Text Fiction gets a bit of love – Goodbye Drupal, Hello Hugo!

Phew, that was a bit more work than I expected, but I finally hit publish on the new Text Fiction website. Read more ›

Posted in Rants

Google locking out uncertified Android devices – speculations on how it works and what to do

Ok, there’s a lot of confusing information out there now, concerning Google’s latest walled garden antics. It’s not directly a problem for Raccoon (Raccoon, with the help of DummyDroid, can fake any desired device), but it might be for people who want to use apps that depend in one way or another on the presence of Gapps, so … meh. I should probably try to figure something out, though personally I’d say: just be glad if Google locks you out of their spyware themselves (normally, you have to put quite a bit of effort into getting rid of it). The current Facebook scandal should be a wake up call and Google is much, much worse! Read more ›

Posted in Android, Tinkering

Vote rigging? The real danger of Facebook is yet to come!

Currently, everyone seems to be discussing whether or not elections can be manipulated through Facebook. Good morning sheeple! Who would have thought that sharing personal information with an ad network would allow marketeers to contact and lull swing voters? Let’s consider that to be a wake up call (elections don’t matter anyway, you can only choose the color of the bullshit you will be getting), the real, everyday danger of Facebook is yet to come. Read more ›

Posted in Rants, Security

… but we are all Facebook users!

“What’s your problem? Nobody is forced to use Facebook, it’s your choice!”

Err, no! just because that stupid argument is parroted ad nauseam throughout the internet since, forever, doesn’t make it true. In reality, we are all Facebook users, no matter if we want to or not. That choice is made for us (usually by the dimwits who claim otherwise). Read more ›

Posted in Persepective, Rants

Getting in touch with users who (anonymously) left poor ratings on Google Play

Let’s say you just published a brand new app on Google Play, then the first couple of days are crucial. Every review/rating counts and nothing will get your blood pressure up like unjustified downvotes. Let’s face it, some users plain are assholes (e.g. those who see ratings only as a means to extort you). Others might just have misjudged your app and would reconsider if asked nicely, but that’s the problem! Play doesn’t let you communicate with your users (efficiently). Sure, the Play console allows you to reply to reviews, however, that’s a pain and doesn’t work when a user only rated. Read more ›

Posted in Android, Tinkering

Another day, another cold call

Telephones… you wish, Alexander Graham Bell would have come up with a design that mandates a conductive plate in the earpiece, so you can remotely shock your peer in case s/he says something stupid, behaves like an asshole or both, is a telemarketeer. Read more ›

Posted in Rants

Google Play, GSF ID, useragent, app compatibility?

I get asked fairly often (in various ways) how Google Play determines if an app is compatible with a device. Read more ›

Posted in Android

Fingerprints are NOT passwords!

The three basic rules for password security are:

  1. Never write your password down. Someone might find your note.
  2. Never use the same password for different services. Otherwise you give the operators of one service access to the other.
  3. Change your password when it gets compromised.

Fingerprints violate all of these rules. You leave them (write them down) whenever and touch a smooth surface. You only have ten fingers, so you’ll end up reusing your credentials for different services. Got a front door with a fingerprint lock and a passport? Congratulations, you just handed the keys to your home to every country, including your own, you visit. Good luck, changing them!

Posted in Security

Simple hardware hack to make your PC fast again

Did you ever have feeling that your computer has been getting slower lately? Got dropping Framerate for no apparent reason? Everything generally feeling more laggy, even though the software stayed the same?

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Posted in Tips and Tricks

The pitfall of the digital assistant

Food for thoughts: digital assistants with voice recognition are suppose to save us time: we can simply speak our mind and they already know how to perform complex tasks, thus saving us the hassle of pushing buttons and carrying out multiple steps manually.

All digital assistants are made by companies that want us to buy more stuff. Advertising only works when we spend as much time as possible with the advertising agent.

Do digital assistants really save us time?

Posted in Persepective