Talk on Xerox Saga @ Chaos Communication Congress (31C3)

I just got the notice that I will be talking on this year's 31C3. I really look forward to meeting the community and will be publishing details as I get them. My talk will be on the Xerox Saga.

Why it would not have helped to demand money from Xerox

There is another question I keep getting asked a lot in the aftermath of the Xerox saga: Whether or not I accepted cash (or non-cash benefits) from Xerox. The answer is simple: I did not. I did not even ask for a refund of the DHL Express stamp I used to send my originals over to Francis Tse.

As a result of this answer, I keep being asked unbelieving and doubtful questions. “Really?” – “Really. Not a single cent.” I was okay with this, though. However, in the light of some recent specialized press articles, I got word of a business manager's opinion that surprised me quite a bit. The trenchant outline is as follows: I would have been stupid not to demand at least several tens of thousands euros from Xerox for my work – in consideration of the enormity of the issue probably more. Well, this is the opinion we all expected. Here comes what actually surprised me: Every single reader of the specialized press articles would be supposing I accepted money for this anyway.

I do not want to demonize this view after all. There obviously are valid reasons supporting it. What's more, the one to state this view reportedly has a precise intuition on the state of affairs due to his wealth of experience and business success. Additionally one might consider a nice cash injection to be always welcome to a 29 year old computer scientist right at the start of his active life. Therefore, in this blog post, I lift the lid on the reasons of my way of proceeding in the Xerox saga. May the reader decide for himself, whether or not I was stupid (I appreciate any feedback on my stupidity :-)).

Page Maintenance

I overhauled the web site a quite a bit, there was a whole lot of things I put off some time, and that came back to me during the Xerox saga rush on the site.

I completely installed a new Dokuwiki Weatherwax from scratch (so far, I've still been using an old Adora Belle peppered with rubbish. And while I was at it, I also reinstalled and reconfigured all the plugins I use. Moreover, the image galleries look nice again (a few months ago, I bugfixed them in a quick and dirty way that made them ugly).

Some old, obsolete pages were dumped, and the navigation was overhauled to consider the blog content a bit more without becoming obtrusive. Originally, the site was never intended to be a blog, which still took its toll in the navigation. As a consequence, the ugly direct link to the blog post with the xerox saga was removed from the home page and got a new (semi-)permanent place within the navigation.

The style sheets and general lay-out were also tuned a bit. The standard font was changed already some time ago to Open Sans, and I've decided I to keep it, at least until I use a completely new design template. Additionally, I changed some of the headers to Open Sans Condensed now. Also, already some months ago, I got a new and bigger root server for the site. While the server originally was planned to provide a lot more resources than a web site like mine needs, I was glad to have the spare power during the Xerox saga impact.