Hello, I’m a web craftsman with a passion for the modern web. I build web applications and play with social services and communities.

March 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

After booting a fresh EC2 instance with Ubuntu 12.10 this showed up right after login:

WARNING! Your environment specifies an invalid locale.
This can affect your user experience significantly, including the
ability to manage packages.

And when running some apt-get commands I got this:

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	LANGUAGE = (unset),
	LC_ALL = (unset),
	LC_CTYPE = "de_DE.UTF-8",
	LANG = "en_US.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory

There are plenty of supposed solutions out there but none worked for me but this one:

# add this line to /etc/environment; then reboot
LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"

February 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Der Facebook-Erfinder von Görlitz

Gestern hat die Sächsischen Zeitung einen Artikel mit der Überschrift “Der Facebook-Erfinder von Görlitz” veröffentlicht. Der Beitrag beschreibt meinen Werdegang vom Erfinder des Görlitzer Netwerkes the-reality.net vor 8 Jahren bis hin zu einem Ausblick in die Zukunft. Sehr lesenswert! Vielen Dank an Frank Seibel für das nette Interview und Wolfgang Wittchen für die hervorragenden Fotos!

Link zum vollen Artikel: Schöne neue Neiße-Welt


April 25, 2011 at 1:53 am

It’s been really calm around this blog for quite a while now but this is about to change. There is a lot to catch up with so I’ll get to this asap. It will be a graduate process of blogging about all the exciting things that happened last year, followed by more recent ones as well as new things to come.

Most notably is my stay with thoughtbot, inc. last summer, which I’ll lose a few words about as well as projects I have worked on lately.

One of the reasons I didn’t post anything in the last months was from technical nature. I wasn’t happy with the article layout and syntax highlighting of the blog as well as the URL schema of my whole site. This is all fixed up now and I feel ready to post something new.


August 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm

TR stops IE6 supportMy social networking site the-reality.net will stop supporting IE6 soon. That’s what the 6.4% visitors with IE6 will be informed about from now on when they enter the website.

I made the decision today while developing the new version of TR which makes heavy use of modern techniques. Until now I was testing IE6 here and then and made it compatible to the most important parts of the website. But especially the features I have been working on recently just gave me too much of a headache to keep IE6 support up. Also it’s getting harder and harder to even find a machine running IE6 for test purposes. That’s good news actually and works hand in hand with the decision to stop IE6 support.

OK, actually there will be still a bit of support. As I said I made most parts compatible until today so they will stay compatible as long as possible. But when the next change comes to those parts I won’t even think of IE6 anymore! And I have been waiting for this moment for years!

Especially for social networks it is hard to stop IE6 support since they have naturally more non-techy people visiting and when I started developing TR v4 in 2007 (OMG did I really start that long ago and didn’t get it live yet?) there was still a big percentage visiting with this old, never-dieing monster!

So after all I’m really excited and happy about this decision and can’t wait to remove the last bits and pieces of IE6 hacks and patches from the source code in the next couple of months….or maybe years.


July 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm

TR v3 Headers

TR v3 Headers

I pushed a little design update to my social web community 3 weeks ago and wanted to post it here since then. The update included a reworked main header of the page as well as a different design for the evening hours with a beautiful sunset. Late at night a pretty sky full of stars appears for the joy of late visitors.

But since it took me so long to post the headers here I decided to include other special headers a well. Winter, Christmas and Valentin Day to be precise. The current version of the-reality.net (v3) is quite old and it’s rather unlikely that there will be other headers before the release of the next major update.


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