New Android device frustration

Buying new toys used to be fun. That was back when turning it on for the first time and setting it up wasn’t a total frustration because you had to uninstall nag-, ad-, scare- and spyware.

Yesterday I bought an Acer Iconia B1-730HD. I will post an alphabetical list with apps I deactivated (for the time being, until I had the time to root it and get rid of them for good) and reasons why I deactivated them.


39 apps, he said, is a truck load of garbage …


 

  1. AccuWeather
    Adware. Tries to constantly notify me of the latest weather forecast changes. Has a notification of the weather right now which can be as easily seen by looking out the window. If I wanted to get rid of ads, I could “upgrade”. No, thanks.
  2. Acer Store
    Frankly, I didn’t even open this one. Probably a way for Acer to partially track people’s usage of their devices by compiling a list of apps installed from their store.
  3. Acer App Manager
    A system service that (I didn’t try it) probably overrides the security question popping up with custom app stores.
  4. Acer Cloud
    The device comes with 8GB of storage space, about 4GB are allocated to the android system, 1GB is occupied by this pile of useless apps the device came with, which leaves you with about 2.7GB of useable space. Acer offers 16GB cloud storage for a year to calm you down your disc is held hostage by them. And they have a nice profile of your habits by seeing what you put in their cloud.
  5. ASTRO-Filemanager
    Adware, and not a very good filemanager.
  6. Audible
    An amazon company, advertising in your face to buy audio books.
  7. Booking.com
    A (mainly) hotel reservation website. If I wanted to get a room online, I’ll either use my phone or my laptop, but not my WiFi-only tablet. This seems to only be a bookmark, that wants to be in your face every time you open the app drawer.
  8. com.android.provides.partnerbookmarks
    Like I don’t have enough bookmarks cluttering the bookmarks I’d like to have…
  9. com.android.smspush
    It’s a WiFi-Only tablet, guys!
  10. com.ebay.carrier
    Nobody seems to have a clue what this is, it doesn’t even come up in a google search.
  11. eBay
    This actually wasn’t a system app, so I could just uninstall it. I am sure someone at Acer made a mistake leaving the owner of their table a choice to get rid of eBay.
  12. DemoVideo
    There isn’t even a demo video. No idea what this should be.
  13. (Acer) Docs
    Documents within the acer cloud. These android devices nowadays come with apps that are put on there by the department of redundancy department – since Google is trying to lure you into their cloud (Google Drive). Sometimes there are three apps doing the same thing – an adware version by some vendor trying to sell their pro version of the app, the version of the manufacturer of the device and the Google version that comes with Android due to the license agreement.
  14. Evernote
    Cloud notes. I take my notes with fountain pen and paper, and I definetely don’t want my random thoughts to end up at a cloud service that is not 100% under my control. Keywords: the fappening, Apple cloud celebrity hack, Snowden, … the list goes on.
  15. (Acer) External Files
    On opening, this app wants to connect to the Acer cloud. I don’t know what it’s supposed to do, and I am not going to find out.
  16. (Acer) Foto
    On opening this app wants to connect to the Acer cloud. I guess it is going to upload my snapshots to Acer for quality control.
  17. Gmail
    I don’t really have a use case for Gmail on my tablet, but I guess, normally, it would stay.
  18. Google Korean keyboard
    Does this really needs to be a system app?
  19. Google Play Books
    Google trying to market their Idea of eBooks and keeping track of my reading habits. I don’t want to give google an insight into my political beliefs and cultural interests.
  20. Google Play Games
    Google trying to keep track of what games I play and how much, with whom and notifying me of new rip-off DLCs (downloadable content)
  21. Google Play Kiosk
    Google making something like a “online newspaper” out of there news-spiders scrapings. I have enough news services trying to get my attention, I don’t need another one. Plus: tell me what you read and I tell you who you are. No thanks.
  22. Google Play Movies
    Google marketing some overpriced movie rights (watch one: ~ 3.99€, buy a movie ~14.99€). Without the original sound track, that means you only get german lip-syncs that make you think you’re watching “amazing discoveries shopping” in german.
  23. Google Play Music
    Google helping you telling them what music you’re listening to. They already know your political views, now they’re acquiring your taste.
  24. Google Search
    Part of Google now (that scans your mail, calendar, contacts for appointments, packages, times and places) and trying to get random touches of the device to push you to their homepage. Probably also the thing that is listening in if you might want to do the awkward “Ok Google” and then start babbling random things into a microphone.
  25. Google+
    I did join Google+ way back when it was introduced. It stayed a bit silent but didn’t bother me so much. The first time it annoyed me was when Google started the automatic upload of pictures taken with your android device without asking. For some reason, I don’t like my pictures being uploaded to “the cloud” (see Apple cloud celebrity hack, did I mention that before). It went on when it started recommending people I talked to in the past to my circles. In my face, people I didn’t want to see or think about. It is a bit annoying if you are on your Google+ welcome screen while your wife is watching over your shoulder and Google+ comes up with a free slide show of all your ex girl friends.
  26. Hangouts
    Googles SMS/ Videochat/ Talk behemoth that suffers from being a constant nag. On my phone, Google wants me to run a 20+MB app to read my text messages (when the standard SMS app is just fine), and it throws peoples Google+ profile pictures in my face that I haven’t been talking to for years. You cannot delete those hangout contacts, you can only “hide” them.
    Google: A stalker’s first choice.
  27. iStoryTime
    An eBook-Library for kids. I didn’t even open it fully and it already showed prices for eBooks I was supposed to buy. Another adware.
  28. Google calendar
    Google helping you telling them with whom you want to meet where and when.
  29. Google contacts
    Google helping you telling them who you know and who knows you.
  30. McAfee Security
    Yay! Virus safety snake oil got mobile!
  31. (Acer) Music
    Acer competing with google how many cloud apps they could cram onto “your” device.
  32. OfficeSuite
    Adware – read office files on your device. Trial version for 90 days. Bye bye!
  33. Skype
    Does anyone still use skype?
  34. Games
    Adware that is trying to catch you with “free games” – which you can play after closing a full screen advertisments. If you pay something like 0.99€ an hour even without ads!
  35. Top HD Games
    Just a link to a website that looks awful and wants to sell games.
  36. TuneIn Radio
    Adware “online radio” app. One of these days I should start a count of “internet radio” capable devices in this household. The number is certainly higher than the number of beers I could drink in a night.
  37. Google Translator
    Thanks, I translate the old way. And most of the times, I don’t need translation, I think my english is fine.
  38. (Acer) Video
    Somebody at Acer decided to look which cloud apps Google provides and then make an even worse Acer version.
  39. Zinio
    Yet another eZine app, wanting to sell me rainbow press magazines for 1.5 times the price than the paper version. Er… no.

