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Beware of Developers! (Sequel to “Open Source, but…”)

February 14, 2010

I do happily admit that I was too single-minded in my blog about the informations on the Fosdem event. After returning from Belgium here are a few impressions:

You ever felt really scared because strange people are gathering around you in masses, all happening in the underworld of a very functional 1960ies building’s basement with the worn look of a highschool in the Bronx?

That’s what I felt when I came to Brussel’s Fosdem 2010. See, I’m nothing but a very normal user with the additional stigma of an old fart. Now see all these young crazy people talking in languages like C#, perl, php and whatever – many of them even did that in French! So you may get a feeling for what I felt like during those two days.

Guys, I really ENJOYED it! I declare it was one of the best events I ever honored with my presence. All those guys (very few dolls!) ver very friendly,  took their time explaining how to make fire and such simpel things. I met a whole bunch of people with very familiar names, like Anne Nicolas, Per Øyvind, Michael Scherer, shikamaru, and more. But the most astounding thing happened when a guy walked up to me, telling me his name is Oden Erikson. The next thing he told me was how he’s enjoying to see the sun first time since July 2009! Huh? Then he explained, he’s living near the arctic circle and it’s night all day at this time of year. What an astonishing world we live in!

The Fosdem, an event I will not miss in future, everybody: go there if you have the opportunity, but beware of two things: beer and coffee. The former is too much, the latter too bad.

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A New Year, still the same world? Not for me.

January 2, 2010

Well, you all know the absurd expectations we grown-ups share with the little kids. We count how many days are left until certain marks on the calender, like birthdays, Christmas, the like, as if something extraordinary will happen there and then. One of such dates is January 1st – the first day of a new year. You awake from the party and amidst the fog of your boothe hangover there is this small kid, glimpsing into the world, expecting major changes round each and every corner.

Enter Reality.


Much ado about … what?

August 8, 2009

Once there was some movement to be observed in the recesses of the ordinary users. People offering opinions although not asked, some based on insight, others only shouting from the top of their keyboards. What made the people so restless, why did they leave their daily routine of praising the distribution?


Forgotten desasters

August 8, 2009

Man tends to forget bad things like embarrassing scenes, disasters, the little and the big SNAFUs. That’s what they say and in general this is a Good Thing[tm]. But is it also such a good thing for a company to count on the weak memory of their user community?