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Finally Spring has arrived (sorry for not posting so often)

Hi everybody, Now that the spring has finally arrived in Austria, I am sorry that I am currently not posting so often. At the moment, the Lower Austrian minigolf league has started last weekend (my club – 1. MGC Vösendorf – has done quite successful in the first 2 tournaments on the last 2 Sundays with a 4th and a 2nd place we have moved up to the 2nd place in the overall ranking of the Oberliga), so I am spending much of my weekends on a minigolf course. Although myself not being very successful currently, I am very proud…

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Ever wondered what happened to Lorraine Crosby?

Hi everybody, You may ask now: Lorraine who? I don’t know her anyway…. Well, that’s not completely true, there’s a quite big chance you already might have heard of her: She’s the female voice in Meatloaf’s millionseller ‘I’d do anything for love’. This year, she auditioned for ‘The Voice UK’ – unfortunately, she did not make it through, although her performance of Midnight Train To Georgia was quite good – you can review it on Youtube. Find information in English on the 2-click solution here: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/03/0115241/heises-two-clicks-for-more-privacy-vs-facebook

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Running Polipo in Background on Windows 7

Hi, This weekend, I tried to run a polipo proxy as background task on Windows 7. That’s not that easy, because I did not want to have a dos-command-prompt-window open, even if it was minimized, but wanted it to be hidden. First, I tried to set it up as a service, however, for some reason that did not work (even if I used the Windows XP Resource Kit-tool srvany.exe), because for some reason it did not want to start the polipo.exe. Alsow, the daemonize-parameter also did not work on Windows 7 (it crashed the proxy). Then I tried to start…

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Programme on Arte: TPB AFK

Hi, Yesterday was ‘Internet’- and ‘Copyright’-evening on Arte (a German/French tv station), and after a documentary about Google books there was another documentary about the legal process against the ‘The Pirate Bay’-founders in Sweden. Unfortunately, it started quite late and I wasn’t able to watch it until the end (but, it could be watched again over the Internet: http://videos.arte.tv/de/videos/tpb-afk-the-pirate-bay-away-from-keyboard–7415440.html). First of all: Yes, I have quite some sympathy for these guys, and there are a lot of reasons, why Internet-sites like ‘The Pirate Bay’ work. However, I also respect the copyright, so yeah, it was definitely not right what they…

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Confirmed: March was too cold in Central Europe

Hi everybody, Yesterday I saw some quite interesting statistics – first, a German tv station compared this March’s average temperatures to the long-term average temperature for March. These statistics stated, that – in Central Europe – it was too cold by about 4° C. Another statistics on CNN compared the Easter temperatures to the Christmas temperature of 2012 and – surprise, surprise – these also stated that Easter was much colder (by about 6 to 8° C in Central Europe) than Christmas. So, no it’s not just a feeling, it is definitely too cold. Nevertheless, since we are in a…

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First The Voice UK Auditions

Hi folks, On Saturday, the first ‘The Voice UK’-auditions were broadcasted on BBC One. As expected, a lot of good singers, however, it is interesting that especially the singers who once were successful in the 90s sound quite boring, so it seems that auto-tune was used a lot in this era… Will.i.am is as funny as always (I couldn’t imagine that he would be so funny, before I saw the first ‘The Voice UK’-series last year), nevertheless, my wife and I are quite big fans of Danny. So, quite looking forward to the next installment on Saturday. Find information in…

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