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Why I ditched my MacBook and switched to Windows 10

I have to admit, I'm an Apple guy. I had everything, from Pixel books over Pixel phones, Blackberry, One Plus, Google Home, Amazon Fire, Alexa, Surface - but at the end I always ended up in Apple's universe. Apple TV, Home Pod, iPhone, Mac Book, Watch, Earphones.
Hey, not Mac Book anymore. That was my most annoying experience with Apple - a 2 year old MBP 15inch max configuration, worth 3.8k EUR, got the flicker bug. I wrote about in a blog post before. Apple did not recognize that as guarantee, so I sold that over eBay and went to Dell XPS. Long story short.

Now, as a windows hater and open source follower I tinkered 2 weeks or so to get Linux running, ended up with Ubuntu and POP!OS additions. Nice working horse, but - the battery life was not a life, it was a short draining nightmare. Even in standby, lid closed, the battery was empty after one night. That can Apple much better, I have to admit. So I googled, read Reddit and HackerNews and decided yesterday evening to ditch…

Dell XP 13 7390 late 2019 and Linux

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Since my 3 years old Macbook Pro 15inch got the flickering bug I decided to buy a Dell laptop. Why? I have a really old Dell laptop from 2004! which works perfectly as a OpenBSD firewall and internet router in my weekend house.

After I got my machine, first thing was to install PopOS. Or better, I tried. It never worked, I think it's a bug in the loader section of PopOS, a bugreport is open. After some hours of hacking and fixing I got a bit bored and used a Ubuntu installation, which worked out of the box perfectly. Yes I know I had could bought the XPS at Dell with Ubuntu on it. But I did not want to ;)

Here now some tricks to get the XPS smooth to work with - right now I have the book attached to my curved 4k monitor and code some infrastructure stuff for infinimesh.

1. Bluetooth mouse
First time a BT mouse is connected it lags. Moving the mouse, the pointer follows after seconds, slow and unresponsive. Fix by sudo vi /var/lib/bluetooth/<MAC Adapter>/<MAC mouse>:

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k8s - on which node runs what?

Just had to find the node for a dedicated pod, found this line useful:

kubectl get pod -o=custom-columns=NAME:.metadata.name,STATUS:.status.phase,NODE:.spec.nodeName --all-namespaces


OSX - iCloud accounts broken after update to Catalina

Yay - that was happen to me. Magically I had two iCloud accounts, both not working - and no way to delete one of them via Settings -> Internet Accounts. After a few hours of googling, debugging I got it working again. And as usual I'd like to share that solution, I think I'm not the only one with that problem ;)
Be aware, that's a bomb solution, means it will reset all internet accounts - but also unfreeze all the broken stuff:

sudo -v ; killall -9 accountsd com.apple.iCloudHelper ; defaults delete MobileMeAccounts ; mkdir ~/Library/Accounts/Backup ; mv ~/Library/Accounts/*.sqlite* ~/Library/Accounts/Backup/ ; killall -9 accountsd com.apple.iCloudHelper ; sudo reboot

So, why does that happen? Apple uses sqlite as backend for storing the informations, and sometimes this single instance get corrupted. Have fun!

Enabling IoT to establish a sustainable value chain

I wrote an article for CIO Applications, here's archive of it:
IoT devices are getting more and more intelligent and can now create meshed networks by itself, switching from a sensor into an actor and transferring informations only for the meshed neighbors. For example a connected car could tell the future home that the homeowner will be at home in 5 minutes and the garage door and the door need to be unlocked in time, the lights need to be switched on and the grid operator needs to be informed that the wallbox now charges with 22KW. In near future this will happen over direct meshed information cells, operated by always connected devices, wearables, sensors, actors, mobile devices - short: everything. And all cloud provider offer dozens of solution to master the challenges, on the one, other or complete different way.

Self-organizing mesh networking and communication comes with a permanent flow of information, massive IoT data streams even classic Big Data frameworks like Hadoop…

Infinimesh IoT / IIoT platform is starting up!

Today is a day we will never forget - infinimesh (https://www.infinimesh.io/) is starting and lifting off! Our Kubernetes, Apache Kafka ® and graph based Industrial IoT platform is entering the alpha stage! We have been working like maniacs over the past 14 months to bring a fully flexible, independent, patent and vendor lock-in free IoT platform to you! Soon it’s your chance to test and try it out, our closed alpha will be open for public on March 30, 2019 - Mark this date in your calendar!
An incredible platform comes to life We believe smart and connected devices bring our society forward. Smart technology uses resources only when they are really necessary and thus prevents waste. On the other hand, when really required, smart things act and hence prevent accidents or simply enable a great user experience. We have started infinimesh 100% Open Source, without patents or closed software. Any software components we have developed, and to this we commit going forward, will be open - fo…

Next Internet comes with IoT

The Internet we know is a great space for collaboration, social media and gaming. But when it comes to business or transactions, the power belongs to few big ones. Remember the S3 outage and half of the north-american services where offline? Or the Dny hack which kicked out half of the internet for hours? The next internet could be a blockchain based independent network, using as many protocols as available and there is no one person in control of it and it is run on the Internet.

In a nutshell, Blockchain is a decentralized system in which every transaction gets mathematically approved by the members of the system, therefore every member of that transaction knows about it. The information of the transaction is stored in the distributed servers of the blockchain. That makes manipulations highly impossible, and the transaction is also highly available at every time.

IoT devices are getting more and more intelligent and can now create meshed networks by itself, switching from a sensor in…