Gesinnungspass

Künftig soll der Personalausweis von deutschen radikalen Islamisten durch einen Papierausweis ersetzt werden, der deutlich sichtbar vor dieser Person warnt.

Quelle: heise online

Wie wäre es zusätzlich mit Aufnähern für die Oberbekleidung, so rote Halbmonde oder sowas?

Und überhaupt, warum haben wir die Chips auf den Ausweisen und Pässen, wenn die nicht mal in der Lage sind, Grenzbeamten einen Hinweis auf eine in der Vergangenheit tatsächlich auffällig gewordene Person zu geben?

6to4 and heise.de

[mfritsche@volta:~]$ traceroute6 reauktion.de
traceroute to reauktion.de (2a00:f10:103:201:ba27:ebff:fee3:41e8) from 2002:2e3b:efdd:0:f0d9:85ca:7e1b:423, 30 hops max, 24 byte packets
1  fritz.box (2002:2e3b:efdd:0:9ec7:a6ff:fe8c:cf9a)  101.005 ms  1.755 ms  1.727 ms
2  2002:c058:6301::1 (2002:c058:6301::1)  34.323 ms  30.587 ms  30.397 ms
3  10gigabitethernet6.switch2.fra1.he.net (2001:470:0:150::1)  29.789 ms  39.28 ms  28.729 ms
4  100ge3-1.core1.ams1.he.net (2001:470:0:2d4::1)  38.889 ms  79.088 ms  45.039 ms
5  pcextreme.nikhef.nlsix.net (2001:7f8:13::a504:8635:1)  44.937 ms  38.377 ms  39.988 ms
6  core02.ams05.pcextreme.nl (2a00:f10:170:1::2)  39.895 ms  39.812 ms  39.404 ms
7  mpr2.ams02.pcextreme.nl (2a00:f10:170:14::2)  39.952 ms  61.445 ms  38.151 ms
8  2a00:f10:103:201:ba27:ebff:fee3:41e8 (2a00:f10:103:201:ba27:ebff:fee3:41e8)  40.342 ms  78.759 ms  58.384 ms

vs.

