Router / Access Points im Test

Ich hatte in den letzten Wochen die Gelegenheit, einige Router und Access Points hinsichtlich ihrer WLAN Performance zu testen. Darunter waren die FRITZ!Box 6490, die kürzlich erschienene FRITZ!Box 6590, das neue Google Wifi, den aktuellen Apple AirPort Extreme, sowie den reinen Access Point Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO. Alle Geräte unterstützen 802.11ac, die 6590 sogar mit 4 Antennen, das Google Wifi mit lediglich 2.

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SpaceX to send two humans around the moon

2018 will be a huge year for SpaceX. I’m very excited for this:

“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.”

Safari and App Nap

Safari is by far the most efficient browser for OS X. It is so efficient, it even suspends tabs you don’t look at. While this probably saves a lot of energy and CPU usage, it also causes a few problems.

For example, if you use Facebook or in your browser, you rely on the notification sound. When the tab is active, everything works well. If it’s inactive, you won’t get any notification sound, not until you open the tab.

Unfortunately it is not possible to deactivate App Nap specifically for Safari. You have to disable it system-wide:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES

Unitymedia sind die Kunden egal

Seit Anfang 2015 läuft auf meiner von Unitymedia gestellten FRITZ!Box 6490 die Firmware FRITZ!OS 6.24. Ich bin Business-Kunde und kann theoretisch den Bridge Modus verwenden, um eigene Switches bzw. Router zu nutzen. Einige schwerwiegende Bugs, die bis heute nicht behoben wurden, schmälern jedoch das Vergnügen.

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Self-driving cars within 5 years

“Google cofounder Sergey Brin said Google will have autonomous cars available for the general public within five years. “You can count on one hand the number of years it will take before ordinary people can experience this,” he said at the signing of SB 1298, which establishes safety and performance standards for cars operated by computers on California roads and highways.”CNET

German car makers should really get their shit together and identify Google as the winning company here. Germany doesn’t understand that data will be existential. They are still amateurs in that sector. Utterly disappointing.

“What Apple’s Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy”

Farhad Manjoo, writing for the New York Times:

“Mr. Cook is fond of arguing that “when an online service is free, you’re not the customer; you’re the product.” That view is simplistic because it overlooks the economic logic of these services, especially the idea that many of them would never work without a business model like advertising. Services like social networks and search engines get substantially better as more people use them — which means that the more they cost to users, the worse they are. They work best when they’re free, and the best way to make them free is to pay for them with another business that depends on scale — and advertising is among the best such businesses.”

Good article. I also recommend “Privacy vs. User Experience” by Dustin Curtis.