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[iPad] Israel Allows Import Of iPads (Update)

On saturday, 24ht Israel’s Minister of Communications released a press statement. Israel now approved the import of Apple’s iPads to Israel.

The scrutiny conducted by the Ministry technical team vis-à-vis Apple’s
team, International laboratory and European counterparts confirmed that
the device which could be operated in various standards will be operated
in Israel in accordance to the local standards.

Update: According to german Heise.de iPads need to be used with Hebrew language as regional settings, otherwise iPads might be doing probe requests on 5 GHz channels, which are illegal to be used in Israel.

[misc] Incomplete List of Proverbs Equal in German and English

Reading english proverbs in english articles that are equal to german proverbs always makes me ask if the article has been written by a german trying to write english (much like I do ;-).

So I found some proverbs that I just wanted to archive for later reference. If you know some more, let me know in the comments…

  • Let the cat out of the Bag
    Die Katze aus dem Sack lassen
  • The apple does not fall far from the tree
    Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm
  • Give up the ghost
    Den Geist aufgeben
  • All beginnings are difficult
    Aller Anfang ist schwer
  • To paint a black picture of something
    Etwas schwarz malen
  • Everything has an end, only sausage has two
    Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei
  • Hard work never hurt anyone
    Arbeiten hat noch keinem geschadet
  • Barking dogs don’t bite
    Hunde, die bellen, beißen nicht
  • Go through thick and thin
    Durch dick und dünn gehen
  • Tribute to whom tribute is due
    Ehre dem, dem Ehre gebührt
  • Don’t look a gift horse into the mouth
    Einem geschenkten Gaul, schaut man nicht ins Maul
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day
    Rom wurde nicht an einem Tag erbaut
  • All is well, that ends well.
    Ende gut, alles gut
  • All that glitters is not gold
    Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt
  • To see light at the end of the tunnel
    Licht am Ende des Tunnels sehen
  • To go to the dogs
    Vor die Hunde gehen
  • Guard your tongue
    Hüte Deine Zunge
  • That is just splitting hairs
    Das ist Haarspalterei
  • To cast pearls before swine
    Perlen vor die Säue werfen
  • Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
    Was Du heute kannst besorgen, verschiebe nicht auf morgen
  • He who laughs last, laughs best
    Wer zuletzt lacht, lacht am Besten

[Windows] Unleash Vista with Language Packs

I. Abstract

One of the obstacles with Windows in earlier times was: you could not simply change the language from say german to english or german to french. For me as a german loving the languages this always was a big prob. I saw the easiness of changing languages under Linux and wondered. Now with Windows Vista you can also install and use up to 16 different languages.

As always with Windows operating systems there are also limitations: changing of languages is (officially) only supported by Windows Vista Ultimate. Although you might choose any language during installation of Windows Vista Basic or Home Premium or what ever, you sadly will not be able to officially change it once you installed it. But by digging the dark places of the net, we found there are ways to change the language even in non Ultimate versions. With the help of a tool called “Vista MUI Tool”, which is being developed by some chinese guys, you can enable multi language on all Vista versions. Anyway this topic will not be covered here, because we ain’t got no Vista Basic version here. But we confess to come back to the “Vista MUI Tool” in a short while, simply because activating functions that have been disabled is an interesting topic for all of us, isn’t it?

The following short article will deal with changing the language in an Vista Ultimate version by using onboard tools – no modifications required. As an ultimate user using it in english you’ll enjoy the following advantages: you will have access to the  Windows Ultimate features (english only!) and to tons of different Widgets, that are also available in english, only.

II. Premises

For following this little tutorial and for playing with me the following 15 minutes, you need the following:

  • Windows Vista Ultimate (go and buy it, it really got cute effects, once you got used to it, you wonder how crappy XP looks like in contrast)
  • Have Administrator privileges
  • a little concentration, although there won’t be too much Zen in this article

III. Installing new languages

Have Vista booted and be logged in as user with admin privileges. In the following example we’re gonna install a french language pack while we are running an english language version. Do the following:

  1. Click the Start button and choose the Windows Update:
  2. The Windows Vista Update window will open and you click show available updates (on the screenshot partly german: verfügbare Updates anzeigen)
  3. A window gets opened then where you can choose your updates, besides the language updates there may be others, but hic et nunc we’re not gonna deal with those. Choose the languages you wanna install and click the install button.

    Note: (automatic background download and) installation of languages takes time. We experienced it may take up to 10 minutes per language pack. So better install them manually, not all of them at once. Each language pack is 300-500MB download size and requires between 1GB to 2GB space on your harddisk!
  4. There will be a security question if you really want to install the language pack. Click the Continue button.
  5. The download begins and then it gets automatically installed. This will take time now. Instead of wasting your precious time, you may consider some advertisements on our site, would you?

  6. When the installation is finished and your screen looks like that (at least the symbols ;-) You’re good to go then.

You may repeat this step with as much language packs you need.

IV. Activating the new language

So after having prepared all the required languages, we really like to use them. Do the following:

  1. in Vista click the Start button and open the Control Center
  2. In the area Clock, Language, Region choose Change display language
    note: click the Control Panel Home button, in case you’re in Classic View
  3. In the field Choose a display language select your language and click the Apply button
    note: after having clicked Apply it may take some seconds to some minutes
  4. Windows will want you to log out to apply the language changes:

After logging in again you’ll have the selected language set

V. Final words
That should do for the moment. Next time we’re gonna take a Windows Vista Basic and unleash the language pack thing there. Ob Duh…