My favorites for week 20, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout what kids care about nowadays

Moderately Confused nicely shows in today’s comic strip what kids care about these days. Well, honestly, what do we care about most when looking for a hotel ?

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout modern office spaces

Why we don’t throw paperclips at coworkers is nicely shown in the video "Why you don’t throw paperclips at coworkers". I mean – we know not to do this. See what can happen if you forget about it …

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Mallorca

Bay at Cape Pinar
"Bay at Cape Pinar" by axel_magard.

Let me share another of my own photos here this week, taken during my stay on Majorca last year. Why ? Because again this year I will travel there for another week to go hiking, this time through the entire mountains of the Tramuntana Range from the West to the East, and this time together with my wife who didn’t join me last year but now after I told her how nice Majorca is for hiking she wanna see it as well of course.
When ? Next week of course. Thus: see you again in 2 weeks from now !

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout books

Did you know that

  • starting April 1st Amazon sold more digital than printed books: 105 vs. 100.

Source: amazon.com

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout uncertainty

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.

People who are confident all the time and know an answer to every question and never ever say “I don’t know” or “I am not sure” are suspicious to me. I know, we have been trained to be like this. An IBMer always know an answer to a question, right ? When you give a presentation and someone asks a question, you never ever would say “I don’t know”, even you actually don’t know. Better to give some sort of answer – probably to a question never asked – than not giving any answer at all.
”A little bit of self-doubt is healthy. It gives you an open mind.”, is said in this Lifehacker article. I can’t agree more.

My favorites for week 19, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout communication in modern times

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout a real bad joke with Windows XP

You have a fellow worker next to you who always leaves his PC unlocked when leaving his desk ? Here is your opportunity to play a real bad trick on him. Can be done in one minute or so, may be you first try on your own PC.

I recommend to let your victim not suffer for too long, he might get crazy about this soon. Get him some help after a few minutes latest, may be a good way to earn a free coffee Wink. And whatever you do, never ever mention that you found this in my blog !

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Acadia NP

Frenchman Bay in Acadia NP
"Frenchman Bay in Acadia NP" by axel_magard.

Let me feature one of my own photos here this week from Acadia NP, where my wife and I have been in 1997. Just this week I scanned in more of my slides with my CanoScan 5600F, and here is one: “Frenchman Bay in Acadia NP”.

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout infected computers in Germany

Did you know that

  • 5.3 of 1000 computers in Germany have been infected with malware in 4th quarter 2010.
  • These are twice as many as one year before.
  • However Germany is still below world-wide average of 8.7 of 1000 infected computers

Source: heise online article “Microsoft: Zahl der infizierten Rechner in Deutschland verdoppelt

My favorites for week 18, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout tail chasing and big fish

Let me show you some real silly comics this week from B.C. and Garfield which don’t need any further commentary…

 

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout funny signs

The world is full of funny signs. And funny software error messages of course. Anyway, here is a nice compilation of funny signs in “weird things in the world ”:

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a place in Lhasa

Potala Palace, Lhasa
"Potala Palace, Lhasa" by ddanforth.

My wife has been there in Lhasa a couple of years ago when she did a great hike from Jiri to the Mount Éverst Base Camp.

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout internet crime in Germany

This morning in my newspaper …

Did you know that

  • 7 % of German internet users (= 3.5 million) already experienced their account data for one of their online services being stolen,
  • 5 % of German internet users (= 2.5 million) experienced some financial loss because of this,
  • 4 % of German internet users said they will stop shopping in the web because of the recent data theft case at Sony, 23 % feel unsafe now when using online services.

Source: “Allgemeine Zeitung for Friday, May 6th, 2011”, survey by Bitkom. Also I am reading on their German web site that 37 % of internet users share their password with someone else.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout computers

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

We could add: … once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is outdated and needs to be replaced.

My favorites for week 17, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout redundancy

One road to simplification leads through reducing redundancy. Redundant solutions or processes lead to confusion, expensive overhead and loss of productivity. Thus, it is important to not introduce more redundancy in the attempt to reduce it or to “simplify”. Simplification  should mean throwing things away instead of adding more. Nicely illustrated in this Dilbert comic strip !

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout the smallest computer in the world

How small can you make a computer ? Well, this version, nicely presented by John, has a keyboard with just one key. John show us how to use it in this funny video “THE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY!”.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout Egypt

Egypt
"Egypt" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

This impressive photo from NASA shows Egypt in spring, where you can see the green Nile delta and vegetation zone following the river throughout the desert.  The photo was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite on April 11th. Where the Nile begins to broaden and form the delta, the city of Cairo can be seen as a gray oval smudge.

Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout a nice little time saver for Lotus Notes
Tired of typing the same thing again and again ? “ has been a question I recently asked in my blog when I introduced a little gadget I developed using AutoIt: TypeBot, a little tool letting you define phrases to be typed into windows with a particular title through a simple single click on that phrase. Meanwhile version 2 became available allowing you to add, change and delete your own phrases through the GUI, allowing to handle multiple INI-files and also coming with an executable so that you can use the tool without having to install AutoIt.
Alan Lepofsky must have had a similar thought when he developed the Paste Information Application,  a little Lotus Notes database and tool to avoid re-typing the same things again and again, allowing you to paste pre-defined bits of information that you reuse often into Lotus Notes documents and mails with two simple clicks ( one to select that bit from a listbox, one to click OK ). In his blog he nicely describes the application and how to install it, and provides links to download the needed Lotus Notes database.
I installed it on my Lotus Notes 8.5.1 client and it works like a charm.

My favorites for week 16, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Eastern

Happy Easter Weekend !

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout snakes

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"4" Night Snake" by jbviper1.

Jerry B. aka jbviper1 has a nice collection of snake photos in his photo stream. Look at that beautiful Night Snake. Well, beautiful in some sense; I wouldn’t want to run into it actually, since I am a bit scared of snakes.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout writing

It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.

… unless you write them down in your blog Big Grin.

My favorites for week 15, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout twitter

How difficult it has been to send messages across in former times ! Thanks to twitter and other modern social networks and communication tools it is so easy to get everyone informed, isn’t it ?

ApplauseSomething to learn: my favorite tip of the weekabout Javascript.

w3schools.com – not to confuse with our internal w3 intranet ! – is a great reference and learning site for creating web sites and all you need to know for this, like HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, SQL and much more. I want to emphasize the Javascript pages, since they always come with a TryIt Editor, like here for example with some sample code for the Javascript slice method. Not only does this deliver nice examples ( I often learn better through examples than through some formal explanations ), it actually would allow you to type in your own Javascript code, click the “Edit and Click Me” button and see the results of your code instantly in the right window frame. Sweet !

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout buses and USA South West

Interested in buses ? Then Steven’s Bus & Coach Photos flickr offering is for you. Thousands of buses of all colors and ages, I can tell you !
Interested in nice, often “improved” photos from the Southwest of USA ? Then visit Pedro Szekely’s photo stream.

Maidstone & District,
"Maidstone & District," by Steven’s Bus & Coach Photos.
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
"Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco" by szeke.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout advertising

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.

Advertising – I actually hate it and avoid it where I can. With most ads I get the feeling that those who created them must think I am a complete idiot.  Thus I  like the way Bill Cosby explains what advertising is all about.

My favorites for week 14, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout sports

The high gas prices are a nice additional motivator to do more walking / running, aren’t they ? At least according to this Moderately Confused comic strip. Well,  I must say, I usually walk when I can anyway. Having to go shopping for something here in the village I live ? I almost never use the car, either I walk or use my bicycle. Per pedes it is may be 30 minutes  extra time to walk rather than taking the car, but I think 30 minutes well invested for my health, my back, my legs, my fat balance.

Even when doing lots of sports – I play Badminton or Squash four times a week – sitting for too long is a health risk, as I learned this week through the following two articles:

Thanks, Cody J. Schaff, for blogging about it !

We actually should get up from our chairs every 20 minutes, at least for 20 seconds or so.

NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout an amazing card trick

How about an amazing card trick this week ? It actually works, as I tried it with my own card deck. Anyone out there who can explain mathematically why this works ?
http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x8yxw6?theme=none
The Final 3 – Amazing Math Card Trick von mismag822
… Discovered through StumbleUpon
Cool Something to discover: my favorite bookmark of the weekabout games and brains
  Lifehacker showed us today how to game our brain, how to train special skills through computer games: from better memory, language or typing skills to being better in games or even escaping  a burning house. One of my favorites is Simon, a great memory tester for your brain. The author of this game, Paul Neave, has more or those classic arcade games on his web page implemented in flash, like Pacman of course, or Tetris. A SecondLife Version of Simon is located here, by the way.


And here is another great web site: pokkisam, a collection of awesome, very creative photos used for commercial advertising. I usually hate commercials, always skip them when watching recorded TV movies or shows, simply because there are too many of those and they attack you everywhere. But I admit: some are very creative and awesome, like the photos you can enjoy on this site.
… Discovered through Delicious Random Pick.

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout the right place to be

Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
"Tropical Sleepaway, Bora Bora, French Polynesia" by foreverseptember.

You are sitting in your crowded cubicle landscape and try to focus on your work while you have to listen to several meetings and phone calls around you ? You have a red sea of unhandled e-mails in front of you and don’t know where to start ? You are rushing from conference call to conference call talking to hundreds of people you don’t know ?
Look at that picture, then close your eyes for a minute or so, and imagine how it would feel to be there now …

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout advertising

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.

As I mentioned my love-hate relationship to commercials in this blog posting this quote is a nice fit. Isn’t it amazing to see how much is funded through commercials, like free TV shows or internet sites ? Sometimes I wonder about the huge effort to provide these services for free and whether that ever would pay off. I probably underestimate the number of consumers of these services and the amount of profit they generate even only a small subset is actually “caught” by these advertisements.
If only half the money is wasted, this is probably still a good business case !?