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Sat, 14 Sep 2013


If you have been in Vienna over the last few weeks, you probably have seen it: there was an URL crayoned throughout the city at several places. Noone standing next to it telling you anything about it, just the address. Plain and simple. The address said earthlings.com (or rather, earthlings.de, but it's actually the same).

Curious as I am, I wondered what it's about. And obviously, it wasn't too hard to find out. It's a documentary. But I don't want to say too much about it, I guess I let your own curiosity lead you. All that I want to say is that I consider it worth seeing. And especially worth seeing it through to the end. Definitely got me thinking.

Thanks to the unknown people over here in Vienna who made it possible for me to stumble upon it.

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Fri, 21 Jun 2013

Happy T-Shirt Day!

Today is T-Shirt Day. There are many sites supporting the day with special offers, and spreadshirt is no exception: they don't charge shipping (use "tday2013" as gift code).

I started somewhen last year to put together some shirts that I mainly did for myself, but in case you like my ideas, feel free to grab one or another shirt from my spreadshirt shop.


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Wed, 01 Apr 2009

Twitter: "technically wrong"

It's quite interesting. Twitter has this snippet in its registration page: By clicking on 'Create my account' above, you confirm that you are over 13 years of age and accept the Terms of Service. At least currently when you click it leads you to a page that says: Something is technically wrong. I'm very happy to accept that, but I have this strange feeling that it's not what they intended to have there...

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Tue, 25 Dec 2007

Happy Christmas

burning rhonda ...or similar for those who enjoy the hopefully silence part of the year. May you have someone to cuddle you to sleep... and also wake up again with. ;)

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Thu, 28 Jun 2007


Yesterday we had first night for the play Lysistrata in which I also have a role. It can be called a success—people congratulated us and laughed a fair bit. Babsi and me even got a special applause for our scene. I was a fair bit astonished to see Bamschabl from the Austrian comedy duo "Muckenstrunz und Bamschabl" in the audience. It seemed like he enjoyed it, at least.

If you don't know what to do tonight or tomorrow—there are still two nights left that we play. It's shown in the Scala (no, not Mailand but Vienna) on Wiedner Hauptstraße 108, starts at 20:00 and the admission fee is € 5,— (or € 3,— for pupils and students). See you there!

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Tue, 19 Dec 2006

ESA Plays Funny

When you are on some abuse list from an ISP you propably know these kind of things: you get copyright/intelectual property/whatever infringement alerts from various institutions every now and then. I won't try to guess if they themself are actually downloading all the data to verify the content, or maybe even put it into the peer to peer networks to see who is going to download it.

Nevertheless, sometimes there are quite funny companies with their alerts out there. One of those is the ESA—the Entertainment Software Association. The following is an excerpt of one of their mails stripped down to the relevant parts:

From: esa-no-reply@copyright-compliance.com
Reply-To: esa-no-reply@copyright-compliance.com

[key 0x9E9658B85A10FEEC unavailable]

ESA believes that its members' rights in such entertainment software products
are entitled to the full protection of the intellectual property law as well as
other relevant laws of your country.
Please inform us whether you will remove or disable access to the Infringing
Material as requested.

Given that they say in their headers that they don't want reply, both in the From and Reply-To, they still request information about the actions taken in their mail body. Yes, there is a different mail address listed in the body too, though that's not how mail programs work, do they...
Then for added authentity they pgp signed their message. Though, I wasn't able to find a server on which this key is available, and there is no hint in the mail where to get it from. Quite trustworthy, isn't it. It adds that the whole mail says that it's a template, though states that they are "entitled to the full protection of [...] relevant laws of your country". One starts to wonder if they are at least remotely aware to which countries they are mailing...

P.S.: On a side note, their second listed MX record doesn't seem to feel responsible for the domain—it simply sends you a 551 5.7.1 relaying denied when one would try to deliver there. Adds to the impression that the ESA is nothing but entertaining...

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Thu, 30 Mar 2006

Please do not read ...

if you are not the intended recipient. Often mail disclaimers are just a laugh in it self, but this one got me really rocking. At the end of the mail I found the following part:

This message is intended for the individual named above and is confidential and may also be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, ...

So, after wading through the mail and reading what's it about one is asked to not read it. Wait a minute... How should one know that one shouldn't read it when one didn't read it? Strange world out there ...

This laugh was sent in by tele.ring.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2006


Remove dpkg-sig signatures from .deb files by opening it in vim, deleting everything starting from _gpgbuilder (or what you've signed it with), optionally ":set noeol bin", save it, and update the md5sum and filesize in the .changes file. Done so with xblast and xmms-sid because the update was fixing rather important problems which couldn't wait for the archive patch that will allow dpkg-sig signatures again.
Winderschlapfn and Corry got released. Get your copies now!
Die Krupps are on tour again! Going to visit them on thursay! Yeah!!
For Those Who Care About Multiple Signatures: The second signature on Joey's d-d-a mail was not broken, the inner signature was mine. It was a statement that we both are to blame for it.
Late, but still worth it: Grow Ornament (requires flash)
Wir sind Helden on my:
Am in contact with a person who managed to reverse engineer the database format used by My Mini DJ. He's working on a patch for amarok to update the database, and I hope he'll share the format soonish so I can do a curses app for managing it.
"Organize isler" in turkish with subtitles. Maybe a bit brutal partly, but great and funny story. Definitely worth watching.
No, I'm not interested in random chats by bored horny people!
The transition from bind9 (no debpkg link; not because it's not working currently, but because it was running on FreeBSD) to pdns is underway.
Planeshift: I'm planing on fixing #284398. Might need something free like re-flex for its datafiles to be able to go to main, though.
I hope to blog more regularly.... *sighs*

