Traveling with Deutsche Bahn ….

Diesen Post schreibe ich dann doch mal wieder in Deutsch, weil es das ganze einfacher macht und auch eher an deutsche Leser als an internationale gerichtet ist ….

Ich bin seit einigen Jahren wieder vermehrt mit der Bahn unterwegs und das auch bewußt. Ja, wir alle regen uns gerne über die Bahn auf und es gibt extrem viel “Room for improvement” im Moment, aber ich denke, nach meinem Erlebnis von Donnerstag, daß wir doch auf hohem Niveau klagen (wenn auch natürlich zu recht).

Aber bevor ich zu der Story komme, kurz der Grund, warum ich so oft die Bahn nehme. Das ganze hat eigentlich einige sehr einfache Gründe:

Zum einen mal die Tatsache, daß ich in der Bahn arbeiten kann oder mich einfach entspannen kann und einen Film schauen kann. Ich muß mich nicht auf das Fahren konzentrieren, das ist insbesondere nach einem intensiven Arbeitstag mehr als angenehm. Da ich dann doch meistens eher in Großstädte fahre, ist es auch bei guter Infrastruktur am Zielort sehr angenehm, dort mit den öffentlichen zu fahren und dem Stau und der Parkplatzsuche zu entkommen. Letztlich bin ich meistens ähnlich lange mit der Bahn unterwegs, wie mit dem Auto …. Von den Kosten betrachtet ist es sicherlich auch, sofern ich alleine fahre, nicht teurer mit der Bahn zu reisen (ich habe eine BahnCard 50, die sich auch locker lohnt!)

Also, zurück zu der Story von Donnerstag (ich hatte ja auch schon zum Teil drüber getwittert) …

Am Donnerstag stand mal wieder ein Officetag in Nürnberg an. Da wir mitten in der Stadt sind und nur beschränkt Parkplätze zur Verfügung haben, bietet es sich an mit der Bahn zu fahren. Da die Bahn den Winterfahrplan offensichtlich im Hinblick auf meinen üblichen IC angepasst hat, bin ich entspannt mit dem RE gefahren, der zwar 10 min früher fährt, aber kaum länger nach Frankfurt braucht. Dort konnte ich dann endlich auch mal die Lounge testen und in Ruhe einen Kaffee trinken.

Dann ging es mit dem ICE weiter nach Nürnberg. Offensichtlich war der Zug ziemlich voll (Ich hatte erst am Mittwoch gebucht), daher war ich nicht im Ruhebereich (zumal ich auch einen ConfernceCall während der Fahrt hatte). Ich hatte mich kaum hingesetzt, da ging es los. In der Reihe vor mir waren Tische, besetzt mit 4 Pärchen aus dem Ruhrpott. Leider wurden alle Clichés erfüllt. Die Bierdosen standen auf dem Tisch bei den Männern, die Damen hatten Sekt offen. Das war ja alles kein Problem (auch wenn ich mich schon frage, warum man morgens um 8 schon so bechern muss, aber gut. Dummerweise war das ganz zunächst mit einer Lautstärke verbunden, dann wurde geknobelt (dabei wurden zuerst die Männer lauter, dann die Frauen, um mitzuhalten). Zuguterletzt kam dann der Bluetooth Lautsprecher raus und Schlager wurden gespielt. Alles doch etwas heavy, da halfen die besten Headsets auch nicht mehr viel. Telefonieren war auch irgendwie nicht möglich…. In Würzburg stieg dann noch ein Gruppe Twens ein, scheinbar auf dem Weg zum Ballermann und ich war final umzingelt. Letztlich finde es es nun nicht wirklich angenehm, von betrunkenen umgeben zu sein, aber ok. Aber der Lärm, der alle irgendwie geärgert hat, war dann doch etwas arg viel des guten. Die Kids waren tatsächlich auch noch betrunkener als die 50er …. Keine Ahnung, ob die Airline die noch in den Flieger gelassen hat…. Not my monkey, not my business.

