Monthly Archive: March 2009

JetBrains Meta Programming System

At the moment, I am preparing for ‘my most important exam’, which happened to bring me to the website of Markus Völter, one of the current experts in Model Driven Software Development and Product Line Engineering. In his list of recent publications, I found a nice (German) article about the Jetbrains Meta Programming System. I’ve heard of MPS before, but his introduction is nicely written and understandble. Basically, MPS is a nice editor and composer for Domain Specific Languages. What makes it interesting is that apparently you can combine your own DSL with other languages, for example to easily extend...

New TeamDrive Beta Supports WebDAV over HTTPS

I’m still hunting for a good “all-inclusive” solution for backup, online storage and versioning. Lately, more and more services pop up (there’s an incomplete list buried in my wiki), but [url=http://www.teamdrive.net/]TeamDrive[/url] stands out because you can use it with any WebDAV storage. I like [url=http://www.syncplicity.com/]Syncplicity[/url] for its ease of use (“zero configuration”), but I just don’t feel well knowing that my files are out there, unencrypted, on some strangers’ server. Now that they’ve added HTTPS and Vista x64 support, I really need to try it. 🙂 Also, it is the only tool in this area that doesn’t require administrative privileges...

Microsoft LifeCam Webcam – Drivers Only

I own a Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 webcam, which is nothing special, but absolutely okay for its price. The only thing that bothered me is that the driver is not available as a standalone download: You need to download a 50MB installer, which then downloads another 150MB: DirectX, the .NET framework and other components required for the (useless) software. Without network connection, you cannot install the driver. Also, (of course) you’re forced to install the software, too. So, I extracted the driver files from the setup. The ZIP file includes drivers for the NX-6000, the VX-1000, VX-3000 and VX-6000. They’re working...