Links section now replaced with

I have replaced my old and unmaintained list of bookmarks at with an automatically (via XML feed) updated list of my most recent bookmarks.

Also, there's a new block "My Bookmarks" on the right which shows the ten most recent entries on my bookmarks list.

New Theme

As you probably have already noticed, I installed a new default theme on my blog / homepage. It's a slightly customized version of the FriendsLight theme by Michael Geary, which in turn is a modified version of the FriendsElectric theme by Steven Wittens.

If you notice anything which has broken, please drop me a note.

Update: I have installed the old theme again for now, as there are some severe problems with IE (especially older versions). I'll try to come up with something more portable, stay tuned.

IsNot Operator Patent

I can't believe this is true. Microsoft tries to patent a programming function to determine if two variables point to the same location in memory, i.e. the IsNot (or != or <> or neq) operator. Quick, head over to You know what to do.

(via Heise (German)).

My blog is now licensed under a Creative Commons License

This has been on my TODO list for quite some time: I've now licensed all the contents of my blog and my homepage (except where explicitly noted otherwise) under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
Creative Commons License

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a very interesting site maintained by two professional astronomers. They post a new astronomy picture (from NASA, Hubble, etc.) with some explanations every day. Some very interesting facts and pictures to be seen there, check it out.

The image on the right (click for full image) is taken from the APOD of January 12, 2005. It shows the barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300 (70 million light-years away from us).

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