The Charity Idea

Some people at RailsConf this year had the idea to do charity funding at the conference and raised the amazing amount of 33.000$. Nigel James picked this post up and asked on SDN what SAP TechEd could do in this respect:

“We are about to go to a conference and spend a small fortune on fees, food, hotels and travel. What if you took a small portion of what you are going to spend on TechEd and made some contribution to help someone break out of poverty?”

The post got a lot of feedback in the comments and Craig and Dennis Howlett wrote about it to support the idea.

There will be over 1000 attendees at TechEd this year, spending up to 2500$ just for entry fee and an another couple of bucks for hotel and expenses. If only a small amount of this could go into charity, this could make a big difference and help a lot of people who really need it. I will do my best to support whatever may come out of this and I hope you will think about it too.

Update: Dennis Howlett commented on the efforts that James Governor and RedMonk is planning on their community day track at TechEd. Great first step!

TechEd Speaker Session Approval

As I had already told you I submitted two proposals for the TechEd speaker sessions in Munich. After some back and forth I finally got the confirmation mail, that the session about Portal unit tests made it under the last 15.

“We have had an additional opening for the SDN Community sessions at SAP TechEd ‘07 Munich, and your session was the next one in line from the voting. Your session “Unit Tests for Enterprise Portal Applications” is now an approved SDN Community session for Munich.”

Looks like someone didn’t took his chance and that would be my ticket to Munich. Fine for me. The final voting results should be up on SDN at any time today. I know for sure that Chris got an approval for both of his sessions so he will be in Munich too.

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Domain Switch

Well, it took a little bit longer than expected but finally it’s done. The blog is from now on available at blog.zsapping.com. Links to old posts will get redirected by Wordpress to the new domain, a service that I think is worth it 10 bucks per anno. Wordpress is hosting millions of round about one million blogs for free, so I see this as a donation to their commitment to free blogging.

I haven’t decided yet where to go with the other subdomains. Some of them will probably be used for some necessary tools like a Wiki, SVN server etc. The www subdomain is still pointing to some silly, non configured start page. I leave that for now so at least nobody will expect the blog to appear there.

And now I should check all the places and services where I registered the blog with its old URL…

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Fresh Fruits

A Linksys WRT54GS is the backbone of my network at home. A college once pointed me to this fine product because it has an OSS firmware. Shortly after its first release in 2003 some Linux hackers found out that the firmware was based on Linux. To avoid any legal arguments with the GPL horde, they open sources the firmware which led to a couple of branches that include bug fixes and feature enhancements, some of them only available in much more expensive router products. And it’s always good to know that such an important piece of hardware is backed up by an OSS community so it won’t go away anytime soon.

Until recently it served me well running on the original firmware but I was curious what else had become available in the meantime. First I tried DD-WRT, bricked it (because I didn’t read the installation instructions carefully enough), reinstalled it and finally found out, that their latest version seems to have some obscure problem with (german?) DSL which lead to regular disconnects on my side. Although its features were compelling (VPN/VoIP Server, WDS, RADIUS, IPv6 or mesh networks) I had to give up on this.

My router is running on Tomato now. I really do like it when something just works and Tomato is small, fast, looks great (AJAX & SVG) and does its job. Browsing the web “feels” faster for me now then the original firmware and it has some advanced and very welcome features (static DHCP, better security, statistics, etc.). But I will keep an eye on DD-WRT because I really would like to have a VPN tunnel into my local network and get access to my files from where ever I want.

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