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PermaLink What happens if a kid finds that solving a rubix cube is not enough21.09.2009 21:11
Last Christmas my son, now 14 years old, got a robotic toolkit present. This is a video showing the result. I was honestly stunned by surprise.

He uses the robotic toolkit to move the cube. A webcam is linked to a PC to feed the algorithm. A Visual Basic program feeds the robot with instructions.
Sourcecode available on his website.

PermaLink Need help: Anybody from Italy willing to help?29.01.2009 16:10
I need your help: my brother in law, living in Italy but not speaking italian has to cancel his ADSL connection because he moves to another address. I need somebody speaking italian to call the provider to cancel his account.
If you are willing to help me out please contact me on skype or drop me an email to christian(at)brandlehner.at


PermaLink I am currently on vacation03.04.2008 00:51
I am on vacation in Marocco, see this single picture or our guides paragliding travel homepage.

Update: Pictures made in Marocco.



PermaLink Book recommendations09.06.2007 09:43
On my vacation in May I had time to read another book I would like to recommend. It is "Verborgene Universen. Eine Reise in den extradimensionalen Raum" from Lisa Randall (ISBN: 3100628055), the english original is named "Warped Passages. Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions".
This book is a must have if you are interested in physics.

Another book I read was "Lotus Notes Developers's toolbox. Tips for Rapid and Successful Deployment" from Mark Elliott (ISBN: 0132214482). Mark Elliott starts by explaining the basics for Notes/Domino Developers: DesignElements, Formula and LotusScript. If you are new to developing web-applications with Domino you will find a chapter focused on that area (reserved $$-fields, WebQuery-agents, ...). The second part of the book is a collection of projects you may face in real world plus, showing how to solve these problems with Notes.
I think the first part of the book is addressing the very beginners, not worth reading for people who have been working with Domino Designer before. I am also missing any word on JavaScript and Java which may be relevant to people new to Domino but working with Java before. The second part of the book is a good exercise (or use the solution as toolbox) for Domino Developers and a tough challenge for beginners as it even covers repeating calendar entries in a selfmade calendar application.

PermaLink my new racing bike arrived11.05.2007 11:25
One of my hobbies is biking. I am usually making tours with a standard hardtail mountainbike with sliks along the Danube river from Vienna to Tulln and back, which is aproximately 60 kilometers. You may argue that a mountainbike is not the preferred bike for a flat route like this and you are absolutely right! I wished to have a racing bike for that route and this dream has now come true after I ordered that nice bike at CANYON.
Looking forward to make my first tour to see the difference.

PermaLink Five things you may not have known about me18.01.2007 01:14
I am *really busy* the last months but I was tagged by Chad and Vince to post five things you may not have known about me.
  1. I have 7 (!!!) siblings. Have a look here
  2. I had never good grades in english at school, today I am working for IBM so 80% of my communication at work is in english
  3. I wanted to become a teacher (mathematics, physics, ...) so I was a student at the pedagogic academy in Graz for three years
  4. I have a son living with my ex-girlfriend, born in 1995 on the 4th of July
  5. I married my wife Cornelia six weeks after meeting her for the very first time. It was my best decision ever
Now tagging Wickerl, Wolfgang and Michael



PermaLink still no own car but ...06.01.2007 10:49
I still have no new car but as I need a car sometimes for shopping I joined a carsharing program. DenzelDrive offers cars at several locations all around Austria for a hourly fee plus a fee per driven kilometer, including fuel.

PermaLink Which car should I buy?05.12.2006 15:56
As my old car is gone I am currently travelling by train and looking for a new (used) car. I am unsure if I should buy a new car or a used car for the same prize.

I have three favourites:

used Audi A8, three years old:
Image:Chris A. Brandlehner BLOG - Which car should I buy?

Audi A4:
Image:Chris A. Brandlehner BLOG - Which car should I buy?

Skoda Octavia:
Image:Chris A. Brandlehner BLOG - Which car should I buy?


PermaLink three cars sharing two lanes result in a fiasco21.11.2006 16:21
Needless to add anything, have a look at the pictures. You will see that I found myself between two other cars while driving 130 kilometers per hour which equals 80 miles per hour.



