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Fascinating volcanoes…

Today I stumbled over an article in 20 Minutes, showing a volcano on Hawaii.
Being very active the rather flat landside allows a spectacular view. As far as
the article states, there’s no danger for the local citizen. Also airplanes (if they
fly over this area) are not endangered as there’s almost no ash cloud present…

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Stop-motion video records: Gulp! & Dot!

Today I saw an amazing stop-motion video on youtube after 20 Minuten has
announced a new record. Why is it so special, you may ask… Well, it has been
shot from a big pole crane 40m above ground using cell phones. Yep, you
read right, cell phones! (Nokia N8 to be exact). The results are beautiful!

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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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The currencies… again! But with changes

The last days have been very busy and the world economy is still bouncy.
The Euro, USD, GBP and JPY are probing new depths which worries the swiss finance
market much more. The Euro was about to hit the 1.08 line then instantly
(within 5 minutes) rose near 1.10 again…

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False parking… no big deal?!

Often seen, a big annoyance for residents of a certain area and flushes
big simoleans into the city’s funds. You might think: “What’s the big
deal with false parking? It brings me to a close spot for shopping, doing
my busines, etc. and if they catch me, I pay a higher parking fee…”

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Houston… we have a crisis!

Today it seems that something has again upset the financial markets. At exactly 14:34
the dollar suddenly crashed below 0.80 swiss francs and took two more steps with approx
0.0010 swiss francs within 5 minutes. I thought, it could have been a temporary bump
and relax in the meantime…

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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. Ever imagined to see where your suburb-train is currently and if it is delayed?

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Check, Mate!

Again I had to wait for a Test-Computer to be prepared for installation of a test application.
While waiting, I decided to play Chess again and trying to bone the AI again.
As it is rather difficult to gain six Queens AND NOT to Stalemate the AI.
Stalemate means that the opponent can’t make a move without being checked.

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Ever wanted to know…

…where all those airplanes you see on the sky are going to?
I always wondered about the immense amount (spotting almost 5 or 6 planes on the sky
above Bern on a busy day!). More and more modern planes are equipped with a special
GPS sender that allows them to send their position to the different ground controls.

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The world’s most steep rollercoaster…

…can be now found in the Fuji Q theme park in in Fujiyoshida,
Yamanashi, Japan. With it’s astonishing 121 degress drop, you’re
short-term bit overhead rushing down from ~57 metres and
approaching the rest of the coaster with a speed of approx 100 km/h (65mph)!

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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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Funny stuff you can do with an iPhone

iPhone here, iPhone there. Some people might say that
it is boring to read about Apple’s wonder device, being
owned by more than 20 million people every day. But
did you know about the funny things about it’s camera?
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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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