April 25, 2007
And the winner is..
IT market in Germany taking off
There are quite a few signs now that the German IT market is booming. I'm down in Wiesbaden for a couple of days at JAX and job vacancies are everywhere. Not just visible by all the signs in the booths, but also through talking to the people here. It seems that everyone is hiring! So if you're stuck in that boring IT job you took on several years ago then now has to be the perfect time to consider a move.
Google Developer Day in May
I've been doing some stuff with the Google Maps API lately and saw that Google is hosting a worldwide developer day on May 31st. There is also an event in Hamburg, which would have been ideal for me to go to. Unfortunately it's full already.
April 23, 2007
Conference go - Conference woe
Tomorrow I'll be heading to JAX 07 and looking forward to hooking up with various people while I'm in Wiesbaden. Unfortunately I was planning on doing the same in Amsterdam at ApacheCon EU, but won't make it due to my current work schedule. Of course that's a good thing really, but still a shame. Catch you all next time.
April 21, 2007
TomTom no love Mac OS X 10.4.9
Due to my increased traveling, I decided to replace my aging TomTom 300 with a new 710. Unfortunately Mac OS X 10.4.9 refuses to mount the device making it difficult to backup or update the software. I'm not alone with the problem and so far the only workaround seems to be to connect the TomTom via a USB 1.1 hub. On a side note, I bought the new one for the additional TMC support, however that doesn't seem to work too well either.
April 19, 2007
May you live in interesting times
Quiet here at the moment - due to me being busy, busy, busy - both on the work side but also in a time-consuming project of renovating a house before me move in sometime in the Summer.
Nevertheless this email just hit my inbox and it's so good, I have to share.
I have managed to sneak out this email to you from my confinement here in one of our military bases in Germany.My name is Col.Steve Moore of The US Army. I was based in Iraq until recently,I was sent back to Germany because of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal in which I was unfortunately implicated. I am still under House Arrest,pending the outcome of investigation.
During my sojourn in Iraq, I was able to successfully smuggle US$ 21.7m out of Iraq to a location in Europe. I reckoned that being a soldier I would not be in the best position to give a satisfactory account of how I came about such an amount of money.I could therefore not conclude the proccess of securing the money before I was apprehended as I was at a loss about into which account one could pay it and that is where your assistance comes in.
I have resolved to share the total sum with you in the fairest ratio that we shall both agree on as settlement for your own part of the deal....
Amazing how well the spam writers adapt their subject-matter according to world-politics. A pity the talent is so wasted.
April 06, 2007
Looking for SVN hosting
I'm looking for a reliable company that offers SVN hosting with bugtracking etc. hosted-projects looks like it provides what I need for a reasonable price. The company is also in Germany and provides support in both English and German, an added bonus. Any comments?
Update: I guess I should have been clearer - this is for commercial projects - thanks for all the feedback.
April 05, 2007
It's dead, Jim
Our family XBox 360 seems to have gone to a better place. So that we may not forget the joy and fun it bought to our lives it has left us with 3 blinking red lights that seem to dance around a green light. I'm sure it's a message of hope and peace. If only we were worthy to understand it.
Oh, well I guess it's time to play the Microsoft XBox support game....
Bugtracking and Basecamp
Does anyone have a suggestion for a bugtracking system that works well (or goes well) with Basecamp?
April 03, 2007
Apple Mail - tell me please!
Something just struck me as I checked my dock where the Apple Mail symbol was showing an arrived email in the red starred circle symbol -
Wouldn't it be neat if you could tell from that star whether the email was important or not. At the moment you can't tell just by looking at the symbol what sort of email is waiting for you and therefore need to maximize Mail to look.
So if I could define a filter that would say change the color of the star to <insert defined color> if an email from a particular address/person arrives - so red could be default and then if at least one email from my mum is waiting the color would turn to green. And why is the color of that star red anyway? It could even color segments of the symbol if I had several filters... (I'm getting carried away).
Or is there something around that will let me do that already?
Later: Rich points me to Dockstar
April 02, 2007
Goldberg 0.2 released
Yesterday, Dave Nelson released the new version of Goldberg. Goldberg is a framework that adds security, site navigation and content management on top of Ruby on Rails. We've been spinning it as the base for a couple of projects we're working on and so far are quite impressed.