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Minecraft-Server bei Nitrado

nitrado-webinterfaceAuf meinen letzten Artikel über Probleme mit dem Gameserver-Provider sprang gleich jemand von Nitrado an, freundlicher Weise mit einem Gutschein-Code für einen kostenlosen Testserver für 30 Tage (4 Slots, 1024 MB RAM, was die Minimalkonfiguration darstellt).

Anmeldung und Aufladen des Prepaid-Kontos gingen schnell (das „Aufladen“ bestand im Eintragen des Gutschein-Codes). Aber auch beim anderen Provider ging dieser Schritt schnell, also war ich verständlicherweise skeptisch.

Dann also gleich mal einen Gameserver anlegen. Grundkonfiguration in allen Punkten bestätigt, dann warten … „Server wird installiert“. Nach 6 bis 7 Minuten war die Installation fertig, und wir legten gleich mal eine Subdomain an (gamemc.minecraft.to, wenn jemand meine Jungs besuchen möchte :-)). Der Vanilla-Server wurde natürlich umgehend ausprobiert — die Jungs sind mit der Performance vollauf zufrieden.

Als nächstes rein ins Webinterface, wo man den Server verwalten kann (Ausschnitt siehe Bildschirmfoto). Sieht wirklich gut aus. Von Vanilla-Server auf Bukkit-Server umstellen ging schnell und schmerzlos. Es gibt ein Upload-Tool, mit dem man seinen eigenen world-Ordner, seine Mods usw. hochladen kann, so dass man für kleinere Aufgaben dieser Art nicht mal FTP benötigt.

Den FTP-Zugang habe ich wegen der schlechten Erfahrungen beim vorherigen Provider natürlich trotzdem sofort ausprobiert. Er ist richtig schnell. Also alles gut.

Meine Jungs hat es gefreut zu sehen, dass einer der bekannteren deutschen Minecraft-Helden, Gronkh, seine Server ebenfalls bei Nitrado hostet.

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2014/12/05 at 20:08

Minecraft-Server bei Host Unlimited

Meine Erfahrung mit Host Unlimited in aller Kürze. Für meine Kinder habe ich einen Account bei diesem Gameserver-Vermieter angelegt. Ein Minecraft-Server kostet 5,70 € im Monat, also mal 12 € per Paypal an Host Unlimited schicken, dann gleich den Server anlegen.

Hm, klappt nicht. Also Support-Ticket eröffnet. Am nächsten Tag keine Rückmeldung. Na dann rufen wir doch mal an. Nach mehrfachen Versuchen hatte ich dann jemanden an der Strippe, der mich  minutenlang zuhören ließ, wie er sich bemühte, den Server zum Laufen zu kriegen. Letztlich löschte er ihn und legte einen neuen an. Und der lief dann sogar! 🙂 Der FTP-Zugang funktionierte ebenfalls, aber nicht für lange.

Plötzlich war Ende, „falsche Benutzerdaten“. Also wieder Support-Ticket eröffnet. Dann erst mal nichts, nach zwei Tagen die Antwort: „Ich weiß auch nicht, warum die FTP-Zugänge manchmal nicht mehr gehen, legen Sie einfach einen neuen an.“ Das geht in der Benutzeroberfläche sehr einfach.

Nur dass der neu angelegte Zugang ebenfalls nicht funktioniert. Das habe ich ins Support-Ticket geschrieben. Radio Silence. Nach zwei Tagen noch mal nachgefragt. Nichts. Am Telefon erreiche ich auch niemanden mehr. Hier ist der Stand von heute, also nach 7 Tagen ohne FTP-Zugang:

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Mit anderen Worten, ein schlechter Witz.

