Entries tagged email

Updating Owncloud News App with cron and Uberspace

Posted on 27. November 2013 Comments

Since it’s not possible to create a cronjob with the user the webserver is running under(as advised), I just created a cronjob with my user(crontab -e) and it works just fine.

[repat@uberspace]$ crontab -l
*/15 * * * * /package/host/localhost/php/bin/php -f /home/repat/html/owncloud/cron.php

The problem was the following: owncloud wouldn’t update my news and I didn’t think it was a cron problem, since I couldn’t update it manually(AJAX). Adding new feeds however did work. I still don’t get why manual updating doesn’t work , even with the Android app. Opening cron.php in the webbrowser didn’t work, although it did display {„status“:“success“}..turns out: it has to be called via CLI.

Unfortunately, I get an email every 15 minutes now… To disable that I added this above the cron entry:


Thanks to Raydiation and j-ed for helping me.

Droid-Break – high quality alternatives to proprietary Android apps

Posted on 23. Oktober 2013 Comments

After the NSA scandal 2013 the website prism-break.org got a little famous for recommending software, that would help keeping snooping intelligence services out of your private conversations. There are a couple of proprietary solutions, because there are just no alternatives but it’s mostly free and open source software(FOSS). While the disclaimer says „this site will not guarantee that 100% of your communications will be shielded against surveillance states“ it’s probably the best you can do. So that got me thinking and I created droid-break.info.

Prism-break.org lists a couple of Android apps, but only to security related issues such as encryption. Droid-Break is about FOSS apps in general because – as it turned out – for most of the apps we use everyday there is a good alternative FOSS solution. Most of the apps are in the F-Droid app store so you don’t have to rely on Google doing no evil.

The list includes the following categories: Browser, Social Networks, Messenger, VoIP, Audio/Podcasts, Video, Email, Notes, News Reader, File Manager, Navigation, Keyboards, Cloud, and a category for misc app that didn’t fit anywhere else.

If you have any suggestions, write a comment, an e-mail, tweet @repat123 or @droidbreak or fork the project on github.

Btw, it’s kindly hosted by neocities.org 🙂

MRBS: Show email address instead of username

Posted on 17. Oktober 2013 Comments

Oftentimes people use MRBS with an LDAP directory and the users have identifiers that don’t fit their real names. MRBS uses these identifiers publicly to show who reserved a room.

I see 2 problems here: if the MRBS website is public, attackers get valid usernames(although this is more obscuring than actually making it more secure), and in case users want to discuss the usage of meeting rooms, they don’t know who to talk to. In my opinion, the email address would be much more helpful.

So I had a look at the sourcecode(v. 1.8.4) and edited the following lines:

file: functions_view.inc
line: 149 ..

// This was the original code
// $tbody .= create_details_row(get_vocab("createdby"), $data['create_by'], $as_html, $class);
// This is what I made out of it
$mail = authLdapGetEmail($data['create_by']);
$tbody .= create_details_row(get_vocab("createdby"), $mail, $as_html, $class);