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Sichuan photos online (November 9, 2008)
This fall, I visited Sichuan province with Christy and her family, where we saw the magnificent world heritage sites of Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong and Dujiangyan. Lots of photos are now available in my flickr photostream. Bonus link: The spectacular approach to JZH airport!

Dubai preview online (May 17, 2007)
Over the Easter holidays, Christy and I spent our airline miles to visit Dubai - we went on a dune safari, staid overnight in the desert and had fun in the waterpark. A preview of our pictures is now online in my flickr photostream.

Tokyo 2006 pictures online (November 1, 2006)
In September, I attended the 21st International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2006) in Tokyo. The pictures from my brief sightseeing excursions are now online.

Back from Mongolia (August 21, 2006)
I'm back from my summer vacation that took me to Hong Kong and then to Mongolia with Christy and her relatives. It's hard to decide which of our combined 3 GB of photos capture the country's wide-open landscape best, but the pictures will be online soon!

Back from Shanghai (May 30, 2006)
I returned from a week in Shanghai where I served as a student volunteer at the 28th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2006). Pictures of the city and the conference will be online soon!

Ísland 2004 travelogue under construction (October 15, 2005)
I've resumed working on the Iceland travelogue and will put new pages online as I'm completing them. Right now, the first three days are available, covering our preparations and arrival, exploration of the Reykjanes peninsula, and trip to Landmannalaugar. More to come soon!

Melbourne/Hong Kong 2005 pictures online (October 13, 2005)
In September, I attended the 5th International Conference on Quality Software (QSIC 2005) in Melbourne. On the way back, I stopped in Hong Kong to see Christy for a few days.

World Youth Day 2005 pictures online (September 4, 2005)
In August, I joined a million youths from all over the world at the XX World Youth Day in Cologne. The pictures of the Days of Encounter in Leipzig and the closing celebrations in Cologne are now online.

Sydney 2005 pictures online (August 14, 2005)
In July, I attended the 5th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2005) in Sydney. The pictures of that trip are now online.

Back from China (June 20, 2005)
Nils and I returned from our China trip with Christy that took us to many sights in and around Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, and Guilin. 4 GB worth of pictures are on top of my stack for processing and publication :-)

St. Louis 2005 pictures online (June 1, 2005)
In May, I attended the 27th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2005) in St. Louis to serve as a volunteer. The pictures of the conference and St. Louis are now online.

Back from Corsica (May 9, 2005)
Arthur, Nils and I returned from our one-week trip along the coast and through the mountains of Corsica. I'm working on the "best-of" photo selection - not an easy task with a choice out of 3000!

Back from Iceland (July 16, 2004)
Nils and I returned from our Iceland trip that took us through the highlands and once around the coast. I'm still writing the travelogue, which takes longer than expected - there was just so much to see!

Conference papers of 2003 online (November 15, 2003)
All papers I published at conferences this year are now online.

Helsinki 2003 pictures online (October 16, 2003)
The photos of my visit to Helsinki in September 2003 are now online, featuring impressions of a walk around Market Square, Katajanokka, Senate Square, Railway Square, Mannerheimintie and Bulevardi.

Berlin/Leipzig 2003 pictures online (October 12, 2003)
The photos of the trip to Berlin and Leipzig that Young-A and I took in August 2003 are now online. We toured Berlin's Zoologischer Garten, Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag, River Spree and Charlottenburg Palace, as well as the city center of Leipzig.

Utah 2001 travelogue online (September 29, 2003)
The photos and travelogue of the trip to the national parks of southern Utah that Nils and I took in January 2001 are finally online. Our stops included Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon National Parks, as well as Meteor Crater, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Denver.

Leipzig City Tour online (April 12, 2003)
A photo tour of the historic city center of Leipzig (recently nominated Germany's official Applicant City for the 2012 Olympic Games) is now available.

"Live" Data from Leipzig (February 23, 2003)
On the About Me page, the various "live" data sources now show data from Leipzig.

Paper A Dialog Control Framework for Hypertext-based Applications online (December 2, 2002)
This paper about my diploma thesis introduces a notation for specifying the dialog flow of hypertext-based applications, i.e. the succession of hypertext pages displayed on the client and application logic operations performed on the server. A key concept is the encapsulation of multiple dialog steps in context-independent dialog modules, which can be nested arbitrarily.

Updated resume (December 2, 2002)
My updated resume is now available in English and German.

New weather links online (August 19, 2002)
The contact page now features updated links to current weather maps.

Resume online (August 1, 2002)
My current resume is now online in HTML and PDF format.

Faked e-mails with W32.Klez.gen@mm worm (April 24, 2002)
It seems that someone is sending out e-mails with a faked "From: mb@matthiasbook.de" header that are infected by a worm of the W32.Klez.gen@mm family. The infected e-mails are 60-160 KB large and contain a few random words in the subject and body. The attached worm exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express that allows infection even when the e-mail is only previewed. Detailed information and a removal tool are available at the Symantec Security Response site. I would like to stress again that I am not responsible for the infected e-mails.

"Live" data links (February 27, 2002)
The Contact Information page now features links to selected current and realtime data related to Haltern, such as weather, traffic, and satellite imagery.

APAQS 2001 paper (December 12, 2001)
This paper introduces and describes an adapted software development process for EC/EB systems and its special features using the development of an electronic commerce portal system as an example.

Back in Haltern (August 26, 2001)
Christy and I arrived back in Haltern after our two-week trip around southern Norway. Photos of the trip and our time in Haltern are available on Christy's site.

Norway Trip (August 12-26, 2001)
On August 12, Christy and I will leave for a two-week trip around southern Norway. Sights along our way include Aarhus, Skagen, Göteborg, Haukelifjell, Sörfjorden, Vöringsfossen, Bergen, Voss, Noeröyfjorden, Flaamsdalen, Aurlandsfjorden, Sognefjorden, Briksdalsbreen, Kjenndalsbreen, Strynsvatn, Geirangerfjorden, Strynefjellvejen, Jötunheimen, Nigardsbreen, Urnes Stavkirke, Oslo, Helsingör, Copenhagen, Möns Klint.

Parallel Fractal Image Generation paper (July 9, 2001)
This paper discusses algorithms to implement an in-order output of sequential data generated by a parallel program, using the example of fractal image generation. In order to achieve this, several synchronization techniques (blocking and non-blocking token passing, non-blocking polling) are examined for their suitability. A subsequent performance analysis shows that the parallel algorithm achieves an overproportional speedup over serial algorithms.

Mirror move (June 19, 2001)
Due to a problem with the old U.S. mirror host, many files were missing between mid-May and mid-June. Since I was travelling at that time, I couldn't do much about the situation. With the move to the new U.S. host pair Networks, the problem has been fixed. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

Back in Germany (June 17, 2001)
After two semesters at the University of Montana and four weeks of travelling around Alaska, I'm back home now to finish studying at the University of Dortmund. The travel reports for the Alaska and Utah trips will be coming soon.
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