sewing project no. 5

After a very long absence (at least a year) I started sewing again today. 

I have like 3 to 4 unfinished or not even started sewing projects in my closet, with the fabric, yarn and instructions waiting. I just didn’t have the time or better, much more important projects to work on.

But today I needed a break of the burning sun and decided to stay home and finish one garment I had already cut out the fabric a few weeks ago.

I already made this exact garment in this pretty greyish light blue some time ago as a present for someone and I remember how proud I was to finish it in one weekend.

Today, I made the same top again in my size and besides of cutting out the pieces, it took me only one afternoon and evening to complete!

I’m very pleased with the result and will devinitely make more from this pattern. I already have this top in 2 more colors and plan to make a white one and a black one for next summer.

As much as I love the summer heat right one, I’m really looking forward to autumn and winter when I have no excuses but staying home all weekend and working on more sewing projects.

Portknox Update August

Nextcloud update 13.0.5

We started rolling out the 13.0.5 update, maybe it will be the last update before Nextcloud 14.

Added Previewgenerator

We added the Previewgenerator app, to improve the gallery and mobile clients speed. Right now it is not activated on all clouds as we test the impact on our servers, we will post more on this topic soon.

Deck update 0.4.1

See this bigger updates:

  • Attach files to cards
  • Embed attachments into the card description
  • Color picker to use any color value for board and labels
  • Support for checkboxes inside the description
  • occ command to export user data as JSON


Read more about the update in the Nextcloud news.

Music update 0.8.0

Improved performance on many levels, check the huge changlog for details.

Talk update 3.2.5

This maintance relase fixes many problems, be sure to check out the updated mobile clients for iOS or Android

Contacts update 2.1.5

This smaller update fixes many sorting errors.

Calendar update 1.6.1

Import, visual and timezone fixes.

Mail update v0.8.3

 Here are some bigger changes and fixes:

  • Advanced search
  • Preserve URI hash in sanitized HTML messages
  • Pagination of incoming messages
  • Folder sorting

Whats next?

We already working on the Nextcloud 14 update, which will be relased later this month, there will be a updated status report posted soon.

Also the Nextcloud conf is happing soon in Berlin, its the best way to get involved and learn about Nextcloud. Come join us!

Always up2date applist

At our applist you can see which app in which version is installed on Portknox. We have now automated the way our applist is generated, after every Nextcloud or app update the list gets regenerated. Right now it's possible to activate 44 apps!

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Trying Gutenberg

I’ve worked with content management systems like Drupal and WordPress for about 12 years. I’ve been registered on for over 10 years. It’s been very interesting to see how the technology and its user experience has evolved time. In this post I’m giving Gutenberg a short ride. The idea behind WordPress’ new content editor … Continue reading Trying Gutenberg

Travel preparation – Packing and moving update

Today marks 1 month until we’ll hopefully sit on a plane to Indonesia. My inner state is split between “ARGH” and “EXCITING”, and I occasionally go through periods of “shit, what are we doing?” especially when packing things up. It’s been all about packing the past couple of weeks. I started slowly with a box…

The Great Game in Central Asia

With the advent of China’s Belt and Road Initiative I found it necessary to learn about the involved regions and histories. I’m curious. Grown up in Germany during the Cold War I was teached that Russians were always mostly the evil ones and people from the West are usually the “better ones”. I never believed it but …

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Ein schönes, luxuriöses Leben

Ein schönes, luxuriöses Leben definiert ein jeder/jede für sich selbst und so verschieden die Lebensumstände, so verschieden sind wahrscheinlich auch die Ansichten darüber, was dazu gehört. So hin und wieder, besonders immer dann, wenn wir mit vielen, doch sehr verschiedenen Menschen ins Gespräch kommen, werde ich nachdenklich und überdenke meine Definition von einem schönen, luxuriösen ...

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Cool: CodeLagos is here again

CodeLagos is an initiative to get more people into programming and the Information Technology sector in general, in Lagos state, Nigeria. The goal is to get one million Lagosians to learn to code by 2020.

