DNS is one of the old timers that keep the internet working. Back when it has been designed privacy wasn’t that much of an issue. Nowadays DNS can leak critical information about the activity of a user. Even tools that should protect the privacy of the user (e.g. VPNs, TOR, … ) can leak DNS queries if not configured correctly. Currently the IEFT works on draft for DNS over Datagram TLS, but if you want to take back your privacy right now, DNSCrypt is at your service.
An entirely new Firefox – why reinvent the wheel again?
Why ? Performance, new clean codebase, better support for new technologies, other philosophy, …
Some days ago I thought about using a Linux-Distribution from an USB-Stick, not a Live-System – instead installing a Distro on a Stick. USB 3.0 performs quite decent and USB-Sticks >= 32GB are quite cheap. But does installing a Linux-Distro from the Install-Live-Stick to an empty Stick really work (and boot) ?
It’s has been a long time since I had time for some useful and useless stuff. So we (isticktoit) found some useless stuff on Heise open: A Linux Retro-Gaming distribution and thought about bringing some old stuff up to ‚waste‘ some hours.
In this case I tried the new release of the Lakka distribution, which is mostly for Retro/Emulator-Gaming. It contains a lot of emulators from Atari up to PlayStation and Nintendo.
Believe it or not, tens millions of people are still reading Teletext. The biggest provider of on-screen news, the BBC, has shut down its CeeFax in 2012, but many stations all over Europe still broadcast a teletext signal1. There even is a (semi-) regular Art Festival about teletext!
For those not in the know: Teletext, invented by the BBC in 1972/1974, is a digital signal, that puts a 40×25, 8 color character grid onto your screen. Rudimentary (pseudo-)graphics in the form of a graphical character set are available too. The information is sorted into pages (often called tables), from 100 to 899, and subpages2.
Is the widely pushed OGC Geopackage (GPKG)(http://www.geopackage.org/) ready for daily use – also as a replacement for the good old Shapefile as an exchange-format ? While QGIS already supports Geopackage (including direct editing) quite well for some time, the format starts to grow up in the ESRI environment. Some good news with ArcGIS Pro 1.4 …
Sport watches like the Garmin Swim or Forerunner-series are widely used. As a Linux-User, I was facing the „problem“ how to get the data on the PC from my Garmin swim (and to GarminConnect) … there are a lot of solutions around on the internet (some very old ones) – the following workflow works fine for me to get the data on the PC and upload it to GarminConnect.
Fooling around with QGIS (v 2.18) global program-settings, I found some interesting setting. It allows the user to copy geo-features directly from the table to the clipboard as GeoJSON (geom + attributes). So, no „export to…“ etc. is needed.