Schweren Herzens zu verkaufen – Parrot Bebop + Skycontroller

Parrot Bebop Drone + Skycontroller Rot + 4 Akku 14MP FullHD WiFi für iOS/Android

Ihr habt es ja bestimmt mitbekommen. Im Februar habe ich mir eine Drohne gekauft.

Das Gerät kann alles genau so, wie es im Prospekt beschrieben wurde. Es ist toll, es macht Spass. Ich habe Fotos gemacht, ein kleines Video gedreht … und, und, und. Es macht wirklich Spass damit zu fliegen!

Allein … es ist für mich zu zeitaufwendig. Ich habe es von Februar bis heute geschafft, dreimal ernsthaft zu fliegen, Fotos und Videos zu machen und diese dann zu bearbeiten.

Nun bin ich in mich gegangen und habe beschlossen sie zu verkaufen.

Ich habe sie bei Ebay eingestellt, der Preis ist ok, Drohne und Skycontroller auch (

first flight

Status of #ibcoco – news & rumours

At the end of May we had the idea with this Iron Blogger thing (We = Adedayo, Christine, David and me)

Eight weeks later, we are nine iron bloggers! We are from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Germany, and France. We created 66 blog posts with a wide variety of topics. Only once Adedayo wasn’t able to blog, so she contributed our first good deed 🙂

I noticed, that some people did not understand that they just need to write their own blog. The rest – the  aggregation of all those blog feeds and conneceted social media distribution, works automatically:

Every blog post

The Twitter account @ibcoco1 

  • will follow all of our iron bloggers
  • will add all iron bloggers to a Twitter list
  • At the moment it’s a bot and I have the user credentials
  • it could (and will) be used to re-tweet something important (like the upcoming JoomlaDay in Kenya).
  • don’t forget to follow 😉

The Facebook page

  • will be administrated by the “Founders” (Adedayo, Christine, David and me) 
  • If you have any idea how we can better promote this project via a Facebook page – you are more than welcome to comment (or blog about as iron blogger)
  • don’t forget to like 😉

Interesting things happen

  • David Wampamba created our logo and a WordPress plugin to show the good deed posts in the sidebar of our website (Elegant Category Posts). The source code of the plugin is available for free at Github (
  • He is is running a website called which wants to make the world a better place
  • David Opati Aswani is organising the Joomladay in Kenya (and should write about 🙂 )
  • I’ll use the Elegant Category Posts to create a News section on our website. If something happens that is interesting for all iron bloggers and their audience, tag your post with ibcoco-news and they will appear in the News section of our website
  • So far, we are seven men and only two women. To make it short, we need to overcome the gender gap ;-).  And of course we are open to anything different than men and women that is able to write a blog 🙂

To participate, read the rules and contact us.

You are welcome!

4. It’s all about users, permissions, modules and articles

Photo: Eric Lamy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Back to 3. Design, Layout, Colors

I know, we still have no content on our site but before we create it, let’s have a look on the user accounts of our new Joomla website.
When you installed Joomla, you created the Super Administrator account. This user is allowed to do anything. It is nice to be that user but it is dangerous too. You will probably have more than one user account on your website, e.g. authors who write articles.

To get more used to these topics, let’s build a platform for authors where they can post articles and upload images without the need to enter Joomla’s control panel. Follow the example and you’ll learn a lot about Joomla 🙂

About users, roles and permissions

Users are in general able to login on the frontend and/or the control panel just depending on their role permissions. A user account has to be a member of a user group. Instead of assigning access permissions to each user, they are assigned to a group. The individual user is then assigned to one or more groups. Imagine you have 10,000 users in four different groups. It’s very easy for the administrator to change the permissions for each of the groups. Without groups, you would have to change every user account manually. However, when using groups, you only have to change permissions once!

Joomla comes with predefined groups like author and publisher which are easy to understand. An author is able to create/write something, a publisher has the additional permission to publish content.

  • The predefined frontend user groups are: visitors, registered users, authors, editors, publishers.
  • The predefined control panel user groups are: manager, administrator, super administrator

Example: A website where authors can post articles

This is a very simple workflow but it covers some possibilities that exist in Joomla. I assume that you have a “naked” Joomla without sample data and you have a super administrator user account.

