rewire the web…

The internet comes up with new ideas of information transformation and management every day. Yahoo now came up with a great idea of how the users could almost freely transform syndicateable data to anything they like.

Yahoo says this about it’s new baby:

“Pipes is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Using Pipes, you can create feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant.”

If you ever wanted to connect NY Times articles to Flickr, you can do this and many other things now. You even get a decent editor:


(yes, that’s in a webbrowser…)

Go and give it a try.

Source: http://pipes.yahoo.com/

it’s done: dasBlog version 1.9 is there…

Omar pulled the trigger and we released DasBlog 1.9.6264. Why 6264 you ask? Because it’s 2006 and the 264th day, that’s why. Download it.”

  • Much better multi-user/blogger support including a Top Posters macro and total comments – from Christoph De Baene
  • TagCloud Support – from Scott
  • Support for Mobile Browsers like Blackberries and SmartPhones – from Scott
    • Note the large section in your web.config and the mobile theme that is required for this support.
  • Huge (100x+) speedup in Macro execution – from Scott
  • Support for If-Not-Modified to speed up execution, improve RSS bandwidth and CPU cycles – from Scott
  • Direct Feedburner Support with 301 redirection for RSS and Atom feeds. Don’t lose a single subscriber. We’re the only blog with direct support for Feedburner and Feedflare I believe. – from Scott
    • I encourage you to check out FeedBurner. You can add FeedFlare to your posts, and modify your feed in ways DasBlog can’t. They also handle your Feed bandwidth and provide rich statistics. It’s free ($ for advanced stats) and it’s very powerful. Do be aware that when you make the decision to move over to FeedBurner your existing feeds will start redirecting folks to FeedBurner immediately. That’s part of the power of the whole thing, but be warned.
  • Delete comments directly from your mail reader – from Omar
  • Comment moderation option
  • New themes out of the box, 18 at last count – from Many Folks
  • New XML-RPC support for newMediaObject and new version of XML-RPC.NET from Charles Cook – from Omar and Giuseppe Dipietro
  • Macros for Next Post and Previous Post – Justice Gray
    • Check the DasBlog theme or add this line to the top of your itemtemplate.blogtemplate.
      <%PreviousLink("« ",25)%><%MainPageEntryLink("Main", "|")%><%NextLink(" »",25)%>
  • A few security and XSS fixes
  • Support for Gravatars, images of your choosing that appear next to your comments – John Forsythe
  • Support for limited HTML markup in comments – Alexander Groß
  • Emails removed to avoid having email addresses stolen from Feeds
  • Added an Email page for leaving comments to the author, includes Captcha
  • New support for RSD so client software can autoconfigure itself – from Omar
  • Pluggable Rich Text Editor, choose from the latest version of FreeTextBox or FCKEditor or write your own adapter – from Josh Flanagan
  • Support for alternate SMTP ports
  • We work with Windows Live Writer out of the box – from Omar
  • Support for CoComment – from Scott
  • Microsummary support for Firefox 2.0 Beta – from Scott
  • Organized source, build, and packing for clarity – from Josh Flanagan
  • New Feed Icons – from Omar
  • Autometic generation of Google SiteMaps – from Scott
  • Automatic disabling of Comments after a certain number of days. Also manual “close comments” support – from Omar
  • ContentLookAhead show future dated posts – from Josh Flanagan
  • Other fixes and suggestions from Tomas Restrepo, Jason Follas, Rene Lebherz and Steven Rockarts. Added entry CPU usage optimizatons from George V. Reilly.
  • Ajax Autosave Drafts support from Steven Rockarts and Justice Gray.
  • Better strings and support for German, Portueguese, Turkish and Vietnamese from Ph?m Ð?c H?i.
  • Many great new themes
  • Updated readme.rtf from Tim Sherill
  • Single-handed support of DasBlog.info and DasBlog.us to the enthusiastic and tireless Tom Watts!
  • Welcome to new team members Alexander Groß, Paul Van Brenck, and John Forsythe who really did a lot of work to make this release possible! Thanks to Jacob Proffitt for doing some crazy debugging of caching on FireFox that will be in a point release soon.
  • New DasBlog Badges/Artwork from Alexander Groß…download them here: File Attachment: DasBlog Artwork.zip (1015 KB)

Source: DasBlog 1.9 Released

a captcha a day keeps the spam0r away.

“A CAPTCHA (an acronym for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart”, trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University) is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.”

This technology is mainly used to filter all those spammers from the normal commenting users. Schrankmonster even uses this technology. Kiesow doesn’t like very long captchas and I don’t like dumb ones…like this one which was sent in by Tomasz Naumowicz:


Source 1: http://www.kiesows.de/blog/2006/07/19/captcha-2

Source 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captchas

things have to change…

Schrankmonster is powered by a 4-way XEON 2.8 Ghz machine with 2 GB RAM running Windows Server 2003 and dasBlog blog-engine. And believe it or not: dasBlog actually utilizes all 4 CPUs completely at peak times.

