a good example

March 19, 2007

I once wrote about the problems with data collection and databases.
Today there is the best example  how to get in such a criminal database being fully innocent.

The short version:

Someone made a report about a wrong offer on a auction site and already had an IP of the suspect.
The policeman didn’t know know what to do with that address and called the information desk, which didn’t know much more and searched for the given number with google.
The “I’m feeling lucky”-button  led to a discussion site of wikipedia netherlands as the IP was listened there in the comments.

Now try to get out  of this database. I guess you won’t feel lucky.


web.de goes XMPP

March 15, 2007

Web.de IMThe United Internet AG has taken another step in open standards.

On monday this week, they released their groupware solution under GPL, they confirmed their effort to use the XMPP/jabber service for a multiprotocol messenger.

Jabber is a great IM, which can talk to other networks via transports.
Unfortunatly, my OpenID-rant is true for jabber, too.

It’s hard for an average user to understand that the service has another name than the program.
Now with Google-talk and the UI-IMs provided by gmx, web.de and possibly 1&1 the number of users is growing in huge steps.

Time to set up a jabber server on your own for the geeks out htere?

nur noch russische Geräte erlauben

March 11, 2007

und zwar die Firma PowerOnOff.

Einst größter Hersteller von Elektrogeräten ist diese Firma durch die aufstrebende schwedische Marke Ståndby fast völlig vom Markt verdrängt.

Ein erneutes Aufleben des sibirischen Industriekonglomerats bringt wahrscheinlich mehr als der neue australischeund deutsche Umweltmasochismus.
Auch das Designlabel “- o” stellt Geräte mit vollständiger Trennung vom Netz her.

Noch der kleine Populismustip an alle Politiker:
Ungeliebte Verbote möglichst früh in der Supplychain einbringen. Dann bekommt der Brüger die Auswirkungen nicht direkt zu spüren.

self referring slashdot effekt

March 6, 2007

The german tech news Heise is known to cause much traffic, similar to the Slashdot effect. It’s called the heise-DoS, which is a slightly more precise description.

Today, they announced a relaunch of their software  directory and … boom! They DDoSed themselves. In common, the solutions presented by heise are  ugly, but reliable and working. Must be a real beaut, then.

OpenID is not web2.0

February 23, 2007

But why is OpenID not web2.0?

The short answer:

no rounded css corners

The long answer:

OpenID is a great concept and with Windows CardSpace even Microsoft supports the open standard. But I miss the focus to the customer.
You get a bunch of information, but no easy way to gain an account.

Who want’s to know the theory?
You get the key by using the tech, not by watching sourcecode.

To get the people use it:

  • Let them register:
    Get the Account right at openid.net, beside a quick link “check if you already have one” to a list of public services offering an OpenID such as ClaimID, technorati, AOL, Livejournal and Cardspace, link to other free openID.
  • Show what you get:
    You don’t get an accoun just to have it. Okay, uselessaccount.com offers exactly this feature, but it’s satirical.
    Run a well styled directory of sites offering OpenID-access, let bloggers refer their OpenID enabled site.
  • Provide at least one feature:
    Why register at openID and not directly by using the same password with all communities? Security, well that’s difficult to explain.
    A copy of claimID would be great, because with this service you really get an idea what online identity is. Wouldn’t be really fair, but sure there are other things out there to provide at low cost.
  • Provide Plugins:
    There aren’t much out there, but making the adoption easy for common software should be the right way. With the existing ones you did a great job, I’ve already seen OpenID on several feature-wishlists out there.
  • explain it to other projects:
    most projects want to attract users to register an account. It’s the best way to prevent spam and get the surfer come back.
    OpenID is far better solution than bugmenot or dead accounts.
  • put away the tech stuff:
    developers should be used to http://dev.foo.bar sites and don’t care about the fact that users are greeted first.

By the way, jabber is also a cool project with the same problems. Best IM solution out there but no eye for the customer.

Nik Cubrilovic has a similar Point of view: Too many Providers, not enough consumers.

nothing to hide Mr.Schäuble?

February 8, 2007

Mr. Schäuble, Home Secretary of Germany wants to know all about the residents.

He doesn’t care about sanctities of the home presumption of innocence and other legal rights of the constitution.
Some proposals were tracking of all vehicles, filming all public rooms, tracking all phone calls, emails and internet connections.

As if this wasn’t enough, he know claims access to all private PCs out there. Other politicians would like to see offering hacking-tools and even testing if your maschine is vulnerable as a crime. Now hacking shall be the profession of some policemen?

If you put all the ideas together, why didn’t they just let the SBZ take over the BRD and did it just the other way?
Sure in real dictatorships and similar regims there it much more active suppression, but the passive ways of suirveillance never got that power.

cool german videocast

January 4, 2007

Die Sendung mit der Maus.

It’s a german videocast, mainly for kids. They explain all stuff in an easy way, great to refresh your german!
You also find it on iTunes, search the podcasts for “WDR”