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Vom Bücherwald zum Datennetz

July 24th, 2021 No comments
«Vom Bücherwald zum Datennetz» von Art Ringger (1995)
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punch Bill Gates

May 11th, 2021 No comments
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sliding door security

September 11th, 2020 No comments

#1234 🤦‍♂️

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Bongo Cat

August 20th, 2020 No comments

Moar =ˆ.ˆ=

[Update 23. October 2020]: Bongo Cat interactive (Source Code)

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qrbill LaTeX package

June 28th, 2020 No comments

Press release
Zurich – Hamburg, 29th June 2020

Just in time for the introduction of the “QR bill” in Switzerland, Marei Peischl (peiTeX TeXnical Solutions, Hamburg) and Alex Antener (foobar LLC, Zurich) publish the LaTeX based QRbill template under the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL).

Thanks to the stringent, simple, clear and well-arranged structure, the template created and published following the specifications of SIX Interbank Clearing Ltd can easily be implemented in a variety of accounting and billing applications and thus used again. The published template is based on the guidelines issued for Switzerland and intentionally has a modular structure to enable further development and adaptation for use across national borders.

The official package can be downloaded from the archive of the CTAN – Comprehensive TeX Archive Network at the following URL:

The contact to take care of the official template can be written to via the email address while the issue tracker is here.

The two companies peiTeX and foobar LLC are both technology companies that support their decades of historically grown experience in specialised areas with a strong open source and free software background.

Marei Peischl & Alex Antener
peiTeX & foobar LLC

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“I’m feeling lucky”

October 19th, 2019 No comments
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The Internet never forgets

October 18th, 2019 No comments

1. Can we permanently delete our data from the Internet?

The short answer is “no”. Computer system don’t know an action that deletes data. When data is stored on a storage device and want’s to be removed, the computer just removes the file pointer. The original data still is left at the very same, original place. The next time data is saved on the same storage device, the computer eventually overwrites the old data. Once this is repeated many times, it becomes more and more difficult to reconstruct the original data, but in many cases this still can be done. Think of it like a footprint in the sand. The footprint is not deleted, but once you step many times over the same footprint, the original one can hardly be seen, but is still there.
The Internet is a very large network of computers, servers, nodes, gateways, routers, clusters, etc., which means that every time you copy data to the Internet it travels a long way from your device to the remote location, where your data is written to a storage device. When traveling all the way through the network, your data is copied, cached and backed on each node or gateway. The very same data is copied so many times that it becomes impossible to control on how many places the same data has been written to a storage device. Even at the remote endpoint a computer cluster is copying the data again for reliability and redundancy reasons.

Once you try to delete and remove such data from the Internet, you might not see it at the original location any longer, but the data will still be there in all copied places for a long time, until it is overwritten many many times.

Private, confidential data does not belong into the Internet. The Internet was not invented for that purpose. The origin of the Internet, the former arpa-net, was to publish and distribute data and information on scientific research, academic knowledge, information and content from libraries and book collections.

The Internet never forgets.

2. Can we recover Deleted or Lost Files?

Yes. Depending the resources, the disposability and the mechanisms one can more or less easily recover lost data. Again: all the data that travels through the Internet is copied and cached all over many places. For example there is a robot called “the Internet archiver”, which is a search spider that follows all the links it can find in the Internet and crawls through the network. Once it finds data it copies and stores it, where one can recover it again. Further there are large data crawlers that are gathering large amount of data for data mining purpose, copy and keep the data in historical archives. Once somebody has access to such resources, one can easily recover “lost” data.

Computer systems don’t know the concept of “loosing” data. Think of Cloud computing like fog. In nebulous computing data can slowly fade away, but is not completely removed, just overwritten. It’s like your memory in the brain works: if you don’t repeat the information from time to time again, you start to forget. Try to delete a memory from your brain. The more you try to delete it from your brain, the more you will keep it, because you repeat and continue to remember.

Content delivery networks work that way: the more the same data is requested, the more it is copied to the very surface of the network supply.

The question is: are you clever enough to ask the right question to retrieve your lost data?

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Asia Melody

April 8th, 2018 No comments


April 2nd, 2018 No comments

Get well soon, Linkedin!


January 16th, 2017 No comments

“‘Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.’ There is great wisdom in this, but I would add that opinions differ significantly from assholes, in that yours should be constantly and thoroughly examined.”
by Tim Minchin

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