The Great Game in Central Asia

Map of Central Asia

With the advent of China’s Belt and Road Initiative I found it necessary to learn about the involved regions and histories. I’m curious. Grown up in Germany during the Cold War I was teached that Russians were always mostly the evil ones and people from the West are usually the “better ones”. I never believed it but I also had a clear lack of information about Russia and of course China. Both regions didn’t  existmore or less in the media and my school lessons at that time (1960ties).

When I was in Jordan it was the first time that I really thought about the Chinese project, its impact, what it will change in the world. I read some news about it and I like the idea in general. Last year I read about a weekly train connection from Düsseldorf to Peking (New train connection developing between China and Germany), about the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway and some other developments related to the project. There is even a conference in Germany about it (seidenstrasse.bayern).

My biggest lack of knowledge was about Central Asia. Six years ago I was in Mashad, Iran and I got an idea how complicate the relationships are.

But back to the Great Game:

“The Great Game” was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the nineteenth century between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over Afghanistan and neighbouring territories in Central and Southern Asia. Russia was fearful of British commercial and military inroads into Central Asia, and Britain was fearful of Russia adding “the jewel in the crown”, India, to the vast empire that Russia was building in Asia. This resulted in an atmosphere of distrust and the constant threat of war between the two empires. Britain made it a high priority to protect all the approaches to India, and the “great game” is primarily how the British did this in terms of a possible Russian threat. Historians with access to the archives have concluded that Russia had no plans involving India, as the Russians repeatedly stated.” Wikipedia

A good start for me to understand the history of Central Asia far better was this book from 1994:
The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia – Peter Hopkirk

It tells the story of the Great Game through the exports of the young officers, both British and Russian. Disguised as holy men or native horse-traders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence and the allegiance of powerful khans.

Do you know some books, movies, websites, whatever to learn more about Central Asia? Please comment I’m still curious 🙂

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Help a young student graduate from Maastricht University 🙂 

My daughter Phyllis asked me today via messenger if I could participate in a questionnaire she needs for her Master Thesis. I did and you should do so too, wherever you are on this planet!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? 

Master Thesis at Maastricht University with the topic “Blockchain Technology in Healthcare” 

WHY? 

  • You support interesting research.  
  • You collect some karma points! 
  • You help a young student graduate from Maastricht University 🙂  
  • You help the old father of the young student

EFFORT? 

The questionnaire takes about 6 minutes, 4 pages of questions in total.  


She needs > 300 submissions (and has already 50 66 74).
Now think of yourself when your daughter would ask you the same question and help us 😉

Here comes the link:

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United Kingdom

The Wikipedia page for UK starts with this sentence: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain. After visiting the country for the first time for a longer time (2 weeks) I learned so much about the history (William the conqueror, Oliver Cromwell, the parliament, …), that I’m now even more curious how everything fits together. I spent a lot of time reading Wikipedia pages, even while writing this blog post on a phone just a short introduction to that part of world.

(btw. Since 2 weeks I’m becoming more and more a fan of this country. I’ll definitely come back to explore the rest.)

 

Why Twitter blocked and deleted our @ibcoco1 Twitter Account

ibcoco1 is locked

We are running the not for profit iron blogger project. The aim of the project is to motivate people to blog once a week. If you are interested in the project (and you should 😉 ), have a look at our website https://ibcoco.net/we-want-you-to-blog-because/. Beside the website, the project had a Twitter account. Last week I received an e-mail from Twitter. They told me that ibcoco1 seems to be a child and that is the reason, why the account was locked. Continue reading “Why Twitter blocked and deleted our @ibcoco1 Twitter Account”

Joomla and CloudFest

Photo by cloudfest https://www.flickr.com/photos/146531225@N03/26096128187/

As I mentioned two weeks ago I became a kind of “partner happiness volunteer” in the Joomla project (CloudFest: Become a Partner for the Joomla Project and I’ll make you happy). My first task was to find partners for Joomla at this very unique conference in an amusement park in Germany. The conference itself has a long history as an the event for “the hosting industry” which basically consists of everything that is related to data centres, storage, servers, operating systems, cables and all the software that is needed to run it in a proper way. In the past this industry earned, let’s be honest, a shitload of money. Nowadays they earn only a lot money. With the invention of “cloud computing” companies like Amazon Web Services,  Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud got a huge piece of the “hosting business cake”. I assume the growing cloud business was also the reason to change the name of the conference from World Hosting Days to CloudFest.

