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Upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite: Notification settings not being saved April 26, 2015

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Judging from several threads in various forums: quite a few people seem to have this issue.

I use various MacBooks. All of them had several iterations of OS X installed. Now I upgraded all of them to OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Several people noticed: On the new system you can set preferences for notifications for example (i.e. not seeing banners for every Facebook notification). However these settings are not being retained when the machine is being rebooted.

Here are some reports of the issue:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6605975

https://discussions.apple.com/message/26851563#26851563

https://discussions.apple.com/message/26857242#26857242

https://discussions.apple.com/message/26863504#26863504

Fortunately very clever people found a solution for the issue. I am referring the wonderful site:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1803815

So here is the step by step solution for the issue:

  1. Open the Library folder in your Home folder.
  2. In the Library folder, open the Application Support folder.
  3. Locate the folder named NotificationCenter. Drag this folder to the desktop.
  4. Next, open the Terminal application.

    Copy and paste each line of these commands into the Terminal window, in order. Press return after each line:

    cd `getconf DARWIN_USER_DIR`
    rm -rf com.apple.notificationcenter
    killall usernoted; killall NotificationCenter

  5. Close the Terminal app.
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. The notification preference changes won’t stick until you restart a 2nd time after this.

This should be fixing the issue. Check for yourself if your Mac exhibits the issue and then let me know if the fix helps.

First impressions using a BlackBerry Q10 (Blackberry OS 10.3.1) April 26, 2015

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I am an iPhone 6 (Plus) user. However while planning some trips to the U.S. this year I checked ebay for a modern and unlocked phone I could use while traveling.

I found a really good deal on a BlackBerry Q10.

I was reluctant at first but I read some reviews of the new powerful BlackBerry 10 Operating System. Most critics where quite pleased by the power and flexibility of that recent OS. So I decided to give it a try.

The new device arrived on my doorstep early last week. I’ve put in a SIM and I have been using the Q10 for a couple of days now.

I must say I am impressed.

The device is compact and very well made. It feels dense and reliable, the metal frame adds the feel of value and durability while the glass-weave material is really nice to grip. Even in the office some people stopped me and wanted to look at that strange novel device with that amazingly structured back. The keyboard is amazing. Every key feels tight and gives great clicky feedback when you press it. When I look over at my iPhone 6 physical Home-Button where I had lots of issues in the last years, I must say BlackBerry really knows how to make physical keys.

Reading the reviews I knew I had to get used to some new gestures in order to use the device properly. The setup process was very smooth and with the help of just the right amount of unobtrusive on-screen tutorials BlackBerry made it really easy for me to find my way around.

The “Swipe up to go home” gesture is really intuitive. Also I use “Swipe up to – to wake-up the device” all the time. Just after a few days I caught myself wanting to unlock my iPhone with that gesture!

Although the Q10 is by no means a recent release (in the smartphone cosmos) – it was released 2 years ago in April 2013 – it handles the software extremely well! The unlock gestures give instant feedback with slick transparency animations. The casual swipe up brings you home instantaneously, the peek shows the hub quickly. In may days of using the device and with two large Gmail accounts set up plus Instagram and whatsapp and the like – I was not able to see any stutter at all.

Next to the hardware and the overall feel of BlackBerry 10 – I was most eager to try out the “BlackBerry Hub”. I tend to use smartphones more for messaging services than for other apps or even phone calls itself. The concept of having a truly universal inbox feels utterly compelling to me.

A place which summarizes all your notifications and all your email- plus instant-messages. That is really great. And I must say with some tiny caveats it works really well on my BlackBerry Q10 (10.3.1). In detail: notifications in general are not as polished as on iOS or Android. They are usually really simple texts / a blinking LED or in some cases cute overlays are shown similar to iOS’ banner style notifications. But the hub does an amazing job in summarizing and sorting all your basic details. Missed phone calls, text messages, emails from multiple accounts, Facebook and Twitter notifications. The biggest gripe – and I am sure by now you have heard of it – comes down to native BlackBerry 10 App support. There simply aren’t so many Apps and thus the hub cannot really be extended. That is a shame! I would love to see better support of Google+ places in there… But what by now I cannot live without is Instagram support. So you can download an App called “iGrann” (1,99 USD) which does a fine job of integrating Instagram. However browsing Instagram is a clunky experience and not as fluid and quick as on the official iOS App for example.

Again the biggest gripe is the choice of Apps you have. While BlackBerry integrates Twitter and Facebook directly these Apps still don’t seem as snappy and polished as their iOS or Android counterparts. Look for Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr etc. and you simply won’t find anything.

