January 1, 2021 | 11:40

Pit Stop: Please Refuel and new Bumpers - Part II

Just in time for the new year, the revived Apple Macbook Pro with Debian from the first part is back on my desk. It served well in December. Now, it’s time for a pit-stop: Would you refuel and change bumpers, please? Battery Replacement after 12 years I was way off the mark with the expected endurance: I wrote something about 1.5 hours last month. Well this may have been 7 years ago when I last worked with it. Read more

December 18, 2020 | 00:05

Revive a Macbook Pro with Debian - Part I

What is the worst-case scenario right before Christmas during a Corona Lockdown? Let’s leave zombie apocalypses, too little toilet paper or slow internet connections aside for a moment. Right! A broken laptop. Exactly such a call for help came to me this afternoon from my own circle of friends. I was asked if I had a spare notebook available shortly. Coincidentally, yes. An old mid-2009 Macbook Pro 13” has been hanging around in the corner for years. Read more

November 13, 2020 | 10:30

Example for Digital Sovereignty

What a pity, this is exactly the scenario I first expected for Microsoft. But I’m not really surprised that Apple is now ahead, what happened? The ocsp.apple.com server was apparently down and/or unreachable between yesterday and today1. Unfortunately macOS tries to reach it every time an app is opened to check if a certificate has expired2 or an app has been retracted or some more magic. Of course this is not transparent, closed-source and therefore not verifiable. Read more

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