Creating your own social network

Wohoo, first post here for ages now. Nevertheless, it‘s my try to make sense of my projects and focus on some details that might get forgotten otherwise.


What do Ⅰ want to achieve? It‘s a bigger project that Ⅰ don‘t want to go into details, but it‘s closely related to this. In essence: Ⅰ want to create an alternative to facebook for a sub-community of tango dancers. It must be integrated with event management, so it‘s not just a social network, but it must cater to organizers as well as event participants, and their network. Ⅰ am willing to spend some money, but Ⅰ do want full source code for that: my experience with encrypted source code (speak: Thyme calendar) have been mixed: you do get good quality products if you pay for software, but if something happens to the provider (aka he went off the grid), then you are cold out in nowhere. Let‘s hope the code never breaks!

It seems there are a few social networking scripts out there: (overview)

  • Worpress-based:
    • MU, multi-user blogging.
    • buddy press, free, get code, seems limited, and might be much work to get features from WP plugins to really work. basically it‘s more of a multi-user blogging page than anything else.
  • Joomla-based:
    • Jom-Social, € buys full source code/updates/support, has access to many extra plugins and features, contains basic elements: blog, events, groups, privacy, photos.
  • Social Engine
    • many many features, including billing for extra features
    • extensive settings, roles and models
    • self-hosted, full source code
  • phpFox
    • full source code, many plugins/features
  • mooSocial
    • basic feature set, but lesser infrastructure than other tools.
  • Dolphin
  • Elgg

EOS 550D is here.

Ohlala… this blog may be revived after all. Here’s to my new EOS 550D with it’s shiny 50mm/1.4 lense. Here’s a first example shot taken today. Will be posting more pics in the next few weeks once Ⅰ get more time to play with it, especially under low light conditions where the lense should be able to shine! More pics are on my flickr stream.


Espresso: Gran Bar von Mocambo

gran bar - mocambo packung

Setup: Gaggia Baby; Mahlkönig Vario (1,5)

Fette, dicke Crema (eher Schaum), die relativ schnell zusammenfällt und sehr wässrig schmeckt. Espresso schmeckt sehr mild, langweilig.

Vielleicht eher geeignet für Milch-Drinks? Laut Kaffeezentrale auch eher weniger geeignet für Espresso — nächstens Mal weiss ich also Bescheid.

links video


After just wanting to download a HD video from youtube… Ⅰ found some little useful scriptlets at

This script enables the best quality stream from youtube. Give me that HD! *

And this one adds small little links to download the video file. MP4 is iPhone ready, so Ⅰ can take it with me. good. *


Chicho & Juana @ Mantova festival 2007

Simplicity & musicality. There is no less, no more. Just perfect.