Name Marco Von Ballmoos
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Home page http://earthli.com/users/marco

The (only) developer at earthli.com.


2440 Articles

20 years Ago

Jean Louis Gassèe

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

“I once preached peaceful coexistence with Windows. You may laugh at my expense — I deserve it.”

Jean Louis Gassèe

See also an article on Byte on boot loaders.

Pudding Guy

Published on in Miscellaneous

Think you’re taking advantage of frequent flyer miles? Check this guy out.


DMCA strikes again.

Published on in Technology

The well-known Dutch cryptographer claims to have broken Intel’s DVI (Digital Video Interface) encryption, but won’t publish for fear of being prosecuted under the DMCA as soon as he sets foot on American soil.


Beware constants in ASP (scripting bug)

Published on in Programming

There is a bug in scope resolution in IIS 5.0. When resolving a variable within a member function, precedence is given to a global constant instead of to a member variable of the same name. The problem does not occur with global variables. Paste the following code into a page:

Sample Code

const name = 1
class A
  public name
  public function get_name
    get_name = name
  end function
end class
dim a1
set a1 = new A
a1.name = "test"
... [More]

Urban Terror battle

Published on in earthli.com

New (old) quake battle. malloc and dur in Urban Terror.

Styles available on home page

Published on in earthli.com

Added a style-chooser on the home page. Check out which styles you like. More coming soon…

Added CH 97 Pictures

Published on in earthli.com

Added 239 pictures to the Switzerland 1997 album.

Fact-checking at CNN

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

From their article titled “AMD allies with Transmeta”


“Most of today’s microprocessors are “32-bit,” which means they process data 32 bits at a time. It also refers to the size of the “pointer,” which determines how much data the processor can address directly. Current 32-bit processors can address 4 gigabytes of data.“

“The industry has been gradually moving toward a 64-bit architecture, which multiplies the amount of data the... [More]

New Quake Battle

Published on in earthli.com

Added AEStats to the Quake battles site. New battle: dur, joker, kavorka, malloc.

Polling system complete.

Published on in earthli.com

Finished the first version of the polling system.

Peakabooty from the Cult of the Dead Cow

Published on in Technology

More hacktivism from the Cult. This time their software aims to provide private, closed networks untouchable by prying eyes.

The last section ‘Some Truth about Peekabooty’ is the most interesting, I think.



Windows 98 vs. Windows 2000

Published on in Technology

This is a comparison of Windows 98 and Windows 2000 with the GeForce2 GTS (slowest one) and Radeon (both 64MB cards). They tested 8 different games with different engines, including Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 and Serious Sam. Surprise, surprise, Quake and Serious Sam showed 0% change between platforms.
Looks like you can move safely over if you like….

Here’s the main chart:


and the whole review:

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1422&p=1... [More]

Polls available

Published on in earthli.com

Added the first earthli poll.

DMCA takes over the world

Published on in Technology

A (biased) description of a recent meeting of the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and
Foreign Judgments, discussing globalizing copyright laws.


Christmas 2000 Photo Album

Published on in earthli.com

Added Christmas 2000 pictures to the photo album.

Suck takes on the music industry

Published on in Public Policy & Politics

A look at what ‘big media’ is trying to get away with these days…

Grizz vs. dur

Published on in earthli.com

Grizz vs. dur quake battle.

Mark III Complete

Published on in earthli.com

Mark III ready for delivery.

Mark II Delivered

Published on in earthli.com

Quake Battle Added

Published on in earthli.com

New Quake battle

New Server

Published on in earthli.com

earthli moves to a dedicated server and gets mail service.

New Logos

Published on in earthli.com

Updated logos for earthli.

SDMI − copyrighted music

Published on in Technology

SDMI is the secure digital music initiative. They issued a challenge last year to any comers to crack their protection. Anyone who agreed to enter the contest was bound to secrecy, though and not allowed to reveal any details of how they cracked it, if indeed they could. Once group from Princeton declined because of this proviso and cracked it anyway. Turns out they can now be prosecuted under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which purports to disallow reverse-engineering of software... [More]

Quake III Battles added

Published on in earthli.com

Battle statistics added to quake site.

Test Engine Build History

Published on in earthli.com

Logicat Test Engine build history transferred to earthli.

The Golf Game

Published on in Fun

Stevie Wonder and Tiger Woods are in a bar. Woods turns to Wonder and says, “How’s the singing career going?”

Stevie Wonder replies, “Not too bad. How’s the golf?”

Woods replies, “Not too bad, I’ve had some problems with my swing, but I think I’ve got that right now.”

Stevie says, “I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right.”

Tiger says, “You play golf?”

Wonder says, “Oh, yes,... [More]

Pop or Soda?

Published on in Miscellaneous

Here’s a web site that lets you see who says pop and who says soda. This is only of interest if you have ever left your hometown and you’ve ordered a ‘soda’ only to get soda water.

You can even participate.