Website switch to PHP7

I switched the website to PHP 7, in order to develop some projects directly with more speed and the latest php version. The disadvantage is that some plugins here are not yet php 7 ready, so the next weeks some glitches and/or broken pages might be visible…

Website cleanup – RSS feed

Received an email from google today claiming there may be some suspicious content on the subdomain feeds.chipwreck.de – which is just a DNS redirect to Feedburner (a dying RSS service which was bought by Google some time ago). The warning only occurred for this single subdomain, not for this website.

I had a look with several tools, looked into the database and the filesystem but didn’t find anything irregular. Either this was a false positive or the suspicious content is somehow related to Feedburner. Nevertheless I switched off the subdomain and removed the Feedburner service (which was a good idea anyway, the service has been rumored to shutdown). So if you can’t access the RSS feed anymore point your reader tohttp://www.chipwreck.de/blog/feed/.

Some other parts of the website are also a bit out of date, like “Bookmark this on Technorati!”, Flattr links to my inactive account etc. And the end of the year is a good time to clean up the website.

Owncloud setup – replace Dropbox and Google Calendar

This article is work in progress and will be updated along the way. Last update: Sep 6th 2015 – problems, problems.

Why Owncloud?

For some time (before dropdropbox) I thought about replacing dropbox as my primary cloud storage. Instead of choosing another provider like Google Drive or Wuala I decided to try owncloud.

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Downtime (just a few hours)

I’m moving my website to a new server (to have php 5.4) – therefore the website will be down for a few hours.

Everything should be up and running in a few hours and I’ll use this (semi-interesting) blog post to mention how content I’m with my provider:
Today I asked if it was possible to move my account to another server with php5.3/php5.4-support because the current server offers php5.3, but only via CGI. This usually is not a big thing, but there are certain drawbacks: For example it’s not possible to use “flush()/ob_flush()”. (Well you can use it, but the page is being sent in one piece anyway). Of course php via CGI was the last thing I thought of .. Before that I tried lots of different esoteric stack overflow hints (“Always send a Carriage Return!”, “Send at least 200 characters before each flush()” and so on..) until I finally realized it might have something to do with the server.

Well, long story short, a few minutes (sic!) later I received an e-mail that this is no problem and my webspace can be moved to another server if desired.

By the way: It seems the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin has some major problems the last weeks – because 95% of all posts I receive for review are spam. Not a very big deal, because I’m talking about 10 to 30 posts per week and according to the stats last month about 19.000 posts were directly marked as spam… – but if you sent a useful comment and it’s not released yet, well that might be the problem, sorry..

This isn’t meant to be stupid advertising or to promote the partner-link below (you’re of course welcome to use it, but I think it’s only interesting for German users) – it’s rather a recommendation.

So, honestly recommended as provider: all-inkl.com.

ALL-INKL.COM - Webhosting Server Hosting Domain Provider (Partnerlink)

First streetwear label for human rights

Tellavision Clothing Streetwear
Tellavision clothing is such a great project: Kids in problematic environments can design their own streetwear fashion – these creations are sold online. 5 Euro of each sold item go directly to the local organization in India, Tanzania etc. And the designed shirts/hoodies look much better (and more unique) than lots of brand stuff you can buy these days. The project is also supported by terre des hommes and the clothes itself are organic, certified by several labels like GOTS, Fairwear, earth positive etc. Tellavision Clothing Streetwear Shipping currently only to Germany, so if you’re in Germany: Visit tellavision-clothing.com

My small contribution was setting up and customizing the Magento online shop.

Personal recommendation: Adam Curtis

screenshot from "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"

Usually blog posts here are about software development or are just update announcements for software I’ve written. This one’s different, because it doesn’t deal with software, development or the like.

screenshot from "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace"

What I recommend here are documentaries which I found to be absolutely outstanding and eye-opening. I’m talking about the British film maker Adam Curtis who made several films for the BBC.
For me his most impressive work is All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace – a three part series about machines and power. The first part for example connects seemingly unrelated events and persons like Ayn Rand, Bill Clinton, the Asia crisis and the rise of Silicon Valley to a greater narrative about how ideas and structures evolved in modern society.

His movies are also filmed differently than most documentaries you know – more like an audiovisual mash-up without loosing the focus on the content.

Fortunately all of Adam Curtis’ works can be watched online on thoughtmaybe.com (which by the way is a great resource for documentaries):

http://thoughtmaybe.com/by/adam-curtis/ »

The films are in English, subtitles are available in Spanish and French.

Also don’t miss the other features, especially The Trap and The Power of Nightmares.