Richtig grotesk wurde es, also die Ruhrpottler dann Kartoffelsalat und Frikadellen gefuttert haben (wurde auch fleissig im Zug angeboten). Keine Ahnung, warum man so wenig Rücksicht nimmt auf sein Umfeld – aber ich denke, ich bin auch damals selber das eine oder andere Mal etwas über die Stränge geschlafen. Wenigstens war der Schaffner hilfreich und hat versucht, die Gruppen daran zu erinnern, daß man nicht in einem Partyzug wäre …. Hat zumindest für 5 min geholfen 😉

Für diese Erlebnis kann die Bahn – NICHTS

Der Rückweg war dann der Klassiker. Beim Weg zum Bahnhof und checken des Zugstatus gab es die Meldung, daß der ICE nur mit einem Zugteil verkehrt, zum Glück der, in dem ich eine Reservierung hatte…. Es gab aber nach Frankfurt einen Ersatzzug. Der stand dann auch schon am Gleis und wartet. Ein Schaffner war nicht zu finden, um die beste Strategie für die Fahrt zu erfragen (Ersatzzug nehmen oder in den überfüllten Zug einsteigen und seinen Sitzplatz einfordern. Der Lockführer war dann hilfreich und meinte, Ersatzzug. Das habe ich dann auch gemacht in der Hoffnung, daß der typische Deutsche Bahnfahrer ganz sicher in den kurzen Zug einsteigt, weil der ja die richtige Zugnummer hat. War auch tatsächlich so, der Ersatzzug war angenehm leer und die Fahrt sehr entspannt.

Dummerweise ist dann mein Anschlusszug gestrichen worden – da die RE’s aber alle 30 min fahren, so what…. Der um 8 wäre auch nur 20 min früher zuhause angekommen als der um 20:30. Insgesamt ca 20 min später als der IC. Bei der Einfahrt in den Bahnhof kam uns der frühere RE schon entgegen, also wieder Lounge und dann entspannt den RE um 20:30 genommen. Das war dann pünktlich und entspannt bis zuhause.

Also . Kann ich mich darüber ärgern? Nein, sowas von gar nicht! Ich finde die Bahn hat mit dem Ersatzzug gut reagiert, wir waren mit 5 min Verspätung in FRA, ich hätte meinen IC locker erreicht, aber es gab gute Alternativen, weiter zu kommen. In Zeiten des Smartphones kann ich mich immer darüber informieren. Und letztlich kann immer irgendetwas passieren, von daher brauche ich doch irgendwie eine Möglichkeit, ein Problem zu umgehen.

Früher wäre ich in Panik verfallen, heute tue ich das nicht mehr …. Und wenn wir alle mal ehrlich sind: Auf der Autobahn kann ich im Stau stehen, ich kann einen Unfall haben, was auch immer. Wenn ich heute die Bahn nehme, plane ich so, daß ich Optionen habe und einen Puffer. Das würde ich mit dem Auto auch genau so tun. Von daher komme ich auch gut mit der Bahn klar.

Ja, es wäre besser, wenn ein um pünktlich wäre. Ich meine Anschlüsse immer bekomme, usw. Und wer mal in der Schweiz oder Holland Zug gefahren ist, sieht, daß es auch so geht! Von daher hoffe ich, daß die Bahn besser wird. Aber grundsätzlich bin ich, bis auf 1 Mal immer da angekommen, wo ich hin wollte. Und in dem Fall war ein Unwetter und die Strecke gesperrt…..

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I have to make a confession …. ;-)

After this topic came up twice this week and people were majorly surprised by this, let me make this more public – I am a part time Vegetarian 🙂 And I enjoy it

So, let me put some more meat on the bone:

But why?

Well, there are basically two simple reasons for it – one of which is mostly health.

I grew up eating meat every single day (mostly pigs my grandfather raised. Nowadays you would call them pretty much organic meat). It was something totally normal that meat would be part of any meal (and I really mean ANY meal). My father would have demanded meat if it would not be served. When I started to separate from my parents, my diet looked pretty much the same. meat every day. But I bought that in supermarkets.

Here another thing that is not widely known: When I was younger and looked for a job during my school vacations I ended up working in an abattoir for 3 yrs. (and yes, I still eat meat). So for me basically thing came together at some point. I do very well know how meat is produced ( and that it takes an animal to loose it’s life). For me the harder part and the question I started to ask myself during the process was the question if anyone can produce a kg of Schnitzel seriously for 5€. Well, yes, you can, but you make the animals suffer for that.

So to close the loop again to where I started – I decided to more consciously consume meat initially. The trigger was one evening where my wife jumped into a shop, getting organic Schnitzel for dinner. That was the taste of my youth! Schnitze that tasted like pork and that I felt the pigs had a good life until they were butchered. That started to make me think.

