Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Installing Xubuntu 16.04 on USB stick

I'm just curious to see how 16.04 LTS is performing with Xubuntu and i3.
For that, I'm installing it onto an USB drive and run a live distribution with additional space for userfiles.


After that, I'll install i3, copying my default config to it, and then enjoying a portable, effective system. But like I said, it's mainly for testing purposes. If it runs well, I might use it to watch movies and to surf the internet from other PCs.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Packaging gone wild

You know I love safe packaging, but... but...

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm updating to Kubuntu 16.04 LTS right now.

Yay, I've been waiting for this. 
I felt Kubuntu 15.10 is a bit unstable. So I have high hopes for the new LTS release. I'm doing a direct upgrade.

Even though I'm using i3 on Kubuntu, I welcome improvements in stability for QT related software.
Another standard font. Looks very nice together with i3.
https://kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-16-04-lts-release-anouncement?_utm_source=1-2-2

Update 2016/04/22: Upgrade successful. Working fine together with i3. The new default fonts and sizes are great.

Update: 2016/04/24: Speed is decent. On Chrome I can feels some very minor hiccups on scrolling webpages sometimes. Have to determine what's the reason for that, but it is almost not recognizable. No worries. Added Screenshot.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Fog... it's time!

Every year there is a special day in April.
And so from 21st to 22nd on midnight "The Fog" will crawl to my TV. With the DVD I'll have to start the movie exactly at 23:56:56 and then in the movie at exactly 0:00 it's synced with the first church bell ring on midnight.

Chips, Cola and energy drinks are ready for the visit to Antonio Bay. Ding,Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding ...

Monday, April 18, 2016

I'll sue my fortune cookie



I just ate a fortune cookie, and inside it tells me " You are a talented storyteller". What?


Now I feel offended.
I just might ask Erdo─čan how to sue the crap out of this cookie :P

Or I could just ask Gollum to get me to Mount Doom and burn this piece of blasphemy paper ;). Might be a better option before that fortune cookie manufacturer gets too famous :D.

EFF thinks differently about WhatsApp than Threema

Who thought that?
The EFF sees no advantage in key security elements for Threema according to this table.

Photo: Screenshot from EFF WebsiteCreative Commons License BY 3.0 US
Ya well, what I said before. After WhatsApp tighten security with end to end encryption by default, there seems to be only one reason for the rant from Threema against WhatsApp. Their business model just got busted. There is no advantage of Threema left, while WhatsApp has millions and millions users. Chances are people are now not even bothering anymore for paying to Threema when all of their contacts already use WhatsApp. Well most of them didn't care before anyway. And now they all use end 2 end encryption. That makes it a good thing.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Input: one coffee, output: work... and Threema rant

Hopefully. Research on the netcasts for tomorrow is on.
Let's see.

I'll guess that's not the last milligram caffeine for today O.o., but at the moment I don't need more. I'm wide awake after reading a pathetic statement from Threema about WhatsApp encryption by showing what DOESN'T work right on Threema and saying they respect "metadata".
I don't know where to start. First there are always metadata, secondly Threema is, like WhatsApp, not open source, so we only have their word. And that's not good enough when trying to show the advantages about the competition. and third and most important, a lot of features they say produly "not with us" are basic messenger features. I wouldn't use it without that ability to see if someone is online, or see when they received a message.
I have important stuff to talk about with my friends. And it is essential to know if they can, and when they received a message. And I need to see when they are online.
Even with the free and opensource XMPP + OTR you can see this. It's that important. Much more important than the weak try to badmouth the competition when the own "security model" is out of business.
I will talk about it in detail at tomorrow's AndCast episode. Get the popcorn ready!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Just when you start to trust...

... then you read this:




Well, the alternative?
Having a OwnCloud server? Having an own server for the blogs probably with Wordpress and doing more updates than writing articles?
I don't know, that doesn't sound very appealing to me.

I'll guess all comes with a price though. If you bet all on one horse and ride it on your own, it's really bad if you get thrown off.

I can't complain so far. But seeing this makes you think what it means if it happens to you.

Monday, April 11, 2016

In full work-mode

Yupp, first netcast done, now ready for the next.
Let's see, one topic will be WhatsApp and the encryption. And of course a lot of hardware news.

Now I need to hurry. Hear ya (if you understand German :) ). I really need to do an English netcast too ;).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

8bit Camera in the play store



A nice camera app that shoots or edit photos to 8bit lookalikes.
Every option you can imagine is available. There are presets for emulating specific systems like ZX spectrum and C64, as well as graphic cards like CGA or VGA.
You can expand it to emulate more profiles or systems via in-app purchases. But even the free version having enough options to play around.

Get it at the play store :
8bit Camera

Yay, finally "The Three Investigators" on Spotify

Or better know as "Die drei ???". Now available via streaming on Spotify. Wooohooo. There are some episodes available, and the specials. Every Friday some new will be added. At the end of the year finally, all episodes are available. Awesome.

Die drei ??? on Spotify

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Speech Synthesis at Google



A glimpse of how Google's speech synthesis is done. From now on you'll listen to it with new ears, so to say.