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Gasoline Sales promoted?

Today I was shocked to see that gas station keepers may receive bonuses by selling
gasoline at the highest possible prices possible. With this, automobilists might run
into a more and more competition-driven price for gasoline as gasoline station keepers
may chage the prices theirselves. The higher, the more bonuses they receive

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Hurricane Irene at the east coast of USA

While news have spread the word, a hurricane is on it’s way to the upper east coast of
the USA. They say that the storm is a category 3 storm that may also reach category 4.
With 1300 km diameter (that’s pretty large if you ask me!) it is also dangerous to a large
area. Well… in New York and New Jersey, there’s big evacuation and alert!

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New game discovered: EVE Online

Usually it is very hard to convince me of a game. especially those type of game
where you pay on a monthly subscribe fee like World of Warcraft… but with the
advice of a good friend of mine who invited me to a 21 days trial, I finally
decided to upgrade my account to a paid subscription one.

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Crazy weather…

Just 2 days ago I juiced out at 34 °C barely knowing how to cool down except to take a cold
shower or drink cold water and today the news spread that temperatures may fall by 20 °C
that also leads to snowfalls in the more exponented areas such as mountain passes or higher
situated villages such as Davos for example.

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Vicco von Bülow aka. Loriot (+87) is dead

As you probably might have already read on local and international news, Loriot, also
known as Vicco von Bülow under his real name, died in Ammerland (Germany, Bavaria)
on monday at the age of 87. Very well known for his typical shaped cartoon characters
and Wum and Wendelin that were part of “Der grosse Preis”, his sort of humor was…

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Wednesday… my return to Bern again!

I guess, you already missed my longer posts during my absence. So did I miss a fully
functioning Internet! Unbelievable but today you feel sorta naked if you don´t have
your usual ways of communication available for your convenicence. At least even
the smallest ‘nest’ does have an internet terminal to keep in touch with the world!

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In the Münster of Freiburg

Today I was in the Münster of Freiburg As you can imagine, Münster churches are bigger
than regional churches. And when you know of the size of the Cologne Dom or the Ulmer
Münster, you will probably know of their size also. Is the Frauenkirche in Munich also very
big, the Münster of Freibug is a lot larger. As cameras aren’t liked inside, I used my iPhone…

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With the buckboard on tour

Today I was on tour on a buckboard thru Badenweiler and Niederweiler.
The Tour started at the hotel I am staying in and ended the same place after a
pleasant 2 hours ride. The tour was very relaxing and led thru grass plains hills and
wine fields. Very astounding and nice to look at!

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News from the relaxing One…

Today, monday, it’s only one more day, till I return home to Bern again.
With that I am relaxed to the maximum possible. Let alone the lots of sun I could get
and temperatures between 28 to 32 degrees Celsius. Where my colleague from work
…had rainy and cold weather, when he was in his holidays the last 2 weeks!

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Nachtschicht seen in Freiburg…

Today, when I was in Freiburg, I stumbled upon a
Sign I thought being misplaced there!
So what does Nachtschicht and Freiburg mean in
this context you may ask?

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Germany and fast(?) Cell networks…

Well… I still wonder why reception of all kinds of cell phone services is still so bad!
Not that I really would miss my Cell Phone anyways… But updating my Blog can
be a real pain in the a** when my Cell Phone is either signalling “no Service” or so
weak Networks so that Upload attempts of actual articles tend to fail…

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Holidays !!!

Hello to all my fellow readers. From August 17th, to
August 24th I am rarely online! So some days might
be without any update. But don’t worry! As soon As I am back,
there will be regular Updates

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Firefox 6 is released…

Today, The Mozilla foundation announced that Version 6 of their famous
browser is being released. Impressive, I say, have I upgraded to
Version 4 just some months ago. So why is Mozilla changing the major release
numbers so quickly now, compared to version 3 of this browser?

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Blitz Chess…

How long does it take to set a human player checkmate with the fastest possible
combination of moves such as the Schäferzug? The fastest Game I know of between
two human Players was about 45 seconds. Today I was able to set a new personal
record on the iPhone where I ripped that pesky iPhone in 24(!) seconds!

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The decay of the North pole…

This topic has been issued many times on different tv shows, natural science
broadcasts, other media and the like. The problem is, that we cannot deny
the continuous decay of our arctc glaciers as they are reducing in size day
by day. The videos below show in what dimensions the glaciers decay…

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Shall I push the button…?

Well, today’s entry from me is not related to economy (which seems to have calmed
a bit anyways) or from computer-related topics (nothing new happened so far).
Today I am writing about people who tend to push buttons for no reason… in tramways
or buses for example… or in offices on computers or phones or other devices…

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60 days left… and still no idea!