The desirable scenario

  • Admin user in control panel:

    – activates the admin notification when someone creates a new user account

    – creates a user menu for registered users with a link to create an article
  • Visitor on website:

    – registers as a new user
  • Admin user in control panel:
receives a notification and assigns the user to the authors group
  • Author user on website:

    – is able to create an article but is not allowed to publish it
  • Admin user in control panel:
- receives a notification that there is new content available

    – publishes the article on the frontpage

Parameter and user menu

We have to set a few switches in the user options. Go to Users → Manage → Options and activate Allow User Registration and Notification Mail to Administrators (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Notification Mail to Administrators
Figure 1: Notification Mail to Administrators


Then we need a menu for logged in Users. Go to Menus → Manage → Create new menu and create one:

  • Title: User
  • Menu Type: user
  • Description: A menu for a user with useful links

Save and close it. You have now created a kind of menu container. What’s missing is the links inside the menu container and a linked module that displays the new menu at a certain position in the template.
 To create and link the module, click on the link Add a module for this menu type (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Add a module
Figure 2: Add a module

In the module form you have to add a title (User Menu), the position (Right – Position-7 in the Protostar template), the access permission (registered users). Don’t forget to save & close it (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Creating the user menu module
Figure 3: Creating the user menu module


Now we need the “Create article” link in our menu that should be shown to authors. Go to Menus → User → Add New Menu Item (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Creating a link in the user menu
Figure 4: Creating a link in the user menu


In the following form you have to enter the name/description of the link (Menu Item Title), select a Menu Item Type (Figure 5) and restrict the access to registered. Each Joomla component can provide Menu Item Types. Our type (create article) is provided by the content component which is a part of Joomla core.

Figure 5: Select Menu Item Type
Figure 5: Select Menu Item Type


After you saved and closed the dialog a new menu item should be displayed in the list (Figure 6).

Figure 6: User Menu with the new menu item
Figure 6: User Menu with the new menu item

Test your work! Login on the frontend with your super administrator account. After the login, our new user menu with the create link appears (Figure 7).

Figure 7: User Menu after Login
Figure 7: User Menu after Login


Please log out after the test.

Registration as a new user

Now we create a new user account. Please access the website as any other visitor and click the Create an account link. Fill out the form and click the Register button (Figure 8).

Figure 8: Registration form
Figure 8: Registration form


If your server stack allows sending emails, a notification email will be send to the email address of the super administrator account.

Joomla offers a CAPTCHA to prevent spammers. To use it, activate the CAPTCHA plugin under Extensions → Plugins and select it in the options of the User Manager where you can configure the general behaviour of the login process too.

Assignment of the new user to the authors group

Log in with your Administrator account on the control panel, access Users → Users and click on the name of the new user (Hagen Graf). Check the Author group in the Assigned User Groups tab (Figure 9).

Figure 9: Assignment of a group to a user
Figure 9: Assignment of a group to a user

Depending on your environment it might be necessary to enable and activate the new user account. Just click on the red icons to do so (Figure 10).


Figure 10: Activate and enable user
Figure 10: Activate and enable user

Now we have a new author on our website.

The new author creates an article

Now switch your identity to the one of the new author, log in with your new user account on the website and click the create article link. Just add a title and a few words and click save (Figure 11).

Figure 11: Create an article
Figure 11: Create an article


The article is saved and submitted but the user (you) cannot see it, because it is not published. I configured this workflow intentionally as in some cases it is desired to have another person to edit the created content and then publish it.

Of course, it is also possible to skip that, add the user to the group Publisher and then the article would be published immediately.

The admin publishes the article on the frontpage

Joomla comes with a messaging system and this system creates a message when new content was created by a user. Depending on your settings (Components → Messaging → Options) the admin receives that message by email or via the screen. 
The admin has to go to Content → Article Manager and publish the new article. If the article should appear on the frontpage, click on the featured icon (Figure 12, Figure 13).

Figure 12: Publish an Article
Figure 12: Publish an Article


Figure 12: Featured Article
Figure 12: Featured Article

Tweaking the process

As we already noticed while following this example, many topics are covered and the configuration is easily done depending on your needs. There is a huge amount of permissions, options and settings to discover.
I’ll provide a few examples in the following chapters.

Start your Blog – Today!

Marcie Casas - (CC BY 2.0)

A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).

A conceivable simple concept.

The existence of blogs has now arrived in everyone. Blogs are read and also the traditional media take them seriously. I’ve also a blog that you are reading 🙂

When you post messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Foursquare, CouchSurfing, DeviantArt, Ello, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Meetup, SoundCloud, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and all the other platforms, then you run also something like a blog.

