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3 c DSL à la Shanghai In gloomy, bygone times, press teams were on the move in the port districts. With brute force and alcohol they seized young boys and seasoned sailors. If the victims had slept off their intoxication, they were on the high seas and had to scrub the deck, the commission went to the press team. The progress of civilization has improved the situation slightly. The press commandos are now called pusher columns. They disguise themselves as nice people, lurk in pedestrian zones and shopping centers, stand in front of the front door or call. Shanghai will no longer be sailors, but DSL customers. The modern press gangs obtain the data of their victims preferably with cunning and cunning. They like to tell the fairy tale that they wanted to relieve the customer of work. All you need is a few pieces of data, which are then conveniently included in the order, which is in the information folder, without any commitment. Instead of the promised information folder, you will receive an order confirmation. At first, the victims take everything lightly. "It'll only cost me one phone call," they think with a smile. A few calls later this disappears. Because the new provider simply does not want to give up its mandate. After all, the customer had given all the data and the execution had already started. Now the victim tries to stop the termination with the old provider. If it finds that this is not possible, it shows the first signs of nervousness. Very clever people are now trying to use the lever at Telekom. It has to carry out every switching process. However, Telekom only stubbornly does what you tell it to do if you are a provider. What the customer wants doesn't matter. Even the temporary injunction obtained from a customer against such a switchover by Telekom fizzled out ineffectively. Nervousness now turns into despair. This in turn turns into sheer anger if nothing works after the announced changeover day, and the telephone and DSL connection are dead. Now it can take a long time before a disgruntled technician finally gets the connection up and running again. At least the customers now have the guarantee that they will not switch for the next two years, whether they want it or not. Because now the new provider has a hand on the connection. The legislature has thought it out fine: so that Telekom cannot hinder its competitors, it has to carry out every order from them. Telekom is allowed to check whether everything is correct, but it doesn't have to. And it's not their problem. The customer has been completely forgotten in this game. In case of doubt, he won't even be told who has hijacked his connection. Then suddenly data protection takes effect. The example of Great Britain shows that things can be done differently. What the customer says is done there. If he wants to change his provider, he needs a PIN code. The old provider has to hand this out within a week and only then can a change take place where and when, the customer determines. The expected downtime is measured there in minutes. Let's see when DSL serfdom will also be abolished in this country. Urs Mansmann



61, Open Source in Germany 62 Mac: Clones from Wolfsburg, Store in Hamburg 63 Security: Windows 7 UAC, crypto-disk insecure 66 Internet: D from the federal government, subscription traps, Skype 4 68 Training: Short-time work instead of layoffs 69 Military robots: Arming desired 70 research: lower case record via holography 72 magazine caution, customer: asked Navigon 73 termination from web hoster with obstacles 96 microblogging: Twitter and Co. on the rise 98 right: online bill is sufficient 164 online: websites currently 202 books: Photoshop, zsh, Kartografie 204 Bill Gates at Gottschalk: Behind the Scenes 212 Mobile Software Banking: ioutbank for the iphone 80 Windows extension: Personal Desktop 3 80 Database: FileMaker for Mac and Windows 81 Mail server for Windows: hmailserver Storage in the network: TeamDrive panorama images with the Image Composite Editor 82 Video / Photo: Cyberlink DVD Suite 7 94 Tax return: Programs and web services 134 Photo workflow: DNG as a uniform raw format 174 games : Prof. Heinz Wolff's Gravity, Lord of the Rings 206 Natalie Brooks: Secrets of Treasure House, Patches 207 Consoles: Flower, The Maw, Halo Wars 208 Children: English learning program, history Terabytes on the net In households with more than one PC, one does Network hard drive is a good service for regular backups and, above all, as a central music and video archive. But watch out: a gigabit interface is by no means a guarantee of high speed. Inexpensive network hard drives put to the test 104 Automatic backup to NAS devices 114 Tips and tricks for confident handling of NAS 118 Multifunction printers 128 Notebooks for gamers 152 Sound cards for home recording 160 Wireless distribution of music Whether individually in each room or synchronously in party mode: audio distribution systems make the music collection from PC or network hard drive sound throughout the house and tap into the Internet as an inexhaustible music archive. 144 Photo workflow with DNG 174 Repairing the boot manager 178 Handy sync with Linux 182 That brings Python 3 198

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10 Letters Readers Forum,, Hotline Von Äpfeln und Schäfchen Editorial About hunches and inspirations, Stephan Ehrmann on Windows 7, ct 4/09 After reading the editorial, the suspicion is unfortunately borne out: there are also a few sheep romping around in the c t editorial team Every apple that comes from Cupertino tastes good without hesitation. First of all, the editors should be advised to intuitively look up the exact meaning of the word, which is used inflationarily in reports on Apple products. (Note: Throwing a CD in the trash to get it out of the drive may be easy to remember, but has nothing to do with intuitive in the true sense of the word.) On the quasi-plagiarism allegations raised in the editorial towards Redmond I just want to state that the operating systems are sure to be turned towards the competition and one or the other feature is copied. From a magazine like c t, however, I expect fair and objective reporting and not an unmotivated warming up of highly subjective argumentation trends from the Internet airwaves. Apple did not invent multitouch either, Time Machine could also be described as a wonderful front end for a technology that was introduced in Windows Server 2003 under the name Volume Shadow Copy. And a rogue who thinks that Windows Media Center may have been the godfather for FrontRow and Apple TV. So this little game can probably be played in both directions forever, but I'm used to a different level from c t and hope that people will soon find their way back to the usual objectivity towards products with apples. Stephan Zavrel, Vienna The true role model That Apple has earned its reputation as a design and innovation forge is unaffected. But as was already stated in André Heider's letter to the editor, some