Punk

Ich war gestern in einem Punk Konzert.

1976 (also vor 40 Jahren) kam ich in der Schule das erste mal mit Punks in Berührung. Sie hatten vom System die Nase voll und machten ihr eigenes Ding. Das konnte “Bier trinken” und “schräge Klamotten tragen” sein, aber auch Gedichte schreiben, Ratten dressieren, ausgefallene (mit Bier) gestylte Frisuren und ähnliches. Mehrere Punker waren damals in meiner Klasse und ich fand das gut. Das was mir gefiel war die Auflehnung gegen Leute, die dir sagen wollen wie du zu leben hast. Also so ziemlich jeder in der Schule …

Bands wie die Sex Pistols waren “in” aber doch sehr weit entfernt von der norddeutschen Tiefebene. Trotzdem, weil es so schön ist – Anarchy in the UK mit explodierenden Flugzeugen und durchaus kommerzieller Cleverness.

Obwohl ich nie wirklich in die deutsche Punkkultur involviert war, bekam ich die Anfänge in Norddeutschland ganz gut mit, weil in Hannover damals die Chaostage waren. Hier ein ganz rührender Bericht von “Hallo Niedersachsen” aus dem Juli 1983.

1983 war die Punkkultur, die ich kannte, bereits lange vorbei. Leute wie Vivienne Westwood stellten ihre ersten Modekollektionen in Paris vor. Ihr geschiedener Mann MalcolmMcLaren (Manager der Sex Pistols) entdeckte Scratchen und HipHop.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik fassten das alles mal poptechnisch zusammen und nannten es Post-Punk

Damit war für mich das Thema Punk eigentlich auch durch. In den letzten Jahren habe ich Punker nur in größeren Städten wie Wien, Barcelona und oft in der Schweiz gesehen.

Und ansonsten gab es die Ärzte 🙂

Das Konzert

Gestern nun war ich bei Turbostaat, einer Band aus Husum, die 1999 gegründet wurde und Punk Musik macht. Sie haben seitdem sechs Alben veroeffentlicht, spielen immer wieder live und koennen von ihrer Musik leben. Trotzdem bekommen sie den Spagat zwischen Systemkritik und Nutzung des System wohl ganz gut hin (Interview mit der Band).

Auszug:
 „Die gleichen Freiheiten und Qualitäten behält man wahrscheinlich nur, wenn man versucht, so viel wie möglich selbst zu machen. Ich denke, es geht gar nicht anders, in einem Indie- oder Punkrahmen größer zu werden und davon zu leben, als so. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass es funktioniert, wenn man sich der großen Mechanismen bedient. Vielleicht geht‘s ja doch, aber für mich nicht.“ 

Das Publikum war eine erfreuliche Mischung aus alt und jung. Die Musik war einfach, gut und laut. Die Texte habe ich selten verstanden aber wenn, dann ging es um Gefühle, Aufruhr, Konsum, Gesellschaft beispielsweise so etwas:

Es ist ein nettes Haus
nur für euch allein
und die Karre davor
noch nicht mal gebraucht
Und der grösste Teil ist auch noch gespart
Zum Glück würde einer töten
für ein kleines
bisschen
Geld
Voran! Voran!
Und dann im Februar
auf dem Weg nach Kandahar
liegst du zitternd auf dem Boden
während Andere ins Kino gehen

Ich hatte oft Gänsehaut. Einerseits von den Bässen aber auch von der Stimmung dort. Das Konzert war gut und macht mir Hoffnung das zwischen all den Konsumzombies noch ein paar “normale” Leute sind.

Hier noch ein Artikel aus der Taz (In Eierlikoergefangenschaft) der ganz gut die Musik beschreibt.

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I joined the #jCycle #Joomla Challenge

Last week I joined the Joomla #jcycle challenge! It’s a kind of charity for the Joomla project.

Cycling is a great way to raise money for charity. Our season sponsor joins this effort and donates by tradition 1 cent for every km ridden.

If you like Joomla! and cycling, and you want to do something good, here is your chance!

I like #joomla and since Oktober 1th I have to commute from Bad Homburg to Frankfurt. Each ride is about 20km, which means 20 Euro Cents for the Joomla project.

The jCycle challenge happens on Endomondo, a platform to track your rides. Unfortunately I use Strava, so I thought it was not possible to join the challenge. But Radek Suski had an idea:

So I did!

https://tapiriik.com
https://tapiriik.com

This month I contributed 632 km …

Current month
Current month

which means, that the Joomla project will receive 6,32 Euro more. If it’s possible, I take a photo every day and tweet it

And I’m already at place 25 – I’m so proud!

