gates of hell

  The screencapture is taken from a video which was used to introduce ↑Windows 95 and ↑DirectX at the Microsoft Judgement Day event on 30 October 1995. It shows ↑Bill Gates in Episode 1, Map 2 of “↑Doom“. At 02:06min an Imp approaches him for an autograph—Bill frags it and comments: “Don’t interrupt me while I’m speaking.” According to the overall theme, the Microsoft catchphrase “Where do you want to go today?” was substituted for “Who do you want to execute today?” “So what do I need to do for this video?” Gates asked. Alex took a deep breath. Then … Continue reading

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plasma vs. crystals

  I need a new television set. Actually I do not need one, but I want a new one. Currently I still have got a widescreen ↑cathode ray tube (CRT) machine, which is great, but I want a way larger screen. Some eight—or is it twelve?—years ago all of my dear friends and acquaintances watched the whole soccer world championships at my home. For a long time I thought this was because of my charismatic persona and tremendous sociability. Until last week one of them parasites explained:      “Well, you definitely had the largest television screen.”      And … Continue reading

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madotate

  That’s how my desktop looked on 09 September 2001. Note how I went for lengths to achieve a custom look—all the icons made by myself (of course drawing on source material found on the Web), and their resolution pushed to the maximum possible. At least in respect to the flood of television commercials, the ↵Wii craze seems to have ebbed away—only to be replaced by the Vista craze. Judging from the clips, what Microsoft is most proud of is the “3D-desktop”, namely the ability of the graphical user interface (GUI) to perspectively tilt opened windows. Years ago, when I … Continue reading

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open source annual

  Today I received notice that the “↑Open Source Annual 2007″ will go to the printer on 25 February 2007, and will be presented to the public on 15 March 2007 at the CeBIT. The volume will contain a 15-page article by Yours Truly, which I christened “Die Deutungsoffenheit der Quelle” [The source’s interpretative flexibility], and today’s e-mail notice is one of a chain of long e-mail to-and-fros. What I want to stress is the fact that since long I haven’t felt so comfortable with a board of editors like in the case of the people in charge of the … Continue reading

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