Teamviewer better than gotoMeeting

I was surprised how often I encountered gotoMeeting over the last few years. I did not really like the software: The user interface is horrible, it is not available on Linux (which I am using), and the Android app seems unstable.

Yesterday I used TeamViewer for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised: It worked very well, had a great user interface and is available on Linux. I am prepared to pay the $500 is costs on the spot, if it turns out that I will need it on a regular basis.

Meine Rückblick auf 2015 bei Jaxenter

Meine Beiträge zu "Entwickler blicken zurück auf 2015", Teile 1 – 5:

Support the #TrueCrypt fork (and download the uncrippled 7.1a)

TrueCrypt is shutting down. I strongly doubt that the official reason (loss of interest) is the true one.  Why release a crippled 7.2 (cannot create new encrypted containers)?  Why remove all references to older versions and to the source code (the source code is not accessible on SourceForge any more)?

May it as it be, I am glad to see that someone already picked up this amazing open source project. So please download the uncrippled 7.1a from the new truecrypt.ch in Switzerland.  If the project picks up speed and delivers, I’ll certainly make a donation.

How to prevent 1&1 and Vodafone to change HTML and Images

I was really annoyed when I switched to 1&1, and I noted that images where compressed and HTML and JavaScript were modified.  Especially, as the modification interfered with the functionality of those pages!

I understand why they do that – the idea is to accelerate web traffic, which, in theory, makes happier customers (and lower data traffic).  But I want to have control over this (especially if it breaks functionality).

Fortunately, this is possible (even though not widely announced).  For both Vodafone and 1&1 (which uses Vodafone’s network), this can be adjusted by visiting http://performance.vodafone.de/ from your mobile device.  Works as advertised!

Synaptics Touchpad & USB Mouse at the same time

While Touchpad and USB Mouse worked out of the box on my T61 running Ubuntu 8.04, I prefer the synaptics touchpad driver.  Installing it was a breeze, but it stopped my USB Mouse from working.

While there are a lot of fixes are on the internet, it took me a while to get it to work, mainly because my Kernel was too new.  Most fixes suggest to use the "AlwaysCore" Option in the "ServerLayout" section.  Eventually I found this link which suggests to use "SendCoreEvents" instead.  Now my xorg.conf looks like this:

Section "ServerLayout"
    ...
    InputDevice    "Touchpad0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "SendCoreEvents"
EndSection
...
Section "InputDevice"
    ...
    Option         "SendCoreEvents" "true"
EndSection
...
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier      "Touchpad0"
    Driver          "synaptics"
    Option          "CorePointer"
    Option          "SendCoreEvents" "true"
    ...
EndSection

Under construction…

Ich bin am umstrukturieren, daher sind in Moment ein paar Links kaputt. Das wird in den nächsten Tagen in Ordnung gebracht.

Generate your own QR-Code

When I was in Japan, I loved the fact that there were QR-Codes all over the place – QR-Codes are two-dimensional bar codes that can be "scanned" (i.e. photographed) with any cell phone with camera. The camera would then decode the QR-Code and visit a URL, call a phone number, etc.

There are QR-Generators online, and the code shown here is for jastram.de. I found this on PDA Geek.

Ubuntu: Problem with international Keyboard Layouts

Well, I finally managed to fix the problem. For whatever reason, the keyboard layout database got corrupted, and there is no straightforward way to fix it (e.g. by reinstalling a package). So instead I dumped the following directory: /etc/X11/xkb and replaced it with the same directory from a clean Ubuntu installation. That did the trick.

I was lucky that I had a fresh install lying around on another computer, but what a pain in the neck.