Wednesday, March 22

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Rejiggle all the things

Rejiggle all the things

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Update: making progress, the list now includes tipsfromthetopfloor.com (took a bit longer because I had to make sure there was no interruption or side-effects on the podcast delivery). Once I'm back from Russia, I will get to work on the rest of the sites.It's about time to revamp my web hosting. So far, it's all on one dedicated server (as in a hardware box with spinning disks, mirrored albeit) and the system has served me well in the past. It's getting a bit long in the tooth though and the cloud offers everywhere are quite intriguing. Especially as many of them run on really fast hardware, SSDs, quick networking and the flexibility is beyond anything I've ever had. Fire up an instance with the click of a mouse. Add a temporary server for a special purpose, delete it later and pay by
AI, you still got a long way to go…

AI, you still got a long way to go…

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...either that or my photography is boring.Enter: Keegan, the photo coach. Keegan is an AI that will critique your photos and give them ratings. I uploaded a few of my favorite pictures to test it:Keegan doesn't like detail in photos. Keegan loves blur. I get a ribbon. Must. Do. More. Blur. Oh, first time Keegan calls it my colors pleasant. At least that. Yep, they're hiding in the shadows. Those buddhist monks. Okay Keegan, I'll keep trying... My colors are weird. *sniffle* Yeah, the colors are off. The guy is all orangy and yellow. 😂😂😂 Did I mention Keegan loves blur? Oh, and guess I better apologize for the guy in the background. 
Nach dem Kongress is vor dem Kongress

Nach dem Kongress is vor dem Kongress

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Das Küchenradio hat hier einen schönen Rundgang über den 32. Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg gemacht. Sehr hörenswert! Alleine schon, weil z.B. viel Einblick in die Hintergründe gegeben wird. Da ist zum Beispiel das VOC (das Video Operations Center), die es durch Automation erreicht haben, dass die meisten Videos kurz nach der Aufnahme bereits geschnitten, betitelt und online verfügbar sind.  Hier hören: http://www.kuechenstud.io/kuechenradio/episode/kr387-chaos-communication-congress-2015/

Philips just announced they will revert their decision

Politics, Tech
6 days ago Philips released firmware 1.11 for their hue wireless lighting system, breaking interoperability with un-certified 3rd-party lights, something they had held up high for years through their membership in the Connected Lighting Alliance and their stated commitment to maximum interoperability. After sneaking up this change on their most enthusiastic users, all hell broke lose between Dec 11 and Dec 16 2015. After a massive public outcry, that involved everywhere from their Facebook profiles to a big hit to their Amazon ratings, Philips has now announced they would revert the update. This is an overview and a quick analysis of what has happened.Listen here:
Do we really need the Apple Watch?

Do we really need the Apple Watch?

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Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns - used under a CC-BY-2.0 licenseSeriously dude, do we really need the Apple Watch? (substitute with your favorite wearable device)Not really. Actually not at all. Your iPhone (substitute with your favorite mobile platform) will do almost everything the watch does. It’ll show you notifications, it’ll tell the time, let you reply to messages, allow you to make video calls, track some of your health stats, allow you to cross items off your shopping list. And you can use it to watch TV. All you have to do is pull it out of your pocket. Your iPhone will even do a lot of things that your Apple Watch can’t do.But do we really need the iPhone?Not really. Actually not at all. Your Macbook (substitute with your favorite portable computing platform) will do almost eve
bossjock jr.: starting your own podcast has never been easier!

bossjock jr.: starting your own podcast has never been easier!

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The people who brought you the original Bossjock Studio app have now released bossjock jr, a free and wonderful little podcast recording app. When I say “podcast recording" I actually mean “a frigging full-featured podcast studio with jingles and all in one free app" - it does everything, from recording your voice, allowing you to add in jingles, pause when you need a second to think of what to say next, export to all sorts of formats, include artwork and meta data in your recordings. It’s brilliant! It even comes with an Apple Watch extension. There’s not a single excuse not to start a podcast now. » bossjock jr (iTunes link)
WordPress is the new Windows

WordPress is the new Windows

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Judging by the amount of effort that you nowadays have to take to keep your Wordpress blog at least partially clean and safe from hacking, it really reminds me of the days of Windows XP (that’s the last time I seriously used Windows) and the numerous measures you had to take to keep it free from malware.Similar to Windows in the 90s, Wordpress is pretty much a mono culture at this point. And monocultures attract vermin.All my Wordpress instances have recently been infected. The goal of the infections was never to bring the sites down though. Destruction doesn’t help those who infect the sites. They want to either boost someone’s Google rank by creating more back links or they simply try to spam others through links or spam mails.In the case of my Wordpress instances, I began notici
Podcast-Analyse: 97,5% Webplayer vs. 2,5% Abonnierer

Podcast-Analyse: 97,5% Webplayer vs. 2,5% Abonnierer

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Interessante Beobachung zum Downloadverhalten. Fast niemand abonniert unseren neuen Podcast. Trotzdem stimmen die Hörerzahlen. Von vorne: ich habe kürzlich den neuen Podcast Glutenfrei gestartet, den ich mit meiner Mutter produziere. Für den Feed und die Website benutze ich den Firtz. Um es den Hörern und Hörerinnen leichter zu machen, den Podcast zu abonnieren, ist er zum einen in iTunes gelistet, zum anderen verwende ich den Podlove Subscribe Button, um auf der Website selbst einen möglichst einfachen Abo-Prozess bereitzustellen. Soweit erst mal das meiste richtig gemacht. Um die Abonnenten einfacher von den Websitehörern zu unterscheiden nutze ich folgenden Trick: es gibt nämlich zwei Feeds. Der Firtz macht das in Zusammenspiel mit Auphonic recht einfach. A) der MP3-Feed füttert den Pl
Telekom und DSL

Telekom und DSL

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Wer bei dieser Überschrift einen Rant erwartet, liegt diesmal ausnahmsweise daneben. Wir sind aufs Land gezogen. Naja, sagen wir mal: in ein paar Minuten ist man mit dem Zug am Hauptbahnhof Hannover. Hier ist ja alles “Land" und alles sehr flach. Wir haben ein paar Jahre gesucht, bis wir endlich die Viewfinder Villa gefunden haben. Unsere Kriterien waren neben Platz und Erreichbarkeit natürlich auch finanzieller Natur — und ganz besonders wichtig war immer eine halbwegs schnelle Anbindung ans Internet. Bisher hat uns da htp.net ordentlich versorgt, zuletzt mit zuverlässigen 50/10 MBit/s, die auch zu Stoßzeiten quasi nie eingebrochen sind. Da wo wir nun hingezogen sind, ist htp nun leider nicht mehr verfügbar, also mussten wir wieder zurück zum Monopolisten: unser DSL kommt nun von der Tel
Bye Bye Mac Pro – Hello 5k

Bye Bye Mac Pro – Hello 5k

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Sooner or later it’s time to say goodbye to old friends. This is about my good old 2007 Mac Pro. It has served me incredibly well for over seven years. It only needed two upgrades during that time: one to bring the original 4GB RAM up to 8GB and the other one being the replacement of the spinning root disk with an (albeit smaller) SSD.Extending The Life Span When I did them, both of these upgrades have extended the Mac Pro’s life span by at least a couple of years. And what great years those were! I could throw pretty much anything at this 4-core beast. It would chug along rendering video while at the same time downloading files from an FTP server, checking integrity of an external disk, backing up its root drive to Time Machine and recording a podcast. Plus surfing the web would still