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Wi d’Kichelchersmonster matdeelt, ass b352.com aus bislaang ongeklärten Ursaachen vum Netz verschwonnen. Den Abschiedstext léisst leider keng Schlussfolgerung zou, wat genee mam Site geschidd ass. Dee leschten Post koum ouni iergendeng Indikatioun, dass et geschwenn eriwwer wier an och de Fait, dass Reklamm gemaaach gouf fir dat éischt Bloggertreffen huet a kenger Hisiicht drop higewisen, dass b352.com nemmen kuerz Zäit méi spéit net méi wert ennert eis sin.

Eenzeg ass kloër, dass mam Enn vun desem Blog der lëtzebuerger Blogosphär ee vun sengen beschten Memberen verluer geet an et vun all sengen treien Lieser a Co-Blogger wert härzlechst vermesst gin.

Et war eng Éier däi Blog hun dierfen ze liesen b352 an eng onvergiesslech schéin Zäit “mat blink182 ouni link a mat 18 x 2 – 1”. Wat och emmer deng Pläng si fir d’Zukunft, d’Blogosphär wenscht der vill Erfolleg an vill Spaass domatter. Wee wees, vläit kriss de enges Dags erem Loscht ze bloggen, mir géingen dech op alle Fall erem voller Freed mat openen Ärm an eiser Mëtt ophuelen.

Merci fir alles.

Eegenarteg

Musék ze lauschteren vun enger Persoun déi een zanter siewen Joër kennt. Plazeweis hun ech souguer wierklech Probleemer seng Stemm z’erkennen an aner Momenter erkennen ech se, an iergendwéi sin dat genau déi Momenter wou et wierklech louche ass. Mee d’Lidder gefaalen mer, och wann Pop net méi Genre ass. An d’Pianosballad I’ve Drawn The Line ass cool.

Coz in your eyes I could see the ocean
And when you smiled you were like the sunlight surrounding me
And in your voice there was a sound that hit me deep inside
But not this time, I’ve drawn the line

(Julie – I’ve Drawn The Line)

That would be the coolest thing ever

Ok… Also ech hu grad Diggnation #69 gekuckt an alt nees hu se dovunner geschwat op London ze kommen. Dat kennegen se elo schon zanter Méint un (zanter Juni oder Juli mengen ech), mee elo koum endlech mol eppes méi konkretes: de Kevin Rose well fir säin 30. Gebuertsdag Vakanz zu London maachen, an huet gemengt dann kéinnten se dann an engems hier Live Episod do maachen. Firwat ass dat cool obwuel ech ronn dräi Stonnen vu London wech wunnen? Well säi Gebuertsdag den 21.2. ass, an dat an där Woch ass wou ech keng Coursen hun, also kéinnt ech dohinner goen, och wann et op engem Wochendag ass. :D

Wéini ass Fuesvakanz? Well ech géing mol schätzen do géing mäi Brudder sech dann och freen… :)

Questions, questions, and… even more questions

Totally bored right now and way too sleepless to go to bed, so I’ve been reading through the archives of some blogs I’ve bookmarked and ended up finding this questionnaire in Dave’s blog. Even more boring thing to do but what the heck… I filled it out.

