Logbook - page 4

  • Source of efaLive now on GitHub!!

    The source code of everything that makes up efaLive is now available on GitHub. Up to now, the source code was available in the CD image only. There was no configuration for live-build to create CD images. Now, everything is available to create an efaLive CD image. All Bash scripts, Python code and configuration files are there. It took some time to make it available in such a comfortable way. I had to restructure many things so that it is more easy for “external” people to understand the project. See the efaLive page for more information.

  • LaTeX is back

    Ok, it has “ever” been there, but I found back to it. I used it once to write my diploma thesis and was impressed how easy it is, to write long texts with it. It is not really easy for people who are used to Wysiwyg software like OpenOffice or so, I think. But for software development oriented people, it is really easy. And the output is much more professional than with any Wysiwyg tool.

    Until now I used LibreOffice to write the documentation for efaLive. Now I switched to LaTeX and am very happy about this decision. The handling of the document is much easier, you have better control of the layout and you just need a tiny editor. To convert the LibreOffice document, I used the writer2latex extension for OpenOffice/LibreOffice. I used the ultra clean setting for the export.

    I should always use LaTeX for long texts!

  • Surveillance after the election

    Aaarrrgh! I did expect that all the news about surveillance don’t have a big impact on the election in Germany. But the result is somewhat frustrating! Almost 50% of the public have chosen the Capitalistic Dictatorial sUrveillance party (CDU). Yes, Germany is very healthy, at least under financial aspects. But is that all? Is the only important think in life to get more and more money? In case we would measure political success by happiness of the public, we would not see the CDU under the top performers…

    And what does all this mean for the surveillance system? There is no Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger any more. She did stop the data preservation. The doors are open for more surveillance…

  • Surveillance before the election

    I’ve been on vacation for two weeks now with little access to any media. Unfortunately the news are still full of new aspects of the surveillance system made by the NSA and other intelligence services. It is getting more and more obvious, how countries and companies work together. Statements from politicians, especially German ones, are just awkward.

    We have elections in Germany in about one and a half weeks. I fear that all the news about the surveillance system don’t have any effect on the elections. So many people are affected, but there is probably no consequence. This whole story shows very well, what politicians think, how inconsiderately they can treat the public.

    There was a demonstration in Berlin at least. About 15.000 to 20.000 people were on the streets so show that they don’t want a system of surveillance.

  • What is a surveillance society

    There is a video on YouTube (sorry, German) that explains what a surveillance society is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHlzsURb0WI

    In times where mail provider stop their business so that they don’t need to provide the NSA with private data of their customers, one of the pioneers of the Internet and the inventor of PGP is shocked about the dramatic dimensions of PRISM and Tempora, the society should really start to think whether they do want all this.

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