Links from 2019-10-16

The world in which IPv6 was a good design

Here’s the point of the whole thing. The IETF people, when they were thinking about IPv6, saw this mess getting made - and maybe predicted some of the additional mess that would happen, though I doubt they could have predicted SDN and wifi repeater modes - and they said, hey wait a minute, stop right there. We don’t need any of this crap! What if instead the world worked like this?

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Links from 2019-10-13

FIRE movement - Wikipedia

The FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement is a lifestyle movement whose goal is financial independence and retiring early. The model became particularly popular among millennials in the 2010s, gaining traction through online communities via information shared in blogs, podcasts, and online discussion forums.

Those seeking to attain FIRE intentionally maximize their savings rate by finding ways to increase income or decrease expenses. The objective is to accumulate assets until the resulting passive income provides enough money for living expenses in perpetuity. Many proponents of the FIRE movement suggest the 4% rule as a guide, thus setting a goal of at least 25 times estimated annual living expenses. Upon reaching financial independence, paid work becomes optional, allowing for retirement from traditional work decades earlier than the standard retirement age.

Fuck You Money: How Much Is Enough?

Another type of American Dream has now developed: The freedom to upturn your desk, give your boss the finger, and retire on the spot—without making a lifestyle sacrifice, of course.

In some circles, the wealth required to burn any bridge you want has a name: “f–k you money.” That’s because, well, backed by the First Amendment and a large fortune, you can yell that without consequences to pretty much anyone, save for a judge, a plumber, or a tax assessor.

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Links from 2019-10-04

Ten Principles for Growth as an Engineer

I decided then to write up the practices that I think lift a newly minted software engineer from amateur to professional: the path from fixing bugs as an “Engineer 1” to leading major projects as a “Senior Engineer.”

Persistent network configuration

In this tutorial, learn to manage the persistent network configuration of your Linux host. Learn to:

+ Understand basic TCP/IP host configuration.
+ Configure Ethernet and wifi networks using Network Manager.
+ Understand systemd-networkd.

Fundamentals of internet protocols

In this tutorial, learn about TCP/IP network fundamentals for your Linux system. Learn to:

+ Understand network masks and Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) notation.
+Know the differences between private and public dotted quad IP addresses.
+ Understand common Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports and services.
+ Know the differences between and major features of UDP, TCP and Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP).
+ Know the major differences between IPv4 and IPv6.
+ Know the basic features of IPv6.

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Links from 2019-09-22

Infrastructure Review @CCCamp19

In this traditional lecture, various teams provide an inside look at how this Camps infrastructure was planned and built. You’ll learn what worked and what went wrong, and some of the talks may even contain facts!

c3Power Monitoring @ CCCamp 19

Infrastructure Review des Camp 2019 Stromnetz aus Sicht des auf der GPN in der Theorie vorgestellten Low Cost Power Monitoring. Aufbau des Monitoring-Netzes, Inbetriebnahme und Ergebnisse von Tag -1 bis Tag 4.

Wie verhält sich das Netz von c3Power auf dem Camp 2019 zu den verschiedene Tageszeiten, wie sieht die Auswertung von z.B. Lastverteilung, Netzoberwellen, Fehlerrate aus. Visualisierung der Daten in Grafana, Server Infrastruktur. Do:s and don’t:s vom Aufbau der Hardware, Betrieb bei 50 Grad plus und 10 cm Wasserstand im Freien. Stabilität des Campnetzes in den ersten 4 Tagen. Integration ins DMR Funknetz über MMDVM Hotspots zum Absenden der Fehlermeldungen als DMR SMS. Abhandeln der Störmeldungen. Impressionen vom c3power Team während des Events.

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So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

Yes, I am still available starting 2019-10-01.
Feel free to contact me any means available (except WhatsApp) or via email at job4martin<commercial at> for my CV or any other information.

So that „Next Big Thing” that I’m looking for (also as a job)? I’m still looking for it.