2014/12/01 at 18:07 2 Kommentare

Telekomiker, nicht ganz so komisch

Heute Nachmittag, kurz vor 15 Uhr, gut gekleideter Mensch an der Haustür. Hält mir seinen Telekom-Ausweis vor die Nase. „Sie wissen, dass Ihr Haus demnächst auf VDSL umgestellt wird?“ – „Ja, hat mir Versatel schon gesagt. Meine Leitung wird auf 16.000 MBit/s umgestellt.“ – „Das geht nicht automatisch. Versatel mietet die Leitungen ja von der Deutschen Telekom. Sollen wir Ihnen dabei behilflich sein?“ – „Klar, warum nicht.“ – „Dürfte ich kurz mal rein kommen?“ Durfte er.

Als nächstes legte mir der gut gekleidete Herr einen Flyer der Telekom vor. „Für Sie bleibt es natürlich bei den bisherigen 34,90 €.“ Gut informiert, der Mann. Ich zahle bei Versatel tatsächlich 34,90 € pro Monat. „Gut, dann brauchen Sie eigentlich nur hier unterschreiben, und wir regeln dann den Rest.“ – „Äh, Moment mal, wollen Sie mir gerade einen Telekom-Vertrag verkaufen.“ – „Ja, aber Sie sind ja eigentlich schon Kunde bei der Telekom, indirekt. Versatel mietet die Leitungen ja von uns.“ – „Das will ich jetzt aber nicht.“ – „Schon gut, dann regeln Sie das eben selbst. Ein schönes Fest noch, und danke fürs Gespräch.“ Und schon war er wieder raus.

So was Blödes, ich habe mir nicht den Namen geben lassen. Wenn der Typ echt war, also von der Telekom, hätte er mir einen Vertrag angedreht, obwohl ich gerade bei Versatel verlängert hatte. Dann hätte ich zwei Verträge an der Backe gehabt und meine liebe Mühe, den Haustür-Vertrag bei der Telekom zu kündigen. Wenn er nicht echt war (wovon ich mal ausgehe), werde ich meine Haustür in der nächsten Zeit sorgsam verriegeln, auch wenn ich nur mal kurz aus dem Haus bin.

2012/12/17 at 16:14

So Far

My last blog entry is of March 2010. That’s one and a half years ago. I wonder what this means. I also wonder why, from the WordPress stats, more than one person is still looking at this blog each day. Anyway, it’s this time of the year again (in the Northern hemisphere at least) where people start looking back, looking inside, reconsidering. Following the crowd, so am I.

Recently, I’ve noticed that my excitement about social media is declining sharply. I don’t think this is just due to autumn. I’ve never been a trend setter, but certainly a dedicated follower of trends. Whatever is new, hip, trendy, I’m with it. Naturally, I’ve seen trends I follow longer term become mainstream, while trends I eventually lost interest in went away. Anyway, here are some thoughts on the last 20 and guesses about the next 20 years.

Internet? I had no idea of it, but I was on CompuServe in 1992, enjoying to be able to chat with people on the other side of the planet. I had started using computers at 28, and networking, across continents, seemed to me like exactly what those machines had been invented for. World Wide Web? Like Bill Gates, I discovered it in 1995, diving straight into it without a second thought, even trying to make a living out of it (like so many others, and just like them I ended up in what’s known today as the dotcom bubble burst). Mailing lists, forums, wikis? I’m all for these things. Google? I was so happy when it launched – there were too many Internet specialists around before it did. One year later, everyone had become a Web specialist in a way, even venture capitalists, and I think Google contributed significantly to making the dotcom bubble burst.

Next century, next millennium. Wikipedia? I had the same idea in the year 2000, only that I would have based its economics on something similar to Google Ads. MySpace? Kind of boring to me, I had been on Geocities before. There was Facebook, the „MySpace for academics“. I underestimated it, deeming it as boring as MySpace. (And I still do, but I don’t think I still underestimate it. Kind of hard to do so, when 10% of the world population are there.) Blogs? I was a reader, and didn’t see much reason to become a writer. Eventually, I did, but don’t ask me why. Probably because everyone else did. And/or maybe because WordPress is such a brilliant piece of software. I love great software.

