Ubuntu: Problem with international Keyboard Layouts

I was very close to dumping Ubuntu. This has so far been the best Desktop Linux distribution I ever worked with, and I really liked the ease of use. But one day, something broke. It didn’t allow me to switch between keyboard layouts any more! As I often have to compose texts in German, this is a big deal, and quite a problem. I was exploring the various forums for months! I found quite a few people who had the same problem, but nobody with a solution that actually worked for me.

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WebDAV with Windows XP

So I finally found some time to configure Apache for WebDAV.  This wasn’t too bad.  But then I also had to configure authentication.  This is just a playground (at least for now), so picked  basic authentication.  But I was in for a nasty surprise: There was a serious problem with Windows XP.  I run only Windows at home, but my brother uses XP, and he needs this feature.

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EU-Domain-Craze

.eu Domains are now up for grabs!  So I thought I’d pick up jastram.eu – but it was already gone. 

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Is Starbucks a good thing?

For years, I looked at Starbucks with suspicion, considering them a predator that pushed small coffee shops out of business.  Then I worked for a few years in Fort Washington (by Philadelphia), where Starbucks was the only option of getting coffee (not counting the horrible office coffee).  That already changed my opinion, as their quality is good, and the were active in the community, too.

I just read this interesting piece on Starbucks in the Economist, and they mention a few more tidbits that show that Starbucks, indeed, is different:

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