Resolving the battle for control over your DNS settings in Debian/Ubuntu

The Debian 8.0 “Jessie” network installer installs some packages that leaves you with broken domain name resolution in some situations. Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” also does some strange things out of the box. Both leaving Network Manager with a hard time controlling the systems’ DNS settings. Let us correct this by putting Network Manager back in control.

Updating the Intel graphics driver on Debian stable

The Debian GNU/Linux project recently migrated the Intel graphics drivers version 2.99.917 into their testing release channel. If you’re on the Debian stable release, you’re currently using the more‐than‐a‐year‐old 2.21.15 driver. The older driver does not support Intel’s most recent graphics cards and you’ll either have a non‐functioning graphics driver or serious performance problems. Luckily, you can easily upgrade the graphics driver running on Debian stable (currently “Jessie”) to the testing version (currently “Stretch”) and leave the rest of your system on Debian stable.

Book review: Firestar series

Mariesa van Huyten — or simply The Rich Lady — is obsessed with funding a private space program. She inherited most of an industrial empire from her late grandfather, fueling her obsession. Her motivation for funding the program is an all‐consuming fear of an asteroid impact event and how devastating that would be to human civilization. Mariesa has schemes and ideas comparable to those of our real‐world entrepreneur Elon Musk.

CyanogenMod’s one big advantage over stock Android

Privacy Guard is a feature in CyanogenMod that gives Android users back the control over app permissions and thus their privacy and device performance. Even though you love an app, you may not be as keen on it tracking your every move from the moment you turn on your phone.

Day Against DRM: Change the label on “Purchase” buttons

You aren’t really “buying” digital content like apps, movies, and games. The stores shouldn’t continue calling it “selling“ when costumers have no say in how they can use what they “buy.” I suggest making purchasing Digital Rights Managed (DRM) less appealing by changing the misleading “Buy” and “Purchase” buttons to something more accurate.