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2018-09-10

Fellowship of Destiny
We are about to lose Italy, and I mean it quite literally. For her own but also for Europe’s sake, this must not happen. The precious reader may consider my assessment of the situation utterly implau…

2018-08-15

Half a Bot and Half a Man
I admit that I have always been suspicious of CAPTCHAs of any kind. Apart from the repeated concerns voiced by various experts over the years, I have always felt that they cause more problems than th…

2018-06-11

Tesler Delivers Promises or Interview with a Money Sucker
There is an old saying popular among day traders: Plan your trades and trade your plans. And this is exactly what I did. Upon “signing up for free”, I provided a disposable e–mail address and a pay–a…

2018-06-10

Tesler Delivers Promises or How to Spot a Scam
These days, there certainly are a lot of scammers out there, and to the slightly gullible (or most desperate) individual all of their offers may look like welcome, legal opportunities to make a fortu…

2018-04-01

Linux Is Good for You, Part 4: How to Find the Right Linux–based Operating System as an Absolute Beginner?
I cringe every time I hear or read the term “beginner distro” randomly used. Even more so, when I eventually read the lists of distros allegedly better suited for “newbies”. Don’t get me wrong, I don…

2018-03-31

Linux Is Good for You, Part 3: The Desktop Environment May Be more Important than the Operating System
One of the big advantages of using a Linux–based operating system (OS) is that one may choose from a wealth of desktop environments (DE). Selecting the one that is best for your needs may be more imp…

2018-03-30

Linux Is Good for You, Part 2: Is Debian too Difficult to Install?
While researching the matter to find the proper answer to Molly’s question (Linux–based operating system to replace ChromeOS), I came across a speech Linus Torvalds gave a while ago, stating that he…

2018-03-29

Linux Is Good for You, Part 1: Which Linux–Based Operating System Best to Install on Chromebooks?
Not so long ago, Molly posed an interesting question, asking which Linux–based operating best to install on a Chromebook to replace ChromeOS. Finding an answer to this question is not as easy and str…

2018-03-28

Linux Is Good for You, Part 0: Introduction
This small series is the result of a week of intensively testing a number of Linux–based operating systems. It was inspired by two of my “digital heroes” (totally unbeknown to them, though): Molly E.…

2017-12-06

Pride and Prejudice
Just the other day, I happened upon a YouTube video by a young fellow who obviously not only lacks “identity” (which is why he calls himself an “identitarian”, I assume; I hear he is even the leader…

2017-11-27

A Marriage of Reason, Perhaps?
Quite recently, it came to my attention that a considerable number of people try (and fail) to run Linux–based and Windows operating systems in dual–boot mode on their computers. I tried it myself (j…

2017-10-18

Oscar Mike Foxtrot Golf (The End Is Nigh)
Yes, in last Sunday’s general elections, the Austrian centre–right ÖVP won a relative majority of seats, and the Austrian far–right FPÖ also managed to increase her political influence. Now, you’ve h…

2017-09-22

The Age of Simple Answers, Part 3: The Conspiracy Yada
What strikes me as funny is the incredible number of conspiracy theories peddled on the Internet, while even those who presumably have wrapped their heads (perhaps even their entire bodies, I don’t k…

2017-08-23

The Age of Simple Answers, Part 2: Political Blunders
After this lengthy discussion, I believe the precious reader will appreciate a shortlist of real–world examples to illustrate my point. The order does not indicate a degree of general relevance or pe…

2017-08-12

The Age of Simple Answers
Whether I open a newspaper, turn on TV or Internet, or sit in a street café to enjoy the solitude in a crowd of perfect strangers, there is no shortage of people who offer simple solutions. I don’t r…

2017-07-09

All Rioters Are Silly Twats
It was you who cast the die and decided to cross the Rubicon. Now live with the consequences. Don’t you dare publicly lament the loss of human rights or even the decay of democracy. Don’t you add ins…

2017-07-02

Any Love Is Good Love (but None of Your Beeswax)
There are ongoing quasi–political, pseudo–religious, would–be ethical discussions as to whether homosexuality is merely a deviation from the sexual norm and therefore nothing to worry about, or utter…

2017-06-09

Open Technology: One Board to Rule Them All
If you happen to be only a bit like me, you have been yearning for the day when useful technology would be affordable even for the less fortunate; help us save resources and money; reduce the distanc…

2017-06-05

Open Technology: Breaking Free
What does it take to enjoy “Open Technology”? Is there a definition that actually makes sense? What’s wrong with the present state of technology? And, perhaps most important, why should we even care?…

2017-06-04

Rainy Afternoon or How to Make the Best of Flat–File CMSs
I have been toying with the idea of switching to another Content Management System (CMS) for quite a while. It was my general reluctance to change working systems that kept me from making the move ea…

2017-04-17

The Book I Never Wrote (About the Easter Rising)
I’m not known as a friend of revolutions. In general, it is safe to predict that what couldn’t be gained by negotiation is unlikely to be gained by bloodshed. What appears to promise a quick relief f…

2017-01-29

Customer Care Catastrophe
In theory, I’m every customer care agent’s wet dream. I read the fine print of contracts, I plough through manuals and tutorials, and I consult FAQs and forums to gather relevant information. Only if…

2016-11-22

Bread and Guns
Populism does work — it always did and will as soon as austerity hits the people in the street. Donald Trump, the American president–elect, did, supported by his “awesome” campaign team, an “awesome”…

2016-11-06

Hell Hath No Fury
Who the heck needs a feminist online bookstore, my younger self wondered, when I first heard of Amazon. After all, why else would one name the company after a member of a self–mutilating (for whateve…

2016-10-27

Review: Taking Up Serpents by Ian Sutherland
One’s an incident, two (may be) coincidence, but three’s a pattern. This is true for murders and novels. Taking Up Serpents, his — at least by this writer — long awaited third hit, is direct evidence…

2016-10-16

Green with Envy
If you publicly express your lack of understanding as to why Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, you tell us more about yourself than you probably ever meant to — especially so, if you…

2016-10-12

Face Value
It really doesn’t matter just how hard people try to convince you: A lie remains a lie, it is not going to become true by virtue of constant repetition. And it doesn’t matter just how gullible you ar…

2016-10-09

United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Some fifteen years ago, I discussed the European Union with a friend. He looked at me, utterly astonished and perhaps a bit hurt by my open rejection of this wonderful project. How could I oppose a s…

2016-09-16

Cui Bono? or The Bearers of Ultimate Truth
When I open the paper, listen to people in the streets, surf the Internet, or watch pseudoscientific shows on TV these days, I cannot help but think that the number of individuals who are desperate t…

2016-08-18

Weird Brothers
Sometimes, I cannot help but think that politics used to be more predictable when only professional actors shared the stage that makes the world go round. Those poorly trained monkeys roaming politic…