[mfritsche@volta:~]$ traceroute6 heise.de
traceroute to heise.de (2a02:2e0:3fe:1001:302::) from 2002:2e3b:efdd:0:f0d9:85ca:7e1b:423, 30 hops max, 24 byte packets
1 fritz.box (2002:2e3b:efdd:0:9ec7:a6ff:fe8c:cf9a) 2.007 ms 1.889 ms 1.742 ms
2 2002:c058:6301::1 (2002:c058:6301::1) 34.52 ms 29.896 ms 55.845 ms
3 10gigabitethernet6.switch2.fra1.he.net (2001:470:0:150::1) 31.842 ms 37.126 ms 31.995 ms
4 * * *
5 * * *
6 * * *
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Update – Raspberry Pi encoding

It’s time for an update for my raspberry pi encoding script.

You will need split.lua, xpath.lua, mediainfo.lua and gstrecode.dbl.lua.

You will change the directory in the third line of gstrecode.dbl.lua and the first line of mediainfo.lua to the directory you put the scripts in.

gstrecode.dbl.lua Parameters are:

gstrecode.dbl.lua inputfile.[ts|mpg|mkv] outputfile.mkv <bitrate in kBytes] [1,2,...]

A value of 1 as the last parameter will yield a result with the same dimensions of the input file, a value of 2 will reduce every dimension of two (and calculate a new bitrate divided by 2*2 => i.e., third parameter is 3200, the resulting bitrate will be 800).

Since it is hard to compile gst correctly, I have put gstreamer and liborc on this server for download. Just do “sudo tar xJvf <filename>” in / (it will be unpacked to /usr/local/).

These lua packages should be installed (with apt-get):

liblua5.1-0:armhf liblua5.1-0-dev:armhf lua-expat:armhf lua-expat-dev:armhf lua5.1

Spiegel Online!

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Spiegel Online berichtet:

Ukrainische Truppen haben nach Militärangaben eine russische Fahrzeugkolonne auf ukrainischem Boden angegriffen. Teile des Militärkonvois seien zerstört worden, sagte der ukrainische Präsident und ein Armeesprecher.

Die Bildunterschrift lautet:

TwitPic des Moskau-Korrespondenten des Guardian vom Militärkonvoi: Die ukrainische Armee meldet, die meisten Fahrzeuge der Kolonne seien zerstört worden

Das ist irreführend. Nein, eigentlich sogar falsch. Siehe shaunwalker7 auf Twitter.

Also: Zwei westliche Journalisten behaupten, ein russischer Militärkonvoi habe mit 23 Fahrzeugen von Donnerstag auf Freitag Nacht die Russisch-Ukrainische Grenze passiert. Hiervon existieren keine Beweisphotos. Das Photo im Spiegel-Bericht zeigt einen Schützenpanzer, der sich lt. des Journalisten 10km von der Grenze entfernt auf russischem Boden bewege. Die Ukraine behauptet, einen russischen Militärkonvoi (den erwähnten von oben) zerstört zu haben.

Und Spiegel Online (bzw.  “vek/afp/Reuters“) erweckt mittels falscher Bildunterschriften den Eindruck, als sei der russische Hilfskonvoi ein Konvoi aus Militärfahrzeugen, die die ukrainschen Kräfte zerstört hätten.

Mein Rechercheaufwand: 90 Sekunden.

Update: Mein Hinweis, dass das Photo falsch unterschrieben ist, wurde als Forenpost 301 zum Artikel veröffentlicht. Zehn Minuten später (nachdem ich diesen Blogpost geschrieben habe) ist der Artikel noch Online, das Forum zum Artikel aber nicht mehr erreichbar.

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linux-3.4.101 for buffalo linkstation duo (LS-WXL)

Hello,I made a patch for kernel 3.4.101 to work on the LS-WXL (Linkstation Duo). It’s available for download at http://reauktion.de/buffalo-3.4.101.patch.gz.

I took the buffalo kernel sources, created a diff against a vanilla 3.3.4, applied that to 3.4.101 and integrated the .rej where appropriate. Since I’m not a kernel hacker, I might have removed bits that differed between vanilla 3.3.4 and the version Buffalo used… Also, I did some shortcuts to make sure the files in mach-ferroceon and plat-ferroceon will compile.

Beware: XFS is not working (not sure if that’s because there are changes to the XFS code by Buffalo not distributed or if it is related to the version of gcc used to compile the buffalo kernel vs. the debian gcc-4.7 I use).

I use this kernel to operate my debian wheezy linkstation.

Update: Kernel config for said kernel.

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