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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Xperia Z2 impressions

If I'd need to buy a new cell phone today, I would not hesitate a sec and get the Sony Xperia Z2. [uhm update 25.06.14: got the Z2 today ;-)

Why?




The good:

+ great Camera
+ great build quality, waterproof
+ great overall product design
+ "It's a Sony" > everything just works, I was very happy with all my previous Xperia phones.
+ great screen > 5.2" 1920x1080, beware it's not the brightest one
+ stereo speakers
+ excellent battery stamina reported by many users
+ has FM radio, which I use everyday
+ good language support, comes with ISO 8859-11 thai font (see white paper p.13) to many this is way more important than the cpu, Samsung removes it in distant markets, rendering the phone almost unusable for Thais)
+ built in hardware is top notch (same as the other flagship phones)
+ Noise canceling feature indeed works, but makes headphones a tad bit heavier
+ good value for money, CHF 699 (599 in Aug.14)  or €582 launch price

+ good the Android UI hasn't been revamped to the max
+ fancy notification light
+ you can set the display's white balance!
+ the smart band receives good critics and might be interesting to you




the bad:
- Speakers are very very clear when listening to audio, but during calls, the speaker u hold to your ear will "chatter" a bit, so phone conversations won't be very clear! confirmed with a 2nd device. This is the phones biggest minus! Forget about this, speaker sound during calls turned perfectly cristal clear after two weeks! No idea, what happened.

- the noise cancelling head phones do not have a remote button to pick and end phone calls! Very annoying on the bike. Noise canceling does work, but not on the bike, doubles the wind sound :-(  doh
- no IR to directly control your home media
- some folks don't like the touch feeling, when fingers meet the loading dock contacts
- touch feeling at device edges not super smooth due to overlapping frame, to protect the glass. Can't be further described, go and touch the thing in the shop.


Xperia Z2 sample picture. Reduced to 1600px from original 5248x3936 (7.51MB size)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Change start time of embedded Youtube videos

Sometimes I want to change the start time of embedded Youtube videos - but then I can't remember how I did it the last time. Of course I google things, but surprisingly only lengthy bla bla answers show up. It's so simple:
Just add the underlined part to the embed code >> starting time in seconds, that's it...

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PSGySgH411A?start=62" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

just an example:

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Remote Code Execution flaw affecting Facebook's servers

Every now and then we get to read amazing stories!


Reginaldo Silva nicely explains how he discovered a potential remote code execution bug on Facebook servers. Unbelievable!
Very well written: http://www.ubercomp.com/posts/2014-01-16_facebook_remote_code_execution


Two hours ago Facebook's security team released their side of the story - not less amazing. They awarded Reginaldo the biggest bug bounty payout since the program exists. You all know I quite dislike Facebook, but they responded so fast, it's hard to believe! two thumbs up.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Best picture

Check out the story behind one of the best pictures I've ever seen: .

Monday, November 11, 2013

Playstation 4 Teardown video

I never owned a Playstation. uhm... I'm a PC gamer since 1991, the year Wing Commander II was released.
But hey, this particular Playstation 4 teardown video caught my attention today!
It is well done, and produced by the creators themselves - quite an intelligent marketing move if you ask me.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Parkour POV

You don't know Mirror's Edge,  you don't know what POV stands for? Don't care about it.

just enjoy,
just wow...


(did some building climbing at the age 9 through 14, the pov vid brought back good memories)