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Nextcloud and Netdata with more metrics

A while ago I wrote about a plugin for Netdata which I created for my Nextcloud server.

Luca Olivetti was so kind to extend the plugin by additional metrics – thank you!

The source and documentation are still available at Github.

Note: if you use the plugin already please keep in mind that the configuration has changed. You now only have to define the base URL of the server and not the full monitoring API URL any longer.

We are all humans

On February 19, 2020, 10 people were murdered in Hanau by a man for racist reasons.

I would like to express my sympathy to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the victims and wish them the strength to cope with this bad time.

In reports there was also a brief reading of “Shisha-Morde” at Focus and as reported on bildblog.de, the Bild newspaper first found in its live reporting that the victims are mostly Kurdish and Turkish people and spread wild speculation that the perpetrators were people from the “Russian sphere” and that extortion of protection money was possibly a reason for the murders.

No, there weren’t any Russians involved and no, it wasn’t about extortion!

Presenting the murders in this way and spreading such speculation is a gross disregard for the dignity of the victims! Such speculations pretend that the murdered are virtually to blame themselves, because as a visitor of a shisha bar one must expect that acts of violence will also take place there and that all those involved come from a “Milieu” in which such acts are quite conceivable.

Stop it!

Humans have died – humans like you and me. Help those who are affected, show solidarity with your fellow citizens and stop to put people with a migration background to a box with which you personally have nothing to do.

VueScan – promising product with questionable support

I have an older scanner – a Canon LiDE 210. Canon also provides drivers for Windows 10, but they cause the Windows WIA service to crash quite often. Therefore I decided to look for an alternative and tried VueScan – an application which comes with its own drivers.

Before installing VueScan I needed to uninstall the existing Canon software and the old driver and also tell Windows to remove the driver files as well, so the original driver would not be used any longer.

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Three years smoke-free

As today’s the World No Tobacco Day, it’s appopriate to mention it: I’ve been smoke free and happy with it for three years now :-). In May 2015, I smoked the last cigarette and live since then smoke-free. Aside from the health aspect, I also grossly estimate to have saved well over 5000 EUR not spent on cigarettes. Money, which I can use in a better way for other things.

If you are interested, I also wrote some other articles about my experience (in German only yet): Der lange Weg zum rauchfreien Leben und Ein Jahr rauchfrei.