Say you built a small server – to play your audios or videos – and you want to easily and securely access it in your local network  It works great and you consider making a product out of it. Well – here’s the thing – there is no universal, convenient way for users to safely connect to your server – even in their local network. Let’s have a look at the situation, backgrounds and possible workarounds. Read More →

Cheap IoT devices like power plugs are mostly manufactured in China. They connect to “bridging” servers we don’t really have control over, they are usually not documented and those required “bridging” services may  fail or even be terminated at any time.  Which would of course render your (or my) “smart” power plugs useless. Time to do something about it. Read More →

I remember my first “ping” to prep.ai.mit.edu. This must have been around 1993 . I worked with networks before that time, hacking X.25 networks and using embedded “out dials” to reach phone line connected BBS systems around the word. All my life has revolved around the “net”.  So – I know a thing or two about the Internet. Let me make something very clear:  We lost net neutrality years ago. Read More →