Breakthrough 2017

I participate in a contest and need your help. My start-up and me want to win the Breakthrough 2017 Award. With your vote, you can support us to win. You do not need to register and voting takes less than 30 seconds.

Just click on the voting link, scroll down und click “Crashtest Security Suite”. Thank you. Vote now!

[UPDATE 29.01.2017]: Thanks for your support! Last week, there was the award ceremony and we were part of the finalists. We did not win any prize, but nevertheless are very proud being part of the final round.

X1 Carbon with Wayland

Here, I described how I set up my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon. Unfortunately, Wayland breakes my Keyboard Configuration as xmodmap is deprecated. Following a post on Stackexchange, I managed to get my keyboard work propperly again. However the solution provided there did not work for me, so I changed the Neo keymap definitions directly.

I changed the behaviour in the way that Pos1 and End behave as Caps Lock again by updating the caps_switch definition within /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/level3:

// The CapsLock key (while pressed) chooses the third shift level.
partial modifier_keys
xkb_symbols "caps_switch" {
 key <CAPS> {
 symbols[Group1] = [ ISO_Level3_Shift ]
 key <END> {
 symbols[GROUP1] = [ ISO_Level3_Shift ]
 key <HOME> {
 symbols[GROUP1] = [ ISO_Level3_Shift ]
 include "level3(modifier_mapping)"

Download the full map file here: level3 (Remove the .txt suffix to use the file).

Creatives Unite!

There are wonderfull projects, that nobody can use… (Just have a look at GPG vor example.) What we have learned from smartphones and tablets is not that our parents can’t use tech. It is just not designed for them. If we just could give encryption, collaboration tools, open-data, … a face-lift, I believe good software will spread.

How will this work? Maybe if we all work a little bit together… Head over to Creatives Unite! Thanks at @SuddenGrey for the initiative.

X1 Carbon Setup

I just got my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Laptopt. There are some things, that bothered me during installation of my Arch Linux, that I want to keep here for archivation reasons. Might help somebody.

UEFI is not nice… At least I learnd a lot while setting everything up, and there was less manual work than expected. But there was some other manual work for my setup. This post is work in progress, as there might be some more stuff coming, that I encounter.

Neo Keyboard

I am still using the Neo keyboard layout. The caps lock key is used here, to go to layer 3 on the keyboard. Unfortunately the X1 does not have a caps lock key, but a Pos1 and End key at this position instead. The proposal I got in the #neo help channel was really worthy to think about (“am besten jemand verprügeln für dieses furchtbare tastaturlayout”), but I decided to solve the problem directly at my keyboard. I updated the and replace the entries of the keycodes 102 and 107 with AltGr to make those keys behave as they should for me. You can also download my edited one if you want.

Till now I weren’t able to set both keys in Gnome accordingly. To set Pos1 & End to act as caps lock create the file ~/.Xmodmap using the command:

xmodmap -pke > ~/.Xmodmap

Change the lines with the keycodes 110 and 115 and replace the Home/End with ISO_Level3_Shift. Also add the Shift for keycode 66, to make external (normal) keyboards work:

keycode  66 = ISO_Level3_Shift
keycode 110 = ISO_Level3_Shift NoSymbol Home NoSymbol Home
keycode 115 = ISO_Level3_Shift NoSymbol End NoSymbol End

Then run

xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap

to apply the new map file.


Touchpad is not yet propperly working. But this made it a bit better:


Set nautilus to always show the address bar. Switch on org>gnome>nautilus>preferences>always-use-location-entry in dconf-editor


Some problems with gdm not showing the desktop after powersafe-mode could be solved by creating the file /etc/modprobe.d/i915.conf and putting there:

options i915 enable_rc6=0