You can use Android Apps (as I understand based on an Android 4.4 JellyBean runtime which BlackBerry has included in their 10.3.1 OS) and they work fine for the most part. But still you can tell these Apps were not designed for the phone. They take time to load, some controls don’t work or you have to fiddle around with screen settings or back-gestures. So to me Android Apps remain more of a workaround solution.

I do like the Q10 and I am very impressed with BlackBerry’s ideas and highly professional concepts included in the offering. From solid hardware to the impressively designed hub to hundreds of accessible but powerful settings which let you tweak the BlackBerry to your needs. It is unfortunate that some things simply aren’t there yet. So BlackBerry remains an interesting option but needs to improve the App selection to become a true daily driver!

Brainstorming: Breakfast in Berlin July 7, 2014

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I was asked recently – what is a good place in Berlin to have breakfast? Mhh – I thought about it and I concluded that I had so many fabulous breakfasts in our great capitol that it’s hard to give a recommendation.

I browsed through old photos and old memories and here is what I came up with:

Mitte – Barcomis

Prenzlauer Berg – Bar Gagarin

Kreuzberg – Morena Bar

Mitte – Spreegold 

Mitte – Gugelhof

Kreuzberg – Tomasa Villa

 

 

 

Excellent (German) Blog with LED lighting knowledge May 26, 2014

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Everyone needs to safe energy. I recently decided to exchange my ancient conventional light bulbs with conventional LED retrofit lamps.

Well to cut a long story short: It’s not so easy. I got nice super efficient Zenaro retrofit lamps but for me they are extraordinary heavy and the light temperature is very cold (although I got warm white versions).

I should have consulted the wonderful blog of Mr. Messer first. Tons of useful information rg. LED lighting.

http://fastvoice.net

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Spring Deals Fitness First – The Word is out and it’s Cheaper April 30, 2014

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Without a long introduction.. as mentioned between 30th April and 8th May there seem to be certain discount code / vouchers available. All details below.

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Spring local fitness deals are scheduled: 30.04.2014 April 29, 2014

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As in past years.. the local discount dealer seems to have a spring fitness sale and a autumn fitness sale scheduled. FitnessFirst membership accounts may get reduced as much as 30-40%. Usually the process makes you pay in advance and then print out a voucher / Gutschein and then you go into the gym and get your regular contract without any further costs.

I will be posting regular updates regarding the current details and process segments.

 

Nirgendwo Reue February 16, 2014

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In der letzten Zeit war es vergleichsweise ruhig rund um die offiziellen Gestalten im RedTube Abmahn-Krimi. Leider wird die Situation komplexer und volle Aufklärung ist nicht in Sicht (die Rechtsorgane arbeiten eben langsamer).

Was ich festhalten kann: zumindest die Deutschen Beteiligten der verschiedenen Kanzleien geben weiter Interviews und zeigen nirgends Reue. Es wird weiter betont, dass man ja zum Wohle der Mandantschaft (THE ARCHIVE) gehandelt habe und dass die gesammelten Adressen ja zu Menschen gehören, die wohl einfach mal ein paar Euro sparen wollten.

Meine Einschätzung: Furchtbar – diese Menschen vernetzten sich um Unsicherheiten auszunutzen und hunderte Tausende Euro von unsicheren Menschen einzusammeln.

Aktuelle Details:

Die Zeit über die Praxis von Rechtsanwalt Daniel Sebastian (der ja im oben verlinkten Interview null Reue zeigt):

“Hätte die Wahrheit in den Anträgen gestanden, dass es sich bei RedTube um ein Streamingportal handelt, wären sie wohl alle abgelehnt worden. ” 

Oder anders interpretiert Hr. Sebastian hat die Warheit laut Zeit bewusst verschleiert um an die Adressen von tausenden Menschen zu kommen.

Und weiter noch eine Watsche für den unschuldigen Anwalt der nur das Beste für seine Mandanten möchte:

“Inzwischen hat das Landgericht diesen Fehler festgestellt und seine Beschlüsse aufgehoben.”

heißt: verschleierte Wahrheit führte zu Adressen und damit dann für irgendjemanden in der Abmahnmaschine zu Geld (mind 250€ pro bezahlter Abmahn-Forderung) — volle Wahrheit führte zum aufheben der Beschlüsse und damit hätte es nie eine Adresse gegeben.

Im Interview weicht Hr. Sebastian auch aus und verweist darauf wie schädlich das Anbieten von Pornos doch für die jungen Menschen unserer Gesellschaft ist – doof nur, dass er diese Dinge nicht verfolgt sondern im Namen von dubiosen Mandanten einfach verschleiernde Briefe an das LG Köln schickt.

