OS X Chess

With OS X 10.7 "Lion" the chess game now seems to be an integral part of the system. The screenshot says: The object "Chess" cannot be modified or deleted because it is required by Mac OS X.

The object "Chess" cannot be modified or deleted because it is required by Mac OS X.

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PADEdit 1.2

The new version brings more correction possibilities for some datasets. Also, a proxy-server can now be set in the network preferences.

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Feedback-bug in PADEdit 1.1

PADEdit 1.1 has a bug in the build-in feedback-formular, which makes sending feedback using the formular impossible. This will be resolved in the upcoming version 1.2.


Task Till Dawn at com-magazin

Task Till Dawn made it into the com-magazin 7/2010, as one of the new releases for the top 10 open-source softwares of the month. The new tools can be rated online here

Unfortunately I'm a little bit late with this blog entry - the voting will only be possible until the 29th or June.


Simple template parser for PHP

During the development of sourceXchange I wrote a small template parser, named Temply, which is able to handle single (closed) tags as well as nested block tags. Also, custom attributes can be assigned to tags to control their behaviour.

The parser is pretty easy to use and can be freely extended using a simple interface. The whole thing consists of just three relatively small PHP classes. It is not a full blown template engine like – for example – Smarty. It has no caching mechanisms (yet) and there are no predefined tag libs included. But I think this might as well be an advantage in some cases.

Today, I'm releasing the package in the downloads-section under the LGPL. Coding examples are included within the downloadable archive, to help you get started.


Online again

One would think that most hotels these days offer Wi-Fi Internet access to their residents. Or at least provide a free or low cost cable connection. 
Unfortunately, this was not the case for the hotels where I spent my nights during the last few weeks.

Luckily, I got my hands on a UMTS prepaid surfstick. It's not as fast as my DSL at home, but I'm finally online again! It even works in the train between Stuttgart and my current working location. The connection there is not super stable but suitable for mailing and browsing the web.

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