OSM Incentives

In the past few days I've spent at least four hours out walking around the city trying to map as many streets as possible in the area in live in - Stuttgart West. It's great to get out there - even if it does start raining - and explore the area around me. Once the spring and summer arrive, I'll start cycling around with my GPS and my camera as well. Exploration, photography, geography and keeping fit, all in one.

If you've not yet tried OpenStreetMap, what are you waiting for? Why not get out and explore your surroundings. Careful though, it's addictive!

Wann kommt DVB-T in Stuttgart?

Miglia MiniTVI became the excited owner of a Miglia TVMini today. It's a USB stick that lets you watch digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) on your computer either through your existing antenna or through the little portable one that comes with it. Or at least that is the theory.

DVB-T Coverage around Baden-WürttembergThinking I was going to be able to come home from work and watch some television, you can probably imagine my disappointment when it couldn't locate any channels. Firing up the internet to confirm that DVB was actually being broadcast across Germany as I had originally been led to believe, I discovered that Stuttgart would not in fact be covered until some time before the 2006 World Cup, but under no fixed schedule.

Baden-Württemberg seems to be quite slow on the uptake of the technology, perhaps because of the rugged nature of the area and difficulty in providing a suitable coverage. SWR, the regional television provider admits this could prolong the rollout.

Mein erster Deutsch Abendkurs

Tonight I took my first German evening course, though I have a feeling that I may have picked a level that's slightly higher than I'm comfortable with. That could be a good thing, in that it'll push me further - afterall, sometimes it's better to jump in at the deep end - but I think I'll sit in on the next level down and see how much more comfortable I feel with that one before I make the final choice of which to pursue.

I've not learnt any German since I was in high school, except picking up odd little bits here and there, whilst travelling or trying to understand information on the internet. The past few months have helped as well, but I haven't really spoken properly to enough German speaking people yet to have learned very many new words and phrases. Moving closer into the centre of town will help with that, as hopefully I'll have a better chance of going out and meeting more people.


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