Pioneer SE-MS7BT – modern meets classic

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.

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Living in Berlin, part 5

Also see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Autumn and winter in Berlin…

I’ve been living nearly nine months in this city now and I will soon have experienced all seasons here. It was certainly a good decision to move here in spring and not in winter – because this can be quite uncomfortable in Berlin. The group Seeed expressed this quite spot on in their song “Dickes B”: “Dickes B, home an der Spree, im Sommer tust Du gut und im Winter tut’s weh.” (fat B, home at the Spree, in summer you’re good and in winter it hurts).

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Periodical 0.30

Today Periodical 0.30 was published. Changes included:

  • You can change the length of the luteal phase if it does not match the standard value of 14 days.
  • In Android 6 or later the required permission for data backup is requested if needed.
  • The wrong sort order in the list view with the calendar entries was fixed.

Good bye Pebble :-(

Now it’s official: Pebble shuts down and the remaining stuff will be sold to Fitbit as you can read in the blog post. Pebble Time 2 or any of the other announced products will not be available at all.

Very sad – since I just bought my first Pebble in the beginning of 2016 and was always very pleased so far. The battery still lasts more than a week and besides notifications about new SMS or e-mails I also really like apps like “Nav Me” – as long as it will be possible.

Postgrey doesn’t start

Recently I’ve noticed that greylisting didn’t work any longer on my server. The reason for this was, that the service “postgrey” did not start any longer.

A manual start using the command line was still possible but not starting it as daemon.

A quick fix for this is to modify the file /etc/sbin/postgrey as following: change the shebang in the first line.

Old:

#!/usr/bin/perl -T -w

New:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

However this also makes the script less safe as well. The better solution is a modification of the script as described on https://github.com/yasuhirokimura/postgrey/commit/9673b54064691a5b9c295ffea340d8a1f9ee1cb8.

Also see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/postgrey/+bug/1252441.