Tinkering with Raspberry (and other things)

Something completely different

It is summer in Germany and so I am spending less time inside and some more time outside. Not very nerdy, but healthy. And it gives me the time to enjoy my other hobby, apart from tinkering stuff: photography. I started about 30 years ago with a Canon AE1 that I bought in used condition. It lay unused at my parents’ house for nearly 10 years and (Hooray) one week ago found its way to me again. And I am extremely happy, because it still works fine and has no visible signs of its age. It does not even have the famous “Canon shutter squeal“, so many of its brothers and sisters are suffering.

But this is not about my analogue cameras, this is about a little helper I programmed to help me keep my digital and digitized images in order. Continue reading


Going quite for some time

In light of recent discoveries to what extent our all privacy is intruded by the government “agencies” I reworked my Raspberry Pi to be my own cloud thing. It serves my addresses, my calendar data and reminders and it is accessible only via SSL. So all my data is in my house, hosted on a machine I control and can check for intruders.

Unfortunately that means that my Raspberry Pi has now gone from “tinkertstate” to “full operations”. So there will be no tinkering unless I get a second one…

I will not go into politics here as I am still trying to read and understand how much of me as a citizen is under surveillance. At this time I fear that it is even more than the most paranoid conspiracy theory could have dreamed of. Just this much: I am shocked, really annoyed and really pissed off by this… Perhaps as a German, having lived with a “second German state” where the citizens were under constant surveillance, I am more sensitive to those things…

Well, it’s time to make T-shirts labelled “All your data are belong to us!” (see here for reference)