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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”.

February 23, 2009

Apple Store Zürich, Bahnhofstrasse

Filed under: Gadgets — Tags: — martinopia @ 3:39 pm

For all Zurich based Apple enthusiasts I posted s snapshot I did this Saturday from the construction work of the Apple Store in the Manor building on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich:

Apple Store Zürich Bahnhofstrasse

Let’s hope that they push working on the store even further – I’d love to buy my next Apple stuff in a “real” Apple store instead of Dataquest 😉

February 20, 2009

The search challenge

Filed under: Netzwelt — Tags: , — martinopia @ 11:09 pm

As some of the readers of this blog know I am also working on projects in the field of search and semantic search. So I eagerly had a look at the Miiget project for a new people search engine.


As one can see in the query above also very sophisticated solutions have their limits: the query for Günther Beckstein, former Minister-President of Bavaria in Germany, is linked to Adolf Hitler. I’m sure that’s not what was intended.
But besides limitations like that the Miiget project is pretty impressive.

February 4, 2009

Advertising on Google Main Page

Filed under: Netzwelt — Tags: — martinopia @ 6:49 pm

Google seems to say goodbye to its longterm strategy of clear and clean startpages. I don’t like that at all and I am using more and more the very clean interface of Yahoo! Search (not the Yahoo! Portal site – the clean search part). On the Mac there is even a very cool toolbar add on: Inquisitor

January 21, 2009

Good luck, Mr. President!

Filed under: Weltenlauf — Tags: — martinopia @ 8:14 pm

The US has a new president and it’s part of democracy to wish a new leader good luck and enthusiasm to do a great job – espescially in these difficult times. Let’s hope Obama will deliver what he promised.

January 5, 2009

Silvesterlauf 2008

Filed under: Running — Tags: — Martin @ 7:13 pm

Well – there were some thousand runners in front of me 😉 but it was a lot fun.. 9.6km around Zurich City.

November 19, 2008

When simple things become a luxury – let’s build some toilets!

Filed under: Weltenlauf — martinopia @ 2:31 pm

Flush toilets have become such a standard part of our lifes that we cannot even imagine that the majority of the world population does not have access to even modest sanitation facilities.

World Toilet Day 2008

The first time I became really aware of that fact was when I read Kishore Mahbubanis new book where he mentioned in a side note that the moment of the arrival of a flush toilet was “the date when his life entered the modern world”.

Today is World Toilet Day 2008 – so let’s help bringing some dignity to the life of thousands by helping the World Toilet Organization installing some flush toilets around the world. Just click HERE to open the donation form..

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