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.

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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?


Steak and Knobber Day

March 10, 2007

S&BJDDoes anyone knows for sure when “Steak & Blowjob Day” or “Steak & Knobber Day” is?

The 14th March is mentioned quite often, though it might be the 20th March.
In Germany the same event is known as “Schnitzel und Blowjob Tag”, S&BJT. For that day the 20th March and the 24th March can be found throughout the web.

In one Bulletin Boar, Dave Rikkards from KGB radio show was claimed to be the founder of that event and going back to 1998.

Perhaps the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monste” could establish a fixed day?


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

OpenID
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.

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


what’s really useful

February 12, 2007

useful services Thinking of services I need at an airport, I first think of trains, taxis and busses. Then, something to eat, get some cash and lecture.

CDG airport is also offering useful services. Interesed what this might be, I found the prayer areas in first place. Lost baggage, post office and drop off point follow .
At least, the prayer areas are open to all religions.

I think, this is a great service. Many people are still afraid of flying or or get anxious, when the flight of a relative is late.

But I thought of France as one of the most secular countries in the world.


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.