Charts
Charts

Even your are (like me) a little bit late to the party, the challenge lasts until the end of 2016, so join us!

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Nextcloud Conference – Saturday

Today the contributor conference started. Yesterday was more business oriented, today the “get things done phase” starts.

Jos opened the conference with a few words, Frank, Joe and Jane repeated their announcements of the Nextcloud box and 50 boxes are available to buy here at the conference for 70 Euro. The missing RaspberryPi is provided for free. Frank said, that he’s looking for a possibility to sell Nextcloud Box as a complete package.

Lightning talks

Some lightning talks were held to introduce Nextcloud people, their responsibilities and offer possibilities to contribute (Lukas Reschke , Morris JobkeBjoern Schiessle). Bjoern did an additional and inspiring talk about “what’s special in Nextcloud”.

Beside Nextcloud employees

Lunch

… was served by a food truck and the burgers were delicious! The marketing department was working hard 🙂

 

Workshop Collabora – Michael Meeks

Michael Meeks gave answers to very detailed questions from the audience. I didn’t understood everything but the way collabora office suite works is now a bit clearer for me. There was a longer discussion how to integrate Collabora in Nextcloud in a “better, easier and faster” way.

Fair web services – Cornelius Schumacher

Fair web services was the last workshop I attend and the topic reminded me why I’m at this conference. Years ago I wanted to backup my photos on Flickr. Backup in the sense of keeping album structures and EXIF data. I tried OwnCloud but it didn’t work. I discovered that OwnCloud was a perfect solution for other projects of mine and so I used it until June. The Flickr backup problem is still unsolved. It’s possible to access my data via API but so far I found nothing that really works for me (may be time to write a Flickr import app for Nextcloud). Today there is also an additional “iTunes Cloud Match” problem. But back to the talk.

There are a number of attempts to solve the problems of freedom of web services. This is a list of relevant references.

None of the solutions is complete yet or has enough traction to serve as a widely accepted solution … The idea is to create criteria for a certification of services. The certification would allow providers to show that they respect the freedom of users and give users a guideline about what services to use.

I think it’s a good idea – have a look at http://fairwebservices.org.

Link tip:

I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that. https://tosdr.org

In the workshop I met Marcos Garcia Pedraza, Co-Founder of Patria Digitalis. He wants to offer “fair” services, so it starts and I have a good ok feeling!

At the airport

As I mentioned above I’m not able to attend the whole week, so meanwhile I’m at the airport Berlin Schoenefeld, my Laptop was scanned for drugs, I had to show every piece of my Nextcloud box to the border police. The boarding pass that I printed out in France had the wrong “format” and the plane has a delay. The good news is that Dennis and his friends will come next week to Fitou for a short vacation.

Now I have a little bit time to think about this project that started 6 years ago to make the world a better place.
So far it was an interesting journey!

Someone replied to that tweet that he didn’t get the idea because it already exists and it’s called NAS or Synology.

The journey will continue 🙂

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Nextcloud Conference – Business Day

I had no idea what to expect from this conference but something inside said to me

Go to Berlin, it’s important!

So I went to Berlin to attend at least two days of the conference at Technische Universität. The Berlin Technische Universität is one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany and for a whole week the center of the growing Nextcloud community.

Technische Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin

The future of Nextcloud

In Frank Karlitscheks talk about the future of Nextcloud he also talked about sustainability and the way how Nextcloud will develop in the next 20! years:

During the talk, he showed Nextcloud 10 features und someone from the audience asked when this version with all these nice features will be released (easy answer, it was released a few weeks ago). In the meantime Klaas tweeted two feature request

Features requests via Twitter
Features requests via Twitter

Security Architecture

Lukas Reschke talked about Nextcloud security architecture. I liked the idea that the same developers who wrote the code are responsible for fixing their own bugs.

Federation

Bjoern Schiessle is working since four years on the federation subject and showed an overview of the ideas behind the concept and it’s future.

In Nextcloud, it’s possible to share your files with a remote user. A remote user is a user in another personal cloud installation that supports the federation concept (e.g. Nextcloud, OwnCloud, Pydio). To share a file you have to insert the cloud ID of that user [username]@[domain] and Nextcloud sends a notification to the remote user. The remote user can decide whether he wants to accept the share.
You find your own Cloud ID in your Nextcloud profile page. Share it!

MySql Database Scalability

Oli Sennhauser (FromDual) gave a talk about MySQL database scalability. The interesting thing for me was that he was not familiar with the Nextcloud software. So he asked users and developers in the audience questions how Nextcloud is handling this and that. Based on the answers he described possible problems and solutions.


