Fn-keys on Varmillo VA88M keyboard and Linux

Many Linux Distributions recognize the Varmillo Keyboard(s) as Apple Keyboard: apunkt@Sputnik:~$ lsusbBus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hubBus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hubBus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hubBus 001 Device 006: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)Bus […]

Europes future is open

Being a follower of the Open Source Business Alliance I am receiving their newsletter. The latest news about the OSBE conference in late 2020 caught my attention as the interview with Raphael Laguna de la Vera is absolutely eyeopening / mindblowing. It explains how we europeans can set standards for data protection and use it […]

Critical Mass Boom Box

As a supporter of the local Critical Mass Movement I wanted to entertain my fellow cyclists with some music. In order to get some good volume and to support my DIY interest i build my own portable boom box: It takes: car battery car amplifier with cinch input and stereo cable output 2 bookshelf speakers […]

Wearing a ‘Open Source’ Smartwatch

If you have considered wearing a smartwatch but were afraid of how your personal / vital data gets handled there might be a solution. On F-Droid there is Gadgetbridge: An app for Android that connects to your smartwatch/Fitnesstracker and analyzes your vital data without using the manufacturers proprietary app or sending it to any other […]

Turn of ALL TVs with TV-B-Gone

If you are tired of the growing TV-distractions while your dining with a friend or having a coffee in your local TV-plastered Coffeeshop check out this tool. I have soldered it myself, its pretty easy to do it and fun to use… but don’t get caught using it otherwise you have to take your coffee […]

Public money, public code

Reading following article on heise.de CCC kommentiert Bundeshack I wanted to emphasize how important it is to make software that is being used by public institutions open source. Please check out the project Public Money, Public Code.