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In memory of Clive Sinclair

On September 16, 2021 Clive Sinclair died at the age of 81.

Sinclair was known for computers like the ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum und QL (“quantum leap”). Especially the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum were very successful systems. In adition in 1972 he also launched the pocket calculator “Sinclair Executive” which was much smaller than other calculators at that time. In 1983 the “TV80” was launced – a very compact television using a picture tube which displayed the picture to the side whereby the device could be built very flat overall for the conditions at the time.

One invention which was not that successful was the electric vehicle “C5” from 1985 where only 17000 copies got produced for 8 months. Also the digital wrist watch “Black Watch” from 1975 was mostly a disaster – much too short battery life, the danger of destroying the electronics with static charge and inaccurate time which was depending on the current temperature.

Despite the failures, Clive Sinclair’s impact on creating affordable computers for end users should not be underestimated. The ZX81 was revolutionary back then – a personal computer at a price virtually anyone could afford. The ZX Spectrum later became a fixture in the home computer market of that time, alongside the devices from Commodore and Atari.

First Covid 19 vaccination

Two days ago I received my first Covid-19 vaccination in a vaccination center in Berlin. I got Comirnaty from BioNTech as a vaccine. The whole process was organized very professionally – I came straight to the admission without queuing and it took a total of maybe 20 minutes until the actual vaccination. After that I had to stay in the waiting area for 15 minutes so one can react immediately to any severe vaccination reactions – which I didn’t have.

During the first few hours after the vaccination, I got a slight headache that lasted until the next day. I was also quite exhausted so I went to bed in the afternoon. The the left arm where I got the injection was a bit painful until the next day, but only when touched directly. Overall, however, the side effects were quite bearable and today, on the third day, the headache is completely gone and I can feel the pain on my left arm only very slightly and expect this to go away completely tomorrow as well.

Juan Joya Borja is dead

The spanisch comedian Juan Joya Borja, who is also known as “Risitas” or “El Risitas” – “the giggling”, has died at the age of 65 in a hospital in it’s hometown Sevilla according to a report in the spanish media.

Juan Joya Borja became famous by a video meme which was used in many variations with different subtitles:

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.