Over the last few interviews and communications I had, a few things became clearer to me, on what I would like to have with a job and also, what not. To list a few:

  • I prefer customer facing roles (Architect, Services) over over solely internal roles
  • I would love to have an international job again. I love travel, I love working with a competent, diverse team on challenging projects. The number of those in Austria are „rather limited”. Or, to paraphrase Ex-Vice-Chancellor Hubert Gorbach: „The world in Austria is too small”.
  • I would like to stay within the Austrian social security system instead of starting in a foreign one
  • Same goes for taxes, but that would be more negotiable
  • But, given enough money, both above mentioned points are of course open for discussion ;)
  • I would prefer to stay in a technical role, although a few good friends of mine suggested that „beyond 40, you should move on to a managerial/administrative role, as the ‘young people’ run circles around you”. I beg to differ, and as roetzi rightfully said „it’s easier to switch from a technical into a manager role then vice versa”. I still have fun learning new stuff, I am good at it, so I will try to stay at it.

A topic I still haven’t found a satisfying answer for yet is „relocation”. citizen428, CTO at Lockstep Labs, and a very good friend of mine always gives me a friendly teasing about this and the reminder, that I should finally move to Bangkok.
I am not sure, if I am just content and at ease living in the city with the highest quality of living, or too afraid of moving to where the more interesting projects are (and I am not talking about Berlin!).
So for now, I prefer to have my homebase, my „home” in Vienna, Austria.

I also had an interesting encounter with a „Headhunter” I contacted on the recommendation of a friends friend. Apparently, he never read my blogposts and got stuck on my CV on the „Lotus/IBM/HCL Domino” part.
The first thing that came to my mind in that situation were the famous 20th century poets „Spice Girls”:

If you want my future
Forget my past
If you wanna get with me
Better make it fast
Now don’t go wasting
My precious time
Get your act together we could be just fine

Not surprisingly, I withdrew my request to use his services. ;)

I can almost hear your question now in my head: „So tell me what you want. what you really, really want?”. And I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want:

I wanna really, really
really wanna „Zig A Zag Ahhhh”

As Spice Girl Mel B once explained: „EVERYBODY needs a zig-a-zag-ah, and it’s whatever you want it to be.” And this also perfectly sums up my quest for „the next big thing” that I haven’t found yet. So please, keep your suggestions, comments, input coming!

Youtube: Spice Girls - Wannabe

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That „Next Big Thing”? - Yeah, I'm Still Looking (for a Job)

Yes, I am still available starting 2019-10-01.
Feel free to contact me any means available (except WhatsApp) or via email at job4martin<commercial at> for my CV or any other information.

So that „Next Big Thing” that I’m looking for (also as a job)? I’m still looking for it. But since my last posting I learned a few things I want to share with you. Maybe they are helpful – or at least entertaining.

What I learned/(re)discovered about myself is, that I would love to have a job where I could smile like Adam Savage when he tries the Gravity Jet Suit for his Iron Man build. And have fun when working as a team like Adam and Laura Kampf when building an „Overengineered Bottle Opener” or Adam and Simone Giertz when playing electric shock games. Yes, one can dream. But that would be one of the signs of that „Next Big Thing”, when I get the gut feeling that I would REALLY enjoy working with and being challenged by that „thing” and the colleagues there.

The environment must feel right. I rejected one quite interesting job offer because my (in that case very light and amicable) sarcasm was not understood. Which is fine and I totally get it. But working with a boss who doesn’t understand how I communicate or always having to concentrate on how I communicate things (internally; in front of customers, that is a completely different thing) would probably not work out.

Ze cloud is everywhere. If you don’t „know” Cloud (basically AWS AND Google Cloud Platform AND MS Azure), you are not placeable. Funnily, nobody states what they mean by „know”. From what I gathered so far, it’s the knowledge of mapping functionality to product names. IMHO an „interesting” concept of „knowing”, but who am I to judge.
So „Cloud” for me is not interesting as „the next big thing” – IMHO it’s way past its „best used before” date.

Then a lot of people suggested (thanks for that!) „Security”. „Back in the 1990ties, IT-Security was ‘The Next Big Thing’. I built my company on it.”, was one sentence I heard. There are A LOT of job opportunities in that field. To my disadvantage, I know quite a few VERY GOOD people in the security field, whose expertise and knowledge I probably could never match. On the other hand, I see a lot of IMHO „underqualified” people rush into that market, with which I do not want to be associated with (call me a snob). So that is for me also a field I am not really comfortable searching jobs in.

The area of „Software defined Everything” looks interesting, but is primarily looking for 18 year old script kiddies with no personal life, 30 years experience in the market, at least a bachelors degree and salaries like a 16 year old intern so they can crank out code 24/7 at basically no cost. And it’s also past it’s „shiny and new” phase and currently the battle field of several operators which jockey for the pole position in the market. Not a fun place to be.