Facebook? I eventually gave in and joined, although I consider it an Orwellian machine invented by the CIA. I’ve been on Facebook for a while, obediently sharing stuff from Amnesty International, Avaaz, Greenpeace, Foodwatch, and other NGOs on that platform. And saying thanks to people who wish me a happy birthday. Twitter? I became a big fan of that platform because of the aspect of immediate, unfiltered news. By now, I’ve sent 782 tweets, I’m following 33 people, and 87 people are following me. And even with those small numbers, the signal to noise ratio has become what I consider unreasonable. There are tools like Summify or Twitterfall, but to me it feels like they gloss over the problem, rather than solve it. I still follow Twitter, but with reduced enthusiasm.

To paraphrase Immanuel Kant, „think for yourself“. Gathering more and more information from outside (which is becoming ever easier to do) doesn’t help you think for yourself. After so many years being into it myself, I’d even say it hinders me from doing so. Or, as George Harrison put it, „the farther one travels, the less one knows, the less one really knows“. He wrote that almost 30 years before the WWW took off. For me, the formula of „data -> knowledge -> wisdom“ is starting to become obsolete. I guess that’s because it was never true.

Am I saying the Internet is, at the end of the day, a bad thing, or that the information flow/overflow caused by it has more bad than good aspects? Certainly not. I’ve merely started a process of reconsidering what’s in it for me, for the people around me, for my kids, and so on. I’m delighted to see that the Internet brought the Arab Spring, and I congratulate the brave people in Northern Africa who’ve made use of the Internet to shake off decades of oppression, and finally start establishing freedom and humanity instead. They were able to do so, however, because their oppressors were old and Internet-agnostic. The Internet was the right tool at the right time – from now on, oppressors will know what to do about it. There won’t be a Chinese Spring with the help of the Internet, for example. This is over.

What’s coming up? In 2015, Facebook will be alive and kicking. I guess at least 1.5 billion people will have a Facebook account by then, tripling the 2011 figure. Likewise, Twitter. In 2020, however, Facebook, Twitter, and similar social networks will be nothing but a memory, albeit a strong memory, because so many participated „back then“. In 2030, you’ll have to google for the Wikipedia entry for Facebook to be able to explain it to your children (or grandchildren). By that time, people would simply call you crazy, and probably call the ambulance, if you even considered publishing as many personal data on the Internet as it seems reasonable to do in 2011. That will be a no-no in 20 years.

So what will remain, grow, flourish? Google will. Wikipedia will. New things will come up that I can’t even think of at this point. The Internet in general will be around, dominating every aspect of life, although at reduced speed, so to speak. Long-term aspects will become much more relevant and dominant, short-term things like Facebook comments or Twitter tweets will be more or less on the ban list. Why? Because the Internet will get more and more under the influence of entities such as governments, authorities, intelligence agencies, corporations, et cetera – certainly not a good thing. This will be seconded by a general conception of being eager to regain the ability to „think for yourself“, though, which certainly is a good thing. On balance, will there be more good, or rather more evil?

Rest assured, there will be more good than evil. 200 years ago, people were hanged for theft. (This still happens today, but not in most parts of the world.) Torture was regarded as a regular and justified way to get confessions – why else would criminals admit a crime? (Torture is still everywhere, but it’s regarded as a crime in most places now.) Mankind is moving ahead, never back (at least long term). That’s why the Internet won’t turn into a medium of brain control. Rather than that, it will become increasingly what it started out as – a medium of/for innovation. (If you’re saying it started out as a military network, then you’re probably also saying you need to guard against the surveillance Americans do from their moon bases.)

I’m a musician. In 1980, record companies would not care about my music because they were more interested in marketing mainstream crap. For that reason, I’d not be able to make a living from music at that time. In 2011, you can produce mainstream crap music, and still not be able to make a living out of it, because people will simply steal your music, rather than paying for it. Is that any better than record companies ignoring you? I don’t know, but it shows that, while the Internet has changed (and still changes) everything, lots of things stay the same, although often enough for different reasons.

2011/09/29 at 01:46

Relevance

Drakestraße, Lichterfelde West, Berlin, GermanyThey say a blog is read by one person on average, which is the blog author himself. This is probably especially true when there are very few new entries, as for my blog, but still a dozen people per day read my articles, even though the last one was published in early December last year. Which reminds me to say Happy New Year to those who read this and who I might have forgotten to send a Happy New Year message to.

