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GemCraft 2 – Chapter 0

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

*Yay*! Armor Games released Gem Craft 2 – Chapter 0! I absolutely loved Gem Craft 1 and I couldn’t wait for the next round of that fabulous game. I don’t do much games on my computer in general as I have much better things to do, but I couldn’t stop playing Gem Craft.

It’s a fantastic Tower Defence with nice sounds, graphics and an amazingly entertaining gameplay. The major drawback is, that it’s flash based :( (I wonder whether one could make swfdec to save the state of a flash game, like a virtual machine in QEmu…) I haven’t tried the new game extensively yet, but I’m sure that this game will cost me the next weekends ;-)

If you like Tower Defence games, you’ve got to try CreepSmash as well. It’s an open and free multiplayer Tower Defence written in Java. It lacks nice graphics and sounds (and security ;-) ) but it’s definitely amusing to plan and play against other (real) player.

Happy playing!

Got Linux? Trade MP3s for chocolate :)

Friday, April 10th, 2009

If you happen to live in Germany and incidentally like chocolaty things, you might already have seen that you are eligible to download 20 MP3 files, with every bigpack Hanuta you buy. At least that’s what the ads say.

You are supposed to visit which doesn’t even run properly in my browser. It demands JavaScript, but even if you allow JavaScript for three domains, it wants to run a flash file… After managing that, I was  supposed to download and execute a strange Win32 binary. I was fed up and I searched for a contact address. I didn’t succeed in first place, but as I know that Hanuta is made by Ferero, I searched their website. The webform didn’t accept my email address because it thinks that “+” is an illegal character for email addresses *sigh*.

So I wrote that I assumed I could download MP3s somewhere but it’s not possible because they only offer a strange smelling binary and how I could get my music now. Of course they have to give it to me because they advertised it and didn’t say what is needed to get them.

After a few days, a nice woman called me and was very sorry that this MP3 thing doesn’t run with Linux and next time they’ll look after it and she was again very sorry. Then she offered me a chocolate package as kind of a refund ^^ Of couse I didn’t say no *yummie*

So, if you got this Linux thing and want some chocolate, go out and buy these Hanuta packs and complain to Ferero ;-) It’ll also help to bring Linux to the peoples mind.

Ferero Box

DAAD result

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I got my result from the DAAD after I have been there a few weeks ago!

Turns out, I won’t get the stipend, but I am on kind of a list, if anybody drops out. I consider that rather unlikely so I’ll concentrate on other methods to get some money. By the way: If you have some spare money and don’t know what to do with it, consider giving it to me ;-)

Anyway, I still need a language test from IELTS before I can apply at the DCU and start looking for a space to live.

Procrastinators Unite!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

via and then via

Procrastinators Unite! ... Tomorrow

Procrastinators Unite! ... Tomorrow

Buy the T-Shirt

HanseNet Speed

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Well, I got curious how good my connection really is, so I did a (flash based) browser test on The result is rather bad: 6MBit/s down and 300kBit/s up, while I pay for 16MBit/s down and 1MBit/s up.

I’ll move to and pay a little more for 100MBit/s down and 5MBit/s up :)

HanseNet Speed Benchmark

HanseNet Speed Benchmark

You are being monitored

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Found via drno but as it’s down, found here

You are being monitored

Gadgets from Hongkong

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I ordered some gagdets from, after read about that shop. I know for quite some time now, but I’ve never dared to order something. And I’ve never heard about focalprice, which seems to be more or less the same shop anyway.


I’d say they delivered very fast. It just took 2.5 weeks to ship that stuff from Hongkong… Another interesting fact is, that German post delivered that as registered mail, which is positive, though.

Translation FAIL

Translation FAIL

Well then, I’m off playing with my new gadgets ;-)

Moores Law

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Happy 1234567890 :)

Saturday, February 14th, 2009
$ date -d  @1234567890
Sa 14. Feb 00:31:30 CET 2009

Happy Valentines Day