24 Jan

Time travelling

One of my apartment mates sent me a link to a piece by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung entitled “Architekt entdeckt unberührte DDR-Wohnung” (Architect discovers untouched apartment from GDR times). In it the author reports how an architect discovers an untouched apartment in Leipzig 9 years plus some months after the fall of the Wall. It is fascinating to read what he and his crew discovered because they basically stepped back in time into an era that is so different from ours today.

However, the most crucial questions for me are not answered in this article which only scratches on the surface:

  • How can it be that nobody had discovered this apartment earlier? Somebody must have wanted rent for it.
  • What happened with the stuff in the apartment? Did it get shipped of to a museum?
  • Was the last inhabitant contacted to uncover why he left so quickly? Maybe he wanted some of the photos that were found.
24 Jun

In the beginning… / Am Anfang…

Do you want to know how the entire personal computer business started? Then you should watch “Pirates of Silicon Valley” on YouTube. This docudrama is quite fascinating and is supposed to be rather true to the facts according to Steve Wozniak who was a co-founder of Apple and built the first machines. If you think you know the actor playing Steve Jobs, the Apple guy, but cannot place hime, it’s Noah Wyle who was “Carter” in “ER” (Emergency Room).


Wenn ihr wissen wollt, wie alles im Heimcomputerbereich in den USA angefangen hat, dann könnt ihr “Pirates of Silicon Valley” auf YouTube anschauen. Allerdings gibt es dieses Dokudrama nur in Englisch ohne Untertitel. Es ist ein interessanter Film und soll auch recht gut die Situation von damals darstellen, laut Steve Wozniak, der zu den Mitbegründern von Apple gehört und den Computer eigentlich gebaut hat. Wenn euch der Schauspieler, der Steve Jobs, den Apple-Guru, spielt (Noah Wyle), bekannt vorkommt, ihr ihn aber nirgends einordnen könnt, erinnert euch vielleicht mal an “Carter” aus “ER” (Emergency Room).

28 May

One (password) for all / Eins (Passwort) für alles

In Philipp Lenssen’s blog I found a link to the User Name and Password video by Darren Barefoot. It is quite hillarious. How many different web sites, logins and passwords do you need to manage?


In Philipp Lenssens Blog fand ich den Link zum User Name and Password-Video von Darren Barefoot. Ich finde es zum Schreien. Wie viele unterschiedliche Webseiten und ihre Logins sowie Passwörter müsst ihr auseinanderhalten?