blogging iran – know our peers

The current protests against the Iranian coup d’etat and election fraud are by people like us. Allededgly, the official results were 12% for Ahmadineschad and 62% were announced. Iran has more people under 30 than in our country, they read the web, they blog, they want to live their lives without gov threats.
I pray for them.

At the moment, the protests are peaceful and heart-touching things happen, such as these protesters protecting a captured policeman:

webinale: nur noch einen tag early bird und 150EUR sparen

webinale Countdown: Nur noch 2 Tage mit dem Early Bird bis zu 150 Euro sparen!

… kommt gerade über mail rein. warum? see me speak at webinale 2009.

sonst noch:
die angebotenen Workshops sind online:

– Flex and AIR Boot Camp (Andrew Shorten)
– Daten jonglieren mit Flex (Kai Koenig)
– iPhone-Entwicklung – Apple, ein guter Start in den Tag (für Anfänger) (Sascha Manuel Hameister)
– iPhone-Entwicklung – CocoaTouch, der Nachmittagssnack (für Fortgeschrittene) (Sascha Manuel Hameister)
– Die Kunst der Filter- und Effektprogrammierung (Frank Reitberger)

Welcome the Bush Depression

As said on reddit, the other was coined “The Great Depression.” We start referring to the coming one as “The Bush Depression.” It’ll be one for the history books.

Listening to the radio news this morning, I heard that the US gov did not find 700billion in their piggybank to give away to scrupulous banks who screwed up their economy. Uhoh. Well, we are all in one boat, and if the US goes down, it will affect global economy. In the radio they mentioned the national banks of Belgium and Germany having to react (something like “have to print more money” but I didn’t get it…)

If the bank bubble affects the web2.0 bubble, I may lose my flickr pics and del.icio.us bookmarks, but Knallgrau, the european company hosting this blog is living on company contracts and will probably survice (I hope). Looking forward to the economy next year with mixed feelings – it will probably sort out itself.

If not, look for health packs and ammo on elevated places within the mayhem on the streets.

perfect exception

perfect exception

Its the perfect exception:

* Its stacked, many things happened at once
* I saw it only once and clicking OK solved it
* It includes a ASCII to UTF-8 encoding problem which usually means that you will rot in debugging for a long time
* It is related to the internet
* It mixes multiple languages: Deutsch und English
* You have no clue what it means
* It is truncated and it seems some important part is missing

Some note on Austrian History

I am from Austria, and have to blog about some particularity in Austrian history, the “Anschluss”.

The reason to blog, and also to do it in English, is a fatal quote by some elderly politician. On the 12th March 1938, 50 years ago, German troops marched into Austria and connected both countries to form the nucleus of the Third Reich. This is widely known and documented as “der Anschluss” (German term for “the connect”). This marks a dark day in Austrian history, reminded in many public rituals in the last week.

As part of a longer speech at a ÖVP meeting (the Christian-Democrat “conservative/republican” party in Austria), Otto Habsburg said: “kein Staat war größeres Opfer als Österreich”. Which translates to “no country was a greater victim than Austria”. This caused outcry in liberal/left parties and media in Austria, and I would guess also international reactions (if anybody noticed).

In the conservative audience, many giggles followed on some parts of the speech – making me speech-less. Here an article with a picture of our smiling ex-chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and Otto Habsburg. You don’t fucking smile when you hear this bullshit, you leave the room. To his remedy, the article says that Mr Schüssel intervened and corrected the sayings of Habsburg (so much for inviting the right keynote speaker to your anti-nazi commemoration).

From what I know, shortly after the war Austria positioned itself as “first victim of Hitler”, to get rid of the scent of failure attached to losing the 2nd WW. Since then, this question is publicly discussed. The question is: did Hitler occupy Austria and the inhabitants were victims or was he warmly welcome and Austria was well-nazified already. Nobody can surely know, but some facts are historically known. Within a few weeks after the Anschluss, 70.000 people were imprisoned and a systematic, institutional, and coordinated suffering was imposed on Jews, Homosexuals, Left-Wing politicians, Communists, … . This was well prepared before, you need to have collected these names beforehand, it needs organisation and preparation. Within hours after the Anschluss, vandalism on Jewish property happened. It is hard to believe that Germans did this vandalism nor collected the names of “enemies of the state”, it can be assumed that Austrians did this, with the clear goal to steal some of this property their Jewish neighbours had worked hard for.

