Category Archives: General

Stop firefox from changing your URLs automatically to https

As an admin I have to work with http and https sites quite often. Firefox started to put https in front of everything automatically and clearing the cache all the time is not what I wanted to continue. I found a quick workaround that avoids this issue. Open a new tab and enter about:config in the address bar and hit enter. Confirm the warning and the look for browser.urlbar.autoFill and disable it. With this set to false Firefox stopped that annoying behavior for me.


This page now also supports translations. I am going to try writing posts in English and German from now. Old pages won’t be translated unless somebody requests it.

How NOT to offer a product

Its quite common to offer freemium software with missing premium features but writing a paid product (without a free version at all) that targets to send personal data over a network and make users upgrade from the basic to pro version to at least have their private data encrypted is an absolute no-go in my opinion. I cut out the relevant part of the offer. Basic version is 29 and pro 39 USD.

Ubuntu Realtek ALC1150

I got a new mainboard with Realtek ALC1150 onboard sound. First I was thinking it doesn’t work, but it only was very silent. Here is how to fix this:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oem-audio-hda-daily-dkms
sudo reboot




I just installed a google translator plugin to this blog (see right) because I was asked to write translations for some posts. I think it is very redundant to write everything more than once. So I hope google translator is sufficient. So please don’t hang me if a translation is wrong/bad.

Best Regards,


I created my SSL certs with easy-rsa. But it seems most browsers have tightened their certificate checks so my self signed certificates and my authority haven’t been working the last days. But I can’t really say how long SSL was down. Chrome decided to ignore my old ca.crt and firefox displayed sec_error_inadequate_cert_type. So I had to recreate my ca.

As I found no good tooling to create a certificate authority I decided to write some scripts to do it manually and fully automated.

Now all my sites are available via SSL and if you install my ca.crt you won’t see errors for certificates signed by me anymore.

Openstreetmap Offline Map Data

I was looking for openstreetmap data of my country to import it into a local database. As only small areas can be exported over the exporter of the official web page I followed the hint to planet.osm which would contain data of the whole planet. After some reading I found where you can download map data for single continents or single countries. Quite nice and useful work!