Barcelona, day three: parc de la ciutadella and La Barceloneta

Our third day in Barcelona started with Bauernfrühstück. We had some cooked potatoes left and added some eggs, bacon and onions for a delicious meal. After the breakfast we headed for the parc de la ciutadella saw the font de la cascada, an imposant monument with (you would never guess) some cascading wells.

“Gaudi was here”

The park is nice, mostly populated by joggers, school classes and mammoths.
The three buildings which were marked in our map were all unsatisfying. The Castell dels tres dragons (a museum) was closed and had a site fence surrounding the building because of falling debris. Also the hivernacle as well as the umbracle building were closed and a little bit untended.
The university building of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra on the other hand was very nice. I have to admit that I don’t know so many other old university buildings (the campus of my university was build ~ 10 years ago) but the UPF has a nice mix between modern and traditional, old buildings.
Tip (blatantly stolen from our guide): Go into the university main entrance and go into the library. Follow the instructions to the dipòsit de les aigües. It looks really nice.

We had a quiet good (and for Barcelona cheap) meal at the university canteen (noodles with tomato sauce).

After the lunch we went to the beach. Unfortunatly the weather got worse (wind, no sun, wind and around 12° Celsius) and I could not swim in the mediterian sea. I have to catch up on that later. We walked the beach promenade and saw some of the tourist spots (like this copper fish)

A copper fish on top of a building
By Gehry

The rest of our tour we underwent in the district of Barceloneta, where we tried to find stuff mentioned in our guide. But after ~5 hours of walking we were tired and headed home. We then had a real nice Rioja from 2005 with our salad.

Barcelona, day two: Montjuic and El barri gothic

The second day of our holiday started relaxed: We slept till 11 AM and had a long breakfast with cereals and toast. Interestingly enough the milk you can buy here in the supermarket gets sold uncooled. This seemed a littel bit odd to me, because in Germany almost all milk is getting sold cooled. The only milk in Germany you can buy uncooled is UHT-milk. So I assume the milk is kinda prepared as well. Also interesting: We bought everything for German breakfast (bread, butter, cheese and wurst) but the wurst happened to be cooked ham (called “Mini York”). That alone wouldn’t be bad at all but the ham tasted literally like nothing…

Anyway, we started our sunny day IMG_20150317_135609 with a metro ride (9,95€ for 10 rides, very cheap in comparison to Berlin) to the Placa de Espana where we walked our way up to the Museo nacional d’ Art de Catalunya IMG_20150317_155635. We went to see the German pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe IMG_20150317_145650.

We planned to use the cable car to district El Raval, which was marked in our map, but this cable car just didn’t exist. So we took the bus to the station universitat where we strolled through the districts. We saw some nice small alleys (and found some guardian gooses IMG_20150317_183347) and ate some “original” catalan food. I bet they took more money from us than it was worth, but that’s the way of the tourist :-)

I do know that the images are all messed up. I have to look into that when I’m back

Barcelona, Day one

Today my fiancée and I flew to Barcelona, for our vacation.  It’s a bit early in the year for a hot Spain holiday, but the city is big enough to cover some bad-weather days.

We flew with germanwings from Berlin at 11 AM and had a pleasantly easy flight. My fiancée and I played Ticket to Ride on her iPad (two times, we had a tie). By the way, Ticket to Ride is a nice game you should absolutly try it once (Amazon Affiliate Link)

In Barcelona we took the Aerobus Barcelona to the plaça del catalunya and walked the last part to our AirBnB accommodation. Next to our apartment is a small café, in which we had  café con leché and a bocadillo, while we waited for out host.

The apartment is small but nice. From our balcony we can see the Sagrada Familia

Picture from our balcony, Sagrada Familia in the distance
If you squint the eyes realy hard and lean from the balcony, you can the it
and we have a Mercato on the opposite of the street. After we ran some errands we prepared a nice tortilla with guacamole. Yummy!
Because of the holidays, I gifted my self with a set of different brands of beer:
Image of three cans and a bottel of beer
Four different beers to taste

So far I tested three of them and they were all very nice.

Bonus content: Cakes! IMG_20150316_193800

You Need A Budget – Free students licence

I’m a huge fan of the software You Need A Budget for my budgeting purposes. I was evaluating the software after I realized that my Excel solution is not feasible (read: to complicated).

I installed the 30 days trial version until it expired. After that I uninstalled it and used the Steam demo version. So I had double the evaluation time. And evaluate I did. After that time I was this close to actually purchase YNAB 4 via Steam. But as a student I’m rather short on money. (That’s why I need to budget in the first place…)

But hey, I’ve got more luck than judgement and on the end of march YNAB 4 was released for free for students! Lucky me.


  • You have to be a student of a college (in Germany: Fachhochschule ist auch in Ordnung)
  • This is NOT limited to US students
  • The licence is valid for the current year. After that date you have to ask for a new licence, if you are still a student.

If you are a student and struggle with your money (who doesn’t?) I realy recommend you to try YNAB in the trial version. And if you like it, grab YNAB 4 for free.


I don’t work for YNAB and I’m not related to the company. My only benefit was the free student version.


Home Theatre PC

Following an post from Jeff Atwood about his Home Theatre PC, I decided to look up the current prices of the mentioned components. Or at least the price I would have to pay, if I would like to update my, how to put it… ancient HTPC.

The old lady I call HTPC is a somewhat oldish Acer Aspire Idea 500 (no chance to find a link on the Acer pages, though) with a stunning amount of one gigabyte of Ram and an Intel Core Duo with 1666 Mhz.

