MageEngage: Getting to know the Magento community

David Manners started a new series of interviews to find out more about the cool people in the Magento community and what they do in their free time. The aim of MageEngage is to introduce the Magento community to the Magento community. There’s also a post on MageHero with Davids thoughts.

In the first episode he interviewed me about my activities as a volunteer at the Austrian Red Cross ambulance service. Thanks for the interview, David!

Episode 1: Rescue Anna

Summary of the interview:

  • I joined the Austrian Red Cross at the age of 15
  • I started my training as EMT when I was 17 and continued later doing my training as paramedic (not the same level as in the US)
  • A duty (during night or on weekends) lasts between 10-12 hours
  • I go for 1 to 5 duties per month
  • We go for everything you can imagine to call an ambulance for: all kinds of injuries, accidents and cases of internal medicine,…
  • I’m pretty selfless with spending my time

Other things I do at the Austrian Red Cross in Lower Austrian and Herzogenburg which i did not mention in the interview (time is short):

  • Member of the IT & Telecom Emergency Response Unit of the Austrian Red Cross for International Disaster Response
  • Responsible for the local Red Cross youth groups
  • Ambulance driver
  • Red Cross officer within the chain of command

Find out more about MageEngage:

Ubuntu Software & Tools

After some troubles and having enough of Windows, I switched to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my Lenovo X1 Carbon (2012 Edition) at the end of January 2015.

This is my collection of software and tools which I am using and which were recommended.

Some of the software I use:

  • KeePass 2 + mono + Firefox Plugin
  • PhpStorm
  • Apache, MySQL, PHP, git, composer, n98-magerun
  • Spotify test version
  • Skype (love the compact design compared to the new Windows version)
  • Radio Mobile with Wine (downloading from external works despite some install notes)
  • Wavemon
  • CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm)
  • Zsh

Thanks to my dear twitter followers, I also got the following recommendations:

  • Microsoft Office + Wine (thanks Th3Z0ne). Office 2013 does not work by the way (i tried it and was looking for solutions). Office 2010 should work (did not install it yet).
  • Remmina for SSH (already pre-installed, thanks Sander)
  • terminator (thanks Roman): Great tool. After I got used to it, I prefer it to Remmina. I can recommend this How-To.
  • shutter (Roman)
  • virtualbox + vagrant + nfs sharing (Roman)
  • Meld diff (Sander)

to be continued.

#MageStackDay: Nov 7 & 8, 2014

Join #MageStackDay on November 7 & 8! is our favourite Magento question & answer platform which is still in Beta. The answered question dropped below 70% since the official Magento forums have been closed. The goal of this online-event is to get the answered questions rate up by at least a few percent.

#MageStackDay is all about answering those unanswered questions, voting up good answers and questions and closing questions which do not belong to this platform.

Infos & sign up:

#MageStackDay is organized by Sander Mangel and me.