functions described as innovative were already to be found in Linux before. Doesn't this actually represent the technical substructure of Mac OS X? The question that arises for me is what percentage of the Mac OS X code is due to Linux and what percentage of comments and inquiries about articles please to (xx stands for the abbreviation at the end of the respective article text). For c t in general or other topics, please send technical questions to the editorial team only at or by phone during our daily reader consultation hours. Address, fax and telephone numbers, further e-mail addresses following the reader forum pages. The editors reserve the right to publish letters and discussion notes in abbreviated form. Answers from the editors are in italics. Windows can be attributed to Apple ideas? I have my own guess as to who will do worse here. As the editorial rightly writes, the operating system is still a cash cow. Why is Apple still ignoring this huge market? I would guess that I'm not the only one who would like to buy a Mac OS X to install it as a second, alternative OS on my computer. Unfortunately, this is still not possible or only possible with limited legal alternatives. And I will not let go of my weakness for assembling my system. Apple could certainly generate significantly more sales here than it might lose on the hardware side. Apple also manages time and again to anger investors with backdated options and inadequate or inaccurate reporting on Steve Jobs' health. The fact that the success of the entire company can almost be attributed to one person, as the resurgence of the company and the collapse of the share price after Steven Jobs' real health became known, is actually unsustainable for an investor from a risk point of view. And when I also see that Bill Gates, as a major beneficiary of Microsoft's profits, spends more than half of his fortune on charity, which, to my knowledge, equates to the WHO's annual budget, which is borne by 193 countries, then I feel with it Buying Microsoft products is much better, especially since they offer much more than I need. Andrés Alvarez Mac OS X is based on NextStep or BSD, not Linux. Standardized keyboard shortcuts In mid-2007, after more than 16 years on a PC (DOS, Windows, Linux), I switched to Apple's platform and after half a year of intensive information gathering on the other side, I bought an imac. I've never been happier with a computer. But you hear that from (very) many switchers, that's not the point here either. Now I keep reading that Mac OS X is not as easy to control via keyboard as Windows. I beg your pardon? Since I've been using Mac OS X, I've only realized how useful keyboard controls can be in an operating system (and its applications). In fact, under Windows XP, I used software from third-party providers for all matters, especially as a replacement for Explorer, because the keyboard was more than miserable. Under Mac OS X, I was confronted with a general uniformity of keyboard shortcuts that I had never seen before. Ronny Fugmann Corked nomenclature Hawfinch, AMD Phenom II X4 with 45 nm technology, ct 3/09, p. 108 Unfortunately, I have to be upset about AMD again: I thought that with the introduction of the Phenom CPUs, AMD would have its messed-up mess Nomenclature left behind (sometimes three different cores, which were sold as the same Athlon64 X2 xy00 +) and would have definitely followed Intel's laudable example of choosing unambiguous, unambiguous names. But when I see that AM2 + and AM3 types are mixed under the name Phenom II, I grab my head again. O. k., The number behind it is clear, but my many years of experience tell me that even some AMD distributors, let alone all of the online shops, will not be able to correctly identify all of the new CPUs as AM3. Which will result in a corresponding rat tail of frustrated customers who are busy with any exchange orgies. Why not just say Phenom III about the new version and everything will be clear? André Henkel Bubbling Sources Cost trap prepaid mobile phone, recalculated fees despite prepayment, ct 4/09, p. 84 It is hard to believe how inventive the mobile communications industry is when it comes to further sources of money: Suddenly, prepaid cards allow you to have more than your credit balance phone calls, a termination fee is due for termination, hotlines have to be called at horrendous costs to report malfunctions, account maintenance fees are due for insufficient use, which should be forbidden as hidden minimum transactions as well as the expiry of credit. Most of it would hardly stand up in court, but every cost trap prevented leads to a dozen new ones. And the ruling that credit must not expire is only implemented by a few companies; those who are not accused will continue to proceed as before until they too are sued. The inventiveness of the mobile communications industry is reminiscent of the organizers of coffee trips and dubious games of chance. Joonas Linde Anonymous Cards It's nice that there are still these small call shops near the train station that sell you a new SIM card without any formalities. On the one hand, there is really no cost risk without an address and account number, and on the other hand, such a card should be relatively anonymous together with a used cell phone. Wolfgang Hamann 10 c t 2009, issue 5

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12 Reader Forum Letters,, Hotline Always new bugs, compulsory and freestyle, Fedora 10, OpenSuse 11.1 and Ubuntu 8.10 in the test, ct 4/09, p. 110 A special thank you for the comparative test of the Linux distributions, which is probably still in this detail has never been done before. Unfortunately, new bugs creep into each new version: I returned from OpenSuse 11.1 to 11.0 because under 11.1 the computer often (but not reproducibly) got stuck after shutting down with the hard disk running and could only be switched off with the power switch. In my research on various mailing lists, I found reports of other hair-raising bugs from 11.1, so I'm not the only one who has reverted to 11.0. It doesn't seem to be much better with Ubuntu 8.10 (there have already been letters to the editor in the c t), my son also returned to 8.04 from 8.10 after a computer breakdown. A word about KDE 4: You can find tons of criticism in the mailing lists, which I can confirm. The current version 4.13 should better be called 4.013beta, in my opinion it is not usable in its current form. So I said goodbye to KDE for the time being and chose Gnome, whose user-friendliness is exemplary. Klaus Scholl Dicht hold reader's letter Not end-user-suitable, c t 4/09, p. 12 With all the necessity to provide crutches for the practice, it must not be forgotten to designate them as such. The working of one person with several user accounts is such a construction aid, since the accounts are actually intended for the administration of rights and preferences of different persons. The wish to have to specifically condition oneself mentally for risky tasks (this sport is called sudo