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Airport Magdeburg-Berlin International - aka Flughafen Cochstedt

Es sieht so aus, als solle es wohl doch bald regelmäßigen Flugbetrieb auf dem Flughafen Cochstedt geben. Laut einigen Pressemeldungen benennt sich der Flughafen um in "Airport Magdeburg-Berlin International".

Aus (zum Glück nicht eigener) Erfahrung weiß ich, dass solche Flughäfen dann gern von der ein oder anderen Billigfluglinie angeflogen werden und dem geneigten Reisenden dann als "Flughafen bei Berlin" verkauft werden. Hoffen wir, dass es nicht dazu kommt - nach Berlin ist man doch noch mal einige Stunden unterwegs.

Ein paar Direktflüge zu anderen großen deutschen Flughäfen plus eine vernünftige Nahverkehrsanbindung an den Flughafen Cochstedt würden mir jedoch sehr gefallen.

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PGDay.EU 2009 in Paris (and the 200 meters issue)

PGDay.EU 2009 in Paris is over. It was a very thrilling conference with many impressions and interesting talks. But in sequence.

We (my wife, my son plus me) had met Andreas Kretschmer and his family on the Düsseldorf airport and headed together to Paris. In the evening Andreas and i reached the Dalibo office (on the way we could gaze in wonder about the impressive theft protection for the cars) just to find out that everyone is already in the restaurant ;-)

On thursday we helped preparing the conference, David already blogged about his experience with nerds and logistics. Oh, and if a french is telling you "in 200 meters" - never ever trust him. Multiply the number by 5 or 6, that's probably the correct distance. It's like "10 italian minutes" last year in Prato ;-) By the way, the shortest path to the restaurant (near the hotel) is not a short walk. No, it's a round trip using the Metro, followed by a longer walk including several "200 meters" units. That's the experience we gained on the way to the restaurant where everyone was meeting this evening.

Friday started with hecticness: every visitor was to register, name tags was to cut out and assemble (yes, David, i will start even more in advance with the name tags next year ;-) ), find the fitting shirt for every visitor, and the rooms was to be prepared too. The conference itself started with an opening session by Magnus and Jean-Paul, followed by Simon's very promising talk, where he showed a short overview over the last 20 years and gave a view forward on his ideas for the next 20 years. I spent the forenoon on booth duty on the PGEU stand, until we got (about noon) the two long-missing parcels with elephants. I sent two boxes with elephants (using DHL) to Paris two weeks ago. On thursday, the online tracking told us: "delivery failed", which gleu solved by calling DHL and the France postal service several times on thursday afternoon. "Just in time" one might think, but actually i prefer two or three days in advance. The 20 elephants found a new home in less than one hour.

The day ended (more exactly: the evening started) with a party, sponsored by EnterpriseDB, in the Les funables restaurant, near the venue, operated by Ivanne et Sidonie. That's the same company which did the catering for the conference and i have to admit i never attended a conference which such a good food. I should not forget to tell about the cute kids shirts, weared by Andreas' daugther and our son (well, actually, someone have a good picture with the kids+shirt on it for me?) For anyone who asked: the shirts are made in a good copy-shop in my hometown (same shop which prints my training documents). And yes, we try to have some of the shirts for FOSDEM.

On saturday we also had the developer room, which hosted interesting technical talks, in addition to the french and english track. The closing session in the amphie theathre started with the group picture, followed by an auction for the two big blue plush elephants. Sean from EnterpriseDB gave both elephants a new home, thanks a lot for this.

The lightning talks were very exhilarative. I remember (among others) Davids talk about Lolcats and how to do a lightning talk, as well as Gaviks talk - who wasn't there. The talk was - in general amusement - given by Gregory (powerpoint karaoke anyone?). Last but not least there was the Thank You to everyone who helped making the PGDay such a great success, followed by the invitation to the netherlands next year (probably in Amsterdam, probably in october).

I would like to take the chance and thank everyone (in unsorted order) who helped and made this conference possible:

The slides will be available on the PostgreSQL wiki. We would like to ask you giving us feedback (what was good, what could be done better). The feedback site is online.

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Bonuskilometer statt Bonusmeilen

Seit nunmehr 120 Jahren gibt es das Längenmaß Meter im SI-Einheitensystem. Seit knapp 50 Jahren ist Meter in der BRD das Maß aller Längen. Wäre es da nicht an der Zeit, langsam mal auf "Bonuskilometer" statt "Bonusmeilen" umzusteigen? ;-)

An die Verantwortlichen in den Werbeagenturen: Nicht nur würdet ihr die deutsche Sprache fördern (obwohl, wenn ich mir manche Werbung so anschaue, ist das nun wirklich nicht euer Ziel), auch könntet ihr den Leuten mehr Kilometer für die gleiche Entfernung verkaufen. Immerhin sind 622 Meilen schon mehr als 1000 Kilometer! Wenn das kein Argument ist ... 

Update vom 22.03.2009: Ende 2009 verliert eine Ausnahmegenehmigung für die Verwendung nicht-metrischer Einheiten ihre Gültigkeit. Ab dann sind metrische Einheiten zu verwenden. Na bin mal gespannt, was da noch alles für ein Spaß auf uns zukommt ... 

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plane and collapsed building

At Frankfurt/Main airport (Fraport), if you look outside terminal A, sometimes you have this curious view:

A plane in front of a collapsed building and several construction sites. Looks a bit like urban warfare.

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Already in Prato

Yesterday Magnus and i met on Frankfurt/Main airport and flew together to Florence. People, don't try to find this ominous CAP bus station on the highway! Just take the ATAF bus heading to Florence station, the stop is right outside the airport near all the white cabs. You can't miss it. The bus driver sells you a ticket for 4,50€ to Santa Maria Novella. On the station you need another ticket, it cost 1,80€ but the ticket machine knows about english. You have to look for a train heading to "Lucca".

In Prato we first decided to get some food and found a nice restaurant. On the way back we got lost in the city and several minutes later found the Prato Linux User Group. From there the way back to the hotel is easy - and the porter told us Gabriele was just here and he will join us at the PLUG house later. Ok, back to where we came from ;-)

We really met Gabriele and he leaved short after to pick up Dave and Greg on the airport. After they checked in we decided to get a last beer, walked into the city and found a nice pub, One beer later we called it a day and on the way back to the hotel - we got lost again ;-) Don't try Google Maps on your iPhone in a city, it's not really helpful. And bring money, according to Greg most ATM aren't working in Prato and he tried several cash machines *g*

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Warum steht der Propeller?

Warum ist der Propeller am Flugzeug stehen geblieben?

Wir stürzen doch hoffentlich nicht ab?

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Noch nicht verheiratet ...

... aber die Hochzeitsreise ist schon gebucht ;-)


Dabei dauert das noch ein 3/4 Jahr, im Januar 2008 machen wir eine kleine Rundreise mit einem der Aida Schiffe in der Karibik. Leider ist der Veranstalter etwas unflexibel und bietet keine Flüge zu einem früheren Zeitpunkt an, so das man 2, 3 Tage vor Ort aklimatisieren könnte ... na, mal sehen, vielleicht planen wir den Hinflug noch um.


Auf jeden Fall freue ich mich darauf, endlich mein Geburtstagsgeschenk umzusetzen, ich hatte einen Tauchkurs geschenkt bekommen.

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