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2017-09-01 @ 14:02: Overkill – A retro space shooter JavaScript

Long time no see. Been busy relocating and doing lots of stuff. One thing I created last week is a retro space shooter in JavaScript based on the WADE game engine using a 2d canvas. It’s quite simple and still work in progress (the graphics need a complete rework), but fully working, yet. Check it out here and get the source code from my GitHub repo.

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2017-03-14 @ 14:28: JQuery dependency removed JavaScript

All JQuery dependencies have been removed from this site, and all functions which used it have been rewritten in plain JavaScript. The advantages are less code, higher speed and no need to take care of external libraries any more.

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2017-03-07 @ 13:05: Cyanide and Happiness parser FunPython

In addition to the Dilbert parser I created a parser for the Cyanide and Happiness comic strips. It’s not optimized; I just created it with the idea in mind to get some results fast. So, I don’t check the webpage of a comic for its next comic id, but just increment by one. If the page doesn’t exist, put that id on the blacklist to skip future processing, otherwise download the comic.

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2017-02-16 @ 15:34: Dilbert Parser FunPython

Being tired of visiting the Dilbert website, right-clicking the comic and selecting Save Image As … I used Alvaro’s code as a base to begin with. The problem with his script is, that it assumes the file type to be JPEG, while the actual file type of Dilbert comics differs from day to day. Also the script is very slow when checking already downloaded comics. Both issues have been fixed by me. Feel free to check it out in my GitHub account. Create a cronjob to have the script download the latest comic automatically every day. Don’t worry if you don’t have a server to run the cronjob for you. Upon execution the script will automatically download all missing comics besides the latest one.

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2016-12-27 @ 16:16: Pickaface password recovery mails do not arrive in my GMX inbox BugsServices

Currently I experience password recovery emails from Pickaface not being received in GMX email accounts. Yet, I don’t know whose fault it is, and I cannot contact Pickaface using the registered GMX account, because GMX keeps telling me that the account is misused by spammers and therefore sending mails is temporarily disabled. Although, I revoked all authorizations, changed the password of the GMX account and waited about six hours now, but it still doesn’t allow me to send one single mail. Receiving mails works fine, except the ones from Pickaface. Yes, I also checked the spam folder. No luck there.
So, I got stuck here. Of course I could contact the Pickaface support team and request to reset the password of that account. But since my request won’t be sent by the email address associated to the account in question, they’ll likely ignore that request and file it under hacking attempt. On the other hand I could contact the GMX support team to have my email account unlocked. But they only provide a costly 0900-hotline and charge you € 3,99 per minute instead of providing proper ways to unlock your account by yourself.
The background story of all this is, that I currently try to move away from GMX and migrate all my accounts to another email service provider. In the more than 15 years now of being a GMX user, they managed to let me down several times, make using their products unnecessarily complicated and provide a constantly decreasing user experience. I’m really happy that I never used their services in a productive environment.

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2016-11-24 @ 12:15: Updated dancing dots Fun

I added JS based event handlers to allow changing the audio stream by the mouse wheel and to toggle play/pause by the left mouse button. The animation and the stream stays plain HTML and CSS.

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2015-05-24 @ 17:18: dancing dots BrowsersFun

Recently, I did some nice experiment with HTML 5 and CSS on the mediaplayer site. No animated GIFs, no JavaScript, no Java and no Flash have been used. The stream is embedded using the audio HTML tag, while the rest makes use of the CSS animation property. Works fine in Firefox and Webkit based browsers (Chromium, Opera, Safari, …). Enjoy! :)

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2014-11-27 @ 19:25: How to recover saved passwords from Gnome Connection Manager BugsSecurity

About two weeks ago I found a bug in Gnome Connection Manager 1.1.0 which allows you to recover saved passwords (e.g. in case you forgot them). To my mind this bug is kinda harmless as long as no one gains access to your gcm.conf file. I informed Renzo Bertuzzi, the author of GCM, and he immediately came up with a fix. Thanks for that! However, since no update is available, yet, I will disclose this bug to the public.
Read more …

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2014-08-22 @ 10:31: Opera? Next! Browsers

For a long time I used Opera as my main browser, but then some jerk had the idea to totally mess it up by replacing it with Chromium with mouse gestures added. Well, no, that’s not totally correct. They also managed to remove the bookmark manager and introduced the useless stash instead, which doesn’t allow to import your old bookmarks from Opera 12 and/or other browsers (e.g. Firefox). And please, don’t force people to use Opera Sync. I don’t want my bookmarks to be synched to the cloud. So, why should anybody want to use Opera anymore?