I’ve been so silent for two reasons mainly:

  1. Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle on January 26.
  2. I bought an apartment on January 25.

Getting acquired is always stressful. I know what I’m talking about because MySQL, the company I had been working for for five years, got acquired by Sun in 2008. Now Oracle purchased Sun, but this time it was much more painful because the acquisition was announced in April 2009, but we had to wait nine months before it actually went through. For us MySQLers at Sun, this meant working under extreme uncertainty (like for everyone else at Sun), and it didn’t make it easier to know that MySQL was the very reason why it took the EU commission so long to approve the deal. Well, we’ve started joining Oracle now (Germany will do so only in July, from what we know today), but those first couple of weeks are challenging. So, it was „waiting stress“ first, followed by „integration stress“, which has had an impact on my immune system. I can’t remember having had so many colds in so few months like this winter. And it was a long and hard winter … Anyways, I’m happy to know that the MySQL Documentation Team (which I’m leading) is still relevant at/for Oracle, and that we’ll likely remain part of the MySQL engineering department, as we’ve always been. So, for us, change means things will go on the same crazy way as before. People still jump on us for this and that reason, which I consider a good sign, since it means they actually care about the stuff we’re doing. This means we’re relevant, and so is the work I’m doing.

Now we all know that life is a bitch. Rather than letting me take care of one big thing at a time, two big things happened at the same time. The other big thing here was that, after one year and four months of looking for a new home, we finally found one almost exactly at the same time when the Oracle acquisition happened. I’m certainly not the happy-go-lucky kind of guy who can make a fortune out of virtually nothing, nor have I been the lucky heir of a fortune. So I had to find a place inexpensive enough to afford it. The place we found is an apartment in an urban villa in Lichterfelde West in the south-western part of Berlin. I’d definitely love to own the whole house on the picture above, but in reality we purchased one of six apartments there, which is located on the ground floor and the basement on the left side of the main entrance. Well, I won’t complain – my home recording studio will be in the basement, much better than having neighbors above and below. We bought the apartment at a ridiculously low price, but, of course, that came at a price. The house is in good shape, but the apartment itself was a ruin. To turn it into something we can live in, we’re investing a few ten thousand Euros. Normally, in this part of town, you’d pay 2.5 times more than we did, and when we’re done with the restoration, it would still be 1.5 times more. So it’s a good deal, but at the cost of a lot of hours spent to plan and coordinate the works. If you’re interested in the gory details (and many colorful pictures of dust and debris, to whet/spoil your appetite), look here. Anyways, moving there (in April, hopefully) will be very relevant for my family and me: It’s closer to school (Finn has just been accepted at Lennart’s school, so both boys will go there) – when they’re older, they’ll be able to go there with an 8-minute bus ride and another 8 minutes of walking through a park. My home office will be in the apartment, rather than just very close to it, which both has disadvantages and advantages, but I consider the pros more significant than the cons. We won’t have more space than we currently have, but it will be distributed in a better way. And I’ll have a dedicated space for my home recording studio, which will be a five meters walk away from my office. (I currently have no home recording studio at all, in case you were wondering.) The house is located next to a busy main street, but it has a backyard which is fairly quiet. The boys already love it, and I’m confident we’ll have a lot of fun there, turning the garage into a workshop for setting up and inventing all kinds of things. Finn (almost 6) would like to invent a machine that can take us to the frontiers of spacetime, so we can create a black hole there that evolves into a big bang that creates a new universe. This sounds ambitious, but we’ll try, anyway. (Not sure what the neighbors will say, though.) Lennart (8) is a bit more realistic regarding short-term plans: He’d like us to rebuild the ebb-and-flow installation that we saw at the Waloseum in 2008. It will take some time, but we certainly can do that. So our new home is relevant in many aspects, and will become even more so once we’ve moved there.

