Running WordPress in the Cloud – And how to Cause Unnecessary Problems doing so

When it comes to the “Cloud”, people tend to get immediately excited and think that it is the holy grail of modern technology. Especially, not so tech adept people love the sound of infinite scalability and paying only for what you use. Plus the buzz words cloud computing just sound kind of cool.

I just had a customer who insisted on using the cloud in a very illogical way. All of the arguments, such as higher maintenance overhead and initial setup costs, were not enough reason to dissuade the client from wanting to move the software to the cloud. But since the customer is king, I carried it out as they wished.  Read More…

Offline Documentation and Snippets for Programming Languages and Frameworks: Dash


I just came across an awesome tool for developers that makes the documentation of all major programming languages, frameworks and libraries available offline on your computer: Dash

You can download the full documentations to your computer for offline use. From PHP to Python, MySQL, Zend, django, TYPO3, CSS, HTML, drupal to SASS and many more. They automatically update themselves, so that you always have the latest versions. Afterwards, you can browse them using a local fulltext search. This makes it even faster than looking up code snippets and other documentation via Google search. Google and Stackoverflow search results are also implemented in the app.

On top, you don’t even have to rely on an internet connection, which makes you completely location independent with your workplace. That was one of the main reasons I could not work in locations with slow internet connections, such as coffee shops etc.

This program is now added to my list of favorite tools to work with.

It is available for Mac OS and comes with a fully functional free version. (You only have to wait a couple of seconds for search results every now and then). The full version without delayed search results costs 17,99 EUR.

You can download the app from the AppStore here: Dash

How to Install PostgreSQL with PostGIS on Amazon EC2 Linux

I recently ran into some problems running PostgreSQL with PostGIS on Amazon EC2 Linux when I tried to update the software. So I decided to write a little guide about how you can install PostgreSQL with PostGIS without any unexpected downtimes.

Note: If you plan to run PostgreSQL with PostGIS in the Amazon Cloud, I would preferably choose their managed database service RDS, for which they announced support of PostgreSQL and PostGIS just a couple of weeks ago. However, if you need to run the database with other software on the same machine or if you want to install your own server for other reasons, the following guide might help you. Read More…

SSL vs Ad Industry – Problems Integrating Ads on Secure Websites

When we wanted to integrate the big ad and affiliate networks on our website unserort.de, I was very surprised about the lack of SSL support. Most of the ad network providers either did not offer SSL support at all or could not guarantee that all assets that needed to be loaded could be served over a secure HTTPS connection.

When we implemented those services, occasionally an asset (image or video ads) would be loaded over HTTP. This caused a serious warning about insecure content to appear on the client side, which led to an unacceptable user experience.

Since we have NSA affairs, hacked website reports on a daily basis and other security breaches to deal with, I really would have expected a full support of HTTPS by many more ad providers. Hopefully, they will add that in the near future to make the web a more secure place.

For now, we have integrated Plista on unserort, but are considering to change our server configurations to serve content via HTTP. That way we can add a broader range of ad providers to our site for better monetization.

Interactive Touch Panel to Showcase Lemken VEGA Attached Syringe

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As one of the top manufacturers of agricultural machines in Europe, Lemken is the German market leader for reversible ploughs. With a marketshare of more than 40%, the family owned business LEMKEN presents its first self developed attached syringe “Lemken VEGA” on the Acritechnica 2013 in Hannover.

The functionality of the agricultural machine is demonstrated through an interactive and intuitive touch panel based on Adobe Flex with 3D video animations. The terminal was produced by CAN TV.

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COLDSEASON Relaunches Magento-Store

Coldseason Online StoreThe guys from Coldseason have been selling quality winter jackets and other clothing for the winter seasons for almost 8 years. The now carry the biggest selection of Canada Goose winter jackets in Germany online. They relaunched their Magento Store with a completely new design, logo and layout, which was created by HELDISCH.

The front end is based on a responsive theme for an intuitive user experience across all devices and is highly customized to take the usability and conversion rates to the next level. I was responsible for applying the design and styles and implemented extended functionality into the user interface, using javascript, html5 and custom Magento modules. Read More…

S/RENE Music Production and Drum Recording Studio launches Fully Responsive Website

Sirene TonstudioWhen music producer and audio engineer Janosch Brenneisen joined the Sirene Tonstudio in 2010, the studio changed its focus to music production and drum recording.

With a large network in the music scene, they have worked with stars like Geier Sturzflug, Hagen Rether, DJ Bobo and upcoming stars from “The Voice of Germany”.

If you are looking for a state of the art music production studio or you want to have drums under your tracks that kick ass, you should definitely check them out.

I created their new website based on Drupal. It has a fully responsive HTML5 user interface, which provides an intuitive experience for the users across all devices.

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Skyline Tonfabrik – TYPO3 Backed Flex Website

Skyline Tonfabrik - Mastering and mixing studioSkyline Tonfabrik is the mastering and mixing studio of the renowned German mastering engineer Kai Blankenberg. Throughout his more than 15 years of experience, he has mastered well over 1000 records for major record companies and independent labels.

Stars like Guano Apes, Die Toten Hosen, Die Happy, Donots, BAP, H-Blockx, Juli, Klee, Liquido, Silbermond, Sportfreunde Stiller and many more have had their records mastered by Skyline Tonfabrik.

Skyline Tonfabrik presents their services on a Flex Website, which is backed by a TYPO3 content management system. The design was created by LOBO Design.

Check it out at: www.skyline-tonfabrik.de

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