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Krypto-Fails

Es schreien ja in letzter Zeit so viele “Krypto, Krypto”. Und auch wenn es nur das Aspirin gegen den Kopfschmerz des Hirntumors ist, versuche ich Krypto zu benutzen. Und dann kommen immer wieder diese Fails von gerade den Leuten, bei denen man erwartet, dass es klappen sollte. Und ich frage mich: Wenn ihr schon die ganze Zeit davon erzählt und es selbst nicht auf die Reihe bekommt, wie sollen es normale Menschen auf die Reihe bekommen?

Drei Beispiele, die mir spontan in den Kopf kommen:

  • Das SSL-Zertifikat von wiki.chaosradio.ccc.de war vor einiger Zeit abgelaufen. So richtig aufgefallen ist es, weil iOS sich dann geweigert hat die Seite zu besuchen. Es hat gefühlt Ewigkeiten gedauert bis ein neues eingespielt wurde.
  • Der Sub-Key von Netzpolitik.org für submit@netzpolitik.org ist abgelaufen. Mal abgesehen davon, dass ich ne Weile gebraucht habe, bis ich gerafft habe, was das Problem ist, weil der Haupt-Key eben nicht abgelaufen ist, ist das schon ein wenig peinlich. Auf die Frage an @netzpolitik gab es nur folgende Antwort: “ja, steht auf der To-Do-Liste. Bis dahin kannst Du mir direkt auch eine verschlüsselte Mail schicken.”
  • Ich habe heute eine Mail an ein eher öffentlich stehendes CCC-Mitglied, das den Eindruck eines Aluhuts hinterlässt und bittet, dass sein PGP-Key verwendet wird, geschrieben. Also Key importiert, verschlüsselte Mail geschrieben (und es ging auch erstmal was schief, weil die angegebene Kontaktadresse nicht im Key ist). Und was bekomme ich als Antwort? Eine signierte aber unverschlüsselte E-Mail, die den kompletten Inhalt der ursprünglichen Mail enthält. War nichts weltbewegendes, aber ernsthaft?

Jetzt mal Butter bei de Fische: Wenn es der CCC mit SSL ewig nicht hinbekommt, Netzpolitik seine Keys nicht aktuell halten kann und bekanntere Aluhut-CCC-Mitglieder auf verschlüsselte Mails mit unverschlüsselten antworten, warum sollte man dann auch nur ansatzweise annehmen, dass Otto-Normal auch nur den Hauch einer Chance hat Mittel zur Kryptographie zu verwenden und zu verstehen? Warum sollte man es überhaupt benutzen, wenn gerade die zumindest gefühlten Verfechter sich nicht mal wirklich die Mühe machen?

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General

20 Dinge

In den deutschen Blogs schreiben auf einmal so viele über 20 Dinge, die man über sie noch nicht wusste oder nie wissen wollte. Irgendwie fand ich das Konzept ganz interessant, aber konnte mich nicht überzeugen, darüber was zu schreiben. Aber als dann happybuddha darüber schrieb, konnte ich mich aufraffen. Also bitte.

