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Germany is still an underdeveloped digital country on 4G mobile networks

15GB per month for €25, while in the neighbor country Denmark you get Unlimited GB for the same price..

One tariff with €199.95 for Unlimited GB in Germany btw... statistics of Nov-2017 with data of 2016.

Nitrokey Storage: USB Security Key for Encryption

I rarely advertise any products, and even though this is not physically available yet: get your USB Nitrokey Storage at Indiegogo until tomorrow. Realized with Open Hardware and Free Software it will enable secure logins, encryption, backups, ... Further information is available at the Nitrokey web site.

Hacker cheese

Found one of my favorite cheese to have a 1337 quality assurance sticker.

1337 quality approved cheese
1337 quality approved cheese


Titanenwurzblüte, blooming titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum

Yesterday night we had the privilege to see a blooming titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), the largest flower on Earth, in the botanical garden's greenhouse at Planten un Blomen, a nearby park in the center of Hamburg. Privilege because it took years to start blooming and already the same night it collapsed again. The titan arum is also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, and it really deserves the name, it smells like rotting meat to attract beetles for its pollination.

Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum
Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum


Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum
Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum


Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum
Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum


Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum
Titanenwurz, titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum


A historical illustration from Kosmos Handweiser für Naturfreunde 1934 depicts how large this flower could grow, the one we saw reached "only" 163cm.






The website of the Botanic Garden Hamburg has some more pictures of the progress since July 2, additional information in German can be found there.

Also the United States Botanic Garden at Washington D.C. expects a titan arum to bloom about every day now.

Update:
There's a time lapse video of the Hamburg titanum blooming.
The U.S. Botanic Garden one bloomed July 21st to 22nd and there's also a time lapse video. Very pretty.

Reincarnation

Time to put my old blog into Zombie state and start something fresh. The ancient JRoller 3.1 instance I had my account on wasn't really appealing anymore.. so I peeked around and found Serendipity that looks promising, easy to install and lots of features.

You might also notice a slight change in the blog description ;-)