Urban planning

As I commute to work with my e-bike I became more and more interested in bicycle lanes. It looks that this a coming trend in many modern cities. See for example New York, New York’s streets? Not so mean any more, a talk by former chief of the department of transport Janette Sadik-Khan under the reign of former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

There is blueprint for urban street design in Urban Street Design Guide by NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials).

Prof. Dr. Hermann Knoflacher many years earlier in “A New Parking Organisation” promoted similar or more radical ideas.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Knoflacher

Converting car parking for bicycle parking is very obvious, as can be seen from below photo:

See Cycling Professor on Twitter:

In Berlin 13% commute to work by bike, in New York this number is 1%, see New York und Berlin (in German).

Accessing Android phone via USB cable

Since Android 3 it is no longer possible to access the phone via USB mount. The reason being that Android puts everything into a single partition. As this single partition is always mounted by Android it is not easy to have two users (Android system and PC user) to write on this single partition. Therefore one needs a separate way to access the whole or parts of the filesystem. One solution is ssh, see ssh and rsync for Android, or MTPFS.

apt-get install mtpfs
mtpfs /mnt/sd              # mount
...                        # use it
fusermount -u /mnt/sd      # umount

See also: MTP – what is it, why use it, and how to set it up, or Geräte mit Android 3.0 oder 4.0 via MTP in Ubuntu Linux einbinden (in German).

Lexware Financial Office Pro 2015 does not work with wine

Today I received a free copy of a student-version of Lexware Financial Office Pro 2015 including a license key. Lexware is a financial accounting software which is easy to use and quite well suited for small German enterprises. I installed wine 1.6.2 on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, which consumed almost half a Gigabyte of hard-disk. Then I tried to install Lexware. This simply didn’t work. Searching in Google and winhq.org delivered similar results. So, in short, if you want or need to install Lexware on Linux, just forget it.