  1. Daft Punk, Eminem, Linkin Park, Die Ärzte, Die drei ??? – Neues Album muss ich haben.
  2. Ich stehe unheimlich auf DJ Live Sets aus dem Techno-Bereich. Und ich habe null Ahnung von der Musik und ihren Klassifizierungen. Aber anscheinend bevorzuge ich Dinge wie Acid House, Hardstyle und Minimal.
  3. Ich habe manchmal schlimme J- und K-Pop-Phasen in denen ich mir übelst kitschige Musik anhöre. Wird zum Glück weniger.
  4. Ich bin zwar erst seit zwei Jahren beim Sport, aber Karate ist großartig und eins der besten Dinge, die mir so passiert sind.
  5. Sparring ist toll. Hätte ich das mal früher gewusst, hätte ich in der Schule vielleicht einmal weniger einen drauf bekommen oder hätte mich nicht ganz so auf andere verlassen müssen.
  6. Martial Arts-Filme sind toll. Ja, auch der Kram von Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  7. Schlafhygiene ist großartig. Zwischen 22 Uhr und 23 ins Bett und am nächsten Morgen in der Regel von alleine um 6 Uhr wach werden – wenn der Kleine einen nicht früher weckt. Und das jeden Tag, egal ob Wochenende oder nicht.
  8. 20 Minuten Mittagsschlaf sind fantastisch.
  9. Am liebsten würde ich alles in der Kommandozeile machen, aber irgendwie bin ich zu faul, um mir das alles zurecht zu basteln und bleib dann doch bei Klickibunti.
  10. Aus der selben Faulheit heraus greife ich eher zu den englischen als den japanischen Versionen von Videospielen.
  11. Ich probiere nahezu alles an Süßkram. Wenn andere denken “urg, Chemie pur und die Farbe muss das Pipi grün machen”, beiß ich zu. Bis heute hab ich leider keine frittierten Marsriegel gegessen.
  12. Dafür einmal Fischaugen. Das war nicht so der Bringer.
  13. Reis > Nudeln > Kartoffeln
  14. Ich hab bis heute keine Ahnung was ich mit dem, was ich so im Studium und nebenher gelernt habe, eigentlich so anfangen soll.
  15. Es wäre toll, wenn ich Software entwickeln könnte, aber irgendwie bekomm ich die Denke nicht hin.
  16. Wenn es ginge hätte ich ein Thinkpad auf dem OS X liefe und kein Macbook Air.
  17. Ich bin sehr vergesslich, was Bücher und Filme angeht. Hat aber den Vorteil, dass man sie öfter lesen oder gucken kann.
  18. Ich würde gerne mein Koreanisch wieder auf Stand bringen und würde gerne Französisch können. So schöne Sprachen.
  19. Umso länger ich Japanologie studierte, umso mehr Probleme hatte ich mit dem Land. Irgendwann setzte dann ein Gefühl von “So what” ein und ich konnte die Sachen differenzierter betrachten. Leben möchte ich da trotzdem noch einmal.
  20. Ich wäre gerne wortgewandter oder witziger. Sorry.
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General

My GTD-workflow

This is a blog post which is in the pipelines for several years now. But since I got asked now directly, I decided to finally write down what my take on Getting Things Done, in short GTD is. I read the book by the same name by David Allen in 2005 or 2006 after it got recommended to me with the comment “Since I use this system my desk is always tidy”.

I never took the book as a ruleset but with the words of Captain Barbossa from the first Pirates of the Carribean-movie: “the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules”. So, I created my own “system” to get things done. And I have to be honest, it doesn’t always work and from time to time I succumb to slacking but this is probably some part of my nature and hard to fight. But I give my best.

The system had several iterations and began its life on paper with the Hipster PDA and a hacked Moleskine but needed actually computer programs to really work. What it needs is something you have always with you like a smartphone that syncs its data to your computer.

Trust and Outsourcing

The most important parts of what I learned from the book are essentially the following two:

  1. Have a trusted system.
  2. Write everything down.

Without a trusted system, everything I am writing here about isn’t a solution at all. When you don’t trust your system, you might even create more workload for your brain. After all you have to remember then what you have written down and what not and maybe even care about wether nothing gets lost in your system.

The second one only works, when you have a trusted system. Write everything down. Move stuff out of your brain into your system. Essentially outsource task management from your brain to your todo-system. The good thing is that in contrast to an economy, there will be no hollowing-out, since no one looses his or her job and will have problems to find a new one. No, you make ressources free, to be able to focus on the tasks, you have to do right now. The more you write down, the lesser the chance that your brain will pop right into an important task with a modal reminder dialogue that you shouldn’t forget to get salt at the super market, so your dinner won’t taste bland.

But number two works only if you have a trusted system. So create one and then write everything down.

The Setup

Inboxes

First get your inboxes in order. In my case it is a pile situated on my desk of loose papers, my mail inbox and the inbox of the current app of choice on my smartphone and its equivalent on my computer. And in general I try to follow the principle that fewer inboxes are better because that means that I have to trust less things to work. In my experience the pile of paper is the most untrustworthy one. But hey, there is still so much paper floating around.

