South Africa Diaries

I spent most of April in Cape Town. Heading back to Switzerland was a bit tough as it involved a 35°C temperature difference. Anyways, I had a fabulous time down in the mother city. First there was Amazee10 the 10 years of Amazee celebration. Which was a great way to meet the whole company in one spot! Also the whole Team met there which rare for a full remote team :)

Over the Easter weekend I hit the road and was traveling through the beautiful sceneries of South Africa.

But enough words. Let these images speak for themselves:africadiaries-1DCIM100MEDIADJI_0144.JPGafricadiaries-3DCIM100MEDIADJI_0157.JPGafricadiaries-5


70 km until my destination and 82 km of fuel left – living on the edge ;)


Stopping at a construction site in the middle of nowhere. The stop lasted long enough to let the people in the cars in front disembark and go to the toilet. Welcome to South Africa ;)


Top of Sederbergpas looking back into the Cederberg Wilderness Area


The car changed colours from white to a very nice dusty redafricadiaries-10

Even on gravel roads you’ll be passed by an ambulance


After a very long drive on gravel roads. Finally the sign that the normal road will start again.africadiaries-14

Also one of those South African moments when the bonnet of the car in front of you flies off (and of course towards you). A quick rear mirror check and an abrupt break later the two guys in the front car jump out. One reinstalls the bonnet and the other walks up to me, reaches out with his hand and excuses himself for what happened.


There is no goodbye. It’s a see you soon mother city!

Drupal Mountain Camp : Systems then and now

During the first Drupal Mountain Camp in the wonderful scenery of Davos, I was given the opportunity to talk about the concepts of virtualized systems, containers and how systems have been provisioned during my time on the job.

Several principles of System Design were covered as well as the fact that “new technologies” are maybe not so new anymore, as the name or trend might suggest.

You can view the slides of my presentation at the download link below:




Angelesen #38

Da wären wir mal wieder. 3-2-1 Links der Woche:

And that, kids, is why we call it a “Patch (


deviantony/docker-elk: The ELK stack powered by Docker and Compose. (

Run the latest version of the ELK (Elasticseach, Logstash, Kibana) stack with Docker and Docker-compose.

Das docker-elk teste ich derzeit gerade. Sieht vielversprechend aus. Und läuft auch mit Metricbeat :)

Drumpf’s cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient ‘easily hackable website’ (, the website for the ex-mayor’s eponymous infosec consultancy firm, is powered by a roughly five-year-old build of Joomla! that is packed with vulnerabilities. Some of those bugs can be potentially exploited by miscreants using basic SQL injection techniques to compromise the server.

Was könnte da wohl schief gehen…?

At the BBC, the launch of in-app vertical video is a step toward connecting with new audiences (

Vertical Video? FFS!

Law Enforcement Access to IoT Data (

The particulars of the case are weird. Amazon’s Echo does not constantly record; it only listens for its name. So it’s unclear that there is any evidence to be turned over. But this general issue isn’t going away. We are all under ubiquitous surveillance, but it is surveillance by the companies that control the Internet-connected devices in our lives. The rules by which police and intelligence agencies get access to that data will come under increasing pressure for change.

U.S. Global Entry Program to Start in Switzerland February 1, 2017 (

Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine commented: “Having been a user of the Global Entry program for several years now, I personally know that business and leisure travelers alike will appreciate the efficiency and speed with which members can get through the port of entry. This will allow participating travelers from Switzerland to focus on their travel plans and reduce the time spent at passport control.”


Simon Sinek on “The Millennial Question” (

15 Minuten über die Millenials, sehr gutes Interview mit Simon Sinek

HTTPS on (

This is a significant milestone in the 21-year history of our website, and though it’s taken us some time, we are very excited to share this with our readers.

Grosse Seiten auf HTTPS zu bringen ist nicht einfach. Toll zu sehen, dass die NY Times da vorreiter sind!

Atlassian acquires Trello for $425M (

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million.

Atlassian hat mal wieder eingekauft.