Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 & Privacy

A review of Xiaomi's Mi Smart Band 4 fitness tracker with special focus on Privacy implications

Written by: Kevin Grahl | Published: Thu, September 26th 2019 » 13min - 2.652 words

I'm a Data Hoarder so it comes naturally that I also like to collect my Health data, most importantly my sleep data and heart rate history. I've been tracking both for years using various Apps where for heart rate measuring you have to place your finger on your iPhones camera and flash to get a reading. For sleep tracking I've been using Sleep Cycle where you either place your iPhone on your mattress or grant microphone access and place it on your nightstand to measure how you sleep. As an iPhone user I've long wanted the Apple Watch for those and other tasks but I just can't justify spending that much for what essentially is just a fitness tracker to me. I never bothered looking up all those fitness trackers that have gained popularity in recent years. I was aware of things like Fitbit of course but never gave it a closer look. That was until a friend told me about Xiaomi's Mi Smart Band 4 that was just released. I found an offer for roughly 26€ (~US$29) including shipping and went for it. After waiting for it to make it's way to me from China for two and a half weeks it finally arrived and I had some time to give it a test.

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Added support for RSS 2.0!

Written by: Kevin Grahl | Published: Mon, September 16th 2019 » 1min - 281 words

You can now easily subscribe to updates to this blog via RSS. There are many things on my to-do list for this website but today I finally got to creating a RSS 2.0 feed so that interested readers can subscribe to updates with their favorite feed reader. It's in the top right corner in case you have not spotted it yet. I spent some time freshing up on the state of RSS feeds, it's been a while since I last maintained one myself, and I hope everything works like it should..

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I fucked up..

Written by: Kevin Grahl | Published: Wed, March 6th 2019 » 8min - 1.922 words

How I lost my domain and everything that goes with it like my mail server etc.. Yesterday was a perfectly normal day. I had a coffee in my hand and had just finished eating a bite. I was playing around with some part of my newly designed website when suddenly I received a notification from my uptime service telling me that my website was down. I switched from Sublime Text 3 over to my browser and hit refresh and they weren't lying, it really was down..

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Website Redesign 2019

Written by: Kevin Grahl | Published: Tue, February 19th 2019 » 8min - 1.922 words

I'm lazy when it comes to my own website. I rarely change design or function of something that works and we all know never to touch a system that's doing it's job. But I long felt like my website needed a redesign. After some server migration I didn't migrate my complete website and linked my domain to a construction notice for some months. Read the first sentence again if you want to know the reason behind that. But I finally found some motivation to..

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