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  • A list of reviews I will try to keep up to date, quite useful if you want to shop one of these DSLR camera.

    Nikon D90nikon_d90


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  • photographyreview
  • camcorderinfo
  • ken rockwell
  • dcresource
  • imaging-resource
  • popphoto
  • trustedreviews
  • cameralabs
  • letsgodigital
  • chasejarvis
  • luminous-landscape
  • cnet
  • B&H
  • Thom Hogan
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  • Novell Releases First Commercial Linux Featuring 2.6 KernelSuSE LINUX 9.1 Personal andSuSE LINUX 9.1 Professional (German) First Look at SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional "With the upcoming release of SUSE Linux 9.1, I thought we'd take a few moments out of the day to look at their Personal release, including the Live CD that comes in the box, which will allow users to take their SUSE Linux desktop anywhere they go and be able to feel right at home on any PC with a CDROM drive. Is it worth the lowered $29.95 price tag? SUSE is a great desktop distro, but will the features stack up? We'll see..."review 1 andreview 2

    An In-Depth Look at SUSE 9.1 RC2 by Joe Barr"Here is our promised in-depth look at the latest SUSE 9.1 beta. I found a little more flakiness than I would be comfortable with long-term, but I have been using this near-final version in my day-to-day work for nearly a week now and see no reason to go back to my previous installation."

  • SuSE Linux 9 November 13 2003 SuSE Linux 9, the latest release from Nuremberg, Germany-based SuSE Linux, was released at the end of last month. I put SuSE Linux Professional through its paces, and found it to be the most user-friendly Linux distribution on the market. It's not a "must" update for users of previous versions, but it does have some nice perks.more SUSE 9.0: A Distro Worth Paying For By Ross M. Greenberg Europeans are different from North Americans. They have all this cool, colorful money with lots of zeroes. They can smoke where they want to. And they are trendsetters, listening to strange new music and buying cars with heated seats. more A Week with SuSE 9 January 25 by GotrootWelcome to the second installment of a new series. As mentioned in the last installment, during this project, I'll be installing several Linux distributions, running them each for a 5 day week, and keeping a daily journal.more OPTED TO THE NINESSUSE unwraps a must-have desktop distribution for power-hungry power users wanting more than the latest and greatest in 32 bits.more SuSE Linux 9.0 Professional Review by Steve Barnhart 2003-11-18 "I recently picked up a copy of SuSE 9.0 Professional. I have never used or been familiar with a SuSE product before as I've only used Mandrake, Red Hat, and a bit of Debian. After using Red Hat for a while I decided to evaluate SuSE and I am now sorry for not having tried it sooner."more Linux Professional version 9.0 Review 2003-12-30 "A1-Electronics reviews the latest version 9.0 from SuSE of their Linux operating system."more SuSe - Linux 9.0 review 18/01/2004 "The subtitle of this review could so easily be 'a tale of two operating systems.' That one of them is good and the other bad should not be surprising; that they are both the same operating system might raise more of an eyebrow."more Suse 9.0 Professional Review "This is a review of SUSE Linux 9.0 Professional Edition."more SuSE Linux Professional 9.0By Oliver Kaven November 25, 2003 "With an attractive interface and a unique, comprehensive configuration tool, SuSE Linux Professional 9.0 offers rich features and simplicity for mainstream users and small businesses alike."more Review Cornermore

  • to be continued

  • sony_playstation_ps3

    I simply love my PS3, so quiet and open to changes...

    • You can switch the HDD for a bigger one with no efforts (notebook HDD 2.5'' size replaced in 3 minutes see the video below)

      , or EVEN a 3.5'' size. You will have to backup your game save on an external memory stick/usb disk before going to the new disk
    • Linux, either Debian, Yellow Dog,  Fedora can be installed, I just did not try them, because I am not supporting Gnome, I really miss OpenSuse/KDE at the moment. The linux partition is limited to 10GB
    • USB storage disk are recognized as long as they are formatted with FAT32 (remember NTFS is everything except an open format thanks to M$)
    • I have bought a bluetooth Plantronics discovery 655 headsets which simply work. I've choose an expensive models because I want to use it with my cellular as well, but people have reported that even $9 headset are working.

    • My NAS server bluetooth keyboard (Microsoft Entertainment 7000 wireless) is also simply working
    All in one, an expensive machine at first sight, but If you want to do a little bit more thing with a XBOX 360, you will have to pay a lot more!

    The PS3 Internet Browser
    • The browser is usable, but even better as soon as you use a bluetooth keyboard,
    • Some page do not render or get displayed because of some internal scripts (flash? javascript?) -> Sony please use Firefox or better Opera
    • The bookmark (select button) is useful as long as you do not have too much entries, as it is not possible to search or organize entries in directory (bookmark is just a list of site title) -> Sony why not using Google bookmark
    • When a site open  popup windows, browsing is starting to be difficult, Sony I need tabs to see what is going on in the background

    What XMB is lacking
    • AVI, XVID playback
    • Instant messaging: Skype, Gaim would be great
    • A usable music player, something like Winamp media library or Amarok

    I currently own 4 blu-ray and will never buy DVD anymore due to quality jump (no way back)

  • Suse 10 linux I've done right now the migration to Suse linux 10 on 2 computer

    Novell has killed the SUSE pro version and now offer:

    • A box version, for 59€
    • An Eval version (identical content as the box version but without printed manual or support) this one can be download using http, ftp mirror or better bittorent.
    • A 3rd version, which is open source only (understand without any commercial or closed source apps) can also be downloaded from

    Note that all 3 versions above share the same source code base (open source kernel and extension developped at

    As usual, if You want to try for the first time a linux distribution, I recommend You to try the live DVD version (both 32 bits and 64 bits cpu version is available).

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    My experience with Update

    1. HP nx7000 has been migrated succesffuly from suse 9.3 to 10 without any pain (reboot ladtop with dvd inside and choose installation then update) Note that before updating I was forced to remove all major (and for me vital application): Videolan, mplayer, amule among others... The wireless and bluetooth card are working perfectly without any intervention (was not the case under 9.3 pro)
    2. My destop during update always hang after 54 minutes (during install of rpm mms (a winamp like) install) I was force to do a fresh install. I am convince it can not be a SUSE fault.

