R.I.P. my friends.

It sucks, it hurts, it makes me angry and I never get used to it. Last week I lost again two pilot colleagues in a helicopter crash.
I do not care who’s fault it is, two of the three pilots in HB-XPQ that crashed last week in Switzerland have enriched my life for a few years. We have flow together, laughed together (you should have seen how high Catherine jumped, when I approached her silently form behind and made „Buh“), cooked together and had our fights.
I will not go into the usual mantra „but they were such experienced pilots“. Something went wrong and they hit a cable, period. Alex was a CFI and Examiner, CEO of Heliswiss, Catherine CPL and a shrink (The shrink on a stick). They knew how to conduct a safe flight and it still happened and it happens to the best, too.

Rest in peace my friends. You died the way every pilot wishes to go, only it should have happened 50 years later.
Catherine, in that part of the paradise, that is reserved for pilots, you can fly as much Lama as you want.

My thoughts are with the family and friends.


I have been attacked – PART 2

Actually Google was right. There was a serious problem. Somebody managed to install a .php file on my blog.

It is called sys_engine9682.php or in a later version sys_engine4823.php. It contained an eval() statement that apparently pointed to a Czech website.
No fun at all, because I do not know, how they got into it and how I can prevent them to do it again. Could happen, that I have to do everything again.

No fun at all. Bastards. Should have used a Domino blog template.

Why you should never buy stuff from Apple

Because it makes you stupid.
It’s three years since I bought my first Mac. Before that, I was like everybody else. Mac was something for fan boys. Discussions were mostly like discussions between two religious extremists with a large population of just run-of-the-mil believers (more or less) who did not care or understood what those „experts“ were talking about (that’s me). I used Windows, because there wasn’t really a choice. Then I met this extremely good looking piece of aluminium (aluminum for the other side). I was attracted to it by it’s looks and by the prospect of something else than Windows. I had looked at Linux distributions but I never found them very appealing and that is true till today (but Linux servers are the way to go).
The next shock came with the iPad. I resisted one year and when I bought it, I wasn’t sure, how I would use it. Today I use it for watching tv, reading books, checking emails while lying on the couch (to relax my back … ahem). Especially for reading I find it perfect, because I can read while my wife sleeps. Unfortunately I have seen the new iPad. The display is so much better. I have to give my iPad more often to my kids in the hope they drop it and I will have a reason to buy the new one.
And then came the time when my old trusty Motorola phone finally gave up the ghost. Since I had all the other stuff, I bought an iPhone. Not the ultimate manager tamagotchi, but still something I sneered at for a long time. I hate phones. People who have their phone with them all the time, even when skiing or biking go on my nerves. Did you know there is a biking app that automatically sends tweets to Twitter and Facebook to inform your friends where you are, how fast you are, your heart beat? This is ridiculous. They even pick up their phone while talking to you.
But I connected the dam thing to the Mac and everything was set up and ready to use. I even read books on that stupid little screen. It is helpful when I connect my iPad to it for browsing, though.
BUT. Since I use a Mac, I lost a lot of skills. I don’t have to interpret cryptic error messages any more. The darn thing just works. I had once a problem with the disk and it told me exactly what I had to do and it worked. Doing administrative task with it is a blast. Connect a Time Machine? Takes not even a minute.
There is never an error message when I connect to another network and it does not find the server it is used to.
It still looks like new. I normally changed my notebooks after about three years, this one will make it a lot longer (except if the retina displays make it to the MacBook Pro).
I do run Windows 7 in Fusion for testing and developing and I find Notes is a lot faster, than on the Mac, but every time I start Windows there are messages everywhere about updates and other stuff. Today it annoyed me with a forced restart because of updates. It is just the way Windows does not take you serious as a user.
Yes, it looks like I am addicted. That’s the problem. I can not imagine to switch back to Windows (to 7 at least). Am I a fan boy now? I hope not.
Therefore never buy a Mac. You will miss all the stuff you can talk about with your colleagues. All the crashes, the error messages most of us click away anyway. And you are going to buy the other stuff, too, if you are lazy like me and do not get any satisfaction out of installing and configuring stuff.
If you are thinking buying a Mac because it is cool, forget it. Everybody has one at home now, at least where I live. In Switzerland Apple has the highest market share, 27.3%. Apple is now number one in Switzerland. I am again just one of the big crowd.
If IBM would realize, that this is a chance to sell Notes on Mac …


Oh my goodness, I have been attacked..

Ah, probably, don’t know really.

An hour ago I got a mail from Google that this blog could have something bad inside and that they put a warning up.
As an example they gave an url from a post from 2010.
Google gave me enough information to remove the warning and now it’s all up again. BUT! One wonders, if they don’t do this just to get me to use their website management tools.
OK, there were a few responses left from the time, when somebody posted just gibberish. Could that be it? But when I went on Googles information page that comes after the warning page, it said, this website has not had any malware the last 90 days.

I don’t know what you think, but for me that does not make a lot of sense.

Anyway, from a Google perspective this blog is free of malware … hopefully.