Ethernet Day

What's interesting?

Today is the day to commemorate the anniversary of the first documented note about one of the most important computer networking technologies on the planet: the Ethernet. Robert Metcalfe wrote his first note about the idea on May 22, back in 1973. He named it after the luminiferous aether that was postulated to exist as an "omnipresent, completely-passive medium for the propagation of electromagnetic waves."

How can I celebrate?

Hm... just enjoy how easy it has become to stay connected to the whole world :-)

Star Wars Day

What's interesting?

May the force be with you!
— Several Star Wars Characters

Today is the day with the highest phonetic similarity to this famous phrase. That's it :-)

How can I celebrate?

Well, a long time ago (not in a galaxy far far away) we had invited some friends to a little party for binge watching the complete Star Wars saga. Today so many Star Wars Movies exist, you have to select your favourites. What are your favourites? Just leave a comment...

MIT Day

What's interesting?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded on April 10, 1861. It's traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering. Over 90 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with MIT as alumni, faculty members or researchers. Based on the research at MIT a lot of geeky innovations came to life like public-key cryptography, E-Ink, the open source movement backed by the GNU Project, RADAR and last but not least the World Wide Web (WWW).

 The Kresge Auditorium, 1955

The Kresge Auditorium, 1955

How can I celebrate?

Maybe buy a book about the history of MIT or have a look at this interesting website about the history of one of the world's most famous universities.

𝝅-Day

What's interesting?

The famous mathematical constant 𝝅 (pi), originally defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is approximately equal to 3.14159 - that makes the 14th of March (3rd month) the perfect day to celebrate this mathematical construct ;-)

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How can I celebrate?

You can google "pi" and check out the cool functions of Googles' built-in calculator. Also you can dive deep to the Wikipedia article about "Pi" and discover the unbelievable influence of this little constant to our life.

Douglas Adams Day

What's interesting?

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was a famous author, scriptwriter and humorist. He is best known for the "The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy", a must-read not only for nerds and geeks ;-) The story was originated as a radio comedy back in 1978 but then was released as a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies.

How can I celebrate?

If you haven't read the Hichhikers' Guide - today is the day to do it. If you know it... just read it one more time. In any other case... just think about the meaning of life, the universe and everything (spoiler alarm - it's 42).

Agile Manifesto Day

What's interesting?

In 2001 seventeen software developers met to discuss a way for more lightweight and flexible software development methotologies. They came up with the agile manifesto, the base work for todays agile software development methodologies like SCRUM. The four main statements are:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

How can I celebrate?

You can read a book about agile methodologies and remember that todays short release cycles for many software applications are the result of agile software development.

Congratulations! You've discovered our Geekday-Blog!

What is this all about?

Geekdays are a kind of holidays for computer enthusiasts. Sometimes informative, sometimes crazy and mostly just a bit of fun, geekdays remind us of interesting facts about computer history and associated topics.

How does it work?

When you closely look at our wall calendar, you'll discover named days in grey color. On those days a little blog article can be found here explaining why this is an interesting day (at least for IT people) and how to celebrate it.

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Have a lot of fun...