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How I unbricked my Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and installed a new firmware with Odin

The Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is one of the best smartphones and a real iPhone killer. Unfortunately the firmware update is done through a Samsung program called Kies wich is really bad.

How Kies bricked my Galaxy S during firmware update

I would like to report how I recovered from a really bad flash (actually a brick) caused during firmware update using Samsung Kies on the Galaxy S I9000. First of all, I was not prepared that official Samsung firmware flashing could cause me such problems and could brick a smartphone at the end of 2010! But this is what happened to me! Really bad what Samsung gives to its customers. BTW, I would describe myself as a computer pro, programmer and hardware developer, so I am not a complete newbie regarding firmware updates ;)

I had bought my Galaxy S I9000 in Germany and its official firmware stated:
pda: i9000xxjm1, phone: i9000xxjm1, csc: i9000xajm1, pccode: gt-i9000hkddbt

I had installed multiple progs on the phone but had NOT modded it in any way. When …

Content Management Systems (CMS) Comparison and Usage Statistics

While looking for the amazing Contao CMS (aka TypoLight) I discovered two nice links:

The first link is an interactive CMS feature comparison matrix:

The second link offers CMS (and other) usage statistics:

MyComputer & Taskbar Freezing / Hanging Not Responding (Windows XP)

Some time ago I noticed a problem with my Windows XP Pro. While browsing MyComputer the folders window freezes / hangs / does not respond anymore. The taskbar also becomes unresponsive. The only thing I can do is to kill the process. Of course this is not a good solution. Fortunately running chkdsk does not report any problems on the drive after that.

I found a post on another blog regarding this problem with some possible solutions and I would like to share it:
Solutions to Taskbar Hangs or Freezes in Windows XP

I have done the first two steps and will watch if this has solved the problem...

Spelling Alphabet Tool (also spells special characters)

www.spelltool.comHave a Look at My New Website!I have developed a new web site with the features listed below:English: Spell According to the ICAO/ITU/NATO Spelling AlphabetAvoid confusion on the phone!Let us spell names, e-mail addresses, foreign words and technical terms automatically for you.Letters and numbers are spelled according to the international spelling alphabet adopted by: ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), IMO (International Maritime Organization), FAA (American Federal Aviation Administration), ANSI (American National Standards Institute), ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Punctuation marks, signs and special characters are also presented with their full names.Very helpful when talking to your business partners on the phone, but also for dicatation and voic…

Installing MS Office 2007 (SP2) on Asus Eee PC 901

Eee PC 901 Hard Drive Size Problems

The Asus Eee PC 901 is a very nice netbook featuring two (!) SSD harddrives. I don't know why Asus has chosen this configuration - probably this was cheaper. Unfortunately the SSD "feature" is also its biggest problem. The two SSD drives have 4 GB and 8 GB. And the Windows XP system drive C: is the smaller 4 GB drive which means that you are going to run out of hard drive space as soon as you need to install a bigger application like Microsoft Office 2007 (I have not tested Microsoft Office 2010). This will happen although you chose to install the programs on drive D: which is strongly recommended!

Backup First!
I expect that you are an experienced XP user if you want to proceed here. I know that you sometimes get the recommendation to backup although this is not really required but in this case I strongly recommend to do a backup (Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, etc.) because you will run out of disk space during the Office 2007 SP2 …

Do you like YouTube? I think it needs improvement!

Everybody uses YouTube. It is one of the most popular sites. But is it really good? I am not a real YouTube expert but I think there is a lot of room for improvement:
Videos sometimes freeze while loading or simply load too slowly. When I want to play multiple videos and switch to full screen YouTube turns off full-screen for the next video in the queue.Whenever I use YouTube I feel lost on the site. I don't know where to click next. I think that the search engine is not the best and the search results are not always the most relevant.When (or if) I have finally found an interesting video it often turns out that it is a part of a series of videos that go together. I have real problems to figure out how to play the whole series in the correct order or even to find the other videos (some people post a lot of videos). I don't know if this is my problem, a problem of the users that have added the videos or rather a problem of the YouTube site but I hate the site interface.The posti…

Why Blogger? Blogger vs WordPress vs ...

So why Blogger?

Although I classify myself as a rather experienced computer user I must admit that I have had no experience with blogging before. So I looked at some comparisons first (primarily on YouTube) and came to the conclusion that the choice will be between Blogger and WordPress.

Looks like WordPress is very powerful but to use all the power one should go with the install version from and one would have to put it on his own server. Because I have to manage and update other websites and do not have much time I did not want that, so I decided to use something that is ready to go and constantly updated so I can just blog and not care about installations, databases, updates and so on. On the other hand the free version from seems to have some limitations...

Well and then there is Blogger. By Google. This looks like SEO (search engine optimization) out of the box. And I also like the other Google products I use. As any other product they are not perfect …