Nachdem nun mein Studium wieder angefangen hat, und ich wieder (statt wie auf der Arbeit gewohnt, gemeinsam quick-and-dirty auf einem Netzlaufwerk zu Programmieren) nun wieder auf unterschiedlichen Rechner gemeinsam entwickeln muss, wird es wieder Zeit über eine Versionskontrolle nachzudenken. Bisher hatte ich zwar immer SVN genutzt, aber in den letzten Jahren hat sich so viel im Bereich Versionskontrolle getan, das es für mich notwendig wurde, mich mal über die aktuellen Entwicklungen zu informieren. Die Ergebnisse dieser Recherche möchte ich hier kurz zusammentragen.

Bevor jetzt aber alle nicht-Programmierer schreiend wegrennen wollen: Haltet ein! 😉 Versionskontrolle hat nichts mit Programmierung zu tun. Jeder, der irgendwie Texte auf seinem Rechner schreibt, Bilder erstellt, o.Ä. – also eigentlich alle, die Dateien erstellen, und regelmäßig bearbeiten, sollten einmal über Versionskontrolle nachdenken.

Da ich selbst ein wenig Recherchieren musste (ich habe bisher nur mit CSV (nur sehr kurz und gezwungener maßen) und SVN gearbeitet, welche beide aus heutiger Sicht leicht veraltet sind), möchte ich in diesem Eintrag kurz zusammen fassen, was Versionskontrolle ist, wie es funktioniert, und was zur Zeit stand der Technik ist.

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Windows Mail and windows Calendar

I made a funny new discovery, when I had to fix some program associations in the “Set Associations Control Panel” in Windows Vista at work. There are two new tools that are provided with Vista, called “Windows Mail” (German version) and “Windows Calendar” (German version).

“Windows Mail” was disabled by GPO at work as we use “Outlook”. But I was curious, so at home I asked my girlfriend to show me that tools (she has a Vista that was preinstalled on her Laptop – and she wouldn’t trade it for a nice neat Linux 😦 ). Interestingly both tools, “Windows Mail” and “Windows Calendar” looked pretty familiar to me.

It looks pretty much like the tools in Apples Mac OS X (Company’s website), called “iCal” and “Mail”. So I just wandered about the integration of these tools – are they really a copy of Mac OS X tools? Do the new Microsoft tools work so neatly together as in Mac OS X? Which is the actual power of these tools – each individual tool isn’t that of a great invention – there would be better alternatives for each – but they unfold their power when working together
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Problems with MSN (again)

Why MSN, why why why?!
If I, by any chance get into the position of making decisions for company software, the first thing that is thrown out is MSN, and it will be replaced by a much better Jabber-Solution. A company only Jabber server, with no access to the outside world (surfing, okey, but I do not think that private chatting with outside people is appropriate at work *coughing*).
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Problems with Windows Live Messenger and CenterIM

Since a year now we are using Windows Live Messenger in company as instant messaging solution. Not throughout the whole company but only in “Group IT”, as we are a global institution now and a need for easy communication becomes necessary.

First I boycotted this movement by not signing up for an account, as in my humble opinion MSN Messenger is one of the bigger sicknesses from Microsoft: the GUI looks like Teletubby-Land, there are a bunch of functions which only use is to annoy your dialogue partners; there is no, let me say it again, no secure encryption between the clients and servers (I heard something about XOR is used?! Are those MSN developers really that silly or do they just take their customers for a fool?); it is closed source and bound to a “Terms of Use” which forbids the usage of other clients than the Microsoft one – and Microsoft only provides clients for the Windows OS; the “Terms of Use” state, that contend posted over the MSN network may be logged; those are only some of the reasons which speak against MSN Messenger.

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