Much of this is led by the fact that dasBlog was built for much smaller weblogs (not that schrankmonster is big…). And for MUCH less traffic. When you load the front page of schrankmonster you instantly notice the lag between typing the URL+pressing enter and the completely loaded page showing on your screen.

dasBlog does not use any database server. Instead it uses XML files. Two for each day of the year. And well. It parses them very often…

Very much to my pleasure the traffic on schrankmonster is raising each month. And that means: slower page load times… It became more and more unacceptable in the last weeks.

Beefing up the hardware is not an option. I believe it’s a quite beefy system already. And the main problem remains: the software. So it’s time for a change: I will move schrankmonster bit by bit from dasBlog to a shiny new software called “Community Server“.

I just finished the test-setup today and I am thinking how to move the content to the new platform. The main goal is that nobody will even notice (beside some radical layout changes) that there is a new blog engine powering schrankmonster.

Source 1: http://www.dasblog.net
Source 2: http://www.communityserver.com

Windows Security…a great (german) podcast episode…

If you are interested in software / security / windows, I recommend listening to this episode of Chaosradio. It’s a german language podcast, sorry for the others…

“Microsoft Windows hat in der Öffentlichkeit was Sicherheit betrifft einen schlechten Stand. Windows gilt als System mit offenen Scheunentoren und wird von der Elite gemieden. Doch in den letzten Jahren hat sich eine Menge getan und die letzten Releases von Windows XP wie auch das bevorstehende Windows Vista kommen mit signifikanten und grundlegenden Änderungen daher, die das Bild bald ändern könnten.

Im Gespräch bietet FX Einblicke in die Vorgehensweise von Microsoft in den letzten Jahren und erklärt, welche konkreten Ergebnisse Microsoft in seinen aktuellen und kommenden Betriebssystem-Releases erreicht hat und anstrebt. Am Ende gibt es auch einen Blick auf die Ist-Situation bei Linux.”

Source: http://www.chaosradio.de/cre022.html

where is the heat? – click-track your weblog…

AJAX is the key to rich web applications. And finally someone bridged the gap between click-tracking and those rich web applications.

With “Crazy Egg” is is possible to track the users of any site right down to their clicks…how cool is that (well if the users-webbrowser is configured to allow that) ?

Mashable.com was able to test it on their website…which looks like this:

After one our Crazy Egg created this heatmap…showing where the users clicked the most…

Source 1: http://www.crazyegg.com/

Source 2: mashable.com
Source 3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AJAX

Microsoft on10

A new Microsoft community site is showing up…

“10 is a place for people who want to use technology to change the world.”

“Every weekday at 10:00 am (PST) we’ll update this site with a new video that highlights people, their passions and often the technology they are using. At the end of each week we compile these videos into a full length show with some extra surprises for you.”

Source: http://www.on10.net

Martin Pointed Me To This Promising Company Which Is Out There To Bring Us Great Portale Media Playersbut At The Moment

Martin pointed me to this promising company which is out there to bring us great Portale Media Players…but at the moment… no real information is available on their website…but the start is done…international blogging…good way to start…


Source: http://www.venzero.com

Online Collaboration

Still in the testing phase the instructables step-by-step how-tos are quite a good concept for online collaboration….

Instructables is a venue for showing what you make and how others can make it.

Making things is part of being human. Whether you make bikes, kites, food, clothing, protocols for biology research, or hack consumer electronics, good instructions are critical.

Instructables is a step-by-step collaboration system that helps you record and share your projects with a mixture of images, text, ingredient lists, CAD files, and more. We hope to make documentation simple and fast. Show your colleagues how to operate a machine, show your friends how to build a kayak, show the world how to make cool stuff.

Source: http://www.instructables.com

statistics to enlarge my penis…


As if he wasn’t big enough I am here to tell you once again something about the statistics behind schrankmonster.de. There’s the obvious tendency upwards – and I intent it to go straight upward for the next years…



any questions?


there’s a weblog ranking on blogscout.de – Of course this was one of the very good days ;)




Source 1: http://www.mrunix.net/webalizer/
Source 2: http://counter.blogscout.de

Chaosradio Express and a passionate Tim Pritlove

Chaosradio is the monthly radio show produced by the Chaos Computer Club Berlin and Radio Fritz!. Each last wednesday of the month chaosradio is part of the Radio Fritz! Bluemoon program. As I am listening since years now the only thing I can do for you is to point you to the podcast URL/FTP where you can download what you maybe have missed to date: ftp://ftp.ccc.de or ftp://ftp2.ccc.de or Podcast/Homepage.



But the old-fashioned radio show “Chaosradio” is not the cause of this article. Yesterday we had a meeting in the FeM Office to discuss the upcoming general meeting when Skype showed up with a conference call of Tim and typo23 (sorry dude, what’s your name actually?). As far as I can say Tim is really passionate about the new “Chaosradio Express” concept: a Chaosradio podcast without the need to ask somebody – just produce and “broadcast”. Freedom of speech!