A few companies/jobs I picked already declined me after 1-3 interview rounds, usually proceeding with „people with more product experience”. Oh well. So I know how that feels as well.

Oh and don’t get me started about headhunters that put me in once category because they read one product name in my CV (in which I condensed >25 years of IT work into one A4 page). Or personnel-agencies on Xing that leave one message and then never reply to an email. Or „job advisers” that are surprised that your CV is in English when you are looking for an international job in IT. Oh the rants I could share …

Call me picky. ;) Yes, I still don’t exactly know what I want. Surprisingly, I am still rather relaxed. There are still a few interesting optios on the table. From techie/architect all the way to a teamlead-role. So I am still talking, still interviewing, still looking.

So if you think you spotted „The Next Big Thing” or at least an interesting/exciting job for me, please do let me know!

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Links from 2019-07-07

D-STAR, C4FM, DMR & Co - YouTube

Digitale Sprachbetriebsarten für Einsteiger. Ein Vortrag von Kurt Baumann - OE1KBC

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Tail on Multiple (WAS) Log Files

If you are running, for example, IBM Connections as a "large deployment", you got at least 18 JVMs with their corresponding SystemOut.log files to monitor for errors, issues and the likes. Always stating them explicitly was – for me – too cumbersome. So I thought of an easier way. This is what I came up with.


According to the documentation, the WebSphere Application Server (WAS) log files are located in the following directories on each node in your WAS installation:


where path is the WebSphere Application Server installation path. By default, path is the following:


So in an IBM Connections 5.5 environment, there would be these log files:


So to get them all in one continuous log stream the following one-liner comes in handy:

find /opt/ibm/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/node01/logs -name SystemOut.log -print0 | xargs --null tail -F

Of course, there are other solutions to this as well. One of them would be multitail, logcheck, Simple Log Watcher or lnav, but you would have to install them, which more often then not, isn't possible in a customer environment.

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Command Line History

You may have noticed, that I am quite a fan of the command line. Recently, I linked to a video of Brian Kernighan interviewing Ken Thompson. Tooting about that, Dietmar pointed me to to additional, very nice videos:

UNIX: Making Computers Easier To Use – AT&T Archives film from 1982, Bell Laboratories
Broken link to the AT&T Tech Channel original.


And, of course, there is the „The UNIX System: Making Computers More Productive” video (not embedable) at the AT&T Archive site.

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Links from 2019-06-18

The mindfulness conspiracy | The Guardian

Mindfulness is nothing more than basic concentration training. Although derived from Buddhism, it’s been stripped of the teachings on ethics that accompanied it, as well as the liberating aim of dissolving attachment to a false sense of self while enacting compassion for all other beings.

What remains is a tool of self-discipline, disguised as self-help. Instead of setting practitioners free, it helps them adjust to the very conditions that caused their problems. A truly revolutionary movement would seek to overturn this dysfunctional system, but mindfulness only serves to reinforce its destructive logic. The neoliberal order has imposed itself by stealth in the past few decades, widening inequality in pursuit of corporate wealth. People are expected to adapt to what this model demands of them. Stress has been pathologised and privatised, and the burden of managing it outsourced to individuals. Hence the pedlars of mindfulness step in to save the day.

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Links from 2019-06-15

31 Common Interview Questions and Answers - The Muse

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what questions a hiring manager would be asking you in your next job interview?

While we unfortunately can’t read minds, we’ll give you the next best thing: a list of the 31 most commonly asked interview questions and answers.

30 Behavioral Interview Questions to Prep For - The Muse

To help you better prepare for your next interview, here are 30 behavioral interview questions sorted by topic

How to Use the STAR Method to Ace Your Job Interview - The Muse

STAR is an acronym that stands for:

Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

Everybody Will Be Hip and Rich: Neoliberal Discourse in Silicon Valley – Present Tense

More effectively than standard neoliberal discourse’s dialectic of risk and stability, tech talk appears to have succeeded in strengthening the deregulatory appeals of market talk by activating consumers’ desires for wealth, comfort, and social distinction, effectively rendering neoliberalism both more proximate and more seductive to the average person. Insofar as we are able, rhetoricians should actively attend to the flourishing of this discourse and strive to incorporate analysis of its liberatory claims into our work in digital rhetoric. While, as a field, we are deeply attuned to the technological developments of Silicon Valley, increasingly incorporating them into both our teaching and scholarship, much more of our attention could be paid to the rhetorical dynamics of the industry itself and how these are operative in shaping public attitudes toward technology, consumerism, and neoliberalism.

