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A clever man solves a problem, a wise man avoids it.
— Albert Einstein

Skylar - Build your own intelligent software assistant

11th of August 2017

Skylar “the scholar” is a virtual assistant customized for home automation. The project mainly consists of a web interface with speech synthesis. It’s been a long way …

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… but devotion gets you EVERYWHERE!

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Octave/MathLab in HTML with X3DOM

23rd of May 2017

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Write documents with Docbook

4th of January 2016

As a software engineer I love to work with source code that comes with Unit Tests and a well written documentation. Markdown is surely a good way to write your documents. But sometimes it comes in handy to have a shiny PDF to store offline, send via email or print in high resolution. For those cases Docbook (co-founder O’Reilly Media) is a good solution because it supports different output formats like pdf, epub or html. My project livingfire-docbook shows a easy way to get started with Docbook and alter this example for your own needs. The software can also covert Markdown to Docbook using pandoc and combine multiple Markdown files like a GitLab Wiki into one PDF. In addtion to that you can write UML diagrams in PlantUML and have them rendered into pictures in your book.

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Git command line

22nd of April 2015

Colored command line

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UML Quick Reference

29th of June 2014

Example: UML Project

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Carpe diem

29th of May 2007

Sometimes it needs a little wake up call to live your life to the fullest.

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20th of October 2001

Ride your bike in 6 weeks from Germany to Ireland and back. It’s the best holiday you can ever have!

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