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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, every 3rd monday of January we are commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.
He was born on January 15 1929 and shot on April 4 1968.

King was a non violent activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

His famous words “I Have a Dream” from his speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963 :

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.

Sources :
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“I Have a Dream”

16 January 2017 Posted by | Civil Rights, Human Rights, I have a Dream, March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., MLKDay | Leave a comment

WhatsApp, safe or not

The Guardian published an article about a vulnerability that allows snooping on encrypted messages.

Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.

The security loophole was discovered by Tobias Boelter, a cryptography and security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He told the Guardian: “If WhatsApp is asked by a government agency to disclose its messaging records, it can effectively grant access due to the change in keys.”

The vulnerability is not inherent to the Signal protocol. Open Whisper Systems’ messaging app, Signal, the app used and recommended by whistleblower Edward Snowden, does not suffer from the same vulnerability. If a recipient changes the security key while offline, for instance, a sent message will fail to be delivered and the sender will be notified of the change in security keys without automatically resending the message.

Comments from Open Whisper Systems :

Background

Today, the Guardian published a story falsely claiming that WhatsApp’s end to end encryption contains a “backdoor.”

WhatsApp’s encryption uses Signal Protocol, as detailed in their technical whitepaper. In systems that deploy Signal Protocol, each client is cryptographically identified by a key pair composed of a public key and a private key. The public key is advertised publicly, through the server, while the private key remains private on the user’s device.

This identity key pair is bound into the encrypted channel that’s established between two parties when they exchange messages, and is exposed through the “safety number” (aka “security code” in WhatsApp) that participants can check to verify the privacy of their communication.

The issue

One fact of life in real world cryptography is that these keys will change under normal circumstances. Every time someone gets a new device, or even just reinstalls the app, their identity key pair will change. This is something any public key cryptography system has to deal with. WhatsApp gives users the option to be notified when those changes occur.

Resume

It is great that the Guardian thinks privacy is something their readers should be concerned about. However, running a story like this without taking the time to carefully evaluate claims of a “backdoor” will ultimately only hurt their readers. It has the potential to drive them away from a well engineered and carefully considered system to much more dangerous products that make truly false claims. Since the story has been published, we have repeatedly reached out to the author and the editors at the Guardian, but have received no response.

Sources :
The Guardian
Open Whisper Systems

Albeit that WhatsApp is safe, it’s sharing your data with Facebook, so I still recommend Signal and / or Telegram for secure communication.

14 January 2017 Posted by | Communication, Encryption, Facebook, Messaging, Open Whisper Systems, Privacy, Security, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp | Leave a comment

Resumed Linux support

January 7 I resumed Linux support due to the demand for support because of the End Of Life of Linux Mint 13 LTS, Ubuntu LTS versions 12.04 and Windows Vista.

The service is still free if you come to my place.
I don’t have transportation, so I can only visit you if it’s not to far by public transport, and you pay the expences.

If necessary I can give remote support by mail, messenger service or phone.

See also the old support page in Dutch, and in English (Google Translate)

7 January 2017 Posted by | FOSS, Linux, Linux Mint, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Linux Steunpunt, Linux Support, Lubuntu, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Remote Support, Tux ICT, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu | Leave a comment

New photo site

Just made an account at Flickr
My “old” Imgur account is still active.

New albums will be created on Flickr only for the moment.

7 January 2017 Posted by | Flickr, Fotografie, Imgur, Photography, Web Album | Leave a comment

X-mas 2016

I’m sorry, John Lennon
But you’re wrong
The war is not over
God, if you only knew

Even if it’s Christmas
The world fights through
We leave a trace
A bloody trail

Still dying children
Of poverty on the streets
There is still hunger
Still there is hatred

Homicide – money and greed
Still prevail
Murder and manslaughter – and power abuse
Theft and fraud

The wall is fallen
Ten years after death
It was like a miracle
The joy was great

The world would be 1
A brand new start
But not much later
Instantly all again

Still dying children
Of poverty on the streets
There is still hunger
Still there is hatred

I’m sorry, John Lennon
You saw it wrong
You look at the world
Was too naive

It is again reviled
It is again roared
Get weak again
And poor debt

Still dying children
Of poverty on the streets
There is still hunger
Still there is hatred

I’m sorry, John Lennon
But you did it wrong
We have so far
No thunder learned

Homicide – money and greed
Still prevail
Murder and manslaughter – and power abuse
Theft and fraud

Lo siento, John Lennon
Pero te equivocas
La guerra no ha terminado
Dios, si sólo sabía

Incluso si es Navidad
El mundo lucha a través de
Dejamos un rastro
Un rastro de sangre

Aún morir niños
De la pobreza en las calles
Todavía hay hambre
Todavía hay odio

Homicidio – dinero y la codicia
Aún prevalecer
Asesinato y homicidio – y el abuso de poder
El robo y el fraude

El muro ha caído
Diez años después de la muerte
Fue como un milagro
La alegría fue grande

El mundo sería 1
Un nuevo comienzo
Pero no mucho más tarde
Al instante todo de nuevo