    Quick review:

    • a lot more polished in KDE control center (thanks to KDE 3.4.2)
    • blazing fast during boot time, for sure 5 times faster with my setup (same hardware) - responsiveness desktop as ever, the NVIDIA driver installed after "online update" allow 3D acceleration right out the box
    • Superkaramba has been integrated into KDE, it has never been so easy to locate new themes (so call desktop widget), thanks to an integrated search engine, install or administrate them.
    • The "search box" in start menu is so great that I do not understand why microsoft has not done it before. this "search box" act like a search engine which allow You to queries the start menu with keywords. Example? searching a browser program by "internet", or "browser" highlight matching entries

    A detailled review will follow soon....

    Links to reviews

    1. Mad penguin

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  • kyosho_caliber_30

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    Kyosho Caliber 30, an in-depth Review

    A friend of mine buy especially the caliber 30 for shaking it, doing hard 3D, and to avoid any regret in case of crash (he currently own 2 futura se, long ranger, airwolf, raptor 30, shuttle etc). 2 weeks after that I buy mine on ebay germany (new motor never run, kit not built). This review is based on his comments and mine (as today 23.06.2002 I only break in the motor (35°C) but I noticed a lot of bads things which are not written in french magazines). Overall it is a great machine.

    Length: 1095mm
    Height: 408mm
    Width: 190mm
    Weight: 2900g
    Gear ratio: 9.615 to 1 to 5.0
    Main rotor: 1230mm
    Tail rotor: 240mm
    Engine: 30 size
    Tank capacity: 340cc


    • The swashplate is taking a lot of slope, after only 10 flights (I must admit with hard 3D), -> I replace it with the "Correct" metal upgrade
    • If you want power for hard 3D, you NEED to invest in 15% nitromethan, but that is common by 30''size.
    • The paddles are moving and sliping (they are in 2 parts, sometimes they slipe 2 or 3mm after a flight!!!!!!) -> I replace them with raptor 30 paddles
    • The landing skids is too small (could be larger for a newbie) and made in a hard plastic, that can easily break in case of a loose crash, -> I replace it with Raptor 30 landing skids after my first crash.
    • Tailboom supports are too small and their angle is below 30°, should not be larger in order to improve the tighteness of boom ? You can replace them with raptor 30 or use longer one.
    • Canopy is...... you know...ugly...moreover you have no access to the motor (who made the design of this !!!), 4 easily to loose screw are use to maintain it in position -> I replace mine with the raptor canopy (one of the cheapest canopy 9$) or you can cut the original one. It has no screen windows......
    • All plastic are very very cheap, washout arms can be bend with the finger, the same for the arm on the carburator, screws can only be tightened twice, no more then it becomes loose inside the plasti frame....
    • The height of the tail belt is ridiculous (4mm height), 43% smaller than the raptor 30 (7mm height), I hope that Kyosho test them enough,
    • Blades grips are so thin and flat, that they make me scared... a friend say that they should support the load...
    • The main mast is going through the whole mechanics (very long 260 mm ! and rotor is above canopy 150 mm above frame !), should not be so easy to replace it and what is it's price ?
    • Ridiculous swashplate in 3 parts ! with 3 philips screws below and 4 in upper side! R I D I C U L O U S ! this is the weak of this helicopter.
      Ridiculous swashplate...
    • 90° control is really cheap (all servos (3) are moving in the tray guided by 4 bearings, a lot of lateral slope), I prefer 120° CCPM.
    • Philips screws everywhere in the comment
    • One of the strongest screws loctite was used....prepare you to have a lot of fun if you want to remove screws..
    • Very small plattform for the gyro, (for the CSM 540, I cut one of the arms see pictures), under the canopy, and in front of the heli is it not the place where amplitude of vibrations are the worse ???
    • Very few room space left for the gyro ! the CSM540 can not be used with the standard canopy (see this page )! It work only with the Raptor30 canopy.
    • Only battery AAA can be used, 1100 mAh (I use 1700mAh but not mounted in line see pictures), a CCPM system is draining more, so why allowing so less space for battery ???
    • So much slope everywhere (here and here and here) that you do not need exponential settings...
    • 2 screws are missing... hole are prepared but empty : one in the tail rotor hub, the other in the metal pignon beside the main spur gear.
    • Plastic clutch bell standard....(but there is already an metal upgrade....)
    • Bad position of power switch, below the radio tray far away inside the canopy.
    • Paddles are made of 2 parts, this increase drag since the are not glue together and may cause flutter during 3D
      -> replacing them with raptor 30 paddles supress flutter.
    • Frame is very light, can easily break and won't survive so many times like the raptor 30 one.

    Very nice engineering !

    • Fan quality is bad and inefficient. Need to be replaced (Correct or quickUk?), some people encountered overheating.
    • The MMS mode has to much slope, the idea is nice but the realisation is bad (4 pinion sliding in a plastic tray),
      some people (Jason was the first) already made 2 shim with a coca cola metal can to remove lateral slope of the sliding tray..
    • The starter coupler CA3018 is made of a very soft metal, and will need to be replace very quickly (before it get round shape and disallow to start the engine). You can use the correct aftermarket fan from correct or quickuk (if they release one).
    • The cyclic power is good but with the main shaft so long there is a lot of mas to rotate around the disk so roll/flip rate is about the same or a little better than a stock rappy 30 with similar head speed.
    • Canopy weighs also 8.4 oz (too heavy for a 30)
    • The radio tray is flexing so much that it affect the pitch, really bad.


    • The machine is light, even as light as my electric helicopter, (eRaptor 2.9 kg.)

