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  • jam » Amsterdam
    highlights of the event was the Identity Manager 4 launch party aboard the Ocean Diva Here is a video clip of the event The ship did a short cruise up and down the river and we were blessed with great weather Spent most of my time on the ship hanging out with Dominique Leuenberger and drinking loads of beer Party going on full swing in the Ocean Diva Sunset from the Ocean Diva Overall it was a great trip even considering the travel hiccups see previous post Met up with a lot of colleagues partners and customers from Singapore Paris Italy Netherlands and USA just to name a few Got lots of positive and constructive feedback from attendees too The rest of the photos from this trip can be found here Tags Amsterdam Brainshare Read more Comments 5 To Amsterdam and back May 22nd 2010 Conference Travel Just got back from Brainshare Amsterdam taking a far longer time than initially expected A direct flight to Amsterdam is only an hour from Nuremberg but I could not get that option so I transited through Munich instead That takes about 4 hours which is still okay Amsterdam Central Station as seen from the hotel Was up at 4am to catch the 6am Nuremberg to Munich flight It got delayed by 30 minutes but turned out it didn t matter as the connecting flight to Amsterdam was cancelled Volcanic ash The ground crew suggested taking a 8 hour train to Amsterdam Not the best Monday morning Luckily I managed to get a flight to Düsseldorf which is only 2 hours by train from Amsterdam So I waited two hours boarded the plane only to get stuck on the tarmac for another hour someone s luggage had to be unloaded as he she didn t make the flight after checking in Finally made it to Düsseldorf joined the long queue to get the train ticket waited yet another hour for the train to Duisburg and then the connecting train to Amsterdam which was of course 20 minutes late The trains were packed with disrupted air travellers like myself After standing in a hot and crowded train for 2 hours I finally made it to Amsterdam at 5pm instead of 10 30am Too late to catch the training session that ran from 1 to 6pm Returning from Amsterdam was painful too It started well managed to hitch a free cab ride to the airport and got there a whole 2 hours before departure time Flight was delayed by 30 minutes which is usually okay but in this case it made us miss the connecting flight in Munich despite our mad dash to the gates This turned out to be the last flight of the day 9pm and so we had to drive back home to Nuremberg Lufthansa gave us a voucher and told us to go to Sixth who then told us there wasn t such an arrangement Luckily Europcar just next door accepted the

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  • jam » Ash
    in Finally made it to Düsseldorf joined the long queue to get the train ticket waited yet another hour for the train to Duisburg and then the connecting train to Amsterdam which was of course 20 minutes late The trains were packed with disrupted air travellers like myself After standing in a hot and crowded train for 2 hours I finally made it to Amsterdam at 5pm instead of 10 30am Too late to catch the training session that ran from 1 to 6pm Returning from Amsterdam was painful too It started well managed to hitch a free cab ride to the airport and got there a whole 2 hours before departure time Flight was delayed by 30 minutes which is usually okay but in this case it made us miss the connecting flight in Munich despite our mad dash to the gates This turned out to be the last flight of the day 9pm and so we had to drive back home to Nuremberg Lufthansa gave us a voucher and told us to go to Sixth who then told us there wasn t such an arrangement Luckily Europcar just next door accepted the voucher and we were off in a Nissian Note 1 4 Two hours later we finally made it home just after midnight Tags Amsterdam Ash Fly Lufthansa Rail Read more Comments 0 Photos Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better More photos on Flickr Categories Coding 4 Conference 6 General 3 Linux 2 Multimedia 2 Rails 2 Sport 1 SUSE Studio 3 Travel 5 Web Services 1 Windows 1 Work 4 Archives April 2012 1 March 2012 1 September 2010 2 June 2010 3 May 2010 7 March 2010 3 February 2010 1 November 2009 1 Search Box Tags 2010 Amazon Amsterdam Ash Berlin Brainshare

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  • jam » Berlin
    user Ivanka Majic Ubuntu Ten years on the mainframe Karl Heinz Strassemeyer IBM From Penguins and Dinosaurs Current and Future technology for Linux on a non mainstream hardware platform Hans Picht IBM Linux Technology Center KVM on S390x Alexander Graf Novell Microsoft and Open Source A New Perspective James Utzschneider Microsoft The Move Towards Open Source and Open Clouds Larry Augustin SugarCRM Google and Open Source Chris DiBona Google Beyond init Systemd Lennart Poettering Red Hat The kernel report Jonathan Corbet LWN net A whole new level of awesome Mark Shuttleworth Ubuntu Linux in High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading Christoph Lameter Linux Foundation Microsoft guy talking about Windows at one of the LinuxTag keynotes The big event party was held at Beach at the Box a nice faux beach area next to the river Spree where we were served free flow beer and BBQ buffet Got the chance there to talk to a number of people like Michael Larabel Phoronix founder Christian Boltz openSUSE community Egbert Eich X org Oliver Neukum SUSE preloads and Olaf Dabrunz fctrace LinuxNacht event at Beach in a Box taken by Adrian LinuxNacht in the Box disco bar area taken by Adrian I managed to take a couple of snapshots with Garrett s G9 before it somehow decided not to turn on any more even with a fully charged battery Adrian did a much better job of capturing the events with his pictures Am brimming with ideas from all the inspiring and enlightening talks at LinuxTag can t wait to get back to coding Tags 2010 Berlin LinuxTag SUSE Studio Read more Comments 0 Photos Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better More photos on Flickr Categories Coding 4 Conference 6 General 3 Linux 2 Multimedia 2 Rails 2 Sport 1 SUSE

