• WebGUI 7 finally released

    After months of development (corresponding to 20,000 hours of work), WebGUI 7.0 was released today

    The WebGUI Content Engine® is a Content Management System, Intranet framework, and Web Development kit all rolled into one. Extremely powerful and user friendly, WebGUI is the driving force behind thousands of small business websites and enterprise environments, including several Fortune 500 companies.

    I've been using WebGUI 5.x, i.e. the stable versions before the 6.x development branch, for years now on a couple of websites. The boys from Plain Black, the company driving the WebGUI development, supported by voluntary Perl hackers, took their time to release a really complete and groundbreaking new stable version 7.0. It was completely reworked from the core outside and boast many new features.

    So I guess I will do a first test drive over the weekend. Let's see if it was worth the wait.

  • "You're beautiful" from a different angle

    The only way this song is bearable: Tom Gleeson commenting James Blunt's song from the perspective of the girl's boyfriend. "It's called public transport!" I crack me up.

    (via The GadgetGuy)

  • Making a convertible out of a van

    When you have a big family, the Renault Espace doesn't seem to be unappropriate. But I surely won't want the convertible version! :-)

    Crazy Brits.

  • A short intro to Web 2.0

    Last week, I gave a talk about examples and principles of Web 2.0 technology. If someone is interested, the slides (in German) are online

  • Mobile phone backup with ZYB

    Among the things I change regularly, there's also my mobile phone. Last time I got a new one, I spent about an hour transferring all my contacts and other information from the old one by bluetooth, one contact by another. Especially when the two phones aren't from the same manufacturer, this seemed to be the only way. But there's another!

    Thanks to the SyncML standard, you can synchronize many mobile phones with a central repository, forth and back. In the current issue of c't, there's a tutorial how to install your own SyncML server.

    But it's even more effortless if you use ZYB, the mobile phone synchronization service on the web. They provide a central SyncML server for free, letting you backup and transfer your mobile phone data. If you have more than one mobile, you can even keep their data synchronized. Furthermore, you can access all your contact and calendar data over a nice AJAXish user interface.

    It took me about a minute to get all my contacts onto ZYB. And when my Nokia E61 gets delivered this week, I'll just download the contacts and it'll be ready to go. The mobile life actually can be easy!