Archive for April, 2006

gusgus free audio

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Looks like gusgus have made all their songs available online — for free (via Netzpolitik). Well, I certainly believe that’s very nice!

On one August morning in Paris, 1976…

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Wow, this is really fast (via Siggi).

Web Monday times three

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

This Monday is Web Monday once again: for the fourth time in Berlin, for the second time in Munich and for the very first time in Bielefeld (and miraculously so if I may add).

Don’t miss!

Plantjes en Bloemen III

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

With the weather finally changing for the better, it was time today for the latest additions to the farm: hot chili peppers, a couple of eggplants and more herbs.


Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

One hundred years ago on this date, the earth shook (one reason my paternal grandmother always warned me against moving to California).

Anyway, better be prepared. It could happen again anytime.

Further sign of blogs growing up: Scoble to moderate comments

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Robert Scoble, from his blogging hiatus, realized that too many “unhappy” comments were too much of a burden and has decided to implement a change in comment policy.

And I realized I had been listening to too many people who were deeply unhappy and not bringing any value into my life.

It was that moment that I decided to moderate my comments here. Yes, I am now approving every comment here. And I will delete any that don’t add value to either my life or the lives of my readers.

This is a huge change for me. I wanted a free speech area, but after having a week off I realize that I need to make a change. That, I’m sure, will lead to attacks of “censorship” and all that hooey. Too bad. I’m instituting a “family room” rule here. If I don’t like it, it gets deleted and deleted without warning — just the same as if you said something abusive in my family room I’d kick you out of my house. If you don’t like that new rule, there are plenty of other places on the Internet to write your thoughts. Start a blog and link here. Etc. Etc.

Still not the best solution though totally understandable. Maybe we need a FICO score for comment karma.

Tool box

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I’ve started to put together my personal tool box, a compilation of the tools, software and services I frequently use.

Tool box

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

The following is a list of tools and services I use (last updated 07/06/2007).

Web-based services

Flickr — Photo sharing
Twitter — Multi-channel micro-messaging, micro-blogging thingy of sorts
Plazes — Location-aware interaction
Technorati — Blog search — Social bookmarking
Xing — Online business networking
LinkedIn — Online business networking
Google — Web search (incl. blog search and maps)
Wikipedia — Free online encylopedia

Software to run websites

Wordpress — Blog software
Dokuwiki — Wiki engine

Client-side collaboration software on my Mac

Adium — Free instant messaging application for Mac OS X
Skype — VoIP telephony
Colloquy — Chat client
NetNewsWire — RSS-Reader for Mac
Freemind — Mindmapping
SubEthaEdit — Text editor

Basic infrastructure

Firefox — Web browser
Transmit — FTP client
iWork ‘06 — Apple’s Keynote and Page software
Microsoft Office — Office 2004 for Mac (mostly for Excel)
Mail — Email client


Hosteurope — My long-time web hosting provider


These are some of the tools and services I’m currently toying with.

Flock — Commercial open-source browser (currently in version 0.7.1)
Qype — Community-based local search (Germany)
Compendium — Semantic hypertext context mapping tool
Yelp — Local search (US)
Merlin — Project management application exclusively for Mac OS X
Rrove — Location tagging
Mnemomap — A new way to search the internet

Expired (good while they lasted, though)

Rojo — Web-based feed aggregator
Fire — Instant messaging client
Cyberduck — FTP client

Long weekend ahead

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

My work as a contractor at Pillar ended yesterday. It’s been a fun eight months thanks to a great team. I’m now looking for the next opportunity. My new job should fit most of the following tags: project management, social software, web content management, collaboration, community building, project controlling, business process management, wiki, weblog, syndication, intranet.

In the meantime, I will spend some time here, and here, here, here and possibly even here.

Wirtschaftswunder for Dummies

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Simply couldn’t resist this one.

Anyone want to help me actually write this book? I’m not kidding. Someone’s gotta do it.

Anyways, let me know if you’d like to make suggestions for any particular chapter you think should be included.