I prefer using some todo-apps on my Mac and their iOS-clients. But at work I have only Windows available, so I am using there a plain-text-system and sync it to an iOS-client via Dropbox. Makes more inboxes but the Mac-clients are worth it.

Areas of Responsibility

The next thing I need for getting order into my tasks are larger groups, that are defined by areas in my life. In Things I am using “Areas of Responsibility”. In OmniFocus I used folders, in plain-text solutions I usually use one text-file per area. Depending on the system I have more areas. In Things or a text-file system I have some “projects” converted to “Areas of Responsibility” or would have in a text-file-system in its own file.

I have defined for myself six areas:

  • Home
  • University
  • Work
  • Administration
  • Blogging / Podcasting
  • Hobby

Home: Everything I have to do privately or are family matters. Cleaning the apartment, repairing toys from my child, getting something new for the apartment, water the flowers etc.

University: This one is for everything related to my studies. Texts that I have to read, questions I have to research, extending the dates when I have to return books to the library and so on.

Work: Since I am a student who has to pay rent, has to eat something and wants from time to time just buy stuff, I have to work. Everyting work-related comes into this area. Usually I have a secondary system just for work, since I have to work with Windows at work but prefer actually a Todo-app that is only available for OS X.

Administration: This is the area for paperwork and paying bills.

Blogging/Podcasting: Well, I have a blog and am part of two podcasts. I could fit those also into the Hobby-area but I prefer to keep them separate. Henceforth ideas and everything I have to do for those get into this area.

Hobby: A child, work, studying, blogging and podcasting still can leave a bit of free time that wishes to be filled. So, I have a few hobbies, like a monthly pen&paper-role playing session, dancing and karate classes. From time to time I have to do something for them, too like advancing my character or just getting new equipment like laces for my dancing shoes or a new belt when I was succesful in a belt trial.

Projects

Not every task needs a projects. Therefore I have in OmniFocus some projects with the name “miscellaneous” and Things and text-file-approaches support those tasks easily out of the box. And not every task that can be broken down into single steps needs a project. The task “pay electric bill” is enough for me to know that I have to get the bill and make the wire transfer.

Otherwise I use projects for the obvious: bigger tasks that have to be broken down to get an outcome.

I have two special projects that will never be closed. In Things I created Areas of Responsibility for them because of the way the side bar works. I just don’t want to see them right in the top of the projects.

Watch Later: For listening something later I use Huffduffer, for reading a text later I use Instapaper. For videos, web projects, software or other stuff I want to have a look at, when I am at my desktop I put a task into this project. So, when I have some free time, I just pull up this project and have a look here.

Shopping: I don’t need a special shopping list-app. After all, those are only lists and todo-apps are pretty good in maintaining lists. So, I use my todo-app for my shopping list. When we plan what we need from the supermarket, I am often at home and can input in on my computer which is faster than on the iPhone. It’s the best way for me to keep my shopping list up to date. Of course, when I want to get something from Amazon or the AppStore which I can’t or don’t want afford right now, it usually comes into this project, too.

Templates

There are some projects that I have to do again from time to time. The three most used templates by me are a template for paying doctor’s bills, since that takes several steps, a template for a new episode of the retrogaming-podcast I am part of and the last one is tidying up the apartment (which could also be recurring one). I just have an inactive project for those and have them in an are called templates. When I have to get one up and working, I duplicate it, move it to the appropriate area, make a bit of customization (bill number, episode name, things like that) and set them active if necessary depending of the GTD-tool I am using.

Getting Things Done

So, now everything is set up and I actually have to get things done. If I have an idea or in a discussion comes something up, I note it immediately down and excuse myself, that I have to do that for not forgetting it. After all, we don’t want to be rude and stare at our smartphones all day long 😉

Task Name

I read on several blogs that a task name should look like “Verb object”. That’s fine for English, but try that with other languages. In German that works only well with an imperative and I don’t like to have a commanding voice in my head. In addition there are many verbs that get split up, so one part goes before the object, another one after the object. So that doesn’t usually work. “Object Verb” works most of the time but actually I don’t need all the time a verb. And for my Shopping-list the item name is more than enough as is a URL for my Watch Later-list.
Therefore I write my tasks down like bulletpoints:
* 1 lection Duolingo (that’s a very recommendable site for learning languages)
* Read 1 Pomodoro (more about that later)
* tooth paste

In combination with the area or even a project that already gives me enough context, that I know what to do.

