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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Trip Hawkins and Electronic Arts

Trip Hawkins at a 1985 episode of The Computer ChroniclesWilliam Murray Hawkins III, better known as Trip Hawkins, is an American entrepreneur. He founded the company Electronic Arts in 1982, as well as The 3DO Company and the Digital Chocolate company in later years. He was added to The Hall Of Fame in 2005.

Hawkins was fan of Strat-O-Matic Football started as teenager to produce a knock-off version of it, lending $5000 from his father to finance it. But his business failed. When he received his first computer he created a digital football game. He later designed his undergraduate major at Harvard University in Applied Game Theory and Strategy.

1982 Hawkins was Director of Strategy and Marketing at Apple and left the company to found the video game publisher Electronic Arts, which is successful to this day. The company enjoyed may years as a leader in video game publishing ad produced iconic games like the Madden NFL series of football games after signing with John Madden as consultant and spokesman for Electronic Arts.

When SEGA release the Genesis he saw his opportunity. He didn't want to sign with Nintendo due to its strict licensing policy. He instead hired reverse engineers to create unofficial games for the SEGA Genesis console. Hawkins eventually revealed his intentions to sell his research to SEGA's competitors unless they made him an official partner. SEGA agreed.

Watch a young Trip Hawkins in a segment of the 1985 Computer Chronicles TV show's double feature episode Slowdown Part II

Although remaining chair of EA's board Hawkins made a transition in 1991 to form 3DO, a video game company. When the 3DO console was released in 1993 it was the most powerful gaming device of its day. He eventually resigned from EA's board of directors in 1994. But sales were poor, probably due to the high price. Hopes were further damaged a year later with the arrival of the SONY PlayStation and SEGA Saturn, which were more powerful and still retailed cheaper. 1996 3DO stopped the production of the console and transitioned to be a pure game developer. The company went bust 2003.

2003 Hawkins founded the Digital Chocolate company but stepped down as CEO in 2012. Hawkins lives in Santa Barbara, CA, and was a professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at the University of California from 2016 to 2019.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The coronavirus and its economical impact

With the coronavirus spreading from China since 2019 all over the world, every country is infected. The see more cases of infected citizens daily or more and more deaths. While the curve of infection flattens in China as of March 2020, Italy in Europe surpasses the number of deaths of about 200 casualties per day. With no vaccine available at this time the death toll rises. Two measurements are currently at hand, to stop the spread of the pandemic. Most countries implement the rule of Social Distancing. People shall remain in a distance of two meters, and groups of five or more people and gatherings, like venues are forbidden. Schools and other establishments, where many people gather, are closed. The other is that countries, especially in Europe, closed their borders and limit traffic only for trucks providing essentials. May grocery stores have empty shelves for toilet paper, sanitzers, pasta products and canned foods. Worse, many people did panic buying of goods, leaving following customers with no items.

Impact on the economy

No matter, how long this crisis goes on, companies like car factories and other suspended their business to avoid infections of co-workers. Assuming this crisis goes on for more months, these companies will lose billions of Dollars.

Impact on education

As most schools and universities have closed their gates, with students being in isolation at home, there is no education for months to see. Education will fall back for months or even a year. Development in science, health, physics and other topics might be rolled back by at least one year.

My opinion

I don't say, we're are sent back into the stone age. But stocks for the most important companies were halted. The Dow-Jones sticks at 19,898 points at this writing, a value not seen since late 2016. The decision of the New York Stock Exchange was announced to shift temporarily to an all-electronic trading, starting on March 23rd 2020. A precautionary step to lock down the trading floors temporarily, represents a step to protect the well-being and health of the traders in the floor company, to avoid an infection with the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, the economy worldwide will be hit hard. Losses of more than hundred Billion Dollars are expected.

The virus continues to hammer hard large sectors of the international economy. And will continue to do so for some coming months.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Bitcoin scam

You probably found this blog by doing a web search after the following ids after receiving a mail from a Bitcoin spammer.


Bitcoin scam often comes as blackmailing. The scammer sends a mail claiming you have been visiting a porn web site. He adds while enjoying yourself this site hacked your computer and recorded you with your web cam while having fun. There might also be a password in the spam as proof. He threatens to send this footage to other contacts he found in your address book and to other sites in the internet, if you don't pay a certain sum to the given Bitcoin id. But don't worry, this is usually not true, although an internet newbie might believe this. It's just a random shot to make money by scaring mail recipients. Don't pay, delete the mail.

