Another gem: the paradox of choice

March 3rd, 2009

EXCELLENT talk, and very entertaining. (Side note: also note the different clothing style compared to the video in the previous post ;) )

Virtue, wisdom, and morale

March 3rd, 2009

What to strive for, and how to do it. (and how not to do it):

Imported old Blogposts

February 15th, 2009

Yeeha, thanks to some digging in old files and some SQL magic I could import my old posts from my handwritten blogging software from 2001. As a result, the archive contains now my posts back to 2001.

Favourites / Evergreens:

This post could have been written yesterday: Mit Optimismus in die Krise (written June 2001).

Announcing Mozilla 1.0 (2002)

“Finally there seem to be some Swiss weblogs. Linklists can be found at Chuchichaeschtli and Eatonweb.” In 2002 it was hard to find any other Swiss bloggers ;)

Zeldman’s Style vs. Design (the article mentioned is now here).

I was right on some things:

That Flash will/and should be used only to power some interactive elements in web-sites, and not complete websites (2002) (today, Flash is almost exclusively used for flash video, in 2002 this was drastically different. Many argued, that one should use flash for everything, due to the controllable looks, and the screen-size independent layout, … well, well, well …

On the importance of switching from table based layouts to Standards and CSS.

I was wrong on some others:

That SVG and SMIL would replace Flash (Ajax instead replaced most of Flash)

Manual Migration of WordPress Tables

February 8th, 2009

I just upgraded wordpress while moving hosting from one supplier to another. To get my WP content back in my blog I just exported mysql tables and imported them. So far so good, but at one point WP moved from the categories table to some terms and term_taxonomies tables. Here are the SQL queries you need to get your stuff back running

insert into wp_terms (name,slug) SELECT cat_name,category_nicename
FROM `wp_categories`;
insert into wp_term_taxonomy (term_id,taxonomy) SELECT
term_id,'category' as taxonomy FROM `wp_terms`;
update `wp_links` set link_category=0;

My personal favorites of the Jobs and Gates interview at D5

November 2nd, 2008

Here are some highlights:

My key bits

  1. We live in exciting times
  2. Passion for what you do as main priority
  3. Vision, mobile devices, their integration with the cloud are some key topics

The full interview is available in the iTunes store

Scrum versus Dummies

November 2nd, 2008

In Scrum, the (development) team has full authority. Only when I recently had a look at the book “Software project management for Dummies” I realized how stark this simple statement contrasts with some traditional approaches to software project management.

Here is a section about “programmers” from Software project management for dummies:

Software PM for dummies

And here is one from Agile Software Development with Scrum.

Agile SW development with scrum

I guess it’s obvious that the “us and them” mentality expressed in the “for dummies” approach is doomed to fail.


September 10th, 2008

A must see for anyone responsible for development of a software product: Scrum et al. by Ken Schwaber. Besides the actual contents of the talk I like that it is being delivered without any slides.

Tim Berners-Lee on the Internet of Things

September 4th, 2008

Interesting article by the inventor of the Web.

At kooaba we connect physical things to the Web through image recognition for mobile devices … the Internet of Things realized through image recognition – or mobile visual search.

Google adds face recognition to Picasa

September 3rd, 2008

Two years after Google bought Neven Vision (their?) face detection and recognition technology was added to Picasa yesterday. Two years ago I assumed that they would probably do that – just like Riya at the time. Interestingly, the latter seems to have been pretty much abandoned in favour of Like.

The question ow is, how the same feature will be perceived by Picasa users.

In a test run using Picasa Web, the faces in a small album of mine were reliably detected. The real challenge will be how well the recognition will work. That will require some more manual tagging ;)

Expandrive rocks!

May 24th, 2008

You are working on a mac? You need access to data on other, remote linuxish machines? Buy Expandrive. It’s awesome. Really. (It’s cheap, too).

Hat tip: Jo.