Copy & Pasting

Quite often input comes from mails or social networks. When I have the possibility to use the OmniFocus Maildrop, I just forward the mail or the app.net-post to Maildrop and I am done. Usually I adjust the subject because that becomes the task.

When I am using a system that doesn’t have something available like Maildrop, I usually do the following:

  • the mail-body gets copied and posted into the notes-field of a task and I add a short todo as the task
  • I copy the text of an app.net/twitter-post and make that the task.

This works and is fast. And if it’s about mail, I usually have enough ways to find my mails in MailMate

Contexts and Tags

I think that contexts are an invention for people who have far more to do than they can handle. The clientele of David Allen which he is consulting. In OmniFocus I usually add a context because it is so fast and easy, in Things I feel like they discourage one from doing so the way input of tasks on the iPhone is set up. I have contexts that describe “locations”:

  • home
  • computer
  • phone
  • online (so doable on a computer, smartphone whatever as long as I am online)
  • mail
  • library
  • errands
  • waiting for

And only a tag like library has sub-contexts. I do not even have sub-contexts for Errands anymore except Amazon and AppStore to get an additional information for what device it is. But all in all it was too tedious to think about where I get something when entering the tasks. Also I am going for errands nearly every day, so I just go where I need to buy stuff. When I look at my errands, I usually know when I get some stuff at specific places. But for example tooth paste I get everywhere. It’s rare that I get something at only one place.

Waiting for is a special context which is reserved for the case that I have to wait onto some event to happen or on a person. Usually those tasks get also in the task-text a “Waiting for” and get either scheduled or a due date for following up, if nothing happened. I always set this context and never get sloppy with that one. The reason are that I can easier find them in my review and since I depend in that case on external factors, I have to be extra careful.

Tags are nice but in the end I am not using them. Things is so good in convincing me that I don’t need them, that I usually do not enter them and it still works.

I tried using those new contexts which are about energy levels and all but I never got them to work for me. They are a nice idea but looking at my today- and projects-list I usually know what I am capable to do and what not. And I actually don’t want to think about that beforehand when entering the task. For what reason? If the task is “solve complex math-problem”, I know that I am not able to do it at 10pm after I just had a training unit of karate that felt like two.

If my workload would suddenly quadruple, that would all change though I guess.

Start and Due times

Never set due dates or times when it is not absolutely necessary. But try to set start dates (or schedule tasks in Things) as often as possible. In my experience a lot of tasks can be done only starting from a certain date. When you set start dates, you can remove those tasks out of your sight until their time comes and you have to re-decide, if you can set another start date or if you really want to see those tasks every day. I even set start times because I know that I can’t do certain tasks before the afternoon because I am at work. That way they only pop up, when I am on my way home and check what I have to do after work.

Many people seem to set due dates because they expect that they do want to do a certain task at a certain date but in the end they won’t and just tons of tasks that are overdue pile up. Just set due dates when something bad happens when a task is not done latest on a certain date.

And then there are due times. Let’s say I want to do something to do, like getting something from the supermarket, I like to set me a due date for a certain time where I should be near one. The tasks becomes then overdue but I get reminded about it. I can remove the due date if necessary. There are apps that don’t support due times, only dates (I look at you Things). Then I have to use some other app to remind me. That adds a second inbox but it works somehow.

Today-list

In the morning I go through my tasks and have a look what I want and have to do today. Then I flag/star everything and off I go. There Things shines by the way in contrast to OmniFocus. The Next-list works for me far better than all the perspectives I tried and having all scheduled tasks turning up for review in the beginning of the day, makes it easier as well.

