We Are Doomed

I recently stumbled upon this article, which sums up my view on climate change and our existence as a species pretty well. I think we lost the game for our only space rock by making us dependent from technologies that make is inhabitable for ourselves. To stop climage change from getting worse (even if we can’t stop it) we must stop using e.g. fossil fuels at once, completely, but we just can’t do that, because we still depend on it too much.
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Nordlicht Invitation

During Revision the invitationals for the Nordlicht Demoparty were released. This small, newcomer-friendly Demoparty will take place July 20th-22nd at Bremen, Germany. This was my first Demoparty last year and it was a blast. If you’re from the area, like to learn something new or just have a fun weekend among your kind, I can only recommend to bring your tent and come visit, too! :)

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Gemini PDA

The Gemini Last year around this time was the first time I made a bigger contribution to a crowdfunding project at Indiegogo: the Gemini PDA The Gemini PDA is a project by the Planet Computers Ltd. who aim to follow in the footsteps of the Psion Series personal digital assistant devices, but with modern hardware running Android and/or GNU/Linux as an operating system. People who know me also know that I’m into mobile devices with hardware keyboards, and I that I couldn’t type reliably on a touchscreen if my life depended on it.
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Revision 2018

Revision is the name of the world’s biggest Demoscene party there is today, and I shared the experience this year. Why would I do this? As I wrote last year, I visited the Nordlicht demoparty 2017 in Bremen, Germany. I was welcomed there as a newbie who never attended any demoscene event before, and talked to a lot of people. I really enjoyed the experience. Already back then, people asked me “so, are you going to come to Revision next year?
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Inkcut Installation on Linux

Inkcut is a plugin for Inkscape, which allows using plotters to cut vectors. There’s usually a lack of short guides on how to set up this neat little plugin, e.g. when new faces show up in the local hackspace and want to plot something. Most of them (like me) are too lazy or hot-headed to spend a reasonable amount of time looking for documentation online. I wrote a few lines down when I was still a member and figured I will just leave them here.
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Illustrations by Kuvshinov Ilya

I’m usually not a great fan of people that title themselves “illustrators”, but that’s probably due to the circumstances that I got to know that title under.

Anyways. By accident, I just stumbled upon an illustrator called Kuvshinov Ilya, whose portraits and pictures I enjoy very much. Here are some examples:

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Disco Ball in Space

Last year I wrote about Orbital Reflector, which is a project by Trevor Paglen aiming to launch a giant, light-reflecting sculpture into earth’s orbit. A similar project had been launched a week a go by Rocket Lab, in secret. It is a much smaller sculpture though, and is described as a giant disco ball in space. It his about 1 meter in diameter. I’m honestly not too excited about this one though, since it doesn’t seem to me like a message to all of humanity.
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Anarchy-Linux

I recently had to quickly set up a new workstation and wanted to stick to my beloved Linux distribution: Arch Linux. Although it is my default Linux distribution, I still can’t set it up without some reading in the Wiki again and some spare hours. So I decided to try out “Arch Anywhere” (now Anarchy Linux because, you know, trademarks), which provides a more sophisticated install medium. Since it provides an additional package repository, it calls itself a Linux “distribution”.
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Save your passwords

If you use a password manager, or another safe place to store your passwords, don’t make any exceptions! December 2015 I bought a new laptop computer. I had the basic setup running and wanted to take it to 32C3, which was around the corner. So I did. Once I was there, I realised I didn’t set up a BIOS password yet. The last time I didn’t have a BIOS password, and left my notebook alone for 5min because I had to pee, someone else generously set one up for me.
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Creating Samba shares with Arch Linux

I recently installed a new Arch Linux system to replace an older one. I was in need of providing that Samba share again to access some files from a Windows PC. Setting up Samba on Arch Linux is pretty easy: » pacaur -S samba [...] » cp /etc/samba/smb.conf.default /etc/samba/smb.conf » sudo vim /etc/samba/smb.conf I disabled the printer sharing and other examples, and added the following share to the end of the config file:
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