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Moving from Github to Gitlab (1/x)

My new favourite DevOps/git tool Gitlab already provides exhaustive documentation on how to move/copy/import projects from Github into Gitlab. Once that is done, there is still the question of how to handle the local repositories. Delete and clone them anew from Gitlab? I decided to keep them and just wrangle the origin to the new URL.

Here are my notes1 for the process:

$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)
$ git fetch
$ git remote rename origin github
$ git remote add origin
$ git remote -v
github (fetch)
github (push)
origin (fetch)
origin (push)
$ git fetch
$ git remote rm github
$ git remote -v
origin (fetch)
origin (push)


1 … „The difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.” – Adam Savage

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Firefox: Getting Rid of All Notification Popups

Every other Website now ask Web browser users to enable „Push Notifications” from their site. For me, this got so annoying, that I actually researched, how to disable this feature generally for all websites. Surprisingly, recent Firefox version make this very easy – and you are not using another browser anymore, right? ;)

So for Firefox, go to the preferences, and select „Privacy & Security” and then the „Settings for „Notifications”:

Screenshot Settings Navigation

Once there, just set the checkbox „Block new requests asking to allow notifications”.

Screenshot Notification Settings

„Save Changes” and your are done. No more pesky, nagging „please enable Notifications for this website” popups.

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Links from 2019-06-08

UNIX: Brian Kernighan interviews Ken Thompson

In the 1960s-1970s, Ken Thompson co-invented the UNIX operating system along with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs. He also worked on the language B, the operating system Plan 9, and the language Go. He and Ritchie won the Turing Award. He now works at Google. He’ll be interviewed Brian Kernighan of “K&R” fame. This talk took place May 4, 2019. Videography courtesy of @thegurumeditation (Facebook), @thegurumeditate (Twitter)

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Funktionierende ÖBB iCalendar Dateien

Mit der ÖBB verbindet mich ein längerer „Dialog” bezüglich deren iCalendar Files, die generiert werden, wenn mensch ein Zugticket online kauft. Eigentlich eine super Sache, kann man doch die Zugfahrt so gleich in den digitalen Kalender der (persönlichen) Wahl importieren.

Wenn, ja wenn, da nicht die agilen Fullstack EntwicklerInnen und die QA-Abteilung der ÖBB wären. Die Test(tet)en diese iCalendar Dateien anscheinend ausschließlich mit Microsofts Outlook, was ja quasi jede Datei akzeptiert, die auch nur wage an eine iCalendar Datei erinnert. Mit einem etwas standardkonformeren Kalender-Client sah das Ergebnis dann so aus:

Screenshot 1 ical Errors

Seit November 2018 hatten die EntwicklerInnen aber nachgelegt – der Wasserfall dürfte aufgetaut sein – und die neu generierten Dateien sind nun schon deutlich RFC konformer:

Screenshot 2 ical Errors

Für die noch fehlenden Reperaturarbeiten – korrekte Zeilenumbrüche und Entfernen des BOM – hab ich ein kleines Script plus einer dazugehörigen „Nemo Action” erstellt, die ich mit Euch teilen möchte. Alles gibt es auf meinem brandneuen Gitlab Account.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# Fix the ÖBB iCalendar files by replacing the LF with RFC conforming CRLF
# and removing the UTF-8 BOM
# See the thread at
# Place script into ~/bin and make executable
for ics in "$@"
    # echo "Working on ${ics}"
    filename=$(basename -- "$ics")
    target="${filename} fixed.${extension}"
    # fix LF to RFC conforming CRLF and remove UTF-8 BOM
    sed ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/\r\n/g' <"${ics}" | sed '1s/^\xEF\xBB\xBF//' > "${target}"
    # echo "Done."

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Looking for „The Next Big Thing” (and a Job)

Yes, I am available starting 2019-10-01.
Feel free to contact me any means available (except WhatsApp) or via email at job4martin<commercial at> for my CV or any other information.

