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Johan Bové

New addition to the MiniDisc devices collection: Sony MZ-R70

1 min read

New addition to the MiniDisc player/recorder devices: a Sony MZ-R70 in near mint condition!

Sony MZ-R70 front

No remote included, but it's not a big loss since the original remote didn't have the LCD display anyway and all the functionality is also accessible on the device itself.

I went with this non-NetMD device for the following reasons:

  • Nice big LCD screen on the device itself
  • Powered by a single AA battery - no hard-to-find gumstick batteries - Also if you're using rechargeable AA batteries, they will (slowly) recharge within the device when you connect the device using the 3V power adapter
  • Sturdy housing and buttons
  • This one has a mic input
  • Two headphone outputs!
  • I like to record music real-time - call it nostalgia - but it's part of what I like about MiniDisc - it's back to time when things went a little more slowly
  • This one does not do MDLP - but as the point above - it's part of the charm having to deal with media limitations

Some issues:

  • Louder mechanical noises when recording and playing, especially when connected to the power adapter. But it's still acceptable.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Flood Destruction

Do not trust your basement

2 min read

Seeing that devastated family house basement left a big impression on me. The destruction level of a flooded basement full of family memories was really high. 99% of everything in that basement is lost after a couple weeks in dirty, mucky river water and slick. Furniture destroyed after it floated freely in the dark water. When the water eventually recided, all of the stuff, even the heavy furniture pieces, got thrown around the rooms. A photo projector and dias, all in there containers, probably 40 years old, all destroyed. Photo albums completely returned to sticky pulp as the water dissolved the paper. When you try to pick it up, it all falls apart. Old board games, puzzle pieces, even a whole set of the classic electronic Battlefield game, all scattered around the water and covered in muck. The pieces kept coming towards the vacuum cleaner head while I was working to suck out the lower levels of the basement. We managed to get about 100 buckets of stinky dark river water out. Books were everywhere and also completely destroyed. It really hurt me emotionally to see all these family memoriabilia scattered and destroyed like that. Perhaps as a dad, it is one of my worst nightmares that our family memories would be returned to only that ... memories which eventually will be all forgotten and lost.

Never keep your precious things in your basement!

Johan Bové

#DHL Tried to send an e-mail from my personal e-mail account to hza-ffm@zoll.de-mail.de and apparently there is such a thing as a closed e-mail system.

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The e-mail address is on a very official looking "invitation to pay" from Deutsche Post DHL Group in Frankfurt am Main with no other phone number or whatsoever.

NO WAY I will create an email account with de-mail just to be able to send DHL Group a complaint, but an official complaint to the Bürgerbeauftragter will be sent out shortly.

Geman Digitalization in all its messy glory...

This is the response you get when you try to email the address mentioned:

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

<poststelle.hza-ffm@zoll.de-mail.de> failed: host
 mx.de-mail-t-systems.de-mail.de (83.125.35.23) said: 554 5.7.1
 <poststelle.hza-ffm@zoll.de-mail.de>: Recipient address rejected: Ihre E-Mail
 wurde abgewiesen, da es sich bei De-Mail um einen geschlossenen Mailverbund
 handelt.  Aufgrund der besonderen Anforderungen an das De-Mail System bzgl.
 Technik, Sicherheit, Integritaet und Vertraulichkeit, ist es nicht moeglich,
 eine normale E-Mail an eine De-Mail Adresse zuzustellen. Eine De-Mail Adresse
 erhalten Sie hier:  http://www.telekom.de/de-mail Your e-mail was rejected
 because De-Mail is a closed mail group. Due to the special requirements of the
 De-Mail system regarding technology, security, integrity and confidentiality,
 it is not possible to send a normal e-mail to a De-Mail address. You can get a
 De-Mail address here: http://www.telekom.de/de-mail (in reply to RCPT
 command)
Reporting-MTA: dns; REDACTED
Received-from-MTA: dns;  REDACTED
Arrival-Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 08:51:04 +0200
X-Original-ID: 56787f61-f4f0-11eb-aa4b-001a4a4cb9a5

Final-Recipient: rfc822; poststelle.hza-ffm@zoll.de-mail.de
Action: failed
Status: 5.7.1
Remote-MTA: dns; mx.de-mail-t-systems.de-mail.de (83.125.35.23)
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 554 5.7.1 <poststelle.hza-ffm@zoll.de-mail.de>:
 Recipient address rejected: Ihre E-Mail wurde abgewiesen, da es sich bei
 De-Mail um einen geschlossenen Mailverbund handelt.  Aufgrund der besonderen
 Anforderungen an das De-Mail System bzgl. Technik, Sicherheit, Integritaet und
 Vertraulichkeit, ist es nicht moeglich, eine normale E-Mail an eine De-Mail
 Adresse zuzustellen. Eine De-Mail Adresse erhalten Sie hier: 
 http://www.telekom.de/de-mail Your e-mail was rejected because De-Mail is a
 closed mail group. Due to the special requirements of the De-Mail system
 regarding technology, security, integrity and confidentiality, it is not
 possible to send a normal e-mail to a De-Mail address. You can get a De-Mail
 address here: http://www.telekom.de/de-mail (in reply to RCPT command)

Johan Bové

The lyrics from "Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play" by Roky Erickson feel very appropriate in light of how climate change will influence our daily lives in many ways even if we want to or not.

