Instagram, Influencer und Sinnverlust

Die Online-Präsenz des deutschlandfunk hat unter dem Titel “Selbstversuch bei Instagram – einflussreich in 30 Tagen einen interessanten Beitrag im Portfolio, der sich mit Publikation, Reichweite und Einfluß bei Instagram beschäftigt. Das ist insgesamt lesens- und hörenswert – und ein guter Ausdruck für das, was mit vielen dieser Netzwerke derzeit “schief” ist: Als ich 2003 … Read moreInstagram, Influencer und Sinnverlust

Wrap-Up: Tech Summit 2017

Earlier last week, my team and I attended the thinkproject! group technology summit. Taking place in Berlin during November 13 to 15, this event focussed on getting technical teams throughout the whole group together, getting people to know each other and helping strong teams getting started building great products together in a collaborative way. As a tech team and a company, we’ve been into this since 2011 so such an event possibly was extremely overdue, and in the end, for a first attempt, it worked out pretty well…

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LiMux: Geheimes Rollback, Politik und technische Schwächen

LiMux macht wieder einmal negative Presse – und momentan sieht es so aus, als ob das ehemalige Open-Source-Vorzeigeprojekt der öffentlichen Hand final beerdigt werden würde. So sehr das einerseits stört: An manchen Stellen kann ich das sogar verstehen. Offene, nutzbare Mail- oder Groupware-Clients und Linux sind kein schönes Thema, und selbst nach 20+ Jahren als … Read moreLiMux: Geheimes Rollback, Politik und technische Schwächen

Small-scale microservices in the wild (1): Anachronistic monoliths

Microservices are all over these days. So are frameworks to build different “microservices” from scratch, and so are infrastructure and runtime components to help getting real-life application environments built out of microservices. Using small components to build larger, more complex applications seems so incredibly much the de-facto standard of how to work these days that … Read moreSmall-scale microservices in the wild (1): Anachronistic monoliths

Shipping containers: Lessons learnt from adopting Docker

tl;dr: We started dealing with Docker in Q3/2016 pursuing the goal of adopting it for an existing system infrastructure. By now we do have several production applications deployed and running as Docker containers. It’s a fairly good approach helping you getting standards into your environment and making life a little easier. It has a learning curve though, and a load of advanced features that might get you off track pretty quickly because you’re tempted to deal with them even while you don’t need them (yet). Don’t try to go full-blown container deployment pipeline in one step but rather try to get your environment transformed in small incremental steps. Make sure you feel safe with each increment, gain experience with all things involved in order to avoid losing control of your systems after a big change. Read on for more…

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SYN-Flooding für den Geist…

Immer noch und immer wieder habe ich die Hoffnung, daß Technologie Möglichkeiten schafft. Besser Kreativität ausleben können. Viel mehr Tools auf kleinem Raum, die den eigenen Horizont eröffnen und selbst Durchschnittsnutzern Dinge erlauben, die noch vor gar nicht allzu langer Zeit für Profis auf ihren Gebieten schwer bis nicht umsetzbar waren – Kommunikation eingeschlossen, Veröffentlichungen … Read moreSYN-Flooding für den Geist…

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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