Canyon 2013

Canyon hat dieses Jahr schon vor der Eurobike einige Ausblicke auf seine Modellpalette 2013 gegeben.

Darunter ist ein Canyon Grand Canyon AL 29, also das Canyon Hardtail nur in 29 Zoll.

Etwas spektakulärer ist das Nerve CF. Es ist komplett aus Carbon gefertigt und hoffentlich genauso erfolgreich wie seine Brüder aus Alu. Eine kleine Besonderheit des Nerve CF sind die flexenden Sitzstreben. Die Sitzstreben sind platt gedrückt so, dass sie die den Dämpfer unterstützen und gleichzeitig mehr Steifigkeit zur Seite verleihen. Canyon nennt dieses Feature Flex Pivot. Das Nerve CF ist wirklich ein sehr schönes Rad. Durch die Verwendung von Carbon sind auch überhaupt keine Schweißnähte mehr nötig. Dadurch sieht der Rahmen sehr elegant aus. Leider beginnt das Nerve CF erst bei einem Preis von 2999 €. Darum ist es umso schöner, dass Canyon noch eine weitere Neuheit in der Nerve Familie für 2013 bereithält.

Das Nerve AL 29 soll wohl das Nerve XC als 29er sein. Canyon selbst hat dazu noch nichts gesagt. Es sind bisher nur kleine Artikel in Mountainbike Zeitschriften veröffentlicht worden. Das Nerve AL 29 soll schon bei 1799 € losgehen. Alle Modelle sollen die neuen Dämpfer und Gabeln von Fox mit CTD Technologie verbaut haben. Nur noch zwei Kettenblätter vorne wird das neue Rad haben. Das soll mir aber gerade recht sein 20 Gänge reichen locker und potenziell weniger Schaltprobleme nehme ich gerne in Kauf. Leider sieht das Nerve AL 29 nicht so elegant aus wie das normale Nerve. Es hat ein “Loch” im Rahmen und wirkt dadurch wie wenn es um alle Macht profimäßig aussehen will. Trotzdem freue ich mich sehr über dieses neue Modell. Denn ein Touren-Fully mit dem man auch mal etwas härter durch den Wald fahren kann ist genau das Richtige für mich.Ich würde auch das normale Nerve XC nehmen, aber ein 29er mit dem ich noch etwas ruhiger durch die Gegend rollen kann kommt da gerade recht. Wegen der Wendigkeit mach ich mir eigentlich keine Sorgen. Meistens fahre ich doch eher zügiger über Stock und Stein. Aber vorher ausprobieren werde ich es auf jeden Fall einmal. Schließlich bin ich noch nie auf einem 29er gesessen.

Beachvolleyballgold

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Ich hätte ja nicht gedacht, dass ich Beachvolleyball so interessant finden würde. Volleyball als Spieler finde ich so ziemlich die beschissenste Ballsportart. Aber dieses Finale gerade war ja echt extrem spannend. Und den Spielern bei ihren unglaublichen Reaktionen zuzugucken macht schon extrem Spaß. Toll dass die Deutschen am Ende auch tatsächlich gewonnen haben. 🙂

Chocolat

Chocolat is my text editor of choice! I use it since it was in an early beta. Finally, some days ago, I bought it. Actually I thought the price of $49 would be too much for me. But when the beta phase ended and I had to switch back to other editors like SubEthaEdit and SublimeText 2 I felt the pain. After a half an hour customizing Sublime Text 2 I pushed the buy button. What I like about Chocolat is its extremely pragmatic design. There is nothing what distracts you from your work. Coda for example looks very stylish but it is not that useful. That said, Chocolat is stylish, too. But in a very minimalistic way. On addition in Chocolat are many short-keys available. So it’s easy to navigate through your files and code. What I find very convenient is that if you open several files in the same directory, Chocolat assumes this directory as your actual project-directory. I like that because in fact that’s almost always true. I hope my investment will be worth it! 🙂

ToDo lists

Even though I work in my Diploma thesis with electronic todo lists, it feels more rewarding if I cross a item with a pencil from a list on paper. Otherwise, it is more frustrating if I can’t achieve all the things I wanted to do.

