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and there are already over 700 angry comments by users discussing about the reasons for this step.
Members of Heise staff wrote that the database has grown too large and indexing kills too much performance now. And they note "editorial reasons" - leaving them nebulous:

"Wir starten morgen mit dem Löschen":


The heise newsticker is famous for the "troll postings" and conspiracy theories as well as many technical debates. It is Germany's most read IT website.

[Update:] Heise said it will not delete old posting due to users' protests. They will simply mark older threads as "read-only".

Photo Album of my Ivory Coast trip is online

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Glare/Glossy vs. matte anti-glare: 0:1

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As I take trains in Germany very often, I just took these two photographs of a glossy display (on an ICE train) and a matte display (on a local commuter train).

Looking at the market (and even Apple does this now), glossy display are everywhere. In my opinion, they are unusable. Perhaps at home, in a dark room to present a movie it is ok. But not for everyday's work.

I wrote this blog entry just sitting in this train (ICE 180). Internet is no problem because of EDGE/GPRS or 3G (UMTS) available nearly everywhere.

Just look at this glossy display. Perhaps it is a nice gadget for design students, but not for serious work.

This is an example of the displays in the local commuter train circulating from Weinfelden (Switzerland) to Singen or Engen in Germany. I think this is a good example of a matte anti-glare display.

Two weeks without electricity and without a water tap...

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ivoire_1024_109.jpgThe little village's name is "Niababli" or just "26" (vingt-six), and it has some wells to retrieve ground water. Google Maps has still the old route in his label map. (Niababli is on the center of this map).

My sole connection to Germany was a short wave receiver to listen to the "Deutsche Welle" station at night and the BBC world service. Sometimes I got some broadcasts from Voice of America as well.

Life is so totally different from what I ever saw in my life. Men are working on the fields, harvesting cacao, maniok and rice, the women are cooking on the field for the workers (it is a really embarassing for an employer to have nothing to eat for his employees here!).

My friend and me had the chance to live in a house built by her father, which was a brickhouse quite confortable. Because of malaria, the bed was entoured by a mosquito net.

On the evening, people came back from the fields, talking, keeping their families, drinking a beer in a "maquis" (the name of bars with food). The sound of the evening is the one of small power generators, running on diesel or gasoline to run the little cinema or some light bulbs.

And then you see that warm attitude, this charming reception of the people here. Nobody was hostile towards me, nobody had fear. I became quickly "le petit blanc" (I was among the tallest person in the village ...) and many children were already at 6am (they have London Greenwich time there) on our patio to wait for me. Children everywhere. Women make children when they want. And it has nothing to do with marriage. Educating children is the job of every adult. And: The children of a brother are like the own children and like these of the sister. The "little family" with "father, mother, children" is not existent.

ivoire_1024_108.jpgEvery child attends school here (which was financed and built by Germany here in the village) and continues school in Sassandra (the next city, 21km away) where they can go up to the bac (needed for university education).

Many leave the village when they reach that age to find themselves in the bigger citites.

All speak french fluently and most parents also teach them their native language. In this small village, three of them exist - and they are totally different and incompatible. French is the only language they can use to talk to other ivorians living in the state of the Ivory Coast.

Chinese Trash in Africa

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The first thing you'll notice in Ivory Coast is that chinese products are invading the country. You nearly have no chance to get a normal socket extension (to connect 5 devices to a single wall socket; something you'll find in the US or Europe für $1.99), you are left with the choice of a chinese "blinkenlights" product with a spinning "voltmeter" in it (showing you nothing) and many switches on it. Included a random algorithm which voltage will be the result and which person will be electrocuted next.

Examples:  A bad iPhone copy and one of these "socket extenders":

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Why we don't sell our products there? How the chinese have adopted that market so rapidly?

I am back from Africa!

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afrika  001 (1).jpgAfter three weeks in Ivory Coast I am feeling lucky that all went well and - on the other side - it hurts that I don't see my friends there any more.

I little photo album will follow and some remarks.

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