Archive for May, 2006

DCamp follow-up

Monday, May 15th, 2006

DCamp was great fun. Thanks to the organizers and everybody else who made it happen!

These are the four workshops/sessions I attended:

I only got to take a brief glimpse at Tag Camp last year so DCamp has been my first full un-conference (though I had to take off early on Saturday). Even though I had read a lot of good things about Barcamp and the likes I’m still amazed at how well this concept actually works. Un-conferencing, therefore, has instantly made my list of ideas that are “to be transferred to Germany.”

By the way, transatlantic connector and Germany 2.0 were the verbal tags I used to describe myself during introductions. Started some good conversations.

See what it all looked like on Flickr (fast approaching the 1,000 image mark). Some sessions were recorded and links to podcasts can be found on the wiki. Or follow the conversation on Technorati and

NetSquared Conference 2006, May 30-31

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

I will be at the NetSquared Conference 2006, May 30-31 in San Jose, CA.

About Net2

Our mission is to help non-profit organizations understand, use and expand the social web.There’s a whole new generation of online tools available – tools that make it easier than ever before to collaborate, share information and mobilize support. These tools include blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasting, and more. Some people describe them as “Web 2.0″; we call them the social web, because their power comes from the relationships they enable.

The list of confirmed presenters looks nice, and so does the conference schedule and the conference attendee list.

Ruby on Rails at work at Qype

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

First post in English on the Qype blog to talk about how they benefit from using Ruby on Rails: Ruby on Rails…

Web Monday Stuttgart, May 29

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Most recent addition to the pack: Web Monday Stuttgart. Top six biggest German cities covered.


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Alameda toddler playing with gun shoots, kills man

Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. - Police were searching Tuesday for the owner of a .38-caliber handgun a toddler used to fatally shoot a 20-year-old man.

The 3-year-old boy apparently found the revolver in a bedroom closet while his mother fed his 1-year-old sister, and two aunts and a grandmother played cards, police Lt. David Boersma said Tuesday.

When the boy walked into the living room playing with the gun, the adults tried to get him to put it down. But the pistol fired and struck the man, a visitor from Guatemala, in the chest. He was pronounced dead later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Early evidence indicates it was a “big, tragic accident,” but questions remain, Boersma said.

“I’ve got to tell you, I thought it was completely implausible that a 3-year-old could manipulate a revolver,” he said. “Was he using both hands? Just fooling around with it?”

Boersma said the gun may have been stored with the hammer cocked. It was unregistered and unlocked, he said.

The boy had recently played with a water pistol and may have been familiar with how to operate a gun, Boersma said.

The gun’s owner, who is the victim’s cousin, is now missing, Boersma said.

California law allows prosecutors to file criminal charges against adults when children find guns and shoot and harm somebody.

An interview with the boy wasn’t very helpful, Boersma said. Both English and Spanish are spoken in the home and the boy speaks neither well.

The boy was allowed to stay with his parents. Police believe they weren’t even aware the gun was in the apartment.

Guns don’t kill people…

Wiki Wednesday tonight

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

I’ll be at Wiki Wednesday tonight.


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

DCamp, an unconference focused on design and user experience, is open to everyone interested in the topic: designers, usability practitioners, developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and others.

Unlike traditional conferences, there is no program created by conference organizers. What happens at DCamp depends on you. Come share your work and ideas. Tell us about some interesting UX method, explain how design fits into agile development and open source, share your design dilemma, or tell us about your new and interesting design.

Let’s go camping!


Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

I’ll be going to WineCamp, May 26-28.