Pomodoros

I know that I need for some tasks concentration or that are ongoing and at least doing something for a certain time for a day brings me forward, even so I actually do not really want to do it. In those cases I use Pomodoros. If you have never heard of the concept, it is just a series of timers:

Do something for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, do something for 25 minutes etc. An interval of 25 minutes is called a pomodoro. After four pomodoros you get an extended break of 15 minutes. Sounds a bit strange but it works. Silence your phone and computer, switch off any instant messengers, mail programs or whatever, start your timer and begin doing it. Even if it is a long task, with those intervals you will fulfill them at some time, instead of never because you just procrastinate over it.

Reviews

Reviews are an important part that you can trust your system. I do right now a weekly review sundays and monthly review on the beginning of a month, but when my workload is huge I do a daily one. My weekly review is taken from Creating Flow with OmniFocus from Kourosh Dini. Even when you are not an OmniFocus-user this book might be interesting for you because he has a lot of interesting ideas how to set up workflows.

My weekly recurring project has the following tasks:

  • Get all inboxes to zero
  • Collect loose papers and materials
  • Empty your brain
  • Do a review (look through all your active projects)
  • Look at Someday (or look at all your inactive projects)
  • Review the Waiting for-context
  • Review previous calendar data (one week back for the weekly review, one month for the monthly)
  • Review future calendar data (again one week or one month)
  • Be creative (come up with new stuff, you want to do)

The monthly review is actually just an addition for setting up and reviewing my budgets and setting goals for the month, so what do I want to achieve this month.

A daily review just looks at a few projects, creates the above mentioned today-list on the evening before instead of the morning and has an additional look on future calendar data and waiting for-tasks to stay on top of everything.

As stated above: Reviews are important and in my opinion actually the most important part to keep your system a trusted system. Even if you are sloppy with entering your and checking off your tasks, the review still keeps the system trusted. OmniFocus helps with reviewing since you can tell it that you want to review projects at certain times like weekly, biweekly or even more seldom.

Conclusion

Now I wrote a lot about how I set up my system and how I enter and work through my tasks. In the end a short round up is in order.

  1. Trust your system
  2. Write everything down
  3. Rarely use due dates, often use start dates
  4. Create Pomodoros for large tasks you likely procrastinate on
  5. Do your reviews to keep on top

I guess that’s it. I hope this helps and gives you some inspiration. I am happy to answer questions in the comments.

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Podcast umgezogen

Ich hatte hier einen Podcast namens “Ein Mikrofon und Ich” auf der Seite. Da ich in der Gestaltung des Blogs aber flexibel bleiben will, habe ich den Podcast jetzt umgezogen. Zu finden ist er nun unter http://niels.kobschaetzki.net/podcast.

Dementsprechend sind auch die Feeds umgezogen. Während sie vorher: http://niels.kobschaetzki.net/feed/format/ hießen, heißen sie nun http://niels.kobschaetzki.net/podcast/feed/format/

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app.net General

Short reviews of app.net-clients

Today I created a bunch of app.net posts for short reviews of app.net-clients. All reviews have a max size of 256-characters.
I hope you enjoy them.
You can find a client that suites your needs on ADNCC which enables you to select features and operating systems to give you all clients that match the selected values.

Now for some short reviews for several clients.
FYI the clients on my homescreen are Felix, hAppy, Patter and Sprinter.
Have a look at http://adncc.nigma.de by @chemiker based on the client feature matrix by me to find a client that suites your needs.

Alphred: A workflow for Alfred2, the popular launcher on OS X. It allows to send a post or a pm right from Alfred incl. link entities. One of my favorite ways to do a post or reply to a private message from my main account.

Chapper: The only client I use on Win7. Support for Patter included. Feels cramped but in an upcoming update is theming support which enables me to set it up in a comfortable way. Good,could be better, previews from the upcoming update look very promising.

Chimp: Feature-rich, even with support for public Patter-rooms and it has push. An interesting UI-concept, which you might know from Path. Lots of information on the posts & can feel a bit cramped. Feels a bit slow. Nice client with a lot of potential.