    • The design of head is directly taken from the caliber 60 (not in metal and with a lot of simplifications but it is a clever design),
    • All upgrades parts from the M50 and caliber 60 can be used, (is it a strategy from kyosho????)
    • In flights, noise is grandly reduce due to the 2 stages belt system,
    • The tail head is herited from a 60'' size,
    • Main blades from the raptor 30 can be reuse (4mm nut bolt).
    • The tank is really big for a 30''size, fuel level is visible at 10 meters (color is neon blue).
    • The radio installation is very clean, all cables can be hidden in the radio tray.
    • Sold with an OS32sxh and not a TT36 (which sometimes sucks!),
    • Muffler is quite good for a stock one (the one with the raptor sucks!), tips you can drill 4 holes (4 mm) to increase power.
    • Both an Electrical Mixing System (EMS in fact CCPM 120°) and a Mechanical Mixing System (MMS) are standard.
    • Basic configuration in 30 minutes not more : a record. In fact you need time to mount servo, fix them etc... This is mainly due to the manual which tell you all settings, only ATV is missing (normal it is dependant on servo and TX pulse),
    • Very long main mast, allow mass to be far below rotor, increase stability.
    • Tail servo is mounted directly on tail boom as standard, easy maintenance and removal without losing trim settings.
    • I never see a control system which slide so easily right out of the box. (even on high end machine).
    • Less parts, less problem, the frame and overall design is clear and nice.
    • Final assembly is simple and straightforward, linkages are easy to adjust.
    • Large cooling fan allows for use of both low nitro and low oil fuels (as used in Europe).
    • 10mm main shaft and 6mm spindle shaft (not new ! same on Raptor 30).
    • Motor mount in metal stiffen the frame and act like a radiator.
    • Revolutionnary linkage, at the correct size right out of the box.
    • Very nice manual, but I would like to see it only english and not with some cyptic japanese (sorry but that is really disturbing when you can not read it)
    • Tail rotor has great authority - fast pirouette rate, stops on dime.
    • 47 pinions in the mechanic as standard.




    The .32 SX-H engine

    The .32 SX-H engine comes equipped with a heavy-duty crankcase, heat sink head, conrod and crankpin, plus a dual-needle Type 20C carb, larger front bearing and a rear bearing with nylon retainer.

    Displacement: 5.22cc
    Bore: 19.56mm
    Stroke: 17.53mm
    Practical rpm: 2,000-22,000
    Output: 1.2 bhp @ 18,000 rpm
    Weight: 289g



    • YES the caliber 30 offer a level of functionnality and capacity not ever seen in a 30''size for that price, but what is the reliability ?, how long performances stay at this level right out of the box ? So much parts are cheap.... I am not dummy, I understand that is was to reduce the price, but is it not to sell more upgrades parts ??? only times and a full season of flight can tell us the truth...
    • It perform well on 3D, but we have some flutter now and we are trying to fix this. Our attack plan (we already reduce head speed and notice no improvements): changing paddles, changing swashplate, tighten the control system.
    • As a conclusion, wait some months before buying a caliber 30 (especially if you already have a 30''size otherwise you can go and buy a caliber), price will go down and a lot of people will have more experience.
    • I fly the caliber since 3 months now and really love it, no or less maintenance, long flight time and reduce noise.... I bought a second one !
    • I bought yesterday my second caliber 30 and I love it ! I will never bought a raptor 30 anymore, on 3 raptor : 2 glow develop the woof and poof, only the eRaptor was flying without problems. If you still want to buy a Raptor go for the v2 not the old one.
    • Be careful, a lot of parts need to be replace in order to maintain the performance at it's level. see the review
    • Replacement parts are sometimes 2 times more expensive than raptor 30. I hope it is because this machine is new...
    • Kit price with engine in France :463€/405$ without engine 320€
    • What 30''size to buy for a beginner ? caliber 30 (very new 2002)<- raptor 30 v2 (since 4 years out 1998)<- nexus 30 (production discontinued, so kit, parts are really cheap, good for starting)
    • Click here to jump to the caliber 30 gallery section
    • Realflight addon4 has a caliber 30 available:
    • Reflex 4.0 has also the most realistic caliber 30 free of charge.

    Lets have a look at metal upgrade parts prices from the company Correct,

    Arms, flybar control 30$/34,3€
    Arms, mixing 25$/28,6€
    Brake, main rotor 6$/6.9€
    Swashplate 60$/68€
    Clutch bell w/pinion 25$/28,6€
    Fan 25$/28,6€
    Grips, tail rotor blades 25$/28,6€

    Click here to jump to the upgrade section

  • Some time ago I was asked if I would like to write a review about one of the new video courses from Packt Publishing. It was "Getting Started with Apache Maven" by Russell Gold and since I have been using Maven for some years now (since 2007) and did publish some articles myself, I thought it would be nice to help them promote Apache Maven.

    The course is organized in eight chapters, forty videos with a length between two and five minutes, for a total length of two hours. The aim of the course is to provide the shortest path to use effectively Maven

    You can download the course as a single zip file. After unpacking the file to a local hard disk you find a user guide, support information, a reference to the code examples and the video files. As you may notice I said "reference to the code examples". Even if the name of the file "Code" it contains only a file with the link to the source code on github.

  • kyosho_caliber_30

    from Rotory
    Caliber 30 comes almost completely built. I estimate that a beginner could take the box home and in less than 6-8 hours, they could be at the flying field, ready for their first taste of rotory wing. The Caliber 30 is designed for both the beginner and advanced pilot as well. The helicopter can be configured in two ways. In the beginner set-up, the main rotor blade holders are controlled from the trailing edge, with reduced mixing, making the machine extremely stable. For aerobatics (3D), you just assemble it with the control rods on the leading edge and the machine is capable of aerobatics with no modifications what-so-ever.
    For those of you with standard radio sets, you’ll be happy to know the Caliber can be set-up with either EMS/electrical mixing system or MMS/mechanical mixing system. With the mechanical mixing, “single servo systemâ€?, the servos are mounted on a movable plate which rides on four ball bearings to achieve cyclic control. If you choose the CCPM version, as we did, you use a fixed servo plate in which three servos provide cyclic/collective control. The swashplate on the Caliber is ingenious, it has inputs for both mechanical or CCPM. The cyclic bell cranks also have two positions on the frame to accommodate either control system as well. Bottom line is, the Caliber 30 will work with most any radio system.
    The drive train on the Caliber 30 is somewhat like its 60 size big brother. It is uniquely belt driven for smooth and quiet operation. There is absolutely no vibration transferred from the engine to the drive train. The Caliber 30 uses a total of two belts; one for the engine to transmission, and the other from the transmission to the tail rotor.
    The engine mounting is also unique in that the engine is mounted in an all metal cast engine support, which slides into the frame set. This serves to strengthen the base of the frames yet, provide easy removal of the engine by dropping it out the bottom.
    Kyosho did make a mistake by using Phillips head screws almost throughout the entire helicopter. While a few screws here and there are fine, they went overboard and even mounted the engine with 3mm Phillips head hardware. Once you blue Locktite the hardware as they suggest, there is almost no way to remove it again. Should you round off one of those screw heads, you’re in trouble. I would highly recommend that you do not use the provided screws, go out and purchase some hex head hardware.
    The Caliber comes with a gear ratio of 9.6. A two stage belt drive system offers a driven tail rotor, which means the tail rotor turns all the time, even during an autorotation. I have mixed feelings about this option for the beginner. While I’m aware that a driven tail rotor system is preferred for the expert, with light weight 550 main rotor blades, you have to have your act together to perform anything other than a “straight-onâ€? autorotation. The extra drag of the tailrotor (especially with a belt drive tail) really taxes the rotor system and there’s not a whole lot left for any fancy hover, then land autos.
    The engine drive on the Caliber is unique as well. Ours was powered by an OS .32 engine. The clutch is supported by what appears to be a 10mm shaft, which screws on to the clutch. I would highly recommend that you use 5 min. epoxy to set the two bearings in the plastic bell housing, since the fit was a bit on the loose side. The fan is mounted with two 3mm hex screws which are situated above the clutch assembly, putting it quite a ways from the cylinder head. So far, I have not had any over heating problems, but it’s still relatively cool, and I’m using 30% Morgan fuel. The Caliber does come with a cast (baffled) muffler which, for the most part, is pretty quiet. It did weigh-out at a beefy 118 grams. The cast muffler greatly aids in the cooling of the cylinder head.
    The main frame set of the Caliber 30 was carefully thought out. First off, the forward section is one of the best I’ve seen. The radio system is really protected by cavities/trays, which are molded into the frames. There are four cavities which house; the servos, battery, receiver, and gyro. Our Futaba GY401 gyro looked lost in the recess. In addition, there is access for you to route your wires from area to area. The frame set also holds a “CGâ€? mounted 340cc fuel tank which is securely mounted between the frames and offers good visibility.
    The main rotor head of the Caliber comes fully assembled. While it still has a “skinneyâ€? flybar, the Caliber 30 does have a 10mm main shaft. Inside the blade holders you’ll find two bearings and a thrust bearing. As I mentioned, the Caliber comes with two set-ups. You choose from; a RRS set-up (rear grip system) or a FRS set-up (front grip system). With the RRS system, the Caliber 30 is ideal for training, since it’s considerably more stable. With the FRS set-up, it’s suitable for aerobatics, thanks to a different mounting location of the input rod on the Bell-Hiller lever. The machine comes standard with the aerobatics set-up. For the most part, I would recommend that even a beginner start off with the standard FRS set-up (front grip system). Due to the high main shaft and somewhat soft dampening, the Caliber 30 would provide a good learning platform for a beginner with a little expo or rates on cyclic.
    The tail rotor on the Caliber 30 uses a boom mounted tail rotor servo. I would have preferred to see it under the hood to avoid the use of an extension wire. The tail rotor grips are 60 size and the pitch change mechanism works smoothly.
    Last, but not least, is the Caliber 30 Canopy. At first, I sort of had my doubts, but the new style definitely grows on you. If nothing else, it’s unique. This, combined with some bullet proof (poly) vertical and horizontal surfaces, make for a tough all around package.
    The Caliber 30 is without-a-doubt a giant step for Kyosho in modernizing their helicopter line. Even though the Caliber is using CCPM, for the most part, everything is under the hood (canopy) where it belongs. Whether you’re a beginner, looking for an easy way to get into the air, or a more accomplished pilot into aerobatics, the new Caliber from Great Planes could be a wise choice.
    Street Price $419.99 w/OS .32 or $299.99 w/o engine

    Story by, Mike Mas

    Machine Specifications:
    Length: 1095mm
    Height: 408mm
    Weight: 2900g
    Gear ratio: 9.615 to 1 to 5.0
    Main rotor: 1230mm
    Tail rotor: 240mm
    Engine: 32 to 38 class
    Fuel tank capacity: 340cc

    For Further Information:
    Great Planes Dist.
    P.O. Box 9021, Champaign, IL 61826
    (800) 682-8948

    A full lenth review appears in the July / Aug 02 issue of Rotory Modeler Magazine
    Rotory Staff
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  • Saeco_Incanto_Sirius_00

    My Saeco Incanto Sirius coffee machine died after a bit more than 1517 coffee and 5 years of low usage.  Since I paid 1500CHF for this machine, not counting the electricity, the coffee beans, this bring the cup to more than 1CHF.

    The machine is now ready to be sent to the repairing factory, just hoping they wont ask for an huge amount of cash to bring it back to life. Risk is high that I go next for a Nespresso machine

    How to access the Saeco Service Menu

    In this menu you can change all parameters of the machine, amount of water and coffee, temperature


    You need to turn off the machine. Hold your fingers on button 1, 4 and 6 at the same time en turn the machine on. ( Button 1 to 3 is the upper row from left to right, and 4 to 6 is the lower row from left to right). Now you can browse through the machine settings with button 4 or 5.

    Diagnostics menu Incanto Sirius

    N ° 1 coffee long pulses 480 Number of turbine pulses COFFEE.
    1 espresso N ° pulses 160 Number of turbine pulses espresso.
    1 Coffee N ° pulses 350 Number of turbine pulses coffee.
    Heating parameters K1 8 Slope of the heating heater coffee / hot water. The higher the hotter.
    Heating parameters K2 30 Slope of the heating steam heater. As high as steam desired.
    Heating sensor calibration 96  
    Normal temp ° C 88 Temperature of the coffee in setting 'Temp' normal 'in the user menu.
    High Temp ° C 109 Temperature of the coffee in setting 'high temp' in the user menu.
    Temp 1 ° Coffee ° C 117 Temperature of the first coffee after prolonged disuse.
    Steam Temp ° C 125 Temperature of the water vapor.
    Temp rise ° C   Increase to the current temperature before brewing process repeated for the heat
    Record count nn Since the last announcement Dreg drawer empty 'coffee are nn been prepared.
    Set Stop 12 After 12 Coffee shows' Dreg drawer Empty 'in the display.
    espresso nnn Number of Espresso done
    coffee nnn Number of coffee done
    COFFEE nnn Number of coffee-long
    Total water ml nnnnn Total water amount of coffee / hot water since the initial operation.
    Water DESCAL. ml nnnnn Total water amount of coffee / hot water since the last decalcification.
    Ml water for descaling nnnnn Amount of water since last decalcification
    Number Descaling nnn Already performed decalcification
    Number of cleaning nnn Have already taken Cleaners
    Ml water filter nnnnn Flow in ml of the water filter
    Hot water Durchfl. l / h 18 Flow rate at hot water draw.
    Hot water Pumpenreg. 6210 Automatic regulation of pump power. The higher the value, the more the pump decrease in performance with age..
    Reserve water meters N ° pulses. nnnnn Balance of the remaining available water to "water blank"
    Water reserve Stop N ° pulses   Balance of the remaining available water to "water blank"
    Decalcify nnnnn Specifies whether the machine is the descaling
    Cleaning cycle 0 Specifies whether the machine in the cleaning cycle is the
    Machine Status 164 128 + 32 + 4 = 164
    Water shortage (1) + Pre grinding (2) + Heater Plate (4) + feeder full (8) + not used (16) + standby mode (32) + system 2 (63) + hot water program (128)
    Production Date Day    
    Production Date Month nn  
    Production Date Year nn  
    Date Day Service nnnnn  
    Service Date Month nn  
    Service Date Year nnnn  
  • seagate.momentus.xt.500gb

    The Seagate® Momentus® XT drive enables laptop PC users to enjoy solid state-like performance without sacrificing storage capacity and affordability. The Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive utilizes Adaptive Memory™ technology to dynamically optimize performance by aligning to user needs. This perfect balance of SSD and HDD delivers low heat, noise and vibration, and is available in capacities up to 500GB.

    Here is the drive I am testing,  information you can easily found with drivedetect.exe (

    Model: ST95005620AS, Serial: 5YX03VW9, Firmware: SD23    

    this is by the way the latest firmware as for today 28.10.2010


    Due to the nature of the SSD that is monitoring your usage, you wont get the maximum of performances at first run. Here is 3 run using CrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo (Crystal Dew World :

    seagate.momentus.xt.500gb.crystaldiskmark01 seagate.momentus.xt.500gb.crystaldiskmark02seagate.momentus.xt.500gb.crystaldiskmark03 

    In order to try to try to reveal the real performance of the disk without the SSD, I di made a run with bigger chunk of data 4GB, the size of the internal cache, good but not stellar.


    As a reference here is my old drive, a Western Digital blue WD3200BJKT from August 2008. Again not a lot of

    And the Intel SSD flagship SSDSA2M160G2GC (160GB) . This Intel X25-M SSD 160GBwas paid 400€, so 3.5 times more expensive (400€/114€) for 2.3 (240.1/104) more performances:



    Seagate Momentus XT Intel X25-M SSD 160GB

    Sequential Read
    Sequential Write
    Random Read 512KB
    Random Write 512KB   
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) 
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1)  
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32)  
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32)

    Test : 1000 MB

    104.513 MB/s
    79.800 MB/s
    37.805 MB/s
    48.630 MB/s
    0.466 MB/s [   113.7 IOPS]
    0.928 MB/s [   226.5 IOPS]
    1.052 MB/s [   256.8 IOPS]
    0.833 MB/s [   203.5 IOPS]

    [C: 39.5% (48.5/123.0 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2010/08/28 14:17:07

    240.086 MB/s
    107.052 MB/s
    163.351 MB/s
    76.210 MB/s
    22.328 MB/s [  5451.2 IOPS]
    45.021 MB/s [ 10991.4 IOPS]
    23.918 MB/s [  5839.3 IOPS]
    50.876 MB/s [ 12420.9 IOPS]

    [C: 69.7% (103.9/149.0 GB)] (x5)
    Date : 2010/08/28 14:03:54

    OS : Windows 7

    Ultimate Edition [6.1 Build 7600] (x64)

    [6.1 Build 7600] (x64)


    * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

    All in all still a very good 7200rpm at a good prize (114€) for a cost effective solution (speed and storage). But don’t expect SSD like performances! Until SSD drives comes down in price, it's an excellent alternative for someone who needs the storage space or just a new drive :-)
    I am seeing faster boot, faster common app loading, and an overall boost in performance, but is it not because I was upgrading from an old slower drive?

    Note: I did clone my old Western Digital blue WD3200BJKT to the new Seagate XT using Acronis True Image 2010 Home.

  • Some very instructives articles...

  • Â

    Grand passionné de jeux vidéo à mes heures, je suis l'heureux possesseur d'une Neo-Geo de 1991 avec trois manettes et environ 24 jeux payé en moyenne 100€ pièces à l'époque.Quand la passion pour l'arcade n'a pas de limite (hormis le porte monnaie!).

    SNK Neo Geo Home System


    Processors: Motorolla 68000 (12Mhz, 16-bit), Z80 (Zilog-80a 4Mhz, 8-bit)
    Resolution: 320x224
    Color Palette: 65,536
    Maximum colors on-screen: 4,096
    Maximum sprites on-screen: 380
    Minimum sprite size: 1x2
    Maximum sprite size: 16x512
    Maximum amount of game planes: 3
    Sound Channels: 4-FM synthesis, 7-Digital Internal, 3-PSG, 1 noise channel
    RAM: Internal RAM: 64kb, Video RAM: 68kb, Z80 RAM: 2kb
    Memory Card: 8kb or *68-pin JEIDA ver.3 spec memory
    *Any 68-pin memory that fits the JEIDA ver.3 spec will work Informations and history.

    I have bought this wonderful machine at the very beginning in France (MODEL NEO-AEC serial 007444 - American) in August 1991 with Magician Lord + 1 joystick + 1 memory card for 600â?¬ !!!. I own 24 games which I paid between 100â?¬ and 150â?¬.

    I have probably the best experience in videogame in my life with this machine, thanks to SNK. I never play so much on any system since the Neo Geo, the community is as strong as before, maybe more, and I decide to buy (10.09.2003) a NeoGeo CD+14 games on and on, a front loading NeoGeo CD system. I am not a great fan of fighting games because I prefer plattform action and shooting game.

      History of models produced by SNK

    - Neo Geo home systems (7 revisions I have been told). Language selection by rom chip
    • First PCB revision were made by NEC (it is the case for mine)
    • Second rev had a video problem that was fixed with a video daughter board in a third revision or if you sent it in to get fixed
    • Forth rev incorporated the video fix

    Neo Cd systems (easy wire language selection)

    • Neo Front loading cd model (only 25000 ex. Jap only, no language switch, break easily)
    • Neo CD top loading (the best to acquire)
    • Neo CDZ (incorporates a protection against playing burns (not working 100%), 2 times faster)

    Neo pocket (you select language on unit)

    • B/w model
    • Color model
    • Smaller color model (japan only)

    Hyper neo geo 64 (language determined by origin of Hyper not carts)

    • Hyper with extra wire harness for sound and powered
    • New hyper without extra wire harness

    Neo Geo MVS Rom language selection

    • 1 - slot (1 large, 1 small, 1b and 1c )
    • 2 - slot
    • 4 - slot
    • 6 - slot (rare)

    I will list below the Best review of  projector screens I've found, beside this it is really depressive to see Google only being able to return all these online shops with nothing interesting instead of good reviews articles like these:
    1. White, Grey, or Silver - A Review Welcome to my third screen review. This review will demonstrate three professionally manufactured materials that are White, Grey, and Silver. I hope to demonstrate the differences of what these different screen colorations can offer and how you may benefit.
    2. A Screen Showcase & DIY Review Welcome to my second screen review. This review will include lower gain screen materials, what they do, and what they are made of. I see this as a benefit to people because screen surfaces and materials remain a mystery to most. It will include some DIY materials but must be somewhat limited as there are literally thousands of materials to bounce light off of. So, of course, they cannot all be covered here. Finally, at the end, there will be a fun little shootout between some DIY materials and the infamous Stewart Firehawk. 
    3. The High-Gain/Exotic Screen Review  After critically looking at these screens for over 5 days and taking over 200 pictures I must say this was one hard review. There are so many variables, they cannot all be covered here. In the end, it is important to try to achieve the greatest benefit for the environment or viewing you want to achieve. This review will focus on 5 high power screens surfaces and will include 3 lower power for reference only.
    4. to be continued...
  • Purpose

    Bring all kind of multimedia format to your home Cinema or TV by connecting your pc onto it.


    • A modern Media center has to play at least the following format:

    MPEG 1 and 2 movies (MPEG files, VCDs, DVDs...)
    MPEG 4 movies (DivX, XviD...)
    RealMedia and Windows Media movies (WMV and WM9).
    OggMedia streams (open source format)
    Audio streams like : MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, WAV (AudioCD), AC3...

    • Using a remote controller and easy navigation menu, no keyboard is needed except for internet navigation
    • Reading media from CD/DVD or better a local hardisk (inside the pc) and even better from a remote PC that act as a storage server (with a lot of disk)


    If it is a PC, you can use:

    • An old pentium class notebook, (can be bought in some shop for 200â?¬)
    • A Mini-ITX VIA Epia/Eden (below 200â?¬)
    • Build a Shuttle barebones (Mini-ATX).
    • Use a very old PC you are no more using. (they are only big and sometimes noisy)

    Otherwise a modified XBOX (300â?¬ because of IR kit + modchips) can be an ellegant alternative, not so much noise, small.

    Some links

    I recommend You to try the first 2 of this list, personnaly I will try now the Xbox media center solution.

    • Based on Linux
    • Based on mplayer one of the best multimedia player on linux (aside XINE)
    • Very small (4 Mb as today) and highly configurable ISO (you can create it yourself with a tool)
    • Require a pentium 400Mhz
    • IR controller must be LIRC compatible (nearly all TV card like MIRO)
    • In development but already usable

    If You see no share drive, enter in debug mode by pressing "d" (quickly at startup) then "ebug"
    # smbtree -Ndisplay all samba drive found on network
    if it is blank:
    - verify that you ethernet card is recognized (not the case with my pcmcia ethernet on a IBM T23 but internal ethernet was recognized)
    How to mount a share by name
    # mkdir /mnt/video
    # smbmount //computerName/_movies /mnt/Video -o username=XXXXX,password=YYYYYY
    if it is working then you must modify the file init and add the above line....use the generator and burn a new CD

    I recommend this mod, if you want to use a old PC

    "XboxMediaCenter is a free open source (GPL) multimedia player for the Xbox&x2122; from Microsoft. (XboxMediaCenter is also known as "Xbox Media Center" or simply "XBMC"). Currently the XboxMediaCenter can be used to play and view supported video/audio/picture formats such as MPEG-1/2, DivX, XVID, MP3, JPG and more direct from a CD/DVD in the Xbox&x2122; DVD-ROM or of the Xbox&x2122; hard disk drive, it can also play files from a PC over a LAN / network via an XNS (XStream Server) software or from a windows (SMB) share. It has playlist and slideshow. These features enable the Xbox&x2122; running XboxMediaCenter to fully function as a multi-media jukebox.
    Note! XBMC is a hobby project that is only developed by volunteers in their spare-time for free.
    (Remember XboxMediaCenter does require a Xbox mod-chip installed in the Xbox&x2122; to work).
    " from
    • Only source code is provided, since the SDK of Microsoft is not open source (but open sourrce community is creating one call XDK), You will have to compile it yourself, or better search for it on P2P network (eDonkey, eMule...)
    • Support already all components, remote controller, and network adapter, video chipset.
    • You need to modify your XBOX with a chip (void garanty), a bigger harddisk or a remote server accessible with Samba is recommended.
    • Links for News: and Hardware mods/upgrades:
    • respond to the question: "what are the features?"

