Getting Support

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

If you experience any problems with my apps Calendar Event Reminder or Email Widget please don’t hesitate to send me a mail with some description about it. In some cases it is important to get a deeper insight of your system in order to be able to analyze your problem. Therefore a log file of your system activity during the occurrence of the issue is needed. Here are some guidelines on how to create such a log file on your device:

For Android versions >= Jelly Bean (4.1)

First please reproduce your issue on your device.

After that you can create a bug report including a log file by pressing the buttons POWER + VOLUME UP + VOLUME DOWN simultaneously and in this order. This will take some seconds to gather all info and then open a popup to select a sharing method. You can then just choose Gmail or another Email app. You can find my email adress in the market description.

If this doesn’t work you can create a bug report through the android system settings:

  1. Open your device settings
  2. Go to developer options (If you cannot find it in your settings here is a description on how to enable it)
  3. tap “Take bug report” at the top
  4. Wait a minute or two for the report to generate. When the report is ready, an email will be created for you that contains the necessary information.
  5. Choose an email app of your choice
  6. Send out the bug report.

If this doesn’t work, and you have rooted your device, you can use the alternative mentioned below for devices < Jelly Bean (4.1). If it is not rooted, please use this Windows tool for log file recording.

In order to use it please attach your device via USB to your computer. Then enable the USB debugging preference under Android system preferences / developer settings. Then open a command tool and go to the directory. There please enter the following command: adb bugreport >bugreport.txt (or if this doesn’t work: adb logcat -v time -d >logcat.txt)

This will dump the logfile to a file called logcat.txt in the same directory. Please mind: The device has to be unlocked to use this method!

For Android Versions < Jelly Bean (4.1)

You can use the free app CatLog from the market to create a system log file. Just follow the link and install it just like any other app on your phone. After that please launch it and you can see a screen with your current system logging information.

Now please hit “Menu->Record” and “Ok” to start a logfile recording session and then reproduce your problem, i.e. a scheduled alarm not showing up or any other false behaviour. Then go back to CatLog and hit “Menu->Stop Recording” and “Menu->Send->As Attachment->Your favorite mail app i.e. GMail” and send it to me. You can find my email adress in the market description.

If you don’t succeed please get in contact through the comments below.

After you send me the logfile you can delete it by hitting “Menu->More->Manage Saved Logs->Delete All”.

Using your own sounds for alarms

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Some users of my app calendar event reminder asked me how they can use custom sounds for notifications, alarms or ringtones. This can be easily done. Just create some folders on your sdcard and place your favourite mp3s in it:

  • /sdcard/media/alarms
  • /sdcard/media/notifications
  • /sdcard/media/ringtones

Android App: Calendar Event Reminder

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Please help us to translate CER to different languages:

If you have any questions or problems with CER please read the FAQ first before getting in contact with us. Thanks!

THE App for calendar reminders – never forget an appointment anymore! Perfect for business user!
This app adds a repeating calendar reminder and extends the stock calendar application. You can customize the duration, repetitions, sound and vibration pattern. Works with every synced calendar.

When alarm / reminder goes off the device will be turned on and a popup window with information about the event (title, time, location) is displayed. Alarm / reminder can be disabled by clicking the dismiss and snoozed by the snooze button.

- Settings per calendar
- Repeating reminder / alarm alert for all synced calendars (even corporate calendar)
- Customizable vibration pattern / alarm sound
- Lock screen style sliders or wheel to snooze / discard alarm
- Froyo / Gingerbread / ICS look & feel for sliders
- Text-to-speech
- Stays open after every/last/no reminder
- Multiple snooze buttons with adjustable snooze logic and layout
- Wakes up device display automatically
- Supports Android 2.1 or greater including Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Icecream Sandwich and Jelly Bean!
- Shows notifications in the notification bar
- Supports LED flashing
- Supports to flash screen during alarm
- Customizable orientation
- Clean and simple

In combination with the Android calendar this app can be used as a personal assistance to automatically notify you about upcoming birthdays / anniversaries, when to take your medecin or other things of life you don’t want to forget.

!! Please note: !!

- You have to disble your alarm sound within the calendar app. Otherwise the alarm sound of my app may be suppressed
- You have to exclude my app from any task killer app

Touchdown and Lotus Traveler not supported!

If you have any comments, feature requests or questions please get in contact with me. You can vote for new features on my website. You can also follow me on twitter @invalidobject_ for recent infos.

We would also appreciate your help in translating this app into your favourite language! Just send us an email.

Explanation of the permissions:
- android.permission.VIBRATE
Control vibrator: Used for the alarm to vibrate the phone with the desired vibration pattern
- android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
Disable standby modus: Used to make sure that the screen isn’t turned off during alarm
- android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE
Phone calls / read phone state: This is to not interrupt active calls by the alarm and to stop the alarm when a phone call comes in.
- android.permission.READ_CALENDAR
Read calendar events: This is to get the time, title and location from the event when an alarm is raised.
- android.permission.WRITE_CALENDAR
Modify calendar events: When an alarm is snoozed my app has to store a new reminder for the event. This is stored in the calendar database.
- android.permission.GET_TASKS
Retrieve running applications: Used by the home helper to get the Launchers which can be associated with the home key
Set preferred apps: Used by the home helper to replace the launcher for the home key
- android.permission.HARDWARE_TEST
Test hardware: Used to set the screen brightness for flashing screen
- android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED
Automatically start at boot: Checks for unfinished / missed reminders when phone is started
- android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS
Change audio settings: Used to set a custom volume for the alarm
License check: Used to check if the user is using a valid license
- android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
SDCard access: Used to read/write settings file for im/export
- android.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
Change system settings: Used to overwrite the display timeout

Note: If you want to use your own sounds like mp3s for notifications or alarms please read this hint.

