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bio website pgaiser.net
location Tübingen, Germany
age 34
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen Jul 27 '13 at 9:01

I currently live in Tübingen, Germany.

  • I have been working full-time in IT for ten years (freelance and as a contractor), and am currently studying Interdisciplinary American Studies at the University of Tübingen. I work part time as a webmaster for an organic food company.

  • I can be reached via E-Mail: pekka@gmx.de

  • I have an Amazon Wishlist that I love to get stuff from.


Dec
11
comment Does not testing internals entail diligent refactoring and/or rely on developer talent?
Interesting question, but probably better suited on Programmers.SE - I'm voting to migrate there.
Oct
7
comment From Slashdot: Does being a loyal developer pay?
+1 for this - there's no need to leave a mess behind. Doing everything for an orderly transition is the professional and ethical thing to do. But anything beyond that is loyalty that the company will never repay.
Sep
5
comment Client bankrupt, solution left fallow, what do you do?
I'm voting to migrate this to programmers.SE although I'm not 100% sure it's on-topic there... Please don't hurt me, programmers.SE
Sep
3
comment How can I study C# from Stack Overflow
+1. Using SO as the sole resource to learn a language will almost certainly make you a problem user. SO is not a replacement for proper fundamental learning materials.
Jun
28
comment What advice would you give to someone going freelance?
@Jarrod yes, but that has nothing with actually working for free for a client. It is to highlight how much of the hourly rate is eaten by expenses one doesn't have as an employee. I'll clarify (Edit: You beat me to it, the edit is great.)
Jun
28
comment What advice would you give to someone going freelance?
@Rice no, where do you see an implication like that?
Jun
23
comment Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss?
+1 This is an incredibly valuable answer - seeing as the real value questions like this one can provide is various viewpoints on a problem from people with various backgrounds. I'm still firmly in the "run away" crowd, though
Jun
20
comment Can non-IT people handle a wiki?
Data != documents. You may need a document management system rather than a content management system
Jun
1
comment Can I use open source libraries in trialware?
@user by OP, I mean you (Original Poster) :) I misremembered, I thought the Apache license had restrictions against commercial use. You just need to ship the disclamimers and copyright notices, so this may indeed be fine. +1 for @Hovertruck. However, if you publish your source code under an open license, somebody else will fork a version of it without nag screens so you should use a closed license (or rethink your business model - nagware has it tough against true Open Source)
May
31
comment Can I use open source libraries in trialware?
The OP uses external libraries that do not allow this sort of thing - it is essentially shareware. If you use those libraries, you have to respect their terms.
May
27
comment Software License: Open Source, but no distribution (for free or for profit)
Can you clarify what people can and can't do? How would you define a "bit" that I can use in my own app if you want to protect the app as a whole from being redistributed?
May
4
comment Feeling well out of my depth
I sympathize, but this is off-topic on SO (and possibly on programmers as well, not sure), and I'm not sure what kind of advice you're expecting? Admitting that you are out of your depth with the work presented, and seeing what happens, sounds like a good option, though.
Mar
30
comment Should I help anonymity related projects?
Very interesting topic and great answer. Open Source software has the same kind of double effect, and all four points apply to it in the same way.
Mar
14
comment Bare minimum on the Joel Test
@Jonas both good points. "We can't spend that kind of money" is often an euphemism for "we don't want to spend that kind of money", true
Mar
14
comment Bare minimum on the Joel Test
Completely agree with everything except "Best tools money can buy". License fees may be a drop in the bucket when you're running a company with a huge office in New York City (like Joel does), but they may not be elsewhere in the world. It's the only point on the Joel test that I don't like, and find slightly arrogant
Mar
12
comment I'm hoping to start an online supermarket and needs advice on open source shopping cart software and applications
@Betterman hmm, a 500,000 product online shop is going to have a wide range of issues that will need looking at. I'm not sure whether you're going to find much useful advice here - but to improve the chances, you may need to add more info, e.g. what languages you need it localized in.
Mar
6
comment What do you do when you encounter an idiotic interview question?
@Martin make sure your paper is heavy enough though. On normal office paper, it will rip right through.
Mar
5
comment Writing a client contract for Web development?
@Myles additionally, maybe add payment deadlines customary to your country (here in Germany, it's usually 8 working days). Always have the client sign very detailed agreements of what is to be done prior to starting work. If possible, even including screen shots. Any additional changes you can then bill extra. Always see that you put technical things in layman's terms so a judge can understand them.
Mar
5
comment Writing a client contract for Web development?
@Myles tips on how to write a good contract will probably vary very much from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. An hour of a competent lawyer's time might be a worthwhile investment. Alternatively, maybe check with professional associations for contract templates - but there are also likely to be online resources that help with this. It's just important that they're specific to your country.
Mar
5
comment Writing a client contract for Web development?
Voting to migrate on programmers.SE