Initially I thought the project was only admitting students and teenagers, but then I was directed to the Out of School program, which is open to anybody, regardless of age.

To register, please visit the Registration page. 3500 participants only, will be accepted for this 4th batch, so hurry!

Tips voor één dag stop @Tilley France B&B

Voor wie een korte stop maakt @Tilley France B&B en er even tussenuit wil kunnen wij volgende tips geven!
1. Bezoek mijnboeren Fitou > degustatie gans het jaar!
In Fitou kan je gans het jaar lekker gaan degusteren bij onze tal van wijnboeren. Hier een klein overzicht. Je hebt Domaine de la Rocheliere met hun prachtige nieuwe cave (zeker een aanrader) > dan heb je Cave Vidal Thierry met nog een authentieke en ook vernieuwde cave > In het restaurant van Courtal Vidal kan je van de wijn van Romain Vidal gaan proeven > dan heb je aan de Marie in Fitou Chateau Abelanet en Le Paumier en heb je nog aan de rand van het dorp Champs des Soeurs en Domaine Maynadier deze ook aan te raden zijn, dus genoeg om te gaan proeven. Je kan zo goed als alle wijnboeren bezoeken op wandelafstand van onze B&B.
2. Lekker gaan eten in één van deze goede restaurants, de meeste op wandelafstand van onze B&B. In Fitou vind je tal van goede restaurants in verschillende prijsklassen. Zo hebt je de Routier Les Corbieres waar je al een menu kan eten voor 15€ > een trapje hoger vind je Le Moulin de Fitou en restaurant Lou Courtal Vidal waar je voor 25€/pp een heel goede maaltijd uit France keuken kan benutten > wil je echt een France keuken om U tegen te zeggen dan kan je terecht bij Le Cave d'Agnes en Le Toit Vert, prijs hier is rond de 35 a 40€/pp.
3. Een prachtige wandeling maken aan de Phare du Cap Leucate
Aan de vuurtoren heb je een prachtig zicht op de zee en de baai van La Franqui. Je kan er genieten van een mooi wandeling van 1 a 2u met uitzichten om van te gaan zweven. In de avond heb je het licht van de vuurtoren dat over de baai heen straalt. Deze locatie bevind zich op 15min rijden van onze B&B.
4. Zeker niet vergeten we hebben in Fitou ook nog een kasteel uit de 13de eeuw!
Het kasteel zelf is in privé handen en kan men niet bezichtigen, maar we hebben nog wel een bar in het kasteel waar je kan genieten van de lekkere Fitou wijnen met een prachtig uitzicht over het meer van Leucate, de baai en de zee. Daar kan je even gaan chillen, en in de zomer kan je hier s'avond ook terecht voor optredens van locale bands! Het kasteel is op wandelafstand van onze B&B.
5. Last but not least, wie in het de periode van juni tot september passeert kan de volgende strandbars met hun lekkere restaurants bezoeken en dit op zelf 15min van onze B&B! De meest gekende zijn > Ginette > La Poulpe en Biquet. Ze zijn allen gelegen aan Leucate plage en er is ambiance verzekerd!
We hopen jullie hiermee een korte rondleiding te hebben gegeven voor wie een korte stop neemt in Fitou (Tilley France B&B) en er even uit wil. Via deze LINK vind je meer info omtrent onze B&B en ons Lounge appartement in Fitou!
Warme groeten,
Harry & Miranda

Addis Ababa First on The List.

The “Red Terror” Martyrs’ Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa was established in 2010 as a memorial to those who died during the Red Terror under the Derg government. 

It is my first time in Addis Ababa, and my first day on our (my wife and I) trip in Ethiopia. When I arrived, I was eight years back in time, I left Nairobi on 3rd of August 2018 and here I was 27th November 2010. I felt young, I felt God has been gracious to me with time. In November 2010 I was planning fo my first trip to South Africa which I took in January 2011…..and here I was again…..November 2010

“If I was stranded on a desert island & could only bring one thing. I would bring Dora, that b*tch has everything in her backpack”.

