Published on Mon 18 of Jun, 2007

toggg died on sunday 17th June 2007 of a heart attack.

He was one of the first guys to start working with me together on TikiWiki, when I joined the project and he was the guy going to LinuxTag with me to promote Tiki there.

toggg was a great coder, almost fanatic open source advocate, loving father, wizard of regular expressions and a major pain in the ass if he wanted to!

Most people didn't get his nagging way to call attention to problems (and sometimes I became bored by it, too). Sadly this misunderstanding grew into a big antipathy in some TikiWiki admins. So even his best contributions were disrespected - as for example the Pear::Text_Wiki integration into Tiki. toggg might have had a love-hate relationship to some authorities in Tiki, but he definitely loved Tiki. So he used his knowledge to write a Pear::Text_Wiki parser and renderer for Tiki-syntax, because he saw the huge advantages, that would be opened up to Tiki. Sadly his work was cruely dismissed and nowadays even is removed from TikiWiki HEAD in a genocidous code cleanup action. I think, this code would have provided one of the biggest improvements ever and been a killer-feature for Tikiwiki.

Some time later toggg turned to spip - a french CMS - and when I talked to him on IRC, he often told me how kind the people there are and that they understand him and how well they work together. I don't know, if at spip there are better people or if their social development system just works better - but I'm damn sure, that he didn't behave much differently. And I'm very thankful to the people at spip, that they realized, what kind of guy toggg is and that they valued his code and contribution! I think one of the most beautiful evidences of his great relationship to spip can be found on flickr: I love toggg at flickr.

There's so much to tell about him... how he always loved to show pictures of his little daughter Lola; how he had to give his too old hens away, because he couldn't kill them himself; how openly and truely interested he approached strangers; how he used to say, that you only get to know a foreign country's people and language in bars; how he used to say, that there's no magic, just code; how he used to say "time no key"...

... he was a real hacker and a good friend!

"toggg is three g"

I love you too, toggg !

EDIT: I just saw, that toggg even syndicated my blog-feed on his homepage - on the page "family" in the category "on the web". I didn't know that, we talked so little lately, because of my lack of time... oh, man, toggg, I'm so sorry, that I always postponed visiting you!!

Published on Thu 03 of May, 2007

I'm scum!
I'm a criminal!
I'm not worthy of living in this society!


Because I tell you about a number...

... a constant in an equation!

And this equation allows you to watch BlueRay-Discs! Pretty important a number for people and their cultural life, if you ask me!

If you know this number, then you can build devices and softwre to watch BlueRay-Discs! This number gives you the freedom to choose your way of watching your BlueRay-Disc! If this number will be kept secret to a small circle of people, then there will never be an OpenSource BlueRay-player software. Now that would be something worthy of the criminal, low-life scum of this society, that doesn't like to collaborate for the good of all...

One number to rule them all

The masses have already decided, that this number mustn't be kept secret.

Published on Fri 06 of Apr, 2007

I really got into biking again and so I today took my bike and just rode through the city looking for some jumps, stairs and fun. There is a stairway, that I once drove down on way to work - but only the first landing. There come some four or five landings after that, which are closer to each other and so the fear-factor rises there.. ;)

Today I then thought, I'll have a look at it again. And while I was riding in that direction a kid cruised besides me and asked me: "Are you going to ride down those stairs?" I honestly answered: "Not all of them." Which resulted in the trivial answer: "I do!" Well, after I got past the first landing and the little boy was already riding down the second one just saying: "I do brake though...". When I then looked at the next stairs I only thought: 'hmm, not so much different than the ones before....' and got going. And it really was no issue, just my style doesn't feel smooth, which is a pity. That's also why I never really like riding stairs - it's a necessity in city-biking, but I can't make it feel or look smooth... well, gotta work on that. At least I stopped completely in between the landings and kept standing on my bike thinking of how to change style for the next one... looks like I'm finally progressing on my bike again! :)

Those kids are awesome, they don't think much of consequences and they just do. I was really thankful to meet him there today to show me the way...

Published on Fri 02 of Mar, 2007

Sssoooooo.... here are posts again... and with high frequency....
.... you get to read something again...?!??

Dunno... really...

I got very busy with my work and at the same time my virtual Server began sucking more and more... and more...

... I wanted to blog in between and even if it just was once a week, just to show a sign of life. But I got so frustrated about the state of my server, that I eventually resigned. There were a couple of TikiWiki projects ongoing, that were to be reality tested on this very blog and I couldn't even work smoothly with my vim via ssh on my server. Development? - Forget it!!

Lately I had to reboot my server twice in one week, just because it wasn't reachable. This pretty surely is Server4You's fault, but it made me think... if the machine starts to response more quickly, after you reboot it... why not use it? ;)

I could use my Tiki and also the console after both of the reboots pretty flawlessly (not well!! but it was ok.). So why not just reboot every sunday night or so? I still wouldn't dare to run my mails on this fuckin' virtual machine, but I could probably at least do my blog here again.

Well, today the gordian blogging knot broke with my drop-in - so let's see, what will happen... ;)

Published on Fri 02 of Mar, 2007
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As the previous posting already told you: LivingLogic changed its location!

We are now situated more outside the city in some pretty beautiful bureau. It has advantages as well as disadvantages. Biggest problem is the lack of food around. Formerly you just walked into the city and bought whatever... nowadays you really need to plan your food, so that you can make it in the kitchen of the bureau. Positive sides? Well, it fits the style of the company more. Fresh with yellow walls inside, a huge conference room looking like a studio (that it formerly was), in an old building, in a backyard; a bit like kicking ass from the underground, but with style.. ;)

For me the negative side is, that my trip to work more than tripled.. :P But well, I get to ride my bike(with my laptop on my back.. :-/ )... ;)

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