Podcasts recommendations

I listen to podcasts nearly every day during my commute with my bicycle and I do love podcasts. Here is a short list of recommendations.

Stuff you should know
I know “Stuff you should know” for nearly one year now and it is definitely my favorite. Each episode is 30 min ish long, which makes is perfect for me and the topics are often interesting. The best thing is, however, that the hosts, Josh and Chuck, explain in a very funny and way. Sometimes I just want to listen to them, even if the topic is boring.

If you’re a .NET developer, you know Scott Hanselman. His podcast hanselminutes is often interesting. Scott is a .NET and C# developer by heart, but his podcasts isn’t focused on .NET only.

Chaosradio (German)
Chaosradio is the radio show of the Chaos Computer Club in Germany. The radio show started in 1996 and my first listen was back in 1998. Sometimes very technical, but every time interesting.

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Xubuntu, Code::Blocks and Ctrl+F9

Code::Blocks uses the Shortcut Ctrl + F9 to do a build. Unfortunately uses Xubuntu in its default settings Ctrl + F9 to switch to the workspace 9, if available. Xfce wins over Code::Blocks, which means Ctrl + F9 simply doesn’t work.

The solution is simple: Open Settings, go to Window Manager and clear the Workspace 9 shortcut.


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The problem with smartwatches

Smartwatches are a thing now, at least that what most of the tech news sites or the Apple Watch marketing department says. THEY must be right.

I own a smartwatch for nearly a year now. I bought a Pebble, because I think their concept is one of the best, even if it is one of the first and oldest ones. I love the display, because I am able to read it in every situation or condition, even in direct sunlight. The battery time is just awesome. Mine lasts for ten days.

I’m used to have a smartwatch and to get messages, calls or notifications directly to my watch. The vibration of the watch is key and it makes sure I don’t miss anything. My phone is in silent mode nowadays, because I don’t need the tones or the vibration anymore. Every notification is silent and only noticeable to me.

There is just one bad thing, that heads other people to the perception that I’m being impolite.

When I get a message I immediatly look at my watch, even if I talk to other people. People now tend to think that I need to go or that I don’t have enough time, sometimes they think that their topic isn’t that interesting to me or that I don’t care. People these days know that there are smart watches, but they barely have seen one. No one expects that I’m having one. No one knows that I’ve just looked what happened. If I would use my phone instead, people wouldn’t have a problem, because I guess that this is socially widely accepted, even that it is still kind of impolite, too.

So, I need to keep in mind not to look at my watch during a conversation or – more important – a meeting.

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Install node.js via npm

I recently wrote about the manual installation of Node.js. There is also the way via the npm Package manager:

First, install all dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties python g++ make

Add a new ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js 

Update all repositories

sudo apt-get update 

And finally install Node.js

sudo apt-get install nodejs
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Install additional spell checker dictionaries in Sylpheed / Claws mail

At the moment I use Sylpheed for emailing and newsgroups (As you might now, Sylpheed is based on Sylpheed-Claws, now called Claws Mail. All following steps are also good for claws).

Sylpheed has a preinstalled en-US dictionary, so every time when I write German mails all words were underlined in red, which is annoying. Claws and Sylpheed use Aspell as spell checker. Additional dictionaries can be found on the website http://aspell.net/


After the download, extract the tar.bz2 file to a folder of your choice. I my case, it was the download folder of the browser. Now open a terminal window, navigate to your folder and type in the following commands:


Which should output something like:

Finding Dictionary file location ... /usr/local/lib/aspell
Finding Data file location ... /usr/local/share/aspell

After that build the package with:


and then install it with

make install

Afterwards the new dictionary should be available.

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I’m now on #!

Surprisingly, I don’t use Linux Mint any longer.  I’m now on #! (pronounced Crunchbang). Mint did a great job and nearly everything worked right out of the box, but that was not the plan. The plan was to get into Linux, to find problems to solve, to get the system running and to learn new things. Linux Mint is like Windows..it works.


I’m now using Crunchbang for three weeks and I am very happy with it. Crunchbang needs time and you have to read a lot about the system. Of course Crunchbang is not as basic as Arch-Linux, which I tried before, but it looks like it has the right amount of details for me at the moment.

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Install Node.js on Linux Mint 15

The node.js website offers an installation with the well known package manager apt. Unfortunately that didn’t work for me. Every time I tried it, it stopped working with an error message.


So I tried it to install it the manually way.
First of all, make sure you have all dependencies installed:

sudo apt-get install g++ curl libssl-dev apache2-utils

sudo apt-get install git-core

Now run the following commands, which firstly clone the git repository, configures node, makes node and install it.

git clone git://github.com/ry/node.git

cd node



sudo make install

If all went successfully, node should run smoothly.


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