ABJ photography & video

Dukgo.com XMPP is shutting down

Dukgo.com XMPP is shutting down on May 9th, 2017.

Dukgo.com is the XMPP service of DuckDuckGo.com (the search engine who cares about your privacy). I had my accounts there for years. Lately their service was not so reliable as it used to be so I already created new XMPP accounts on another server (xmpp.is)

10 April 2017 Posted by | DuckDuckGo.com, Dukgo.com, Messaging, Privacy, XMPP, xmpp.is | Leave a comment


Jackdaws eating peanuts. Taken in the morning. The third bird is sitting in front of my window besides the bird feeder. They come twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Unfortunately in the evening the sun is shining straight in to my webcam / on my window.

Webcam : Logitech 640 x 480
Recording software : Cheese
Video editor : OpenShot

7 April 2017 Posted by | ABJ photography & video, Birds, Nature, Video, Webcam | Leave a comment

The Amazing Stroopwafels

An open air concert of The Amazing Stroopwafels at Raadhuisplein, Rozenburg ZH Netherlands

More pictures of this concert can be found at my Flickr account.

1 April 2017 Posted by | ABJ photography & video, Music, Street Musicians, The Amazing Stroopwafels | Leave a comment

Breakfast for 1

Jackdaw eating at my window.
Recorded with Cheese using an old webcam.

1 April 2017 Posted by | ABJ photography & video, Birds, Nature, Webcam | Leave a comment

Dinner time

Yesterday I noticed some Jackdaws were eating the food that was meant for the smaller birds like Great Tit and Redbreast (European Robin). With my camera it wasn’t possible to take a picture, as soon as I moved they flew off. Today I installed an old webcam (640×480) and controll it from my computer.
Webcam : Logitech QuickCam Express V-UBC40
Program : Guvcview

20 March 2017 Posted by | ABJ photography & video, Birds, Nature, Photography, Webcam | Leave a comment

Heron taking off

Waited for almost an hour,but finally he took off.

14 March 2017 Posted by | Nature, Photography | Leave a comment

The Canary in the Coal Mine / De kanarie in de Kolenmijn

My latest ebook, it’s a warning by Marianne Thieme and Ewald Engelen against the unsustainability of the current political and financial choices.


Ewald Engelen and Marianne Thieme warn against the unsustainability of today’s politics and financial choices. Like a canary in a coal mine, they identify the dangers that jeopardise our future. Such as the fossil perspective, which has led to the near-complete depletion of the collected reserves of fossil fuels. Or the fact that famine is not the result of insufficient food production, but predominantly due to food distribution and waste issues. And that conflicts over water are not a thing of the distant future, but are already manifest in the present. The majority of politicians and scientists opt for marginal changes within the status quo, focused on more economic growth and increased free trade. Ewald Engelen and Marianne Thieme advocate a radical change of direction. Engelen from an economic perspective, Thieme from an ecological standpoint. They reach a common conclusion: the financial system and the political structure are rotten to the core. Plan B is unavoidable. Ewald Engelen (1963) is professor of financial geography at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies the global financial system. As a publicist and activist, he is well-known for his criticism of the euro and TTIP, the trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Marianne Thieme (1972) is group leader for the Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren) in the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, lawyer, animal rights and environmental activist and publicist. In 2002 she was one of the co-founders of Party for the Animals (Partij voor de Dieren).

12 March 2017 Posted by | DRM free, E-book, environment, ePub, Kindle, Partij voor de Dieren, Politics, Politiek, society | Leave a comment

Micro$uck$ is pushing its spyware again to Window$ 7 and 8

Here we go again. Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday.

You can check out our October 2016 article on the last re-release of the updates.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users may still know these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft’s infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.

Read the complete article at Ghacks.net

Update :

How to block the telemetry

The following Windows updates are related to telemetry and diagnostic data.

KB971033 — Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies
KB2952664 — Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7
KB2976978 — Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8
KB2990214 — Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows
KB3021917 — Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3022345 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3035583 — Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
KB3044374 — Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10
KB3068708 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3075249 — Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
KB3080149 — Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3123862 — Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

10 February 2017 Posted by | Microsoft, Spyware, Telemetry, Windows | Leave a comment

Conversations XMPP client

Finally I found a messenger that I really like : Conversations, it uses the XMMP (formerly known as Jabber) protocol. It has not only encryption but it respects my privacy, I don’t need a phone number or e-mail adress to register an account at a XMPP server*. Encryption is done by OMEO, OTR (Off The Record) or OpenPGP.

Conversations is an Android app, you can download it in the PlayStore, but then you have to pay. If you install the F-droid app on your Android device you can download it legally for free
You can find more clients here

* Signal and WhatsApp have good encryption, but you need your phone number to register AND you have to give your number to people otherwise they can’t call or send you messages. An other problem of WhatsApp is the spying by Facebook.
Telegram needs a phonenumber to register, but you can use a nickname so your number stays private.
Wire don’t need a phonenumber, it uses only a nickname.

7 February 2017 Posted by | Android, Conversations IM, Encryption, FOSS, Messaging, OMEMO, OpenPGP, OpenSource, OTR, Personal, Privacy, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, Wire, XMPP | Leave a comment

Windows Vista End Of Life

On April 11 support for Windows Vista will end.

That means you will no longer get updates for your OS

I advise you to switch to a user friendly Linux version.

Suggested versions :

Linux Mint LTS versions :
Linux Mint 17.x 18.x and Linux Mint Debian Edition 2
You can download them here

Ubuntu-MATE LTS 16.04.x
Xubuntu LTS 16.04.x
Lubuntu LTS 16.04.x
PeppermintOS (based on Ubuntu 16.04)

If you need help to switch or want more advise about the different versions, just fill in the contact form or leave a reply.

1 February 2017 Posted by | Linux, Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Peppermint OS, Support, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Windows, Xubuntu | Leave a comment

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