on technology

This a bit old already, but came to my attention only today. Every Product Manager, Designer and Front End Engineer should read and repeat this every day. Every corporate marketing guy should print and frame this and have it hanging somewhere in sight from his desk.


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!

nomorecubes.net 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

Heise.de, 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.