gnowsis alpha release planed for 28th september

I plan to publish the gnowsis alpha on 28th September, 12:00 berlin time.

So I still have 20 workdays to go, to ….

write the documentation, test it, build tarballs, write an installer, test it, drink coffee, hate my computer, write ontologies, hire new employees, obfuscate the dirty hacks, work on my todo lists, create new todos, hate todo lists, talk to developers, talk to my people, get the website running, get the website looking decent, test the website, use gnowsis, integrate our research project, write papers, love god + my neighbor + myself …

So the time is not enough, but something will be done.

I will post updates here from time to time (probably daily) to keep you udpated and to keep myself on track.

my 27th birthday

hello world,

today is my 27th birthday. 30th of august.

I had to google some facts:

a conference

what you can do on “27th birthday
google answers:

Cameron Diaz has also birthday

so inferencing from these interesting facts, I would say that I should drink something and post some photos. As I am in Kaiserslautern and my Rat Pack is in Vienna, drinking will be non-excessive.

Integrated foafnaut and gnowsis

a good thing to ánnounce:

Jim Ley and me integrated and a little foafnaut now runs here on my local dekstop and shows me my foaf network, rules!

see more at this announcement

and the screenshots:

for all those who google

for a solution of Streaming imageIcons in Java. I had problems, the images where lost. google words: Java Serialization ImageIcon Bug Bugfix Problem

// serialization
private void writeObject( out) throws IOException {

private void readObject( in) throws IOException, ClassNotFoundException {
smallIcon = (ImageIcon)in.readObject();
if (smallIcon!= null)
smallIcon = new ImageIcon(smallIcon.getImage());

the smell of libraries

The future is the paperless office.

Actually, we have a project in our institute, which is exactly about this. The Virtual Office of the Future. Paperless office. So no libraries needed anymore?

But libraries where great, I will tell you why. In my office room, there is a shelf with old File Folders, hundreds of documents and contracts are there. My office (which I share with Lars) has been the secretary office a while ago, and they left-over these folders here. I never saw anybody come here to get them, so the contents is probably dead. A look at the backs of the folders shows titles like “project proposals” or the like.

Imagine the time when these where still at a central place: Project reports, project proposals, accounting stuff. And another place has been the library, where all the books where – “PHP cookbook”, “Stroustroup”, “Peopleware”, etc… . Libraries have this special smell, it is not generated by the books, it is the sweat of anticipation of finding a book. It also smells when you peek over the shoulder of other people in public libraries, to see what they read (to get inspired to lend the book when they returned it).For thousands of years we had to walk there to get to the information. This means, you meet people there, that search for the same stuff as you do. These people are interested in the same stuff as you. You may like to meet them.

Now imagine a virtual office of the future, paperless, with an Organisational Memory. Today, you just browse a website. Not in the future: I would like to walk to the library. I want to walk to our shared file folders on the file server. I want to see the other people that are commiting to CVS at the moment. I want to see who browses at this blog at the moment, I want to see who else browses at planetrdf.

That would be a nice facet of cyberspace. The smell of libraries.