XMPP? Nice, but …

I keep on repeatedly promoting and suggesting people to take a closer look at XMPP for their messaging needs instead of falling back to “proprietary” and disputable (yet astoundingly widespread) messengers such as WhatsApp, and repeatedly I fail. And, from some point of view, I have to admit this “failing” doesn’t just happen because of WhatsApps user base being so extremely large. It also happens because, rudely speaking, while providing a load of technical advantages, XMPP is not at all anywhere near WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal or Threema from an end-user point of view. My background here: Professionally, I run an internal XMPP server (on top of openfire) for corporate instant messaging, server alert notifications and group chats for particular purposes. Personally, at some point I tried getting close contacts, family, relatives to use XMPP as a full replacement for any other messenger because I use an XMPP client on the desktop anyway and would like to cut down the amount of tools required for communication…

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merge-(un)sort.

Not wanting to go meta-blogging again, this is just a short note for some who might end up here: As of now, node.zimmer428.net (which used to be my own photoblog) just directs here. So does wanderer.zimmer428.net, started out as a collection of strange scribbles, images, things found all along the way. Having been through several problems (including security issues caused by old wordpress versions or buggy plugins), I ended up maintaining three different wordpress installations… while rarely posting to either of these. Guess I have repeatedly written about that particular blog becoming more and more irrelevant in days of merrily posting things to one of the many social media channels out there, starting with mobile images (Instagram, EyeEM, and still of course good old Flickr), links (D*, Facebook, Google+) or random eclectic crap (Tumblr). So I am about to continue the things started earlier… I want to play with wordpress again, want to figure out what can be done with it, want to see how to use it. And I also, to some point, wanted to get rid of the separation introduced by running different blogs.

The last months, the last handful of posts, dm.zimmer428.net basically boiled down to being a low-volume, “low-budget” techie blog. Lots of things to be around here earlier just got lost all along the way. Surely, I will not go back to posting (semi-)political or social rants as I did earlier, then and now, assuming that, as things are now, one gets more and more careful about what things to still write down on a world-readable whiteboard. But maybe there’s some way, other than that, to get back into music, books, images, arts, the whole load of things of interest asides technology (which definitely will not disappear). Maybe it’s worth a try. The amount of inspiration at hand each and every day still is incredible. Let’s see what the next movement will be.

C# and mono: getting some feet wet…

Well, some of the readers of these pages will have noticed that, carefully speaking, my enthusiasm for Microsoft technology is pretty limited. “Limited” indeed is the right way of putting it: While I have a clear opinion about most of Microsofts monopoly regarding desktop and office software (which, in the end, makes me avoid both as good as I can, and thanks at the very least to Ubuntu GNU/Linux, right now I can do that pretty well… ;) ), I then and now always considered Microsoft .NET, as a development and runtime platform, a pretty good thing, maybe the best technology the Redmond folks came up with to date, and definitely a technology that could have offer wholly new options to both Microsoft and the rest of the world if licensed and distributed a little more openly. Anyway, leaving licensing and personal considerations related to this aspect aside: These days I earn a living mainly off working with Java and overally am pleased with this as an environment. However, as “integration” is what I mostly deal with, I finally had the chance of dealing with Microsoft .NET and C#, and had a rather pleasant trip…

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