Now over to the health aspect. If you do mass breading of animals (and it needs to be cheap), you have to use medication for a lot of cases. That is part of where I think it is affecting my own health. I don’t want to eat antibiotics if I don’t have to.

How did this start?

As I said before, the trigger was my wife buying those Schnitzel and remembering the slaughterhouse days. So we agreed at some point to have one veggie day a week. That became the norm for a while. And after a few month we both thought that one day is just not enough for all the vegetarian dishes we started to like. So we extended it to the point where now we trying to eat vegetarian Mo – Thu and have meat Fri – Sun. We are at all not religious about it. If we have leftovers from Sunday – we’ll eat them Monday. If we want to do something vegetarian on the weekend, we just do it.

So – what do you eat then?

As I indicate before, we have way more veggie things to eat than we thought when we started. We do a lot of Mediterranean food (Pasta, pan fried veggies), Indian (very good for vegetarian food) or vegetarian Tapas. Sometimes there are German inspired dishes we do. although I find it hard to find good German vegetarian food (except for anything potatoes related, of course). There is really a lot of great tasty food around. But what we are not doing at all is to try to substitute meat in dishes, meaning no veggie sausages or veggie schnitzel. We don’t want and like that. We try to get back to basic, no processed food and combine it like we enjoy it

Do you still enjoy your Steak?

Oh, yes, I absolutely do and enjoy it. Check Instagram. But we try to use high quality products and not the mass and cheap products. We are in a lucky position to be able to make those choices, also for our veggies.

Food does have a certain cost associated to it. And we as consumers should be willing to pay the real cost (not paying all in between that sometimes make things outrageously expensive by adding charges). As I said before, why should any animal, even if it is at some point being butchered not have a good life? Don’t they deserve it?

Why should I as a consumer feel good about the fact a pig has never seen daylight and never turned older than a few month? Why do I want to eat something that contains a lot of water to gain more weight and is pumped in certain cases with medication to get it to the date of butchering?

Why not choose – if I want to eat meat – to eat it from an animal that had a descent life, was treated well? You’ll notice the difference right when you have the first bite. It is more expensive but provides also a much better taste!

If people can notice this at all – I feel like a lot of people have lost the connection to good quality products. And it also took time for me to get there. How can you taste the nuances if you always eat cheap meat and then have a high priced steak in a steakhouse? You will only notice that it is better and accept that you can’t make this at home – but that is totally wrong! Once people start an interest for the topic of cooking and ingredients used, you’ll get there. Any product has various ways to be cooked, good ones and bad ones. But especially ones you like or don’t like. Try things. Get out of your comfort zone. Nobody expects huge steps, do minor ones. Get some higher quality food and just try things. Maybe it is just me having a pretty good feeling for food and cooking but I think most people are able to get there. With passion, patience and taste. It’s like with everything: You can get to a certain level by trying.

And by using tools. Sous Vide is a great way to get consistent results, meat thermometers help. That all helps you to not waste the money you are spending on food but get good results.

 

If some of you feel to get a better connection again to how meat is getting on your plate, here are a few videos you might want to take a look at:

 

I can also recommend this movie, in case you have AmazonPrime. This a great documentary of a french chef searching the best steak in the world:

https://www.amazon.com/STEAK-REVOLUTION-Yves-Marie-Bourdonne/dp/B01699B6LC/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1547143997&sr=1-1&keywords=steak+revolution

For most people, it likely has a very surprising end!

One other thing I found surprising and that I want to share two thoughts from Jürgen David, one of the best butchers in Germany. 

The first one is that he said, meat is to sold cheap and that there is no real way to produce good quality for the currently average price paid for it.

The second thing is that I heard him say in an interview that he took his daughter out of school lunch – because they were serving meat every day. He said in his family they don’t eat meat every day and that the follow a similar idea to what I am trying to explain as my own Point of view here. 

I just want to close this post with saying clearly, I only want to share my thoughts and point of view. I don’t want to tell anyone that one should eat more or less meat. But maybe it triggers a few thoughts for some people reading it and a more conscious consumption of something really amazing – a great piece of meat!

