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Turkey

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

As a result of actually being involved into a european consolidation project I had to travel to Turkey last week.

Last time I was there was back in 1992 and for a duration of 3 weeks. Doing a roundtrip there I had the chance to get quit a good impression about the country itself and the people living there.  What I’ve found there back in 1992 was a very interesting country and a lot of rather friendly people living there. Nontheless many things were different and a lot of them remained strange to me though.

Now this time I’ve headed to Istanbul only and therefore I’m for sure not able to give you an overall feedback of todays situation there. But once again I met very very friendly people there and enjoy my short and sweet diving in there very much.

The general appearance is still the same, but people appeared much more "western" alike today to me. Since years the Turkey is keen and willing to join the EU and the majority of people there really seems to be willing and happy to do.

I had quit a few really enjoyable conversations besides work, even scratching this and a few others similar topics and really enjoyed the ideas and argument I got to hear. Sure, I’ve mostly dealed with people my age and also mainly with folks working in my area of expertise or generally within the IT business. But for my feeling really the general background has changed there.

And therefore thinking about their wish to join the EU I have to say .. why not?

Sure there might be still things not fitting in very well or other things (in our eyes) which still needs to get improved! But I rather like to deal and talk with friendly people again and again, trying to improve or adjust things, than to bounce and maybe turn them grumpy instead.


 

Devicescape

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A few days ago I strolled through AppStore checking out new stuff there. By coincidense I did run over an app called Easy Wi-Fi by Devicescape offered there in a few “different” flavours regarding to the underlaying carrier used.

Now I should say that since a while I missed a handy app enabling me to use my hotspot connection details easily to login into secured hotspots like you often see at Starbucks or McDonald’s.Β  Not that I really would relay very often on the services of the 2nd service, but with the hotspots as an option they look farway more attractive now and the other service I visit anyway frequently.

Now seeing it and giving it a test was nearly one thing … especially it is offered for free … and I was very amazed seeing it working very well.

It working very well seemed rather strange to me, by knowing about such hugh company like T-Mobile does fail since ages to hand over you a working App doing the same. Now my hotspot flatrate seemd to make sense for the first time really!

Available as a PC client software only, the Mac OSX equivalent of a login tools is plainly missing and the browser bookmark might work as they suggest, but in my eyes is far away from being a really useful solution.

So therefore encouraged I’ve downloaded there Mac proggy and sadly found out about thereis a compatibility issue with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.(1) preventing this gorgeous solution to work.

Feeling a bit disappointed I’ve searched thereforums and FAQ and found some article answered by a tech guy called John, promising a new port soon and thereby asking for people willing to test for them. I didn’t mind and offered my help and nearly instantly got contacted by John. Now only a few days later I got a test suit from him and right the first test of it was a success!

If you everΒ  nagging have looked for a similar solution like me…. Give it a test! This company does rock for sure.

John! You have a new friend here. Feel free to contact me for another test whenever needed. πŸ™‚

 

A helping hand

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The last two days I had trouble with my hosting. Alarmed by my automated domain monitoring I found several of my domains not working anymore. Although being under time pressure I could for sure not resist analyzing the situation and starting the try to fix things again.

Even now after two separate sessions I’m not really sure about the issue. Some domains had "extra content", while others plainly did miss content or files. Hackers? Erratic SAN errors? Anyway …. A bit baffled I had to accept that my effort securing things seemed not be enough though. But thanks god I’m not short on recent backups and after that digging into details quickly I was quit sure about a restore would be best – databases were not touched and files hadn’t changed since last backup as I was sure about. Simply put things back into place and all would be fine again?!

Just after restoring domain folder there were still a few issues left when I was force to leave things alone having other obligations to go for. Shortly before leaving I decided to inform some close friend of me hosting with the same business and even on the same system than me.

As quickly turned out some of my friends’ domains were involved as well and being aware I’m short with time there was immediately the offer to do some more checks on mine as well ensuring everything would be fixed again.

Can you imagine how great and relaxing it is coming back after a long day and finding everything fixed and in place again … like magic? Thanks Matey … that rocks!!

Qantas and no end ….

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

From principle I like to travel with Qantas and I did quit a few times already. So earlier this year I called them asking for some connections and later on did book them then finally. So far so good ….

The day after booking there were some questions and at first they insisted on placing my wife and me into two different aircrafts, but after talking with them again all was solved soon and I got the obvious email confirmations send by them.

Now this was in early february … 

Since then they called me at least up to ten times re-scheduling flights and time lines again and again. One time they told me that now daylight saving was adjusted in their systems and therefore the departure time would change one hour. 😐

Since when do we have this confessed "senseless" daylight saving time change?!

Anyway, they are friendly, helpfully and do care …. Just I wonder why the hell it is that difficult to arrange some flights – especially when i give them so much time in advance.  And what I really do not understand is why they call me and make me confirming and repeating the info that a flight departure time has changed 5 minutes. Hey, I could and would read it within their emails of course, no need to treat me like a 5 years old.

Guess it is just to ensure I can’t sue them in case I would miss the flight though. 😐

Twitterfon vs. Twitterfon Pro

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Since being on an iPhone I’m using Twitterfon as for my my preferred App for twittering. Of course I couldn’t resist also giving those other twitter clients a test but finally and happy about I’ve return to it again.

Just lately it started up annoying me with stupid banner adds. Now you will not really turning poor by buying the pro version instead I’ve though and therefore getting rid of those nasty banner adds and stuff. Having the idea and buying it was on thing for me as usual and a few seconds later on I was the proud user of the Pro version and fired it up.

What a disappointment seeing it is newly nothing different at all …. can someone tell me how these folks archive to write several lines telling people about fancy more features of the pro version,  when it simply comes down to a multiple login feature(several accounts) and a few – not really worth to mention – skins for it? And at the end … you loose all your cached tweets therefore??

Last I’ve found very annoying for sure, as for I often exchange URLs through twitter and remember them by the context I’ve talked about them. A bit baffled I’ve found out about there is no import function and both version did work independent from each other.

Ok, someone can ask I’ve though and wrote to that guys asking for to overtake those stored tweets …. 2 days later …. no way there is was the answer …. not even a "We’re sorry to say …". 😐

Hah!! What do they think? Do they think I’m stupid eh?!

Running short by time I did park this topic for a week or so, but then finally made effort to get it fixed for me. Good news …. There is a way for sure! But now slowly step by step.

Sure, they couldn’t be aware I’m on a jailbreaked iPhone! But why didn’t they mention this possibility first?!

Finding it hard and difficult to analyze it all on the device itself, I first of all dumped it’s whole content onto my MBP using a tar command ( ssh -C -l root [ip of iphone] β€œcd /; tar zcpf – .” | tar xzf – ). So situation somewhat relieved I made a bit effort checking the content, trying to find out about it’s structure and where the relevant data would be to find on.

Mobile Apps are stored below /private/var/mobile/Applications within some cryptic folder names. Don’t get scared, it is easy to find your App in question by browsing these subfolder checking the store App within though. Now with this knowledge found it was easy to thrill down to Twitterfon as also Twitterfon Pro and analyzing the folder structure within. One view and opening the subfolder Documents and I was right finding some db1.5.sql file within. Who would wonder the one from the free version was bigger though?!

Seeing it was copying it and a short test was telling me something about a write locked database … pah! Some quick "chmod 755" and a "chown mobile:mobile" and also this problem was solved! And two minutes and a sync later the free version of Twitterfon on my iPhone was history.

No Way!? You’re kidding me?????????