on some systems) has conceptually nothing to do with user rights. Even less satisfying is the practice of depriving yourself of rights in order to protect yourself against unknown side effects of the software used. For this reason, if this is rightly recommended from a current point of view, the requirement for efficient sandboxes and firewalls should be made, i.e. the blocking of all activities that are not expressly permitted. This permission must be requested in detail from the user for each application; Software that does this too generally or without precise justification is then outlawed. In addition, the current situation of having to trust every software that you want to install as far as possible is no longer in line with social reality. In principle, serious and expensive software is constantly being caught patronizing, spying on and hijacking the user in the interests of the manufacturer; just think of the many autostart bear services. The Windows registry is also radically reformed. The inhabitants of Troy had to laboriously cut a breach in their city wall, but we left sufficiently wide delivery entrances.Complete control over the activities of any application software without significant loss of comfort, even for laypeople, is possible in the foreseeable future if it is constantly and energetically demanded by many users and their opinion makers, otherwise nothing will come of it. If the Federal Trojan wasn't a scandal in itself, it would be because the governments no longer have any interest in keeping our systems tight. We as civil society have to take this into our own hands! Dr. Alexander Scheutzow Even thicker Caution, customer: please wait, experience with a navigation system update, c t 4/09, p. 78 The case mentioned in issue 4 is certainly a tip, unfortunately the iceberg is massive underneath. So I would like to tell you about my experience with Navigon (which I have been using since 4.0, over 5 and 6.2). At the beginning of the year I bought a 7210 (after the PDA version with GPS mouse), which combines everything and should make it easier for me to use. Latest Map Guarantee was also included. After registering the device, I tried the update to the latest map and got the succinct system message: insufficient memory! Navigon has the cheek to deliver a device with guarantees that cannot be kept! Furthermore, the application phonelink.exe likes to crash on hands-free calling, which means that it is a nuisance. Even the cell phone is not always recognized when it is re-connected, so the whole pairing procedure is repeated. But it comes even thicker. The navigation also occasionally crashes, but not with clear errors, rather the device reduces the perceived processor performance. The screen remains rigid, voice output is still choppy. After a recalculation in order to improve the bad route suggestion, the navigation is over. The logbook (one of the reasons for this sat nav) was lost. All of this with the latest software release. The reaction of the support sounds familiar: Press the reset button or send the device in or I shouldn't update Europe completely (as bought), but only part of it, then it will work out. Then ignoring the interruption of communication probably helps better! So at Navigon you buy satnavs that are apparently still in the beta stage. Remedial offers for this only in a form that lasts for weeks or months 12 c t 2009, issue 5

13 Readers' forum letters,, Free hotline from navigation. Having to send in a PDA is a cheek anyway, because you depend on these devices in business life! All of this for a device in the upper price range (350) is a mockery of the customers. Hermann Weinzinger Everything via IP Future Vision, The Coming Versions of HDMI and DisplayPort, ct 4/09, p. 77 I follow every article on cables and connector standards with excitement in the hope that someone will come up with an argument in establishing the IPv6 standard reminds: An IP address for each device and this idea continues logically. Namely, that all devices can be connected to one another via a network. Why are new cable types, connector shapes, connection variants and protocols constantly being devised when the normal bandwidth requirements can now be met by cheap and stable Ethernet technology using IP? You can even supply the devices with power with PoE. Personally, I think USB is a dead end, USB 3.0 has to assert itself first. I would even go so far as to connect PC components such as hard drives and CD drives to the motherboard via Ethernet. What should I do with SATA, esata and what else is to come? Ethernet is continuously being developed and the 10 GBit from your article will also be affordable. I predict a sales boom if every device screen, keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, hard drives, video recorders, USB sticks (which may then be called ETH sticks), printers, scanners, DVD players, turntables etc. are connected via RJ45 can be. With IPv6, manual configuration is not even necessary and if everyone is talking about SMB, then the question of the operating system is off the table. Please print this letter to the editor, perhaps one of the decision-makers will read along, remember the visions and recognize the potential of the connector. Andreas Müller INHOPE neutral Entry prohibited, family minister wants internet blocks against child porno sites, ct 4/09, p. 80 Regarding the article in ct dated, page 80 ff., I would like to clarify the following by correcting: INHOPE has been coordinating a network of 32 complaint offices since 1999 26 countries, including 23 EU member states. INHOPE as well as the complaints offices operated in the EU countries are co-financed within the framework of the EU Safer Internet Program. Complaints, which may also be anonymously brought to the attention of an INHOPE complaints office, are forwarded to the national law enforcement authorities for processing after a preliminary examination. Due to the different handling of the topic in the countries of its members, IN HOPE is expressly neutral to the topic of access blocking and therefore does not criticize it harshly. Frank Ackermann, INHOPE Vice President Cheaper methods of pears to apples, Efix brings Mac OS X to standard PCs, ct 3/09, p. 170 It's a shame that Efix has been reported, and not about the numerous other and much cheaper installation methods of Mac OS X. The Boot-DFE-132 variant has turned out to be one of the best and least problematic (with original Apple DVD), which works with most Core 2 boards (P965, P35, P45 etc.), or with the new ones GeForce 9400 chipsets. Especially since EFI-X, Psystar and the like are rather outlined and frowned upon in the scene, especially Efix, as the preparatory work is mostly done in non-commercial circles! See Matthias Schöffl, Vienna Standardizing Form Contracts Clause War, Inadmissible GTC passages as a competition violation worthy of warning, c t 4/09, p. 168 As a consumer, I have long wanted to not have to read long and incomprehensible GTCs for every contract concluded over the