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quick come back to IT security and privacy

While having dinner with friends yesterday we talked about IT security for moment. One of them basically said he was totally surprised, that websearches he had done on Android show up on his iPhone as well. He is not an IT guy, so maybe it is useful to explain this a bit further….

Starting with Android (and I don’t want to ditch it, I need to say this right in the beginning) is mainly driven by Google. As Google does not charge for it’s services (except for computing power in the Cloud) and it is a business, the question is, how to they make money – well, I know it is obvious to a lot of people, but let me restate this: Advertising.

By simply showing you something that might be interesting for you and that you are willing to buy. Now, if I think about advertising, I think about magazines and TV first of all. When there are ads on TV I assume I do what most others do as well – I turn down the volume, start zapping or walk away from the TV. What makes Google more effective for those that want you to see advertising is that Google knows who you are (well, not necessarely all your name aso, but you for sure have an ID with them). So whenever you provide data to them they get to know you better. How do you send them data?

Well by using Chrome, signing into google when you use it – and obviously by using android. It is designed to collect data and I would even claim, that Google has no interest at all to make Android more secure and isolate Apps better from each other as that means users get more control on what Apps get access to and what they can use to send it back home and profile you.

To be frank, yes, there is a convenience factor here, but you are paying for it with your data.

Now I hear the same argument being made again: I have nothing to hide. As much as that is probably true for my friends, you I think, are missing the point. Ask yourself if you would post all your personal data on your house so everbody can see it. If you say: Sure, then move on. If you say no, then I think you might have nothing to hide but you also don’t want everybody to know.

In the end the real problem starts with the technology available these days. Computers are now able to process and correlate huge amounts of data and with arteficial Intelligence make sense out of it easier than years before.

So, maybe a simple example: You share your geo location with google (because you, for example use Google Maps). So Google will get to know where you start your journey from (mostly home it a lot of cases) and where you often go to in the morning (work), or on the weekend for shopping. It is not very hard to connect these dots. I spoke about this on an earlier post and you can easily see the recorded geo data Google has from you!

Now, moving on. You communicate via WhatsApp, Facebook, whatever. Even if WhatsApp might not analize your data (Google is known to process your mail for patterns), you send them other data. When you use it, where, aso. Just again, data that is interesting to profile you and allows a company to show you better ads, that they can then charge the companies higher fees for.

All apps tend to ask for permissions, but you should really think what is needed. You should think if you want to sign in or if you want to use the private browsing mode of a brower. I am not saying that all is a secure way to not be profiled as there are new ways that internet companies are able to use data of your computer to assign you an ID and identify you. Your CPU, Resolution, whatever. All that data that Browsers can read from your machines.

All this data likely provides a pretty good picture of who you are. And if you still think, I don’t care, pls follow this thought: Assume you want to sign up for an isurance. Would you want your health insurance to track if you work out, what you eat, how much you drink and smoke? Do you want to live in a world when you have your next hangover your healt insurance raises because you poisoned your body? Even if we think we do live healthy, science can change and something we do now might be seen as bad – once that is treacked it will affect fees later on. So I don’t think it’s that easy and simple – unfortunately.

So – I think we should all be careful about what we share on the internet and use our brains. As much as we don’t invite any foreign people into our lives immediately, we shouldn’t do the same in the internet. And we should respect other peoples view’s and needs as well. For example. I am consciously not posting pictures of my kid. Or I am trying to stay vague on things that only if you met me and we interacted would make sense to you. I am not perfect with that and sure, there will be traces and a chance that you can correlate data and make sense out of it. But at least I am trying to make it harder than serving everything in an easy way.

If you would ask me for some advice: Try to make your social profiles private. If you don’t (which I am doing on a few services consciously), understand what that means and think what you want to post there. And remember, even if your Facebook profile, Google profile, Microsoft, Twitter, Instagram, whatever is potentially private, all these companies analyze your data. And they also sell it if they can. Why wouldn’t they?

Btw, the thing that triggered the discussion yesterday was Alexa and the recent incident: As we do have the European privacy law in effect now every European citizen has a set of important rights:

  • they can request that data is being deleted (and there are fees if that does not happen)
  • people can request to get the data that is being stored about them

Latter happened with Amazon – somebody had requested his or her data from Amazon. The result was quite astonishing as Amazon not only sent the requested data but also the recordings of other people. Now again, do you want Amazon to record you (without knowing) and then make those recordings available to random people?

