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  • 2010-03-28: Everaldo Kids 0.6 theme for Claws Mail.
    Some more icons were added for marked folders and some message list icons. Get it at the Claws Mail themes download page or from As freshmeat closed its themes section, old themes are only available at
  • 2008-06-14: Added some information about dailystrips and
    I gathered some information about dailystrips and userfriendly and how to use them when Arcor is blocked by UF's ISP.
  • 2007-04-24: Fixed a typo, updated some minor information.
    I fixed a typo on the front page, updated my about page.
  • 2006-12-18: Update of themes page.
    I updated my themes page. All my Window Maker themes are listed and the tooltip shows a small screenshot of the selected theme.
  • 2006-12-16: Release of WMaker-simple 0.9.3.
    After some time an update for my Window Maker theme "WMaker simple" is available. Removed version info from the wallpaper files. Changed the fonts once again, as the old ones aren't installed on my recent OS. Added the style file that was missing in the last version... Get it from my freshmeat page or from
  • 2006-08-20: Wrote a small piece about generating pdf and updated about page.
    I updated my about page. After some research about pdf files and how to generate, update and optimize them, I wrote a very small piece about that. Will be enlarged soon.
  • 2006-04-03: Link to added.
    I updated my links page and added a link to SiteBar. While I was at it, I got rid of some old news and changed the format for the dates in this rss file.
  • 2006-01-18: Everaldo Kids for sylpheed claws 0.4 released.
    Updated my 'Everaldo Kids' theme for sylpheed claws. Added icons for 'trash_btn.xpm' and 'sylpheed_icon.xpm'. Get it from my Downloads or my freshmeat page.
  • 2006-01-15: URLs checked, even less 404 errors.
    Thanks to gURLChecker all 'Page Not Found' errors are history, the timeouts will be checked soon.
  • 2005-12-02: Update of tom2 for Sylpheed-Claws.
    Updated my 'tom2' theme for sylpheed claws. Added icons for 'trash_btn.xpm' and 'sylpheed_icon.xpm'. Get it from my Downloads page.
  • 2005-10-28: Amazon broke html compliance.
    Some time ago my provider secretly changed the server's ability to embed files from other web sites. Apart from tinkering with several cms I thought that I could make some money by referring visitors' to Amazon. Nobody has bought anything so far and now I get lots of errors when trying to validate my pages. This sucks.
  • 2005-10-02: Another cleanup of the links page.
    After some time the links file has been updated. Less "Page not found" errors. Most links containing "Mandrake" have been adapted to "Mandriva", "Ximian" and "Novell" sites have been cleaned.
  • 2005-08-18: Updated the page about Linux on an Sony Vaio.
    Some time ago I updated Mandrake 10.1 Official on my Sony Vaio PCG-NV309 to Mandriva LE 2005. The vaio page has been updated to reflect the changes.
  • 2005-03-20: Update for peace-love-linux available.
    After almost three years an update for my Window Maker theme "peace-love-linux" is available. Basically it features a new pixmap for the ALT-tab switchpanel. If it doesn't show, copy it to the "pixmaps" directory under the "GNUstep" hierarchy and restart Window Maker. Works for me. Get it from my freshmeat page or from
  • 2005-03-05: New job, random updates only.
    I have a new job. That's good news, the bad part is that I had to move and have no Internet access in my new appartment. So there are only few updates from work or when I'm home in Berlin.
  • 2005-02-02: New layout online.
    Been busy with other things, so it took a while to get the new layout online. Downloads and Screenshots still have to be adapted to the new look of the site.
  • 2005-01-15: A whole new layout.
    A whole new layout conceived, uses different stylesheets, an rss parser plus several other goodies.
  • 2004-12-05: Links page updated.
    After a long time the links file has been updated. Less "Page not found" errors.
  • 2004-12-05: More layout changes
    More html and css tweaks.
  • 2004-12-04: Minor layout changes
    Some screenshots added to the frontpage. An rss feed for is available. Minor html and css tweaks.
  • 2004-12-02: WMaker-simple 0.9.1
    Window Maker theme "WMaker-simple-0.9.1" is released. It features new fonts for the wallpaper and swtile.png for the ALT-tab switchpanel.


patching Window Maker

Just in case you wondered about the menu's transparency in some of the screenshots, here's what to do.
patch -p1 < ../trance.patch
Then go on with the usual ./configure, make and make install
The patch can be downloaded from For newer versions of WindowMaker you could use this patch.


This nice dockapp controls xmms and shows the cover picture in your Window Maker dock. If you rip your CDs, store the mp3s in one directory per CD, download a picture of the cover somewhere (I use Amazon...) and copy it to the appropriate place, then this gives you the right pic for the right sound file.

If you want to compile this app you need lots of libraries, the ReadMe is rather incomplete. Install the devel packages also. Mandrake users need the lib* packages as well. Or just check out my rpm. But be warned, I am not responsible if it breaks anything or wipes out your hard disk. It was compiled on a box running Mandrake 9.2, other distributions might use different names for required packages. My rpm is signed with my GnuPG key.

To view the cover after double-clicking the dock app you need xv or xloadimage which wasn't part of my installation of Mandrake. Or just create a symlink to ee or any other image viewer in your personal bin directory and call it xloadimage.

image gallery

For the gallery I used McPics for some time. McPics is an image gallery written in PHP. There is other software, e. g. jigl, but I had problems to adapt it to my site. I also didn't like that it is using lots of html files. What I liked was the ability to write comments about each picture and that large pictures can be scaled automatically.

Recently i switched to FlatGallery, for no real reason at all. Just wanted to give it a chance.

tidying html

To clean files generated by word processors or others that contain errors, I use tidy. It cleans and modifies your html, xhtml or xml files according to the specifications of the W3C.

Downloading web comics

There are several comics on the Internet I like but I don't want to visit their homepages every day. That's why I use dailystrips to download them. That works quite nicely. But some time ago my ISP's ip addresses got blocked and I couldn't reach I found a mirror for this site and added the following to /usr/share/dailystrips/strips.def:

strip uf_mirror
	name User Friendly (Mirror)
	type search

Now I just call dailystrips uf_mirror instead of dailystrips userfriendly, plus options and other strip names. Works for me.

generating pdf files

Usually I write all my texts with Openoffice. That's why I don't need any special programs to generate pdf files. Sometimes I try to combine some scanned images to one pdf file. There are several web pages that gave me hints what to do in this case. I'm working on a small article and a script to get the necessary things done. Stay tuned. Before I forget, you could optimize your file running pdfopt old.pdf new.pdf, now parts of your file can be displayed while it is loading.

If you need to add some information to existing pdf files, you can use pdftk. Let's assume that you forgot to set the right document title, author's name and such. Insted of hassling with command line options, you write the necessary information in a file like this:

InfoKey: Title
InfoValue: Test
InfoKey: Subject
InfoValue: Your subject
InfoKey: Keywords
InfoValue: some, key, words
InfoKey: Author
InfoValue: First name Middle initial Last name
Save the file with an appropriate name, e. g. pdfinfo. Then type pdftk old.pdf update_info pdfinfo output new.pdf in a terminal and new.pdf has the updated information.