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Name: Bernd Eckenfels
Member since: 2000-09-20 06:01:24
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Former Debian Maintainer, Project Founder, Linux user and Linux's net-tools (ifconfig, route, ...) co-maintainer. Currently employeed Chief Architect (Java flavor).


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I wonder if any of you has some ideas for Katas. In my case for the Java language.

In case you wonder what a Kata (in programming) is: a (small) coding challenge which you solve repeatingly to practice and improve your coding skills.

A nice written story is here: The clean Coder: The Craftsman 62, The Dark Path.

Some Katas can be found here:, but I wonder if you can share better (especially smaller) execises with me.

What experiences do you have with doing Katas?


I am pretty happy that Advogato is still running, and it looks like it got some new activity.

On my personal side, I discovered again the joy of fotography. This was caused by a new cam in our household: I gave my Wife Mela a Nikon D70s as birthday present. So right now I am playing around with that, even started a german speaking blog on my findings.

From was an early community site and aggregator for Open Source advocates. It was build around a Web Application (mod_virgule) which supports trust metrics. That way the community members can certify each other. This was used as a spam prevention and identity assertion measure.

This technology was well ahead of its time. Now Raph Levien announced, that he will shut down Advogato. He thinks that there are enough alternatives, and he does not have the time to add features to the software or even fight against some recent DOS attacks.

The site will be missed, but it is most likely really time to move on. I was myself a master on advogato, but I did not write a lot diary entries there: eckes. I will continue to blog on my private site and on my business and technology related blog:

30 Jun 2003 (updated 7 Sep 2006 at 16:17 UTC) »

Mela, my wife had this cool idea, to start a Geek Movie Quiz on With the help of Ollie, we started to record the first scene. Ollie and me are immitating a scene from a well known movie.

If you are curious how the fabolous and amateurish geek quiz looks like, check by at

Unfortunatelly we offer a little price to the winner only inside germany, but nevertheless, you can read your name on the next month edition, if you are able to guess the right movie title. moviequiz

Currently we feature Real Media downloads and an animated gif, of the scene.

15 Jun 2003 (updated 15 Jun 2003 at 04:50 UTC) »

I took the time to update my Advogato entry and the Project Page for the Freefire project.

Yes it is still alive, even if I am currently much more visible on

Oh yes, speaking of, I just added Advogato syndication to My site is PHP-Nuke based, and it is pretty easy to add a RSS feed to it. Currently it is located on the lower left of the site, but I guess I should rearrange a few of those blocks, anyway.

If you wonder, why I have been so silent here is, because I simply forgot about Advogato. I think it can have some more PR, thats why I have added the headlines.

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