You may have heard that IBM sold the products I am currently working with (Notes/Domino, Sametime, Connections) to HCL. As a result of that move, IBM and I recently decided, amicably, to go seperate ways by end of September. This, luckily, coincided with my desire to change and do something new/different.

Which is where you, my dear reader, come into play. Because I am currently at loss what the „next big thing”, the next cool technology or solution to learn, develop and work with, is. I caught the Web in the 1990ties, the .com boom around 2000 and the Social Media/Web 2.0 thingy around 2010s. But right now, I am stumped and my gut feeling is not making a beep.

I already looked at topics like Security, Agile, DevOps, DevSecOps, IoT, Cyber, Blockchain, AI, etc. I pondered the Gartner Hype cycle (just for completeness ;)). I read a ton of input from the RSS feeds I subscribe to. And still nothing sticks out to me with a big, flashing „THIS IS IT” sign plastered over it like I experienced it in my career several times already. I am currently, for the first time in my life, stumped by the question of what I want to work with in the next 3-5 years.

So my question to you is: What IS the „Next Big Thing” in your opinion?

Where should I look for an interesting, well paying, challenge that will keep me galvanized for the next few years?

I would love to get your input!
(or even a job offer)

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Public Speaking 2019

Balkan Computer Congress - BalCCon2k19 - Uncharted Waters

2019-09-13-15, Balkan Computer Congress - BalCCon2k19 - Uncharted Waters, Novi Sad Fair - Congress Centre, Hajduk Veljkova 11, Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, Europe, Earth, Milky Way

Modern Commandline-Tools (Final Last Version)

Linux without a command line is like the sky without stars. But most of the tools we use daily are from the late 1980ties or even older. In this talk I want to present to you modern alternatives to tools you might already know.
Initially I thought that I covered all relevant command line tools last year. Thanks to a lot of wonderful people as well as new requirements in my job, I gathered so many new tools, that I can do another talk on thems. So you will get 95% new content in this talk. Only the jokes will be old.

Workshop: Kali Linux and Metasploit for Beginners

As a gray/whithat hacker or as a member of a red/blue team? Kicking off your career in infosec. I will give you a head start with the basic tools of the trade (except from the often mentioned Rakija).
In two hours, we will explore Kali Linx and the metasploit toolkit with a few selected attacks and exploits to get you started with the tools. If I can set up a dedicated WiFi, we will even hack that! Try out brute-force attacks and password cracking in a save environment, whithout the threat of legal repercussions. Have fun while learning new stuff. And all for the price of the conference attendance fee!

Gulaschprogrammiernacht 2019

2019-05-20/2019-06-02, Gulaschprogrammiernacht 2019, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe

Moderne Kommandozeilen-Werkzeuge (endgültig letzte Version)

Eigentlich dachte ich, letztes Jahr alle relevanten Kommandozeilen-Werkzeuge vorgestellt zu haben. Dank vieler lieber Menschen und neuer Anforderungen im Job haben sich jedoch erneut so viele neue Tools gefunden, dass ich nochmal einen Talk darüber machen kann. Es erwartet Euch also 95% neuer Inhalte in diesem Talk, nur die Witze sind alt.

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Nichts zu verbergen?

Habt Ihr Euch schon ein c’t Abo besorgt? Wäre empfehlenswert!

