How to create an UEFI-bootable Windows 7 stick from Linux.

In case you rely on Windows-only software or want to play a game that isn’t on Linux yet, you might want to keep Windows 7 on a second partition. Although I didn’t use it for months, I still keep one around just in case. Unfortunately, it’s not really straightforward to create a UEFI bootable USB installation disk without using Windows. For some strange reason we can’t just dd the ISO image to a USB disk. Instead, we need to use the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool which - incidentally - only runs on Windows. However, there’s also a way to do...…

Smartcard authentification in Chromium

My university’s website for exam enrollment needs smardcard authentification, but only contains instructions how to use it with Mozilla Firefox. If you prefer Chrome/Chromium over Firefox and don’t want to keep a Firefox installation around, you can do so - here are the instructions. OT: The Ruhr-University of Bochum (RUB) uses two different systems for exam enrollment, VSPL and FlexNow. The reason for using two different, incompatible systems surpasses my understanding. I was very happy that my faculty uses FlexNow, which is browser-based, rather than VSPL, which only works via a proprietary, Windows-only client (even though the download page for...…

ODROID-C1 issues finally fixed.

When I decided to replace my beloved Raspberry Pi media center with something more powerful, I didn’t expect so many issues. I purchased Hardkernel’s ODROID-C1 and was rather excited. The Kodi Entertainment Center worked much smoother than before (especially since I compiled it to use the Framebuffer instead of X11). I’m even able to play a lot of retro games (not all though) at full speed via emulators for Sony Playstation, Sega Genesis, Dreamcast and Nintendo’s SNES, NES and N64 consoles. …

Working around UEFI madness on a HP ProBook 6465b

It’s past 6 o’clock in the morning and - while writing this blog post - I’m wondering why manufacturers seem unable to implement stuff properly. If I had known what pain UEFI would cause me, I would have sticked to my good ol’ BIOS boot setup. But first things first: Since I wanted to play some games with my friends, I decided to boot the fallow Windows 7 partition that I had set up for this very purpose. I’m using ArchLinux almost exclusively, thus I never booted that partition after installation. So Windows was booting… All of a sudden, the...…

ODROID-C1 post-installation tips

Some weeks ago I decided you replace my old and rusty Raspberry Pi (serving as a media center) with something faster (and less likely to suddenly lose ethernet connection). I stumbled over the dirt-cheap ODROID-C1, which outruns the Raspberry Pi (and even the brand-new Raspberry Pi 2) thanks to its Amlogic S805 ARM Quad Core Cortex™-A5 processor and Dual Core Mali-450 GPU. And it’s also supported by ArchLinuxARM. …

Adblock on your router

A lot of people already use Adblockers in their desktop browser, but what if you’re using your phone, tablet or an alternative browser? Getting rid of annoying ads is simple: Block them with your router. The idea is simple: when the DNS server on your router receives queries, we’ll sort out queries that ask for the A Resource Records of ad servers and return 127.0.0.1 instead of the ad server’s IP address. There are loads of scripts out there to accomplish something like that. IMHO, some are too complex (like changing the FORWARD chain in iptables), some do stuff I...…