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CloudFest: Become a Partner for the Joomla Project and I’ll make you happy

CloudFest, Europapark, Roller coaster

Next week I’m going to CloudFest.  CloudFest itself is not easy to describe. It is an event and the successor of the World Hosting Days. Thus a large part of the world’s hosting industry will be “there”. The first time I was there in 2016. I’m writing a weekly blog post for NovaTrend, a hosting company from Zurich, Switzerland and I thought, it’s a good idea to visit the event to get a better idea what this industry is about. And it was a good idea! It was simply amazing, I met many people, learned a lot and to my surprise, I found a booth from CMS Garden and met friends from open source communities like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, Contao and other systems. CloudFest takes place in Europa Park, Rust, Germany so everything looks a bit strange to me. I’m not used to roller coasters and conference facilities looking like Disneyland but hey – it’s nice 🙂

In November last year, while attending the Joomla World Conference in Rome, Italy, Soren was looking for someone who is willing and able to make Joomla Partners happy. We discussed the topic at length and after the conference I became a member of the new founded Partnership Success Team. The basic idea of the team is to make partners happy. The Joomla project always needs money, so we offer something in the sense of

”Hey, Joomla can maximize your ROI. We have lots of options … let’s talk :)”

Joomla already has some Partners but we want to have more 🙂

Now I come into the game. I am German, I speak German and CloudFest is located in Germany. Remember, my role is to make partners happy. So I will be at the Joomla booth from Tuesday evening until Friday. Lucky me -CloudFest runs a Facebook page for its attendees. I participated in a competition with this post and … won a VIP-Package … woohoo!

So, have a look at the Joomla booth (will update where it is located) and see you soon 🙂

 

WordPress Single Sign On … aber wie/but how?

Sorry for the language mix but I thought it’s better to have it in both languages 🙂

Heute habe ich mal keine Lösung, sondern ein Problem. Ich will in WordPress etwas programmieren. Eine Authentifizierung gegenüber einem Altsystem.

Today I have no solution, but a problem. I want to program something in WordPress. An authentication to a legacy system.

Es gibt eine Website (proprietäres System) auf dem sich Besucher registrieren und einloggen. Innerhalb einer Subdomain (wordpress.hauptdomain.com) liegt ein WordPress und der Wunsch ist nun ein Single Sign On bei dem das führende System das Altsystem (hauptdomain.com) ist.

There is a website (proprietary system) where visitors register and log in. Within a subdomain (wordpress.domain.com) is a WordPress and the desire is a single sign on where the leading system is the legacy system (domain.com).

Vom WordPress aus muss nun folgendes passieren:

  • Checken ob der Besucher beim Hauptsystem angemeldet ist.
    Wenn nein, dorthin schicken (erledigt)
  • Wenn der Besucher der WP Site beim Altsystem angemeldet ist, in WP nachsehen, ob es für dessen E-Mail Adresse schon einen WordPress User gibt.
    • Wenn nein, anlegen (erledigt)
    • Wenn ja, im WordPress einloggen (offen)

Looking from the WordPress installation, the following must happen:

  • Check if the visitor is logged in to the main system.
    If not, send to the system (done)
  • If the visitor to the WP site is logged in to the legacy system, check out WP to see if there is already a WordPress user for that e-mail address.
    • If no, create one (done)
    • If yes ja, log into WordPress (to do)

Das Einloggen ist ein mehrschichtiges Problem. Es ist einfach einen “Eingeloggt sein Zustand” auf der entsprechenden Seite zu ermöglichen. Das geht mit diesen beiden Befehlen sogar ohne Passwort (auch interessant 🙂 ).

The log in is a multi-layered problem. It is easy to enable a logged in status on the appropriate page. It works with these two commands even without a password (also interesting :)).
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Building a Central Bank – Part 1

Ethereum Wallet

Last week I asked if someone has an idea what Ethereum is about. Dick Olsson told me in a comment that it’s possible to create a kind of blockchain for our iron blogger project.

What I know so far is the wikipedia article about Ethereum, some content of the website of the Swiss foundation Ethereum.org and a few videos from 2014 (What is Ethereum?). I noticed that something existed called the DAO (Decentralized autonomous organization) and that there is a big hype about “the Ether” (Bitcoin may have more than doubled this year, but rival Ethereum is up 2,000 percent. Here’s why)

This is a screenshot from the ethereum website

Ethereum - You can build
Ethereum – You can build

A famous quote from The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht comes into my mind when I read what you can build with Ethereum. Continue reading “Building a Central Bank – Part 1”

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

It’s “the biography” about Elon Musk, his family and the story behind

  • PayPal (make banking easy)
  • Tesla Motors (about cars, super chargers, production plants and batteries)
  • SpaceX (about reusable rockets that can start AND land)
  • SolarCity (about creating electricity).

After being disappointed with so many dark dystopian Science Fiction stories he basically decided to make the future bright again, solve the worlds energy problem and colonise the planet Mars.

It’s an impressive story!

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Geothermal Energy, Flower Plants, Wildlife & Disney in Naivasha

The Naivasha lake in Kenya was a kind of paradise for birds, fish, hippos, the cows of the Maasai people. The lake has an area of 15,600 ha at an altitude of 1884m asl. It is a fresh water lake with a catchment of 2,378 km2. The lake is on a tentative list for becoming UNESCO heritage since 1999. A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination. The quote is from the actual description of the UNESCO website.

The lake environment is fragile but dynamic and supports tourism and geothermal power generation from deep-rooted stream jets among other economic activities. Lake Naivasha’s biodiversity is critically threatened by human induced factors, including: habitat destruction, pollution (from pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers), sewage effluent, livestock feeding lots, acaricide, and water abstraction. … Current research findings show that the lake cannot sustain further development activities on the scale seen over the last fifteen years. (UNESCO Lake Naivasha)

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