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Postings for June 2024:  (50 posts)
Sat, 22 Jun 2024 02:24:02 UTC

?Wise? money transfers

Posted By Greg Lehey

I had to transfer a small amount of money to Germany today. ?Wise?, the vaguely named financial service, seems the cheapest. But once again they did everything to annoy me. To complete the transaction, I first needed to install their app on my phone, with all its attendant security implications. And then they used it for ?security? verification: So to perform an action on the phone, they send me a ?security number? to the phone, requiring me to jump between two apps. After the event it occurred to me that this was a perfect application for AirDroid.

Sat, 22 Jun 2024 02:21:00 UTC

albo: complete?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Some minor playing around with my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. It's not the way I want it?it is Android, after all?and it's not even the same as hirse, my old phone. But it will have to do. I don't know whether it's just the increased attention to the phone, or something else, but it seems that there are far more advertisements than on hirse. I came across this page, which gave me some suggestions that might work.

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 02:18:45 UTC

Emergency location!

Posted By Greg Lehey

One of my favourite gripes with Android phones is how difficult it is to find where they are. That's particularly silly in case of emergency. But now, scarcely more than 15 years after the introduction, it seems that somebody has done something about it: How does it work? Do I want to know? For no good reason it appears to be limited to emergency numbers (112, 000).

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 01:34:37 UTC

More albo fun

Posted By Greg Lehey

So gradually albo.lemis.com is working roughly the way I want it, or as close as you could expect from an Android device. As Austin predicted, the irritating ?this phone will not work after August 31? message is now gone. Tried once again to get something useful from ?WiFi File Transfer?. Now it can see the device IP address (awesome!) , but it can't see itself. Start another app and it no longer shows in the list of active apps, and it hides itself by calling itself ?FTP File Transfer?. If I try to restart it, it just notes that its ?HTTP Port?

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 01:42:56 UTC

Redmi Note 13 camera

Posted By Greg Lehey

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 boasts a 108 MP camera! That's more than any of my real cameras, even in Hi-Res mode. How good is it? While playing in the lounge room, took this forgettable picture, along with a natural-sized crop: It's not bad under the circumstances, but the most interesting part is the resolution: 12 MP. How do I get 108 MP? Do I get 108 MP? Do I care?

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 01:26:05 UTC

More app pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Another app that didn't get transferred to my new phone was ?WiFi File Transfer?. Why not? It's gone! Well, there's another with the same name. It's marvellous! Transfer files and folders from phone's storage media to other platforms such as PC is an awesome feat. Just wifi, not needed a cable. What are we coming to when a simple file transfer is ?awesome?? And this sentence no verb? OK, install that. Not what I expected: And somehow it managed to install without providing an icon.

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 00:48:45 UTC

More fun with albo

Posted By Greg Lehey

More playing around today with my albo.lemis.com, my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. It proved that the Mendhak GPS logger was not logging. Why? It seems that the configuration was copied, but the write permissions weren't. And then there's this irritating message ?At the end of August, it's likely that this phone will not be able to make calls?. That's from the old phone, but the SIM is now in the new phone. I had called ALDIMobile support yesterday (2435 from subscribing phones), and Vince had told me that he would raise a ticket to have the message cleared. But today it was still there, and it's irritating.

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 02:05:20 UTC

Google pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Somehow Yvonne managed to get herself locked out of her Google account today. How do we get it back? Send a code to her mobile phone. Where's her phone? Out in the paddocks: Out to take a look, calling from my phone in the process. Nothing. Is it really there? Or maybe in the stables? Back into the office. ping fossil. Normal ping responses. That's not possible that far from the access points. Tried again. It was in Yvonne's office! And that in plain view.

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 01:49:56 UTC

More fun with albo

Posted By Greg Lehey

Spent a lot of time playing around with albo.lemis.com, my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. Copying things from hirse was only partial: yes, it seems that most apps got installed, and some of them also retained the configuration information. But only some of them; others required reconfiguration. One of the apps that I knew I would have to install myself was the Mendhak GPS logger, which also require installing F-Droid. That was strange: F-Droid spent a considerable amount of time building up a repository, not saying that it hadn't completed, and until it was, I couldn't find the GPS logger. But when it was installed, it included all its configuration information!