I assume Amazon will get this problem fixed but you can clearly see there is a difference between things that can be done (recording and unlimited storing of data) and that should be done (why is the data not deleted? Why is it being kept? How can the computer programs not isolate the data properly? )

When you give data away, you don’t have any control over it anymore. You have to trust other people to do the right things and take care of your personal data. As that is something that we all can not always avoid, we should still ask why it is needed.

I didn’t purchase a 0€ recording the other day as I had to register. That is fine, but I am not willing to provide more data than needed to the supplier. Why do they need my address, date of birth, aso? Sure, they can ask for all of that, but WHY is it needed? It is not transparent to me. And I would still think not necessarely. They are not shipping anything to me, so why an address?

Anyway, I hope I made you think a bit. It really isn’t that easy. We all produce data with others, computers advance in their ability to process the data. So I think it is important to think about what we do before we just simply move ahead and click ok.

I had an interesting debate with my former boss a few weeks ago: The claim was that in the US a change in eMail provide is happening, more and more people are moving from “free” (we defined what free really means earlier) services to services that cost you a few dollars. Sure, nobody gives you the total guarantee that the data isn’t analyzed, but the need to do it is much lower when you actually make money on other ways. I would also assume that people will ask this question more and more and hopefully at some point think what they post and share publically and what they should keep for themselves. Or only post in environments they control.

Because this is likely only the beginning – when I look at China and the face recognition software that is being used, the score people get by behaving right or wrong: That is all not the right way. As a society we need to agree on what we find acceptable and what we don’t want to happen. And we need to think about it. It is way to easy to say: But we need to store all the data and the technology to protect you from xyz. As well as that might be true, it opens any gate to misuse at the same time.

I want to close this with a quote I heard in a podcast today: You can’t get freedom with total security. If you want to be free you have to accept at the same time that you have to take some risk by not everything being fully controlled.

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IBM sells Collaboration Business fully to HCL – few thoughts

Those of you who know me for a longer time know that I have been part of IBM’s Collaboration business for a very long time and have recently left IBM.

With the announcement last week, I must admit I do have very mixed emotions about it. First of all I am thinking of my former teams (if they are even still existing and still part of IBM. I think some people had seen the writing on the wall (so had I) and have moved on.

In general I think Domino and Connections have been good ideas (I am not saying good products, hold on for a few more min). They changed the world, they both were an impulse in the industry to make people think about collaboration differently. Why I don’t call them good products? Because of the lack of investment. Both product families were profitable for IBM – at least that was my last understanding (ICEC was for sure, the product I was last responsible for in IBM). But I do believe that there were wrong decision made for a to long time. Sure, Cash Cows need to pay for new developments, but the business needs to maintain balance and actively manage development. What happened from my PoV is that Domino had to pay for a lot of things, but it didn’t have to pay for it’s own development. And this lead to fewer innovations and enhancements and made I think the fear of clients that was articulated a self – fullfilling prophecy. People looked to migrate away from Domino for eMail mostly. And because eMail was never the real focus, it was to late when things changed. But at that point in time, in my opinion, the focus was switched to mail, ignoring that the most important reason for Domino to be used by clients was the AppDev capabilities. So with the focus back to mail, the next important area lost the focus. So, to make a long story short, I think the decline of Domino was mostly driven through IBM.

I think Connections is a similar story. Because new products had to be launched, development was cut back on it, customers became unhappy and the new pink vision was the direction people wanted to go for. As much as this was the right direction, reality is as well that pink was a rewrite of the stack with little new value and innovation. Sure, it was the way to enable it, but that would have been some time before it would happen.

In general I think as well that the whole ICS brand was in a very difficult situation. It was pretty much (with Portal) the only end-user facing software IBM was selling and majority of people didn’t care about this business and were rather looking (especially the CIO office) to get SAAS offerings from the market. There was little to no appetite to use IBM itself to improve the software. It was rather sacrificed (as so many other profitable business) on the altar of shareholder value – sucked dry, then sold to pay for the next acquisition – in this case RedHat.

So it hurts me to – in a retrospective – see all this happen now. But as I said earlier, the writing was clearly on the wall for a while. I think who had ignored this was living in a bubble….

For the products the sell to HCL is a good thing, I think. HCL wants to invest, a lot of the former engineers are already over and make an impact. They can make decisions without the burden of IBM and politics, hopefully without teams being constantly cut.

