Monat: Februar 2005

ICQ has problems

So now I just discovered this great new messenging client, which uses the jabber network and through its gateways takes care of all my IM wishes — and, guess what: ICQ doesn’t work. First I blamed it on the reportedly buggy transport on the CCC server that I am using, but that was my mistake. Actually, both golem and CCC report problems on ICQ’s side. So you’ll still have to wait a bit for me to finally log back into my ICQ account (94951499) for a chat.
In the meantime, I wholeheartedly recommed the PSI client as well as CCC’s jabber server.

The virtues of backup

Backups should be created regularly such that in the event of loss a limited time will have occurred since the last backup.

Of course, that’s what we all do, right?
Our server crash last week got me thinking again. There is a standard backup procedure for our system, which will allow you to save all of your data in a couple of mouse clicks. But you still need to take the time to do it, and who would? So I sat down and wrote an automatic backup procedure for my data (and, incidentally, /etc). Now I get it delivered to an outside web space every night, and, in addition to that, my local office server pulls a copy, too.
Guess what # I was proven right. Today, our system finally gave up. I had to wipe the harddisk, install Debian Woody, Confixx, and all those other goodies from scratch # but at least I got all the data I worked so hard to enter last week!

The ugly side of the browser wars

There I was, happy as I could be with my wonderful, CSS-only layout that adapted smoothly to four different sub-sites (, this blog site, my dissertation wiki, and my thesis site). It took me a couple of days to work it all out, but, finally, it looked the way I wanted it to.
Until a friend pointed out the problem: What rendered so nice and standards-compliant in my Firefox (the only browser worth using), was an ugly mess in ol‘ Internet Explorer, still used by the masses. Especially floating divs seemed to pose a problem for the Redmonder. So now I had to sit down and fix it # and if you look closely, you’ll see I had to accept some compromises. But I tried to keep them in Internet Explorer, so at least I can look at those nice pages with my Firefox.
Conclusion: Switch to Firefox, people!

Über Christoph

Christoph Fischer (* 1978) ist Pfarrer der Evangelischen Landeskirche in Württemberg auf der Pfarrstelle „Erlöserkirche“ in Albstadt-Tailfingen.

Christoph ist verheiratet mit Rebecca. Gemeinsam haben sie drei Töchter.