According to this article a new bill regarding IT security is being planned in Germany.

If this bill is passed it will be illegal to refuse turning over your credentials (e.g. for social media, e-mail, encrypted devices and other accounts) to government agencies, such as the police.

Punishment could be up to six months of coercive detention, no matter whether their allegations are true or not. Just another steps towards the abolishment of the constitutional democracy.

In case you don’t like either handing over your credentials or getting detained I recommend to store sensitive information in a hidden, encrypted volume on an encrypted device. Doing it this way will give you plausible deniability. This is your ultimate “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

To create a hidden volume use either TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt. Both programs are free open-source software.

Looks like the website of the beloved Gnome Connection Manager seems to be dead. I created a clone of the original code and will implement the fix mentioned here as soon as I find the code. It’s somewhere burried in a bunch of data on a pile of harddisks. What a mess!

If your Kobo ebook reader suddenly stops responding due to too many ebooks you may want to try the SQLite Database Browser, which is a great piece of open-source software, to cleanup the Kobo’s database by removing all references to any ebooks. Since you only remove the references the ebooks will still be available, but the Kobo is forced to reindex the ebooks. For a clean shot you may want to move the ebooks to your harddisk before cleaning up the database. Maybe it’s also possible to force reindexing by just deleting the database, but I guess this will be the same as resetting your Kobo to factory defaults, which is not desired, and I haven’t tried this, yet.

2011-02-02 @ 00:47: inSSIDer Downloads | Network | Tools

inSSIDer is free, open-source Wi-Fi scanning/analyzing software.


What’s unique about inSSIDer?

  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (x86 and x64)
  • Uses the Native Wi-Fi API and your current wireless network card
  • Sort results by Mac Address, SSID, Channel, RSSI and “Time Last Seen”
  • Compatible with most GPS devices (NMEA v2.3 and higher)



How can inSSIDer help me?

  • Inspect your WLAN and surrounding networks to troubleshoot competing access points
  • Track the strength of received signal in dBm over time
  • Filter access points in an easy-to-use format
  • Highlight access points for areas with high Wi-Fi concentration
  • Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file to view in Google Earth.
  • Filter through hundreds of scanned access points



Get more information and download the last free version (3.1.2.1) of inSSIDer at here or grab the latest commercial version  at MetaGeek.

2011-01-07 @ 19:03: some minor updates Downloads | Music | Tools | Wallpapers
  • updated the preview of my modified swiss keyboard layout and put an additional link to that preview in the download-section.
  • added a link to the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator site.
  • added some wallpapers I made long time ago.
  • changed links-type in order to allow download of mp3s on systems which try to play music files by default instead of downloading and saving them.

Some time ago I found a fantastic driver on the net which allows the creation of a multi-partition memory-stick. It was just the naked driver, without anything else and since Windows shows only the first partition on such devices when the driver is not installed, an easy install/uninstall solution was needed. I use the driver-loader from Guido Wischrop and created a script around that which seamlessly installs the driver and starts it invisible in the background when you start Windows. Download the complete package here.

You know what I hate most? When programs create a bunch of endless folders to store their settings under the “Documents and Settings” folder. To my mind putting this in the application’s folder makes way more sense; at least on single user systems. Opera gives you the choice where to put your profile with an option in Opera’s default settings-file which can be easily changed by hand. But wait! What when you have to install Opera on a bunch of new PCs with each only a single user on? Especially for this situation I created a small program which allows you to change Opera’s multi-user mode with just one click. Goto the downloads-section now.


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