Nach einer hektischen Phase seit Mitte September neigt sich unglaublich coole 2013 bereits dem Ende zu. Nächste Woche folgt der endgültige Umzug aus Schottland wieder in die (Zentral-)Schweiz. Dann habe ich hoffentlich endlich wieder Zeit, an meinem Geheimprojekt weiterzuarbeiten – und das an dieser Stelle auch endlich vorzustellen.
Zusätzlich plane ich für Anfang Januar eine weitere Runde Bier brauen, was ich ebenfalls hier erwähnen werde. Und zu guter Letzt konnte ich in den letzten Wochen ein paar ganz interessante Single Malts organisieren, vielleicht schreibe ich auch darüber noch etwas..
Zuerst aber Frohe Weihnachten & einen guten Start im 2014!
Found this just now, about 23:20 GMT.
Amazon seems to be quite certain about it, even though there is no release date listed (yet).
While it has been rather quiet on my blog the last month due to working, dissertation and personal reasons, I will post a longer update soon. My MSc dissertation and the wedding preparations still require some time. However, I already can let you know that my beer from the last post turned out very well and we occasionally enjoy it. Also my other project made some good progress last month and I will start to post more information in August, as a married man *g*.
Brewing really is art, mixed with cooking, and baking. But I would not call myself an artist, or a chef for that matter. I probably just call my self a brew enthusiastic. My first batch was started a month ago using a Canadian Blonde kit from Cooper’s. That was quite easy, but ended being 40 pints of a quite light 4.2% beer with a nice taste. So I had to try again. But I wanted to go one step further and increase the difficulty since the kit was rather easy to do.
This time I decided to try to brew from extract, that means the wheat and malts are already but various hops for the taste and other grains for the color is added manually in a process called steeping. Same goes for the yeast to kick off fermentation. Good thing is, the extract brewing doesn’t require additional sugar because that is already (and by nature, I believe) in the malt extract. After cooking the wort for about one hour, I put it in a plastic bin, add cold water to cool it down and then pitch the yeast.
The only thing you need or can do after pitching the yeast is waiting for it to do its job by transforming sugar into alcohol. This should be finished after one to two weeks and the best way to find out if it is done is to measure the beer’s gravity. The first measurement today showed a promising result so I think I will be able to put in bottles tomorrow evening. Then it needs another few days for the second fermentation to go through and for the yeast to settle, and should be ready to be enjoyed in about two weeks. I am looking forward to see how my first real beer is going to taste – and how I can adapt it even more to my taste.
Since brewing is a process one wants to monitor closely for several reasons like knowing when it’s time for the second fermentation or bottling, knowing whether the yeast has the right temperature, …, I bought myself a USB thermometer sensor on a one meter long cable. I will put this sensor (once it’s insulated, but that’s another story) into the fermenting wort to constantly measure temperature. And since I might have some computing skills, I write myself a brewing program that helps me organise my beer recipes, the production batches, and help supervising this sensor as well as potential others. Obviously, there is way more potential in this program which I started to write two weeks ago. I hope to be able to post some screenshots soon. It is actually planned to run on a Raspberry Pi for several reasons. If you would like to have a go with the program yourself once it is actually in some alpha or beta stage, let me know.
So, what features would you like for your brew tool?
For people as new to home brewing as me, I recommend the books Homebrewing for Dummies which explains everything very nicely, and the classic The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World which tells you everything about fermenting whatever it is you want to ferment.
When I read that zoolz.com is offering 100 GB for the first one Million new users I just hat to give it a try – and obviously compare with my beloved and constantly used solution wuala.com. Both of them have some very nice features, and as it turns out I probably am going to use both products because there is especially one big distinction between the two: While Wuala.com can be used as a backup tool, it also is a full-grown cloud storage with sync features from the very first byte. On the other hand, zoolz.com in the free version offers a huge 100 GB free of their cold-storage space. As the name somehow implies these 100GB are stored on Amazon’s Disks running Glacier services. This means, the backup can be offered very cheap because it a restore is less quickly available within 3 – 5 hours – which makes the tool only usable as a backup, but not as a sync service. As zoolz.com confirmed to me they do offer an instant storage for syncing, but only as part of their business pricing plans.
While 100 GB Wuala storage costs about $140 per year for one user, Zoolz.com charges $120 for 100 GB Instant Storage plus 100 GB Cold Storage for 10 users. When setting up the zoolz.com directories, you chose what storage technology this directory should use. A similar storage offer from Wuala for business with 100 GB Storage, 10 users and 10 groups costs about $630 without any dedicated cold storage (Btw, Dropbox for businesses is more expensive). It seems that zoolz.com is cheaper, at least for businesses. I know this is not directly comparable, especially for me since I basically use Wuala as a network drive with all my data directly stored there. But apart from pricing, what makes the difference?