Now for the music. This keeps driving me crazy. In my last blog post long ago, I’ve outlined the main ideas about what I’m planning to do. In the meantime, I’ve done quite some research on technical things, mostly regarding the home recording studio equipment needed. I’ve discussed various aspects in forums, via phone talks with vendors, and so forth. I think I have a pretty good idea now what to buy first to get started – if I have any money left after the restoration of our new home, that is. I also have Luminita’s mail address now, but prior to asking her for permission to use her lyrics for my songs, I’d like to be able to point her to something I’ve recorded. Maybe I should just buy a video camera and record some of my stuff just like Katie did, but then again the songs I’m writing are meant to be performed by a rock band (uhm, I think I meant to say chamber orchestra rather than rock band), and also I don’t look half a cute as Katie does. In any case, YouTube has just started featuring a channel four „house music“, so it looks like the time is right to start something here. In spite of turning 52  soon, I think my music is relevant today. I’ve been performing music since 1965, which is not an argument but a statement that there’s more behind it than just me practicing 250 years of Johann Sebastian Bach’s pieces on the piano: Whenever I play an A major chord an the guitar (which any guitar player would agree is the most basic thing you can do) it’s like 45 years of active music history popping up in my mind and my ears. Maybe that’s relevant, maybe it’s not. I’d really love Katie to sing some of my songs, because some of them are meant to be sung by a good looking female vocalist, rather than a not so good looking male one. And, of course, I need Luminita’s permission to use her lyrics. I think I can write good tunes, and I also think that some of my poems are quite good, but I’ve never been able to combine my poems and my tunes into something I liked. Using Luminita’s poems and Katie’s voice seems like exactly the right thing to do. But Luminita is in Romania, and Katie is in the U.S., so this doesn’t seem to be particularly easy to accomplish. But, as always, I’ll keep trying by implementing and improving things steps by step.

I can always fail, but so what? Building that machine that can take us to the frontiers of spacetime seems much more challenging to me than making my music successful out in the wild, and, with both projects, I think I have many alternatives at hand that might not be half as exciting or ambitious, but might still yield results that I (or Finn and Lennart, for that matter) can live with. – Lennart prefers me to perform hard rock music, for example. Lately, I’ve created music that’s slightly jazzy (although I hate Jazz music), but he makes me realize I should try harder to create rock tunes. I’ve been playing music to him since he was a baby, and have developed a habit to go by his judgement. Lennart has a good musical instinct I think, so if things fail regarding Luminita and Katie, I can stick to his judgement to help me get over that.

2010/03/22 at 03:06

Climbers @ Home

Bildschirmfoto: Climber im Spiel Pingus

Bildschirmfoto: Climber im Spiel Pingus

Lennart (7) und Finn (5) finden das Linux-Spiel Pingus ganz toll. Sie kennen schon alle Level von Tutorial Island, und damit alle Eigenschaften, die man Pingus zuweisen kann. Manchmal spielen sie Pingus nach. Dann steuert zum Beispiel Finn Lennart und macht ihn zum Digger, Miner, Jumper und so weiter. Eine ihre Lieblingseigenschaften ist der Climber (Kletterer), der hier in Aktion zu sehen ist. Jumper kann man ja noch ganz gut nachmachen, Climber aber klettern senkrecht Wände hoch, und das kann man nun wirklich nicht in der Realität nachahmen.

Oder vielleicht doch?

Lennart, der Climber

Lennart, der Climber

Als ich heute nach Hause kam, zeigte mir Lennart, wie ein echter Climber nach oben kommt. Ich konnte es zuerst gar nicht glauben und habe gleich ein Beweisfoto gemacht. Nix da Photoshop – das Bild kommt direkt aus der Kamera!

Finn, der Climber

Finn, der Climber

Finn wollte natürlich auch in diesem Artikel erscheinen und bestand darauf, dass ich von seinen Kletterkünsten ebenfalls ein Bild mache.

Und da gibt es Leute, die behaupten, dass Computerspiele Kinder in punkto Bewegung verkümmern lassen …

2009/07/15 at 20:30 1 Kommentar


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