Internet. I would prefer it if there were a limited number of terms and conditions, based on the example of the Creative Commons licenses or the GPL, from which the provider selects the appropriate one and adds at most a small addition. I then immediately know what I am getting myself into, and the provider knows that they cannot be warned for incorrect wording. The same of course also applies to data protection declarations and revocation instructions. Carsten Schmidt, Braunschweig Additions & Corrections Clause War Inadmissible GTC passages as a condemnable breach of competition law, ct 4/09, p. 168 The UGP guideline mentioned in the article is due to amendments to the law against unfair competition (UWG), which came into force on 30 December Came into force in 2008, implemented in German law. The fact that such business practices that only take effect after the conclusion of the contract can be anti-competitive is now made clear by 2 (1) no. 1 UWG. This applies to ineffective general terms and conditions clauses. The risk of warnings from competitors is all the greater. c t 2009, issue 5 13

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18 current Mobile World Congress Rudolf Opitz, Achim Barczok, Jo Bager Mobilfunk- Eldorado Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona Multimedia mobile phones with large touchscreens, business telephones with text keyboards, mobile radio navigation systems, fast data networks and mobile applications: in Barcelona there are Mobile industry from February 16th to 19th, discussed the future of wireless networks, software platforms, mobile services and presented the next generation of mobile phones.The Mobile World Congress in the Catalonian capital, organized by the GSM Association (GSMA), and the exhibition connected to it, are a must for mobile phone companies. In 2009, too, the trends of the year will be set here, new hardware and software technologies as well as the upcoming cell phones and smartphones will be presented. While more and more manufacturers are turning their backs on CeBIT in Hanover, the number of exhibitors in Barcelona remains at a high level with over 1,300 stands. It is no wonder that the more than 50,000 visitors that the GSMA is expecting this year will consist almost exclusively of a specialist audience and decision-makers; Hardly any private visitor will want to afford the 600 euros that a 4-day ticket costs for the exhibition alone. According to the GSMA, the CEOs of Microsoft, Nokia and AT&T Mobility, Steve Ballmer, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Ralph de la Vega will be speakers at the congress; Show greats like Kevin Spacey and Black-Eyed-Peas frontman have confirmed for the Mobile Backstage event. Touchscreen trends Smartphones with touchscreens are still in vogue. Most of the end device manufacturers, which can be found mainly in Hall 8, are likely to present new models with a screen that can be operated with a finger. Nokia will show its flagship N97 with a 3.5-inch display, pull-out Qwerty keyboard and 32 GB of memory; further smartphones with the touch screen user interface S60 5th Edition are to be expected. Many manufacturers rely on Windows Mobile or the Linux mobile operating system Android. Shortly before the MWC, Toshiba presented the TG01, the first smartphone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset, which includes a main processor clocked at 1 GHz. The touchscreen device, which is just under 10 millimeters thick, can be operated with a finger via a user interface developed by Toshiba. HTC has been equipping its Windows smartphones with such a surface, called TouchFlo, for a long time. The Taiwanese manufacturer will probably not only expand its portfolio of Windows Mobile devices, but also introduce other models with Android after the Google Phone G1. Other manufacturers such as Asus, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, all members of the Android consortium Open Handset Alliance, could also have the first devices with the Linux system in their luggage. Acer is one of the newcomers to the smartphone market. The number three in the global PC market has bought the Taiwanese smartphone specialist E-Ten and wants to present the first Windows Mobile models in Barcelona. It will be exciting in Palm's VIP lounge: selected visitors will be given a first look at the UMTS version of the Pre touchscreen smartphone. The surf phone with the WebOS operating system, also a Linux offshoot, which is traded as a keen competitor to the iphone, has so far only been available for US CDMA / EVDO networks. Radio operators for work and leisure Since the failed attempt to introduce DVB-H mobile television in Germany, the subject of mobile TV has met with little interest in this country. However, this does not apply to other European countries such as Italy. Therefore, there are likely to be more cell phones with DVB-H receivers. Instead, LG Electronics relies on the free-to-air digital television DVB-T on the German market and is likely to show other DVB-T cell phones in addition to the KB770 with 3-inch touchscreen. Rumor has it that Samsung will concentrate on camera phones and announce a model with a built-in 12 megapixel camera. The company presented the 8 megapixel model S8300 with OLED touchscreen even before the start of the MWC. As early as 2006, the manufacturer showed a cell phone with ten megapixels, which even came onto the market, but only in Korea. After the G800 snap phone, other models with an optical zoom are likely to be more interesting. It wasn't until 2008 that Motorola released its first mobile phone specializing in photos, the ZN5. In Barcelona, ​​however, the US manufacturer wants to concentrate on network technology. Many business people and users of mobile services value a correct Qwerty keyboard. Nokia is likely to expand its E series business models with suitable devices, a cell phone called E75 similar to the E51 with a keyboard that can be pushed out to the side is already haunted by the relevant forums. Blackberry manufacturer RIM is instead switching to the touchscreen with the keyboard-less Blackberry Storm. Software for Mobile The growing interest in smartphones is also boosting the demand for suitable software: Apple's App Store has recorded over 500 million downloads since it was launched. Now other mobile software providers want to earn a golden nose. Payment software will soon be available on Google's program website Android Market. Samsung wants to start its own shop, Blackberry, Palm and Microsoft will probably follow suit. Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer appears personally in Barcelona, ​​which many experts see as a sign of increased interest in the mobile business. 