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De EU en de crypto war! Overheid zie toch eens de kansen!!

  Naar aanleiding van het uitstekende artikel van Fred Hage in de Computable van  27 november 2020. Overheden worstelen met End-to-end encryptie en ‘lawful interception’. Met andere woorden privacy op internet aan de ene kant en de mogelijkheid criminaliteit te onderzoeken aan de andere kant. Het blijft me verbazen dat overheden blind zijn voor de kansen die dit dilemma biedt! Stel "ik kan bij de NL-overheid mijn encryptie regelen" (met de wetenschap dat ze mee kunnen kijken). Dan doe ik dat toch zolang ik niets te verbergen heb! Dus: Overheid wordt eens wakker en bied zelf encryptie services aan! Ga met de betrokken internet diensten zoals Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft .. etc. om de tafel zitten en ontwikkel encryptiediensten en standaards voor (vertrouwde) burgers waar ze gebruik van kunnen maken. De diensten kunnen dan vertrouwd verkeer van onvertrouwd verkeer onderscheiden. Ze kunnen vertrouwd verkeer direct, eventueel automatisch, onderzoeken. En meer e
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Salary scale-up percentage under pressure

 In my earning norm model , I have lowered the scale-up to adapt to the crisis. What is the scale-up? The scale-up is the gross salary multiplier from the scale below. So from the bottom salary every next scale salary is multiply with the scale-up from the lower scale. This scale-up was 1.45 (thus + 45%). But this figure will come down the coming time because of the economic insecure times we are about to experience. Depending on the economic developments it probably has to be lowered in the coming months. I will follow the developments and adapt the model accordingly. Scale up It is now 1.3 (+30%)

The Raspberry Pi revolution.

I was ready with ChromeCast when Google stopped with Chromcast Audio. So I was looking for an alternative. For audio, I found SnapCast . The best open source solution I could find. Not perfect and not general user-friendly but manageable for me. For my TV spot I found Kodi on LibreElec apears to be the best solution for the time being to replace Chromecast. There again not as user-friendly as Apple TV or Chromecast but manageable for me. The Raspberry-Pi is need little thing and in the Flirc case it looks great. But I have two issues to be resolved before I can move on in getting out of it what I want (Running Firefox on it): Good support for Debian 64 bit Good graphical hardware acceleration When these are resolved, the Raspberry Pi will spark a revolution in the computer landscape.

Time to say goodbye to email

Migrate safe away from email With the mobile phone now becoming the standard human interface for information and communication services it is time to stop using email. There is enough information on the web to find out why. Here is an example: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/can-email-ever-be-secure/ What are the alternatives? For now, we see is only one alternative: https://www.signal.org/ in combination with document share services and document send services like Dropbox, iCloud, Google-drive and so on. We will have the following text under our emails in the future. Because email is an old and insecure first generation internet protocol we will  in time stop  to use email. If you want to contact us and are not known with us, you can use the web contact form. If you are known with us you can use our signal account to chat, or we share an exchange environment.

Google fails but Firefox too!

Google clearly gets more and more influenced by typical old style USA marketing people. And with that it loses the quality edge. Youtube and other advertising platforms present you all the time with advertisements not fitting your interests. Cashing with it on de advertiser and annoying you with sounds and images about things you never will buy! Google introduces Chromebooks (a nice and user friendly Linux solution) but then marketing comes in and you need to replace your hardware every 3 to 5 years. They have a super photo storage solution but then marketing comes in and you are in the dark. Chromecast was nice until marketing came in and stopped with chromecast audio. Now we have creepy listeners all over the house. (Or you stop using chromecast as I did). I liked Google but it starts to annoy me more and more. I love their innovative power and their openness toward open-source. But I hate the increasing influence by creepy sales. I'm sad about the poor sense for customer needs b

Why you throw away your money when you buy the '.org'top level domain.

When you buy '.org' you will speed up the EOL of the whole Domain Name System. The sales of .org will speed up the process of the end of DNS. The trend is toward phone numbers to replace domain names. This is caused by the smartphone revolution. The number plan standards by the ITU has won from the Domain Name System. It is only a matter of time for your "phone  book" to replace the DNS. We only need a phone number - service directory organized by the ITU members to replace the DNS. So you can call the number, message the number and open a homepage of the number. It is inevitable that the Domain Naming System will disappear over time. Because messaging is rapidly replacing email the need for a domain name to enable email also is disappearing. So: It is all just a matter of time for DNS to disappear. The sales of '.org' will speed up the process.

Why I'm start using Firefox less and less.

I'm missing functionality that I do get with Google Chrome! After end of life of my Chromebook and my iPad1 I had to decide what to buy now. And frankly I like to be environment friendly as possible. So a new tablet or Chromebook that would be obsolete in 3 years was no option. So I decided to look for a small laptop with touchscreen to function as both tablet and Chromebook. In the end you can do everything done with a Chromebook also with a browser. .... I both a secondhand Acer laptop. Installed Ubuntu 19 on it with Gnome shell. (I'm on Ubuntu 20 now 20200427) Party time! But! I hoped to use Firefox as I do everywhere. .... But! Two major disappointments! No touch screen support in Firefox without going into settings! 😞 And when installing Chromium to overcome issue 1, I rediscovered the App-bookmarks in Chrome! This creates .desktop files to launch apps in Gnome and Chrome-apps in OSX. These appear to make the tablet use of my Gnome tablet book even better! Why