New Photoblog…

…not that I had an old-one, lol, but as I got myself a new digital camera today, I thought I’d start a photoblog as part of It can be found here. Let’s see how long I can keep it uptodate with photos…my plan is to post a photo every day, let’s see how that works out. If you would like to follow my photoblog, check in regularly or subscribe using your favourite feedreader…

Ride with the wind…

Well, if the new MSI Wind will really hit the market with a price tag around the 399$ range, I’m soooooo going to get one. Why? Not because I desperately need one, after all I’ve got a regular notebook ( 14″ ) and an Apple iPhone already, but because I think this could be a nice gadget in between those two devices. Ultra portable and yet a full computer…

MSI Wind

Maybe this could work for your and my benefit

Inspired by ShoeMoney‘s Free Shirt Friday I would like to introduce the Free Stuff Day. How I envision this thing to take off is:

  1. You’ve got a site you want to promote?
  2. You’ve got some swag* promoting your site?
  3. Send it to us and we will post a pic of the swag and provide at least one link back to your site.
  4. Both sides win ;-)

If you’re interested in sending us your swag, feel free to send it to:
Ingo Hildebrandt
ATTN: Free Stuff Day
Neckargasse 7
71726 Benningen

If you’ve got questions and suggestions feel free to contact us at! Oh, and if it’s a T-Shirt you’re sending, please make it XL and include a note with the address of the site/blog on it (only necessary if it’s not on the T-Shirt). Thank you.

* Promotional merchandise for a band, record label, or other entity in the music business, usually distributed at concerts.

May include t-shirts, stickers, promo CDs, posters, etc. Often free, but not necessarily; a t-shirt or record purchased at a concert might still be considered swag, especially if it is a design or release that is not readily available in the mass market.

Many independent record labels throw in a handful of free swag when they ship out mail-order packages (stickers, sampler CDs, etc).

The chief difference between swag and regular merchandise is that its purpose is not to make a profit, but to promote the band/label, and reward its supporters by giving them something cool and unique.
Source: Urban Dictionary

Do we need to compete in everything?

I’m just wondering what’s next. I mean okay it’s normal that manufacturers of both soft- and hardware are competing with more and more innovation, eyecandy and loads of (sometimes totally unnecessary features) to catch the eye of the consumer – let’s see: AMD vs. Intel, Nvidia vs. ATi, PC vs. Apple, etc etc. This is both groovy and necessary as it’s the only way that products can improve and ultimatively become affordable to the regular user. That’s some good competition…

Today I browse around some news sites and see that users are competing in new categories now, too. Back in the days when I was one of the dudes who would buy new stuff right when it came out the main goal was to have a kick-arse system which was faster than the pc of your fellow geeks. Nowadays this is still important, but it seems to me that the “look” or “coolness”-factor of your pc is more important than the performance itself. How would I know? I just found out that on April 16th 2005 there will be the 4th annual german case modding championship (see here). Wow! How could I miss this for the last three years? Something this important.
Note: lie ;-)

On another note: I’ve got a “modded” case, too…a limited edition painted one with a window, but that’s about it, no 100 blue/red/green-leds, no flashlights or whatever. The only really reasonable case-mod to me is a silencer mod (silent fans, passive cooling solutions and the like), but I guess I won’t win any prices with that :-)

GMail Invites…final post

So…this is going to be my final post concerning GMail invites…I’m tired of having them on my back, and wandering around I came across Isnoop gmailomatic…you can send your gmail invites to them and they’ll add them to their pool…

If a user wants one he can simply enter his email-address and he will get one from the pool! Cool idea…

/heads over to gmail and sends invites to isnoop…