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:30:00 UTC

Introducing Distill CLI: An efficient, Rust-powered tool for media summarization

Posted By Werner Vogels

After a few code reviews from Rustaceans at Amazon and a bit of polishing, I'm ready to share the Distill CLI. An open-source tool written in Rust for summarizing meetings and other media that uses AWS services, such as S3, Transcribe, and Bedrock.

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 01:40:08 UTC

New mobile phone

Posted By Greg Lehey

The real reason for today's journey was to pick up my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 13. Back home with it and set it up with relatively little difficulty, though it took quite a while. First observation: it was cheaper because it was white (and thus the name albo.lemis.com). But the protective cover is opaque and anthracite black. Only a little bit round the lenses shows the natural colour. And though it copied a lot of stuff across, it didn't copy everything. A number of apps weren't copied, and random things like my ring time didn't make it either. And the home screen is a complete mess.

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 19:00:00 UTC

Epsilon Love

Posted By Tim Bray

Quamina was for a time my favorite among all my software contributions. But then it stalled after I shipped 1.0 in January of 2023. First of all, I got busy with the expert witness for Uncle Sam gig and second, there was a horrible problem in there that I couldn?t fix. Except for now I have! And I haven?t done much codeblogging recently. So, here are notes on nondeterministic finite automata, epsilon transitions, Ken Thompson, Golang generics, and prettyprinting. If some subset of those things interests you, you?ll probably like this. (Warning: if you?ve already had your hands on the theory and practice of finite automata, this may all be old hat.)

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 04:26:22 UTC

My 2004 Microsoft DRM Talk

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week on my podcast, I read my Microsoft DRM talk, first delivered 20 years and one day ago in Redmond, Washington. It was a viral hit in the nascent blogosphere and became a defining document in the fight against DRM. Greetings fellow pirates! Arrrrr! I’m here today to talk to you about copyright, technology... more

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 02:42:31 UTC

More hydra pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Somehow the change of the network configuration on hydra has caused problems for VirtualBox. I had a lot of trouble connecting to my Microsoft VMs. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, and on a couple of occasions I ended up with rdesktop killing the session, apparently because I had started two, and the one left out in the cold gave up and somehow terminated the session. In addition, there are issues with the audio, background noise that seem to be related to what the CPUs are doing. They're particularly evident when the Microsoft VMs are working. I've had hydra for nearly 9 months now.

Sun, 16 Jun 2024 00:38:14 UTC

Relocating video files

Posted By Greg Lehey

tiwi, my TV computer, is continually running out of space. Currently I have three disks connected, with 8 TB, 6 TB and 4 TB. There's still space available, but the biggest consumers are films (166 GB) and series (6.4 TB). Clearly the series alone are almost enough to fill the first disk. I can put the others elsewhere, notably on the third disk (/VB3) which has only about 1 TB. But how do I maintain the illusion of a single file system? VB3 is mounted on hydra, and I access it via NFS. Deep links! === grog@tiwi (/dev/pts/13) /spool/Series 16 -> df Filesystem              1048576-blocks      Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on /dev/ada0p4                  7,567,870 7,459,980  32,211   100%    /spool hydra:/VB3                   3,815,019 3,696,084  80,784    98%   ...

Sun, 16 Jun 2024 00:37:58 UTC

Another hydra crash

Posted By Greg Lehey

Lots of photos to process today: not just the lens comparisons, but the weekly house photos. And once again hydra hung while processing them with the Microsoft VM. Only this time no watchdog timeout occurred, and I had to reboot it. OK, another chance to try the net/realtek-re-kmod driver. Two months ago it failed to load, probably because the machine is up and running. Today I tried it in single-user mode, and it worked. But the on-board interface came up as re1, requiring some reconfiguration. And then my virtual machines didn't work! It proved that they, too, were looking for re0.

