Septembersonne

Der Spätsommer ist heiß in diesem Jahr. Wir haben lang Federball gespielt, bis wir die letzten Bälle ins Dickicht entlang des Platzes geschlagen haben und in der Dämmerung nicht mehr wiederfinden konnten. Nur an den kürzer werdenden Tagen spürt man den frühen Herbst. Die Hinterhöfe sind immer noch voll Musik, die Autos holpern immer noch

Hidden patterns: 99 Percent Invisible

I’m into listening to podcasts for quite a while now, with a modestly fixed set of just enough sources to not make listening to all the interesting episodes an impossible task. Usually, the time for me to listen to that kind of things is on my way to work in the morning which takes between

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Microsoft, TypeScript, Code & me

If you’re among the two or three readers who have been following this blog through most of its more than ten years of more or less continued activity, you possibly noticed that, as a GNU/Linux user (with not a fanatic but yet a certain emphasis on the GNU part), in some way I possibly have

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Souls at zero

Tage am Meer… Auf dem Weg zum Strand im schweren, staubigen Kombi. Kofferraum vollgepackt mit Zeugs, kreuz und quer durcheinander. Eine Kiste Bier, einige Flaschen besseren Weins. Dinge, die man so braucht. Packenweise Schokolade, ein paar Stangen Zigaretten, Bücher, Papier. Decken. Windlichter. Musik, so viel Musik. Das Auto geparkt irgendwo im Gras, unter den Bäumen

Google Now und das Private?

“’20 Minuten mehr bis nach Hause, Stau.’ – Wat?!” Mein Erstkontakt mit Google Now liegt jetzt schon eine ganze Weile zurück. Nach wie vor nutze ich die App bestenfalls sporadisch und aus Neugier, aber gedanklich treibt mich das Thema immer noch um. Ich nutze seit vielen Jahren Technologie mit einer Mischung aus Begeisterung und Selbstverständlichkeit.

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antergos: simple, straightforward Linux desktop

Installed antergos Linux on my everyday working laptop yesterday after quite a while running ubuntuGNOME. After upgrading 14.10 to 15.04, some things on my installation became somewhat messy (in example system losing connectivity when switching between WiFi and LAN); I was pondering a clean re-installation after all but so far hesitated as these problems weren’t

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Complexity and the book.

Spent most of the evening trying to track down an InstantiationException thrown in some arcane branch of a procedure way too long to handle, let alone understand. Grown software. A large, fragile complexity, step by step built by adding small, simple changes, straightforward and in a disputable understanding of pragmatism. Documentation is tough. Tough when

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In the beginning there was the … command line?

Re-occuring read on my pile of (electronic) books, yet as far as I can tell I never so far wrote about it: In the beginning there was the command line. Neal Stephenson, most likely known at least to some as author of novels such as “Snow Crash” (which might be considered a later cyberpunk classic

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Making sense of JavaScript (1)

Well I am unsure if I’ll ever really enjoy using JavaScript. But, good thing is that I do not really need it so far, am in the comfortable situation of just trying to do so out of curiosity and for my own entertainment. And after all, given my earlier rant on this, I have to

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