I still wonder what i should do on my upcoming 33rd birthday. I still have no plans nor
an idea. and there’s only 60 days left to plan someting, prepare for it and possible guests
and the like. Holding a birthday party can be a real hassle but on the other hand you will
for sure have lots of fun later on. So I’d better start thinking about what to do…

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Google’s self-driving car involved in accident

What still sounds as science-fiction story, is already reality! Google has a car equipped
with GPS steering and video cameras as well as with distance sensors. This study car
has driven 225’000 kilometers without a crash on the Google campus that is also
connected to the public traffic. 3 days ago, it happened… the car crashed into another!

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8-Bit, C64, Lego and Stop-Motion

On saturday I’ve shown you the largest and smallest stop-motion video. Today
I show you what I discovered and it is really amazing what a Commodore C64
can do in music, 2 guys can do with a camera and tons of LEGO bricks.
The good ol’ times… Have fun!

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An epic novel: Finance Crisis 2011

Not that I am very pessimistic but on Tuesday the economic situation was already
pretty grim. But with the start into the weekend, things look worse as expected.
The Swiss Federal Bank’s intervention did not do much to weaken the Swiss franc
and other currencies seem to suffer from strange hickups, too…

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A word about computers and their OS…

Todays’ market mainly consists of three good OSses, namely Windows, MacOSX
and Linux. Probably you may wonder why I am speaking of these today and what
I have noticed during the last 20 years in which I have worked with computers so
far. My insight shall clearly state that I am not favoring only one of these!

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Funny descriptions: Telefonspargel

Today I stumbled upon a new description for public phones. While they were usually
described as “pencil” or “yellow mobile toilet” and some other descriptions, the Deutsche
Telekom began dismounting the well-known phone booths and replace them with rather
windy phone pillars that allow everyone within 2 meters to hear what you’re saying…

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Google Chrome 13 with Pre-Rendering

Google is about to code the next major version of its famous browser. A new
feature of it’s website redering engine is “Pre-Rendering”. But what does it mean?
Google describes it as following:  “The browser keeps rendering pages in the
background as it thinks the user might view it as next browsing target”

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3D gaming – then and now!

I think most of my readers my remember the times when 3D Games became
available on PC. We all remembered the moments when our expensive
500 DM card have been plugged into our PCs to be able to live 3D games
ourselves. So how has 3D Gaming changed within the past 15 years?

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Financial Crisis in USA at an end?

As of today the U.S. Government has agreed to raise the debt level under the condition
to lower debts and state costs by 2.7 billion dollars within the next 10 years.
But as for now, the people seem very disappointed that the debt level raise will be a
reason for social and medical cutbacks and a possible tax raise…

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National Day August 1st

Today is the Swiss national Day: But what exactly was on the first day of August?
This historical specific date marked the initial beginning of the Swiss
confederacy. Earler, namely in 1291, a significant event has been held at
that specific date that has been remembered with a national holiday until today.

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Countries and their debts…

As you might already know, the world economy is very upset…
Bad messages every day about some country facing a complete
financial bankruptcy or at least payment difficulties and the cry
for help…

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Google and Munich S-Bahn…

…how do they relate? You may say: One can spot Munich from
atop via Google Maps and try to find all S-Bahn trainstations…
True but as of today, another service from Deutsche Bahn has
reached Internet era.

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Cleanup on aisle 4…

…or when you notice that your blog is a total mess on mobile devices!
Yesterday I noticed that my blog is really heavy-loading on mobile devices so I decided
to do some overhaul on my blog and trimming all my posts into two-sectioned posts using
the “More…” tag! As you can see, the blog now loads ways faster and shows a short intro…

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Interesting optical illusion

Our eyes are subject to optical illusions. Nothing new
as there are famous people like M.C.Escher who made
impressive optical illusions like the neverending waterfall
or the endless steps. With videos you can do similar things.

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Should one be worried about the Euro?

As you can see, the Euro is undergoing some loss of value compared to the Swiss Franc.
So is the Dollar and other currencies aswell.
But what makes the Swiss Franc so extremely strong compared to the other currencies?
Is it Switzerland with it’s well-known banks or some other factor?

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iPhone PWNED… again!

Again I had to wait for an application to finish maintenance on my workstation.
So I decided to play chess again. Funny to see, how the iPhone can loose at medium settings:
I think, the AI seems to be either very dumb (easy), not deep-analyzing (medium) or a real
pain in the a** when using a higher difficulty setting as it analyzes every move (hard).

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