If you are looking for an entry (status, check in, photo, video), you realize many things. It is not easy to search, archive or download your “own” data. It is often impossible to transfer your data from one platform to another. You can not evaluate “your” data.

You also’ll realize that it is not “your” data. Depending on the conditions of use of the platform you have issued many or all rights for your content to the company that operates the corresponding service.

My data is not worth anything anyway

If LinkedIn is purchased for US $ 26,000,000,000 by Microsoft, then Microsoft paid about US $ 60 per user (User 433,000,000). Do you have a LinkedIn account? Do you also have an account with other services?

I have accounts at 12 major services where I post occasionally content. If I expect US $ 60 per service, my data is currently worth around 720 US $ on average.

Your data is worth something!

At LinkedIn, users networked to do business. Please consider briefly what kind of data you are generating : texts, photos, music, videos, your fitness bracelet, your car, your bank card, your home automation and all the other stuff that creates data .

Collect Data

Do you also have a box of keepsakes from your childhood? Any tinkering, postcards, pictures, souvenirs and other things. Sometimes it takes 30 years or longer, until you look back into that box. Often to show them to your children. Maybe you don’t have a box and store everything to your memories.

In the age of online communication most memorabilia are made from bits and bytes and are stored on data storage media, on which you have little control. That means, even if you have no box, other people you do not know personally have a “collection box with your experiences”.

Private companies, and increasingly governments, collect treasures from historical data. They are used for predictions about the future. Based on these data decisions are made by SMART algorithms. Of course, Microsoft is only interested in the details of 433’000’000 business contacts and the raw data in the case of LinkedIn. Microsoft sells software, hardware and services for this target group and 26,000,000,000 will recoup a profit.

But back to your blog project.

A private blog

Now a private blog is of course not the solution to all problems related to data and not the ultimate archiving machine, but it is a bit “more ownership” than on the platforms with their services.

When I wrote the STOP BÜPF article (German), it struck me how important any blog can be, even if it’s a small one.

This tweet lead to some blogposts of Swiss providers.

Swiss provider whether access, Web or communication provider of any kind: Please call on your clients to sign! # StopBÜPF

Finally it was possible to collect more than 50,000 signatures which is a base for a referendum against the law. BÜPF is a proposed law about censorship and surveillance in Switzerland. Have a look at this video to get an idea what could be possible afterwards (subtitles in English are available).

It’s a good feeling when you publish your text on your platform and then post the link to your platform in different services. The principle is called POSSE (Publish on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere).

In POSSE your content is stored on an environment over which you have control. If you refer for example to Facebook on your own blog, then Facebook “visits” your blog and copies the first words and an image and displays both in your status message. Similarly, it works on all platforms. When you offer an RSS feed, your data can be read in an external feed reader. However, the data remains under your control.

The consequence is (among others):

You are perceived. This can not prevent, because everybody wants your data and are curious what you have to say.

The longer you think about it, the sooner you’ll probably notice why it is good to have your own blog.

This is a small list of benefits:

  • It helps you to learn new things
  • You begin to think more clearly
  • You learn to write better
  • Your self-confidence grows
  • You talk more structured about topics you wrote about
  • You can make money (if you wish)
  • You can support a good cause
  • You need no prior knowledge
  • It is a real challenge 🙂
  • It’s free (or affordable)
  • You learn always something about yourself, others and the issues about which you write

How to start?

The popular software for blogs is WordPress. It works well with many other programs too and all the known and unknown content management systems, but WordPress is simply practical and has become the de facto standard.

First steps

If you do not have a blog, you can set up a blog on for free in minutes. is also a service (from the USA) and your data will be stored on their hard disks, as in the platforms described above. But you’re the one who determined about your data. You can export them at any time and import them into a self hosted WordPress installation. At this moment you begin to take over any responsibility for your data. You can import the data also into many other systems (Joomla, Drupal).

The WordPress software is open source and is developed by a large community. You can download the source code from and install it locally or at a hosting provider of your choice. You can also at any time move your data to another place.


The farther you go away from “all around carefree” services, the more responsibility you transfer to yourself. It’s a bit like growing up. Suddenly you have a car / phone / bike / boyfriend / girlfriend / family / apartment / house / boat and you learn that you have to care so that it continues to work well.

A blog is therefore also a good exercise in “grow up”.


You need a blog and if you already have one, then please post but your URL as a comment.