There are 2 concerns I have on this:

  1. it is the same people again. I do really hope the leaders have learned from the things that happened in IBM and the critics they got from clients to do things better now. I am pretty sure the pink vision will rise again, but this time I hope there is a ongoing focus on delivering customer value instead of only technology
  2. this is the even bigger one – is this a to big task? With he lack of investment by IBM I have the feeling that both products are a few years behind competition. So can that gap be closed? Or is HCL willing to have a clear focus and communicate that to the market? And – is there a value prop compared to some many other tools that have been developed in the meantime and are established already?

Time will clearly tell what is going to happen. I wish all my former colleages well and I also hope everyone will have a choice what to do next and make the right decision.

At some point I want to write a little more about my own PoV, why I left and what I felt changed for me since. But that will be a few more days, maybe around Christmas at some point.

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Nasty VMWare snapshot problem

This is a more technical post this time, but maybe it helps somebody who has a simliar problem. So….

I was called late last week by a friend. She runs a local family business and her question was if I knew something about VMWare.

When I looked at their server (the ERP system was basically affected, none of their registers was actually working anymore), it became pretty evident that they were running VMWare workstation to host the system in a virtual machine. And that basically their part-time admin had used Snapshots within the vm to do some sort of backups. The other thing that was also evident was that the system was not booting anymore – with the error message

“The parent virtual disk has been modified since the child was created”

After some research it became clear that the chain of snapshots was broken (explained for example here). But how to fix it? Basically there was a problem that the chain of snapshots was broken.

This article explains the problem and solution fairly well and also explains the tools needed.

So I extracted the discriptor files this way of all 18 snapshots that existed, some of them really small. And I found the following dependency of the snapshots:

1=> 2 => 6 => 4 => 5 =>8 => 3 => (7,9,10,11,12,14,1)

So snapshot 3 was pointing to a lot of snapshots, including 1. So besides the fact that this is a circle and therefore can not work, it also lead us to the root cause of the problem: The base image was overwritten!

Now, reading more about this issue, there are some hints that 7-zip was a way to look into a vmdk file. My friend found an ealier vmdk of the vm that I was able to list the content easily with 7-zip. So, full of hope I was thinking: If I can get access to the latest snapshot this way, I should be able to extract the latest version of the database and config to be then used to restore the system.

BUT – nope, 7-Zip does not allow you to access snapshots, just does not work….

So I started to look for other ways. And basically, being a linux guy somewhat, that came handy now. There is a tool in Linux (discribed here in detail) that allows you to mount Guest file systems in your native OS, called guestmount which is part of qemu. I was hoping that maybe this tool would allow me to now mount the snapshot – also was not working ….

Now, I found a solution – which is the combination of all these things:

back to the chain, the problem was the first snapshot or base file, that was missing. Being able to extract the CID from that file and update it reference in the 2nd file. I was then able to mount snapshot 2 – YEAH!!!

Whith this then I was able to also mount Snapshot 3, the last working one before things went crazy. Having it mounted finally (and as the server was Windows and it was a fairly safe bet to mound sda1 out of the image, I had access to the content – Voila.

Then it was just a matter of copying the data from the ERP DB and required config onto a USB stick (not even 2GB) and hand it back.

Now we need to keep our fingers crossed that the data is not corrupt (which I hope for as this is the directory that is constantly overwritten in the VM) and we should be able to restore the system. But that is a differnt story.

 

Anyway, hopefully this helps somebody who runs into the same problem. Maybe even a base VM with OS would allow this process … but I have not tested it…

 

Anyway, there is one thing the teaches us all: BACKUPS ARE NEEDED. NOT ON THE SAME COMPUTER OR EVEN THE SAME HARDDISK, BUT ON A SAFE STORAGE THAT IS INDEPENDANT.

If you do backups, they are unpleasant to do, but they help you a lot when you need them!

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Ein paar politische Gedanken

… die natürlich duch die Bayern Wahl gestern getriggert wurden.

Ich fange mal auf der persönlichen Seite an. Ich habe mich gestern Abend erwischt, daß ich eine ganz andere Meinung zum Wahlausgang hatte, als ich das noch vor 10 Jahren hatte. Also habe ich mich gefragt, was eigentlich bei mir (und vielleicht auch bei vielen anderen passiert ist), daß sich so viel gerade verschiebt.