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 19:00:00 UTC

Wikipedia Pain

Posted By Tim Bray

There are voices???some loud and well-respected???who argue that Wikipedia is deeply flawed, a hellscape of psychotic editors and contempt for expertise. I mostly disagree, but those voices deserve, at least, to be heard. [Note: There?s a companion blog post, Sex Edit War!, about my own experience in a Wikipedia Edit War. (I won! It was fun!) I hope it?ll make some of this narrative more concrete.] Background If you look at this post?s Reference Publishing topic, you?ll see a lot of Wikipedia-related material. I was one of its early defenders against the early-days waves of attackers who compared it to a public toilet and its editors to the Khmer Rouge.

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 19:00:00 UTC

Sex Edit War!

Posted By Tim Bray

In January 2010 I drove twenty-five minutes across Vancouver to the University of British Columbia?s main library, with the goal of crushing an opponent in a Wikipedia edit war. The battleground was the entry on T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia). I won that war. As a consequence, I consider myself the world?s leading living expert on Lawrence?s sexuality. [Note: This is posted alongside Wikipedia Pain, which is about the issues of truth and expertise in Wikipedia editing, in an effort to share what the process feels like from the inside.]

Sat, 15 Jun 2024 05:51:11 UTC

Special offer on mobile phones

Posted By Greg Lehey

Seen on hirse (my current mobile phone, soon to be retired): ?Here's your chance to get this item at a great price!? What's wrong with this advertisement? It's from the seller who sold me exactly this phone. Why should I want another one? And why hasn't he sent the one I bought? And why should I pay over $40 more for this ?special offer? than I paid for the one I bought? And why the option of paying either $450.65 or ?Approx.?

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 03:34:25 UTC

Quora: regurgitating?

Posted By Greg Lehey

It's pretty clear that Quora is on its last legs, and it has been for some time. Recently I have been receiving upvotes for old replies, notably ?Should I buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or the EM1??, which I answered in November 2016. Why am I getting upvotes now? My guess is that Quora picked the reply out of a hat and presented it to numerous people. Until last week I had had one upvote; now it's 14.

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 02:11:54 UTC

Google: You have violated our policy

Posted By Greg Lehey

Sent a message about the Tapiola panoramas to the Hugin mailing list today. The response was swift and unexpected: We're letting you know that we've permanently removed the content at https://groups.google.com/d/msg/hugin-ptx/6cIfYhbkz74/yG2lQnBmBgAJ Why did this happen? An external report flagged the content for illegal content or policy violations. As a result, our legal content and policy standards team removed the content for the following reason: unwanted content. Learn more You can learn more about our content policies and enforcement at our help center.

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 01:58:10 UTC

Installing another air conditioner

Posted By Greg Lehey

Nathan Barnes and his apprentice Justin along this morning at 8:00 to install a Mitsubishi MSZ-AP-60VG2 air conditioner. As if the early hour wasn't bad enough, the remote controlled front gate had got jammed, not for the first time, and I had to go out into the freezing cold and dark with only a dressing gown to un-jam it. They got stuck into it pretty quickly. About the only issue was that we had to briefly take house power down, so nearly all the computers had to be powered down. Once again lagoon survived on the UPS, but the other machines didn't have one.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 00:57:19 UTC

Understanding infrared thermometers

Posted By Greg Lehey

Found yet another old infrared thermometer in my office today. Put in some batteries and tried it out. It worked, sort of, but showed completely random temperatures up to 10° apart. I recall problems with it 7 years ago, and at the time I thought it was due to moisture. But clearly there's more to the accuracy of infrared thermometers than meets the eye.

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 00:42:54 UTC

More teevee progress

Posted By Greg Lehey

The only thing missing with teevee was the display card, and I put that in the ?too hard? basket on Sunday. Today I got round to doing it. Yes, connect it to the monitor via HDMI and it comes up normally, without the dead display issues that I have had so often on tiwi. Starting X was a different matter, of course. I need drivers, and that's the usual horror with the Nvidia site. But now we have artificial intelligence. What does Gemini say? Once again something helpful: install the nvidia-driver-470 package. And yes, that worked! Gemini seems to be more and more useful, though I'm sure I'll soon run into limitations.

