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This page contains random thoughts and impressions by me.

  1. 2017-03-09
    Christian Kruse,

    In reply to

    Be aware, this is Enterprise grade hardware, it needs a controller to work. The controller can be installed on any computer you own (there is a version for the three major OS), but this controller software has to run when you want to use the wifi.

  2. 2017-03-08
    Christian Kruse,

    Once you bought UniFi access points you will never want something different. 😍

  3. 2017-03-07
  4. 2017-03-01
    Christian Kruse,

    Maybe we can now take most of the services off Amazon? Centralizing the Internet sucks…

  5. 2017-02-22
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  8. 2017-01-25
    Christian Kruse,

    The ScanSnap ix500 was for sure a really good invest. I scan every mail I receive and put the original into a file. I put the file onto the attic at the end of the year and done. If I need a document I just send the scanned version.

  9. 2017-01-19
    Christian Kruse,

    A repost of

    Bryan Lunduke talks in his new show with Barton George about Dell and their Linux Laptops (the developer lines). Interesting interview: he states that Dell has sold tens of millions’ dollars’ worth of Linux laptops.

    He also states that Dell has no intentions to deliver their laptops with other Distros other than Ubuntu. While I think this is sad I can understand it: it would be a lot of work to do that.

  10. Christian Kruse,

    A repost of

    Kyle Schreiber writes about The Problem With AMP:

    While the intentions of the project seem good, there are a number of issues with AMP that both promote lock-in and provide a poor user experience.

    He states that AMP is all about the lock-in for Google:

    Make no mistake. AMP is about lock-in for Google. AMP is meant to keep publishers tied to Google.

    I see it the same way, besides disliking the technical solution. However, it is an interesting read even if you are pro AMP.

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  13. 2017-01-16
    Christian Kruse,

    Cory Doctorow wites about DRM products and that they are defective by design. He asks a good question: if DRM is so good for us, then why aren't DRM products labeled as such?

    In our open letter on DRM labelling – a letter signed by a diverse coalition of rights holders, public interest groups, and publishers – we ask the FTC to take action to ensure that people know what they’re getting when they buy products encumbered with DRM.

    He further points out that DRM is often designed as a kill switch:

    What’s more, most modern DRM is designed for “renewability” – which is a DRM-vendor euphemism for a remote kill-switch. These DRM tools phone home periodically for updates, and install these updates without user intervention, and then disable some or all of the features that were there when you bought the product.

    Interesting read!

  14. 2017-01-13
  15. Christian Kruse,

    I had a very pleasant experience with the Deutsche Telekom – wow!

  16. 2017-01-11
  17. Christian Kruse,

    In reply to

    Of course things like software quality, bad UX (e.g. still none of the hands-off/continuity features work) are a reason for me: why would I pay the „Apple tax“ if „it simply works“ is no longer true?

    Another reason is the hardware, and that's a complex one. On one hand Apple hardware is really good, e.g. the touchpads are the best I know. But on the other hand they do stupid things like soldering the SSD and RAM onto the board or gluing the battery. At least the SSD should not be soldered, as I use my hard disks heavily (due to big databases) it is likely that it breaks before the computer is broken.

    Also software freedom is a reason. I like the ideals behind the GNU project and think this is the right way.

    But my absolutely main reason is performance. Linux performs so much better... I have a script touching and inserting about 2 million rows, one at a time. My Linux finishes the job within two hours, while my macbook needs six(!!) hours to complete the task. The overall performance is so much better, and disk I/O is in its own league.