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Google Gadgets for Linux

Half an hour ago, I read the news that there is now a beta version of Google Gadgets available for Linux. Since I've been plaing around with Google Gadgets for a while, I decided to give it a try. And, although I'm usually a KDE user, right now I'm a little bit dissatisfied with KDE since I upgraded to Kubuntu 8.04 a while ago; so I switched to Gnome to see if the bugs appear only with KDE (they don't).

Anyway, I followed the instructions, installed some extra libs that are needed (actually, I've got the feeling that I installed a couple more libs that aren't really required), went through the configure-make-make install routine, and voila:

Google Gadgets for Linux Screenshot

Gewinnt ein Serendipity-Handbuch!

Das 750 Seiten starke Buch "Serendipity - Individuelle Weblogs für Einsteiger und Profis" von Garvin Hicking ist vor kurzem bei Open Source Press erschienen und gestern schon per Post bei mir eingetroffen. Das ist wirklich die erwartet umfassende Referenz geworden, aber ich werde einige Wochen brauchen, um mich da durchzufräsen ;O) Zur Feier der Veröffentlichung verlost der Autor in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Verlag fünf Exemplare des Serendipity-Handbuchs unter allen, die wie ich über das Buch bloggen oder unter Garvins Blogbeitrag einen Kommentar hinterlassen. Mitmachen ist ausdrücklich empfohlen!

Da ich mich durch meinen Trackback auch automatisch an der Verlosung beteilige, obwohl ich ja schon ein Exemplar besitze, verspreche ich, im Gewinnfall auf meinen Gewinn zu verzichten oder aber das Buch weiterzuverlosen - wir regeln das dann schon!

Webmontag Frankfurt

Yesterday, the regional web crowd got together at the Brotfabrik in Frankfurt for the 13th edition(?) of the famous Webmontag. After the last web mondays' attendance figures were relatively low, Andreas and Darren had been very active in inviting lots of people and advertising the event. Accordingly, the number of participants was significantly higher than before, which was a good thing apparently.

Contentwise, the session covered topics as diverse as presentation zen, Google Web Toolkit, Selenium IDE, OSGi, and MySQL Proxy. Pretty technical, one must admit, but mostly interesting nonetheless. I can say that I enjoyed it. As usual, socializing began immediately after the last presentation ended. Some interesting conversations ensued with other participants, I had a delicious chickpea-cilantro soup, and the WiFi was free. What more to expect from a Webmonday? Thanks to Andreas and Darren for organizing the event, and to Harry for kindly hosting the event.