Climber: The point & take a short video of app.net. 11 seconds have to be enough. Clean and fast interface, also support for the Places-API to set your location. Don’t forget to set the #Climber-hashtag.

Felix: Feature-rich and a good experience with a full-screen mode. Now also with support for multiple accounts and a dark theme. Has a clever implementation of link entities. To top it off it gets all the time updates. I use it all the time.

hAppy: Probably the feature-richest client. Sadly no push. Multiple account-support, link entities, a dark theme and the best client when your connection is slow. Also Complete Patter-support. Could I install only 1 client on my iPhone, this would be it.

Kiwi: A good client for Mac OS X. The only OS X-client with support for private messages. Regrettably no support for link entities or multiple accounts. My main client on OS X.

Netbot (iPhone / iPad): Feature-rich and some clever ideas, especially its support for “repost from” when you want to repost a post from another account. There’s also a good search.
It has push, but not for PMs.
Looks exactly like Tweetbot. For experiencing app.net like Twitter that might be the client of you choice.

Patter: The cleanest experience for chatting in Patter-channels. It supports PM and all features of Patter, incl. broadcasting. Otherwise features are missing like push or copying URLs etc but those are in development. Just for chatting it is great.

Riposte: A clean interface, with a good UI streamlined to be used with only one hand. Push, multiple accounts, dark theme, pictures are shown completely inline and it is really fast. Regrettably it has no support for link entities. But it is free.

Sail: A client that allows me to send a post fast on OS X with link entities to any of my accounts. Just a window, write a post, select your account, send. That’s it. Clean and quick.

Screenfeeder: Have several social feeds? Having your iPhone or iPad lying next to you or somewhere very present? Screenfeeder will show those feeds post by post to you. Your own neatly designed app.net-wall so to say.

Spoonbill: One of the first clients for the iPhone. The only client that supports an alternative but real threading-view for threads. Just for that it is worth a look. Featurewise there is not so much to say and feels a bit overdesigned.

Sprinter: The point & shoot of app.net. Open the app, make a photo, apply a filter, write your post, don’t forget to add the #Sprinter-hashtag, add a location based on the Places-API and send it out. Clean & fast. But it feels like something is missing.

Stream: Stream is clean and looks very polished, reminds me a bit on the old Tweetie for the iPhone. It has push, no link entities, no support for private messages. Needs to work on its features and could become a very good client.

Wedge: A good client for OS X that I use for my secondary account. Unfortunately no private messages but a nice interactions-view. Sadly it seems that it is not in development anymore. It was the first real good client for OS X.

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General

Getting out of touch

The last few weeks I am mainly posting on App.net and I am rarely using Twitter. I noticed today more than ever before that Twitter became in the last years my main news-source. Yesterday Dirk Bach, a famous German comedian, died and I didn’t knew it. Apparently it was all over the place in Germany: TV, radio, newspapers, twitter, you name it. Wouldn’t I have the subway today, which are equipped in Berlin with little TVs with news etc., I still wouldn’t know it.

And I have to say that I actually do not care that I do not get my news asap and all the time. I don’t miss it. I like it that App.net is right now a place to chat, which isn’t flooded by hype after hype. At the same time I do not feel that uninformed.

Once I heard from someone who is subscribed only to a weekly newspaper with the following reasoning: The hypes are already boiled down and only the important news that actually survived a week make it in there. I’m in a similar place. My main ways to get news right now are podcasts. My RSS-feeds deliver too much of an output that I could check them in a reasonable time when I’m really busy (like right now). It’s mainly for news about Japan that I check them because of a lack of a good podcast. If someone knows one in German, English or Japanese, please mention it in the comments.

For world news I listen to Newz of the World. It’s a weekly podcast in English about well Newz of the World from the point of view of the two podcasters Tim Pritlove and Bicycle Mark. They do in my opinion a good selection of news items – a good mixture of the important and the underreported news. For net politics related news I listen to the German podcast Logbuch: Netzpolitik. For economics I listen to Planet Money and Freakonomics. Not always actual topics, but a good selection, entertaining and they do a very good job on reporting. With those four podcasts I listen to all episodes. For anything else, usually Germany related, I listen to hr2 Der Tag and dradio-Hintergrund. They both select quite good actual topics and do good reporting on background information of those topics. I do not listen to each episodes of those two podcasts but select topics interesting to me.

