Last month, I blogged about urfkill, and what it's meant to be used for.br /br /The truth is, flight mode and proper killswitch (read: disabling radios on devices) handling is something that needs to happen on any device that deems itself mobile. As such, it's one thing we need to look into for Ubuntu Touch.br /br /I spent the last month or so working on improving urfkill.
pIn order to get closer to my goal of reducing my dependence on centralized
services, I decided to setup my own XMPP / Jabber server on a
a href=https://www.linode.com/?r=4f882417aa3809652b227d6d9c25b2a0472c6cffLinode VPS/a
running a href=http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/Debian wheezy/a.
a href=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_networkVirtual Private Network/a
is a good way to work-around
a href=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeolocationgeoIP/a restrictions but also to
protect your network traffic when travelling with your laptop and connecting
to untrusted networks./p
pWhile you might want to
a href=http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/things-that-work-well-with-tor/use Tor/a
for the part of your network activity where you prefer to be anonymous, a
VPN is a faster way to connect to sites that already know you./p
So I decided it was about time to update / reinstall my Samsung Chromebook (the ARM one...) to Trusty, or at least to use Saucy. Turns out it's not that simple.br /br /First, you need to know where to get the right stuff. I installed straight on the device, so chrUbuntu was the obvious choice. It's a pretty nice script that allows you to do just about anything necessary.br /br /1) Bring your Chromebook to developer mode.br /br /I'm not going to give the details. It's findable on the Internet, and unsafe enough that you should only do this if you know what you're doing...
Some of the fun parts of working at Canonical is how you get to work on so many different things.br /br /I've spent the last few days working on an implementation of the MTP protocol for Ubuntu Touch, based on some amazing initial work from Thomas Voß to port the Android MTP libraries to C++.br /br /I hadn't touched C++ in just about ten years.