If you are a backpacker, you have probably came across this quote. I don’t think I can call myself a backpacker, but am willing to learn, so together with my wife and our backpacks we will be travelling to some of the most remote locations in Ethiopia.

Float on the blue nile in Bahir Dar, rule from the castle of Gondar and worship at the new Jerusalem in Lalibela. We will travel on budget, avoid luxury of star hotels, eat street food and try to meet fellow backpackers and make friends. After all this, we intend to come back home tired but alive and full of memories that will encourage us to plan our next trip.

Addis Ababa is an interesting city, its a combination of the old and the new. Tall skyscrapers live harmoniously with traditional mud houses. Traditional food like Injera as it found out can be served at the same place Pizza is being served. The Metro…just like a Cobra snake runs along the road populated by the blue Mini bus called Taxi.

Sometimes it is raining and sometimes it is sunny…..and thats just how Addis is. I asked a friend who has been here for a few months if she has adjusted, she said NO, you don’t adjust in Addis, you come stay and leave Addis the way it is.

Old cars run a longside the new. Its common to see the VW Beatle, well maintained without modification. The Beatle is a historic car for Ethiopia. In 2nd February 1974 (not Ethiopian Calendar) Addis streets were filled Beatles of Taxis drivers striking the high price of fuel. The last Emperor Heile Selassie was hustled away to a military barracks in a blue VW Beatle.

The Beatle might have died where it was born but here in Addis, its alive and kicking a**.

All instructions in the university are in English, but the language that rules here is Amharic. Its difficult to get your way around, but if you are a backpacker… always find a way.

Twice somebody has attempted to pick pocket me around Stadium, the first time shouting at the top of my voice I threw him a jab, the second time my wife lifted the tennis racket she was carrying…..the guy retreated really fast.

People love Ethiopia for the food, boy they can make some really nice food. You would believe from the way they make their pizza that they invented it. When it arrives its half chicken and half beef……just the way you ordered, with chilly at the centre. Interestingly, they love to eat Injera with their hands but when it comes to pizza…its folk and knife business.

Coffee is a big thing here and it comes in all form and choice. Whether you are having it in an uptown restaurant in Bole or a roadside makeshift spot in Yeka. You got to respect the coffee and the coffee tradition.

Enough with the food and culture, the sight seeing……

The first thing on my list was Lion of Judah Monument. Nobody new where it was and nobody was caring. We went to Addis Abeba Museum instead, it turned out to be great to learn the history on Addis once called Addis Abeba.


We have tried to learn as much history of this country that was never colonised as we possibly can, we have also made friends. Angel from Bulgaria whom together with his backpacking friend Liu from China are touring eight countries. A Chinese cyclist who has cycled from China and he is headed to South Africa.

A young guy from Senegal playing professional football here and a Kenyan working with the department of gender at the African Union….and yes, we have seen that building present the Chinese government gave Africa.

The Metro is a game changer for this city. It moves people in four different directions with two connections. Trust me, there are countries in Africa who will not have this in 2050, whether it is Ethiopian year or European year.


Technologically, Ethiopia is still in Kenya’s 2010, when we had only one mobile telco, with an option of 2G or 3G network and internet that was slower than the tortoise race. I am trying to make sure I publish this article today, tomorrow we are off to Bahir Dar and I am not sure what is ahead.

I have a lot to share, but this time I am running out of time. I have missed one cup of coffee already. I am not sure how long the internet is here for, we had a disconnection in the morning and when I asked at the reception what was the problem…..the lady answering in borrowed English just said “company problems”

My wife needs to edit this post before I publish and I am being reminded by yours truly…I need to set the alarm for tomorrow. Our bus is for 4:30am International time.

I will see you the other-side of Bahir Dar.