• Goodbye Nokia Mobiles :-(


    As long as I can remember, Nokia mobile phones were the easiest to use and the ones where the menu structure was the most intuitive. It is very sad, that Nokia was sold to Microsoft, and now, even more sad, Microsoft has decided to not develop new phones (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/08/windows-phone-microsoft-nokia-layoff-smartphones).

    Well, the good news is that Nokia also is allowed to sell their own phones again soon. So I hope, that they will and will do it right (a Nokia-Android, maybe?).

    Please, take Apple as an idol company, that also was nearly bancrupt once and is now the most valuable company of the world. I wish them that they will have a Steve Jobs, if they decide to restart the phone production!

  • Asylum seekers in Europe


    Well another topic where Europe is currently failing:  Asylum seekers. There is no question, that it is somehow in our genes to be careful when dealing with something new, hence I can fully understand, that there is some doubt about taking up a lot of asylum seekers.

    On the other hand: Only a few decades ago, a lot of Austrian/European Continental people were very happy when they were taken up by UK or USA to be able to flee from World War II. Therefore, I see it as our duty, now to help people as well. What the EU and Austria currently are doing, could be called a kindergarden-behaviour, if it was not so tragic. The problem for the EU currently is, that it is hung – neither is is a real community in regards of politics, nor can we be seen as separate countries any more. So one country is pointing to the next one if it is coming to taking up the refugees, instead of trying to help as much as possible. So there are 2 solutions in my opinion: Either we are growing to be one or the EU will be falling apart as a whole with all consequences (which will probably result in World War III).

    I think, we should not sacrifice our humanity and values on trying to keep them away, because one thing is for sure: If we like it or not, the refugees will come. We can deal with it or we may do nothing and to the EU will happen what happened to the Roman empire in the 5th century during the Migration Period!

  • Greece, Greece, Greece…

    Hi everybody,

    Long time no see :-). But then again, a lot has happened, Greece is in or out of the Eurozone (who knows?). I really wonder, what the European countries are thinking that they are doing currently. What will happen to most of the money they get the next time? Actually, most of it will probably go back immediately to the IMF or some banks or other countries… So, I do not think that the money will help the Greek people. What Europe should really do is set up a long-time plan, where money goes directly to the people of Greece.

    Yeah, you are right, dear reader: The Greek people probably lived on debt for a very long time. But then again, who doesn’t? We in Austria definitely do, but we are lucky that our economy is still up. As soon as this would really go down, I am quite sure we will probably soon be in a similar position (actually, a rather good report, though in German, with a comparison of myths about Greek and reality in Austria can be found here: http://derstandard.at/2000017803149/Griechenland-Von-wegen-nur-faul-und-verschwenderisch).

    So, as the IMF already found out, making the rich richer does nothing for the poor, but giving money to the poor really helps the economy. So, Europe, do it now!

  • Setting DPI-Value for Image Exports in Java

    Hi all,

    Recently, I tried to export a jpg and a bmp-file from a java-application and wanted to set the dpi-value to 300. Oh boy, that was not easy :-). That’s why I have the 2 links that finally helped me solve the problem collected here:

    • For jpg-files, please read the following (also read the chosen answer): http://stackoverflow.com/questions/233504/write-dpi-metadata-to-a-jpeg-image-in-java
    • For bmp-files, the following method was very helpful (look at the answer from inflamer): http://www.java-forum.org/awt-swing-javafx-and-swt/29574-bmp-imageio-schreiben.html

    Funny, that since 2006, obviously there is still no easier option to write the DPI-value of a bitmap export (at least none that I found).

  • Is X Factor’s Stevie Ritchie an ‘Eisbiber’?

    Hi folks,

    Has anyone noted already, that X Factor’s Stevie Ritchie looks a little bit like an ‘Eisbiber‘ out of the series ‘Grimm‘? However, obviously, Stevie Ritchie does not look that scared of the world.

  • First Impressions of ‘The Sims 4’

    Last weekend I played ‘The Sims 4’ for the first time. My wife and I had gone for a ‘Limited Edition’ and as it seems, it is a rather good new version of the game. Of course, for people who played ‘The Sims’ since their first appearance, there are quite a few missing things and the re-appearance of loading screens when leaving the house is a little bit of a disturbance. We missed some kind of restaurant or bistro on the common grounds, but on the whole, the playing experience is still rather rewarding.

    The positive sides are definitely the multitasking abilities (eating and watching TV at the same time, having dialogues with several people at once) as well as the newly introduced emotions. Furthermore, it seems nearly bug-free, except for one time where the dialogue screen stayed although the dialogue was over for some time, we did not encounter anything unusual. I still hope, that there will come some updates, but if not, I am sure, that there will be add-ons to give us all  the things we are still missing.