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19 aktuell Mobile World Congress Navigation Phones With integrated GPS receivers, more and more cell phones are also suitable for navigation. Nokia will presumably introduce version 3.0 of the mobile phone navigation Nokia Maps. Navi manufacturers in turn equip their devices with mobile communications so that they receive the latest traffic and map data at all times. Garmin is now working with Asus on the Nüvifone, which should accelerate development. The G60, which was announced a year ago but has not yet appeared on the market, has already appeared on the vaporware lists. Now a whole smartphone series is to follow under the label Garmin-Asus. The graphical user interface for the Nüvifone should already be finished, but Garmin has not yet been able to decide on an operating system. Navigon will be there with its navigation software for smartphones MobileNavigator 7. The Navigon competitor Wayfinder, which was taken over by Vodafone, is probably showing the first location-based services. Location Based Services is one of the big topics of the fair; Navteq selects innovative software in this area as part of the Navteq Global LBS Challenge competition. A lot has happened in the past year for the two major map providers: Tele Atlas is now part of TomTom, and Navteq, which was taken over by Nokia, has bought the T-Traffic traffic information system. That promises interesting synergy effects on the navigation market. Mobile surfing The mobile Internet remains a growth engine in the mobile phone industry. This is clearly shown by the statistics that Opera generates from the use of its free browser, Opera Mini: In December 2008, 17.8 million users used Opera Mini, 8.6 percent more than in the previous month. The total number of page views has increased by 312 percent since December 2007. The quality of the browser and Internet applications is decisive for the acceptance of the mobile Internet. Opera and the Japanese manufacturer Access will present new versions of their browsers at MWC. Ditech, Materna and Nuance will be showing solutions that allow web applications to be controlled by voice, which is supposed to be less cumbersome than puzzling with mini buttons and touchscreens. If you want to get an impression of the future of mobile Internet, you should leave the exhibition grounds on Monday afternoon in the direction of the Palau de la música catalana. There, Mobile Monday, a global community of mobile enthusiasts, awards the Mobile Peer Awards to promising startup companies (some of the nominees deal with social networks, such as the Berlin company aka-aki or Xumii, which provides information from various social networks - Nokia's N97 with Symbian / S60 5th Edition can be operated by finger via the large touchscreen with 640 x 320 pixels. Len networks and instant messaging platforms come together. That the mobile phone, anyway something like the social network center of the modern nomad, is Completed well with social networks on the web, everyone should have internalized MWC since last year's MWC, at which Yahoo presented its social media service oneconnect. This year, there is likely to be a wild blow for supremacy in this attractive field of the MWC, for example, Google has already thrown its hat into the ring of mobile social networks with Latitude (see p. 54) Cell phone manufacturers such as Nokia are also fighting for market share with its Ovi and providers such as Vodafone, which took over the Zyb community in 2008. Cell phone networks Network suppliers such as Ericsson, Motorola or Nokia Siemens still have the next generation of cell phones on the program, which is completely designed for data transfer. The network called Long Term Evolution (LTE) should soon become a reality with transfer rates of more than 100 Mbit / s according to the manufacturers' ideas. Motorola is currently building a test network in Great Britain, and further tests in the free radio network are in progress. For network operators such as T-Mobile or Vodafone, however, an upgrade from HSPA to HSPA + (maximum 28.8 Mbit / s) should initially be more interesting and cheaper. The TG01 from Toshiba with Snapdragon chipset offers a 4.1-inch touchscreen (800 x 480 pixels) that is huge for smartphones and should also play high-resolution DivX films smoothly. Most infrastructure suppliers will also have picocells in their luggage, base stations the size of a pocket book that are supposed to bring HSDPA to all living and work rooms via a landline. However, this does not work without the network operators, who have to create an offer that can compete with cheap WiFi. For the customers of the network operators, the upcoming significant improvement in the voice quality when using a mobile phone is more interesting. Actually, the AMR-WB (Adaptive Multi Rate WideBand) speech codec, with which frequencies of up to 7 kHz can be transmitted, was supposed to be introduced as early as 2008. But the codec has so far been absent in the networks. So far, it has only been used for voice memos and ring tones in cell phones, but Nokia has now introduced the first phones with AMR-WB as a telephony codec (see also p. 54). In Barcelona, ​​the network operators should also make the first announcements. (rop) Access: Courtyard 3 (0), CY10 Acer: Courtyard CY07 Asus: Hall 7, HS19, HS22 Ditech: Hall 2 (0), E35 Ericsson: Hall, B2, Hall 8, A171 Garmin: Hall 7, C37 HTC : Hall 1, B22 LG Electronics: Hall 8, B192, B197 Materna: Hall 1 (0), G05 Microsoft: Hall 1, D19 Mobile Peer Awards: Palau de la m sica catalana, C / Sant Pere Més Alt Motorola: Hall 8 , A159 Navteq: Hall 1, G45 Navigon: Hall 2 (0), B09 Nokia: Hall 8, B169 Nokia Siemens Networks: Hall 8, B157 Nuance: Avenue 90 Opera: Hall 2 (0), 2B77 Palm: Courtyard CY09 Qualcomm: Hall 8, B28, B53 RIM: Hall 8, B91 Samsung: Hall 8, A139 Sony Ericsson: Hall 8, B56 Tele Atlas: Hall 8, C118 Toshiba: Hall 8, A111, AV68 Wayfinder: Hall 1, J33 ct 2009, issue 5 19

20 current CeBIT 2009 Peter-Michael Ziegler CeBIT 2009 IT pulse On March 3rd, CeBIT in Hanover will open its gates for the 24th time for a specialist audience and those interested in IT. Partner country is California, where computer technology started its triumphant advance. AMD, Apple, Cisco, ebay, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Oracle, Sun, Yahoo the list of IT companies with a global presence that are headquartered in California's Silicon Valley could easily be expanded by 20 to 30 entries. No wonder, then, that Deutsche Messe AG, as CeBIT organizer, did not have to muster up the courage for a premiere when considering who could be the partner country of the world's largest computer trade fair in 2009: For the first time, a sovereign country is not presenting itself as IT in Hanover - Heavyweight but a single US state. California stands for dynamism, innovation leadership and willingness to invest, Deutsche Messe AG justifies its choice virtues that are more important than ever against the background of a global economic downturn. Also for the trade fair itself: Although corporations like Dell (partner at Intel), Hitachi or Nokia Siemens Networks have announced their coming or coming back this year, other IT giants like Samsung, after all the world's largest producer of memory chips, LC Displays and flat screen televisions