PermaLink Apartement in Graz10.06.2006 19:42
I am trying to sell an apartment in Graz, St. Peter... (snip) Update: apartment sold

PermaLink Selling my NOVA Axon paraglider27.12.2005 17:50
I am selling my used paraglider NOVA Axon 24 here at ebay.

PermaLink Selling apartment in Graz, Styria, Austria08.08.2005 14:41
I have to sell an apartment in Graz, (info removed) Update: already sold

PermaLink New Digital Camera28.06.2005 19:17
I was making pictures with my CANON EOS 300D for about a year when someone asked me if I would like to sell my used EOS 300D. I thought about that and tried to find a successor of this good camera.


PermaLink Pictures from vacation in Greece26.05.2005 18:26
PermaLink Time for vacation (again)08.05.2005
Starting next weekend, I will be on vacation for two weeks. I will be in greece for two weeks, paragliding.
Some links related to my vacation:
Blue Sky paragliding (guided travel tour)
Hotel in Patras
Swing Arcus 4 (my glider)


PermaLink Der Herr der Ringe - Die Spielfilm Trilogie (Extended Version, 12 DVDs)01.02.2005 03:15
I just want to recommend this great extended version of Lord of the Rings in german language.

Der Herr der Ringe - Die Spielfilm Trilogie (Extended Version, 12 DVDs)

PermaLink Bluetooth handsfree skypeing25.11.2004 12:13

Logitech Headset for use with SkypeAs I blogged before I am using Skype since a while. Today I was frustrated that I can't use it cause I don't have my headset with me. This brought me to the idea that maybe my bluetooth headset from Logitech, which I normally use with my Nokia mobile, would work with my IBM Thinkpad T41p. Guess what, it just works!




PermaLink Vacation plans almost finished22.11.2004 23:49

As I was blogging before -here- I am going to make vacation in middle earth, New Zealand in January 2005.


PermaLink Do you skype?07.11.2004 12:53
I am using skype quite a while now but it seems it gets popular these days. The number of users I know is growing every day.


PermaLink Vacation plans for New Years Eve / January 200511.10.2004 23:05

While everybody will try to visit the Lotusphere 2005 I am heading towards Australia and New Zealand. I will stay one night in Sydney / Austrialia before flying to New Zealand where I will stay for four weeks.
I am currently looking for something special to do at New Years Eve in Sydney but I have no idea... If you are from Sydney or you will stay in Sydney make a comment and let me know what to do.


Update: After that stay in Sydney for NYE I will travel from Auckland to Christchurch for four weeks. I am still planning the route and have not decided if I rent a campervan, a motorhome or just a car. If you are from NZ and have any valuable input please let me know.

PermaLink Now on the way from Glacier N.P. to Yellowstone26.08.2004 07:23

We were at the Glacier National Park today. Due to a landslide after heay rainfalls we had to wait some hours to be released from or situation as the road was closed in front and back of us. The road fron West Glacier to East Glacier was not opened so we had to go back, drive around the mountain and go into the park again from the east as the most spectacular views are on the east side of the park. Due to the clouds we have seen no glaciers but a lot of waterfalls.

We are now in Helena, half way to Zellowstone National Park, let`s see how the weather will be the next days. :-)

Photos could not be uploaded yet as the hotels WLAN is secured (no WEP) by MAC-filtering and I am too tired to hack it so I just use the hotels complimentary internet access.



PermaLink Just added my first pictures from the current vacation23.08.2004 16:59
See the pictures here in album USA 2004.

PermaLink Arrived in Seattle23.08.2004 01:10

We arrived in Seattle, Washington whithout any problems. The flight was fine and we had no unexpected delays or problems at the immigration. First surprise was that they did not scan our fingerprints, I read before that this is necessary now but it seems to be limited to citicens of a number of countries.
The weather in Seattly was just bad. HEAVY rain that just stopped while were out for lunch. It was even too rainy to take a photo as I was afraid to damage the camara if I put it out.
Tomorrow I will rent a car and start towards Glacier National Park.

PermaLink Funny Olympics17.08.2004 11:13
PermaLink My vacation plans / Seattle, Glacier NP, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, San Francisco10.08.2004 22:40


I will start my vaction on the 22th of August and will return on the 12th of September 2004. My wife and me we are still checking out quotes for a rental car and planning "the perfect route" for the attractions we want to see.

