Back online

After a long time I managed to bring my blog back online. All started with upgrading the server to a newer version of operating system and tools. Everything run smooth and the tools from the provider of my virtual host did a good job. Uppss, except a little detail. The /dev/urandom was missing ๐Ÿ™

That little problem was the reason for long downtime of my server. I only could watch error messages on the web interface that a device is missing. After writing a mail to the support (which is not working over weekend) the solution reached me after the weekend. Yesterday I installed all my applications and today I can write again.

And as every time you work with computer : You better have a backup! Of everything you don’t want to loose.

Welcome 2008, Hasta la vista 2007

Ok, ok. The start into 2008 is a bit late in my blog. But finally the new year starts here, too.

The beginning of the years was used for holiday :-), flu :-(, reading and thinking about last year and the new one.

The new year will bring exciting new challenges and there are so many interesting waiting for me to be done. New projects and tasks in my workplace, some further exams for my part time master degree study and my hobby developing projects.

The best at the year 2007 is that it is over. More I don’t want to write. It’s over. Now its time to prepare for the future and make this year a much more better one.

Lets go!

KDE 4 RC2 is on the way

I could not resist to test the new KDE 4 release and see what it will bring. I installed it on a virtual system and started to play with it. Like the doku already said it is not recommended for production use but its running well enough to get a good impression.

The KDE team did a good job and I am sure I will use it when the project reaches the stable state. Before writing a lot about the nice and smooth user interface here are some pictures. Enjoy…

Desktop with KDE menu

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Spamers found me

Since this week my blog got some new readers. Seems to be some bots which really like to file comments with advertisement links to all favourite topics of spam fans. Fortunately the most of the comments are filtered before they get displayed on the main page.

Backup PalmTX over Bluetooth

The time I used for improving the connection between my palm to my workstation was it worth to be spend. Now everything works fine and easy to handle.The PalmTX has Bluetooth and that is very comfortable and you can use it for backup the palm while sitting on your couch. Only the workstation has to be started before. sitting down…

For linux I found several ways to do it but for me the easiest und best way was to use the dun deamon. Its very easy to setup. The following little HowTo will work when using Kubuntu “Gutsy Gibbon” but it should also work for other distributions, too.

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Clean up my Palm

After a long time of running my handheld Palm TX and experimenting with it now is time for a bit cleanup and reorganization.

So I spend some time to improve the connection between the mobile device and my workstation or notebook. And now its time to backup all stored data from the handheld device and start with cleanup.

After that work I hope to be able to sync all data which are important to me with as little as effort from workstation to handheld device as possible. So far it is a bit more work that I like to do for every sync…

Gutsy Gibbon arrived

On my personal computer at home a change occured. The Feisty Fawn did a very good job but now is time for the Gutsy Gibbon!

kubuntu logo

ย After trying a lot different Linux Distributions I found my favourite in Ubuntu. Its easy to install and without hours of configuration you can start to work. As desktop environment I prefer KDE to Gnome and thats the reason for the derivative Kubuntu. Basically it is the same as Ubuntu but with a other software packages preselection optimized for KDE.

All essential software is already included like development tools, office, mail, browser, editors and if you do not like the preselected product you can change easily. Installing and removing software can be done with adept, standard system services and hardware can be configured by provided frontends. All who need more can do it manually with no problem. Under the surface of the system you find basically a Debian Linux System.

For all who would like to use Linux for daily work and don’t want to configure every single switch and spend more time while reading manuals than doing work is my advice is to have a look at Ubuntu. By the way, it was more easy to install Kubuntu on my “Vista Premium Capable” PC than Windows Vista…

If you still reading and have not get so far an answer for your question what is Gutsy Gibbon have a look at the Ubuntu homepage.

Project finished

Finally we got it! After a long struggle to defeat the big and small problems in our software we managed it to finish just in time. I have had great companions in that fight and without them the project would not have a good ending. Good teamwork is the key to a successful project ๐Ÿ™‚

During the project we have used two systems which I have not used before. And both have proved that they are worth to be used.

For source code my new favorite is subversion. Its easy to setup, easy to use and you can get many plugins to integrate subversion to any system you want on nearly any important platform. All you expect from a revision system like branches, tags and logs you get. For all features in detail check the manual and enjoy. For people who have used cvs before like me its a very fast change. Later you do not want to miss the new features.

The second is a web development framework called symfony. By the way, it was a web application project… This framework is based on a Model-View-Controller architecture and you can really good devide business logic from presentation. It offers all features for professional web pages at is prepared to handle internationalization, localization, database abstraction, object relation mapping. And the best part – it works. If you need a framework for a web application have a look for symfony.

Out of Order

Due to heavy workload during the last week I haven’t had any time to write something. For the coming week I will be busy, too. So the blog will be a little bit orphaned again.

I am involved in a project which has a deadline at the beginning of october. It seems to be in the nature of projects that the last weeks are everytime to short…