• Summer has gone

    The weather has already switched to autumn mode, and yesterday, Carolin and I did the switch in our heads, too. We visited "Eisland", our local ice cream parlor, for the last time this year. And not only was it the last day the shop opened -- we also managed to be their last customers for this year. They were just going to lock the doors when we rushed in.

    Since Carolin had a part time job there, we know the owners and they gave us this year's last cups of their delicious ice cream for free. We enjoyed it with great devotion.

    I'm looking forward to next spring when they'll be back from Italy to open "Eisland" again.

  • Wilkinson goes viral

    This is how you do internet marketing: take a common saying, create a story from it, make it a cute and funny video referring people to a game on your corporate website and set it free.

    People like me (who got it from Jan Theofel) do the rest.


  • Starting my first online course

    A week ago, I announced my first public online course called "Perl-Meisterkurs". It's a web-based seminar that teaches all the basics you need to know to start programming in Perl.

    I'm very excited that people are already enrolling in the course. I take this as a gesture of trust and I'm determined not to disappoint.

    I'm so happy that I even decided to offer a rebate for bringing in other people.

    Online courses provide me with the means to live my passion for teaching without having to travel or take days off my day job. On the other hand, I have to invest much time and care into putting together the course materials because they not only have to transfer knowledge but also to enable and motivate participants to learn single-handedly as well as in the group.

    As a platform for web-based training, I installed a Moodle course content management system on IT-Dojo. There, participants are provided with the course materials, forums to ask and discuss questions and other helpful features.

    What I find great about being a trainer and coach is that you get to learn new things yourself all the time. For example, I'm learning to improve my course materials, to use audio and video to transfer knowledge, and to use a web-based training platform. I'm learning to help people learning, so to speak. That's such a great thing.

  • No PC should be without it

    An upgrade, a cash machine, a revolution: MS DOS 5.


    This is just plain wierd.

    (via Markus)

  • Pascal forever

    My suggestion to go back to using Pascal for our software development didn't quite catch on. The idea came to me when I read about the recent update to FreePascal.

    Ah, the memories... Turbo Pascal 3 on CP/M... TP 4 on PC... Learning Object Oriented Programming with TP 6... The times when people didn't think you're a junkie when you said you used "Turbo Vision"...

    It was my entry into professional software development. My first client was a nuclear power plant.

    What was the best program you developed in Pascal?