as well as the global number 2 in the mobile phone business hurts. Chain reaction There was a domino effect in the office technology sector: if the manufacturers positioned themselves stand after stand in Hall 1, which is steeped in tradition, this will not be used again in 2009 due to problems with building law and the companies simply did not want to be positioned anywhere. For example, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Xerox, Kyocera and KonicaMinolta forego their own stand in Hanover, only Brother will come up with a small offer in the reseller area. For reasons of cost, other companies are now concentrating their (large) appearances on special-interest trade fairs: entertainment electronics manufacturers are now increasingly focusing on the Berlin IFA or the CES in Las Vegas, and mobile communications giants the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Webciety and ehealth But even if the number of exhibitors will be declining this year, Messe AG will be able to rent less CeBIT exhibition space than in 2008 and the pulse of the IT world is a little slower than the global interest in the leading trade fair for the computer industry do no harm. Hall 8, for example, is dedicated to one of the industry's major future markets: energy efficiency in IT systems themselves and increases in efficiency that can be achieved through the intelligent use of IT. Microsoft has come up with a nice trade fair gimmick on the subject of green IT and environmental protection: software developers can organize their journey to Hanover together using the web address Is ehealth a blessing or a curse? In Hall 9, where manufacturers, service providers and providers of IT solutions for healthcare and telemedicine cavort, CeBIT visitors can get their own picture of projects such as the electronic health card (egk), telemonitoring, in-house networking in clinics , Archiving of patient files, integration of hospital information systems or new practice software. At the international Tele Health Congress on March 5th and 6th, numerous experts from the health sector will comment on current developments in the field of digital medicine. The organizer selected the so-called webciety as the top topic of CeBIT 2009, a hideous made-up word made up of the terms web and society, which is supposed to symbolize the arrival of digital networking and the Internet in almost all areas of life, from music downloads and social networks Online banking and IPTV through to Internet lessons and virtual CeBIT exhibition stands, which this year can be booked for around 10,000 euros. In the webciety area (Hall 6), the re: publica internet conference will hold a full-day event on March 6th, while the CeBIT Global Conferences will round off the webciety topic with numerous lectures. Heise at CeBIT As usual, visitors will find Heise Zeitschriften Verlag with c t, ix, Technology Review and heise online in Hall 5, E38, where, among other things, there is the option of certifying PGP keys. In the Heise CeBIT Forum 2009 Security and IT Law, the current program of the c t-tv magazine will be recorded on Friday (March 6th) from 11 a.m. The special, moderated by Mathias Münch and Georg Schnurer, will first run on Saturday at hr-fernsehen (12:30 p.m.) and later on Eins Plus (1:30 p.m.). 3Sat will broadcast a 45-minute version of the program on March 10th. The highlights of the Heise CeBIT Forum include daily live hacking demonstrations (2:00 p.m. each time) and lectures on the ability to intercept cordless DECT telephones. The website / heise_forum provides information about the program. This year's ix CeBIT Forum in Hall 6 is grouped around the four focal points of software development, clusters and virtualization, storage and infrastructure, and security. The respective daily program can be called up on page v5. Downside of bitterness CeBIT visitors have to swallow a small downer of bitterness who want to take public transport to the exhibition center: for the first time in ten years, tickets are not valid as tickets for local public transport. A day ticket for Üstra (Zone 1) costs 4.10 euros. CeBIT tickets cost 33 euros in advance and 38 euros at the box office. Reduced tickets for schoolchildren / students / trainees for 17 euros are only available at the box offices on weekends. Incidentally, female CeBIT visitors do not have to pay admission to the fair on Saturday (March 7th). Anyone arriving by car should note that an environmental zone has been set up in Hanover city center, which is now also monitored by the public order office. Entrances without a valid yellow or green particulate matter sticker can result in a fine of 40 euros and one point in Flensburg. (pmz) Visitors will find Heise Zeitschriften Verlag as usual in Hall 5. 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22 current CeBIT: Green technology Christof Windeck Green fig leaf Green IT just doesn't want to become a real trend Messe AG is setting up a huge eco-niche in Hall 8 otherwise the hall will remain largely empty. Shrinking exhibitor numbers let orchid themes bloom: The Green IT Village, which was hidden at the very back in Hall 9 last year, is growing into the Green IT World with a whopping 2500 square meters in Hall 8 this year. The spacious exhibition area is shared by some well-known, but overall very few companies. They have to hope for bad weather, because Hall 8 is located under the flight of stairs to the east exit of the exhibition center and is rather dark. Only when it rains or winds there are large numbers of random exhibition guests here.In addition to the eco-adventure park, there are only two forums on the subject of Public Infrastructure in Hall 8, which is 6,860 square meters in size and should not be a crowd puller either. Messe AG wants to make the top topic of Green IT more visible outside of Hall 8 and is also issuing a Green IT Guide for which CeBIT exhibitors can register. But as is currently the case in big politics, one cannot get rid of the impression that ecology and energy efficiency are not really affairs of the heart of the IT industry and are dismissed as fuss, especially in difficult economic times. Because energy prices are now falling again and the potential for savings in efficient technology is also shrinking, it is now more difficult to demonstrate hard advantages. The Green IT World is a joint project by CeBIT and Bitkom under the patronage of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU); Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel will also come by in person and speak on March 5 at the joint annual press conference of BMU and Bitkom on the subject of Green IT. Numerous representatives from industry (AMD, Google, IBM, Nokia, VW) and other organizations (OECD, Germanwatch) also take part. Bitkom wants to present visionary green IT projects as early as March 3rd, ex-Environment Minister Klaus Töpfer will be discussing resource efficiency on March 4th and a forum on data centers will take place on March 6th. At the weekend there are information events especially for private individuals (Saturday) and schools (Sunday). Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has traditionally been one of the exhibitors in the green CeBIT area; The company did not announce any real news. The 0-watt monitor, which was shown last year, should be on display, in which a capacitor stores so much energy that it can be switched on at the push of a button, although its power supply unit is automatically disconnected from the mains voltage. FSC also wants to show the first three PCs from its own delivery program which, with a power consumption of 0.5 watts in soft-off mode, already meet the requirements of the standby regulation that will apply in the EU from 2010. For data centers, FSC has a particularly efficient server (measured according to SPECpower_ssj2008) and economical cooling technology in the CeBIT luggage. For private individuals, FSC has so far only offered moderately efficient computers, but is not alone: ​​Although several surveys in 2008 showed that many customers want more information about their PC energy requirements, most home computers consume significantly more electricity than office computers. This is due, among other things, to the Energy Star requirements, which unfortunately are not mandatory, but which large companies require when tenders are issued. In the meantime, Bitkom and the Federal Environment Agency have at least managed to publish guidelines for the procurement of more economical technology by authorities (Messe AG The FSC competitors IBM and Sun also want to present themselves in the Green IT World; their previously announced exhibits are primarily aimed at data centers. Efficient servers, central network storage and economical cooling systems - these buzzwords already sound familiar. A green focus this year is to be telepresence; the market researchers from Gartner point out that, thanks to teleconferencing systems, the number of business air travel should decrease in the next few years. Teleworking is one of them the means with which the IT industry wants to contribute to saving energy, namely for trips to the workplace. However, this idea is not really new either. Among the hardware companies, apart from the server providers, it is especially the power supply and mainboard -Manufacturers who want the efficiency of v on voltage converters in the foreground in an effective advertising manner. While the 80 plus logo and the Energy Star 4.0 guidelines have actually brought about significant improvements, the mainboard functions have so far not been convincing. In the case of commercially used computers, the Energy Star 5.0 guidelines, which came into effect on July 1, 2009, tighten the requirements for energy efficiency considerably, including 80 plus bronze power supplies that achieve 82 to 85 percent efficiency. And from 2010 an EU regulation will finally set binding limit values ​​for standby power consumption. Economical computers, this year especially many with Intel Atom processors, should often be seen at Asus, Intel and MSI, for example. The small Lower Saxony manufacturer Christmann has specialized in such devices. Thin clients manufactured by companies such as Clientron, FIC or Igel can also be found at the Bitkom stand in Hall 4. Let's see how many Energy Star 5.0 computers can already be found at CeBIT. Energy efficiency is only one aspect of computer technology that makes more ecological sense. It is also important to conserve natural resources through economical use of materials, recycling and long usage cycles, as well as avoiding pollutants. The conflict of interest between environmentalists and equipment manufacturers, who primarily want to sell, is still smoldering here. Even with things as simple as clear information on power consumption, there is still no breakthrough in sight, perhaps the environment minister will reveal something new. In any case, his authority wanted to ensure that device labeling was mandatory. (ciw) Green IT: Hall 8 Asus: Hall 26, D39 Bitkom: Hall 4, A04 Christmann: Hall 6, A38 Clientron: Hall 21, G57 FIC: Hall 20, C02 Intel: Pavilion P33 MSI: Hall 21, E28 22 ct 2009, issue 5




26 current CeBIT: Embedded, graphics cards Hardware beyond the PC and server For a long time now, many more processors are being used in machine controls, traffic light systems, cars, cell phones, televisions or set-top boxes than in PCs or servers. At this year's CeBIT, apart from Intel, there are hardly any manufacturers of such CPUs who are exhibiting at the Embedded World, which is being held at the same time in Nuremberg (see p. 54). However, companies distributed over various halls will show how they use such embedded systems in the areas of logistics (Halls 14 to 16), medicine (Hall 9) or communication. In Hall 13, companies such as Net - Module will be demonstrating wireless routers for machine-to-machine connections and wireless sensor networks. However, the Fraunhofer Institute does not show its WLAN localization system at its stand in Wireless Hall 13, but at the research stand in Hall 9. The company OpenSynergy presents its Autosar-compliant operating system for infotainment systems in vehicles in the Intel pavilion P33 it's running on an embedded circuit board with an Atom processor. The wireless identification technology RFID is the main focus of Hall 7. In addition to manufacturers of RFID reading and other data acquisition devices such as Höft & Wessel, M3 Mobile and Fujian Newland Computer, companies such as Airbus and Siemens will also be exhibiting there. Only Microsoft is showing its Biztalk Server RFID management program in Hall 4. Messe AG is dedicating around 2000 m 2 to the AutoID / RFID Solutions Park. There, companies from the fields of aviation, transport, logistics, trade and production under the guise of the industry association AIM show how they (want to) use RFID. In the center of this park in the AutoID / RFID forum there are discussion groups with experts, specialist lectures and practical demonstrations on all aspects of RFID from Tuesday to Sunday. On the opening day, a spokesman for VfB Stuttgart wants to explain how RFID tags could streamline the payment systems in the stadium. Data security when using RFID systems is the topic of the round table on Friday. The events on Saturday are dedicated, among other things, to the labeling of medicines, blood reserves and other medical applications. The complete forum program with many other presentations can be found at (bbe) Airbus: Hall 7, B17 AutoID / RFID Solutions Park: Hall 7 Fraunhofer Institute: Hall 13, B24 and Hall 9, B36 Fujian Newland Computer: Hall 7, D03 Höft & Wessel: Hall 7, D08 Intel: Pavilion P33 M3 Mobile: Hall 7, C10 Microsoft: Hall 4 NetModule: Hall 13, C76 Siemens: Hall 7, C16 There are wireless routers for direct machine-to-machine communication in Hall 13 to see. The NetBox NB2540 router from NetModule communicates via WLAN, Ethernet or UMTS. Graphics cards: The top dogs are missing Zotac cools its overclocked GeForce GTX 295 Infinity with water. Big