GPS tracking without a server

My pipeline of tracking where I’ve been using and Android phone, Backitude, python, and cron

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The three Facebooks

Facebook offers three different interfaces one can reach it at: desktop, mobile, and basic. One of them is a hellhole of torrential bloat.

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Lessons of running a (semi) static, Indieweb-friendly site for 2 years

It’s not possible to run fully static sites with dynamic features, such as webmention handling - you can get close to it, but you do need to embrace external services.

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Do websites want to force us to use Reader Mode?

The great unreadability of 2018 made Text secondary to Hyper in Hypertext Markup Language. Do publishers really want us to keep reading everything in the Reader Mode of the browsers?

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Using I²C sensors on a linux via a USB and IIO

A short story of getting a tiny, cheap USB I²C adapter for a home server, learning about the Industrial I/O linux subsystem, and connecting it to collectd.

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Stream of Cascada de Los Colores

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

On the Canary Island La Palma, unexpectedly, there is a lot of water. Some of this water ends up in the Cascada de Los Colores, a small waterfall of red, yellow, and green streams. Soon the stream becomes mostly red, stays like that for a while, slowly turns into yellow, as other, clear water connects to it, and in the end, it fades into ordinary water.

La Caldera de Taburiente

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

The very top of La Palma is the Roque de los Muchachos with it’s 2426m height. On cloudy days, this is the view - that pointy thing in the distance is the Teide on Tenerife, way above the clouds, with it’s 3718m.

Stargazers

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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The Roque de los Muchachos host a significant amount and rather important astronomy telescopes. Unfortunately visitors are not allowed up here during the night because even that tiny ligth pollution could distort measurements, but it’s certainly a unique view, even during daytime.

La Caldera de Taburiente panorama

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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A panorama from Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma at 2426m.

Engawa of the dojo building at Dojo Stara Wieś

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
K or M Lens

This is the ourdoor veranda, the engawa of the dojo building itself at Dojo Stara Wieś1. The building hosts three beautiful areas to practice martial arts in a place, which resembles their origin quite well.


  1. http://www.dojostarawies.com/en.html

Dawn at Dojo Stara Wieś

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

I had the chance from Pakua UK1 to spend a weekend at Dojo Stara Wieś2 in Poland. Unexpected as it is, the Dojo is a small village, built for Japanese martial arts, in Japanese architectural style.

While it’s not the complete fairytale Japan one might expect, in the end, the only thing one could wish for is a small forest of giant bamboo, because everything else is tranquility here. The ponds were full of huge frogs and lovely newts, the air was filled with loud and happy birds - it’s a lovely place.

I took the picture not that early, sometimes just after sunrise.


  1. https://www.pakuauk.com/

  2. http://www.dojostarawies.com/en.html

Guide on how to make your website printable with CSS

CSS snippets to consider when you want to provide a printable version of your blog

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The internet that took over the Internet

If you look deep enough, beneath mountains of attention hoarding, illusion photography, trending trends, you’ll find the old Internet, the one with content, knowledge, individuality, but you need to look hard. Can it be saved?

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We are living in instant messenger hell

I had to install WhatsApp, because some friends are refusing to communicate in any other way, which made me realise how tired and disillusioned I am when I have to face yet another instant messenger network - at least, with some work, Pidgin can still connect to more or less everything and anything.

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How to install microG an odexed stock android ROM

The method of replacing Google Services Framework with microG suite on the stock, Android Marshmallow ROM of a Nomu S10

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Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 3200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Just another abandoned, decaying factory in Budapest.

Hol vasmű állott, most kőhalom 2

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 1600
Lens
K or M Lens

Empty windows, nature slowly taking over, rubble everywhere - a few decades of decay.

LinkedIn is ignoring user settings

Logged out users are prevented from reaching LinkedIn profiles set to complete public visibility

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Living with a rugged, cheap Chinese Android phone, the Nomu S10

The story of falling in love with a £120 Android phone, learning about the Triada malware, re-diving into Android ROM flashing, and keeping the phone despite the problems - because it’s brilliant.

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Puertito de los Molinos

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Puertito de los Molinos has huge, steep, beautiful walls of rock surrounding it; unfortunately it’s more or less impossible to climb down on them. We planned to get here by sunset, but it was pitch black when we actually arrived, so instead before getting our flight home, we got up early and came back for sunrise. It was worth it: when sunrise comes with the high tide the waves are magnificent, even with a calm weather.

Road to Malpaís Grande

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

The road to and from Pozo Negro is quiet, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to look at: it comes all the way along the black fields of lava which started at Malpaís Grande and ended up at the sea at Pozo Negro.

Pozo Negro

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Pozo Negro got about 2 sentences in the guide book for Fuerteventura, and most of those 2 lines was that it has 2 pescados, fish restaurants. Well, it did, in fact had nice fish, and if you’re there by sunset, like we were, it also offers beautiful colours.

