Don’t buy a Zotac Zbox!

Zotac has a good range of ZBOX:es that in combination with Ubuntu/XBMC makes excellent mediacenters for watching movies, SVT and alike. I was quite a fan of them, and would recommend them to friends, until recently, when the cpu-fan in mine started to wear out and making sounds. They wear out quite soon. So, I’ll just get another then, I thought… OR NOT – after mailing them they tell me (and all other customers, search for it) that they don’t sell replacement fans. And no one else sells them neither, because they are custom made and nonstandard. So the htpc I bough a while ago is practically worthless, and ready for the dump.

Don’t ever buy a Zotac ZBOX until they fixed this. Go for something else. Shame on you Zotac. You aint no friend of mine anymore.



No sound over HDMI in Ubuntu 13.10 with an Nvidia mcp78/79

I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 on my media box, a Zotac Zbox, , ION GPU, with the latest official nvidia drivers. After that I couldn’t get the sound over HDMI to work. Panic! After a LOT of trouble shooting I found the error – the spdif1 channel was muted in alsamixer.

So to fix this, open the trusty terminal, enter alsamixer, and lookout for the spdif1 which probaly says MM which means muted. Press M to unmute/mute a channel and raise the volume staple. You hopefully now have sound over HDMI again!


(not my pic, found it on the net, thanks to whoever took it)

FSCONS 2013 summary

Here comes a  summary of FSCONS 2013, from my view. This was the third time around for me at the FSCONS meetup, and it’s always a cozy place to go. In fact , it’s one of the three meetups/festivals I try to go to every year (the other ones being Jfokus and the Norbergfestival. Interesting talks about democracy, tech , society ,FOSS and everything in-between. (And beer, with interesting people as optional;) is what FSCONS is about.. This year i feel that the gathering has taken a slightly different direction than earlier. First, it has changed place. It used to be at “IT-universitet”, but is now housed at “Humanisten”. Second, there (at least when I was here earlier) has always been a strong prescient from Free software Foundation in talks and booth, but this year not so much. And third, a bit more focus on different society issues than technical details.

This years ”tracks” were

  • Welcome to Dystopia
  • Language and Technology
  • Visions and concrete examples for a just and sustainable economy
  • Trust is good, control is better.

The first session i went to were ”Sustainable banking according to JAK , in which the subject of sustainable economics and membership owned banks are talked about. JAK also have strategy to use Open Source and FOSS, as it’s close to, and greatly matches their ethics. I’m already a JAKmember since a couple of years, so I found it good to see JAK there.

The second session for me was ”The 4th Pillarthat tried to address the questions about how we better can use the tools we already have, and whats missing to reach “The vision is for a decentralized, emergent consensus of reputation and identity. How to implement and live with it”

Next, session for me was ”One Person’s Utopia Is Another’s Dystopia” which was a philosophical session, discussing consumerism vs producerism, singularity vs the unabomber.

Lunch, quick lunchdiscussions, and then off to the keynote for Saturday – Karen Sandler from the GNOME-foundation speaking about Proactivism, about making the changes we need for software freedom to succeed Specifically about how for example, we can get more participation of women in the Open Source world. Oh, She also convinced me to try GNOME 3.10. Thanks Karen!:)

Quick coffebreak, some discussions and coming up next was Democracy in organisations, regions and nations which was held by ”Aktiv demokrati”. It’s an interesting and concept which would be nice to see take off, so please check it out.

Next, off to Subverting subversion”The ultimate horror is not the end of civilization, but its endless decline. This sitting was reminding me of the yes men. Artistic pranks with a serious undertone. Ohh, and a Jar-Jar Binks picture I really can live without.

Last official talk of the day was ”Ten years with education and freedom, a it-teacher telling us about his experience about learning students to think, and to give them the power over computing, especially with free software and open software. Also we had an interesting informal grouptalk after that. Talked about unity and gnome 3 with Karen Sandler a bit.

After that I had to run and eat as I was shaking of hunger. For the last part of the night, I teamed up with ersi, and we drank beer, and talked around. I was glad to meet one of the FSFE fellas I’d met a coupe of times before at FSCONS. As he had moved to Stockholm, I hope to see him at one of our ULUG hackathons. But there’s always another day, so after that we headed back to our dear STF.

Second day kicked off with Administering the revolution” – how can you fund activism, and developing thoughts. the politics of money funding and its recent developments (Arab spring) and ways to find money to administer the revolution today. And about the consequences of administering the revolution – burn out in activists and some examples of how to avoid it, the gender dimension and women’s situation in the Arab world

Post-Snowden Crypto

asked how we could go next? And also really said that nothing is secure (besides OTR):)

After that, an inspiring talk on how to create Make Space after that, which makes me wanna start a Hacker Space in Uppsala. But alas, the funding for a place to be is not easy to get…

Saturday’s keynote was Engineering our way out of Fascism, which basically said that were dangerously close to one kind of Fascism, where the Democracy rules are violated, and that we need tech, legislation, and campaign to fix this. Now..

