He’s gonna be a great artist when he grows up. 😉

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

November 24th, 2009

As interpreted by… the Muppets!

Nice speeds on Clearwire WiMax

November 12th, 2009

I�m trying out Clear WiMax mini Bay Area �Innovation network� right now and have to say, the speeds aren�t bad! I only get 4 out of 10 bars reception but was able to pull in pretty nice downloads speeds of 4.5 MBit down.

Considering this test line is supposed to be only 1MBit/sec and that I’m not supposed to be in the reception range (I guess being on the 10th floor helps) ,this is quite impressive.
Sadly there is no Snow Leopard driver yet, so for now I’m running the USB modem in Windows 7 only.

Update: Looks like this is as fast as it can get. Downtown Palo Alto with full reception (10 out of 10 bars) on a pretty empty WiMax 4G network:

7mbit down over the air

Update2: It is disappointing though in the bigger picture when you compare the US wireless situation with other countries. This for example is Singapore’s SingTel on a standard 3G HSDPA 7.2 mBit network (via tethered iPhone 3GS):

Let’s hope Windows 7 will be less of a disappointment than Vista back in the day. So far the press echos seem to be really favorable. Either way, it seems Microsoft is going with a more hip branding campaign for this launch.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

August 22nd, 2009

Next up is a HD video of one of Tokyo’s best known street crossings in the Shibuya ward just off the Shibuya station on a Tuesday evening.

Hong Kong – Victoria Peak

August 22nd, 2009

I just got back from my awesome Asia vacation, seeing the impressing cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.
More to come, but I thought I’d start it off with a panorama shot taken from Hong Kong’s Victoria peak.

More pictures can be seen on my Photo Albums page – including slideshows. Larger version here.

I found this fun mashup by DJ Morgoth – a mashup creator and DJ based in Germany and a video by thriftshopxl on Youtube. Enjoy!

Good-bye MySpacers

July 13th, 2009

I had a few days to think about wether I should write this post or not. But it seems people have noticed my absence. 😉 or chose to write a similar post before me.
So with this I would like to dedicate the post to the awesome people I had the chance to work with at MySpace.
As we all know, all good things come to and end eventually and thus it’s time for me to say good-bye. A move to the Bay Area will be next for me in a month or two. And from there? We’ll see.

To reminiscence a little: I really had an awesome time with all of you there!
In the last year we had a phenomenal turn-out of new products, gaining and satisfying literally tens of millions of new and existing users and changing the mobile landscape together with our tremendous set of partners from Microsoft to RIM, from AT&T to T-Mobile, from Google to Shazam. I’m proud to have been able to work with a tremendously dedicated and passionate group of people, which I am happy to call friends now.

With our nimble mobile team, we were able to achieve a great set of product launches, including among many others:
Mobile WebNext, one of the world’s most advance mobile websites for WebKit browsers
a whole new m.myspace.com, with enhanced graphical abilities and new feature sets and tremendous performance and uptime improvements leading to tremendous usage growth.
– a unified new look and user interface to make users feel home on multiple platforms
a revamped SMS status product
photo uploads via eMail, MMS, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Sidekick and more. Today a very large percentage of photo uploads to MySpace come from mobile.
– the first social networking application on Android, gaining the number two download spot on the Android Market
– the fastest downloaded application on RIM BlackBerry devices
– numerous new releases and feature updates for the Apple iPhone app, Sidekick, Nokia devices and more.

One thing we should not forget is the tremendous scale at which the team worked. Every little piece of code literally has an impact on millions of people. This I think should humble us all. Farewell friends and best of luck!

LA fires

July 8th, 2009

So I guess this is the first fire of the season here in LA.
I just drove by on Sunset Blvd, crossing the 405 to see that the police has started blocking off all traffic going onto 405 N. Turns out that the hills behind the Getty Center are on fire. Yellow clouds could been seen from afar.

Last year we had a terrible season of fires here. In fact, one day I was coming out of a dinner in Beverly Hills – when all I could see was… the air! A very strong yellow-orange tint could be seen all the way to ground level, combined with an odor of BBQ. Really weird.

LA alright…

June 19th, 2009