Whatever happened to IoT smoke alarms? by @edent@edent (shkspr.mobi)
I’ve had a Nest smoke alarm for about 7 years. It connects to my WiFi network and occasionally pings a message to my phone that I’ve burnt my toast. Nifty! But, due to planned obsolescence regulatory requirements, it needs to be replaced. In app warning that my Nest smoke alarm needs replacing. ...

I love reading about your IoT journeys @Edent whilst completely ignoring my own. Like that washing machine I have, that in theory is able to connect over the wifi to… yes to what? I guess to some vendor API and I assume it does so over WEP only too. Or our central heater, that used to have it’s own gateway but since the company never got it running they patched it out so now it sits on my regular subnet and sends an occasional mail unsecured to some SMTP gateway. Don’t think it even uses hardcoded credentials for this. Oh the possibilities (and dangers)…

I know. And weep. And I ignore it. I’m too busy with other things than “fixing” or getting this zoo under control. It’s a mess. It’s the Internet of Shit.

Second Hand Books Are Theft by @edent (shkspr.mobi)
Whenever you buy a second-hand book, you are stealing revenue from the author and publisher. It makes no difference whether you buy from a charity shop or a for-profit store. All the money goes to the seller of the book, and none of it flows back to the copyright holders. (The situation is slightly ...

It was a rather long-winded way. And I even read it to the end despite that I was bewildered by the initial thought 🤷

https://jlelse.blog/micro/2021/03/programming-brain by Jan-Lukas ElseJan-Lukas Else (jlelse.blog)
Sometimes the problem with programming is that you can’t turn off your mind as easily as you can turn off your PC. Practically, you don’t program anymore. But the brain still continues to program.

When a project really gets to me I do even program in my sleep and when I wake up my brain is already busy revising the results to implement later 🤣

The Wonderful World Of WordPress Wizardry For Working With Websites (kevq.uk)
A month ago I flipped back from Jekyll to WordPress and nobody noticed. That, my friends, it how performant WordPress can be. Back in early December I switched from WordPress to Jekyll. Since then I went all in on the whole static site generator bandwagon and life was good. However, the writing work...

This is also how awesome RSS can be. As long as the feed url is kept intact or redirected you can change your setup weekly for all I care 😜

Bundesrat beschließt Einsatz automatischer Kennzeichenlesesysteme (Baden-Württemberg.de)
Das Land hat sich im Bundesrat erfolgreich für den Einsatz automatischer Kennzeichenlesesysteme eingesetzt. Der Einsatz von automatischen Kennzeichenlesesystemen zur Strafverfolgung schafft mehr Sicherheit, da er die Fahndung nach gefährlichen Straftätern erleichtert.

Bullshit. Gefährliche Straftäter registrieren ja auch brav den eigenen Fluchtwagen.

Damit werden früher oder später Bewegungsprofile gebildet, ein Träumchen für den nächsten Polizeistaat.

deep-work (rusingh.com)
I struggle with deep work. I think many of us do. There are so many buzz-buzz happening. Today, I tried to fight back, and work went well! I'm going to try and cultivate this "focus" more.

Dnd and zen mode in vscode 👍

Quick Assist on Windows 10 by Jan-Lukas ElseJan-Lukas Else (jlelse.blog)
I just learned about a pre-installed tool on Windows 10 called “Quick Assist” (or “Remotehilfe” in German). It has basically the same features most people use from tools like TeamViewer or AnyDesk. It lets you view or control a remote computer to help your family with computer problems for e...

So.. like Gnome (or KDE) are doing it for years? Awesome 😜