Protect those who serve

As we all well know, domain name is one’s primary identity in the modern Internet. It can be associated with your nickname, your real name, your trademark, your organization, your hobbies, your pets etc. And of course, one has to be serious about own domain names. However, I’m not going to discuss what I like and dislike about current worldwide DNS system today. I’m going to tell you about one thing that happened yesterday to the DNS registrar/provider I have been using for quite a long time…

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On attitude, part 3

Sometimes I ask myself: “What da heck is wrong with all these people?” When you try your best as a community leader, when you try to be the most tolerant and friendly to everyone, when you try spreading the knowledge corporations don’t want anyone to have, when you entrust most passionate and talented people with the right to speak on behalf of the whole society you founded, when you put the common above the private… then sometimes you get backstabbed from the ones you trusted the most. This makes you wonder whether the chosen org structure was correct in the first place. And not so long ago, I realized the full need to rethink my own approach to this when something unexpected happened when I finally managed to return to the game…

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Either Qual, or Comm

We already started living in quite a dystopian world. Think of it: almost everyone has a device with main CPU or at least baseband chipset produced by one of the following vendors: MediaTek, Qualcomm, Spreadtrum aka Unisoc (Tsinghua Unigroup which also now owns RDA Semiconductors), Huawei (which owns HiSilicon brand), Intel and - in especially lucky/retro cases - Infineon or Texas Instruments. Everything else is either so small-scale and/or obsolete that it doesn’t deserve attention. I deliberately left out Apple since their basebands are either based upon Qualcomm or - more recently - upon Intel, so they, as usual, have no own development in this area and can be excluded from the list.

So, in total, we now have 7 influential baseband vendors, 2 of which are already almost forgotten. Among the remaining 5, MediaTek and Unisoc rule in the low-budget area, Intel and Huawei control limited amount of brands, and almost every other flagship and mid-budget device, as well as most currently sold low-budget KaiOS devices, are operated under Qualcomm. Not to mention every CDMA1x-capable phone in the world, excluding some recent Huaweis. Effectively making the ones who understands and exploits Qualcomm radiomodules the masters of the current world order.

Can we come a bit closer to this mastery? I genuinely don’t know but we certainly can try…

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8110 pwned once again but this is just the sTARt

This day is a landmark I’ve been looking forward to since buying both my Nokias 8110 4G from our local online store. No, I still don’t have the Firehose loader/programmer binary with a correct signature but I’ve discovered something no less wonderful instead. And I got lucky that I managed to do that before my 6-week business trip to another edge of the Earth, which just happens to be scheduled for the coming weekend, because 8110 is not so usable there.

But let’s get straight to the core of things…

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On attitude, part 2

Before I continue with anything in this blog, let me make something perfectly clear…

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Plumbers don't wear ties, or A phantom menace in common things

You know, I decided to take a break from the #hacktheone effort. Despite its apparent simplicity, it’s actually very time-consuming and nerve-draining. I’ll definitely return to it someday. But as of now, I focused on a much more fundamental thing affecting every mobile user…

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Just wow

You can’t get bored with Nokias. That’s what I know for sure now. Because after all seemingly successful steps, the strategy suddenly has to be completely redefined once again…

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Okay, Nokia, boot me up!

So, after all the preparations in the previous part, we can actually look at the partitions. Well, not quite outright…

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Another approach

As you already know, the previous part was a complete failure. And there are not that many attack vectors left, actually. And we still have an unlocked bootloader. However, it seems like the project goals have to be redefined. By the way…

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How deep the rabbit hole is

As Linus Torvalds rightly said in LKML,

Theory and practice sometimes clash. And when that happens, theory loses.
Every single time.

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Starting point for Nokia 1

As promised, I’m starting the “Hack The One” cycle. And the first chapter consists of the analysis of what people already have found out about its internals.

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On being realistic

You can’t surround yourself with illusions all the time. Someday, you have to face reality. And do you know what the current reality is? You can find Nokia 216 in every store, you can find Nokia 1 in most stores, but you can find Nokia 8110 4G absolutely nowhere.

As I already said, I’m not a whiner type but since I started this blog I want to write the information that can be not only shared and spread out, but also practically used. And we can’t deny the fact that while Chinese MTK-based OEMs are different for every country, MTK-based Nokias are pretty much the same across the world. This is the advantage I’m going to leverage to the full extent.

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On attitude

Last day, “amazing” news had struck me once again. A new app emerged in official KaiStore.

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Requiem for a platform

I got Nokia 216 recently. Just for experiments. Very nice phone, very durable and fast. And since it’s based on MT6260 (and not the later cut-off MT6260A and MT6261), it even supports J2ME.

Well, J2ME (don’t tell me it’s called JavaME, it will always remain J2ME for me) is quite slow there but it’s fully supported. The real problem is… Development tools aren’t.

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Forgotten values

Did you know about CHIP-8 architecture?

No? Really?

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Long live Chinese OEMs, or Why idealism fails

As you might have already guessed, I’m a Nokia fan. Not from the ones crying “Nokia is dead!” (same thing happens to self-proclaimed Star Wars fans - in reality, a bunch of stupid lifeless nerds crying “Star Wars is dead!”). As a real fan, I believe Nokia and Star Wars are more alive than ever. And I really appreciate Nokia 8.1 and “The Last Jedi” just as much as Nokia 5110 and “A New Hope”. I like them all, why should I hide this and listen to oldfag snobs with their eternal “before was better” mantra?

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Supply and demand

Before I start getting technical, I want to explain something a bit. This blog is not going to be about GerdaOS development. At all. However, there’s something I need to address right away about it.

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This is how it starts

There’s no easy way to start so I’ll just start. I ditched the idea of a personal blog (or any journal of sorts) quite a long time ago. Each and every attempt to restore it failed. In 2018, I even tried to make a private audioblog via my new Olympus voice recorder. Eventually I stopped this. I just didn’t feel like this. Besides, I always preferred (and still do) doing things instead of talking about them. So, the same fate probably awaits this blog - who knows. But this time, I got some real motivation to at least begin this.

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