Remote White Noise

One young-child-parenting trick that has worked well for us is white noise. It might be because it emulates in-the-womb-noises, drowns out other noises, or gives baby something to fixate on - but it often does a great job of calming him to sleep. Nearly a year old now, he thankfully doesn’t usually need it for night sleeps, but it’s helpful for a “cranky-because-tired” nap or getting him to sleep for another half-hour when he decides to wake up very early....

May 21, 2022 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky

Preloading disk encryption keys

How to enter passphrases BEFORE rebooting your server

January 26, 2022 · 5 min · Ohad Lutzky

Newborn parenting software - part 3

Transitioning PooButtons to a microcontroller

October 10, 2021 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky

Newborn parenting software - part 2

Logging diapers with satisfying clicks

October 5, 2021 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky

Newborn parenting software - part 1

Choosing and hacking on baby tracking apps

October 3, 2021 · 6 min · Ohad Lutzky

Egged Getter 0.1

The Egged Getter has been lost in the mists of time. However, it’s code has largely been integrated into TransportDroidIL. An old version of the Python code has been pasted at the end of this post. Here’s a little something I’ve been messing with: A simple fetcher script for the Egged (Israeli bus company) site. I’ve made a deskbar applet which uses it, which was fun to do :) (I’m looking for other cool ideas to implement as deskbar applets)...

February 1, 2008 · 3 min · Ohad Lutzky

Two reasons Apple suck

First of all, new iPods won’t work on Linux. Now, while it’s very obvious that the idea is to block competition against other music vendors, that makes it even less legitimate. Good thing we’re starting to see some very nice cheap players out there - I’ve been rather impressed with the Meizu M6 MiniPlayer. Secondly, they didn’t think of this: Indexed search within the “Open” dialog. It’s in Ubuntu Gutsy, and really makes desktop search (implemented with Tracker in gutsy) worthwhile....

September 16, 2007 · 1 min · Ohad Lutzky

Myspace sucks

Life is good, for the most part. And as a technology enthusiast, there are many new and cool things to see online. For example, there’s the new Schools site, part of the Vaya project which helps Israeli schools use Linux; this site uses the up-and-coming Lahak CMS, built on the Django framework, and looks very promising to the eyes of the bidi-lingual webmaster. However, some things just plain suck. One of them is myspace; today, in an attempt to make it more legible, I found that My Band’s Page implements all of its styling changes by a “style” tag hidden within the “Members” text block....

May 17, 2007 · 2 min · Ohad Lutzky

Beautiful ideas

This man has some beautiful design ideas for the Linux desktop.

February 8, 2007 · 1 min · Ohad Lutzky

Why Vista worries me

I’ve heard the latest Security Now, regarding the debate between Dave Marsh and Peter Guttman on DRM in Windows Vista. While a few good points were made, the major one - in my opinion - was not. DRM, in a practical sense, is deeply flawed: The idea is to give you your media - say, a WMA piece of music - and a program to play it with - say, Windows Media Player - but encrypt the media....

February 7, 2007 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky