Lutz Roeder’s Digger for Smartphone 2003

Lutz Roeder ported Digger to the .NET Compact Framework for Smartphone 2003 – see here for CAB and source code. Very cool stuff – who said the CF was too slow for games programming? 🙂



Sometimes it helps to read READMEs and manuals. Got my Tanager flashed with Smartphone 2003 bits recently. This reduced my average battery life to about 30% (since it uses beta drivers and apps which are not optimized – or so I am told…), but it gets me … the .NET Compact Framework! Finally!! On my…


Longhorny ;-)

Got back safely from L.A. (despite the fires), cured the cold that plagued me during the PDC, and now I (as most oft the PDC attendees, I assume) am playing with the bits which were distributed at the event. Longhorn is fascinating, esp. the XAML stuff. (Hope to get some AERO soon … :). Of…


Sleepless in L.A.

It’s 4:00 in the morning, and I’m sitting in my hotel room in Downtown L.A. – the jet lag has got me. Fortunately, they have free wireless internet access here, so I can do some work. Arrived yesterday after a 12-hour non-stop flight from Munich, for the biggest and most important developer event of the…


A Day @ Systems 2003

Was on duty at the second largest German trade fair for IT & computers – the Systems 2003 in Munich. Guarded one of the VS.NET demo machines, nothing unusual, as working at the CeBIT for 8 days in a row is much harder. What surprised me, however, was that about half of all the questions…



Burn your own DVD, that is… Bought a DVD writer (Teac DV-W50D-PUK) on Saturday. External one, connects through USB 2.0 to my various notebooks 🙂 At EUR 229,- they become affordable now. These days, with HDs in the 60GB+ range, you cannot create sensible backups on CDs – they now suffer the same fate that…


Smartphone hits Germany (finally)

debitel offers a preview of the Motorola MPx200 which will be available very soon in Germany. I’d say, it’s about time… (After T-Mobile dropped earlier plans to bring the SPV E100 – aka Tanager – to the German market.)


Gadgets are coming

A new Smartphone made by Sierra Wireless will hit the market in 2004. It’s got a flip-open QWERTY keyboard and will probably run Smartphone 2003. Very cool stuff, check it out at


ExI Reloaded

Extropy Institute has refurbished its web site, got a new mission statement, and Max More has written version 3.1 of “the Principles”. They sound pretty grown-up now, a kind of introductory disclaimer (on the use of “extropy”) has been added, and so they lose some (actually, a lot) of the uplifting spirit of the first…


Hardware: Bad things & good things

Recently, my Dell C840 stopped working with a hardware failure (Stop Error d0000144: Unknown Hard Error). Didn’t find anything about this through Google … looks like the main board or the disk controller are into serious trouble 🙁 I miss this device a lot, esp. the great display (1600×1200!). Well, maybe I should be happy…