Archiv der Kategorie: Linux

Speed up Chromium (Linux) with VAAPI on ubuntu – a first look

Chromium Browser does not have hardware accelerated video decoding enabled by default (also Google Chrome). Fedora recently published Chromium with GPU decoding enabled (https://fedoramagazine.org/chromium-on-fedora-finally-gets-vaapi-support/), now there is also a Chromium Snap-Package with Video Acceleration API support for giving it a try on *buntu.

Why ? Smoother video playback and less CPU resources used 🙂 (and maybe some feedback to the developers if problems occur).

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Strong team: YubiKey and Keepass (Linux)

Password managers like Keepass(I pefer KeepassXC)/Lastpass offer a nice choice to manage all your „accounts“ with different user/password strings and with very complex (and long) passwords. If someone gets access on your keepass-database and the password for it – bad luck. Authentication-Hardware like YubiKeys provide more security on your keepass-database and work like a charme on Linux.

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Das Microsoft-Dilemma

Wer sich wundert warum im Umfeld von Behörden & Verwaltungen soviel proprietäre Software in Verwendung ist, für all diese gibt es seit Montag (19.02.2018) eine sehr gut recherchierte Dokumentation des ARD & c’t dazu.

Abseits der Argumente des „Vendor-Locks“, Sicherheitsbedenken (Einsatz von US closed source Software im Militär- und Polizeibereich) etc., sollte man nicht die Möglichkeit des Aufbaus einer europäischen Softwareindustrie vernachlässigen und damit von zukunftssicheren Arbeitsplätzen – anstatt das Steuergeld quasi übern großen Teich zu überweisen, eben in den Aufbau einer europ. Softwareindustrie investieren – auf Basis offener Software und offener Standards. Liebe Politik und öffentliche Verwaltung: Statt auf Lobbying reinzufallen, besser Zukunftschancen sehen ! 🙂

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DNSCrypt – Improve your privacy

DNS is one of the old timers that keep the internet working. Back when it has been designed privacy wasn’t that much of an issue. Nowadays DNS can leak critical information about the activity of a user. Even tools that should protect the privacy of the user (e.g. VPNs, TOR, … ) can leak DNS queries if not configured correctly. Currently the IEFT works on draft for DNS over Datagram TLS, but if you want to take back your privacy right now, DNSCrypt is at your service.

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Lakka 2.0 – Retro-Gaming

It’s has been a long time since I had time for some useful and useless stuff. So we (isticktoit) found some useless stuff on Heise open: A Linux Retro-Gaming distribution and thought about bringing some old stuff up to ‚waste‘ some hours.

4:3 on a FullHD TV and pixels

In this case I tried the new release of the Lakka distribution, which is mostly for Retro/Emulator-Gaming. It contains a lot of emulators from Atari up to PlayStation and Nintendo.

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How to use Garmin Swim with Linux

Sport watches like the Garmin Swim or Forerunner-series are widely used. As a Linux-User, I was facing the „problem“ how to get the data on the PC from my Garmin swim (and to GarminConnect) … there are a lot of solutions around on the internet (some very old ones) – the following workflow works fine for me to get the data on the PC and upload it to GarminConnect.

Garmin swim

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