So I do not only recommend the old-fashioned Chaosradio episodes – I strongly recommend you to subscribe and listen to Chaosradio Express through this link: Chaosradio Express Podcast.


Source 1: http://www.chaosradio.de
Source 2: Chaosradio Express Podcast
Source 3: schrankmonster articles regarding Chaosradio

at august 1st there’s something going to happen to theSpoke

At august the 1st the brand new TheSpoke (theSpoke2 actually) will launch. Until then there’s a lot to do and bugfix. But it’s going to be a great thing.

I am working since months in the Advisory Board for the new version of theSpoke. And we hope that we did a good job.

So check the new site (currently in beta-mode) out:



Source: http://www.thespoke2.net

podcast addiction: the Dawn and Drew Show!



So there is this phenomenon called podcasts. In my opinion it’s a extended form of the weblog idea. And since iTunes has podcasts integrated it’s just one click to get those cool episodes of coolness onto your machine.

The show I am kind of addicted is “The Dawn and Drew Show!”. It’s made by a couple who lives on a retired dairy farm in Southeast Wisconsin. But that’s not the point.

It’s a really cool show about everything you could possibly imagine. Sometimes naughty sometimes senseless. But always love-spreading B-)

So subscribe to this podcast and hear Dawn moan ;)

Source: http://www.dawnanddrew.com

TechEd Europe 2005: What about a blogger meeting/dinner?



I thought about the possibility to have a blogger dinner/meeting at TechEd Europe this year. Since there were only a few bloggers on last years european TechEd we had no meeting – but this year I expect a lot more bloggers to be on TechEd. So if you’re at TechEd Europe 2005 and want to meet with other bloggers, just comment here. We’ll find a place and time.

Source 1: TechEd Europe 2005
Source 2: TechEd Bloggers

please welcome Loudblog

Tonight Gerrit van Aaken introduced his Loudblog. An easy to use podcasting software which is based on PHP and MySQL. Gerrit started Loudblog as his diploma project and worked on it a few months now. So you probably want to give it a try if you’re searching for a audioblogging/podcasting solution.


You can view and even more important hear a the Loudblog Developer Podcasts here. As


“Loudblog ist ein System, mit dem man auf einfache Weise Audioweblogs und Podcasts veröffentlichen kann. Und zwar auf dem eigenen PHP/MySQL-Server. Loudblog will nicht mit anderen Weblogsystemen wie Textpattern oder gar MovableType konkurrieren. Es soll einfacher gehalten werden und speziell auf das Verwalten und Verbreiten von Audioinhalten ausgerichtet sein.”


“Loudblog is a sleek and easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) for publishing audio content on the web. It automatically generates a skinnable website and an RSS-Feed for Podcasting. Just upload your audio files, add some notes and links, and you’re done!”



Source 1: http://www.loudblog.com
Source 2: http://www.praegnanz.de
Source 3: http://loudblog.com/podcast/

random event generators freaking out: global consciousness project

The random event generators are freaking out since the pope died today…coincidence? It’s part of the global consciousness project like elgono said… so check it out… beside that it’s a cool bleeping-soundy thing ;)


“The Java Basket Observer is an applet that allows for a near-realtime (10-minute delay) inspection of the behavior of a network random event generators (REG’s) located at several places of the world. Data from these REG’s, also called EGGs, are collected at a central computer, the Basket. The Java applet contacts the basket at regular intervals, gets the data, and displays it in various formats.”



Source: http://noosphere.princeton.edu/bsktobsrv/nishith/basketobserver.html

dasBlog Autotrackback Patch

Namenlos notified me that my dasBlog Autotrackback Feature does not work as is is expected to work. The problem was, that everytime you link to the front page of a weblog, dasBlog trackbacks the first article of the weblog.


The Specification says:


“Scan the page contents for embedded RDF. Pages can contain multiple instances of embedded RDF–clients should pick the block whose dc:identifier matches my_url.”


Namenlos made a patch that fixes the problem. You can download it here: BlogDataService.zip (,77 KB)


Source: http://blog.slash-me.net

against outsourcing

Yes! Today Sebastian wrote about the fact that many Bloggers are “outsourcing” their media content, for example photos to flickr. He has the same opinion about that as I have:


“Also ich hab gern alles auf meinem eigenen Server und gebe da ungern was von ab. Allein schon wegen der Langzeitarchivierung. Angenommen, ich poste nun alle meine Fotos bei Flickr. Und irgendwann wird das aufgekauft oder geschlossen. Was ist dann mit meinen Fotos? Weg. Bei nem eigenen Server bin ich dafür selbst verantwortlich und kann dafür sorgen, dass da nix wegkommt.”


I cannot understand why everybody is so excited about flickr and furl and stuff. – Like Sebastian I want to know where my stuff is located and what happens to it. I don’t want to get dependant of such services. As long as no technical or practical reasons clearly speak for these servives I don’t get it why I shall use it.


Source 1: http://blog.hagga.net/archives/blogging/000662-fremdkontrolliert.html
Source 2: http://www.flickr.com