update 2014-12: Below it says »Tschuschentransporte, you were fantastic«, which they were. However, my wife scheduled a smaller delivery with them for last week, and it was an entirely weird experience with no happy end. Towards
Recently I bought a faulty pack of grapefruit juice. The plastic nozzle was not glued to the carton properly, so instead of filling my glass, I filled my trusty old Logitech UltraX Premium keyboard. I wiped it clean immediately, but the next day the
I recently got my hands on a shiny eee-PC for surprisingly little money. As I am travelling a fair bit at the moment, the opportunity was more than welcome. Now, mobility comes at a price and the price is called »multiple instances of files«. When
Die Langeweile ist der Traumvogel, der das Ei der Erfahrung ausbrütet. [en]Walter Benjamin
The library of the Viennese Arbeiterkammer (Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour) is quiet, well stocked, has a sensible policy on water in the reading room and comes with a garden, so on most days this is where I work – and so does Mirko. He is an
Talking to Christian about creativity, inspiration, style, artistic language (and Austrian unincorporated association law) made me remember I still had shots from his studio sitting on my hard drive. palette
At the moment, medical practitioners in Germany can only be corrupt when employed by someone else. As long as they practice on their own, German law to date knows no way of finding them corrupt – even if pharmaceutical companies give something in
When I am out and about I usually don’t take the DSLR but use an old Fuji Finepix. She accompanied me to the summit of quite a few mountains, to the beaches of several seas and preserved the memory of the odd pique-nique, too. The wear is starting
Ich muß […] bekennen […] / daß die übermäßige Zeitungs-Begierde / eine dermaßen schädliche Kranckheit sey / welche durch ihren Mißbrauch dem gemeinen Wesen viel Schaden bringet. […] Es ist nichts gewöhnlicheres / als daß
From my Piwik report – I wish I could have helped.
If you use Kile as LaTeX editor and if you find yourself typing the same code all over again – like a specific table environment, or a slide environment in beamer or whatever, why not create your own user tag and assign a custom shortcut?
Shortly before Christmas I visited Alex, who is a metalworker. He kindly paused building a motorcycle to turn my old cymbal boom stand into a light stand. I took the opportunity to take some welding and grinding pictures of him, his friend Lippo and
I’ve been travelling recently and saw some noteworthy signs:
1. On the Ferry»Strictly No brief cases beyond this point.«
2. At the rental agency»No smoking, no dogs, no firearms – no problem«
3. In Town»No parking. The kids are out moonwalking.« Loriot apparently designed traffic signs, too
Since 12.04 my thinkpad (T60) regularly shuts down due to heat. I don’t like it and I am afraid of damage – to hard drives or to the system.
The problem is described in many places and many different fixes, remedies and work arounds exist. Most
For a long time I have been looking to replace Picasa (the desktop programme) but haven’t been able to come up with a true alternative. Many people ask for Picasa-alternatives in the forums, yet most of the answers and suggestions – as helpful
Wall Street’s Corruption Currents turns two on Wednesday. As a way of celebration, they nominated the top 10 corruption related jail sentences. The winners are:
Working with multibib, Bibtex started failing me after a recent reinstallation of texlive on xubuntu. On
To get rid of the error, open texmf.cnf, which resides in /usr/share/texlive/texmf/web2c through
The US Dodd-Frank-Act was signed into federal law in 2010 and, according to wikipedia, it
brought the most significant changes to financial regulation in the United States since the regulatory reform that followed the Great Depression.Wikipedia: Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (ret. 5.9.2012).
Transparency International calls it »the biggest bribery story of 2012«:
In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail
I recommend watching »Starbuck« in case you’re looking for a happy maker with slight philosophical undertones on the concepts of parenthood and family, on solidarity and the meaning of »a life full of achievements« (J. Lebowski).
After an earlier failed attempt at owncloud 4 I’m prety happy with OC 5 now and succesfully sync contacts, calendars and some files in between a crunchbang netbook, a xubuntu notebook and my Android phone:
- Setting it up:
Somehow it only worked as root, chown did the trick (see here):
sudo chown -Rc USER:USER /home/USER/.local/share/data
Syncing works pretty well – but unfortunately not well enough. I do like that one can connect random folders to sync (for example a local folder »Documents« may be called »docs« on OC). What I like not so much is that you can only run two-way-sync. There is no option »sync only from server to machine« or »sync only from machine to server«. It would be very helpful as I use Unison to sync very large parts of my hard drives among several machines – much more then I want or need in OC. Yesterday I lost some data and I think it was due to owncloud got confused with two machines syncing to it in addition to syncing directly in between each other.
The oc-app allows syncing to the phone on a file-by-file basis, which is neat. It also adds an owncloud-option to the share-menu. What I find really convenient though is that owncloud allows es-file-explorer to connect.
Further tutorials and resources I used
- Points of Interest
- Owncloud on Webdav and this support page (very slow at the moment)
- Jamie Flarity: Make Webdav persist in Nautilus
- Techdirt has a review of various solutions, including a selfhosted gmail style email – owncloud is missing though.
[article started in August 2012;
Yesterday A. had a bicycle accident. Fortunately it turned out not to be too serious, but she hit her head on the curb and started bleeding from a wound near the eye. I was cycling behind her, so I could help immediately.
The good news is that within
I thought I’d adapt my place to the large screens we tend to have now. Also, my eyes are getting weaker and now and again I find myself increasing one website font sizes here and there.
So after six years of tiny letters and narrow columns, I
After quite some time I installed xampp again. Everything worked smoothly, only when trying to access phpmyadmin, I was greeted with
New XAMPP security concept:
Access to the requested object is only available from the local network.
Margot Dunne: Bulgaria’s Deadly Game. BBC World Service (24.8.2012) mp3, 11MB 24min:
No fewer than twenty football bosses have been murdered in Bulgaria in the last decade. In Assignment, Margot Dunne explores reports of deep rooted corruption
Way too many issues with a first attempt drove me to the decission to reinstall. I had a look around and made eye contact with fedora, arch and debian but in the end thought I’d give a clean xubuntu installation a second chance – and I did
Watch for yourselves:
Now, in the closed mode an uncultured [petri] dish is an irrelevance. In the open mode, it’s a clue.
To get into open mode, you need: space, time, time, confidence, humor.
If, while you’re pondering, somebody
Says Mira Maier, founder of MyStipendium.de:
One in five foundations does not receive suitable applications, thus they don’t know where to put their money.
Another fun fact: 92 % of all applications go to only 0.8 % of all foundations.
The Guardian has a very interesting and insightful article on »The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy« by Naomi Wolf.
In her article she sheds much light on the many (dim to dark) issues related to the Occupy-movement, and explains how
[update 2012-10-04] In the meantime, I helped Nic with what he calls scratching some itches for ex-Google-Reader users: we now have gritttt, and gritttt has a) a means to import shared/stared items from g-reader into tt-rss; b) drive-by