Google knows where you are by default

Even if you don’t use any Goolge services directly, Google will know a lot about you. For example when using the libre web browser Firefox from Mozilla. Let me quote from their site: “We’ve always designed Firefox to protect and respect your private information.”.

Geo location example

When using a location service, one get the message “Would you like to share your location with <website>?” when it should really say “Would you like to share your location with Google and <website>?”. This is stated if you “Learn more...”.

This may not supprise you, as Mozilla get 90 percent of its revenue from Google, and therefore use lots of Google services out of the box.

Mozilla started their own location service over a year ago with the goal to “Improve the privacy aspects of the geolocation service compared to the current market offerings.”, which is a good thing. It can be used by following this guide. My results has been varying.


Unfortunately Mozilla isn’t as open as they could be on this. They will not share their database. I recommend using OpenWLANMap instead, as they both are older than Mozilla Location Service and do share the database.

By installing this add-on you can transparently use OpenWLANMap in Firefox instead.

You can join in collecting data for both services by using Mozilla Stubmler app or OpenWLANMap app.

I’m not aware of any positioning for web browsers that works off-line, like one can on android using Nogapps.

Nogapps - A replacement for gapps

I recently discovered nogapps, and it’s working great! Here’s an intro and how to use it.


Cheap DIY babycam with night vision


When I did this project in 2012 babycams cost from NOK 2000 and up, so I decided to see if I could build one using a Raspberry Pi, an IR light and a very cheap webcam.

This will of course only be a level 0 night vision (active).


Car-logger - part 2


Read part one of Car-logger first, if you haven’t.


Google Hangouts - no one gets left out

... except for anyone on Firefox OS, WindowsPhone, Amazon devices, Sailfish OS and any other device without Google Play.



RadiOS part 1


In my opinion most radios, especially internet radios, have horrible interfaces. Small buttons, small displays, often touch, often several functions for each button.

So Erik and I set out to design a new, better radio for ourselves. Our main requirements were ease of use and a very physical UI. Something you’d want to touch and play with.


Car-logger - part 1


I want to know where my car is. Especially if it gets stolen. Logs would be a bonus. Also, I have several outdated Android phones, which has all necessary hardware.

  • I don’t want to use Google (latitude) or other service providers (embedded hardware).
  • I don’t want to pay, unless I have to.
  • If possible, I’d like it to do more (explained further down).


photOS 2.0 - a better photo frame


This is about improving photOS, mentioned in

When building this, price wasn’t a factor. If you want something cheap, you can still use this software with an old laptop or other recycled hardware.


photOS version 1.0 - a place for your phone to rest


A few years ago I wrote a collection of scripts for Debian/Ubuntu to make digital photo frames of outdated laptops. Lots of people have done this. What made photOS v.1 special was the idea that it was a place for your phone to rest. Meaning recharge, dump photos, and display photos on the big screen. All by just plugging in the power cable.


Brazil-like monitor


In the movie Brazil you can see small, mostly black/white, stripped down, CRT monitors. I’ve also seen a store having CRTs in transparent cases. Somehow I think this is a cool retro look, so I built my own. Primarily to display weather forcast by my door.

Remember CRTs uses thousands of volts, so one should keep fingers away.