What should this blog post be about? In the past few years I took some snapshots of things making me wonder or milestones in my life I want to share… There are a lot more photos and I just picked a few who coming across my eye by random. So lets start with beer.
I am a big fan of beer and I like it with a harsh taste and I prefer it without any additional tastes. So it happened to be, that I came across those two strange beer abominations.
Sometimes I try to release my artistic self and do something beautiful or new.
I think the bunny is crazy… I have posted it already a few years back. I got tagged to draw a bunny and this is the result. Funfact: it is an mixture of GIR in his dog suit and a bunny (who wouldn't have guessed that?)
Geek Mode: activate
Those pictures are just a few moments of my life as a geek.
Have you ever tried flashing your BIOS? Yeah, I did once…! Btw, the laptop is now running with coreboot! Funfact: Booting into Linux in 4 seconds, after pressing the power button (to see XDM prompting for login).
The following two pictures are part of my master thesis. I tried to manipulate the firmware of hard drives using a serial console. Funfact: I only bricked one device. This was taken at the Federal Criminal Police Office. Thank you for showing me the capabilities of a PC-3000. (Do want!)
Well, where should I start? I will compress everything into a short post. I really got lazy in maintaining my blog and wiki.
Last year I completed my master of science in CS and published a paper at D·A·CH 2012
Zur Sicherheit von ATA-Festplattenpasswörtern Julian Knauer, Harald Baier In: DACH Security 2012, Spetember 2012.
The topic is one of the two major topics from my thesis about “Hard Drive Security”. It an analysis of the ATA Security features, and if it possible to break the password protection with homemade tools, and also in exploiting the firmware for personal uses.
I also found a really great company willing to hire me and now I work in computer forensics. For now it really is the job I was looking for. Lot of fun and really nice colleagues. It is so much fun, that I like to drive nearly a hour to get to my workplace in Mainz.
As finally life-time update I wanted to share. I moved to a new flat in Frankfurt/Main on 1st of march this year. It's a nice place, but I still have a lot of unpacking to do and I also need to buy a lot of new furnitures. My place is still a mess, a lot of boxes with my stuff in it. No internet (except of the surf stick, my employee provides me).
There is a lot more to all of it, but this is a summary of the most important stuff, almost.
I am a big fan of the TV series (no, I did not read the comic, but I think I would like it), and I loved the game released Telltale as long as it lasted. And that is the problem of the disappointment. Just look at the screenshot below… I played the game directly after buying and it only took 2 hours to complete. The game is designed to be released in episodes, guess what, each episode is meant to last around 2 hours of playing fun. So playing a game for 2 hours is not the root of my disappointment. The reason why I am upset is, that I still wait for the second episode to be released. I bought the game on April 29th, and today (June 14th) there is still no information from Telltale about the release of the game. That is stupid…
One of my newest projects is to support the G35 headset under Linux. The major problem woth Logitech hardware is the lack of Linux support. The first aim is to get the G-Buttons and Volume-Wheel working. To support the buttons the UINPUT device is used. The button events are translated into actual keys and send to the X server. A first version of the g35d is hosted at github.
In order test the functionality you need to grab the sources from:
After building the library and the daemon, the button functionality can be defined within the configuration file. The g35d comes with a example config file.
I do not know if it is possible to have ever the ability to use the 7.1 sound.