Over the past few years I have been maintaining parts of the blogug.ch project, namely the list and the stats. I haven’t done any actual development on those since 2006 but they have been running fine.
From time to time I even confirmed the blogs to make sure they match our community guidelines. But time has been short for that and the list of unconfirmed blogs has been constantly growing with nobody else picking up the slack. This even though a few people have admin access and access is liberally granted. And of course the stats project shows that people just aren’t blogging anymore.
The final straw is that I now had to switch servers once again, as the old hoster proved unreliable.
So all of this combined brings me to the following decision: I will not migrate my blogug.ch projects to the new server and will no longer maintain them.
Please contact me if you want to take over. I’ll give you the full source code and access to the server.
We’ll be talking about mostly geek-topics during the event – though the topics depend entirely on you as a participant. Come and participate. I’ll present as well, though I still have to find a good topic.
You can find all the details and inscribe yourself on the official BarCampRapperswil page.
I hope to see you there.
I currently work at a startup which we’re financing from our own pockets. So I’m always looking for a way to save some money. And I found a way to save almost 1000 Swiss Francs on my public transport bills this year.
|Me||Adult GA||CHF 3100|
|My wive||Partner GA||CHF 2100|
As my wive is not yet 25 I’ll now be able to reverse it like this:
|My wive||Junior GA||CHF 2250|
|Me||Partner GA||CHF 2100|
Savings: CHF 850.
A few detail information:
- The Junior GA is for people from 16 to 25
- The Adult GA is for everybody from 25 to 65
- The Partner GA can be bought if somebody living in the same household as a proper GA. And the Junior GA does count (contrary to what I had expected)
In der NZZ musste ich gestern lesen, dass die SBB die Suprise Magazine aus den Bahnhöfen verbannt. Dies hat mich zu einer Reaktion veranlasst, das ich über das Kontaktformular der SBB gesendet habe.
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
Ich beziehe mich auf einen Bericht der NZZ, wonach sie in Zukunft den Verkauf der Surprise Magazine im Bahnhof verbieten möchten.
Diesen Entscheid kann ich beim besten Willen nicht nachvollziehen. Es handelt sich hierbei um ein Projekt, welches der Integration randständiger Menschen dient. Es bietet diesen Menschen eine sinnvolle Tätigkeit und einen kleinen Zusatzerwerb. Für mich ist dieses Magazin ein Vorzeigebeispiel des humanitären Geistes der Schweiz.
Zeitungsverteiler (z.B. die Blick-Angebote von Zeit zu Zeit), Cablecom-Vertretern oder anderen Give-Away-Girls (z.B. die Helvetia zu ihrem Jubiläum) stehen immer sehr aggressiv im Weg und sind ein wirkliches Problem für meinen Pendler-Weg. Die Suprise-Verkäufer stehen dagegen immer dezent am Rand und stehen nie in den Weg von uns Pendlern.
Ich bitte Sie eindringlich auf diesen herzlosen Entscheid zurück zu kommen. Ich kann Ihnen gerne eine Liste mit den wirklichen Problemen auf den Bahnhöfen zukommen lassen.
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
Switzerland has managed to go down by CHF 6.7 billion with their debts. That’s a reduction of more than five percent. With that we’re back to our level of debts of 2003.
But actually half of that reduction is due to selling a lot of Swisscom stocks – the government earned CHF 3.2 billion from that.
Even after paying the debts, there is a surplus of CHF 2.5 billion.
A job at local.ch gives you a lot of freedom to explore, find good solutions, learn new technologies, bring in your opinions and knowledge.
In Switzerland most men who serve in military have a weapon and some ammunition in their home. Whenever the Swiss talk about those weapons, the consensus is, that those weapons cause far less dammage than you might think.
Well, think again. As reported by the NZZ newspaper a study by Martin Killias of the University of Lausanne found that 300 people die a year because of those army weapons. I was not able to find the study on the UNIL web site unfortunately.
Compare the numbers:
- 300 people by army weapons
- 409 people in traffic (Year 2005, BFS)
There is a full program called Via Sicura to reduce the number of people who die in traffic accidents. The federal council has confirmed the wish to significantly reduce that number. So why don’t we start with army weapons first and just remove them from people’s homes? That would be a lot easier.
It will be interesting to see who will succeed Deiss. There will certainly be daily news stories about that topic. Currently people seem to talk about Doris Leuthard a lot. She is the president of Deiss' party, the Christian Democratic People's Party.
Urban(*) just published how they photographed Switzerland from the sky by using a zeppelin. Looks like a lot of manual labor was involved. I'll summarize the post for you, because it's in German:
- They used analog photo cameras, namely use-once cameras by Kodak. Oh the ecologic waste.
- The use a zeppelin. Satellites don't provide the quality and airplanes have a problem with vibrations and can't fly low enough.
- The 141'000 pieces were put together manually. They cut the photos, put them on A4 sheets and scanned the pictures.
Thanks for sharing those information, search.ch.
(*) I guess it's Urban, though the blog software only says "Mueller".
Update: Did I already tell you that I hate April Fool's Day? This article was originally published on March 31 (yes the search.ch blog software also said so) so I didn't suspect anything. Call me a fool if you feel the urge.
Why do I say this? Well, recently Bitflux had a job opening (now filled), local.ch has also been looking, as is now search.ch. namics has a few job openings as I'm sure have other agencies.
All of them have one thing in common which was not always true for our sector: they look for highly skilled workers (though namics also has internships in Baar/Zug and in St. Gallen). A few years ago, companies in our sector were adding people to their workforce like wild and thus had to sacrifice on quality. Now it's the opposite.
I for one believe that is a very welcome change and so do many of my friends. But I also know a few people who profited from the "more liberal" practices during the dot-com boom.
Anyway, I'll add a few articles in the following weeks on how to improve your chances for getting an employment in this area. It won't be rocket science but I hope I have a few tips to share. Those articles will be available in English and in German.
And I suggest you tag job openings on your weblogs with the "jobs" tag. That will allow job seekers to watch the tag (or subscribe to it).
Update 1: Forgot, that KAYWA also is looking for talent.
Update 2: And Google also is looking. (Via relab.ch).