There might be a slim chance that it is true though. If the password he mentions looks familiar, and is not something like 123456, he might actually hacked you. Check your computer for malware. If you find evidence the computer is infected, backup data like documents, videos or audio files to an external drive (USB stick or SD card) and wipe the hard disk clean before installing your operating system from scratch. Yes, that might be painful, but in my opinion better than knowing your are watched.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Compensations for flight delays with Eurowings

If your plane was delayed for more than three hours or canceled it affects your holiday trip. Cancellations and delays are a daily occurrence for many airlines at various airports also by Eurowings, so that many passengers are late or, in the worst case, unable to travel at all. Eurowings is also affected by these delays.

To claim a refund

If your flight was delayed by Eurowings or other airlines, our company will help you to claim your damages. If the airline is more than three hours late or out of service, their passengers are entitled for a compensation. The amount of the sum of a refund lays usually between 250.00 and 600.00 Euro, depending on the distance between the starting and the destination airport.

Support from our lawyers

We are supported by a team of lawyers. We will first check your claims in the event of flight cancellation or flight delays with Eurowings or other airlines. We will then organize a negotiation with the affected airlines involved. After a successful negotiation, the affected passengers are reimbursed of the corresponding compensation amount. It is not important for Passengers friend, which airline is responsible for the delay or the cancellation of a flight. Experiences with flight delays by Eurowings from different customers show, that flight cancellations and flight delays also happen with this company. Affected travelers can claim their damages with Passengers friend. We are also happy to help with questions with the subject of travel in other cases.

To check your claim carefully, enter only the number of your flight with Eurowings on our web page. If you qualify, Passengers friend will take care of everything else and contact Eurowings, to achieve a compensation for you. Passengers, who were affected by flight delays or a flight outage with airlines, such as Eurowings, were reporting positive experiences with our company Passengers friend, to get their compensation. In doing so, our customers also praise the uncomplicated process. Which saves them the paperwork with the airline directly. Here some extracts from our satisfied customers:

"Everything is OK. Passengers friend has quickly agreed with Eurowings and the money was recompensated."
- Katja L. from Lüneburg

"I can really recommend it! Four hours of flight delay during the winter holidays cost us quite a lot of time and nerves, but we were able to make up for the almost 400 euros in compensation."
- Holger T. from Schwerin

"I think this service is great. You pay fees, but it's totally worth it. Passengers friend takes care of everything."
- Andreas M. from Bayreuth

Background information for Eurowings

Within Germany, 16 different airports are served by Eurowings. Including Cologne-Bonn(CGN), Stuttgart (STR) Hamburg (HAM), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hanover(HAJ), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Dortmund (DTM), Nuremberg (NUE), Munich(MUC), Bremen (BRE), Dresden (DRS), Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden (FKB),Leipzig / Halle (LEJ), Berlin-Schoenefeld (SXF), Rostock (Baltic Sea)(RLG) and Usedom (Heringsdorf) (HDF). Eurowings is a company based in Germany, with its headquarters and home base in Düsseldorf. Eurowings is a subsidiary of the Lufthansa company, wholly owned by Lufthansa Eurowings since August 2011. Eurowings also flies to national and intercontinental destinations. Airports of Hamburg and Düsseldorf serve mainly as airports for Germany and other parts of Europe. From the Cologne or Bonn airport, the airline mainly serves long-haul destinations in Africa, Asia and North America. Eurowings flights have been bundled with Germanwings since the October of 2015. These flights are currently also carried out under the name of Eurowings.



1 Data entry

Find out how high your claim for compensation is.

2 The data check

We check your claim within a few minutes and take care of the rest.

3 Claims paid out

You receive your compensation. If your claim is justified, we will transfer your money. Then the matter is done for you.

If you want a link to your law form here instead of this form, contact me.

Flight delays and compensations with the TUI airline

Flight delays and flight cancellations during private and business trips are not uncommon. Even airlines like TUIfly can be affected. If the delay is greater than three hours or the flight is cancelled completely, the passenger has the right for a compensation. Contact us for compensation where flights are delayed more than three hours. We will check your claim for any delay or cancellation of TUIfly or any other airline in which you made a trip by air, free of charge and without obligation. The amount of the compensation can be between 200 and 600 Euros, depending on the distance between the departure and destination airports. We work with experts on all aspects of travel law and enforce their claims in the event a passenger experiences a flight delay with TUIfly or other airlines, if necessary in court.

Experiences of our customers using Passengers friend for flight delays

The experience of many air travelers shows that delays and outages occur with every airline. This also affects the TUIfly company. Passengers, who contacted Passengers friend to claim their compensation, report a simple and straightforward enforcement process to enforce their claims.

