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Review: The war after armageddon

The War After ArmageddonThe War After Armageddon by Ralph Peters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book on the war that follows when fanatics on all sides of a conflict spin out of control. The book’s battle scenes and depiction of warfare reminds me of Tom Clancy’s “Red Storm Rising”, but with a more thoughtful angle on the political and human realities of a war of religion, a holy war, being fought in the Middle-east between modern armies.



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Android Email Setup at University of Southern Denmark

Android Email Setup at University of Southern Denmark

It is possible to get limited access to Exchange server provided by the university, even when outside of the university network. Simply add

sync.sdu.dk

as the exchange server address. Unfortunately this will only give you access to receiving mail (and maybe seeing your calendar?) but not sending mail, accessing the email directory or adding new appointments to the calendar.

Using IMAP

Instead of using the Exchange setup, I recommend you to use the following IMAP setup. This will allow you to receive and send emails no matter your connection type and location. Add a new IMAP account and fill the account name with something appropriate. User name includes your domain e.g. tek\myusername or sdu\myusername. The IMAP server is the same as the above exchange setup: sync.sdu.dk. The important part here is to choose the right connection security type, which must be set to SSL and port 993.

Sending Mail

Next you setup the outgoing server. Click the login needed check box, and fill in the same user name as for the incoming IMAP server. Again, remember the domain part. The outgoing server address is smtps.sdu.dk. Again the connection security part is important. Choose TLS and port 587.

What About the Calendar?

If there is a way to make the Exchange calendar sync with your android phone, with out being connected directly to the university’s network, I haven’t found it yet. My recommendation is to use Google Calendar instead, which works perfectly with my HTC Desire phone. If you really need to use the Exchange calendar as well, because you use on your normal computer, I would suggest using Googles Sync services. This allows you to install a client on your PC that syncs your Outlook/iCal etc. calendar with your Google Calendar.

And the Contacts?

I don’t really know what to do about your Exchange contacts. My recommendation is not to use them, instead using Google Contacts for example. If there is a good way to sync the Exchange contacts with Google Contacts, it would like to know it.

Requirements for Ultimate Photo Management Tool

What is the requirements for the ultimate photo management tool? I have tried Digikam, Flickr, Picassa, FSpot and lots of other tools. Some are better than others, but none are the ultimate tool.

So far Digikam comes closest (and I already have 10000+ photos there, so it is hard to change), but I find my self lacking important features. One of the features I use extensively is tagging. And the tagging system in Digikam is more or less my biggest problem with the program…

This post will be updated with new requirements as a I think of them.

Requirements

The first step in finding the ultimate solution, must be to formulate my requirements. Requirements are not the same as wishes. These list only contain functionality that must be present. There might be other stuff that are practical, like Flickr integration, but it is not really a requirement.

System features

  • Windows and Linux compatible
  • Central image repository – images should be stored centrally, so I can get access to them on all my computers. Not necessarily from the Internet, but at least when I’m home. I don’t want to move images around on USB disks or similar.
  • Repository version control – When I edit an image, I want to keep the original. So when I do color correction, I want to see the edited image in my gallery, and know that I still have the original.
  • Store copies locally on machines – I want to be able to transfer images to my local machine, so I can bring my laptop and show those images to offline friends and family.
  • Synchronize changes back in repository – If I work on those images, I want the changes to go back into the repository. If somebody else changed the image in the repository, I want those changes transferred to my local copy.

Image meta-data

  • Tagging – Add tags to images with information. Tags are typed as free text, not selected from a list. Previous tags are suggested.
  • Geo-information – Store coordinates of where the image was taken (or just some other coordinates).
  • Descriptions – Text describing the image.
  • Rating – I want to assign ratings to images. Images must be shown specifically as non-rated, until I assign them a rating from 0-?

Image sorting / viewing

  • Categories – Images can be assigned one or more categories. Like vacation, diving etc. This is more or less specialized tagging.
  • Albums – Albums can shown group as albums.
  • Sub-albums – Albums can have sub-albums.
  • Filters – Views can be filtered by tags, date, album, category and rating.