Heute lassen wir uns von staatlichen Behörden, etwa der NSA und auch ihren Partnern wie dem deutschen BND, auf Schritt und Tritt überwachen. Diesen Übergriff nehmen wir fast widerstandslos hin, bewahrt er uns doch angeblich vor Terrorangriffen von islamischen Dschihad-Schergen. Willfährig blenden wir aus, dass alles, was über uns in den gigantischen, nie vergessenden Datenbanken zu finden ist, eines Tages gegen uns verwendet werden kann.
Abgesehen davon: Wer glaubt, bei den datensaugenden Nachrichtendiensten handle es sich um monolithische, anonyme Gebilde, der irrt. Schließlich kennen wir die Tragweite der Überwachungsbemühungen erst, seit ein einzelner, angeblich gut durchleuchteter NSA-Mitarbeiter, Edward Snowden, seine politische Haltung geändert hat. Bei NSA, GCHQ und BND arbeiten tausende Menschen aus Fleisch und Blut. Snowden hat öffentlich dokumentiert, welche Daten er abgegriffen hat. Wie viele Zugriffe im Dunkeln passieren, weiß niemand.
Ein Mitarbeiter könnte am finanziellen Abgrund stehen, erpressbar sein und mal eben sämtliche Wohnorte von urlaubenden Superreichen herausfiltern. Ein anderer könnte pathologischer Stalker sein, der die Bewegungen seiner Angebeteten überwacht, um den passenden Moment zum Zugriff zu finden. Beim BND sitzt vielleicht gerade ein unerkannter Neonazi am XKeyscore-Terminal der NSA, um Ziele für Brandanschläge gegen Flüchtlichsunterkünfte auszubaldowern.
Niemand weiß das. Überhaupt erfährt man viel zu wenig über all jene, die intimste Daten abschnorcheln, auswerten und für unbekannte Dauer speichern. Ganz zu schweigen von der Frage, wer womöglich in Zukunft zu diesen Daten Zugang bekommt. Deshalb sollte das Mantra jedes Bürgers lauten: „Ich habe eine Menge zu verbergen!” Edward Snowden hat den weltweiten Überwachungsapparat schlaglichtartig beleuchtet. Das bietet die Chance zu verstehen, welche Methoden momentan zum Einsatz kommen. In den kommenden Ausgaben von c’t werden wir sie sortieren und verständlich machen, damit Sie, liebe Leserinnen und Leser, mehr wissen - und sich wehren können.

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Die europäische Demokratie und Katalanien/Spanien

Vorher schon ein interessantes Thema, ist mir die Unabhängigkeitsbewegung in Katalonien nach dem Besuch der Overdrive Conference in Girona noch mehr ans Herz gewachsen.

Telepolis hat dazu einen sehr guten Text:

Auch der Oberste [spanische, Anm.] Gerichtshof sieht kein Hindernis, dass [die katalanische Exilpolitiker, Anm.] Puigdemont, Ponsatí und Comín bei den Europaparlamentswahlen antreten können. Damit wurde der Wahlrat (JEC) wie erwartet sogar „einstimmig”, für seine höchst undemokratische Entscheidung abgewatscht, mit der die Mehrheit der Richter im JEC das Gesetz gebeugt und ihr Amt missbraucht hat. Die Konsequenz müsste die sofortige Auflösung und eine Anklage wegen Rechtsbeugung und Amtsmissbrauch gegen die Richter sein, die den Ausschluss ohne Rechtsgrundlage als Mehrheit diktatorisch verfügt haben.

Angesichts der sich zuspitzenden Vorgänge in Katalonien stellten sich Beobachter die Frage, wie es möglich ist, dass die EU-Kommission zwar immer neue Vertragsverletzungsverfahren gegen Ungarn und Polen einleitet, aber zum Fall Spanien schweigt. Dabei kann man die Lage in Spanien, was eine politisierte Justiz angeht, durchaus mit Polen oder Ungarn vergleichen.

Doch in Brüssel deckt man die Vorgänge in Spanien durch eine „Verschwörung des Schweigens”, wie es der Schweizer UNO-Experte Alfred de Zayas in Bezug auf Katalonien kritisiert.

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Links from 2019-03-03

Bruce Sterling at The Interval at Long Now

The future is a kind of history that hasn’t happened yet. The past is a kind of future that has already happened. The present moment vanishes before it can be described. Language, a human invention, lacks the power to fully adhere to reality.

We live in a very short now and here, since the flow of events in spacetime is mostly closed to human comprehension. But we have to say something about the future, since we have to live there. So what can we say? Being “futuristic” is a problem in metaphysics; it’s about getting language to adhere to an unknowable reality. But the futuristic quickly becomes old-fashioned, so how can the news stay news?

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Fixing the Date Format in Thunderbird, Again

As discussed, getting a SANE date format within Mozilla Thunderbird is not easy. And Thunderbird 60 broke the current workarounds by ignoring the long standing en_DK workaround.

Fortunately, some inquisitive minds in the Bugzilla thread found a new workaround. Instead of „en_DK.UTF8” use „lt_LT.UTF-8” for the LC_TIME locale value.


sudo locale-gen lt_LT.UTF-8

from the command line and

Exec=env LC_TIME=lt_LT.UTF-8 thunderbird %u

in /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktop the date display will go from the b0rken

Thunderbird Screenshto with bad date

to the (again) way saner ISO 8601 format:

Thunderbird Screenshto with good date

And according to the Bugzilla bugreport, there will be a setting within Thunderbird to set the date format from within the MUA. \o/.

