I went looking for a book I read thousands of years ago, Clifford Stoll’s The Cuckoo’s Egg. Found it on printed media, no problem. But I mostly listen to books now a days, so I went looking for the audio book, because it exists… on tape.
The price for used tape is about $40.
That would trigger a few other costs if bought, like a USB-tape deck which is another $40 .. to just get it onto my phone.
I wish the book would get recorded as an audiobook again, either Mr Stoll himself narrating the book, or a professional at Audible. I’d buy it in a blink.
I first received an SMS telling me that Telia now provides free surf on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Kik and so on, sounds good at first .. but this is how they want you to think, “what a great deal, now my measly 2G surf plan will last longer”. This is where you need to do some more thinking, to achive this they need to listen and filter your traffic to know which traffic is “free” and what traffic to count against your surf plan, let that sink in for a while.
This is not what we want done to the internet, road tolls or rather favoring selected services which skews the landscape of the internet, all internet traffic are created equal, traffic to and from sites and services should not be treated differently.
Now, about a day later I got a promotional mail from them as well, yet again I feel like screaming.
If anyone at Telia marketing department would read this, please go home, sit down and think this one through again, go back to work and pull this campaign back, dig a hole and throw it in, fill the hole and get another job. You are clearly not mentally fit for the job.
GTFO of my social media participation, it is my business what I do online and you should not treat it differently than anything else, your job is and should be to provide DUMB PLUMBING.
I fiddled around with some plugins and the then current theme completely shit itself, nothing worked and I was forced to commit to violence to get another theme in and from there choose yet another theme.
I haven’t customized it yet and it looks very ‘out-of-the-box’ at the moment. New header image, some day.
Anyways, I threw out a few really old plugins that were active but no longer served any purpose, looked them up and saw that they hadn’t been updated in 8 years. Yes, 8 years. Now gone and deleted.
Also while working a bit with the blog I decided to completely switch over the categories to English as they were mostly in Swedish, rearranged them into tree-structure to group them in a neat fashion.
I somehow bid on a FPGA development board the other day, thinking that someone would over-bid me in the last couple of seconds, snatching the item out of my hands. I won it.
Winning bid was 1 SEK and additional freight of course, checked the sellers other auctions and found a VHDL book, which I put a bid on as well and won that too. Another 1 SEK bid, with additional freight.
2 SEK + freight makes 127 SEK. That is about a sushi meal with a few extra rolls.
Just by blocking a single IP, I managed to choke the amount of spammy comments on this blog to a minimum, zero spam comments to be honest.
An IP originating in Russia, from an ISP that can be described as non-responsive. I gave them about two weeks to resolve the issue, reporting the IP to them like an up-right citizen, got a immediate response and thought things will be sorted out, no such luck, days passed and I got tired of waiting, mailed abuse@<isp name>.ru and got the same exact answer back again, with the same ticket number as the first time. Waited another few days, nothing, the spam bot kept pounding my comment fields. Wrote them a new email, pretty much telling them that since they were so slow, I’d contact their up-link provider if it continues .. and it continues.
But, I don’t bother with it anymore, I just blocked the single IP and no spam comes through.
I accidentally bought an Arduino ONE R3 for cheaps and had no project to use it in, so I toyed around with different ideas and this hit me while taking my son for a walk.
This assumes a few things:
ESP8266 has ways to generate (custom) beacon frames
1+N ESP8266 is possible to connecto to Arduino ONE
Use an Arduino + ESP8266 + SDCard shield, to emit lots of beacon frames and keep iterating them for a set period of time, to imitate or mimic real phones moving around in an area. MAC addresses randomized from a table of 24bit OUI prefixes of popular makes/brands and the remaining 24 bits random.
As my brain seems to work a bit different, I tend to strive for edge-cases, to over optimize and extend beyond limits – I don’t even know if it’s possible with the hardware combination to attach a second or even a third ESP8266 board to an Arduino ONE R3, or if it’s possible to drive two or three shields through software/electronics.
With one, two or three ESP8266, I imagine having as many buffers with lists of pre-generated MAC addresses to run through and broadcast beacons, depth of lists TBD. OUI prefixes would be stored on SDCard and I already have the data, both from OUI prefix list and collected data from the last 5+ years of War-walking.
If outfits like Libelium are making devices for identifying customers in stores/gallerias/malls and can even identify the type of smartphone – we could throw some dirt into their machinery, as we could generate beacons with MAC addresses for devices based on statistics from collected data. No harm would be done as they are generated and only “visible” in a small physical “bubble” for a limited time, even with the possibility that a generated MAC address would clash with a real MAC address in the same area, it would not be any long term effects.
The build would be cased in acrylic, either a stock box with modification for sheild(s) or complete custom. Powerbanks of 10000mAh (or more) @ 5V to run it off-grid/backpack.
Inspiration: Pry-fi by Chainfire on XDA-Developers.
Frustrationen består i att jag just nu försöker få ett recept förnyat, då behöver min nya vårdcentral min journal. Min journal är “fast” i ett annat landstings journalsystem, så de (det gamla landstinget) föreslog att jag skulle ta ut ett utdrag ur min journal, transportera det på döda träd för att låta den nya vårdcentralen i det nya landstinget digitalisera det som skrivits ut på de döda träden.
Nu har jag pratat med den gamla vårdcentralen, som bekräftade att min journal inte alls var låst som den nya vårdcentralen hade sagt, men att det kan vara så att de olika landstingens journalsystem inte pratar samma språk och därmed kan man inte flytta en journal på annat sätt än att göra en analog kopia i ena änden, transportera den fysiskt ~40 kilometer för att sedan göra om in formationen från analog till digital igen i det andra journalsystemet.
Som integrationskonsult så skapar det här problemet våldsam klåda.
Jag sitter och vänder och vrider på orden, det kommer ut mycket och många fula ord jag vill använda, skriver i affekt.
FIXA PROBLEMET! HUR SVÅRT KAN DET VARA?!
Sedan minns jag varför jag har ett jobb, jag skapar och underhåller integrationer där man löser problem som dessa, skyfflar data mellan system.
Julångesten kryper på när man rör sig i stan och det är 3 gånger så många människor i omlopp, alla med det där jagade i blicken, “måste hitta den perfekta klappen”. Jag försöker behålla lugnet men påverkas, som tur är pågår detta endast ett par dagar till, sedan infinner sig post-jul och pre-födelsedagar som i sig är en stressfaktor.
En sköterska från den nya vårdcentralen ringde idag och frågade om medicin och dos, svarade och gav kort bakgrund, hon skrev ut den medicin jag behövde. Känns lite som att den nya vårdcentralen och jag kommer ha ett bra förhållande.