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Neue Publishing Tools

In letzter Zeit habe ich einige interessante neue Publishing Tools gefunden: ShareLaTeX erlaubt das kollaborative Bearbeiten von LaTeX Dokumenten: Anthologize ist ein WordPress Plugin, mit dem man den Inhalt eines WordPress Blogs als eBook exportieren kann: Docverter ist eine Open Source Server Software, mit der man verschiedene Markup Format wie HTML, Markdown oder LaTeX in Print Publishing Formate wie PDF oder EPUB konvertieren kann:, Source Code: Diese Tools dürften spannend für Leute sein, die Online Content produzieren und diesen gerne auch ... Read more

(English) WebSphere Blues

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Lately, I've been doing a lot of work for a customer involving deployment and configuration of applications on IBM WebSphere Application Server. While I really dislike being the grumpy developer I just have to say that WebSphere Application Server - at least till version 6, which is the one I'm working on - sucks beyond measure. I can hardly think of any piece of software as ill-conceived, convoluted and error-prone as this one. Usually, Java applications live up to SUN's "Write once, ... Read more

(English) Open-sourcing more of my stuff: Twoice, a ‚Twitter for voice messages‘ prototype

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Twoice is a prototype of a 'Twitter for voice messages' app built with Grails 1.3.6 ( and some HTML5 and Comet for the UI. It's a nice idea, which has been lingering on my hard disk far too long so I've now released it under the MIT license: Read more

(English) Topicalizer – an information extraction suite – now open source

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Topicalizer is a suite of text analysis and information extraction tools developed by me. It used to be available under However, I unfortunately don't have any time any more to properly maintain it, which is why I'm open-sourcing the code for others to learn from and build upon: Read more

(English) Butts In Seats Management

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.When answering a question on Quora yesterday I stated that although Google's self-driving cars are a pretty neat idea they are by no means a solution to the commuting problem: People waste countless hours every year while commuting to their workplace. Though self-driving cars might alleviate this they won't solve the root problem: Transporting people to their workplaces when there's technology available that would allow them to work remotely or in fact from any place they'd ... Read more

(English) Fixing Work

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.I somehow dislike the concept of New Year's resolutions since a new year is just as good a time for trying to change something or venturing into something new as any other time. New Year's resolutions also tend to be forgotten ever so quickly. It just so happens that I've been nurturing a few thoughts as of lately that I'd like to turn into something real right now. My point is that the way software ... Read more

(English) HTML5 Or Native Mobile Apps: Which is the way to go?

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Today, MG Siegler ranted about as to why native mobile app development is better than developing HTML5 web apps. I strongly disagree with his point of view. Besides technical reasons, the question if to develop a native (say iOS) or HTML5 app is much more about culture, speed and agility of development. Sure, native apps will provide a richer experience at the first glimpse but there isn't really all that much you can't ... Read more