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10:21: Google issues Bugs

For some time (three weeks, I guess) I’m experiencing issues with some Google services like their web-based mail client for example. After logging in I cannot open my account details or log out. I click on my account icon, but nothing happens. It used to show a drop-down menu, but that doesn’t appear any longer. I have to go to YouTube and log out there, or clear cookies in my browser in order to destroy my session. This issue occurs independently from whatever browser on whatever OS I use and it’s really annoying. Google!? Can you here me? Please fix this asap! >:(

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10:09: How to fix your Kobo ebook reader if it’s not responding anymore BugsDoxTools

If your Kobo ebook reader suddenly stops responding due to too many ebooks you may want to try the SQLite Database Browser, which is a great piece of open-source software, to cleanup the Kobo’s database by removing all references to any ebooks. Since you only remove the references the ebooks will still be available, but the Kobo is forced to reindex the ebooks. For a clean shot you may want to move the ebooks to your harddisk before cleaning up the database. Maybe it’s also possible to force reindexing by just deleting the database, but I guess this will be the same as resetting your Kobo to factory defaults, which is not desired, and I haven’t tried this, yet.

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2011-11-24 @ 21:26: again, I updated the HOSTS files DownloadsNetworkSecurity

What more to say? Enjoy!

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2011-10-27 @ 20:23: monthly words of wisdom Fun

real eyes
realize
real lies

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2011-09-10 @ 09:59: Win a free Apple iPad 2 Fun

Just grab a coin and rub here ▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒ to see if you’re the lucky one. :P

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2011-08-04 @ 15:33: major HOSTS file update DownloadsNetworkSecurity

I updated the HOSTS file, added compatibility with Android OS and added a simple install script to control the HOSTS file on Windows. I didn’t create an APK since you need root-access on Android to update the file and I think if you’re already root you won’t install this file using an APK. ;) Just push it to /system/etc and you’re good to go. No need to reboot. Changes apply immediately.


I tested the script on Windows Seven x32 only and I appreciate to hear your experiences when running on any x64 version of Windows. Anyway, enjoy!

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2011-06-30 @ 18:04: FIFA Women’s World Cup Fun

Most women don’t play soccer, because they can’t stand, that the ten other women on the field are wearing the same clothes.

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2011-05-30 @ 21:56: Problems with Google’s DNS News

For appr. two days now Google seems to have problems resolving the IP of the Facebook server where the profile pictures are hosted. This results in a massive slowdown, loss of connection, timeouts etc. on every Facebook page that accesses this server.

To fix this append this line to your hosts file:
72.246.43.48 profile.ak.fbcdn.net

This will circumvent your DNS servers and make your computer access Facebook’s profile picture server directly.

However, since this is likely a temporary problem (at least for me it occurs from 6pm GMT til next day’s noon) I didn’t include it in my secure hosts file, yet.

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2011-05-06 @ 20:21: Firefox add-on to redirect seized domains BrowsersPlugins

This article on Wired.com made me a little curious so, I decided to take a closer look on that add-on they talk about. Read more …

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14:21: When poverty comes in the door, vengeance follows after. Fun

Generate more such quotes @ proverb.gener.at/or/.

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2011-05-04 @ 22:04: streaming external music Music

Have you ever wondered how to stream external live audio? Using JW Player this is possible. However, I didn’t get the current version 5.6 to work as intended so, I stick to an older version which just works perfect. Check it out here.

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