So this is a relaunch

So this is a relaunch. But not only the look and feel of this blog changed, other changes are coming along. The old version had the claim „Aus dem Alltag eines Halbtagsselbständigen” („From the everday life of a part-time self-employed”). This claim is gone because it is no longer true. I quit my other job effective April, 30th and I’m now solely selling cuckoo clocks for a living.

This blog is now responsive. As I hadn’t had the time to do it on my own I used the Tatami-Theme by Elma Studio. There is a lot of good stuff in this template and you can learn a lot from just using it. Of course there are some things I don’t like, too. But I guess that’s the price you have to pay when you use something off-the-shelf.

I also want to use this relaunch to get a consistent line regarding my blogs. So this blog will focus on work-related things and will be in english most of the time. Thanks to the Tatami-Theme I can now also post quotes, links and videos in a more tumblelog-style. Blogpotato will become (or remain) the geek stuff blog in german and I will continue to blog about becoming a vegan on Ist mir egal, ich ess das jetzt einfach (also in german, the URL translates to „I don’t care, I just eat this now”). And, if this wouldn’t be enough: I bought a flat lately which is currently under construction. Thoughts on this subject (in german) will be published on K12.

The future of testing is yellow

Pingdom, my favourite service for monitoring my servers, released a new tool yesterday that saves you from becoming a click monkey: Transaction Monitor.

What it does is accessing your webpage, clicking links, filling out forms and checking on the results (URL, Status Codes, etc.). I just implemented it for checking all of our stores checkout processes once a day.
Setting up is straigt forward and easy (as long as you have a check left in your Pingdom account). The Check editor offers context sensitive suggestions on actions and validations and has instant feedback on how long it took to perform the action and wether it was successful or not.

So with the Transaction Monitor annyoing repetitive task can be automated and thanks to that performed even more often as when executed manually.


For some inexplicable reason however there is an artificial limit on the number of steps you can add to a check which is currently 25 and limits the usefulness unnecessarily.

Viel heiße Luft

Es gibt ja auch noch andere Shopbetreiber die bloggen. Und zumindest so tun, als würden sie der Community was zurückgeben.

Natürlich gilt es Chancengleichheit für alle Kollegen zu gewährleisten: wer die Präsentation ebenfalls haben möchte, schreibt mir einfach eine mail

Habe ich gemacht. Mehrmals. Und der Kollege auch. Reaktion: Keine. Auch Kommentare im ‘Blog’ werden ignoriert, indem sie einfach nicht freigeschaltet werden.

Da bleibt mir nur zu sagen: Put your money where your mouth is. Oder einfach keine leeren Versprechungen abgeben.