Rückzug aus dem Web 2.0

To-Do: Accounts zusammenstreichen bei…
[x] Orkut (gelöscht)
[x] StudiVZ (gelöscht)

Der Spiegel schreibt über das Leben ohne Web 2.0, Macophilia macht einen radikalen Schnitt. Und ich entsorge Dateileichen bzw. reduziere das Ganze auf ein gesundes Maß. Meine Accounts bei XING, LinkedIn und Facebook bleiben vorerst bestehen. Auch der StasiVZ-Eintrag bleibt noch da, wenn auch nahezu komplett leer geräumt.

Nachtrag (28.2.2008): Die Quelle gequirlter Sch**** beim StudiVZ reißt nach wie vor nicht ab. Als Konsequenz mache ich den Account dort jetzt doch komplett dicht. Darauf kann ich wirklich verzichten… Und nein, MeinVZ ist ebenso wenig von Interesse für mich wie das AbsolventenVZ, das BerufseinsteigerVZ und was sich sonst in dem Markt noch so tummeln sollte.

OS Irony

Installing a floppy drive into a computer, booting off a Ubuntu Live CD, formatting an old 3.5″ floppy, copying Promise RAID drivers onto it. In order to be able to install Windows XP.

I wish Microsoft had provided at least one additional way to add drivers to the installation process (USB memory stick, anyone?). At least when I tried with an official SP2 installation CD.

Next step after the Windows installation: add a Ubuntu installation in an LVM partition. So the Ubuntu alternate installation CD was helpful twice with this computer.

Monolingual (OS X): List of problematic applications

I use Monolingual from time to time to reconquer some of the hard disk space on my MacBook Pro (sorry, some parts of that post are in German). The tool has been quite helpful: hey, it gave me 2 more gigabytes for … spreadsheets! 😉 Note that using Monolingual is kind of messing around with Mac OS X system files — do it at your own risk. It may brake your system, shave your cat or crumble on your keyboard. You’ve been warned.

Nevertheless, some Mac applications really don’t like their languages to be stripped from the .app package! Keep in mind that you should never ever remove the English language (en) from applications as it may be used as a language default.

I couldn’t find a list with applications having trouble with Monolingual, therefore I try to compile one here. Feel free to post additions in the comments section below.

List of Mac OS X applications known to have some trouble after Monolingual was used:

  • Almost all Adobe products (Acrobat, Creative Suite) for OS X. Acrobat needs to repair PDF browser preview and PDF printer. Repair process hangs. Updates don’t work anymore.
  • Skype (version < 2.6). Crashes during start-up. Version 2.7.0.195 beta seems to work without any problems, though.
  • Cyberduck. Crashes when trying to establish a SSH/SFTP connection. Needs to be re-installed.
  • Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Automatic (incremental) updates fail.
  • Viscosity OpenVPN client. Crashes during connection, ask for the key password and fails to set it.

Done and done

That’s it, I finally got to the finish line. Completed the Master’s thesis, brought it to the print shop and will send it to the examination office of my university tomorrow.

Aaaaah. Need to catch up on some sleep. /me relaaaaxing for the next two weeks. Then: opening a new chapter in life. Working full-time for the first time, at a “real” full-time job. No internship, no summer job. Real work. Looking forward to it! Life’s exiting! 😉