Buying a new TV set

I had hoped to replace my old CRT in a few years when the pace of innovation on the LCD side had settled down, the standards have really established themselves, more HD content feeds are available, and the prices are lower than now. But no, the CRT called it quits a few weeks ago (no […]

Dusting off old files

Today I was trying to free up the IDE disk of my old PC to be used inside an USB enclosure as external disk for our laptops. This is pure archeology: backups of prehistoric home-directories are contained in disk-images of slightly less ancient hardware. Some of the files are there in duplicates, as I made […]

Statistics and the Wall Street crash

I stumbled on an article about Nassim Taleb’s book “The Black Swan” recently. Quick summary: It’s very easy to make mistakes when applying the mathematical theory of statistics to the real world. Not everything in the world can be described as independent random variables with clearly defined properties. So whenever you put real money behind […]

A rant

I’m using the AvantGo client on my nokia phone to read newspapers on the subway from/to work (and while waiting for Clemens to go to sleep). Yesterday, it stopped working. Today I debugged it and discovered that the nameservers of A1 (Mobilkom Austria) simply cannot resolve avantgo.com. The domain is fine, and IP connectivity towards […]

Please welcome: Elena

Just in case somebody was wondering why my blogging was non-existent recenty: Born on May 22th, she certainly made my life even more interesting and, in close coordination with Clemens, the two children manage to consume my energy and spare time. Up to date picture are at my gallery.