This beast of a machine was state of the art when I bought it (that’s a lie) and fitted very well in my setup at the time I bought it. I could hook it up to my TV and my Logitech surround system. Everything was good.

But that all changed when the Fire-Nation attac… when the progression of media and bandwith hit in. Today my HTPC struggles with the evermore demanding tasks like Youtube above 480p or watching a stream via Watchever. Not to mention the impossible task to play a game on this thing (notable exception: Blobby Volley ).

Besides the old age of my HTPC there is a more pressing problem with this pc: It still runs Windows XP Sp3 Media Center Edition. Yes, that is a 13 Year old operating system.  Holy Crap. Five years ago the support went in the extended phase, which means from that point on, there were only security patches distributed. Not something you would expect in the household of an IT-Guy..

Anyway, with all these urgent needs to update my system I looked up the price of the Jeff Atwood HTPC (or at least my interpretation of that). And it’s quite cheap!

For around 400€ I could have a fully functioning multimedia PC with considerably more power (considerably as in: everything better) than my current HTPC. Also, in the price of 400€ is a 120Gb SSD included, which is 20Gb more of storage than the HTPC has now. And It would consume less power and probably be more silent than my current machine.

Because of the small footprint of the case and the mini-ITX board I won’t be able to extend the HTPC as easy as a Desktop PC, but that’s the case now too. But it woud fit nicely in our media rack.

So what components did I choose (based on Jeffs post)?

  • Case (Antec ISK 310-150): Would fit perfect in my media rack. A must buy. ~80€
  • MoBo (ASRock,B85M Pro4): Haswell, USB 3, HDMI… nice Choice. ~60 €
  • Ram (Two 4Gb blocks): Yeah. You need RAM. More is better, but 8Gb is enough. ~75€
  • CPU (Intel Core i3-4130): Here is my first different choice. Jeff choosed the energy saving version of this CPU, cause hsi HTPC is alway on. Mine isn’t, therefore I can save some money now (around 10€) and get more power. Which is always better. ~100€
  • SSD (Some 120Gb thingi): The HTPC has to boot fast. Therefore no HDD. Also I do have a network storage, so no need to attach tons of storage to the HTPC. ~75€

And that’s it. Jeff included the aforementioned tons of storage and another engergy saving power adapter. No need to, so we can save that.

The summed up cost for this pc is around 390€. Affordable, I would say. Let the saving begin!

Flashing my Samsung Galaxy SIII

Today I decided to flash my Samsung Galaxy SIII

I couldn’t bear the badly written “improvements” which Samsung generously added to the Android anymore. My last smartphone, a now retired HTC Desire gained much out of the Cyanogen Custom Rom, therefore I gave it a try.


I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII (Intl) – i9300 from O2, a german mobilephone provider. My Laptop runs Windows 7 and for guidiance I use the official cyanogen Wiki for my phone.

I’m feeling adventurous today, therefore I’ll try the nightly build

First step: Save your data!

Ok, you could do it the fancy way (Titanium), or just copy all files from the phone via explorer. Remember that some Apps doesn’t save their data to file but in the database. (The only one that mattered to me was Jiffy)

Second: Download stuff

As in the wiki advised, I downloaded the Heimdall Suite 1.4 and the linked ClockwordMod Recovery and because the cyanogen server aren’t the fastest ones, I started to download my CustomRom as well. (Step 1 from the Wiki)

Third: Do scary stuff

And here comes the fun: Shut down the phone (Step 2 from the Wiki) and boot in the download mode. I let the automatic device detection of windows do its work. Afterwards I startded the zadig.exe (Step 3.1). For the records, my phone was called “Gadget Serial”

Screenshot of zadig.exe

I copied the downloaded Recovery File as mentioned in Step 4 and proceeded with Step 5.

My working commandline was

heimdall.exe flash --RECOVERY recovery-clockwork-touch- --no-reboot

It’s worth to mention, that the wiki points out NOT to use an USB-Hub, but to connect your phone directly. I didn’t read that part…

Other than that, no problems with the following steps.


Luckily I had the adb tool already on my pc, so my adb push wasn’t a pain in the ass.

I added the Google Apps as well.

I followed the “Installing CyanogenMod from recovery” manual and had no problems. But I can’t stress it enough, wipe data/factory reset is realy important!

It went well for me, and in a week or so I’ll write a post about living with cyanogen 10.1

Windows 7 – HowTo change system HDD to SSD (With built in tools only)


  • Current Laptop or PC
  • New SSD
  • External Harddisk (for backup, so it’d better be fast and big)
  • One empty DVD (or the recovery disc)
  • Bunch of screwdrivers


  • Shrink your HDD partition to a size smaller than the SSD (*)
  • Create a recovery disk
  • Create a system image with Windows backup on the external Harddisk
  • Replace your HDD with the shiny new SSD
  • Boot with recovery disk
  • Choose to restore from a system backup

(*) The first part is realy important. I ran in a nasty trap when I changed my disks: I shrunk my system partition to fit on the SSD, but while I recovered, the recovery tool told me there wasn’t enough space on my target disk. The problem was my own lazyness: I created a new partition on the HDD where I moved all the not needed files.

The system backup tool tries to recover your whole system, not only your system partition. So be sure that all partitions on your HDD in sum aren’t bigger than your SSD

HowTo shrink the partitions:

HowTo shrink if there are “unmovable” files:

Setting up Wifi on Ubuntu 12.04 Server via command line (yeah, finally some technical stuff )


Setting up a wireless adapter on Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS via CLI isn’t THAT easy. Plug’n’Play doesn’t simply work. Good thing there is Google. And a lot of helpful sites.


Insert the stick (or boot with it) and connect automaticly to the preferred network

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