announcements in the graphics card market are not to be expected at this year's CeBIT, but many smaller innovations are likely. After Nvidia stayed away from the fair last year, AMD is also shining with absence this year. The rumor mill is still simmering, so Nvidia will announce the GeForce GTS 250 during or shortly after CeBIT, which is nothing more than a renamed GeForce 9800 GTX +. The GeForce 9800 GT is also to be given a new name with the designation GeForce GTS 240. Furthermore, Nvidia is likely to present a more economical version of the GeForce 9600 GT in the course of CeBIT, which comes along with a lower core voltage with a lower power consumption. Nvidia will probably replace the previous GeForce 9600 GT with the new model and will not change the name. Some board partners of the two major graphics chip manufacturers are introducing new card series. Asus, for example, is planning to introduce the Formula series, which uses a new cooler design. Sapphire will soon also be using the Vapor Chamber cooling system known from the heavily overclocked Toxic graphics card series on normally clocked Radeon HD-4850/70 cards. With Silent Cell, Gigabyte wants to introduce a passive cooling system for upper middle class graphics cards. At Evga, specially designed GeForce GTX 285 are on the plan as soon as Nvidia ships the GT200b graphics chips separately. So far, Nvidia has been supplying manufacturers with cards made by Flextronics. Board partners usually like to flaunt overclocked variants and boast of the high clock rates. This is currently a problem, at least with the GeForce GTX 295, as Nvidia probably instructed the partners not to use air-cooled OC versions of the new dual GPU card. Zotac therefore equips its overclocked GeForce GTX 295 Infinity with water cooling and thus wants to avoid thermal problems. Matrox is aimed more at business customers and is showing the already available, external multi-monitor expansion box TripleHead2Go and an acceleration card for decoding IP videos, with which the security cameras can be shown on up to four displays. (mfi) Asus: Hall 26, D39 Club 3D: Hall 25, E48 G-Cube: Hall 25, E27 Gainward: Hall 21, E47 Gigabyte: Hall 21, D56 InnoVision: Hall 20, D46 Matrox: Hall 21, E72 MSI: Hall 25, D40 Point of View: Hall 21, E02 Sapphire: Hall 20, C45 Tul / PowerColor: Hall 20, C02 Zotac: Hall 20, D12 26 ct 2009, issue 5

27 current CeBIT: Automotive Autonomous vehicles or green wave CeBIT Hall 15 has many surprises in store for car enthusiasts. This year, for the first time, the focus is on autonomous driving concepts for energy-saving electric vehicles. The Götting KG challenges visitors to test their driving skills against computer-controlled electric vehicles: In a test course, visitors to the fair can test themselves daily with the autonomous electric scooters. These experiences and other demonstrations are not only available in the hall, but also in the outdoor area in front of Hall 26. There, a Smart also proves how even a tiny tractor can convoy a large tractor through a course. It is semi-automatic driving: the human-controlled Smart transmits data to the driverless tractor, which then follows it exactly. The company EcoCraft Automotive will also be presenting its developments in the field of electric vehicles. CarTFT is demonstrating PC systems for the car. In addition, car-to-car communication systems are another focus of Hall 15. The CeBit in Motion forum, which deals with telematics, navigation as well as hardware and software for everything to do with cars, offers lectures. Collecting traffic data yourself As part of COOPERS (Cooperative Systems for Intelligent Road Safety), a communication network is to be created that collects various traffic and weather data across national borders and makes it available to road users via mobile communications. It draws attention to current events such as traffic jams, black ice or accidents, thereby increasing safety and traffic flow. The system links internal vehicle data such as speed, distance to the car in front or the lane currently being driven with position data from GPS satellites and forwards them wirelessly to the data distribution centers. This means that significantly more measuring points are available than with previous navigation systems. COOPERS is an EU-funded transport project to which 37 companies and research institutions from 15 EU countries belong, including the Berlin Fraunhofer Institute (FIRST). Lars Holstein from the Research and Application Association for Transport Systems Technology will give a lecture on COOPERS as part of the CeBIT in Motion forum on March 6th from until 2 p.m. Another relief for the daily traffic chaos on the streets is provided by the intersection assistant, which takes part in the forum - the autonomous vehicle Leonie should take part in the brown-silent city traffic without any human intervention. The TU Braunschweig team has already practiced at the DARPA Urban Challenge. The topic is: cameras monitor the traffic situation at large intersections and send information and signal times from the traffic lights wirelessly to the vehicles' assistance systems. They can then adjust their pace and not only defuse critical traffic situations, but can also surf a green wave. A spokesman for the Technical University of Munich will give a lecture on this on March 6th from 1pm to 1.30pm. Volkswagen AG is dedicating its lecture on March 3rd, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., to the topic of Wireless Wolfsburg. The complete program was only available via the search engine on the CeBIT homepage up to the editorial deadline (see soft link). The automotivday starts on March 5th in the Convention Center, at which, among others, the CEO of Audi AG Klaus Straub will give a lecture on the subject of IT governance in the automotive industry. The Car-to-X Innovation in Automobiles forum will also meet in the Convention Center on March 6th. At CeBIT 2008, the self-driving VW Passat Caroline from the University of Braunschweig caused a sensation. The successor Leonie is in Hall 15. With her, the researchers face the challenge of developing a vehicle that can drive autonomously in the traffic of the Braunschweiger Stadtring. Not only do precise lane planning on the complicated road layout have to be mastered, but also intersections, parking and leaving parking spaces as well as merging into flowing traffic at speeds of up to 60 km / h. The CPU manufacturer Intel is also involved and, together with Harman Becker, is showing a car infotainment system with 3D navigation, Internet connection and voice recognition in a BMW X5 in front of its own pavilion. (Anika Benz-Jaeschke / bbe) Automotive outdoor area: in front of Hall 26 AutomotivDay: Convention Center, Hall 2 Car-to-X: Convention Center, Hall 13/14 CarTFT: Hall 15, F08 CeBIT in Motion: Hall 15, D25 EcoCraft Automotive, Fraunhofer Institute FIRST, TU Braunschweig; ITS joint stand, Hall 15, D34 Götting KG: Hall 15, D29 Intel: Pavilion, P33 Soft-Link c t 2009, issue 5 27