Little stress

The great prospect of success and a lack of cost risk speaks for the service Passengers friend provides. It is irrelevant, whether the flight is delayed by TUIfly or any another airline. Passengers report an uncomplicated process to claim their right for a compensation with Passengers friend. The customer simply needs to enter the flight number of the flight with TUIfly or other airlines, and Passengers friend will review your claim for compensation.


"I can recommend it. Very straightforward, I did not have to do anything myself. "
- Andreas K. from Potsdam

"Very pleasant contact with Passengers friend! I first had doubts if I would get any compensation, but that worked out really well. Thank you!"
- Sylvia T. from Paderborn

"I had tried on my own, after four and a half hours delay on the return flight from Palma to get compensation, but the airline has gotten rid of me by only offering vouchers for other flights. Passengers Friend was my salvation. "
- Fatma G. from Erfurt

Background information on TUIfly

Destinations served by TUIfly are largely located in Mediterranean regions. Other popular holiday destinations, such as the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt or Madeira, are also on the flight schedule of TUIfly. In Germany, TUIfly airplanes usually serve (as of 2016) 23 different airports. These include Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF), Berlin Tegel (TXL), Bremen (BRE), Dortmund (DTM), Düsseldorf (DUS), Erfurt (ERF), Frankfurt (FRA), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Friedrichshafen (FDH) , Hamburg (HAM), Hannover (HAJ), Karlsruhe (FKB), Cologne / Bonn (CGN), Leipzig / Halle (LEJ), Memmingen (FMM), Munich (MUC), Münster (FMO), Nuremberg (NUE), Paderborn-Lippstadt (PAD), Rostock (RLG), Stuttgart (STR), Sylt (GWT) and Usedom (HDF).

Further information about TUIfly

The German airline TUIfly is based in Langenhagen near Hanover, where its base is located. TUIfly was founded in 2007 after the companies Hapagfly and Hapag-Lloyd-Express (HLX) were merged. TUIfly is a 100% subsidiary of the TUI Group. The airline advertises its flights with fair prices and offers as a special service to inform its passengers about any delays on the day of departure.


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1 Data entry

Find out how high your claim for compensation is.

2 Have the data checked

We check your claim within a few minutes and take care of everything else.

3 claims to pay

You receive your compensation. If your claim is justified, we will transfer your money. After that the problem is done for you.

If you want a link to your law form here instead of this form, contact me.

Flight delays of Condor Airlines

Many airline travelers may have already experienced their plane being delayed or the flight being canceled entirely. Such flight delays or cancellations are known to every airline.

How to claim a refund?

In the event of a delayed flight at Condor, each customer is entitled to compensations if the flight was more than 3 hours late or even completely canceled. They can contact the company Passengers friend. We support your request through our lawyers and check, free of charge, whether your claim is justified and in case of need, we will also pay the court costs. In some cases, the amount of the compensation for a flight delay with Condor or other airlines may amount up to € 600.00. The amount depends on the distance between the departure and destination airports. If our company can enforced your claims, you will receive the compensation you are entitled to. We do not just help with flight delays with Condor. And also help with problems of other airlines to get a compensation for our customers.

Customer experiences with flight delays of the Condor airline

Many experiences of Condor customers have shown, that flight cancellations and flight delays also occur with the Condor airline. With the help of Passengers friend this is not a problem, as we check your claims without obligation and then enforce them with the Condor airline or other airlines for you. Affected passengers often report their positive experiences with Passengers friend, when it comes to a flight delay, to enforce their claims to distress in court. Whether it was the examination of the claims or general questions about the right to travel, we stand by your side.

Passengers often contact Passengers friend after a flight delay or cancellation. To do this, first tell us the flight number of your flight with Condor or of other airlines. Afterwards we will check for you free of charge if there exists a claim for a compensation of your payment. If you have trouble, Passengers friend will take care of the negotiations with Condor or other airlines concerned.

It does not matter whether you flew with Condor or other airlines. Passengers friend calls for a compensation of less than three hours for affected passengers for the compensation payment of a particular airline. Here is an excerpt from experiences from our customers:

  • "Passengers friend has done a great job, thanks. Saved a lot of paperwork" - Antonia S. from Stuttgart"
  • Fast processing and easy handling. And the staff are always friendly." - Timo B. from Rostock
  • "Totally uncomplicated! 8 hours late. Passengers friend has paid the money. I can recommend it." - Bertold L. from Saarbrücken