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Wed, 14 Sep 2005

Prove your Guilty

From http://www.att.net/general-info/rblinquiry.html:

You must ... provide an explanation for the abuse that caused the block, ... but we cannot provide examples of the spam you sent.

Yes, of course I know why AT&T blocks us (for those not getting it, that is meant sarcastic). They can't, but well, every ISP out there should know why they got blocked by them themselfes... Nice world, isn't it.

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Wed, 07 Sep 2005

Strandbar Hermann, Shiraz

Sun, Beach, Sangria — vacations in the city. Have been to the Strandbar Herrmann this evening. A beach directly in vienna next to the danube, what else do you need to relax. It really was a nice thing, I'll have to thank the people taking me there enourmously, besides that it was a joy to get to know them, too.
Everyone able to visit it: do it! Don't think about it, just do it! You'll enjoy it. The sandy beach feels soooo good below the feet....

Afterwards I wanted to get home to sleep, just drove the people I've been around with to their next stop. But somehow there was a parking space right there so I joined them. And we found the Shiraz: an ethno-oriental relaxing place with really cosy seating places and a nice ambience. I am no smoker, but the waterpipe was simply the best ending for a perfect evening. We had an apple flavoured tobacco, though I am not sure if it was much tobacco or mostly flavour. I'll definitely visit it again, and everyone coming to vienna: make sure that you go there, you'll find it as nice and relaxing as me. Granted.

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Wed, 17 Aug 2005

addON 20 Hoehenmeter

A good friend of mine informed me in time for the end of the happening about it so I was able to enjoy the last two days there. Everone who had the chance but didn't use it: it's your loss. To get a lasting impression of it I took my camera with me on the second day and shot some pictures of the installation: They are meant to speak for themselves. From the flag though I was not able to get a good shot, it was a skull'n'crossbones' flag with the word addOFF next to it which marked the end of the 6 week lasting lifecycle.

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Fri, 24 Dec 2004

Merry Christmas (to those celebrating)

I wish you all a merry christmas. At least those who do celebrate it, I don't want to offend people that don't. Finally I'm a little bit cheerful again. It is warm again outside, and the latest two presents I've been given were simply terrific!

Firstly there was my work collegue cjm who presented me with a Competition Pro joystick! I really hope I don't have to explain to you that this one's a legend, finally I can get the best out of vice and xmame-sdl!! YEAH!!

Secondly there was my beloved wife who satisfied my music addicition quite well: She got me Days Like This from Krezip. I saw this band at the Forestglade 2003 in Wiesen and was really totally stunned by their performance and songs. Thank you, my darling!!

And thirdly, while I am already writing this (this is the reason why above there is only the speak of two things) another coworker came in and gave me a snom 190 VoIP phone for at home. STRIKE! I won't have to fiddle around with kphone or linphone anymore (which both didn't really work in my first tries and don't have that great documentation.) I hope I'll be able to get this one running, though.

So, again, merry christmas to all of you who celebrate it, and to get you into the right mood see my latest deviation. (You can click on the picture to get a bigger version.)

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Fri, 19 Nov 2004

Big Brother is watching you!

It's time again. The opposite of well is meant well. A thing that looks like a good idea at a first glance will stab us in the back. Definitely.

RFC2916 describes the permutation of E.164 numbers in DNS. This permutation is needed for IP telephone calls, to be independent of the protocol and to be able to find the people by their number.

So far, so bad: Exactly this protocol independence it is that holds the problem: Already in the specification there are examples which should get you thinking:

    IN NAPTR 10 10 "u" "sip+E2U"    "!^.*$!sip:sven@sips.se!"        .
    IN NAPTR 10 10 "u" "mailto+E2U" "!^.*$!mailto:sven@ispa.se!"     .
    IN NAPTR 10 10 "u" "http+E2U"   "!^.*$!http://svensson.ispa.se!" .
    IN NAPTR 10 10 "u" "tel+E2U"    "!^.*$!tel:+46-8-9761234!"       .

That's nice. One does have a telephone number and gets the email address and the URL. Currently these entries aren't delegated but you can be assured: The telephone companies whose numbers these are are going to maintain the entries. Thus you will find the name and also the postal address in here, if not even more. This might sound rather pesimistic but after my cellular number appeared in a public telephone book without being asked at all I don't consider this utopistic.

Privacy protectors of the world, unite! This must not happen. As long as the phone companies are going to inform their customers it is a non-issue if the data really don't appear there. But it was never that easy before to automatically retrieve data of an unnumbered amount of people....

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