In Europa gibt es viele “Experten” die uns immer erklären, wie “digital” in der Wirtschaft funktioniert – oder besser – funktionieren sollte. Ich kenne zwei Gruppen dieser “Fachleute” – die eine Gruppe schwänzelt um amerikanische Großkonzerne herum und bewundert die “Innovationskraft” von Google, Amazon oder Facebook, die andere Gruppe saugt sich “Ideen” aus den Fingern die aus ihrer jeweiligen Sicht die Zukunft bestimmen. Beide Gruppen liegen völlig falsch.
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There are not that many people who care about vintage recordings. It takes the dedicated work of enthusiasts to hunt down old records or Edison cylinders, to restore them and to make them publicly available as part of our musical heritage. But all of this is in peril as a secretive new copyright bill makes it way through congress. Read More →
Home automation is cool. It really is. Switch power and or off, lights come on with a touch or voice command, everything can be controlled from everywhere. Well – sometimes. Or not. Because there’s a big fight going on below the deck. And you may want to wait who wins. Read More →
With Alexa, Siri and Google happily chatting around, let’s take a snapshot of what is available on Linux. Hint – not much. But let’s take a look. Read More →
Whenever you work in a local environment, you have to deal with a variety of problems. From setting fixed DHCP leases to creating special name server entries. Sometimes it is helpful to have a reflecting name server. Read More →
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 →
.. I stumbled upon a blog post that explained 11 reasons why Linux sucks. John Morris, the author of that post, outed himself as a Linux lover – and so am I – for more than 20 years. But enough is enough. The Linux of today is unbearable.
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After having been working with voice controlled or .. voice activated “smart” environments for a while, here’s my take: This could get really great if .. and that’s a big if .. we find a common protocol that enables flexibility, compatibility and true interactions. Read More →
Some folks actually have a weird attitude towards PHP. I understand that it isn’t a “pure” language. It’s not truly “objective”. It’s inconsistent. Too many functions. Whatever. For me it’s still the Swiss Army Knife of programming languages (after “C” of course). Read More →
So – you got this Amazon Alexa device at Cyber-Monday? And maybe a connected “smart” plug or light bulb? Before you start adding more “smart” stuff – here’s what you need to know. Read More →