In March 2017 I visited the Berliner Fahrradschau and besides many other interesting things I also discovered the bicycle bell by Spurcycle. I could have bought a copy a the booth but I postponed that since I didn’t know where to mount it – because the handle bar was already quite cramped due to the gear indicators of the shift levers. The mounting of the old bell, a “Charly” by Mounty, was already cumbersome under the gear indicators and I never was very happy with this solution.
Recently I experienced this again: after opening Firefox on my Android smartphone there was a notice about a new contribution in the “IRL podcast”.
Even though this is not a commercial ad but an offcial podcast by Mozilla (also see https://irlpodcast.org) it is still irritating when such notices appear.
Periodical now also supports Japanese (thanks to Naofumi Fukue for the translation).
The Pebble is offically dead since the end of 2016 where Fitbit bought the software and the production of the hardware was discontinued.
But this does not mean that the existing copies don’t work any longer – Fitbit will turn off the cloud services by the end of 2017 but there is a new version of the Pebble App already available since April 2017 which does not require a cloud connection. Apps which are already installed on the Pebble and which don’t need a cloud connection can still be used. Also side loading of new apps is still possible as in “Nav Me” or “Pebble Camera”.
So my Pebble will still be usable until I got an alternative :-).
Update August 2017
Unfortunately the latest version of the Pebble app turned out not to be very reliable. Therefore I changed to a Samsung Gear S3.
Recently I had the requirement to supply a mailserver with DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) based on Postfix in a Debian style Linux. I did this as described in the following documentation.
Yesterday I attended the “Ride of Silence” in Berlin for the first time. The sad reason for this event was to remember the 17 cyclists who died in the traffic last year in Berlin.
Periodical now uses the “AppCompat” package for older devices, so there will be an action bar as well.
An animation by Steve Cutts:
If you wonder, where all the recent XMPP spam comes from, read this article:
A while ago I started to experiment with Google Cardboard and noticed a strange problem with my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: as soon as you connect a headphone the view will jump back to the initial position in some Cardboard applications. This problem is also documented at Github and seems to be specific for the Unity SDK for Cardboard. A solution is not available yet even beginning of 2017. But these effects do not occur when using a Bluetooth headset.
This has basically fulfilled its purpose, but was rather uncomfortable during longer sessions due to its shape, since it rests only on the ears and does not enclose them. As a better alternative, I bought a Pioneer SE-MS7BT in the black version, which combines classic design elements with modern technology. In addition to the black version, there are also other versions with silver earcups or brown upholstery.