Category Archives: EN

Anything that does not fit into other categories …

Messy

Microsoft has done us as users and itself a disservice. At work we are using email addresses in the form of Firstname.Lastname@onedomain.tld. They’re deemed the canonical form. Nothing unusual so far. Some of us, notably those who had something to … Continue reading

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Windows 10 forced update sucks

I have written about Windows 10 before. Also about Windows 8.1, which is the predecessor in (diabolic) spirit. I was never impressed by Windows 10 and I guess it’s not going to change. Sure, Windows 10 has a very stable … Continue reading

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Performance hog extraordinaire …

So as of recently I started having issues with memory use. My machine has 32 GiB of physical RAM, so there shouldn’t usually be a problem running even several virtual machines at once. I’ve even run an XP VM from … Continue reading

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AgeKey – cheating in Age of Empires I/II and Age of Mythology

As I had already pointed out in 2010 in a German blog entry, a rather famous – in in the German speaking Delphi-sphere at the time – programmer named Nico wrote a little program about 17 years ago which could … Continue reading

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Slaughterbots

Chilling short film. Also check out autonomousweapons.org.

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WhatsApp are you serious, Facebook?

So I’ve been coerced into using WhatsApp before. While they seemingly have finally addressed the issue of running WhatsApp on multiple devices, the web app isn’t going to cut it for me, as my browser settings are going to deny … Continue reading

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Now, I’m no expert on international law …

… but the belligerent rhetoric between the two vain peacocks ruling the US and North Korea respectively, seems to have already resulted in a full-fledged war according to US-American cyberwar doctrine, it seems. It’s just that the North Koreans, if … Continue reading

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As if Bernie Sanders watched this TED talk …

… to come up with the idea of a citizen-funded campaign.

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Hey Google, I fixed that for you

No need to thank me! // Oliver

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War is up to the president?

“War is up to the president, and perhaps up to Congress,” Mattis said. (quoted as per this LA Times article) Sorry to spoil your “fun” Mr. Mattis, but according to the US Constitution only Congress has the power to declare … Continue reading

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Re: bad, worse, worst, CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA

I wrote about reCAPTCHA once before. However, on that day Google made a claim. The claim was that a single click would be enough to tell whether you were a bot or a human. Well, that claim is hogwash. Similarly … Continue reading

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Very odd

As tragic as the Grenfell Tower fire in London is, it’s odd how the German media dwells on these news. A number of incidents in Bangladesh and Pakistan (such as this one) barely raised a brow whereas the precious lives … Continue reading

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Windows 10 at large again …

Well, so after a borked update of Windows 10 (the update in question was the Creators Update) where the screen just stayed black1 after the update had seemingly progressed quite far, I decided to go with a fresh installation of … Continue reading

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GnuPG

Recently I ran across a little problem with GnuPG which required some pragmatic solution. I came across a patch that looked promising and because no binaries were provided and if they had been I would not have trusted them, I … Continue reading

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bad, worse, worst, CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA

Think what you will of Google products. I personally try to avoid them for privacy reasons. But there’s that one Google product that is at the same time the crappiest and most ubiquitous Google product ever conceived. It’s called reCAPTCHA. … Continue reading

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SSH reverse tunnel

With autossh you can establish an SSH reverse tunnel from a given system, provided it can reach some other machine via SSH outside its own network. You can also do that with ssh alone, but autossh comes with added features … Continue reading

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Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools

Once you download the installer for Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools from here, you can run it as follows: visualcppbuildtools_full.exe /layout to have it download all the necessary files for later “offline” installation. This allows one to archive the installer … Continue reading

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The American Dream is still alive

If the fact that Trump could become POTUS has told us anything, it’s that the American Dream is alive and kicking. If an alleged billionaire1 can become POTUS, anyone can. // Oliver remember, no one is going to see his … Continue reading

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“They are a smaller country”

The Russian’s can’t change us, or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate, but they … Continue reading

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Re: Blame Russia!

It appears, that meanwhile folks are calling for investigations. For example experts urge the Clinton campaign to challenge the election results in three swing states. And this open letter by US scholars: Call for a Congressional Investigation: An Open Letter … Continue reading

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