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No Smartphone

More than a week ago my Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus fell on the road. Actually, that’s (usually) not a big deal, because until now (at least for me) it has always been considered relatively robust. But this time the display broke. Fortunately, the display was still working and the touch function was also working perfectly. However, I didn’t want to walk around with a broken display for a year again (like with the last mobile phone), which is why I decided to buy a protective cover and a repair set on Amazon.

Von der Leyen as commission chief?

Something seems to be wrong in the EU. If you have been following me here for some time, you should know that I don’t think much of Manfred Weber (see this). So I wasn’t very angry when they said the other day that Parliament wouldn’t propose him for the post of Head of the Commission. But I was very surprised when Frans Timmermanns was also rejected. At first I thought to myself, it may be quite refreshing that not only the proposals of the large groups were waved through, but perhaps someone from the small groups could also come.

Video project Internet

New ideas That I didn’t had much time in the past months to shoot new videos is probably already noticeable. As well as the fact that my most recent videos are something like more and more strange experiments. On the other hand, I had intended to try out some random things from the beginning. Undoubtedly I do so. But I noticed that this is perhaps not the best idea. But now I have an idea again, which I think (at least for now) could at least be “interesting”.

Moving with barriers

Current state The past weeks In the meantime a few weeks have passed since I dropped off my last post. However, it is very difficult for me to find the time to write new posts for you. Same situation with the recording of new videos. Most of the time I drive to the house after work and try to get on as good as I can. Often my friends help me as well, they have much more experience and are therefore much better at it than I am.

Another demonstration against upload filters

Once again in Cologne This Saturday (9th of March 2019) I was at a demonstration in Cologne to demonstrate against upload filters together with Tobske. Unfortunately there weren’t as many people as planned, but the atmosphere was good. I also found it interesting that it started at the train station in Cologne-Deutz with 600 people, but while walking through the city many people from the side streets joined so we were more than 1,000 people.

SaveYourInternet-Demo in Cologne

What caused this? As you may have noticed, several events took place during the last few days. As I briefly indicated yesterday, there is a request by Manfred Weber for this Thursday to postpone the decision on Article 13 until the beginning of this month. This postponement is an attempt to pre-empt the rallies planned for 23 March in many European cities. This behaviour is more than questionable, as it makes it impossible for parts of the citizens to get politically involved.

Upload filter decision brought forward

Demonstration in Berlin Last Saturday I was in Berlin at the demonstration against the upload filters, which will be introduced with article 13. I have already written something about this in my blog several times. And actually I only wanted to share my new video with the impressions here. Appointment was brought forward But in this business, things change all the time. For example, MEP Julia Reda from the Pirates has just announced on Twitter that Manfred Weber has submitted a request to bring forward the vote to pre-empt the many protests on 23rd March.

SafeYourInternet (Update)

Demonstrations Short after the Members of the European Parliament have voted for the controversal copyright reform which brings upload filter with it a spontaneous demonstration in Cologne took place with around 1.500 people. Keeping in mind that this was planned in less that two days under the week that is very impressing. Some of the participants are well known in Germany like Sep (PietSmiet), HerrnNewstime, Sturmwaffel, the Marmeladenoma etc.. Most of them were livestreaming which adds round about 20.

Worldwide visitors

Analysing the visitor data Against my general antipathy against the G-Tag (Googles tracker for Analytics) I added a JavaScript snippet into the code of my blog. This allows me to see when and how who came to which of my sites and clicked the links. But from the visitors perspective I hate to see websites trying to track me and my actions across the whole internet. To avoid that I installed a plugin (uMatrix) in my Firefox browsers which blocks all traffic of third party websites.

Interpals

My experiences with Interpals Finding a platform Inzwischen ist es einige Jahre her, dass ich mir einen Account auf Interpals angelegt habe. Die älteste nachricht, die ich finden konnte, wurde im August 2010 geschrieben. Aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass ich auch schon zu dem Zeitpunkt einige Monate dort angemeldet war. Damals bemerkte ich, dass mir das Internet die Möglichkeit gibt, mit Menschen auf der ganzen Welt zu schreiben.