Update Version 5.3.2:

  • Added option to enable/disable LED flashing during quiet mode
  • Enhanced Czech, French and Russian translation
  • Added Hungarian and Hindi translation
  • Fixed: Blink rate for notification light didn’t work as configured (slow, fast)

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Please feel free to leave feature-requests, bugs, ideas, questions or other feedback through the comments below.



- Added customizable sound for alarms
- Now you can choose for which modes (silent, vibration, normal) sound or vibration is used

mars rocks again

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

the mars volta will embark on a european tour in the next few months. check out the schedule:

February 17th – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
On Sale Friday, November 23rd
Tickets available at or

February 19th – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum
On sale Saturday November 24th
Tickets available at or by calling +47 815 33 133

February 20th – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus
On sale Wednesday November 21st
Tickets available at or by calling +46 8 660 1020

February 22nd – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
On sale NOW
Tickets available at

February 24th – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
On Sale Friday, November 23rd
Tickets available at or

February 26th – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
On Sale Friday, November 23rd
Tickets available at or

February 27th – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
On Sale Wednesday, November 21st
Tickets available at

February 29th – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
On Sale Friday, November 30th
Tickets available at:,, or by calling: 902.10.12.12

March 1st – Barcelona, Spain – Razzamatazz
On Sale Friday, November 30th
Tickets available at:,, or by calling: 902.10.12.12

March 3rd – Munich, Germany – Elser Halle
On Sale Friday, November 23rd
Tickets available at or

March 5th – Paris, France – Olympia
On Sale Saturday, November 24th
Tickets available at: and

March 6th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013 Music Hall
On Sale Saturday, November 24th
Tickets available at:

March 8th – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
On Sale Friday, November 23rd
Tickets available at or

March 9th – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
On Sale Wednesday, November 21st
Tickets available at: or by calling +32 2 548 24 24

March 11th – Glasgow, Scotland – Academy
On Sale Monday, November 26th
Tickets available at: or by calling 08700 600 100

March 13th – Manchester, UK – Apollo
On Sale Tuesday, November 27th
Tickets available at:

March 14th – London, UK – Brixton Academy
On Sale Tuesday, November 27th
Tickets available at:

carnival cologne 2007

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

some impressions…:-)
more in the [gallerie]



cocktail workshop

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

serious shaking style :-)

this was taken during a cocktail workshop which i took part in january. more can be found here…

more information on the workshops and how you can attend to can be found at

cocktail_frank2.jpg cocktail_frank3.jpg cocktail_eunju2.jpg cocktail_julia.jpg

rheinkultur 05

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

das war nicht grade das beste wetter für ein open air festival…bischen nieselregen und wenig sonne, dazu der etwas durchnässte boden trugen nicht grade zu einer heiter und ausgelassenen stimmung bei. aber was solls, wir hatten trotzdem unseren spaß.


konzert mars volta köln

Friday, March 4th, 2005

ein schönes konzert wars…obwohl ich ja eigentlich von der lmh als konzert-location immer irgendwie nicht so begeistert bin.
musikalisch gesehen war es ein leckerbissen. wann sieht man sonst schon mal eine band, die mit nahezu 10 personen und ebensovielen (wenn nicht sogar noch mehr) musikinstrumenten in den songs vertreten ist. genau wie beim album wird auch live viel an klangelementen zusammengemischt und an sounds geschraubt, die manchmal chaotisch, manchmal begeisternd wirken.


außergewöhnlich war übrigens wieder mal nicht nur die musik selber sondern auch die ganze inszenierung. die light-show war perfekt auf die einzelnen songs abgestimmt; selten werden auch mal derart ausgefallene effekte eingesetzt. da wäre zum beispiel die hinter dem drummer platzierte rombus-förmige lichtsäule, oder die mehrfarbigen lichtschablonen.


cedric unterstrich die inhaltliche melancholie einiger lieder des ersten longplayers de-loused in the comatorium mit der theatralisch anmutenden geste, sich das micro um den hals zu schnüren…so als ob er sich damit erdrosseln wollte.
gemischt waren die songs übrigens hervorragend. man konnte cedrics gesang sehr gut verstehen und auch die relativ “leisen” musikinstrumente wie flöte oder rassel kamen gut zur geltung.

erstaunlich war übrigens, dass die band nahezu keine pausen einlegte; es wurde fast über die komplette dauer des konzertes (ca. 2 1/2 stunden) durchgespielt. der drummer legte in diesem zusammenhang eine exzellente performance hin.
erwähnenswert wäre dann noch, dass die band keine zugabe spielte. ähnliches hatte ich bereits bei meinem ersten mars-volta-konzert erlebt.
alles in allem war es allerdings ein äußerst schönes live-erlebnis.

Konzert Mars Volta avi (avi, 5.03 MB)

silvester 2004/05

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

das neue jahr habe ich dieses mal mit ein paar freunden in meiner wohnung in bonn verbracht. wir haben zuerst lecker gekocht und später diverse cocktails gemixt.


empfehlen kann ich dabei folgende mischung:
als alkoholische grundlage wodka und triple sec. dazu kommt etwa 3mal soviel orangensaft und 4mal soviel blutorangensaft. außerdem etwas traubensaft, limettensaftkonzentrat, pfirsigsaft, honig und einige löffel braunen zucker.
sofern es noch mehr brennen soll, kann man natürlich die verhältnisse nach eigenen wünschen abändern :-)

weitere mischungen findet man hier:

kurz vor 12 sind wir alle dann zum rhein gelaufen, um dort das feuerwerk zu genießen.

Silvester 2004/2005 wmv (wmv, 2.35 MB)