ART Fabrik, & Blogging

Nachdem der eine oder andere sicherlich schon mitbekommen hat, das wir jetzt auch irgendwas mit Kunst machen, hier mal ein wenig mehr Übersicht über laufende Projekte 🙂

ART Fabrik

In unserem cocoate Büro (32, Rue du Pla, 11510 Fitou) haben wir vom 1.7. – 31.8 eine Kunstgalerie eröffnet. Wir, das sind Christine Graf, Susan + Christian Cantau sowie Harry + Miranda Tilley und natürlich ich. Miranda und ich sind keine Künstler, helfen aber mit, wo wir können. Harry und seine Schwestern machen Schmuck, Susan malt, Christian erstellt Lampen und Gegenstände aus Metall. Hier ein Foto vom Abend als die Idee entstanden ist (13. Juni 2016).

ART Fabrik - Idea

Wir haben dann noch in einer Blitzaktion das Büro renoviert.

ART Fabrik

Die Eröffnung verlief sehr “authentisch”, die Künstler waren doch etwas nervös 🙂

The official opening speech done by four very excited artists

Auf der Vernissage hatten wir jedenfalls “full house”, eine Künstler Association aus Toulouse möchte bei uns austellen, am 21.7. gibt es eine Sonderschau von Skulpturen aus dem “Atelier” in La Palme und Mr. Stanley spielte während der Eröffnung auf seiner Mandoline.


ART Fabrik

Wir wollen die ART Fabrik zunächst zwei Monate ausprobieren und daher haben wir noch keine Website erstellt, sondern zunächst “nur” eine Facebook Page (bitte bei der Gelegenheit gleich mal liken 🙂 ).  Alle Links und Kontaktdaten der Künstler gibt es auf

Was mir besonders gut gefällt: Tine hat ein Bild gemalt, wie ich die Zahlen von 0-9 sehe. Die Geschichte dazu gibt es in ihrem Blog (Numbers in Colours). Vom Bild gibt es noch kein Foto (ich gehe gleich mal runter und mache eins).

Mehr Bilder von den Vorbereitungen und der Eröffnung gibt es auf Flickr

Hinweis: Falls du Künstler bist und in Südfrankreich etwas ausstellen (und verkaufen) willst, nur zu :). Wir könnten uns den Raum auch als Mischung aus Galerie und tempörärem Atelier ab September vorstellen. Sprich’ uns einfach an.

Hashtag: #artfabrik

Die Website ist im Laufe meiner Tätigkeit als Blogger für die Firma Novatrend entstanden ( Sie ist in Drupal 8 erstellt und ich beschreibe alle Schritte, wie ich sie erstellt habe im Novatrend Blog. Thematisch ist die Seite ein Art Kunstarchiv. Jürgen hatte die Idee dazu.

Idee: Viele Leute erstellen etwas und oft wird es vergessen. Auf kann sich jeder ein Konto anlegen und seine Werke dokumentieren.

In den letzten Monaten lag etwas brach, da ich über andere Themen geschrieben habe, aber in Kombination mit der ART Fabrik will ich mal sehen, wie sich das weiterentwickelt.

Hinweis: Falls du da mitmachen willst, nur zu. Wir sind natürlich offen für alle Ideen und Weiterentwicklungen

Hashtag: #seafolly


Auch wenn es für viele Menschen bereits “altmodisch” ist, bloggen ist wichtig. Hierzu habe ich einen Artikel im Novatrend Blog geschrieben.
Den werde ich noch auf English übersetzen und hier posten

Link: Starte (d)ein Blog – heute!


Weil bloggen wichtig ist, habe ich ein IronBlogger Projekt ins Leben gerufen. Auch hierzu gibt es einen Artikel im Novatrend Blog Viel Zeit, viele Themen und Iron Blogging.

Aufruf: Blogge einmal die Woche mit uns. Momentan kommen die Blogger aus Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Frankreich und Deutschland. Die meisten bloggen auf Englisch, die Deutschen meist auf deutsch 🙂 Ich mache so eine Mischung. Das ganze ist übrigens für einen guten Zweck.

Hashtag: #ibcoco

Und meine Kunst?

Ich mache mir ja seit Anfang 2015 auch Gedanken über die Kunst und es sind sogar schon ein paar Sachen dabei herausgekommen (MaxiLamps, Hello Art und die Moulage dazu). MaxiLamps habe ich in der ART Fabrik in einer kleinen Nische untergebracht und es blinkt fröhlich vor sich hin.

ART Fabrik MaxiLamps
ART Fabrik MaxiLamps