We will stay at the Hilton in Seattle for some days and at the Radisson in San Francisco. For travelling we will rent either a Ford Explorer (Hertz for about USD 1455) or a Chevrolet Blazer (Alamo for about USD 1300). We hope we can sleep some days in the car without the need for a motel.

I do not have any idea about the rest of the vacation yet. If you are living somewhere on my route and curious to meet tourist from old Europe so please drop me a line.


PermaLink Microdrive27.07.2004 10:55
Nearly forgot to order memory for the new camera. I recommend to buy a Microdrive at AMAZON Europe: Hitachi Microdrive 2GB bulk
or at AMAZON USA:


PermaLink A new digital SLR camera27.07.2004 10:20

I was blogging about buying a new camera some time ago. As always in real life something strange happens and so I changed my plans. Now this is my next attempt, I am going to buy the Canon EOS 300D SLR camera. I think in the states it is called Digital Rebel. You can buy this camera for a reasonable price at AMAZON in Europe: Canon EOS 300D digitale...  or in the USA:



PermaLink My birthday present26.06.2004

I had my birthday yesterday and my wife had a lot of presents for me. My favorite is a Camelbak to be used for biking. (Product link) I used it today on my favorite track Vienna-Tulln-Vienna along the danube river which is a total distance of 60km (about 37 miles). I am using a Garmin GPS 12XL to measure speed and distance; this is much more accurate as a standard tachometer and very cool.  :-)

PermaLink Looking for a destination for my next vacation15.06.2004 18:45

I will be on vacation in August/September for three weeks. I am thinking about visiting the US east coast. Bruce pointed me to Florida and NYC.
I made good experiences with a motorhome in Australia but I think I should use a car and Motels in the states? Reservation required for Motels or is it easy to just come along (especially at the Keys).

What do you think? Any input for a tourist from good old Europe? Any OpenNTF user group meeting during that time? :-)


PermaLink Paragliding Worldcup 200402.05.2004 11:37


The paragliding worldcup is currently taking place in Abtenau, Austria. We have some spectacular pictures from the competition and other attractions on the worldcup homepage at
http://worldcup.ikarus-abtenau.at

PermaLink Test your english21.04.2004 23:51
This is my test result:
Master!
You are a MASTER of the English language!

While your English is not exactly perfect,
you are still more grammatically correct than
just about every American. Still, there is
always room for improvement...

How grammatically sound are you?
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PermaLink Digital Photo Camera, Konica or Minolta?27.02.2004 08:28

While I am developing an open source Lotus Notes Application called 'Open Notes Picture Database' (ONPD), I still do not own a digital photo camera by my own. I have to scan all my pictures using a flatbed scanner or order my pictures including a CD with the scanned images at the shop.
I want to be able to release pictures without having to wait till the film is full, so a camera seems to be a must.



PermaLink 5th wedding anniversary today12.02.2004 11:20

Today it's 5 years I am married to my beloved wife Cornelia. I enjoyed the last years and I will be happy to stay with her for the next years to come.

Take a look at us (yes the location is beautiful Austria):

http://www.brandlehner.at/Brandlehner/c2picture.nsf/albums/CBRR-67XNRH

 



PermaLink Somebody crashed into my car27.01.2004 07:59

Yesterday evening, as I was heading towards home from the airport, I had to stop my car at an intersection. Unfortunately the driver in the car behind me was busily talking to his friend so he "forgot" to stop his car too. He crashed into my car! Both cars are damaged, especially the other car because it was smaller than mine so all lights were broken.

Nothing happened to me, the other driver or his friend! I hope the other drivers insurance will pay me to repair my car soon so I do not have any additional problems.



PermaLink Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset25.01.2004 16:11
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PermaLink Las Vegas trip08.01.2004

I will be in Las Vegas for the next 10 days to join a company meeting. I hope I will see some old friends as well as new faces.

 



PermaLink Murphy visited me on sunday12.11.2003 08:31
While I was enjoying the weekend Murphy visited my server to say hello. The harddisk crashed and my friends and me had to restore the whole server. For some strange reason I had a backup for nearly everything - except my own BLOG.

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