Offenheit und Alternativen im Cloud-Zeitalter?

Aus bekannten Gründen habe ich mich in den letzten Tagen wieder recht intensiv mit offenen Kommunikationskanälen, Messengern, sozialen Netzen und dergleichen beschäftigt, mich durch meine zahllosen Accounts geklickt und letztlich resigniert wieder davon abgelassen. Es kostet Zeit, ist anstrengend und bringt an vielen Stellen nichts. Das gegenwärtige Durcheinander mit diesen Tools resultiert vorrangig aus der

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Phasing out XMPP

Earlier this week we started phasing out XMPP as our preferred means of internal instant communication. Today, we shut down our existing openfire installation. We moved to a different means of communication which, as each other piece of software, has its flaws and drawbacks but in total seems to meet more needs of our users.

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bookmark-to-mail

Been trying for quite a while to find a reasonable way of managing a “reading list”, with requirements pretty simple: I want to remember a bunch of web resources I stumble across during the day to check them out as soon as I find some time. Tried various approaches, didn’t really enjoy any of them.

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Social networks cleanup

Being sort of frustrated with parts of the status quo, I’m in the midsts of wiping some of my accounts registered with “alternative” social networks such as Diaspora, Friendica or GNU Social. Not that they generally suck, but in some ways I have altogether lost time and motivation to really deal with these.

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Windows 10, GNU and actual “open-ness”?

Business as usual, one could say… All along with the announcement of Microsoft Windows 10 being released, I found an FSF statement on Windows 10 in my inbox, boiling down to what I by now consider the usual statements, like outlining that privacy and personal freedom is important, that it is important to choose software

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JavaScript Library Hell

After being into software development now for almost 20 years, counting in student days, these days I have to admit I spent most of this time, and especially most of my “productive” work on the server side using Perl and Java, with Python and shell scripting always being around as tooling things but never as

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SAP, open-ness and moving to Oracle?

There have been a couple of different posts in various SAP related blogs recently, as well as some responses by non-SAP(?) folks, dealing with Java technology (especially in light of the ongoing acquisition of Sun Microsoystems by Oracle), open standards and “open-ness” in general, it seems. Looking at this through the eyes of someone who

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