Aún morir niños
De la pobreza en las calles
Todavía hay hambre
Todavía hay odio

Lo siento, John Lennon
Usted lo vio mal
Te ves en el mundo
¿Era demasiado ingenuo

Se respondía con maldición
Se volvió a rugir
Obtén débil de nuevo
Y pobre de la deuda

Aún morir niños
De la pobreza en las calles
Todavía hay hambre
Todavía hay odio

Lo siento, John Lennon
Pero lo hiciste mal
Tenemos hasta el momento
No truenos aprendió

Homicidio – dinero y la codicia
Aún prevalecer
Asesinato y homicidio – y el abuso de poder
El robo y el fraude

Translations by google, so they are not perfect 😉

25 December 2016 Posted by | X-mas | Leave a comment

End Of Life Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.* derivatives

April 28, 2017 Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04 based Operating Systems are End Of Life.
That means you will no longer get updates for your OS

I advise you to upgrade to supported versions.

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

Supported Ubuntu (derivatives) are (there are more, but I prefer this) :
Ubuntu LTS 16.04.x
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.

15 December 2016 Posted by | Cinnamon, FOSS, ICT, Linux, Linux Mint, Lubuntu, Lxde, MATE, OpenSource, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Unity, Xfce, Xubuntu | Leave a comment

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2017

Feliz Navidad y un próspero 2017

Feliz Natal e um próspero 2017

Hyvää Joulua ja vauras 2017

Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017

Prettige Kerstdagen en een voorspoedig 2017


Around and around, all has nearly turned full circle
The warm lazy days of sunshine and brown rivers winding through the meadows are a tale of yesterday

The pilgrim sighs and draws his mantle close about him in the smoky evening

He watches the leaves wither and fall
Frost has rimmed the pools with ice and hung diamonds in the spider’s web

For this is the turning of the year, the final scene before the curtain falls
And now beside the road there stands the pilgrim of the year to be

12 December 2016 Posted by | Anniversary, X-mas | Leave a comment

Cook like a chef

After ruining an other non-stick pan I made the decision to completely ditch non-stick pans and only use the Cast Iron and stainless steel (frying)pans I allready have*

If you prepare (seasoning?) your pans good, the non-stick characteristics of the Cast iron and Stainless steel frying pans and Dutch ovens are as good as teflon or ceramic non-stick pans without the cons. Unlike teflon and ceramic pans your Cast Iron and stainless steel pans will last for ever. Cleaning your pans? Just warm / hot water and brush it, that’s it 😉

I still have 1 small non-stick fryingpan for baking eggs, but this wil soon be replaced by a small Cast Iron or Carbon Steel fryingpan (a small stainless steel fryingpan is to expensive for me at the moment)

* Fissler Stainless steel frying and cooking pans
Hackman Cast Iron Dutch Ovens, wok and “hapjespan” (sautepan)
Staub Cast Iron grillpan

Update December 27, 2016 : Now I have also a Turk Carbon Steel fryingpan

3 December 2016 Posted by | Carbon Steel, Cast Iron, Cooking, Fissler, Hackman, Household, Kitchenware, Non-stick, Stainless, Staub, Turk | Leave a comment

10 years https://tuxict.wordpress.com

Today 10 years ago I started blogging, the blog url was ariedejonge.wordpress.com
In the beginning the blog was completely in dutch, now I’m writing most in english because my readers come from all over the world.
Most of the posts are about my hobbies like computers / ICT, photography, geocaching (not any more) and lately radio amateur.
Sometimes about politics, especially what’s wrong with it.

This year I changed the url to tuxict.wordpress.com, and there I made a “mistake”. I was offered to create an empty blog with the old url. I didn’t do that, and that was not very smart 😦
The url’s of the old posts are dead, if I created that empty blog and made a post that the url has changed people would know where to find all the old posts. Yeah, I lost a lot of readers by that action 😦

So much for history, now let’s talk about the future 😉

I keep blogging about the things I’m interested in / concerns me.
I started again with some studies, if there is any progress worth mentioning, I’ll put it on my blog.

As some of you know I’m long time unemployed. Due to stonewalling by the goverment and my former employer (and my age) my changes to get a job are gone. And that really sucks 😦

28 October 2016 Posted by | Anniversary, Personal | Leave a comment

Non voluntary organ donor registration

Our “democratic” goverment has decided that everybody needs to be an organdonor. So if you don’t take action you’ll be registered as a donor.
Well if I wanted to be a donor I would have registered myself a long time ago.
I registered on 16 september 2016 that I don’t want to be a donor, checking the website, my registration is valid from 10 november 2016. Donor badges (even if you don’t wan to be a donor) are allready sent with a valid from date in the future …

So what’s the real agenda of our “democratic” goverment? Indeed, I don’t trust them.

Btw, your organs are harvested while you’re alive : http://www.orgaandonatienadedood.nl/ (in dutch)

16 October 2016 Posted by | Donor registratie, Goverment, Human Rights, Organ Donation, Politics | Leave a comment

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