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Babysteps in IndieWeb, pt2

This is just a test, if my webmention endpoint actually is working. If not, I'll better apply for an account at webmention.io :-)

Babysteps in IndieWeb

The second day of the 2014 Border:None conference sees me sitting in a brewery cellar, and putting some h-entry and other microformats in the good ol' webrocker theme. Somewhat embarrising is having Mr Jeremy Keith looking at the source code which actually is kind of, hm, messy, having grown more or less organically for more than years since the last refactoring :-). But since this here right now is primarily to test if and how this notification voodoo works, I have to live with it for the moment. :-) So here's a link to Aarons post ...

The Color Purple

Today, my blog's color scheme changed to a certain color:

It will not be enough. Nothing will ever be enough. But it will be something

As I tweeted earlier:

(wondering about the small star in the purple image above? Hint: use a color picker)

On Critical Mass

(This is more of a braindump than it is a structured blog post and a cross post of frankfurt.opendevicelab.net)

At the second ODL admin meetup, held at the Garage Bilk coworking space one day after the 2014 Beyond Tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf, we discussed, or better started to discuss, the possible need of some kind of "quality signage" or even a "certification" mechanism in order to help people to find the "right" Open Device Lab for their needs.

As the ODL "movement" picks up momentum, suddenly we are faced with diversity. For example, we have ODLs

situated inside/alongside agencies ...

BTConfed, again


If there's the need to describe my feelings after attending last week's Beyond Tellerrand conference, it's this. Wow.

When I first attended my first ever Web-Conference only four years ago, it happened to be the first Beyond Tellerrand, and I've been to all BTConfs that followed, because, well, they're awesome. Addictive. It is hard to describe what exactly "the spirit" of that conference is, what sets it apart from others, because I'm not a regular conference attendee. I only visited the first Smashing Conference in Freiburg (which was also ...

Git for Complete Beginners

Through Anselm Hannemann's newsletter 'Web Development Reading List' I found this very informative and easy to follow step-by-step guide to Git:

The goal of this book is to get you started with version control and Git as quickly and easily as possible. Unlike other books about this topic, this one doesn't require a master's degree in computer science to read it. It's aimed at beginners of programming, at designers, at project managers... It tries not to require too much prior knowledge on the technical side. It tries to go


Don't Cross The Line

Here's a little sketch I made a while ago to help me decide what kind of projects I'm willing to engage in.
Been near or even under the diagonal line far too often in the past, telling myself over and over again that things will change. No they don't. Change yourself.

(The Pains of) Displaying Random Content Records with Typoscript

Sometimes TYPO3, the mighty opensource Content Management System with a large community in Europe, drives me crazy. It really is a Love/Hate relationship we're having. I love the fact that you can get everything done with TYPO3 and I hate the fact that sometimes it's so damn complicated to get things done with TYPO3, not the least because of Typoscript (TS) -- the 'interpreter' between the underlying PHP-core and the setups in TYPO3.

Even with more than 5 years of building medium and large sites for several clients with TYPO3 on my back, I occasionally run in a situation where a seemingly simple task unfolds as a frustrating venture and eats on budget and time and eventually takes toll on my sanity.
Usually it turns out that there's a problem in my initial idea, a logic flaw, or a not-so-well-thought-of underlying structure, but since it is really really hard to keep track of all the "functions" that come with Typoscript, and debugging the rendering process is even harder, sometimes working with TS is anything but fun.

Pixel, Devicepixel, ppi, and your Mom

Assuming your mom is a designer, working with Photoshop on her fairly new Macbook 15", and putting out comps for "mobile"*.

Somehow many of us assumed that an iPhone has a "screensize" of 320 x 480px, an iPad has 768 x 1024px and next up in line we have the laptop screens and desktop screens. Mom's Macbook for example has 1440 x 900px.
So, what's your mom gonna do? Sitting on her 1440 x 900px screen, she is very likely to open a photoshop document and give the canvas a dimension of 320 x 480px, and happily starts designing a screen that should fit in there.

*) Now for the sake of this article, I won't go into details of how working with a defined height/width canvas in itself is a problem for "mobile" design, there's plenty of info around that out on the web. Plus I won't go into details why with the arrival of the iPhone 5 and its 640x1136 screen the "this is iPhone" thinking is over.