Category Archives: General

Nokia’s idea of the user’s privacy

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“You count
Nokia takes privacy serious. We collect information about your phone and it’s usage, to improve our products and their content.”

Nokia is just one of many, who are actually not taking user privacy serious. In above picture, taken from one of the new Nokia Lumina Windows phones, the two sentences even are an obvious contradiction to me.

Sure, Nokia values my privacy. That’s why they take it away from me. But don’t I worry, they only use it for their own purposes and promise to not give it away. I think,if I told that to a stranger and took his money, wouldn’t I be called a thief?

It is obvious that they do not value my privacy but their data, leaving the people stripped naked and helpless.

It is sick that the people, who create the privacy data, are not in control and actually do not own what is originally their’s. And why should we trust a company, being more interested in their profit than in me being able to protect my privacy?

Privacy begins in my toilet, and it should end there!

Not in a profit orientated multi million dollar compary.

google.cn in IPv6 world

Google China recently added AAAA records to it’s domains:

# host www.google.cn
www.google.cn has address 209.85.148.160
www.google.cn has IPv6 address 2a00:1450:4001:c01::a0

Google China does not offer search results through google.cn anymore since March 2010, redirecting their users to google.com.hk, which does not have AAAA records enabled.

Fortunately maps.google.cn still is available, generating lots of IPv6 traffic:

# host maps.google.cn
maps.google.cn is an alias for ditu.google.cn.
ditu.google.cn has address 209.85.148.160
ditu.google.cn has IPv6 address 2a00:1450:4001:c01::a0

This gives hope for this year’s World IPv6 Launch Day, June 6th, 2012. 🙂

FruPic App for Android

FruPic App in Google Play Store

 

Finally my second Android App is done, this time an image viewer and uploading app for the FruPic image sharing site: http://frupic.frubar.net.

The app shows the posted images in a nice grid-like overview or as a flingable gallery, offering abilities to download or re-share the posted images as well as upload pictures from your gallery to the site in two clicks.

I integrated an offline caching mechanism of the downloaded data, so you should be able to browse FruPics as far as they are previously cached.

Get the app fresh from the Google Play Store (former Android Market):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.saschahlusiak.frupic

And the source code of this thingy lives on github:
https://github.com/shlusiak/FruPic-App

 

Android App for HRW IT-Monitoring

Android App
HRW IT-Status in Google Play Store

Android is an interesting platform and it’s easy and fun to develop for. My first app is a very simple tool to query the IT-Monitoring state from the University of Ravensburg-Weingarten, as also available on their public website:

http://www.hs-weingarten.de/web/rechenzentrum/dienststatus

In the background, a complex Icinga installation provides the necessary data, making it available through a public XML interface.

The app is available in the Google Play Store (former Android Market)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.saschahlusiak.hrw.dienststatus

Source code is also available on GitHub:
https://github.com/shlusiak/HRW-Dienststatus

Total Commander 64 bit plugins

Total Commander 8 will be released soon, offering native 64 bit support for Windows. The author kindly asked to recompile the available plugins for 64 bit, offering bounties to plugin developers.

The plugins to encode and decode gif files and avi videos are available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions now, ready for download. While the gif plugin seems to work fine, the avi version is facing the windows codec hell all over again in 64 bit world. On a 32 bit system I recommend the use of the ffdshow-tryouts codec pack, on a 64 bit system I wish you good luck to find working VfW (Video for Windows) codecs for encoding and decoding. 🙂

I should probably rewrite the plugin to use either DirectShow or just wrap ffmpeg…

Homepage over IPv6

On June 8th, 2011 my webhoster participated on the World IPv6 day, making my homepage temporarily IPv6-enabled. Shortly after they went productive, so all my subdomains, the homepage, this blog and even the ftp have IPv6 records enabled by default.

www.saschahlusiak.de has address 80.67.17.142
www.saschahlusiak.de has IPv6 address 2a00:1158:0:300:8e72::1

Only the email servers don’t run IPv6 yet, but I’m sure that’ll come. Welcome to the future. 🙂