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A quick note to my past-self

If there’s one thing that now-me would urgently tell past-me, when starting this whole self-employed business, it is this:

Beware of „cost“ focussed clients,
seek the „investment“ minded ones.

Adapt your communication accordingly.

If your services are seen only as „cost“, no fruitful and growing relation will come out of it - and with those clients, no matter what you do, it will not be honored.

If your services are seen as an „investment“ on the other hand, there’s a clear mindset that you will provide added benefit, and this is a whole different mode of operation.

(this orginally was a short burst of tweets, maybe I'll add some more thoughts to this post later.)

All your face are belong to us

Illustration of a smiley left and a skull right, by wondertom.de

Imagine you'd like to build a database with not only every data you usually can get through user interaction with your service and the device where your app has been installed on, but with pictures of your user's faces, too. What a ...

Das echte Eichhörnchen

Vom Aussterben bedroht: Das echte Eichhörnchen.

Thom Yorke - Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, 3.7.2019

If you want to know how it actually feels when your left brain is struggling with the right brain, treat yourself to a @thomyorke ANIMA show:
While your inner animal wants to move to the groove and the deceptively deep beats that are coming from Thom and Nigel Godrich, there's this little problem - there are a ton of different rhythmic layers in each song, and while your intellect still tries to grasp the logic, suddenly the great visuals ...

Red Brauns

What is Braun and makes for an honest good filtered coffee? Right.

TYPO3 8.7 translation handling of page media

Yesterday I once again got stuck with a seemingly simple task that quickly turned out to be a veritable rabbit hole:

In a client website the header images are managed using the 'resources' tab of a page. File references are stored in the 'media' column of the pages table in the database.

The site is set up for multi language, has language fallbacks set and for page contents everything works as expected. But when a translation of a page is created, those ...

Business plan for dummies

My (business) plan for the last years now. Problem is, the yellow circle is constantly shifting and sometimes in the undefined realm. The ultimate would be having all three circles the same size and position, but this'll never happen.
So firstly, grey needs to be in yellow, and growing.

wget it on

Today the german hosting company "domainFactory" (dF) announced that they will stop supporting the old PHP Versions 4 and 5. dF is one of the last providers to do so.

So this comes as no surprise and I've been waiting for this moment for quite a while now: We have a couple of $clients that are running an old Version of the CMS "TYPO3" on hosting packages at domainFactory, and who won't update to a newer version, no ...

Die Zerstörung der CDU - Rezo

Ein Stunde über die zukunfts-fähigkeit und -willen der Altparteien, abgearbeitet an der Union, die in den letzten 36 Jahren 29 Jahre in der Regierung war und, das muss man anhand der hier präsentierten Faktenlage sagen, eine Politik fährt, die unsere Gesellschaft und den Planeten zerstört.

(…) Hier geht es darum, dass diese Parteien extrem gut belegte wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse nicht ernst nehmen, dringliche Warnungen von tausenden Experten einfach ignorieren und im Gegenzug dazu eine zukunftszerstörende, umweltzerstörende und daher lebensverachtende Politik ...