    I Have choose this solution,look HERE to see my experience

     Microsoft has planned to sell an addon for the Xbox, which may allow the Xbox to connect to a media center pc (only). I must say quite an expensive setup and with a lot of security, and license lock as usual..
    :MoviX is a small Linux distro that transforms your PC in a powerful multimedia box. After booting your PC with MoviX, a user-friendly console menu will allow you to use MPlayer to play any DVD/VCD, video/audio files (most noticeably DivX, AVI, MPEG, QuickTime, WMV, ASF, MP3, and OGG/VORBIS), TV (provided you have a TV card), and radio stations on the Internet (if you are connected to a LAN). Since the entire operating system is loaded into RAM, you do not even need a hard disk to use MoviX.
"Freevo is an open-source home theatre PC platform based on Linux and a number of open-source audio/video tools. MPlayer and/or Xine can be used to play audio and video files in most popular formats. Freevo can be used both for a standalone PVR computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer using the monitor and keyboard.
    Freevo is easy to download and install for new users. Most hardware is supported (graphic boards, sound cards and video capture devices).
    The Freevo core is under heavy development. It is mostly written in the Python programming language which is very well suited for high-level control applications like Freevo."

  • I am also hunting for a smartphone, and I found One of the best review to date on the treo 650 at
    UpdateUnlocking code for the GSM Treo 650 is: *#*1234# and then the center D-pad button.

  • Microsofthas aquired Digital Persona technology for their fingerprint sensor (keyboard & mouse), so It may be time to read this "old" review (posted before M$ even announce avaibility of it security device line) because it contains some comments you won't find elsewhere:
    product name U are U, U.are.U
    By Digitalpersona, Microsoft

    {mosgoogle center}


     You can create as many profile as needed, open a browser and go to the login page (Here I choose as an example)

    Put your finger on the sensor, the page do not exist in the keystore, so a page will popup. The title of internet page is use as key.

    Enter the first credential, here the login and drag it to the right place in logon page. Repeat for all fields in page.
    next time You go to that page, put your finger on the sensor and You're in!

     {mosgoogle center}


    • Only working in Internet explorer, not working in any other browser: Opera or Mozilla 
      NEW: U.are.U is working in Firefox 1.0 but Microsoft fingerprint NOT 
    • Security by obscurity (which has be proven to be the worst strategy in history of cryptography): no mention to algorithm used, cipher strengths, no possible review of code. Would'nt it be good for customers, or sales to use clearly communicate on algorithm used?
    • Impossibility to do a backup of the keystore, web profiles... where is the repository of credentials? in windows SAM registry? If you lost your windows account (due to a crash or whatever), your only option is to use the small recovery utility provided, but you will have to remember your passphrase, and you have lost your web account profile.
    • Only working with Windows! Linux is gaining market share at the rate not seen before, why not opening some part to the community or developing a drivers?
    • In a browser, profile are depending on windows title -> clearly not enough if you have many credential on different pages which the same title. Maybe the software should use a variable html part of the content, url...
    • Dll mess, a lot of library are copied to windows/system32 but this is common under Windows...
    • Software version is 2.1, no update since 2002. I would like to see more options!
    • The manual do not give enough advices on how to increase security, which habits are bad, and basics security concepts.
    • Encrypting disk or directory is not possible: only files. You can right click on any file, choose encrypt

      and start encryption by putting one finger on the sensor:

      Decrypting is done by double clicking on a encrypted resource, and putting one finger on the sensor: EASY

    {mosgoogle center}


    • Work perfectly with Windows, no problems with: lotus notes login, windows logon, web browsing...
      You are identifiedUnknow user
    • GUI for the average Joe user, nice and simple, very easy to use. Here the contextual menu:
    • Very fast regognition,
    • Fast Learning phase, in 5 minutes the device is working.
    • Nice design, the red color is a nice touch on your desk.
    • Price tags under 69$ in USA (but be careful it will cost You 270€ in Europe...)
    • Good integration in windows (here in system tray)

    {mosgoogle center}

    Conclusions/What I would like to see

    • Open source the code!!!!
    • Working with other browser, Mozilla has 18% of market now, all together alternate browser have less than 30% (see google geist here)
    • Use a know standard: PGP? for example (PGP disk for encrypting folder and partitions)
    • Name of algorithm used: Blowfish?, AES? and options to change cipher strength.
    • A file based keystore, a lot more easier for backup.
    • A linux version or plugin for Kwallet.

    New What are the differences with the Microsoft version?

    I've had the chance to see a Microsoft keyboard with the fingerprint reader in action, what a shame!!
    • Only basic functionnality are still in the driver.
    • No possibility to encrypt file with the device,
    • It is working ONLY in Internet explorer, not in Mozilla (Is it a surprise for You???).
    • Only "normal" windows are recognized by the system: no way to use  it under a terminal (rxvt - cygwin) where the digital persona just work.

    I would stay away from the Microsoft version as long as they do not integrate new intersting capabilities. No need to mention that drivers are not compatible each other....

    {mosgoogle center}


    A product for geek, but due to lack of peer reviews on algorithms, it is certainly not a corporate device in any means. For example: why attacking the keystore if you can hook a backdoor to the activeX component in use? (should be easy to do with all Internet explorer issues...)