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  • jam » Brainshare
    The Subscription Management Tool SMT and SLMS virtual machines running on the server were configured to run with KVM which was quite a pain to configure Will blog about setting up networking in KVM in the near future Other than the usual manning of the booths I also did a session titled Build your own software appliances with Michal Svec Senior Product Manager Of course the main event for me was the keynote demo with Richard Doll Director of ISV Ecosystems Channel Richard Doll and I presenting SUSE Studio at the closing keynote One of the key highlights of the event was the Identity Manager 4 launch party aboard the Ocean Diva Here is a video clip of the event The ship did a short cruise up and down the river and we were blessed with great weather Spent most of my time on the ship hanging out with Dominique Leuenberger and drinking loads of beer Party going on full swing in the Ocean Diva Sunset from the Ocean Diva Overall it was a great trip even considering the travel hiccups see previous post Met up with a lot of colleagues partners and customers from Singapore Paris Italy Netherlands and USA just to name a few Got lots of positive and constructive feedback from attendees too The rest of the photos from this trip can be found here Tags Amsterdam Brainshare Read more Comments 5 Photos Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better More photos on Flickr Categories Coding 4 Conference 6 General 3 Linux 2 Multimedia 2 Rails 2 Sport 1 SUSE Studio 3 Travel 5 Web Services 1 Windows 1 Work 4 Archives April 2012 1 March 2012 1 September 2010 2 June 2010 3 May 2010 7 March 2010 3 February 2010 1 November 2009 1

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  • jam » Conference
    City can be found here Tags Conference USA Work Read more Comments 0 MyGOSSCON 2009 November 7th 2009 Conference SUSE Studio Travel Putrajaya International Convention Centre PICC By spOt ON Just spent the last 3 days at the Malaysian Government Open Source Software Conference MyGOSSCON It took me three flights and over twenty hours to get here but I arrived a day before the conference so I had sufficient time to adjust to the local time zone Feels good to be back in this part of the world The conference was held in the Putrajaya International Convention Centre PICC which is about 40 minutes drive south of the capital Kuala Lumpur KL The neighbouring city of Cyberjaya planned as the country s answer to Silicon Valley is just 15 minutes drive away This is part of the government s Multimedia Super Corridor which is designed to attract high tech companies via tax breaks and excellent connectivity I have been to KL before several years ago but this was my first time in Putrajaya Malaysia s federal administrative centre and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir s grand legacy The entire city was carefully planned and built from scratch over what was mostly palm plantations About 40 of the city is reserved for green areas The impressive government buildings are separated by vast open spaces and linked by a network of mostly empty boulevards particularly at night when the city becomes a ghost town Impressive government buildings in Putrajaya By Fusion Tech Putrajaya Boulevard at night is almost lifeless By spOt ON One nice thing about KL Putrajaya is that things are so cheap despite both being very modern cities For instance you can stay in a deluxe 40m sq room at the top notch 5 star Shangrila hotel for only 280 RM 70 EUR per night including complimentary Internet The hotel even has an infinity pool That kind of money can only get you a small room in old 3 star hotel or worse in Central Europe There is not much this area though so if you are there as a tourist it is much better to stay in Petaling Jaya or KL central around Bintang Walk It is a little more expensive but not by much and so much more convenient At the conference itself it turned out that we had the largest exhibition booth which was flanked by two large video screens I later found out that Novell was awarded the best exhibitor award for OSS showcase at the award ceremony held during the gala dinner which I unfortunately had to miss in order to catch my flight to Singapore Great job Jaslin and team Other than the usual manning of the exhibition booth I also had a presentation session introducing SUSE Studio I was told that the adoption of virtualization is still relatively small here particularly among government bodies so I just focused on the key concepts My session was right after the Friday keynote and there