“Die Kölner Richter sagen denn auch, Sebastian habe nicht ‘mit offenen Karten gespielt’. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Köln hat Ermittlungen wegen falscher eidesstattlicher Versicherungen aufgenommen. “

Und zum Thema Rechtekette schreibt die Zeit:

“Oliver Hausner […] ins Spiel. Er hat zwei Verträge unterschrieben, die The Archive dem Gericht via Sebastian vorlegte, um nachzuweisen, dass das Unternehmen die Rechte an den Pornofilmen besitzt. Doch die Firma Hausner Productions, die die Verwertungsrechte laut Vertrag ursprünglich hielt und an The Archive weiterverkaufte, gibt es nicht. Es hat sie auch nie gegeben, im Berliner Gewerberegister war sie nie verzeichnet. Die im Vertrag aufgeführte Firmenadresse ist falsch. “

 

Picking up on places to go to: Frankfurt Maxie Eisen January 22, 2014

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Recently brought to my attention: Apparently the New York Times mentioned in a segment tagged places to go 2014 the NYT mentiones Frankfurt Germany on position 12.

Explicitly they seem to be excited about the renewed trendiness of the “Bahnhofs”-quarter. Maxie Eisen is mentioned as a deli style café and a buzzing bar at night.

https://www.facebook.com/maxieeisen

That place totally seems worth a look. Also mentioned is the Pan-Asian restaurant Moriki and Spanish inspired place Lamoraga. I passed by both of these places recently and they totally seem over-hyped.

Weitere Entwicklungen im Fall Redtube Streaming Abmahnungen January 20, 2014

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Wieder einmal möchte ich kurz auf aktuelle Informationen zum Themengebiet RedTube Abmahnungen hinweisen.

Vor nicht all zu langer Zeit haben dankenswerter Weise die MÜLLER MÜLLER RÖSSNER Rechtsanwälte das GLADII Gutachten direkt veröffentlicht.

Zur Wiederholung: Ein Berliner Rechtsanwalt namens Daniel Sebastian hatte Anfang August 2013 89 Anträge auf zivilrechtliche Auskunft bzgl. Telekom Anschlußinhaber beim Landgericht Köln gestellt. 62 dieser 89 Gesuche wurden vom LG Köln einfach so durchgewunken. Wie der Prozess so läuft schien Gesuch und Gutachten (sowie Eidesstattliche Versicherung eines Mitarbeiters von itGuards welches die Überwachungssoftware GLADII 1.1.3 herstellt) den Richtern am LG plausibel.

Weiterhin zur Wiederholung: die Eidesstattliche Versicherung die eben auch in Zusammenhang mit dem Gutachten interessant ist, kann hier angesehen werden.

So und wie gesagt seit letzten Freitag gibt es eben auch das Gutachten zum nachlesen bei MMR Anwälte (PDF Datei).

Das tolle ist: der Kollege von http://blog.kowabit.de hat schon einmal eine sehr treffende und schön zu lesende Analyse dieses Gutachtens angefertigt. Siehe:

http://blog.kowabit.de/gladii/

Hier einige Highlights:

  • itGuards Inc in den USA – wahrsch. gegründet im März 2013
  • Test von GLADII aka Gutachten im Dezember 2012 angefertigt
  • “Wenn der Tester nur vorbereitete Funktionen durchklicken sollte, dann hat er das getan. Begutachtet hat er gar nichts.”
  • Es gibt mehrfach Lücken zB wo lief die Software, wie wurde der Zeitabgleich mit der Normzeit bewerkstelligt. Wie wurde z.B. Start des Besuchs einer Seite dokumentiert etc.
  • Es gibt mehrfach Hinweise, dass eine Art Vorschauseite (bzgl. einer Art Phishing Angriff) genutzt wurde
  • So logte GLADII auch das Pausieren und Neustarten eines Videos
  • Es wird immer von Download gesprochen nie von Streaming
  • Nach dem “Test” im Dezember 2012 hat es rund 4 Monate gedauert dieses doch recht dünne “Gutachten” zu verfassen (datiert auf 22.03.2013)
  • … und noch so viele pikante Details mehr

Kleine Einschätzung: Eben mit der bekannten Eidesstattlichen Versicherung und dem Gutachten wird noch einmal mehr deutlich: Beauftragt von THE ARCHIVE AG hat der Berliner Anwalt Daniel Sebastian einen sehr fragwürdigen Antrag gestellt – dem leider in vielen Fällen das LG Köln Folge geleistet hat.

Hinter dem Antrag stehen wie gesagt Versicherungen eines Mitarbeiters der Firma itGuards und eben ein “Gutachten” einer anderen (Münchener) Anwaltskanzlei. Alles soll im Paket eben sagen: da waren Leute die haben urheberrechtlich etwas böses getan und unsere Software GLADII hat sie super toll identifiziert und nun bitte Adressen rausgeben.

