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Here you find news about our activities, events in which we participate, and things we find interesting around the web, and the industry.

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Our New Email Setup

In the previous post of this little email series, I have been bragging about configurability, and the associated learning curve. A prime example are Emacs and its Org mode, both of which I use. At the outset, when I start using a new tool, I am tempted to search the Interwebs for insight how power users make use of it. If you search for Emacs and Org mode setups, you will be swamped. Github bursts with “my emacs config” repositories, and Org mode is second to that by a small margin only. Hence, this description takes a “guided tour” approach, leaving room for your own considerations and choices of how to use email.


Why We Need to Rethink Email, and How

We all know, email can be a pain. And – let’s be honest – more often than not, it is a pain; big time. I am not talking about the sheer volume, although that would warrant a series of posts of its own. The aspect I’d like to focus on in this post, is how email clients have grown convoluted over time, how this has shaped our mental model of email, and how it is hampering our productivity. Effectively, it seems to me as if we were caught in the 1990s when it comes to email. Not only in terms of productivity, but also in terms of security, as the scam (also see my previous post) has shown.


The Efail Scam: What You Should Do as a User of Apple’s

June 4th, 2018 by
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You have probably heard of the recent hype about OpenPGP/GnuPG/etc. and S/MIME having been compromised. Actually, that’s not true. What has been discovered, is that the ways that many email apps make use of OpenPGP and S/MIME are vulnerable to exploits. Make no mistake: the OpenPGP and S/MIME encryption schemes and tools themselves are still safe to use. It’s the mail clients that are to blame.  Here is what you can do to minimise your attack surface as a user of Apple’s


We’re Speaking at EBU Forecast 2017

We are excited to announce that Alexander Adolf will be speaking at the EBU Forecast 2017 conference. His talk will explain what the incentives for cable operators are to look at IP distribution, and what still keeps them away from it. Check out the conference programme, and be sure to register in case you haven’t just yet. It’s a worthwhile invest if you are in the broadcast industry and are interested in the latest technology trends and developments.

Looking forward to seeing you in Geneva!

New White Paper on TV Digitalisation in India

We are happy to announce that our latest white paper is now available for download . Condition-ALPHA’s Alexander Adolf takes a look at the e-waste impact of TV digitalisation in India. With 60 million TV homes converted, and another 60 million to go, any choice of direction India will be taking will have a huge impact on how many TV sets and set-top boxes will become obsolete as the digital TV market matures. All those discarded devices, will hit an e-waste recycling sector in India which ist far from prepared to accept anything near these quantities. It will hence be crucial to minimise the amount e-waste resulting from TM digitalisation that ends up in landfills or in the informal recycling sector. Get the white paper from our publications page (scroll all the way to the bottom, or use the “white papers” link at the top left).