Vielleicht kann ich das für mich selber an drei Gedanken festmachen, die ich gestern so chronologisch hatte_

  1. Die Politik ist behäbig
  2. Die Menschen und was für sie wichtig ist, hat sich verändert
  3. Haben wir eine zusätzliche Spaltung der Gesellschaft, nicht nur beim Thema Einwanderunge?

Zum ersten Punkt – ich hatte seit Wochen den Eindruck, daß die Parteien in Bayern den Kopf irgendwie in den Sand gesteckt haben und nicht in der Lage waren, zeitnah auf Trends und Feedback zu regieren. Das beste Beispiel ist sicher die CSU (wenn auch nicht das einzige), die Umfragen wurden immer schlechter, wichtige Themen wurden aus meiner Sicht ignoriert. Aber es kam immer nur ein “weiter so, wird schon werden”. Wenn ich das mal auf die Wirtschaft transportiere, das ist genau das Verhalten, das Unternehmen in die Sackgasse führt. Wenn ich mich nicht an den Markt anpasse und das, was Leute wollen, dann überholt mich der Markt.

Beim zweiten Punkt denke ich, daß sich die Gesellschaft massiv verändert hat. Das ist mir gestern Abend am Beispiel der CO2 Emissionen klar geworden (und um ganz klar zu sein, das ist nur ein Beispiel und ich setze mich hier nicht mit dem Thema auseinander, sondern es ist ein Beispiel). In EU Parlament wird diskutiert, wie wir den Ausstoß von CO2 und Stickoxiden senken können. Deutschland geht mit einem Maximalangtebot von 30% in die Verhandlungen, unsere Umweltministerin ist von 50% als Ziel der Reduktion überzeugt. Aber die Deutsche Position sind 30%. Warum wollen müssen wir etwas tun? Weil wir ein Problem mit der globalen Erwärmung haben und sich unser Lebensraum drastisch verändern wird. Wie, kann heute keiner Abschätzen. Im glücklichsten Fall haben die Optimisten recht, im schlechtesten die Pessimisten. Wir alle aber werden damit leben müssen.

Aus diesem Kontext heraus finde ich es geradezu lächerlich, wenn sich Vertreter der Autoindustrie hinstellen und mit der Keule der Arbeitsplätze wedeln. Das kommt zurück zum Punkt eben. Wenn der Markt umweltfreundlichere Autos haben möchte und sie die deutsche Autoindustrie nicht liefern kann, dann kaufen wir woanders. SO einfach ist das. Ich frage mich aber ehrlich gesagt auch, wie jemand, der klar denken kann, seine Verantwortung im Bezug auf den Klimawandel wegnegieren kann. Das ist in meinen Augen nicht glaubwürdig. Und ich vermute auch in den Augen vieler Menschen in der Bevölkerung nicht mehr.

Was nützen und viele Arbeitsplätze, wenn unsere Kinder und Kindeskinder in ein paar Jahrzehnten nicht mehr auf der Erde leben können, weil wir sie ausgebeutet haben?

Der dritte Punkt war dann noch ein weiterer Schritt zu diesen Gedanken: Ich habe mich gefragt, ob wir eine Spaltung in Deutschland haben zwischen (extrem gesagt) Menschen die sich diese Gedanken machen und denen, die einfach nur egoistisch sind.

Ich möchte keinem vorschreiben, wie er denken soll (und ich selber habe auch die Weissheit nicht mit Löffeln gefressen), aber ich finde die eben beschriebene Argumentation der Autoindustrie fadenscheinig. Und den Support der Politik dafür. Wir müssen was ändern, denke ich. Und damit stehe ich nicht alleine.

Mehr und mehr Menschen sind bereit, sich zu (ver)ändern und Dinge anders zu machen. Und wir brauchen als Gesellschaft dazu eine Diskussion. Ich selber denke auch, wenn es etwas hilft, dann sollten wir Tempolimits auf Autobahnen einführen. Oder, oder, oder.

Es gibt genügend Dinge, die wir alle tun können. Aber ich glaube eben auch nicht, um hier zum schluss zu kommen, daß es ohne Debatte geht. Und genau aus dem Grund finde ich es schade, daß wir in Bayern vermutlich nicht die Regierung sehen werden, die die meisten Leute gewählt haben (nämlich schwarz-grün), sondern CSU und freie Wähler, weil man da “inhaltlich Näher beisammen ist”. Das gleiche haben wir bei der Bundestagswahl gesehen.

