A day in Zurich

I was invited to visit Zurich for a day. I left from Schiphol airport last sunday evening arriving at Kloten Airport around 19:30 where I was picked up by my old friend Jos Visser. He dropped my off at the fancy Hotel Ambassador where I would be staying, and then we visited a australian pub in the city center for some snacks (alligator sateh on papadums and chicken wings) and drinks. The next morning I was walking around town seeing some of the sights, but sadly it started raining. I do have some nice pictures of Lake Zurich.

[lots of details I might tell later, just not right now 😉 ]
[aug 24th: I will not me moving to Zurich in the foreseeable future]

In the afternoon I walked back to the Hauptbahnhof and took the train back to Kloten, spent my last Franks on some souvenirs and caffeinated chocolate and flew back to Amsterdam.

Just my luck that the train I got back in the Netherlands didn’t go anywhere from Schiphol, due to a broken powerline, so my arrival home was somewhat delayed (taking a detour over Amsterdam, Haarlem and Leiden)



Fireworks @ Scheveningen


Tonight was the last night of the Scheveningen Fireworks Festival. The teams from the UK and the Netherlands were scheduled to give a nice fireworks display. Due to traffic and parking issues I only saw the final part of the britisch show, but that looked very nice. An hour later the dutch show started. It was a very spectacular display and I managed to get a video of the last 10 minutes of it (and some pictures).

Video

Voting machine misery

Bruce Schneier‘s cryptogram mailing for today had an article about the security of voting machines… I suggest you read it if you’re interested in security and voting-machines. It seems not only the Netherlands is using systems that are seriously insecure.

Over the past several months, the state of California conducted the most
comprehensive security review yet of electronic voting machines. People
I consider to be security experts analyzed machines from three different
manufacturers, performing both a red-team attack analysis and a detailed
source code review. Serious flaws were discovered in all machines and,
as a result, the machines were all decertified for use in California
elections.

The reports are worth reading, as is much of the commentary on the
topic. The reviewers were given an unrealistic timetable and had trouble
getting needed documentation. The fact that major security
vulnerabilities were found in all machines is a testament to how poorly
they were designed, not to the thoroughness of the analysis.

At least in California they are doing security analysis on the voting machines _BEFORE_ they decide to use them in an election. Over on this side of the pond hackers have had to prove to the media themselves that the machines are flawed.

Another nice link from the cryptogram list: Ipod Charger considered dangerous

Couch-to-5k

I have been thinking and planning to do some running for quite a while now, after Cailin, Liessa and Willow set the example. I never really got around to it and have been making excuses for not doing anything yet since they started. Today I finally decided to get off my couch and put on my running shoes and pants, pick up my meizu mp3 player, tune-in and start to run. I found it to be very doable, for someone without any prior exercise, though it did get a bit harder during the second long run. After the first podcast finished I walked and ran some more until I got home. Now to see if I can keep it up and find more time for the next sessions somewhere the coming weeks.

CCC Camp 2007 in hindsight

So, CCC Camp 2007 is over, I’m back to work for a few days already, time for a write-up. The entire event had very warm and humid weather. It was mostly dry accept saturday, when the entire field changed into a olympic swimming-pool.
Deckard, Flar and me helped Antarez and Geck0 set-up their tent somewhere deep in the night, after they had to relocate. In the end they got a very nice spot just underneath a large aluminum airplane, giving them some shade.
Most time during the week was spent hanging around the campsite talking to people, having drinks and generally looking for shade/cool areas. The hangars were ideal locations, because they remained quite cool, due to them being covered by a few meters of dirt. We were very glad that we brought along a small cooler to keep our supply of beer, water and coke cold… (It’s now sitting in my computer-room)
There were some interesting projects going on, including building brainmachines, remote-control helicopters, various webcam projects, weather-ballons and light-installations. There was even a project involving light emitting algea, although I think that project didn’t quite turn out the way it was meant to.
Even though in the beginning everything didn’t go exactly as planned, and I heard a lot of complaining I think in the end we all had a lot of fun. Next time we might do it completely different, but I’m sure we’ll all be there again.
(plans for next time include fixxing either a camper, caravan or truck of some sorts, just so we don’t have to bother with tents, and having more space to bring stuff)

Arrival at CCC-Camp 2007

So… Flar, Deckardt and me have arrived at CCC-Camp after a week in Berlin City. The hostel was nice, but the wifi stopped working after wednesday, and we never again got decent internet after that. Also the washing-machine wasn’t working very good, so when we decided to do a laundry run before heading out to ccc-camp we ended up with a pile of wet clothes (but clean).

We left the hostel this morning and after a trip to the local bakery we left for Finowfurt, we got there around 10:40 and then proceeded with a walk around the campsite to pick a suitable location for our tents. We ended up building our tents somewhere between some trees, so we could at least get some shade during the day. After setting up our tents we headed back to the village for a short shopping trip, buying large amounts of water, juice and coke. We also got some Berliner Kindl (beer), but had to conclude that the variant we bought was absolutely disgusting.

I’ve spotted most of the people I knew that were coming and have gotten my bearings as to where to find everything.
It’s luckily cooled down a bit now, after we had some light rain (after a week of very hot and humid weather here in Berlin)

We’ll see what else comes along, so far we haven’t attended any lectures or demo’s yet, but there is more then enough happening around here.

At least I have a decent internet connection again, and i’ve got voip running, you can call me on +49 30 8020858 3662 or sip:3662@camp.eventphone.de

Berlin, day 3

After a walk down ‘unter den linden’ I finally found another good accesspoint, so i can post another update. Yesterday evening I went on a bar-hop-tour with some roommates. We got to the meetingpoint on Hackishermarkt, and there were about 50 people there. We visited 4 different bars and got some shots in between as well. We ended up at a club called h2o where they played dance and r’n’b… I don’t remember too much, as I was quite drunk, and we moved all over the center.
Today I’ve been driving around the city a bit, but haven’t really done anything yet (accept for sleeping very long).

i’m gonna go and enjoy the nice weather some more and try to find some lunch now… It’ll probably mean more bockworst 🙂

Flar and Deckardt should also arrive this afternoon/evening… So i’ll probably head over to the hostel to welcome them later 🙂