Monthly Archive: January 2009 – Web Based Software for Code Reviews

[url=]Review Board[/url] is an open source tool developed by the VMware team to help with code reviews and pending code changes. Somewhat similar to an issue tracker, but worth a look. From the same team: [url=]Parasite[/url], a live debugger for GTK+ applications (“sort of like Firebug”).

Crayon Physics Level Pack

If you’ve played through all the 76 standard levels of [url=]Crayon Physics[/url] and don’t want to bother downloading user-made levels one by one, try the [url=]level pack[/url] created by forum user SockFullOfPennies – it installs another set of 76 levels. While you’re at it, don’t forget to [url=]vote for your favorite new features[/url]. Happy drawing!


If you need another time waster, check out [url=]Scriball[/url]. Using a little line guided by your mouse, you need to bring the yellow ball to the green exit. Don’t let it touch the bombs!

PET-CON: An Informal Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Techniques

“PET-CON 2009.1 an informal workshop on Privacy Enhancing Techniques March 24-25, 2009, Dresden, Germany PET-CON is a convention to help junior researchers, master and diploma students, to come together and exchange ideas. For this purpose, we’re holding this event every six months at an easily reachable location somewhere in Germany or nearby. The convention is organized according to the grass roots approach: from young researchers for young researchers. Therefore, there is no formal dress code, no filtering of contributions, and no participation fee. If possible, we plan the convention in a way which allows people to travel there and back...

TYPO3 v5, FLOW3 and Unicase

I had the pleasure of attending two interesting presentations at our university yesterday. I am a bit biased here, because one was held by myself, for a few students participating in the current “Softwareentwicklungswerkzeuge” (software development tools) lecture. The other one was a presentation by Sebastian Kurfürst, one of the core developers of TYPO3 (and a “former student of mine”), for the T3 User Group Dresden, about the upcoming TYPO3 v5 and its application framework FLOW3. Even if you’re not interested in TYPO3 or CMS development, I recommend reading the [very fancy] slides (if you understand German). They have a...

Crayon Physics Deluxe is out

[url=]Crayon Physics Deluxe[/url] has been released yesterday. Happy playing! [quote]Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics.[/quote]

Burton Analyst Manes: SOA is Dead

[quote]Once thought to be the savior of IT, SOA instead turned into a great failed experiment—at least for most organizations. SOA was supposed to reduce costs and increase agility on a massive scale. Except in rare situations, SOA has failed to deliver its promised benefits. After investing millions, IT systems are no better than before. In many organizations, things are worse: costs are higher, projects take longer, and systems are more fragile than ever.[/quote]