To me as somewhat of a security interested person, encryption does make a difference. This is one of the reasons why I don’t use DropBox with any sensible data since it is just not secure enough. Wuala on the other hand offers a complete encryption which happens directly on your computer and uploads the encrypted data. This means the guys at Wuala (or any government) don’t have any chance to look into your folders apart from breaking the encryption. Zoolz.com offers a similar feature called client-side encryption where you chose a password and then can access the data only when using that password. But since this password also works on their website and thus they need to store your login data somewhere I think it is not as secure as Wuala where there is only an indirect web access using a portable java version of Wuala which works the same way as the desktop version. And then there is the issue of the location of the servers. Zoolz is an American company running on Amazon (an another American company) AWS Servers, likely in the US. This means they are subject to quite a few legal issues regarding data ownership and protection. And since Wuala is a Swiss company (now owned by Lacie) and servers in Switzerland the Swiss data protection law applies which is similar to the European and a lot more data subject (user) friendly.
Apart from the browser access, both tools offer clients on all well-known desktop and mobile operating systems. Both tools offer scheduled and event-based (data changed) backup in the paid subscription and bandwidth throttling. Obviously, Zoolz has a nicer design than Wuala, there is no need to further discuss this. A nice feature I found in zoolz was the schedule throttling which allows to tell the program not to back up when in presentation, game or video mode, in order not to interrupt your important business stuff *s*.
So you see these services are not as directly comparable as I first expected them to be. I leave the decision on what program to use up to you, but I can tell you what I am going to do. I will keep my current Wuala setup with the sync to several clients and my main data in the cloud, it just works fine. And I will use zoolz as a very nice and feature-rich front end client to Amazon Glacier with only a small price increase compared to the effective cost of Amazon Glacier (those 100GB free per User cost Zoolz at retail price about $1/month). I will backup large but less important files on Zoolz since I will be able to wait a few hours for their restore in case disaster should happen. However, I will reconsider this setup in the future quite a few times I guess and will blog again in case something changes my mind. How about you, do you have a different opinion or experience?
Greenheart Games hat vor ein paar Tagen ihr erstes Spiel veröffentlicht: Game Dev Tycoon. Wie der Name sagt geht es darum, eine erfolgreiche Spielentwicklungsfirma aufzubauen. Eigentlich eine coole Idee, wäre da nur nicht das Problem der Raubkopierer. Im Spiel und in Wirklichkeit. Greenheart Games hat nämlich kurz nachdem Sie das Spiel veröffentlicht haben, eine leicht modifizierte Version in Form von Torrents ins weltweite Piratennetz verteilt. Die Version enthält keine Viren oder grossartige Abmahnungen dass man Spiele doch kaufen soll, im späteren Spielverlauf wird einfach die Wahrscheinlichkeit für den Spieler, dass das von ihm entwickelte Game ebenfalls kopiert wird, enorm erhöht. Ach, die Ironie.. Einen Tag nach Veröffentlichung wurde das Spiel übrigens von 214 Personen gekauft und von 3104 Usern geklaut. Das sind 93.6%. Und das bei einem Preis von ganzen $7.99.
Der grossartige Blogpost von Greenheart Games bietet einen Überblick wie das ganze abgelaufen ist. Ich finde das eine starke Aktion die aufzeigt, wo das Problem in der Branche liegt. Weshalb die Publisher halt lieber für Konsolen entwickeln und eher ein XXX 3 und YYY 4 veröffentlichen als ein originelles Spiel.
Ein paar Wochen nach der äusserst erfolgreichen Kickstarter-Kampagne haben RunRev gestern ihr Versprechen eingelöst und die erste OpenSource-Version von LiveCode veröffentlicht. Die “as is” Version trägt die Nummer 6 und ist auf dem Stand der bisherigen Commercial Version minus Script-Security Features.
Gemäss den Lizenzbedingungen dürfen Apps und Programme die mit der OSS-Version erstellt werden verschenkt und verkauft werden, es ist einfach zwingend vorgeschrieben dass auch der Quellcode mitgeliefert oder zumindest Online komplett verfügbar sein muss. Wer das nicht möchte, kann weiterhin eine kommerzielle Lizenz kaufen die dann keine Veröffentlichungspflicht enthält. Die kommerzielle Version kostet rund $500 pro Jahr und bietet auch Zugriff auf umfassende Schulungsvideos.
Zusätzlich möchte ich noch auf das Forum und die Mailingliste hinweisen. Ich habe selten eine so hilfreiche und “erwachsene” Community erlebt. Scheint so, als seien die Trolle da schon länger verhungert..