What is new? November 2011

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It’s been a while since my last blog post. Lots of things changed on patrick-wied.at/blog/ as well as in my personal life, this post sums the most important things up. (By the way: If you’re more interested in technical stuff, stop reading after the blog design info ;))

My blog design

So at the beginning of November I was very motivated and relaunched the design of patrick-wied.at/blog/ because I didn’t like the old design anymore. I thought about some funny (but useful) sidebar gadgets and you probably have noticed that weird image on the right. That’s a customized QR (Quick Response) code. It contains the permalink of an article you’re viewing, so if you scan this code with a smartphone (most of them already have a decoder – OR save and decode it online) you can get back to my articles. But the best thing is: It’s all done in JavaScript and HTML5! If you want to know more about the JavaScript QR generator, you should consider reading my upcoming article about QR-Designer. This theme is going to stay here for the next time, I hope you like it as much as I do. Feedback is very appreciated!

I also decided to move all the stuff of patrick-wied.at to another server due to the fact that one of my previous employers (the one who also allowed me to use one of their servers to host my website) apparently thinks he doesn’t have to pay me for work I’ve done – I don’t think so. So I got rid of any potential links.

I’m studying at Hasso Plattner Institute

Yep. I finally started studying. After some exhausting struggles with the University of Potsdam (come on, they seriously wanted to have proof that I’m able to speak and write German. The thing is, I am from Austria, which is a direct neighbor to Germany and the official language of Austria is German (one of the reasons for my sometimes not so good English ;) ) I finally got accepted on the IT-Systems Engineering course at the Hasso Plattner Institiute for Software Engineering. The HPI is a special institute funded by Hasso Plattner (a co-founder of SAP). They only accept 80 students for their course in order to keep the Professor/Tutor:Student ratio high and you also don’t have to worry about not getting a seat in a lecture. Studying apparently consumes more time than I’ve expected, which means again less time to do other stuff. Anyways, I’ll find a way to keep everything going :) Be prepared for my next few blog posts.