Mountains of Fuerteventura

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

There is a rather empty road on Fuerteventura, the one that goes through Betancuria, in the mountains, to the south, FV-30. I can certainly recommend taking this route if you can: it’s calm, outerworldly, with ravens visiting you at the miradors, showing all the beautiful mountains on the west side of the island.

Peñitas Dam

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

During the past centuries there were numerous attempts to make Fuerteventura greener again - one of them was the Peñitas Dam. Unfortunately the erosion of the surrounding mountains is too strong, pushing a lot of soil into the dam, making the water completely disappear in the mud. It still contains a lot of water though, given how happy the trees are in the valley - trees, which are already rare at Fuerteventura.

(Also: a small praise for my Pentax camera, for producing an image like this, ouf of the machine without post-processing or filters.)

A desert of Fuerteventura

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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The image was taken from the top of Mirador De Morro Velosa, on our way to Betancuria.

Panorama from Mirador De Morro Velosa

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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When visiting a mirador, one might expect a place to buy coffee next to a magnificent view, but Mirador De Morro Velosa offers a lot more. Besides the panoramic view, the building also functions as a museum about the islands and their origins - and yes, you can still get a Cortado leche v leche.

Since my camera doesn’t have a panorama function, I had to improvise: 4 handheld shoots combined perfectly with Hugin turned out better, than I expected.

Wine yard on Lanzarote

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

On that black slope you can see small semi-circles of stones: those are humiditiy traps with vine in their middle. Wine from Lanzarote is sweet and very nice, and knowing it’s growing on a martinan land makes it even more exciting.

Panorama of Timanfaya National Park

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PENTAX K-5 II s
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f/
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sec
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ISO
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The Timanfaya National Park is a vast wasteland of volcanic eruptions happened mostly around 1730. It is unique, beautiful, looks like an alien planet, and quite dangerous to walk on your own. The road on the left is the route the camels take when going to work and getting home - they are only serving tourists these days though.

My camera doesn’t have a panorama function: this image is glued from 3 handheld shoots, combined perfectly with a program called Hugin.

Layers of volcanic ash

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Lanzarote has a unique lake: it’s completely green, called El Lago Verde. The colour is due to the different volcanic ash falling into the small lake: all these magnificent slopes around it are contributing to creating that green water.

The top of Timanfaya

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

At the top of Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote, there is a building, designed by César Manrique, called El Diablo: it uses completely natural hot air coming from the depths of the Earth to cook. This is the view in front of it.

Stream with oak leaves

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Sometimes the simple, small things, are just as gorgeous: this was in the stream that as flowing down from a gigantic waterfall in Ireland.

A piece of Powerscourt Waterfall

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/20.0
Shutter speed
1/6 sec
Focal length (as set)
48.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 160
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Only a small portion of the huge Powerscourt Waterfall in Ireland. The place is beautiful, however, it can get very crowded, so taking images of the whole waterfall is very tricky.

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - browns

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PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
45.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
K or M Lens

Occasionally it’s worth getting off the usual tracks and paths; you end up in abandoned, unmaintained parts of the forest, leading into dark rows of pines all around you.

Powerscourt Waterfall Forest - greens

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
45.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Irish forests are beautiful, and all the greens collide before autumn sits in.

Sunset at Kilchurn Castle

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

At the end of a wonderful organised day tour we visited Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. We a decent weather all the day - given it was winter in Scotland, I was very glad for it, but the sunset was certainly magnificent.

Sunset at Loch Awe

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Sunsets can be magnificent all around the UK, but they seem to be astonishing in Scotland - if you’re lucky enough to see the sun. We were, thank fully.

Island on Loch Awe

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
68.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Sunsets have been photographed so many times that when you see one that’s truly outstanding you end up finding yourself looking for excuses why you took the picture. It’s simple: it was, in fact, beautiful.

Trees burning in the sunset

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/7.1
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
60.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

We passed this tiny island on our way to Kilchurn Castle and back. Going there, they were simple, grey trees, but when the sun was setting, it was lighting up the branches just like it was the colour of the leaves or the trees themselves. You need to look closely to realise, it’s only a trick of the light.

Mountains around Glencoe

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
48.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There is a large parking lot in Glencoe where everybody stoppes to take pictures. While the view on the opposite is indeed magnificent, if you turn around, you can see just as interesting and just as beautiful landscapes as well.

Glencoe, Scotland

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Clencoe in Scotland is a manificent place, but it feels incredibly distant from what I’m usually used to. Vast, flowing clouds, close enough that sometimes they are just above your head, snow capped, steep (although not too large) mountains all around.

Lizard at La Palma

Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/6.3
Shutter speed
1/640 sec
Focal length (as set)
300.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

La Palma is full of these little fellows, curious, fast, beautiful. If you give them some pressed fruit bars, they come very close.

Content, bloat, privacy, archives

I spent a lot of time trying centralising my online activities, including adding bookmarks and imports from social networks. Lately my site looked bloated and unmaintainable. I started questioning what data is my data, what data should or could I own - it was time to rethink some ideas.

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