Why is that? Is it because the combination of my thoughts and my exact moves on the paper with the pencil create an additional memory level? Maybe there should be a todo list app which forces everybody to write the items by hand.

My WWDC2012 guesses

This years WWDC seems to become one of the more exciting ones. There are many possible rumors floating around. Here are my guesses:

iOS:

  • iOS 6, beta available monday evening
  • Facebook-Integration
  • Maps by Apple
  • something about Siri (hopefully all the US-features for europe at least)
  • FaceTime over 3G

iCloud:

  • Photo Sharing
  • Reminder
  • Notes

Apple TV:

  • SDK for Apps for Apple TV

OS X:

  • Mountain Lion Demo with release date sometimes between June and August
  • Voice Dictation
  • additional small features, but nothing big

Mac Hardware:

  • MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display
  • no new MacBook line, which is better (retina, accu, weight) and costs equal
  • 17″ MBP retired
  • MacBook Air 11″ and 13″ with Retina Display
  • Mac Pro
  • iMac (maybe just a spec bump without a mention during the keynote)

I don’t know how, they name their new retina MacBook, but there will bei no new line. A new line of notebooks which are this equal to the “old” line just doesn’t make sense. Especially for Apple. I think the iOS, iCloud and Mountain Lion parts are set. But I fear the Apple TV SDK is just wishful thinking. 🙁

Dreaming about an Apple TV

… or should I say a very big display made by Apple for your living room?

Today I spent hours philosophising about such a gadget. I think meanwhile it’s out of discussion that an Apple TV will come to market some time. Hopefully it’ll be later this year. That would match perfectly with my relocation plans. 🙂

We thought about which features would Apple pick for a TV. I think it’s possible that this big display could disregard typical TV functions like tuning, videotext, recording, …. Some would say that an TV from Apple wouldn’t even come as an ordinary TV, but just as a very big display. All content would come over the air out of iTunes in the iCloud and the Macs in the LAN. Such a thing would work in the US, maybe. But not in the rest of the world, where services like hulu and Netflix are not available. So I think if Apple wants to sell this TV ouside of the US they have to provide the typical TV functions.
Otherwise I think the features which are set include iMessage, email, browsing, Apps (games!), FaceTime, Siri and watching movies, series and hearing music from iTunes (obviously). Because of iMessage, FaceTime and email it will need something like notifications. Apps and especially games may be a very big thing for this gadget, because this would it turn to a proper Apple games console.

But what kept our discussion really kept going was the remote question. It’s clear that Apple will not add a common TV remote with 475 buttons. 🙂 So my friend argued that the TV has to ship with something like a small iPod touch as a remote. Anyway the remote should have a display so that it’s relatively easy to write iMessages, emails and urls in the browser. Speaking of the browser … how would browsing work? A possible way could be a coursor on the screen which is controlled by this touchpad-thingy. But for my part, this feels not like an Apple like solution. So, whats strange here? I think Apple wouldn’t ship a expensive iPod touch whithout storage although everyone who owns an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad wouldn’t use it. But it’s true that they can’t assume that every buyer has a iPhone. So I think the standard remote would be the alu remote we all know. Texting with this thing is not easy but possible. Moreover you can use Siri for texting (if you turn the sound off). Everything else is comfortable possible with the normal remote. But it’s not a perfect solution. The perfect solution would be if every customer owns one of the present i-gadgets.

We see it’s not easy to find a sweet solution for an Apple like TV. But I trust in Apple. I hope and think they are able to present us a great entertainment and communication station for the living room in fall. The iPad made first steps to bring communication from the “PC room” to the living room where you can easily share it with your family members. The Apple TV could perfect this task.


Diclaimer: I’m a good listener, but not much of an english writer. So excuse my spelling, please. If there are big mistakes, I would appreciate a clue, so I can learn. 😉