Monthly Archive for June, 2015

Homemade framed posters

The background for this idea was that we wanted to give a money gift at a wedding but we wanted it to be more than a card and an envelope. In essence, this is it: A framed poster featuring an aquarium and some fish. On closer inspection, the fish turn out to be origami made from bills of money. This works well because most currencies (except USD) have colorful bills.

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10 years in Austria!

We interrupt our regular schedule with this special announcement:

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On this day ten years ago, I drove our moving truck into Vienna, and we’ve lived and worked in or near Vienna ever since.

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Keep track of your favorite blogs

Following a blog is a great way to stay up to date on what the author is doing. The problem is that you have to visit them each individually, and often you’d discover that nothing new had been posted since your last visit. If only there was a way to be notified – without having to register and subscribe to each blog.

Good news: there is a way to do this!
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Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?

Friendly warning – this is about keyboard layouts that differ from the standard “QWERTY” layout. If this confuses you, stop reading now :-)


The Dvorak keyboard layout is not a new thing. It was patented in 1936. When I heard of it some 15 years ago, its biggest obstacle was lack of software support. That has changed now, and I’ve used Dvorak on my smartphone for the past 2 years and I can say with confidence that my thumbs have learned it very well – Dvorak is my fastest and preferred layout on mobile. Continue reading ‘Maybe Colemak is smarter than Dvorak?’

Setting up a home network

Wireless LAN is very convenient – particularly for mobile devices, obviously – but I found it to be too slow and unstable for “real” computers. So even before I started planning my new home, I knew that I wanted a wired computer network that provided at least 2 connections to each room in the house, plus a few more for special purposes. A quick count revealed that I was dealing with 22 network sockets, so I realized that I should use “proper” network hardware that would be reliable and easy to use. Here’s what I did.

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