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Martin Giger

Web developer, Euphonium player, travels by train

Living in Bern, CH


Web developer, Euphonium player, travels by train

Living in Bern, CH



  • Software Engineer


    Mail ClientDevelopment on various modules of the Thunderbird productivity suite

    - Now
  • Informatik-Entwicklung und Datenbankpflege historischer Dokumente

    Diplomatische Dokumente der SchweizFull stack web application development

  • Software Development Engineer

    Control4 Switzerland AGBern

    Smart Home automationArchitecture and development of middleware for Neeo remote control, DevOps

  • Programmer

    Engel & Völkers Frohnau-Köpenick GmbHRemote

    Real estate agencyFull-stack development of real estate platform

  • Landschaftspflege

    Verein GrünwerkVarious outdoor activities in groups for nature or landscape preservation

  • Web developer

    Inware AGZürich

    Web agencyCreating and adjusting sites based on proprietary CMS with e-commerce

  • ETH Zürich

    Computer ScienceBachelor (incomplete)

  • ETH Zürich

    Information Technology and Electronic EngineeringBachelor (incomplete)

  • Allrounder Technischer Dienst

    Alterszentrum BüelSupportive activities to the custodian

  • Intern software developer

    mcs Software AGBern

    CAM software development servicesGraphical vectorization tool of 2D blueprints for cost estimation

  • Gymnasium Bern-Neufeld

    Physics and Applied MathematicsMatura

  • Sekundarschule Riggisberg

  • Primarschule Mühlethurnen





  • Sunsetting Stream Notifier

    I have decided to halt any plans to maintain the extension and focus on other spare time open source projects instead. I should have probably made this decision about seven months ago, when Twitch integration broke, however this extension means a lot to me. It was my first browser extension that still exists and went …

  • Sustainable smart home with the TXT

    fischertechnik launched the smart home kit last year. A very good move on a conceptual level. Smart home and IoT (internet of things) are rapidly growing technology sectors. The unique placement of the TXT allows it to be a perfect introductory platform to this world. However, the smart home platform from fischertechnik relies on a …

  • Getting Help in Text Chat

    Developers like to help other developers. Many times via text chats like IRC, Slack, Gitter or Discord. This article is mainly aimed at developers asking for help. However it can also be applied to other situations, even if the concepts don’t fully apply. Now for the short overview for the very impatient, though especially those …

  • Showcase all your Twitch emotes

    Emotes are a very important feature of Twitch chat culture. Because of this, there aren’t just emotes you get from subscribing to broadcasters, but also extensions like BetterTTV and FrankerFaceZ that add more emotes to be used in Twitch chat. Many broadcasters have an image in their panels showing the emotes that are available for …

  • Definitive Bot Land Beta tier list

    Bot Land is a browser-based game that is still in development. You can learn more at I streamed creating this tier list. You can watch the VOD of it on YouTube: Attack/Offense Vanilla Lasers Pros Blind fire Cons Countered by reflect Not a good secondary weapon Attacking Any defense that doesn’t reflect they’re …

  • Browser Extensions should Work Together

    Most browser extensions do a thing. And they do that thing in their isolated little world. Many of them do their thing pretty well. Many of them are built to do many things. Many of them are built to do just one little thing. But only few of them talk to other extensions to do …

  • Democratizing our Twitter Account

    In early 2016 the Swiss Mozilla Community met up to discuss goals and community structure. During a discussion on the state of our Twitter account @MozillaCH I pitched the idea of having a tool to manage content like replies with contributors instead of just people with direct access to the account.

  • Code coverage reports for WebExtensions

    It’s been quite a while since I last posted on here, and interestingly about the same topic: code coverage analysis in Firefox extensions. And since then Firefox has gotten a completely new extension system. I’ve been really busy porting my extensions and not writing blog posts. The add-on SDK conveniently came with a test runner …

  • Checking Code Coverage of Add-on SDK Extensions

    Code coverage statistics are very useful. They tell you how much of your code never gets executed during the unit tests. So you always know what to write unit tests for, because 100% coverage doesn’t exist. And sometimes you can’t cover all code. That’s why normally you are happy, if the coverage is above a …

  • Testing Add-on SDK Extensions on Travis CI

    Recently Mozilla restricted access to, instead you can download nightlies from Sadly this broke existing methods to download Firefox nightly for automated unit tests on Travis CI. I’ve written a node module, that takes care of downloading nightly versions of Firefox desktop and Android.

  • @cookie @thunderbird in encrypted rooms you might have to get cross signing working correctly. Does it show that it failed to send the message or does it just never happen?

  • @cookie @thunderbird in the application settings under "Chat"

  • @cookie @thunderbird You can choose a chat theme separately though. But yeah, it's not a great experience out of the box, especially since changing the chat theme needs a restart.

  • @rumo @thunderbird

    Since there seems to be a valid matrix server at something must be going wrong while trying to contact it. Just to make sure, you're on the latest Beta 101.0b2?

    You can't change server information after the account has been created, correct.

    Account management is a bit clunky. To delete an account, click on "Einstellungen" (Settings) and when the account is selected in the tree on the left hand side, use the dropdown at the bottom to remove it.

  • @rumo @thunderbird I'm not sure I entirely understand what issue you're having. You filled in your username and homeserver, and it reports that it can't find the server?

    I'm not sure what you mean by verification by another client doesn't exist, you can verify your other sessions and they can verify you.

    Not sure what you mean by a "Thunderbird account", if you mean an account on the Mozilla Matrix homeserver, then no, any Matrix homeserver should work.

  • I have an account at the state to file my taxes online. They've now added support for a second factor to protect the login. Well, they always had a second factor, but so far it was only SMS. Now, like banks and insurance companies they have decided to build their own second factor system (because off the shelf standardized factors are obviously not good enough). And like some of their private sector counterparts they've fallen into the trap of trying to detect "rooted" Android devices.

  • Thank you CSS subgrids.

  • @morre sure, you can do much more phishing with DNS. But having accurate time is a critical system feature these days. Also, don't you love having devices that ping google just to know what time it is? So it's more of a stability and privacy issue than a trust issue. There's a reason many countries run their own time services.

  • Choosing a time server should be as big a deal as DNS.

  • @alecaddd that's been the sitsh for years now sadly.

  • @igwigg ist ja jedes jahr dasselbe. Wobei zumindest in meiner TL hier linearer TV Konsum allgemein nur selten gepostet wird bisher. Dafür weiss ich immer wenn Bandcamp Friday ist.

  • @igwigg yes, and if there's a group of three I know exactly what igwigg did anyway ;)

  • I've serviced my carbon capture setup.

    *my balcony chairs are now much closer to white again

  • What?!! Nvidia are stopping the Linux driver silliness? Surely there must be a catch...

  • @igwigg ah, the white/gray Impfbüechli. Good luck!

  • So they sent me an eBill for a return sum, so now the e-banking system is forever confused what to do with this bill.

  • I just figured out that there's also a mastodon account for this spec work:

  • Good thing about GitHub buying NPM: they added WebAuthn for GitHub parity... Maybe. Maybe they would've added it either way.