pmeerw's blog

Oct 2007

Wed, 31 Oct 2007

Amarone della Valpolicella

Is superb italian dry wine, a concentrate of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes.
Here is the unavoidable Wikipedia article.
Tasted a bottle of Masi 2002 at Bottega del Vino. Photos of the Verona - Bassano - Asolo - Treviso trip.

posted at: 00:23 | path: /fun | permanent link

Tue, 23 Oct 2007

Enabling VMX

Some laptop do not enable VMX (VT, Vanderpool, hardware virtualization support) in their BIOS. An example is my Sony Vaio VGN-C1S.
Here is a forum posting with a detailed story with the progress on reverse-engineering VMX support for Phoenix/Sony BIOS.

posted at: 23:29 | path: /rant/Sony | permanent link

Sun, 21 Oct 2007

Branded to Kill / Koroshi no rakuin

Watched the terrific movie Branded to Kill (1967, 'Koroshi no rakuin', directed by Seijun Suzuki) in Das Kino and, wow, I could recognize one hiragana character, ka.

posted at: 14:24 | path: /fun/japanese | permanent link

Photos site

Photos can be found at, the last entry is from a hike to Werfner Hütte.

posted at: 14:19 | path: /fun | permanent link

Strange VC8 runtime library changes

The runtime library of the VC8 C/C++ compiler which comes with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 checks if certain symbols reside in read-only sections.
Affected are __dyn_init_tls_callback and certain symbols used to initialize the floating point code (eg. printf("%f", ...) will mysteriously fail with code R6002 if the runtime is not properly set up).
Workaround can be found in UPX and also SecuROM now :)

posted at: 14:15 | path: /rant | permanent link

->/_ Team Salzburg ranked 2nd in BOWS-2 Episode 1

2nd place for ->/_ Team Salzburg in the BOWS-2 watermarking competition, 1.5 dB after Andreas Westfeld but also 1 dB before the 3rd place.
Episode 2 is on...

posted at: 14:08 | path: /academic | permanent link

Wed, 10 Oct 2007

Essen im Fidelen Affen

Reasonable priced food, hardly any smoke, but air condition too cold. A trade-off. Recommended.

posted at: 23:38 | path: /fun | permanent link


Yesterday I joined a walk with a 'Gruselgeschichtenerzähler' near the Salzburg castle. The story telling was quite enjoyable, although neither the devil nor a proper ghost made an appearance.
Spooky was at least the admission fee set as 12 eur, but I got invited by the narrator. Thanks!

posted at: 23:35 | path: /fun | permanent link

europay phishing as :)

It is impossible now to access account and billing information online as this service now receives 'SecureCode' for which one needs to accept unacceptable terms and conditions.
They seem to require a room shielded against electromagnetic emission to operate SecureCode securely.
Furthermore, it would be wise to digitally sign important email for a credit card company.
Complaint is one the way... good, old postal account statement!

posted at: 23:30 | path: /rant | permanent link

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