For me and ersi the day ended after that, with Erik and Erik where Erik Kylin and Erik Josefsson talked about Kylins’ new movie and EPFUSG’s work in the parliament. Erik J works as an adviser regarding Internet topics in the European Parliament.

The volunteers do a great work with the meetup, and I hope that they continue doing it for many years. It’s a unique meeting point in between tech and society. But – maybe an earlier announcement of the schedule, and some more marketing in different forums could make it better though and more well known. Also, I think there were less people visiting this year, maybe due to a late set schedule and late selling off tickets online, But I really don’t know, just guessing. Anyway, hope to see you all next year!!

Hur ska företag och offentlig sektor kunna upphandla produkter med bakdörrar till NSA?

NSA har obegränsad tillgång till flera företags tjänster och produkter enligt läckorna den senaste veckan.

För den som idkar affärsverksamhet Sverige, eller för den som ska upphandla tjänster och produkter inom offentlig sektor möts vi nu av potentiella problem. Vi kan inte längre lita på dessa företags EULA och avtal.

Detta är ett reellt problem. Hur ska jag veta att mina affärshemligheter inte blir stulna? Hur ska jag undvika att vår myndighetsdata inte hamnar i en amerikansk databas?

Jag tittar igenom några av de berörda företagens användaravtal. Ingenstans står det ”All information stored may be searched and indexed, and be used in any non-commercial way by third-party” , t.ex.

Tvärtom i flera fall. Detta är viktigt och förtjänar att uppmärksammas.


  • Om du använder någon av de berörda företagens tjänster, RÄKNA MED att din information blir avskannad och eventuellt använd i andra syften.
  • Se till att kryptera information.
  • Använd andra alternativa tjänster som utlovar kryptering.
  • Använd open source och fria programvaror – eftersom koden är öppen kan de garanteras att de inte innehåller bakdörrar. Linux, Libre office och så vidare.

Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple är några av de som nämns vara med i programmet.

Jag önskar att media som IDG, SvD, och Dn belyste detta.

EDIT: Cornucopia listar myndigheter o siter som berörs

Edit: IDG skriver om det nu

How you can strengthen your privacy online.

After the latest days debate/debacle about NSA-spying on…well, everything,  with the help from some large techcompanies, like Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, Skype and so on, it’s time to resist a little. And it’s great techfun to learn some of the tools and techniques used – Win-Win. Time to get back some of that lost privacy. Here’s to get you started. It really won’t give you full privacy in any means,   but it’ll give you MORE privacy than now. Alright, lets  start there then, that should keep you busy for an evening or two.

A good overview from EFF, that complements my text.

1. Surf:Change webbrowser. Download firefox and the plugins ghostery,adblockplus, donottrack, httpseverywhere
2. Search – dont use google, use duckduckgo as first choice..
3. Mail: Generate a pgp-key and start encrypting mail when you can.
4. Mail: Dont use gmail, windows live, yahoo,,and other NSA-providers. Get a provider thats more secure, like neobox, fripost, countermail, hushmail or what you can find.
5. Chat: Cryptocat is very use to use. On your local computer,Always use OTR, which is an encrypted chat that works with facebook, gtalk and so on. Pidgin and adium supports OTR.
6. Social:Don’t use facebook or google+, use Diaspora or any other secure platform. Sad to say, I think Diaspora is the only one here.
7. OS: Use an secure OS like Ubuntu instead of Windows or Mac. At least you’ll know there’s no backdoors.
8. IPPhone. Don’t use Skype, use Zfone. Jitsi seems like a good alternative, and has IM also.

Cloud: Mega is an encrypted cloudservice.

Same goes for you mobilephone. Guardian project has OTR and the like for Android. K9 for mail, and there you can use pgp.

As FSF says, try to use Free software projects, thats a good start.

EDIT: Here’s some more stuff to try

Android 4.2.2 på en HTC Desire – klockrent!

Har du en Desire MÅSTE du installera Android 4.2.2 på den.Jag använder fortfarande min gamla HTC Desire som jag köpte 2009. Visst, jag har en Nexus också, men det är oftast Desire:n som åker med i fickan. Den sista Androidversionen som kom till den från HTC själva var 2.6 tror jag. Gammalt som gatan. Sedan några år har jag Cyanongenmod 7 (CM)  installerat på den. För er som inte vet vad CM är så är det en fri, öppen distribution av Android. Den ger flera fördelar såsom snabbhet, mycket funktioner , temabyten och annat.

CM har fungerat snabbt och bra, men började att bli lite utdaterat det med. Tur då att en kodare har förbarmat sig över att sista CM-versionen till Desire:n var 7, och satt ihop en distribution av CM 10, dvs Android 4.2.2 till den. Resultatet – Det fungerar superbra. Modernt och rappt, på en telefon från 2009. Motsvarigheten är att få en iPhone 2 att köra IOS 6 snabbt och rappt. Lycka till med det Applenördar:)

Så här gjorde jag för att installera:

OBS Videon är lite gammal, kamera, tethering med mera fungerar nu fullt ut.