Well, and that keeps me in my opinion actually informed without getting all the short-lived hypes and often quite unimportant news. Even the death of Dirk Bach is actually nothing I’m really caring about and not important enough that I would have needed to read a day long tweets and listen to stuff about him because I didn’t like what he did the last years. It’s sad that he passed away but is sad the same way like the passing away of other people I do not personally know. The important thing is that the significant news reach me.

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General

Kommentare wieder angeschaltet

Nach dem ich jetzt längere Zeit keine Kommentare an hatte, habe ich mich heute entschieden sie wieder anzuschalten. Natürlich habe ich noch immer die gleichen Bedenken, aber ich hatte heute morgen so einen “Ach, was soll’s und mal sehen was passiert”-Moment gehabt. Also denn, viel Spaß beim Lesen und Kommentieren.

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Computer Fundstücke General

Clients from Hell

Ich arbeite schon jahrelang im Support, sei es nun im CallCenter oder in einer IT-Abteilung mit Endanwenderbetreuung. Da erlebt man so einiges, gebloggt habe ich aus Gründen darüber noch nie. Wer trotzdem etwas vom alltäglichen Wahnsinn und besonders den Extremfällen mitbekommen und lachen bzw. seine Hand vor die Stirn schlagen will empfehle ich Clients from Hell.

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General

Netto vertraut seinen Kunden

Bei Netto bekommt jede Tafel Schokolade ihre eigene Diebstahlsicherung

Kinderschokolade mit Diebstahlsicherung

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General

Rezept: Club Mate-Wackelpudding

Leider habe ich keine Photos, aber gestern habe ich nach ein wenig Experimentierei erfolgreich (Club) Mate-Wackelpudding hergestellt. Für Nachmacher hier das Rezept 😉

Ich hatte recht viel hergestellt, das Endergebnis sind 1l Flüssigkeit, die geliert werden in fünf Farben.

Zutaten:

  • 3l Club Mate
  • 400g Zucker
  • 2 gehäufte Teelöffel Matetee (in meinem Fall war es Yerba-Mate, importiert aus irgendeinem Südamerikanischen Land; ich weiß leider nicht mehr woher >_<)
  • Agar Agar
    • ich habe Agar Agar von Rapunzel verwendet
    • der Vorteil von Agar Agar ist, dass es im Gegensatz zu Gelatine nicht aus Schweine- oder Rinderknochen gemacht ist und damit Menschen, die vor BSE u.ä. Sorgen haben oder auch Vegetarier eure Götterspeise essen können; die Struktur ist aber leicht anders
  • Lebensmittelfarbe
    • hier kann ich Wilton Icing Colors empfehlen. Man brauch sehr wenig Farbe, um sehr schöne Ergebnisse zu erzielen und sie verteilt sich auch großartig gleichmäßig. Keine Streifen in Teigen oder Toppings o.ä., wenn ihr sie mal für etwas anderes verwenden wollte. Außerdem kann man sie auch mischen für neue Farben etc. Man bekommt sie z.B. bei tortenwelt-shop.com oder Amazon. Die sind nicht billig, lohnen sich aber.
Zubereitung:
  1. 3l Club Mate in einen ausreichend großen Topf gießen und ihn auf eine heiße Herdplatte/großes Feuer stellen
  2. 2 gehäufte TL Matetee dazu geben
  3. Den  Zucker dazugeben
  4. Unter regelmäßigem Rühren zum Kochen bringen
  5. bei mittlerer Hitze köcheln lassen und alle paar Minuten umrühren
  6. Das Ganze muss eingekocht werden, bis nur noch etwa 1l Flüssigkeit vorhanden ist, also um zwei Drittel. Abmessen ist schwer. Bei einem Topf der gleichmäßig hoch ist (also nicht rund zuläuft oder so, könntet ihr ein Stäbchen nehmen und einmal am Anfang reinstecken, einen Strich auf der Flüssigkeitshöhe machen und dann immer mal wieder testen, ob ihr auf etwa ⅓ runter seid).
  7. Vergesst nicht abzuschmecken. Ihr solltet auf pappsüß mit einem deutlichen bitteren Nachgeschmack abzielen. Das Gelieren und kalt stellen, lässt eine Menge Geschmack verschwinden. Deswegen klappt es auch nicht, einfach nur eine Flasche Club Mate zu gelieren.
  8. Schaltet den Herd aus und lasst die Flüssigkeit abkühlen.
  9. Nehmt ein Gefäß in das ihr bequem die eingekochte Flüssigkeit reinbekommt und auch noch rühren könnt. Ein Pitcher, also so ein großer Bierkrug, eignet sich zum Beispiel sehr gut oder ein entsprechender Topf. Legt ein sauberes Küchenhandtuch in einer Lage drauf, so dass es leicht reinbeult.
  10. Sucht euch eine zweite Person, die das Küchenhandtuch hält, aber nicht straff spannt.
  11. Kippt die Flüssigkeit durch das Tuch in euer Gefäß. Das Küchenhandtuch filtert die feinen Teeblätter und ist groß genug, dass ihr nicht durch ein kleines Teesieb gießen müsst.
  12. Nun gebt ihr das Agar Agar in die Flüssigkeit. Bei dem, was ich nutzte mussten es 4TL sein (2TL auf 500ml für Puddings etc) und rührt gut um.
  13. Jetzt nehmt ihr euch einen Messbecher und fünf Schüsseln (für die fünf Farben) und füllt jeweils 200ml ab. Jedesmal vorher gut umrühren, da sich das Agar Agar schnell absetzt.
  14. Als nächstes werden die Lebensmittelfarben in die Schüsseln gegeben. Bei den o.g. Wilton Icing Colors reicht jeweils eine Messerspitze.
  15. Nehmt einen kleinen Topf und einen Esslöffel. Füllt den Inhalt der ersten Schüssel in den ersten Topf und nehmt den Esslöffel um das abgesetzte Agar Agar mit in den Topf zu tun.
  16. Wascht die Schüssel kalt ab und trocknet sie nur außen. Innen lasst ihr sie nur abtropfen. Dadurch lässt sich die Götterspeise am Ende leichter stürzen.
  17. Bringt die Flüssigkeit zum Kochen und in meinem Fall musste ich die Flüssigkeit mit dem Agar Agar zwei Minuten kochen lassen (Rapunzel gibt an 5 Minuten für 500ml). 
    1. Wenn ihr weniger macht, müsst ihr dementsprechend kürzer kochen. Bei mir funktionierte überraschenderweise 1 Minute pro 100ml sehr gut. Wenn ihr zu lang kocht, verkocht euch zu viel Flüssigkeit und der Zucker karamellisiert. Damit gibt’s keine Götterspeise und der Topf lässt sich räudig abwaschen. Evtl. könnt ihr das Ergebnis als Mate-Bonbons verwenden. Das habe ich aber nicht getestet.
  18. Füllt die heiße Flüssigkeit in die gerade kalt ausgespülte Schüssel und stellt sie zur Seite.
  19. Spült den Topf und wiederholt Schritt 15-18 für alle Schüsseln.
  20. Lasst eure Schüsseln erst einmal außerhalb des Kühlschranks abkühlen und stellt sie frühestens, wenn sie nicht mehr dampft in den Kühlschrank.
  21. Wartet eine Stunde nachdem ihr sie in den Kühlschrank gestellt habt, ggf. geht’s auch schneller und geht dann wieder an eure Schüsseln. Kippt sie ein wenig, denn damit könnt ihr sehen, ob die gewünschte Festigkeit erreicht ist, wenn nein, weiter warten, ansonsten Schritt 22.
  22. Nehmt ein scharfes Messer und versucht die Götterspeise am Rand zu lösen und dann stürzt ihr sie auf die gewünschte Oberfläche zur Weiterverarbeitung.
  23. Macht die Küche sauber.