was driving the Polo, I had an assignment to visit a new customer. I instantly thought this is the perfect opportunity to try the navigation on my cell phone (Nokia E66) – It was working really well! The Nokia navigation software works out of the box and even tells you where to go. Of course a problem arose: after using the navigation software for 20 minutes my cell phone was out of battery :(

Wise Note: If you decide to use the navigation software on your cell phone be sure to plug it in to the power supply…

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blinking light on Nokia E66 and E71

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Since I’m now working for a new company, I have a new cell phone – a Nokia E66 ;-)

Due to setting up D’s E71 I had a deep knowledge how to use and customize an S60 phone (like E71 and E66) and up until today there was constantly one thing bugging me: the phone started blinking when the display went into standby – why??? Not only does that waste power but it is also hard to identify if I have missed calls or text messages…

So I googled a solution for that:

  1. @ Menu > Tools > Profiles select a profile and select “personalize”
  2. Go to “Breathing light” and set it to off
  3. press the navigation key to the right to set it off for all other profiles

After that your phone only blinks if you have a missed call or a text message.

But what is this feature made for? I assume that if you want to distinguish between two profiles (like default and silent) you can activate this feature in the silence profile, so that you can easily see that your phone is set to be silent…?

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backspace in firefox on ubuntu

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Since I’ve installed Ubuntu on my laptop I’m happy with the overall system performance and the very good usability. But one thing drove me crazy – The backspace key didn’t work in Firefox :(

You might think that’s no big deal, but it really is – try to search on google without the ability to go back to the search results by pressing the backspace key…

…so I’ve searched for a solution and found it pretty fast:

  1. Go to ‘about:config‘ in Firefox
  2. change the value ‘browser.backspace_action’ to ’0′

So, this little bug in the default configuration of the Firefox browser on ubuntu cost me 5 minutes…
…If you would count all the minutes from all users that are trying/using Firefox it would be a really big amount of wasted time :(

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playing DVDs on Ubuntu

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Yesterday I was trying to watch a DVD on my brand new 24′ monitor with my brand new Ubuntu installation. Although Ubuntu is able to use my onboard UMTS-card and connects to Vodafone even without the need for the PIN, it is not able to just play a DVD (out of the box).

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First I tried different DVDs, then I tried them on a Windows Laptop to doublecheck – it was always the same, on the Windows Laptop the movies started playing on my brand new Ubuntu installation it didn’t. So I started asking Google, which told me to go to https://help.ubuntu.com/9.10/index.html which is one the most clean websites I’ve ever seen. There it is written down in the first sentence:

In order to play DVDs you must install some additional software. Unfortunately, DVD support cannot be provided by default in Ubuntu due to legal restrictions in some countries.

OK, legal restrictions are stealing my time…
…but after installing everything that is needed (by just clicking on the links on that help-website) the first DVD (a german movie called “Sonnenallee”) started playing instantly after inserting. But now I wanted to watch an episode of “Frasier” from one of D’s DVDs – It didn’t worked *grrrr*

After banging my head against our brand new 24′ TFT monitor I’ve decided to rethink the situation – Heureka! Once upon a time I’ve heard something about region settings in DVD players…
…so Google this time told me to go to http://blog.moybella.net/2007/03/25/setting-the-region-of-you-dvd-in-ubuntu/ which is not as clean as Ubuntus help website but did give me the answer to my question (How to change the regional setting of the dvd-drive in my brand new Ubuntu system?). So, after installing a little command line application, starting it and setting the DVD region to 1, I’ve started enjoying watching an episode of Frasier :)

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In wikipedia you can read the following regarding the idea of DVD regions:

DVD region codes are a DRM technique designed to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played.

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Card Scanner

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dahlia wanted to scan some business cards with the help of a USB card scanner (Cardscan Personal). Therefor she installed the software from the CD-ROM, connected the card scanner via USB and started the software – BANG!!! The software couldn’t find the card scanner…

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After 5 minutes of trying every USB port and every order of plugging-in, start-the-program and install-the-software we took a look at the support-website, which reads:

*Only CardScan version 8 software is Microsoft Vista Compatible. Note: CardScan Personal is currently not compatible with 64-bit Windows systems.

So there wasn’t a chance to use this little card scanner on our computer…

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