It marked the beginning of the holocaust and the role of the Austrian population was both victim, as the Jews and Left-Wings were Austrians, and agitators. Many had been forced to collaborate with the regime under the pressure of loss of life, property, and liberty, but surely not everyone had to be forced to collaborate. Austria was not “a little victim” or “the Jews were Austrian victims”, many people were attracted by Hitler or did not circumvent what happened. Objectively, it can never be known, but surely calling “Austria” a victim is far than politically uncorrect.

Personally, I hate it because many creative people, inventors, scientists, artists, queers, and freaks, were either killed or driven out of the country in the following years. And I hate the small-mindedness of some people who defend their ancestor’s sins as being right until today. (End of historical ramble, go on reading slashdot now folks)

DigiTalks im Museumsquartier: Social Networking

Keine Ahnung von Web 2.0? Was bitte ist Xing und warum soll ich “dort drin” sein? Hier kommt die Antwort.

Meral Akin-Hecke organisiert regelmäßige Veranstaltungen zum Thema Web und Net, die digitalks.at. Der nächste ist folgend:

DIGITALKS 05 / SOCIAL NETWORKING TOOLS
Datum: 8. April 2008
Location:Museums Quartier Wien, quartier21, Raum D
Beginn:19 Uhr, Einlass ab 18:30

Anmeldung

Im O-Ton:
Beim nächsten Digitalks gehen wir auf online Technologien ein, die uns neue Alternativen bieten, miteinander in Verbindung zu treten und unsere privaten und beruflichen Beziehungen zu pflegen.

Nach einem Einführungsvortrag von Medienberater Ritchie Pettauer werden zwei erfahrene AnwenderInnen mit uns gemeinsam Profile erstellen und dabei ihre Tipps & Tricks für das online social networking verraten.
Ich freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen!

Meral Akin-Hecke
Digitalks Initiatorin

Ich füge hinzu: wer schon flickrt, delicioust und bloggt wird da wohl nichts neues hören, wer aber mehr über Kommunikation im Netz hören will, und vom freien Eintritt profitieren kann, der soll doch kommen.

impact has a new homepage

My old employer, Impact computing, has a new homepage. Looks excellent, nice photos of the products I helped to develop. So I have to update the link on my work website to www.impactit.at

impact it startpage

Funnily, the picture is taken at the actual office, the rooms are about 50m to the right (I think), the depicted people are on the bridge between two skyscrapers. I used the bridge to come from the office to the coffee-machine. Excellent view.

Wishing best for Impact-It and the new product they did, EDOCTA. The good old PORTACON still contains my handwriting, and sells good.

In own interest: selling netrunner cards, buying lens

Again, its time to let go. After playing the good old Netrunner game from time to time, but not often enough, I want to pass it on. Netrunner is a trading card game designed by Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering. It is full of insider gags from classic cyberpunk (Neuromancer, etc). Words like “Wilson” or “Chiba” will trigger the right synapses. One player is the evil corporation trying to make big money, the other is a witty hacker trying to steal information from the company by breaking into their network.

netrunner

My favorite card is “Fortress Architects” because of its text:
“You want us to build that? Not even God has the money to afford that!”

“You’re working for Saburo Arasaka, not God.”

Ok, I will keep my favorite cards and enough for two players to gamble from time to time, but I sell the the worthy rare cards (and the others) on ebay. If you are interested in one or the other card or more, buy them.
At the moment, I am the only one selling netrunner on ebay.de.
All revenue made goes into a “good-mood” cause, last year I bought myself a Nintendo WII, this year its going to be a nice Sigma 1.4 Aperture 30mm lens for my Canon Eos, because my party pics need more light.