Wednesday, October 07 2009
Sunday, March 30 2008
So I have a tone of mobile phone numbers, different contracts and
some pre-paid cards. The main problem is that using multiple cards at
the same time is not really possible. There are almost no multi-sim-card
mobile phones and the ones that exist normally take only two (2) cards.
Although I don't want to use a specific multi-sim phone but rather any
phone (so I can always use the latest and greatest). I tried one of these
dual-sim card adapters but it sucked.
So what to do?
What I want is this:
I want to be able to have one (1) SIM card that does not belong to any
operator. Then I want X number of mobile phone numbers with either
a contract or without a contract (pre-paid). Then I just want to be able
to tell the operators to connect the contract/pre-paid numbers to
this one SIM card. The remaining problem would be what actual mobile network
to use, since the phone can only connect to one network at the time. Ideally
this would be solved through some roaming-like-agreement where each provider
just provides bare network access and just deals with the service/contract providers in order to charge for usage.
I guess this kind of idea is not new but today I'm somehow pissed again because
of all the stupid different SIM cards I have.
Thursday, March 06 2008
so daylight savings time switch again. My Palm Tungsten T3 again died from battery drain while waiting for
user interaction to confirm the time switch. All data lost (I have a backup but still). This time I have enough,
my T3 is going into the bucket (the box with old PDAs and phones). I don't really use it anymore but I still use to
carry it around with me all the time. This will stop now.
Tuesday, September 18 2007
Thursday, December 14 2006
Tuesday, November 28 2006
heute morgen (ca. 5 Uhr) hat sich Alice
dazu entschlossen meine 16Mbit/s auf ca. 5Kbit/s zu drosseln. Der Support wusste auch nicht was nicht funktioniert und es haben ca. 5 verschiedene Personen meine Leitung durch-gemessen. Ergebnis keiner wusste was los ist. Eine halbe Stunde nach dem letzten Support Gespraech war dann ploetzlich wieder alles normal. Interessant war auch das die Upload Geschwindigkeit wehrend der
ganzen Zeit normal war. Schon eine komische Sache, hat mich 1 1/2 Stunden heute Abend gekostet.
Tuesday, May 09 2006
hatte ich am 2. Oktober bestellt und die haben es bis jetzt immer noch nicht geschafft das
zu schalten. Alleine fuer die Bestellbestaetigung (per Post) haben die 7 Wochen
gebraucht. Bei der Bestellung hiess es damals 2-4 Wochen Lieferzeit. Nach
mehrmaligem Nachfragen im Abstand von 2 Wochen hiess es dann: 4 Wochen sei
ueber Trieben schnell weil ja noch der Rueckkanelverstaerker eingebaut werden muesste
bzw. der/die Hauseigentuemer der Installation zustimmen muessen.
Das ganze ist in Darmstadt, mittlerweile habe ich auch
gefunden die auch massive Probleme mit Isey Kabel Internet haben. Haette ich das im
Ansatz gewusst haette ich mich niemals auf Isey eingelassen.
Wednesday, March 22 2006
I know this is really really old, still it is totally annoying...
...so yesterday I tried to play a DVD on my Linux laptop (T42p) for the first time and found that the
region code has to be set before playing or reading the disc at all. I known this is real
pebcak, but WTF? Maybe the drive should be pre set
to a region or should learn it from the first disc instead of just throwing I/O errors?
The actual point is an other. I rented a DVD in the US (while I am in the US) and my laptop is set to
Region-2 (Europe), so I can't play the DVD until I change the region code to 1. If I go back to Europe
I have to reset it to 2 again, if I go back to the US I have to reset it again, and so forth. After 5 times
I have to get the drive reseted by the manufacturer, so I can change the code another 5 times. I can only do
this 20 times and then I'm stuck with what ever region I have set last.
So what I figured out is, that I
just wont buy or rent DVDs anymore and rather get movies from some where else. Traveling is not uncommon
these days and people own laptops exactly for this reason. If you google around you will find many
people reporting this exact problem. What the hell is wrong?!?
This is one of the best examples for DRM CREATED PIRACY that I can think of. This is a real average Joe
problem, not something that only effects the hardcore-user or early-adopter.
Tuesday, February 28 2006
See this report from Spiegel and look what kind of other crimes are equally
treated as copyright violations.
This just sucks!
I guess Germany will be the new center for developing better
anonymous filesharing. Also hard disk encryption probably will become
more popular now! See my dm_crypt
Thursday, February 02 2006
jep its really so bad *autsch* found some nice pictures that
really don't need any description.
found via google image search
Tuesday, January 31 2006
I the last two weeks random people started IMing me on ICQ for no reason. I don't know
how they got my number since I don't have it on the web - my guess is that
they randomly chose a number. This is really annoying but fortunately you can just block
them. I really hope this is not getting worse.
Is this a common thing to happen?
Thursday, January 05 2006
since more or less today Skype is
not allowed anymore on the UCSB campus
network. The reasons are: 1) providing bandwidth to people not involved with
UCSB (Skype's P2P behavior) and 2) security of campus computers running Skype.
I guess this counts for the whole UC system so Skype is loosing a huge amount
of users here. Also I know about other big companies which also have
baned Skype from the networks. So is Skype dieing soon?
Wednesday, November 23 2005
I don't know if I complained about this in my blog before but today
Once again my HP iPAQ h6315 PocketPC PDA-phone crashed when I received a call.
It just froze when I try to pickup the call. This is about the 100th
time this happened. Its in no way consistent and happens randomly. My guess
is low memory due to memory holes in other PocketPC applications - but
Anyway I really need a new phone - one that doesn't crash all the time. I
would use my Nokia 7650 but since it doesn't support the US GSM bands
I just needed to say this! *ARG*
Wednesday, August 24 2005
yesterday I did a big update, first apt-get dist-upgrade (testing) with
about 600 packages (!). Then kernel update from 2.6.13 -> 14,
xfree -> xorg, hotplug -> udev and finally cardmgr -> pcmciautils.
Only two things gave me problems, first something in the Synaptics driver
config changed so my loved scroll function on the touchpad went away -
this was an easy fix. But then swsusp stopped working actually only
resume failed (WTF?). It took me quite some time to find the solution,
which is modifying the kernel source. It's basically some stupid timeout,
which needs to be increased. The file is: kernel/power/process.c
and the part is change 6 * HZ to 30 * HZ (I guess a
lower value should be ok too). The whole thing is described
here, since I didn't figured it
1 day lost through updating - ARG
Monday, August 22 2005
yesterday my ThinkPad silently rebooted as I unplugged my (external) USB disk, when it came backup USB was gone!
The OS (Linux/Windows) still sees the USB host controller but non of the many devices I attached get recognized
(dmesg shows nothing). Also some of the devices get power from the bus and others don't (I guess some of them
only turn on the lights if the are ready). The internal Bluetooth is also gone (it's USB too) - so I
guess the complete bus is gone or actually I think only a fuse got shot.
Anyway I spoke to the IBM support today and they told me it will be fixed within 7 days (wow!). To the question if
this is a common problem I got told that it happens from time to time. WTF? USB is hotplug - it should be able
to handle stuff like this.
Let's see how fast I get back my beloved black beauty :-]
I just can't get it to work in an acceptable way. The only mode that seems to
work somehow is setting STV as the primary display - this leaves your
LCD blank. Anything else doesn't work - you just see some flicker on the TV.
I just want to run the LCD with 1600x1200 and use the TV-out in 1024x768 or
800x600 - this can't be too hard to do?! Stuff like this really makes me
angry - but since nobody gets it to work I'm almost sure it's not *PEBCAK*.
*argl* 4 hours!