Author: Christoph Amthor

auf dem Gasshuku in Tirrena, 2017

My Budo Anniversary Year

A few days ago I realized that this year I can celebrate some midway anniversaries: 25 years since I first set my foot on a mat in an Aikido dojo at least 15 years of actively practicing Aikido in a total of 6 clubs in England, Germany and the Czech Republic (I count 4 different styles or schools. For over 10 years I’m following the one of Nishio Sensei.) later this year it will be 10 years of Shinto Muso Ryu (Jodo) a few short or superficial activities that I don’t mention in detail since I’m not doing them regularly or have abandoned them Budo has certainly a lasting impact on my life. Not only does it keep me busy for a big part of my time. It also shapes the way how I view life and personal development. I see one of the key benefits in a new understanding of learning that spans over an entire life. It is a continuous struggle without a “finish line”. And achievements are something very subtle and personal.

Software vs. Books: The Difference in Customer Expectations

Hi there,I’m not getting the results I was expecting and getting it in line with my site takes too much work and manual adjustments. Can you please give me a refund?Thanks.Kind regards, User in a support forum somewhere on the Internet I recently came across an article where a plugin developer explains why he stopped selling on CodeCanyon. There are numerous reasons that have to do with their pricing structure and the increasingly difficult role of authors. And it somewhat confirms what others have concluded looking at available numbers. Not everything is a direct criticism of CodeCanyon. In the case of customer service the problem seems to be that sellers are underpaid and insufficiently protected against ridiculous refund claims. Sometimes a funny example tells more than 1000 words of explanations. Mike compared software to other products that you can buy online, for instance books. If you translate some of the buyers’ feedback to the other settings, it is quite revealing how things suddenly look absurd. A) Unfulfilled Expectations eBook: Hey, Stephen King. I bought your …

A New Home for the Plugins

Over five years have passed since I announced the new Tag Groups plugin. Naturally I wrote here on my personal blog, since it was just one more project among many activities, thoughts and stuff to share. After a while, however, my blog received an unprecedented amount of comments. Well, 20 comments on that mentioned post was already beyond my imagination, and the plugin page ended up with 54 before comments were automatically closed. The blog that I wrote for myself and for friends and family members served now as a support forum for troubleshooting, advice and features requests. The plugin evolved through many new versions, and then I added a second plugin. Pages full of instructions, parameters and hints grew longer and longer. I got used to writing a post about every new version. When you publish plugins at WordPress.org, you also submit the author’s website and a plugin website. I always felt a bit uncomfortable to invite people who search information about the plugins to my messy blog full of topics that span from Japanese …

free ticket for journalists

About the Irrational Stinginess of Some Press Officers in Prague

Before I started my Czech-related blogs, I worked for several newspapers, radio stations and news websites. Repeatedly it happened, that press officers of botanical gardens, galleries and other institutions1 surprised me with a totally irrational stinginess. Sometimes, after long exchanges of emails, they would grant a single-entry ticket. In other cases, like now the DOX gallery in Prague, I simply felt too bothered to follow up. Usually the task of press officers is to promote their institution, and that, of course, in a favourable and cost-efficient way. So why haggle about a free ticket? What is at stake? If that ticket will eventually convince some paying visitors to come to that place – hasn’t it already paid off? I understand that with a tight budget, you don’t just give away items of a limited quantity. But what is the actual price of a free press ticket? It’s the value of a piece of paper, plus the time you need to instruct your cash desk to issue it. No space in your precious premises will be …

A Self-Contained Offline-Wiki That Syncs Across Your Devices

A long time I was searching for a way how to take notes on my desktop and make them available on multiple devices. I wanted to be able to edit the same file on all of my laptops and automatically synchronize them with the click of a save button. I also wanted to access that file on my smartphone. And, lastly, I needed a structured, searchable and easily editable format like a wiki, which is organized in pages or articles. So far, I used private installations of wikis 1 on public web servers, but didn’t feel really satisfied to take the way through the Internet. Syncing files is straightforward with cloud-based file hosting solutions such as Dropbox, Spideroak, Tresorit or Owncloud, but then again – wikis are usually pieces of code that require additional software to run it. The preferred choice would be a simple word processor or just a web browser that would be able to open the wiki on all devices. The solution Part one of the solution is TiddlyWiki, a wiki that …