1. Your name spelled backwards.
yrreihT.
2. Where were your parents born?
Luxembourg
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” Audiobook
4. What’s your favorite restaurant?
Peking Garden. Mainly because it’s linked to some beautiful memories.
5. Last time you swam in a pool?
I really can’t remember.
6. Have you ever been in a school play?
There was this one thing… Circus Tramtram or something like that…
7. How many kids do you want?
Two. Boy and a girl.
8. Type of music you dislike most?
Hip Hop.
9. Are you registered to vote?
It’s mandatory in my home country.
10. Do you have cable?
Nope. Sadly not possible in halls of residence.
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped?
Nope.
12. Ever prank call anybody?
No, too fragging stupid.
13. Ever get a parking ticket?
No.
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Never. Ever.
15. Furthest place you ever traveled.
Wales.
16. Do you have a garden?
At home, yes.
17. What’s your favorite comic strip?
I liked Lucky Luke when I was younger…
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
Yes.
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night?
Bath. Night.
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?
Take the Lead.
21. Favorite pizza topping?
Ananas and ham.
22. Chips or popcorn?
Chips.
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear?
I’m not metrosexual.
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?
I don’t even know what that is.
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
Gosh… Of course not!
26. Orange Juice or apple?
Orange Juice
27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine?
Mary, Jenny and Nadine at Chi Chi’s.
28. Favorite type chocolate bar?
As long as it’s white chocolate I don’t care.
29. When was the last time you voted at the polls?
Hm… 2004 I think?
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
I’m allergic to tomatoes.
31. Have you ever won a trophy?
Yes. Some swimming competitions.
32. Are you a good cook?
Well I can turn pancakes in the air…
33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?
Yes.
34. Ever order an article from an infomercial?
You’re kidding? I’d never do that.
35. Sprite or 7-up?
Sprite.
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work?
No.
37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy?
Chloramphenicol.
38. Ever throw up in public?
No.
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?
True love.
40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
41. Ever call a 1-900 number?
No.
42. Can ex’s be friends?
Yes, they definitely can.
43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital?
My grandfather.
44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby?
I have no idea.
45. What message is on your answering machine?
None.
46. What’s your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character?
I’ve never watched it.
47. What was the name of your first pet?
I’ve never had one.
48. What is in your purse?
Money, ID, Pontypridd-Cardiff Train Times, Student ID, NUS Extra Card, Credit Card, Visa, Top-Up Card
49. Favorite thing to do before bedtime?
Watch a movie.
50. What is one thing you are grateful for today?
I woke up with no worries about whether I’d find something to eat or clean water to drink.

President Bush has been assassinated

Conceived as a fictional TV documentary broadcast in 2008, reflecting on another monstrously despicable and cataclysmic event: the assassination of President George W. Bush on October 19th, 2007. The “documentary” combines archival footage and carefully composed interviews, presented in a respectful and dignified manner. (apple.com)

Looks and sounds like a very promising movie.

Trailer
Official Site.

There are places I remember

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I remember I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I’ll love you more

In my life I’ll love you more

The Beatles – There Are Places I Remember

An Open Letter to Hobbyists

Some of you certainly know this (in)famous letter in which Gates firmly attacked the Hacker scene. But for those of you who don’t, here it is in all its glorious ingeniousness.

An Open Letter to Hobbyists

February 3, 1976
By William Henry Gates III

To me, the most critical thing in the hobby market right now is the lack of good software courses, books and software itself. Without good software and an owner who understands programming, a hobby computer is wasted. Will quality software be written for the hobby market?

Almost a year ago, Paul Allen and myself, expecting the hobby market to expand, hired Monte Davidoff and developed Altair BASIC. Though the initial work took only two months, the three of us have spent most of the last year documenting, improving and adding features to BASIC. Now we have 4K, 8K, EXTENDED, ROM and DISK BASIC. The value of the computer time we have used exceeds $40,000.

The feedback we have gotten from the hundreds of people who say they are using BASIC has all been positive. Two surprising things are apparent, however, 1) Most of these “users” never bought BASIC (less thank 10% of all Altair owners have bought BASIC), and 2) The amount of royalties we have received from sales to hobbyists makes the time spent on Altair BASIC worth less than $2 an hour.

Why is this? As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software. Hardware must be paid for, but software is something to share. Who cares if the people who worked on it get paid?

Is this fair? One thing you don’t do by stealing software is get back at MITS for some problem you may have had. MITS doesn’t make money selling software. The royalty paid to us, the manual, the tape and the overhead make it a break-even operation. One thing you do do is prevent good software from being written. Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free? The fact is, no one besides us has invested a lot of money in hobby software. We have written 6800 BASIC, and are writing 8080 APL and 6800 APL, but there is very little incentive to make this software available to hobbyists. Most directly, the thing you do is theft.

What about the guys who re-sell Altair BASIC, aren’t they making money on hobby software? Yes, but those who have been reported to us may lose in the end. They are the ones who give hobbyists a bad name, and should be kicked out of any club meeting they show up at.

I would appreciate letters from any one who wants to pay up, or has a suggestion or comment. Just write to me at 1180 Alvarado SE, #114, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87108. Nothing would please me more than being able to hire ten programmers and deluge the hobby market with good software.

Bill Gates

General Partner, Micro-Soft