Am Land – Reading Book available on the App Store

Am Land, the new German reading-book app is now available on the App Store.

AmLand - IconThe reading-book app follows Lia and Tom on their exciting adventures. You read, see and hear what they experience.


The book corresponds to reading stage one. Only letters are used, children learn during the first half of the first grade. The syllable method teaches playfully the rhythm of the language and provides an easier access to writing. Orthography is not learned phenomenologically (single spellings of words), but systematically (rules of written words). The constant repetition of words increases the learning and recognition process, which is essential for fluent reading.

AmLand-iPhone-ScreenshotChildren learn early on how to deal with a wide range of media. As a result the actual process of learning to read moves increasingly into the background. Often a lack of motivation to read longer texts follows insufficient excitement to read.

The target group for these reading learning books are beginning readers and first graders. The texts in the books are short, clearly structured and divided into reading levels. The levels build on each other. The difficulty increases systematically.

The identification with the characters and the lovely illustrations increase the motivation to strengthen reading skills playfully and actively deal with the content of the texts. Thus the individual and independent interest in reading and reliable writing is encouraged.


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openSUSE Upgrade 13.1

… because my recent topic “moving”, now something completely different! Well, not really … it’s similar … an operating-system upgrade …

… just a simple openSUSE Upgrade …

In the aftermath of Heartbleed bug, which showed that it is sometimes not a bad thing to be not up to date and only apply security patches, we had to upgrade a openSUSE system from version 12.3 to 13.1. While version 12.3 is still supported, version 13.1 is available since November last year, so it was not that unreasonable to update now. Five months should be enough time to fix all quirks and bugs of a new version … you might think …

The upgrade was smooth, the server rebooted without problems … then our monitoring system started delivering error reports 😉


… was not running at all because it had not been started at boot time, no problem there:
Continue reading openSUSE Upgrade 13.1


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… moving … finished … move Blogger to WordPress

Following Pat’s advise using a blog of my own instead of using Blogger (because it is more flexible, adjustable, …, and finally mine) I finally moved my blog to a WordPress installation of my own …

… it took quite some time, because … well it could have been faster … but I played a lot with new features to see what’s possible …

How to move a blog from Blogger to WordPress?

… just create a new WordPress blog (which not that hard and there are lots of descriptions on how to do that out there).

Continue reading … moving … finished … move Blogger to WordPress


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Digital Analytics Fundamentals #5/1 – Reporting Overview

Unit 5/1 - Reporting Overview
Unit 5/1 – Reporting Overview

The Google Analytics Academy started a new course (March 11th 2014) called “Google Analytics Platform Principles” which ended yesterday.  Though not required, it is recommended completing the “Digital Analytics Fundamentals” course on Analytics Academy before beginning this course:

The first part of the fifth lesson provides an overview to the reporting interface of Google Analytics.

For each report you can adjust its date range, which will stay active till changed again or you log out. In addition you can add a second date range to compare current with historic data.

The granularity of the shown data can be changed to day, week, or month.

You can select the shown metric, and also select a second one for comparison.

To mark certain events e.g. for future reference, you can add annotations.

For tables you can choose primary and secondary dimensions as well as its metrics – which are organized into tabs at the top of each report.

You can use filters to display only specific values of the primary dimension or use advanced filters consisting of various rule sets.

You can visualize data in different ways using view options:

  • the data view as default option,
  • the percentage view with pie charts,
  • the performance view with bar graphs,
  • the comparison view to see which values are above or below averages,
  • and the pivot view with a pivot table with rows and columns showing different dimension values.

The plot-rows feature plots selected rows or segments of the table in the time graph.

Shortcuts remember specific settings to avoid tedious reconfigurations …


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Smart Passive Income #282 – To Be or To Give Up

To Be or To Give Up
To Be or To Give Up

A little bit disjointed, Pat philosophizes about giving up

Why disjointed? Well, his post is from September 2010, and he writes that he wondered if he should give up writing his blog in the first six month which would be October 2008 to March 2009 … Why this sudden introspection? … Could it be nothing else to write … or just a personal note …

Nevertheless, he decided to go on, good for him, good for us!

His motto for today:

Keep at it and keep working hard to provide over-the-top, high quality content. It only takes one influential person, one moment, to change everything.


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