Ich würde allerdings mal behaupten, daß eine Mehrheit der Menschen diese Auseinandersetzung wollen und daß diese Haltung in 2 Wochen in Hessen zu einem führt: Die Mehrheiten werden sich noch mal verschieben, denn Menschen, die schwarz-grün wollen werden hergehen und anstatt CDU die grünen wählen, um ENDLICH dieser Foderunge nachdruck zu verleihen.

Aber schauen wir, was passiert ….

Es bleibt spannend……

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IT-Sicherheit – Teil 1

Da ich am Freitag gerade wieder ein Gespräch zu IT Sicherheit, bzw dem Umgang mit Social Media Inhalten, hier mal ein kleiner Anfang, was so alles passieren kann, wenn man sich keine Gedanken darüber macht:

https://www.heise.de/video/artikel/Die-zerstoerte-Privatsphaere-Auf-der-Suche-nach-persoenlichen-Spuren-im-Internet-1511357.html

Ich finde, das sollte jedem zu denken geben. Wir alle leben im Internet, sind auf sozialen Netzwerken unterwegs. Das ist alles gut und richtig. Aber wir sollten uns alle drüber im klaren sein, was wir da tun und welche Daten viele der Tools einfach ganz automatisch online stellen über die Default Einstellungen von Apps. Denn Facebook, Instagram, usw leben von unseren Daten. Wir zahlen die vermeidlich freien Tools mit Information über uns.

Einige von Euch kennen sicherlich noch meinen Pushback zu WhatsApp, als die Kommunikation nicht verschlüsselt war. Natürlich ist das Argument “ich habe doch nichts zu verheimlichen” fadenscheinig, denn wer von Euch würde das Chatprotokoll der letzten 3 Monate mit seinem Partner wirklich öffentlich posten wollen (ja, 90% der Daten sind belanglos, aber 10% sind sicherlich Dinge, die Ihr nicht öffentlich machen wollt, aus welchen Gründen auch immer). Das wirklich entscheidende an der Verschlüsselung ist die Möglichkeit, eine Hintertür in das Gerät zu haben.

Wie man gerade an Meltdown und Spectre sieht (der aktuelle IT Supergau, mehr dazu irgendwann später), es gibt immer Lücken, Geräte SIND angreifbar. Und wie mein Freund Ragnar so schön sagte (Der IT Security beruflich macht), ein Bug selber ist nicht unbedingt das Problem. Aber die Verkettung von Bugs ist es ganz, ganz sicher. Denn um die aktuellen Bugs ausnutzen zu können, muß ich Programme auf dem Rechner der Opfer installieren. Das passiert nicht durch diesen Bug – aber durch viele andere (siehe Erpressungstrojaner! ) – und genau dann wird das alles zu einem Problem.
Über SmartToys will ich hier jetzt noch nicht mal reden …..
Wen das gesamte Thema auf einem einfachen Level interessiert, dem empfehle ich den “Hackable” Podcast. Dabei lernt ihr sicherlich das eine oder andere.

Ich kann Ragnar hier nur zitieren – es sollte für uns alle selbstverständlich sein, aktuelle Security patches in unsere Systeme einzuspielen. Das ist einfach IT-Hygiene, die wichtig ist und kritisch. Wer das nicht tut, handelt fahrlässig. Es gibt immer neue Bugs, also sollte man sehen, daß die alten geschlossen sind, die neuen sind dann schon schlimm genug, die Verkettung der Dinge Katastrophal!
Und nochmal – Ich halte es inzwischen für wirklich gefährlich, auf alten Systemen zu bleiben, die von den Herstellern nicht gepatcht werden. Das war für mich IMMER der Grund, nur Android Devices zu nehmen, die direkt die letzten Updates von Google bekommen haben. Aber leider ist es wohl so, daß Samsung gerade die aktuellen Probleme komplett ignoriert und es keine Patches gibt. Man sollte somit wirklich seinen Kopf benutzen, auf alten Systemen nur sehr wenig bis keine Sicherheitskritische Dinge wie Homebanking machen und vor allem auch Programme nur aus den offiziellen AppStores der Hersteller beziehen, auch wenn das manchmal Geld kostet….

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