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NightCap for iOS


I just wanted to briefly share my first experience with an app called NightCap which promises to take better pictures in low-light situations than the standard iOS Camera-App through the longer exposure time it uses to take them.

Here you can see a picture taken with the standard app for taking photos at almost night-time:


And here’s a picture taken under the same conditions using NightCap:


Looking at this light source in the upper right of the pictures it seems obvious that this single-purpose app wont be suitable for use in normal, let alone sunlighted situations because the app makes light sources look much brighter than they really are but overall the second picture seems far more usable than the first one, especially considering that these pictures have been taken with the rather crappy rear-camera of an iPad 2.

Happens to me all the time.


Screen shot 2010-12-28 at 3.14.26 28. Dec

iPhone vs. Android (Searchdown)


Today for the first time I tried out the Google Trends Webpage for myself. First confrontation that came to mind was as obvious as it was surprising.

It somehow makes sense when actually it doesn’t. Searches for “iPhone” since even before its release have never once been surpassed by those for “Android”. Another fun-fact is that it seems like the lower blue Graph has some direct connections to the upper one. Whenever the News Reference Volume for “iPhone” increased heavily the Search Volume Index did the same with a certain delay. The significant timestamps marked in the upper Graph are the following.

As we know the original iPhone has been presented in early 2007, has been released in mid 2007 (huge upward burst in searches) and “A”marks the release of its successor, the iPhone 3G. Android on the other hand has been bought by Google in 2005 and had its initial release in late 2008. This definitely hasn’t been as much of a hit on Google Search.

Of course I’m not implying anything about the capabilities or limitations of those Subjects. I just wanted to share this because the Trends didn’t even remotely compare the way i expected them to.


Ubuntu 10.04: Lucid Lynx


Now that the latest an greatest of current versions of Ubuntu is finally into its beta stage i thought i should give it a try. I heard and read a lot about it.So let’s see what’s true and what isn’t.

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 12.57.36 24. Mar

As you can see the desktop is still familiar but the new “Computer” and “Trash” icon already look a lot more welcoming and are hopefully only a small taste of what’s to come until April 2010.

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 1.13.51 24. Mar

Many of the Menu-Icons are refreshed as well. What I like especially is the Wine-Icon.

Other than that the first impression doesn’t try to fool you into thinking that everything’s changed. It just seems like a worthy polish of what’s been there already.


Numerous services keep crashing on me all the time (and telling me so through an error-message) but I never realize what’s broken. Everything just works like I’d expect it to. The only thing that annoyed me was that the standard search provider of Firefox was now changed to Yahoo which I immediately had to change back to my own preference. Pidgin is once again the IM-client of choice for Canonical, which I welcome. I’ve been told that as of 10.04 the GIMP is no longer part of the standard Ubuntu installation, but since I only did an upgrade I cannot confirm that. If it’s true and there is no replacement for it I could understand that since not everybody needs a powerful photo manipulation software. As far as I know the GIMP binaries are pretty huge which doesn’t go well with an Ubuntu Installation-CD where size is still a factor.

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 12.59.14 24. Mar Ubuntu 10.04 also has this nice Social Networking touch integrated into the Taskbar (or whatever the bar on top is called) now.


Networks like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr (although not all of them fully functional yet) can be integrated into this new Broadcasting app seen below that allows you to access all of your social networks at once and see what’s happening.

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 1.00.58 24. Mar 
Of course there haven’t been any huge promises for 10.04 concerning the look-and-feel so I’m rather pleased with what I’m seeing there, assuming that the improvements don’t stop there. But there have been promises about functionality like faster booting and I didn’t see any improvement there yet. Let’s hope for the best that Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx will become a worthy re-release of one of the best Linux distributions out there.

My Desktops


Just something i’ve been wanting to share for some time now.

First up, Windows on a Core i7 with 6GB of RAM:ScreenshotWin

Next comes my beloved portable, an Aluminum MacBook:ScreenshotMac

And last a Sony VAIO TX i own since 2005 (Solo Core, 1 GB RAM):ScreenshotLin

Not included here is my Windows Server 2003. If i find any other computers laying around my house I might just refresh this article.

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