  • People’s Behaviour During Concerts

    Yesterday, I went to a Robbie Williams concert. Usually, I do not take seating tickets for such a gig, but since it is a swing concert, my wife and I decided to take these tickets this time.

    Unfortunately, we had come to the conclusion, that some people holding seating tickets show very bad behaviour. First, a group of about 7 people came approx. 20 minutes to late (unfortunatley, they were right next to me, so I had to stand up and let them pass). Then, they needed another 5 minutes to get rid of their jackets (well, actually you should have to leave them at the garderobe, if you are not wearing them).

    If that wasn’t enough, the girl next to me kept using her mobile for Facebook, WhatApp, etc. all through the concert. Unfortunately, there was an Intermission, where they could get something to eat. So, during the second half of the concert, there was eating, discussions about it, and of course, more texting.

    OK, you are right, if you have stance tickets, you will have some drunks coming by, people moving around, but hey: in this case you can move around and avoid it as well, that’s something you can’t do with the seating tickets!

    So, folks out there: Please do not feel like you are at home during concerts and gigs, but please also take consideration of other people around you!

    Thank you very much!

  • Robbie Williams confirms expecting 2nd child during Vienna gig

    On 28th of April, during the first Vienna gig of his ‘Swings Both Ways’-tour, before singing ‘Go Gentle’, the song written for his first-born daughter Teddy, Robbie Williams confirmed that ‘she will be a big sister’ soon.

    So, around 2 years after the birth of Theodora Rose, Robbie Williams and Ayda Fields will be expecting their 2nd child.

    Karin & Markus from Austria wish you and your family all the best for the upcoming months and let’s hope the new-born will then bring on new songs like ‘Go Gentle’ as well!

  • Some facts about Rome interesting to know

    Hi out there,

    Recently my wife and I went to Rome for 6 really enjoyable days . We made all the usual sights (Fontana di Trevi, Spagna, Vatican City including St. Peter, Castell di Angelo, Colosseo, Foro Romano) – picture will follow soon on the pictures page. To follow here are some tipps:

    • January is a good month for Rome if you don’t some rain (or even hail) showers and thunderstorms. However, on the whole, the weather was nice and flights as well as good hotels are quite unexpensive.
    • Do as the Romans do – if you wait for a traffic light to be green for pedestrians, you are sometimes waiting very long just for 2 seconds of a green phase 🙂 – just cross, if no cars are coming.
    • Note that it is hard to find toilets in the park ‘Villa Borghese’. Just pop to the loo before entering (except you have tickets for the Galleria Borghese, in this case you are allowed to use their toilet – using the coffee shop alone is not enough).
    • It is easy to come near Vatican City from Leonardo da Vinci airport in Fiumincino using public transport – you do not have to go to the main station with the Leonardo Express, go to Trastevere station from Fiumincino, there are a lot of connections there already.
    • Always double check the money you are giving away, it sometimes happens that a fifty euro-note suddenly converts to a ten euro-note as soon as it leaves your hands 🙂 – but of course, that was one exception.
    • On the platform of St. Peter there is a coffee shop where you can get a really good Cappuccino for just 1 EUR (at least in January 2014)
    • Buses usually don’t keep to fixed time tables (maybe that’s why there are hardly any timetables to find) – do not depend on them
    • There are a lot of American students and travellers there – they even outnumber the usual Japanish visitors
    • Dan Brown’s ‘Illuminati’ still seems to go strong – a lot of people in the church ‘St. Maria della Populo’ (especially in one chapel)

    I hope this helps some people to be less surprised!

  • Who the f… is semalt.com?

    Hi everybody,

    When I recently checked my Google AdSense-account there appeared a site ‘semalt.com’ which seems to have displayed my adverts. After some googling I found out that it is obviously some kind of analytics page. However, I have neither subscribed to their service, nor do I have any connection to that page.

    So I am wondering what this is all about? Do they want to decrease my google ranking through having links on pages that are probably plain link pages? BTW, you need to have a username to access the page.

    Some tipps for AdSense-users:

    • Regularly check your account
    • Make sure, that you use the ‘Allowed Pages’-property on the properties pages

    Additional information can be found here:

    Dear google, some other questions – if I tell my adsense account to ignore views from that page, AdSense tells me that I won’t have revenues from that page – who is getting the revenues for that page then?

    If you have any knowledge of the nature of the services of semalt.com, please share it with us in the forum or add to the discussions on any of the pages I linked to!