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Being back in town

After half a year of doing virtually nothing for my projects and only doing university and working stuff, I'm back. Markdowku has to wait a few days, first, I want to work on a calendar I have been planning a long time.

For my kalender, I wanted to have a possibility of entering more thorough descriptions of the events, and maybe also downloadable ical files. So this is what I'm coding now. The mode of operation I thought of:

  • You will define a separate namespace. In this namespace, every page will be tried to be rendered by the calendoku page syntax, i.e. you get some nice output from a bare ical file. To edit it, bureaucracy should be used.
  • To actually show a command, there will be something like {{calendoku>NAMESPACE=calendar>FIELDS=DTSTART:DTEND:SUMMARY>FIELDDESCS=Start:Ende:Titel>}}, which will render all pages inside the given namespace and will create a table with the given fields.
    There will also be further options to supply the date range in which the table shall show events, etc. There will also be (in the future) further modes for visualisation, e.g., the common table with seven columns and rows according to the range, or maybe a list, or a horizontal table (instead of a vertical one, as currently)

What do you think? Is this really a useful way to go? What would you expect from a calendar of this type, which kind of functions?

2014-08-28 01:24 · Julian

Markdowku v11 released!

I just released version 11 of Markdowku. In the end, only four characters at all were changed, but this adds the functionality of “shortcut reference links/images”. This means, if you have a reference link (i.e. a link which is [link text][ref] and later on written down as [ref]:, you can now shortcut its usage. You don't have to write a link text, but just [ref][] will still do.

This has always been implemented in Markdown, but I simply overlooked it, so it was not present in Markdowku so far. Now you can use it!

2014-04-21 22:43 · Julian

The IN-Berlin has a blog and a new wiki

Last week, I finally did two things I wanted to do for a long time:

  1. I migrated from an old Foswiki installation to a new Dokuwiki installation. On the way, we also updated the documentation. See the results at
  2. I added a blog. See the (currently empty) blog at It is built upon the same Shell script that does the news on the website, so everything is statically and done just via the SVN in the background.
2014-03-08 19:25 · Julian

Markdowku v10 released

Today, I had my third-last exam, but the last exam for the next few weeks. So: Time for coding!

Thus, I just released Markdowku v10. It contains several smaller fixes of bugs mentioned in the ticket tracking system. Nothing really notable, except for definetely removing the double underline markup for making things bold, but using Dokuwiki's underline syntax for this instead.

2014-02-17 18:29 · Julian

DIYISP - becoming a movement

Half a month ago, there was the 30th Chaos communication congress - 30c3. I won't write much about the congress itself. It has grown up, and with more than 9000 visitors, you'll find enough reports about it on the web.

For me, the most important thing this congress was meeting with some people from the french FFDN, the Federation FDN (French Data Network). The FDN seems to be an old remnant of something like the IN-Berlin. The FFDN was founded in 2010 and is like the old Individual Network: A France-wide organisation of regional ISPs reselling DSL, building own wifi networks, and offering other services.

I talked a lot with them and learned more about them – how they succeed (they have more than 1600 members in France), how they connect, how they work. But what was more important about that meeting was the idea to communicate more across all the DIY ISPs in the world (or, in particular, Europe).

In the end, we had a session with a Pad gathering all the ideas, and, in the aftermath, the wiki was created. A mailing list and an IRC channel (#diy-isp on Freenode) already existed, and the movement got even more momentum when it was mentioned on Hacker News.

The next meeting of the group (mostly people from Bruxelles and France) will be at the fosdem. So far, I'm the only German one who wanted to join them on fosdem, but hopefully there will be more in the end - there are still three weeks left till fosdem.

Personally, I'm more interested in the German organisation. Having something Europe-wide is indeed very, very nice, but it will not be possible to do actual work under any legislation – only sharing of ideas, code, designs etc. is possible. When it comes to the legal part, we will still have to organize country-specific.

After was set up, I contacted some of the old Individual Networks in Germany. In the beginning of the 90ies, they were the only ISPs connecting private persons to the Internet - non-commercially. And several of them are still very active, with many users. There is just no communication between them, though it is required!

Documents like terms of services are expensive to create, but if we are more, we have the opportunity to pay that together and everybody benefits from that. Or getting goot DSL reselling conditions from large ISPs, sharing infrastructure to gain access to peering points, etc. There are many reasons to connect.

I'm still not sure how to do this. is primarily for the communication of international DIY ISPs. Setting up German coordination would mean a split - even before DIYISP really started. Maybe it's better to just scout for the possibilities of a new German platform on DIYISP before trying to organize it.

2014-01-14 00:09 · Julian

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