I arrived at Cologne already on saturday, November 11th... (knowing laughter from the audience) ...and at 11 o'clock, carnival started. People were happy and had fun. Cologne is a very beautiful city. But later, wandering around, you could spot some places with broken glass and garbage people discarded. From some distance away, though, Cologne was still looking as nice as usual. A "vista", in the english language, is something that looks beautiful from some distance away, but if you come closer, you'll start to see the broken glass and the trash that's there.
(Paraphrased introduction of Jon "Maddog" Hall's keynote at LinuxWorld Expo in Cologne)
It's the first day of the german LinuxWorld and I'm here in Cologne to take a look at the exhibition but especially to catch up with new ideas and developments.
I arrived in Cologne at 10, threw my suitcase into my not yet ready hotel room and rushed off to the fair.
I'm looking forward to the conference tracks with such different topics such as highly-available data storage, virtualization with Xen or the scalability aspects of Linux.
I'll be back with another blog entry when I have some interesting bits.
Tonight, I'll take the opportunity of meeting El Loco and have one or twelve beers together. And if you're at LinuxWorld, too, and would like to meet me there, then please drop me an email!
goes to Bernie
Today, I discovered two completely different areas where playlists can bring both order and diversity into your stuff:
First, there's music collections. I guess that's what you thought of when you read playlists". With playlists, you can divide your music into different categories, genres, moods and so on. What I really got to appreciate are iTunes' "Intelligent Playlists". Those playlists are not simple static folders you drag and drop your songs into, but dynamic collections of music meeting certain user-defined criteria. If you want to see some examples how you can get the maximum out of those music organization tools, read about "Merlin Mann's playlists
There's another kind of collection that can also be organized with playlists: From now on, you can make playlists of your Bloglines RSS feeds#128. But I'll write about that soon in another article.
The folks behind Zenlist announced their decision to close their website:
We will be shutting down service on 11/15 due to lack of interest, poor development progress on our end, and a general feeling that Tracks is not yet ready to be a hosted solution unless significant contributions are made.
It seems that they finally gave up on getting Tracks to run smoothly -- or couldn't be bothered since the service apparently didn't quite get traction, anyway. On the other hand, there could very well be a connection between lack of interest and an unstable service.