After the lunch break I missed half of Artur Schiwons talk about User Management in Nextcloud. Nextcloud has a variety of authentication mechanisms needed to fit comfortably in the diverse enterprise authentication landscape. I learned some new abbreviations: LDAP, SAML, ODP, ….

Nextcloud Scalability with a concept design for 10.000 users

This talk was interesting too because Dennis Pennings (360ict.nl) is planning to set up a huge Nextcloud installation. He researched a lot about possible solutions and he had plenty of question that were discussed at the end together with Frank and the audience.

Slides, Videos

So far, no slides and videos are available online. I’ll update the blog post when I find them.

Surprise, Surprise

During the day I saw tweets about a mysterious Nextcloud box, even an article in the German Heise Ticker (Nextcloud Box soll die Cloud ins Heim bringen).

The Nextcloud Box

At 6pm the Nextcloud box was presented by Frank. I decided to install Periscope and tried to stream the event. After the third try it worked! Here are the exiting 20 minutes!

The box is real

Directly after the “surprise show” arrived with 50 Nextcloud Boxes and I bought one (70Euro).

The next guy in the queue was Guido Stepken and he bought seven!

While writing the blog post I saw that nearly the same box design exists since one year for the Open Source Media Center (OSMC PiDrive).

Conclusion

The day was super interesting an now I have to sleep. See you tomorrow!

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Join us in Berlin! Nextcloud Conference Sep 16-22

The Nextcloud community will be meeting at the TU Berlin from September 16 to 22 for a week of talks and coding around the next generation private cloud technology.

Finally I managed to be able to attend. Due to a lot of reasons only on Friday and Saturday, but hey – I’m happy to have these two days full of keynotes, workshops, lightning talks and discussions.

  • This amazing project empowers everyone (you too) to run a cloud infrastructure by yourself.
  • It’s easy to use and it works like a charm.

If you are in Berlin this weekend use the opportunity to join us (Straße des 17. Juni 135)! Don’t miss Friday 6pm – We’ll gather in the main room for the announcement of… well, a surprise!
After that: free drinks and snacks!

See you there!

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How to build relevant networks and improve your business.

Any idea whether charity or business needs at a collage of these 5 elements, to grow. In fact, so many of underrate one of the elements, but if once neglected, however much the idea will develop, it may completely fail when it finds a stumbling block. The Idea, The Labour, The Skill, The Market and The Capital are such elements which foster a developing cause/product/service. They are largely equivalent, and are none is bigger, none is smaller which means a good entrepreneur must balance them in his/her eco-system to experience success and sustainability.

How does network get’s it way in. A relevant network is the only way we have those elements in abundance. In this network some are buyers (market) also talk good of us and what we do, some are business partners or charity partners – they invest/fund, some are your employees providing skill and labour, while others could are innovators creating and building ideas. Your Network is your Net Worth so how can you build and sustain it?

Focus on your interests.

Because you need good people around you, it doesn’t mean any famous or popular individual is worth having in your circles. Some have achieved through by hurting others and you don’t want to involve that character in your own personal life or brand life. Because at anytime it can hurt. So know yourself first, know what you are interested in and build your brands are that too. As you do that the people you will attract will most likely have similar interests who posses the qualities of the interests you know you need.

Be responsive

I also suck at this but am doing my best to improve. When you get a new friend or have an old friend, he/she deserves to know you care. Press that phone call or send that text, email once  in a while you never know the nourishment it may bring. This is also necessary, when these people reach out for you. Be that someone that is not focusing to impress everyone but just being there when it’s necessary. And the emotional attachment will improve.

Be supportive

Some day, I was having a Facebook chat with my friend from France. We were discussing about the class I was going through and I hinted on the award winning. Then he hinted that I should be careful about awards. This meant a lot of me, it showed my friend from a far is supportive to me and wishes me the best. Many people who have money desires think such support like a word or two is not that important. For me it’s important.

Be honest

To me honesty is key and a person who is honest has a unique character. It means to be true to yourself as well as others everywhere. This eliminates unnecessary doubts, and it’s fuel to great networks. Just keep calm and always be who you are.

Go to events

If there is anything to be done, can only be done out there – Ortega Ian, a friend of mine said this to me. Choose the events about the causes you love, attend them because chances are; you will meet inspiration there and make new networks.

They are more things you can actually do to build networks and sustain them, feel free to share with the world. By sharing them through comments.

Wish you success! #OneLove