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    Others reviews:

    {mosgoogle center}

  • Good
    + Unix based (apache software)
    + telnet interface for advance user with a full CLI
    + a lot of functionnaliies, every protocol is available.
    + Very fast switching. According to Tom's hardware one of the fastest in its class.
    + Very configurable (real business class router not home consummer crap)
    + Built in USB and 1394 FTP server support
    + Nice GUI interface,
    + SUPER stable under emule Load!!!! 1000 connections wthout any loss of performances. A restart each 6 months or less!!!
    + affordable: 90 (USR9105)  to 110 euro (USR 9106)
    + not so much bios update but as I said before a lot of functionnalities and soooooo stable

    - Users guide is very bad
    - GUI and Bios only available in english
    - Is a  little bit tricky to get configured - No explnantion of technical terms in manual or interface

    Setup notes for emule:
    Navigate to security> access control > new and create a new user service rule:
    name: emule
    desc: emule
    TCP any -> 4662
    TCP any -> 4711
    UDP any -> 4672
    UDP any -> 4673
    UDP any -> 4661
    UDP any -> 4665

    2. navigate to security > local servers > new and setup the machine on your lan running emule to use the service you just set up for emule.

    Be sure to set you emule client system as a static IP so the router always assigns it the same IP address. This can be done by fixing the IPadress in windows control panel. you may also play with the CLi to achieve the same result, Here I want to assign the adress to the pc with the mac adress 00:00:00:00:00:00
    arp add 00:00:00:00:00:00

  • I’ve been&160; granted a free professional license of XDepend, thanks to Mat Huston, XDepend lead developer.

    XDepend is a static analysis tool for JAVA developers that provides 82 code metrics, several real-time code visualization panels, code base snapshots comparison, architectural and quality rules (edition and real-time validation). The tool is a frontend to support the Code Query Language (CQL) to query a code base the same way you would query a relational database. You can using CQL, write and design your own rules and conventions for your code base.


    • Analyses your java byte code, your test reports and your source files to extract structural information and 82 base metrics via static analysis.
    • Provides complementary and interactive views on the same information. A Tree-Map view helps you easily identify the big one from the small one. The dependency matrix, the graph view and the detailed view help you gain insight in your code base.
    • Has a Code Query Language (CQL) is a specific XDepend language, very similar to SQL, that helps you dynamically find what you are looking for.

    What is also interesting me a lot is the possibility to make XDepend part of the Maven lifecycle, but that will be part of a new post. For now I am trying to understand the added value on our company software solution Innoveo Skye®

    Watch the screen cast

    Spring analyzed by XDepend

    More to come later

    Note: .Net is also having a similar tools NDepend, build on the same engine developed by Patrick Smacchia.

  • Zwischenzeugnis (Interim Report 2004, original on demand)

    Herr Cédric Walter, geboren am 3. Oktober 1973, ist seit dem 1. März 2000 bei unserer Versicherungsgesellschaft angestellt. Vom 1. März 2000 bis 31. Juli 2000 absolvierte er im Rahmen seiner Ausbildung zum Informatiker bei uns ein Praktikum.

    Per 1. August 2000 wurde er als Analytiker Programmierer im Team LIFE der Informatik angestellt. In dieser Funktion war er zuständig für die Entwicklung und Einführung einer Offert-Applikation auf dem internet, welche den externen Vertriebskanälen die Möglichkeit bietet, Offerten direkt auf dem Internet abzuschliessen. Die Umsetzung erfolgte für die Oberfläche in HTML und für die Business-Komponente in Java und C++. Für die Dokumentation wurde Style-Report benutzt

    Per 1. Juli 2001 wechselte er intern in den Bereich eBusiness Center der Helvetia Patria Gruppe. In dieser Funktion gehören im wesentlichen folgende Tätigkeiten zu seinem Aufgabengebiet:

    • Benutzung, Weiterentwicklung und Spezialisierung von gruppenweiten eBusiness-Plattform -Komponenten,
    • Programmierung von eBusiness Versicherungsapplikationen mittels J2EE und XML, XSL, FOP
    • Integrations-und Deploymentverantwortung über eBusiness-Projekte und Standard-Komponente,
    • Aufbau und Umsetzung der gruppenweiten Informationsplattform für eBusiness Entwickler mittels phpnuke, Ausbildungs-und Dokumentationsunterlagen,
    • Know-how Transfer und Support laufender internationaler Projekte

    Herr Walter ist ein ruhiger, zuverlässiger und in besonderem Masse vertrauenswürdiger Mitarbeiter. Er ist ausgesprochen kreativ, hat immer wieder ausgezeichnete Ideen und gibt wertvolle Anregungen. Er ergreift selbstständig alle erforderlichen Massnahmen und führt sie entschlossen durch. Herr Walter verfügt über ein abgesichertes Fachwissen und eine schnelle Auffassungsgabe, welches ihm ermöglicht auch schwierigste Aufgaben zu lösen. Wir kennen ihn als unermüdlichen und sehr belastbaren Mitarbeiter, der auch unter schwierigen Arbeitsbedingungen alle Aufgaben bewältigt. Besonders hervorzuheben ist sein grosser persönlicher Einsatz auch über die normale Arbeitszeit hinaus. Durch sein rationelle und sorgfältige Arbeitsweise erbringt er ein ausgezeichnete Leistung.

    Sein Verhalten zu Vorgesetzten und Mitarbeitenden ist vorbildlich und er wird von allen geschätzt und ist beliebt.

    Dieses Zwischenzeugnis wird aufgrund einer Reorganisation im Bereich Informatik und der damit verbundenen internen Stellenwechsels von Herrn Walter erstellt. Wir bedauern seinen Weggang vom eCenter sehr und danken ihm für die wertvolle Mitarbeit. Für die Zukunft wünschen wir ihm alles Gute und viel Erfolg.

    Helvetia Patria Versicherungen.
    D. Beck
    Ressortleiter eBusiness Center
    D. Schuster
    Human Ressources + Dienste

    Basel, 30. juni 2004