Background information about the Condor airline

Airplanes from Condor start from 17 airports in Germany. These include Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Bremen (BRE), Dortmund(DTM), Dresden (DRS), Dusseldorf (DUS), Frankfurt / Main (FRA),Friedrichshafen (FDH), Hamburg ( HAM), Hannover (HAJ), Cologne / Bonn(CGN), Leipzig / Halle (LEJ), Munich (MUC), Münster / Osnabrück(FMO), Nuremberg (NUE), Paderborn / Lippstadt (PAD) and Stuttgart(STR) ,The German airlineCondor is based in Frankfurt am Main. It was founded in 1955 from the"Deutsche Flugdienst GmbH". Meanwhile, Condor is the fourth largest airline in Germany, measured by the number of its aircraft and the number of passengers being transported. Condor's hubs include the Munich Airport as well as the airport in Frankfurt am Main. The first flights after its foundation went to Teneriffa and Mallorca. The name "Condor" was given to the airline in the year 1961 when it took over "Condor-Luftreederei", founded in 1957, as "Deutsche Flugdienst GmbH".


How does this work?

1 Data entry

Find out how high your claim for compensation is.

2 The data check

We check your claim within a few minutes and take care of the rest.

3 Claims paid

You receive your compensation. If your claim is justified, we will transfer your money. The matter is then done for you.

If you want a link to your law form here instead of this form, contact me.

Coronavirus outbreak and its spreading all over the world

While the WHO stated the risk of COVID-19 spreading worldwide is now "very high", officials have suggested that efforts to combat the coronavirus are still in the containment phase. But some medical experts think the containment stage has long passed since, the spread of the COVID-19 is inevitable, and that living with the virus might become a reality. COVID-19 is the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. "This will not be contained, this has not been contained," said Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease physician at Toronto General Hospital.

Massive public health efforts were helpful in slowing down the spread of infections and reducing the pace and frequency of exported cases from China to the rest of the world, but containment has not worked, Bogoch said.

Will continue to spread

"The coronavirus is spreading throughout the world and it will continue to spread throughout the world," he said. On Friday, the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a news conference that the Geneva-based health agency has "increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global level." China has seen more than 80,000 confirmed cases with almost 3,000 deaths. Outside China, there have been more than 7,000 cases in 60 countries reported, with more than 100 deaths.

Accepting the spreading

Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program said public health authorities speak of containment and of mitigation strategies when dealing with disease. Containment, he said, includes the measures taken to break the chain of transmission of the virus. Mitigation accepts the fact the virus cannot be prevented from spreading and then causing COVID-19. But health officials do what they can to mitigate the impact through treatment. "What we've been saying clearly is that containing the virus and interrupting transmission gives us an opportunity to stop the virus," Ryan said. "Accepting mitigation is the only option is to accept that the virus cannot be stopped."

But Bogoch said that if WHO officials are defining containment as the possibility that the coronavirus will not spread beyond a certain border, that they can still prevent different countries in different regions from seeing this infection, "I don't think that's very realistic. We're seeing global transmission of this infection."

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CP/M on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum

After the Nostalgia Nerd reviewed the Sinclair ZX Spectrum on Youtube I reminded myself today that I always wanted to run CP/M on it. THere it is. I got - again - stuck in ED's insert mode. Just felt like 1982. :-D

Friday, February 14, 2020

Look at my D*CK

Funny fake TV commercial about deck sealant from New Zealand. Nice play with words. :-)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The two British invasions in pop music

In terms of pop music of the 21st century two British invasions occurred. That happened twice, when single artists or brand from Great Britain ruled the music charts of other countries, especially the USA, and scored one number one hit after the other over months and years.

The first British invasion

The first took place between the late 1950s to the early 1970s, when band like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, single music artists like Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, od Stewart and others were on the top of the music charts of many countries, not only in the UK. They moved local bands and artists to lower places, depriving them to reach the number one position of their respective chart. Audiences, especially teenagers, went mad and bought more records than of local acts.

The second British invasion

Between the late 1970s and mid 1980s was the era, when the second British invasion took place. Its focus was on synth pop, which emerged around that time. Acts like Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, OMD, Yazoo (known as Yaz in the USA), The Human League hit the number one spot also in charts outside the UK. Local artists were again moved to lower chart positions. Interestingly, while the first invasion was focused on Rock, the second invasion with focus on synth pop also created several new music genres, like New Romantic Wave, New Wave, Ska. And opened the way to cyber punk while competing with Disco Music. This invasion fizzled out around 1983, when American musicians were again able to rule the charts of many countries.

My opinion

Looking back I miss that time of the second invasion. I was a teenager back then and loved to listen to the radio while recording the songs to create mixed tapes (on compact cassettes, kids today won't know). I doubt that there will ever be a third British invasion again.