Keyboards and Open-Source

Keyboards and Open-Source, how is that related? In my Keyboard Fun post from last year I talked a bit about my interest in mechanical keyboards. Since then, I played around with a few more keyboards/switches/keycaps/… Interesting enough, beside the actual hardware, naturally there is some software component to all these keyboards, too. Whereas most commercial keyboards still come with proprietary firmware, there is the trend within the keyboard enthusiast scene to go for open-source firmware.

Plasma & Kate on Wayland end of 2021

Wayland, the future after X11 Since years Wayland based compositors are promoted as the successors to the venerable X.org X11 display server. In the embedded space it seems Wayland already has made a lot of progress and some distributions start to use it per default, too. My experience of the past years I tried Wayland over the last few years multiple times, but I most often needed to go back to X11 due to random crashes/displaying issues/… (independent of the compositor, I tried a few).

Farewell Telegram - Hello Signal!

In the last few years I started to use Telegram as my main messenger, beside good old SMS/e-mail. I never used WhatsApp as I try to stay away from the Facebook/Meta/… ecosystem. Telegram seemed like a good choice as a lot of people I know are there and we e.g. mirror our KDE channels often to Telegram for better outreach, too. And all old messengers like ICQ more or less were abandoned by everybody I know including myself ;=)

Keyboard Fun

Keyboards? In the recent past, I started to get more interested in the quality of the keyboards I use at work and home. I always hated to use very cheap low-profile boards, but otherwise I more or less always worked with what came stock with my PC in the good old times ;) TKL boards A longer time ago I bought some Xtrfy K4 TKL White Edition keyboard, my first keyboard that had no numbers block.

BorgBackup - Continued

In my last BorgBackup post I described my new setup using BorgBackup for the backup of my private data. After two weeks of use, I have now first experiences on the way the incremental backups perform and some additional information how I apply this to backup a virtual FreeBSD server hosting some of my stuff. Incremental Backup Performance ;=) I must confess, I am positively impressed. As told before, my duplicity setup did have a very bad performance (even just in the locally to my NAS).


Backup is always something you under-appreciate until you need it. Therefore, since I lost a lot of my mails due to non-existing backups in the past, I tried to keep proper backups around the last decade. At least this allowed me to keep all my Kate related development mails intact since 2001 or so, not that bad ;=) My old way of doing backups: rsync & duplicity So far, I did my backup on my Unix machines by using rsync to a second host and duplicity to archive stuff on my old Synology NAS.