Category Archives: EN

Anything that does not fit into other categories …

Just booted a Windows 2000 VM I archived 15 years ago

This was certainly one of the stranger, but also very intriguing things I’ve done so far this year. Alone the fact it’d prompt you for the setup CD (!) when simply removing one keyboard layout and configuring another as the … Continue reading

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Key witness for US in Assange case recants testimony

This is big, but I doubt that it’s going to change anything for Assange really. The British judge proved the UK is in bed with the US to keep Assange locked up. There is no other explanation for the January … Continue reading

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Unprofessional, hopeless, Sectigo

In February I applied for an AuthentiCode code-signing certificate for personal projects. I decided to go with KSoftware, a reseller of Sectigo certificates. That was February 15th. TL;DR: More than two months and dozens of emails later I’m none the … Continue reading

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Giving up some domains

Just for the record, so no one gets the wrong idea from this point on, I am giving up the following domains: assarbad.com assarbad.info assarbad.org In the past I have given up other domains, but none of those were by … Continue reading

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Assange

So turns out — for now! — Assange won’t be extradited. Whether he’ll be set free on bail is yet to be seen, though1. The thing is that the lawyers representing the US government have already said they’ll appeal the … Continue reading

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Flashing Tasmota to the Gosund SP1, easy and hard way

If you ended up here it’s because you’re a subscriber or a web search led you here. Great. Tasmota is likely on your radar already and you’re trying to flash a Tuya-based ESP device with Tasmota. Easy way The easy … Continue reading

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Finding which fonts offer a particular symbol with TeXlive

I just learned how to find a given Unicode character by its code, to see which fonts on the system support it. albatross 0x2114

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I don’t feature products often, but this one deserves it

Zalman, a Korean company that filed for bankruptcy a few years ago and is better known for silent CPU and chassis fans and power supplies, is selling a range of devices that are being designed and produced by another Korean … Continue reading

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Swiss companies and IT security

Given there’s a rather (in?)famous Swiss messenger touted as secure — but not open source — and the same was said about Crypto AG products until someone lifted the lid off the conspiracy surrounding that I’m wondering how one can … Continue reading

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Oh, so that’s what Republican stands for …

While Trump manages to avoid a concession speech, here’s what one of his most vocal boot-licking sycophants had to say: If we don’t challenge and change the US election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again. President … Continue reading

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Running old Ubuntu versions as chroot with proot

Currently I am working on building a modern Clang/LLVM-based toolchain for ancient Ubuntu versions. In order to do that I wrote a few helper scripts I am using in conjunction with proot to run old Ubuntu rootfs1 inside a chroot … Continue reading

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Alacritty as default GNOME terminal application

Personally I prefer Super+T as my primary shortcut for opening the terminal from anywhere in my desktop environment. However, how can I replace the existing terminal application in GNOME so that the keyboard shortcut setting applies to an alternative terminal … Continue reading

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I’m in love with my Rust, turning angel wings to dust 😁

Sing to the tune of “I wish I had an angel” from Nightwish. The more of Rust I am learning, the more I fall in love with it. Behold this beautiful and expressive use of the match keyword: let leapyear: … Continue reading

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youtube-dl

Debian mirror https://git.ghnou.su/mir/youtube-dl https://codeberg.org/polarisfm/youtube-dl https://github.com/github/dmca/tree/416da574ec0df3388f652e44f7fe71b1e3a4701f Article from the Freedom Of The Press Foundation

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Socialist America under Trump

Let us spell it out: E X P R O P R I A T I O N Yes, expropriation. Remind me, wasn’t that a common practice in what some more uneducated Americans would call communist countries1? Expropriation is the … Continue reading

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Free Assange

There’s little to say about this, although I could go on for hours about it: CrowdJustice campaign by Stella Morris (partner of Assange and mother of his two sons) Reporters without Borders website freeassange.eu Change.org petition One of the best … Continue reading

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Broken Netflix documentary …

The Broken documentary’s third episode titled “Deadly Dressers” is ridiculously broken itself. It lashes out at IKEA1 but completely misses the point that all of these IKEA dressers come with wall anchor kits. And if they don’t you can get … Continue reading

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So you have a WTL project but it’s not a COM server you’re writing?

Well, not exactly surprising if you write a GUI application like my NT Objects. Turns out that ATL forces you to have support for COM server registration, as soon as you use anything derived from CComModule. Doh. And yeah, that … Continue reading

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Delay-loading ntdll.lib and others …

In one of my pet projects, NT Objects – or ntobjx in short – I am making use of the delay loading mechanism offered by the Visual C++ toolchain, while at the same time using it on a DLL that … Continue reading

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Remove all those pesky (Metro) apps from Windows 10

If, like I, you are sure you won’t need those pesky apps, use the following PowerShell pipeline to get rid of the provisioned packages: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online|Out-GridView -PassThru|Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -ErrorAction Continue -Online … to also remove those apps that are marked removable, … Continue reading

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