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"Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play"
(originally by Roky Erickson)

Click your fingers applauding the play
Such clear clear nights and clear days
Cause lightning never flashes our way
If you click your fingers applauding the play

Fat kings and queens all eating their grapes
Blood and blaspheme not upon the door drapes
Scream out for murder, scream out for hate
If you click your fingers applauding the play

And from the horizons the wrath boot's not down
Clear skies sometimes the clouds so inviting
Such a friendly sound

Temples arising are not raked
Columns not shattered by any earthquakes
The seas and famine are all their own brake
If you click your fingers applauding the play

And from the horizons the wrath boot's not down
Clear skies sometimes the clouds so inviting
Such a friendly sound

Thanks to Electric Six for including this one on their über-cool new album "Streets Of Gold" (2021).

Johan Bové

Coming back to work today, I found myself still very much grieving for the sudden loss of our dear colleague Filiz - finding some solace in the words of the beautiful song "I grieve" by Peter Gabriel

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"I grieve" by Peter Gabriel:

It was only one hour ago
It was all so different then
Nothing yet has really sunk in
Looks like it always did
This flesh and bone
Is just the way that we are tied in
But there's no one home
I grieve, for you
You leave, me
So hard to move on
Still loving what's gone
They say life carries on
Carries on and on and on and on

The news that truly shocks
Is the empty, empty page
While the final rattle rocks
It's empty, empty cage
And I can't handle this
I grieve, for you
You leave, me
Let it out and move on
Missing what's gone
They say life carries on
They say life carries on and on and on

Life carries on in the people I meet
In everyone that's out on the street
In all the dogs and cats
In the flies and rats
In the rot and the rust
In the ashes and the dust
Life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on
Just the car that we ride in
The home we reside in
The face that we hide in
The way we are tied in
As life carries on and on and on and on
Life carries on and on and on

Did I dream this belief
Or did I believe this dream?
Now I will find relief
I grieve

Johan Bové

How many crypto wallets do you currently manage?

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Are people really supposed to have a separate "Wallet" app for every crypto currency they have an interest in? Trying out some tokens to understand the (fin)tech and you end up easily with a handful of non-compatible applications on the Web and on your phone. And for each of these you really need to be careful for not losing access to or them becoming obsolete or getting hacked / stolen. Can't imagine what kind of nightmare it must be for any business owner even considering accepting crypto tokens. Sure, there are "solutions" out there that have a promise to solve this, but the problem with decentralization is that literally anyone can make this whole landscape even more complex at any given time. It's not like if you wanted to drive to somewere you can only drive with a certain brand of car on a particular road, right? And which will end up ruling them all? 

Johan Bové

Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir

This picture of my bike is hosted on the IPFS network

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Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir Vaude Aqua Deluxe
Van Moof 5.7 M2 Noir Vaude Aqua Deluxe

The CID of this file is QmP9ZCnbQqQCVk62zgFFtF7obXvWx6pCfYSiMjUdj4uTzW

Johan Bové

How old is your main daily computer?

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I got a Surface Pro 3 in February 2015 and today it is still my main personal computer. Thanks to Microsoft Windows 10's commitment and performance improvements I was able to get by until today.

The device IS getting old however. The fan is spinning constantly and the battery life is just enough to shut it down when the power would drop. Surprisingly the 8GB Ram and 256GB SDRAM are still sufficient.

Most of the slow experience I get is regarding CPU.

If I get new hardware it'll probably won't  be a laptop anymore as I only sit at a desk to work on it.

Johan Bové

Tending Secure Scuttlebutt

Nothing is deleted, forever is for everyone.

2 min read

Joining a decentralized network is not the same as signing up for a silo service... You need to make a bit of an effort at first to slowly grow your network of interesting people to connect to and follow and interact with.

And things normally move a little slower. A post from last week is generally still regarded as fresh, heck even posts from years ago can resurface and get renewed interest on Scuttlebutt.

It is great to see how the community around me is actively tending our network by making sure we keep bad actors out. It does still take time and effort on our own part. There is no central governance to do this for us.

Manyverse users can toggle seeing the follows and blocks posts in their feed, so they can choose to ignore what happens on the network.

However, in recent days, it proves crucial to being able to tend your scuttlebutt connections.

Unlike centralized services, where you don't have much control, a decentralized system like Scuttlebutt, needs active tending of the nodes (users) in the network for it to keep healthy and sane.

So look at what your peers are doing and check why they are blocking pubs and accounts, and if you agree, then repeat what they are doing. Most users will also add a comment as to why they decided to block. The tools for managing your community tree roots will improve over time. And also note that "blocks" are not for eternity. Unblocking is a thing too that happens often.

The choice in the end is still yours who you want to block or not. But be ready to accept the consequences if you didn't look at your peers in the node.

Participation in a decentralized system is highly valued.