secure communication on your smartphone

Welcome back to minimal security! This post is about how to communicate securely with your friends on your smartphone. I am sure we are all worried about sending our cat videos through insecure channels. Fear not! There are messaging apps that will protect you with minimal effort on your side. There is a myriad of choices on the Play store / App store and while there are some hacky nerdy choices out there, people generally should opt…

browsing security one step at a time

This is the first post of my series on using computers securely for non-technologists. This post is about online advertisement. Apart from being a nuisance there have been also reports of distributing malware and viruses through advertisement channels on websites. As one can see, online ads are not only annoying but also a security threat. I am often surprised that not many people seem to use ad block software. 

My advice is to…

minimal security

This is going to be my first attempt at writing consequently and with intent. Up until now, my blog and my posts have been a collection of thoughts, impressions and unstructured information. I have been toying with the idea of putting more effort into my writing and my blog. I decided to make a public commitment to write on a regular basis and this post can be considered as such.

To be able to…

think

I have a new bicycle. My previous was stolen and I doubt the thief will have any fun with it. Its lifespan was long overreached and in order to get it back on its feet, you would have to invest a considerable amount of money. Nonetheless I am sad – it was a nice bike after all and it served me well for many years. With some time invested, I would have been able to fix it….

ebook comic conversion the hard way – azw3 to epub

I recently wanted to convert an AZW3 comic to EPUB because I prefer EPUB as a free format. However, no matter how much I tried to get Calibre to do the conversion with various output settings, it always distorted or clipped the images. I tried to brute-force my way through the settings after deliberately choosing settings. Not even heuristic processing helped in any way. So I decided that there has to be another feasible way to convert….

resuscitation

I have not written a blog post in a long time. I have been immersed with work, friends, change and life in general. The good thing is that this has always been an experiment without a clear goal and therefore the journey is what is interesting. However, lately I felt that I should write again for several reasons. One is, why have a blog in the first place when nothing is going on. No one needs another…

technology pitfalls and achievements – how to hack your mind

A newspaper in the country I come from published an article on the impact of technology in the future and whether and how it will change our society. It was one of these captain obvious posts, that something has advantages and disadvantages. Like there is anything in the world which does not  follow this principle. In this article they discuss how IoT and the next step of industry will change the job landscape. There will be people who lose…

nothing of interest – only thoughts

TL;DR; Nothing interesting here. No informative things only a personal entry of things I thought I should get off my chest.

 

Long time no see. Since this past few months have been very busy and this blog is meant to be some kind of personal(lulz) diary – and nothing personally devastating happened – I have not been posting anything in a while. This time there is however something that I think needs some venting on my part. There is something I just…

extremists everywhere

Happy new year to everyone out there! Regardless if you read my blog or not I wish you all the best for 2016. Now around new year the annual same mashup of posts and news is coming in as “A review of <insert topic> in 2016” and “X things to do in 2016 to be a better <insert thing>”. These posts combined with a post about “5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan” made me think. The…

the edge of perception

This post will be a rather philosophical one as I am a person that is thinking a lot. It is like a sickness that I have to think about everything. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. I want to talk about the limits of our world. I want to talk about the invisible borders of our life, our thinking and our perception. The reason I started thinking about this today, was when I was looking for beard healthcare grooming supplies which…