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March 26, 2009

Google Docs gets drawing feature

Filed under: Netzwelt,Software — Tags: — martinopia @ 3:59 pm

Google Docs becomes more and more a powerful companion for everyday office software needs – and best of all: it runs completely in the cloud.

The latest feature which Google added to its Google Docs suite is a very nice drawing tool as one knows from OpenOffice:


The drawing is inserted as SVG vector graphic which allows it to be scaled without loss in quality.

Obviously the software doesn’t improve the artist’s skills substantially – but the new drawing feature is a very handy tool for quick & dirty visualizations of ideas.

March 25, 2009

Macheist 3 breaks MySQL

Filed under: Software — Tags: , — martinopia @ 12:48 pm

After weeks with fantastic puzzles and a lot of free apps Macheist 3 is ready for prime time now and went online yesterday with an amazing bundle. I’m especially impressed by the inclusion of the brand new Espresso editor/IDE as well as BoinxTV. For 39USD this alone would be a steal.

Obviously I am not the only Mac enthusiast thinking so: Macheist’s MySQL server seems to need some holiday vacation after all that is over:


But never mind – with some patience we all will get our Macheist 3 bundle – it’s definitivly worth it!

March 17, 2009

MMS, copy/paste, landscape Mail and Notes syncing comes to the iPhone

Filed under: Gadgets — Tags: , , , — martinopia @ 8:46 pm

Great news for iPhone fans – Apple today announced its new iPhone 3 OS with a lot of new features a lot of iPhone enthusiasts have been waiting for:

– MMS support
– copy/paste
– landscape mode for Mail/SMS editing
– Google calendar sync
– Notes sync
– Push notifications
– Multitasking
– and soooo much more

Very nice news: the upgrade will be freely available to existing iPhone 3G users – and 9.99USD for iPod Touch owners. That’s great news – can’t wait to install the upgrade on my iPhone!

Source: Live coverage from MacRumors

March 10, 2009

When customers become suckhole jerks…

Filed under: Software — Tags: , , — martinopia @ 2:48 am

Recently I bought “Delicious Library”, a nice Mac shareware tool from a company called Delicious Monster which helps cataloging books, movies, software, toys, tools, etc. – REALLY great stuff (it scans the barcode from a book/DVD and gets the corresponding data direclty from

Well, sometimes nomen est omen, so I wasn’t too surprised when I got my license code, which started with my name follwed with some nice words:

martin-müller-suckhole-jerk- [r e m o v e d, just buy your own license, it’s really worth it!]

Hmm.. what nice attributes for new customers 😉 Well – after a short email to the support they sent me a very kind response:

Hello Martin,

I’m so sorry for that license code! The words are pulled automatically from a huge dictionary, and we eliminated the ones we thought were offensive, but it appears to be getting creative with insulting words! Apparently I’ll need to go through and further weed out some offensive words.

Here’s a new license code for you.

Delicious Library License Code: [r e m o v e d, just buy your own license, it’s really worth it!]

Again, I’m so sorry!

Terry Phillips
Delicious Support

So everything fine and I guess both of us had some fun 😉


March 1, 2009

Carnival in Zurich

Filed under: Weltenlauf — Tags: — martinopia @ 10:01 pm

Sometimes a picture tells more than words. Here a carnival impression of the main station in Zurich:


We are strong in a lot of things here – but let’s admit it: we just don’t know anything about Carnival here in Zurich. Go to Basel or Lucerne – but forget about the Zurich “carnival”.

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