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  • jam » EC2
    stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service S3 I won t go into the details now There is a bit of a learning curve to get started with Amazon S3 and EC2 and I will talk more about that in later posts Once you learn the terminology and set up the tools locally working through the API is pretty straightforward though slow I ve found the following Firefox plugins very useful in managing my Amazon S3 and EC2 account S3Fox and ElasticFox Tags Amazon EC2 S3 Web Services Read more Comments 1 Photos Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better More photos on Flickr Categories Coding 4 Conference 6 General 3 Linux 2 Multimedia 2 Rails 2 Sport 1 SUSE Studio 3 Travel 5 Web Services 1 Windows 1 Work 4 Archives April 2012 1 March 2012 1 September 2010 2 June 2010 3 May 2010 7 March 2010 3 February 2010 1 November 2009 1 Search Box Tags 2010 Amazon Amsterdam Ash Berlin Brainshare Coding Conference EC2 Fly Germany Hacking Linux LinuxTag Lufthansa Mac Malaysia Multimedia Provo Rail Rails Ruby S3 Salt Lake Singapore SUSE Studio Taxes Travel USA Web Services Windows Work XSS Recent Posts New bike Ruby

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  • jam » Fly
    in Finally made it to Düsseldorf joined the long queue to get the train ticket waited yet another hour for the train to Duisburg and then the connecting train to Amsterdam which was of course 20 minutes late The trains were packed with disrupted air travellers like myself After standing in a hot and crowded train for 2 hours I finally made it to Amsterdam at 5pm instead of 10 30am Too late to catch the training session that ran from 1 to 6pm Returning from Amsterdam was painful too It started well managed to hitch a free cab ride to the airport and got there a whole 2 hours before departure time Flight was delayed by 30 minutes which is usually okay but in this case it made us miss the connecting flight in Munich despite our mad dash to the gates This turned out to be the last flight of the day 9pm and so we had to drive back home to Nuremberg Lufthansa gave us a voucher and told us to go to Sixth who then told us there wasn t such an arrangement Luckily Europcar just next door accepted the voucher and we were off in a Nissian Note 1 4 Two hours later we finally made it home just after midnight Tags Amsterdam Ash Fly Lufthansa Rail Read more Comments 0 Photos Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better More photos on Flickr Categories Coding 4 Conference 6 General 3 Linux 2 Multimedia 2 Rails 2 Sport 1 SUSE Studio 3 Travel 5 Web Services 1 Windows 1 Work 4 Archives April 2012 1 March 2012 1 September 2010 2 June 2010 3 May 2010 7 March 2010 3 February 2010 1 November 2009 1 Search Box Tags 2010 Amazon Amsterdam Ash Berlin Brainshare

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  • jam » Germany
    form the bulk of this 14 and 19 5 of the gross annual salary respectively split equally between employer and employee As a result the nett amount received by such an employee is only about 50 of his gross salary However pension payments can be refunded if you are a non EU citizen and worked in Germany for less than 5 years For detailed calculations try the online tax calculator in German In Singapore taxes can be filed online via the myTax Portal set up by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore IRAS You just need to login to verify that all pre filled information is correct and append any additional details There is an official income tax calculator that tells you exactly how much to pay After the various tax reliefs such as earned income relief parent relief for living with your parents very common practice for unmarried Singaporean adults and NSman relief for attending annual in camp military trainings which is compulsory for Singaporean men anyway one would only need to pay 1 78 of his annual salary as income tax assuming an average salary of SGD 60 000 Even without the parent relief not living with your parents the effective income tax is only 3 76 Little wonder that Singapore is considered a tax haven by many Non citizens will of course have less tax rebates and so Hong Kong would probably be a better choice tax wise if you re looking within Asia Pacifc Whatever tax savings though can be easily wiped out by the city s insane rental prices GCC Gulf Cooperation Council cities like Dubai Qatar Bahrain and Oman are income tax free so if you don t mind the summer heat they are easily the most lucrative options Countries like UK US and Australia are much more liveable by comparison and have effective tax rates of around 30 40 Anyway let s get back to describing Singapore s social security system It is provided by the Central Provident Fund CPF 20 of the employee s salary is automatically diverted to his CPF account monthly with the employer contributing another 14 5 The CPF account is sub divided into three types Ordinary account Can be used to buy a home pay for CPF insurance investment and education Medisave account Can be used for hospitalisation expenses and approved medical insurance Special account For old age and investment in retirement related financial products In essence one can think of the CPF as a mandatory value added savings program for citizens Most of the monthly contributions go into the Ordinary account which most draw upon to pay their housing loans These accounts earn between 2 5 to 5 of guaranteed interest The money from these accounts cannot be withdrawn for general usage until one turns 55 years old Even then they are subjected to minimum sum requirements though this is more of a protective measure than a hindrance Despite being just a little red dot having a

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