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Geballte Internet-Kompetenz -- Die Internetoffensive Österreich

Nachdem der neue Lobby-„gemeinnützige”-Verein „Fit4Internet” (mehr dazu demnächst) ja quasi (zumindest personell) eine Sub-Entität des altbekannten Lobby-Vereins „Internetoffensive Österreich” ist, hab ich mir gedacht, ich schau bei denen mal wieder vorbei.

Screenshot IOÖ Homepage im Firefox - Thumbnail
„Ei der Daus!”, wieso seh ich in meinem Firefox nix, war meine erste Reaktion..

Screenshot IOÖ Homepage im Chromium - Thumbnail
Chromium hat auch nix angezeigt.

Screenshot IOÖ Homepage im IE - Thumbnail
Ein Rückschritt auf eine virtuelle Maschine mit einem Internet Explorer (nutzen Sie ihn, solange es ihn noch gibt) hat mir da die zuletzt im Oktober 2018 aktualisierte Propaganda-Seite des IOÖ angezeigt (mensch beachte das schöne A minus Trust Zitat).

Ein Blick mit Hilfe von ein paar „Hackertools” (ja, das ginge „eleganter”; Shell-Golf Vorschläge bitte auf Mastodon) offenbart dann das eigentliche Problem:

$ curl --insecure -v 2>&1 | awk 'BEGIN { cert=0 } /^\* SSL connection/ { cert=1 } /^\*/ { if (cert) print }' | grep "issuer:"
*  issuer: C=US; O=thawte, Inc.; CN=thawte SHA256 SSL CA

Die Internetoffensive Österreich verwendet ein Zertifikat, dem die gängigsten Webbrowser nicht mehr vertrauen. Und in diesem Fall ist der Aussteller überraschenderweise NICHT die A minus Trust, sondern Symantec.

Wenn sich die IOÖ als „Interessenvertretung aller Stakeholder im Bereich der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien (IKT)” versteht und im „Kompetenzzentrum Internetgesellschaft (KIG)” (sic!) den Status eines beratenden Organ hat, fragt man sich schon, wieso sie es nicht schaffen, sich ein „ordentliches” TLS Zertifikat zu besorgen. Google, Mozilla, Microsoft und Apple warnen spätenstens seit Sommer 2018, dass sie den Zertifikaten von Symantec nicht mehr vertrauen.
Aber vermutlich sind die „hohen Kosten” von Let’s Encrypt so abschreckend. Oder sie warten noch darauf, dass die A minus Trust ihr aktuelles Root-Zertifikat wieder in die Browser bekommt.

Und nicht vergessen, in der IOÖ finden sich jene jene Unternehmen wieder, die seit 2008 die jeweiligen Bundesregierungen in Internet-Dingen beraten. Selbige Unternehmen und handelnde Personen aus deren Umfeld finden sich auch im neuen Lobby-Verein „Fit4Internet” wieder und mensch kann davon ausgehen, dass diese Personen auch die Ende Februar ihr Programm vorstellende Digitalisierungsagentur (DIA) „beraten” werden. Also jene Offliner, die uns seit über 10 Jahren das Internet erklären wollen, von allen Entwicklungen überrollt/überrascht wurden (*hust* DSGVO *hust*), den „Computerführerschein” ECDL zur Microsoft-Produktschulung umfunktioniert haben und als einzige Leistung vorweisen können, den FTTH-Ausbau in Österreich nachhaltig verhindert zu haben.

Vielleicht sollte die Internetoffensive Österreich ihre Homepage einfach offline nehmen und ihre Lobby-Texte wieder per USB-Stick verteilen …

USB-Stick Foto der IOÖ 2008 - Thumbnail

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The popular screenshot tool, which uses Gtk2 and Perl, was one of the very few packages that blocked Debian (and Ubuntu) from removing the obsolete libgnome2-perl and libgnome2-vfs-perl from the repository archive. Since Shutter doesn’t work without these packages, it was removed from the Debian Unstable and Ubuntu 18.10 repositories.

Since I use Shutter daily, I created a PPA for it and its dependencies…
You can use this PPA not only in Ubuntu 18.10, but also in Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19 or 19.x, …

I also added the gnome-web-photo package to the PPA. This package allows Shutter to take full website screenshots,…

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