Box-256 is a browser game Bildschirmfoto 2016-09-04 um 18.38.57
where you need to solve
small tasks, e.g. let a program draw a square, in your browser. Through writing assebly. Since I wrote quite a bit assembly throughout my career, I thought this is interesting. Still, I failed at level one. Mostly because of impatience.

Source: BOX-256 – Tiny game about writing assembly to pass the graphics tests.

ssl and https with letsencrypt! now (finally) leverages https!

It has a certificate from letsencrypt, automatically verified by the service, maintained and deployed by docker-letsencrypt-nginx-proxy-companion.

The deployment has been considerably easy through docker-compose, adding the container to the existing nginx-proxy like this:

version: '2'

 image: jwilder/nginx-proxy
 container_name: nginx-proxy
 - "80:80"
 - "443:443"
 - "./certs:/etc/nginx/certs:ro"
 - "/etc/nginx/vhost.d"
 - "/etc/nginx/conf.d"
 - "/usr/share/nginx/html"
 - "/var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock:ro"
 image: jrcs/letsencrypt-nginx-proxy-companion
 - "/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro"
 - "./certs:/etc/nginx/certs:rw"
 - nginx-proxy

IoT Week 35/16

A few links I came across this week I believe are relevant for the Internet of Things. This is neither complete nor conclusive, but maybe helpful for somebody else.

IFA 2016 opened

The “Internationale Funk-Ausstellung” 2016 opened it’s doors in Berlin, for the 53rd time since 1923, making it one of the oldest trade fairs for consumer technology.

Thread and EEBus announce cooperation

EEBus, a European lead initiative for interoperability in the Internet of Things, announced a liaison agreement with the Thread Group.

Wired Germany has an commentary.

GE is turning into a 124-year-old-startup, reports the NY Times.

Claiming to behave like a startup in specific areas is a common theme in enterprises, and so did GE adopt the phrase to claim innovation, too. The NYtimes has an article.


Security Issues in the Loxone Smart Home Product, a german IT news site, reports Loxone, an Austrian vendor, works with default passwords in it’s Home Automation products.



Volunteering and the Work-Life Balance #SYP2016

As exciting the #SYP2016 in Regensburg has been, it has been volunteers that made it happen. That means, just like all the other IEEE volunteers, the organizing team has not been paid to do it and they did it in their spare time.

Therefore, a huge applause to those sacrificing their spare time from work and family to make the events happen and contribute to the profession.

A couple of weeks later…

A few weeks into the new role, I’m busy with all the new and exciting responsibilities. Being in charge for a product is fantastic, all along with the rising technology in the Internet of Things makes it a really unique experience. Also the approach to the market broadens my horizon and there are so many things I should be writing about, but cannot find the time. Also, a new article for the TEMS Leader is in the making, which keeps me off nomorecubes.

The project is not abondoned yet, though, just like it had ups and downs over the years.