Dieser ganze Teil des Themenkomplexes ist angreifbar, denn sowohl “Gutachten” als auch Versicherung lassen unglaublich viele Fragen offen. Kollege Kowalski beschreibt es für mich sehr treffend:

“Es ist wichtig, dass sich am Ende dieses Prozesses andere Abmahner nicht mehr sicher sein dürfen ungeschoren davon zu kommen. […]

Die eidesstattliche Erklärung, sowie der Antrag des Berliner Anwaltes sind angreifbar! Beide Mitspieler sind nach meiner Einschätzung die wohl schwächsten Glieder der Kette.”

Also würde ich sagen: weiter die Augen offen halten und die Resourcen nutzen um diese möglichen Angriffspunkte anzuvisieren.

FYI: Free Service to review your ip Address for various services January 19, 2014

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Recently I reviewed a couple of VPN services. I must say those services – now in 2014 – seem mainly reasonably priced and improved dramatically in performance.

Also with tunnelblick (OS X, Linux) and OpenVPN (Windows) there are decent well supported front-ends for switching the VPN on and off.

Once you play around with VPN services you would like to know how you’re identified on the internet (hopefully it’s with the outbound servers of the VPN services). One interesting method to test this for the bit torrent part of the internet is this site:

http://www.checkmytorrentip.com/#

It pushes a test download file to you and after a few seconds it will show you the ip address the service found. It’s quite handy, free and elegantly done.

Gallery App from the CyanogenMod Team now available for Testing “GalleryNext” January 16, 2014

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Google is on an interesting path with its latest release of the Android operating system 4.4 “KitKat”. For example on the Nexus 5 Google went so far as to make the search app the default launcher. So Google’s closed source search is the part that defines how your icons look on a Nexus 5. Also Google+ is being pushed more and more. Not too long ago Google added a special little App to Android which offers dedicated access to the Google+ Gallery. It also seems that step by step this new app shall replace the default Android Gallery.

So to sum things up: rather generic features on an Android device (Launcher, Gallery) are slowly being replaced with “enhanced” Google services (Google Search, Google+ Photos). So if we follow Google’s arguments we get exciting new features and interesting cloud stuff at the expense of being 100% tied into the Google ecosystem. I am sure there is more to come and other features will be tied into Google’s services as well.

So for people who like the flexibility and openness of Android it may be time to look around for viable alternatives to the “Google way”. For example if you do not want to keep your pictures on Google+ and you are a big fan of yahoo’s flickr then other gallery apps may be better.

Recently I checked out CyanogenMod’s GalleryNext. A sleek little gallery app coming from the people bringing beautiful Android versions to older devices. I must say I like it. It’s lightweight, it integrates Facebook-, Flickr- and Dropbox-pictures (as well as the usual Picasa albums) and it basically has a similar look and feel as the former default Android gallery app.

If you would like to give the app a try – it is currently in a testing stage, so backup your stuff an follow these steps (outlined here https://plus.google.com/110558071969009568835/posts/KFiGREqst3P) :

Optimized Android Libraries found on Moto X will speed up your Nexus 4, 5 or 7 January 6, 2014

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Interesting developments in the semi-hacker-tech Android space: XDA-Developers forum member “kszaq” posted a nice FAQ / Guide on how to replace certain system libraries on your Nexus Device with Moto X versions.

Apparently by comparing benchmarks the tech-folk discovered that the Moto X scores better than similar devices with Android 4.4 KitKat. By taking the library-innards apart people found optimized versions of  Bionic and Dalvik.

Bionic is a google-created derivative of the Linux standard C library. It is supposed to make developer’s lives easier. A Linux developer group called “Code-Aurora-Group” has optimized the standard library so it works faster on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. Google really should use this optimized version in the Android platform but so far it hasn’t.

The optimized Dalvik library would replace the usual Android-Runtime Compiler. This optimized version seems to be developed by Qualcomm itself and it is closed source. The specific nature of the Qualcomm optimizations is unclear but what’s interesting is: the optimization is so good that this quicker Dalvik library runs even better then the next generation ART compiler.

The Android hacker community now took these optimized versions from the Moto X firmware and made them available for installation and use on Nexus 4, 5 or 7. Relying on these versions would increase performance by some 5-10% on Qualcomm devices.

Rooting your Android is not required – detailed instructions are in the XDA-Developers post.

  • basically you need to read all: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2546120 (download links included)
  • you most likely would void your warrenty
  • you need to have Android 4.4 KitKat on your device
  • to make things easier you should have a Custom Recovery running
  • then (still read the full xda post) upload the provided files to your device
  • flash the images over your current ROM using the custom recovery
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