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:57:14 UTC

Hugin fail

Posted By Greg Lehey

I was really unhappy with yesterday's results with Jari Kirma's panorama. Spent some more time looking at it today. There are 30 component images, and they have an exposure range of EV 11.4 to 9.8 (at 15/12.8° ISO!) , which seems to be appropriate. Here the unretouched first and last image: DxO PhotoLab has no trouble with the images. Here the thumbnails: But Hugin makes a complete mess of the exposures: Things were so bad that the out-of-box Hugin wasn't even able to align the images.

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:44:32 UTC

A new mobile phone

Posted By Greg Lehey

After considerable investigation, I have decided on a new mobile phone, a Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 with 5G coverage to maximize its useful life, though the 5G versions cost significantly more . Why that one? Fatigue, mostly. There are so many phones to choose from, and there's little to distinguish them. This one was one of the relatively few on sale from JB Hi-Fi at a price that I was prepared to pay ($479, discounted from $549). Why JB Hi-Fi? They're the only shop in town, they have relatively few models, and they have presumably chosen the most usable models. And a comparison with my current phone shows it to be better in all respects.

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 03:38:45 UTC

hydra: Watchdog timeouts

Posted By Greg Lehey

Seen after some work with despise, the Microsoft VM running on hydra: Jun  8 09:00:16 hydra kernel: re0: watchdog timeout Jun  8 09:00:16 hydra syslogd: sendto: No route to host Jun  8 09:00:16 hydra kernel: re0: link state changed to DOWN Jun  8 09:00:16 hydra syslogd: sendto: No route to host Jun  8 09:00:21 hydra kernel: re0: link state changed to UP That's presumably associated with the hangs that I have been seeing.

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 02:45:26 UTC

Hugin loses to one-liner

Posted By Greg Lehey

Jari Kirma is playing with panorama software. Problem: Hugin doesn't run on his Apple machine. So he wrote what he claims is a one-liner in Mathematica that creates panoramas. The result isn't too bad: How much better could Hugin do? I asked him for the component images and stitched them. Oh: Even ?Perfectly Clear? didn't help much: What went wrong there?

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 02:44:45 UTC

Understanding Bluetooth

Posted By Greg Lehey

While reading through old diary entries, came across this article, which includes information about using my Bluetooth headphones. I had recently tried to use them, but I couldn't get them to pair, and I had assumed that they were defective. But no, not really, just Bluetooth. Tried the instructions there, and they worked. How I hate Bluetooth! If something goes wrong, there's almost no way to diagnose the problem. Time for a HOWTO page.

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 01:58:36 UTC

teevee progress

Posted By Greg Lehey

Next step with teevee: put the disk in the spare machine on top of hydra. That was a non-starter, literally: it didn't make it through the power-on self test. I recall a machine being defective, and that must be the one. But it had 32 GB of memory in it, so I took half and increased the other machine to 22 GB, which should be more than enough. The other 16 GB can go into the new lagoon. Then upgraded teevee from FreeBSD 13.1-STABLE to 14.1-STABLE, which went surprisingly smoothly once I found enough space for /usr/obj: it now takes up nearly 17 GB!

Sun, 09 Jun 2024 01:44:09 UTC

A new display card?

Posted By Greg Lehey

tiwi.lemis.com, my current TV driver computer, has a display card with an nvidia GeForce GT 730 chip set. I get the feeling that it's sometimes not fast enough. What do I buy? How much do I want to pay? The sky's the limit. I have a number of other nVidia cards lying around, two of them with the necessary HDMI output. One is a GeForce GT 210, the other a GeForce GT 710, both weaker. But I'm replacing the machine with a more powerful one. Would they work well enough? And then there's one in distress, a Microsoft box. What is it?

Sun, 09 Jun 2024 00:55:37 UTC

Relying on digital devices

Posted By Greg Lehey

How accurate are digital devices, in this case thermometers? I asked myself that question when I used the Dallas 1820 twenty years ago. I came to the conclusion that the inaccuracies were negligible in comparison with random temperature fluctuations in the object I was messing. And I've stayed of that opinion, though I admit to not wanting to challenge it. Lately I've been measuring temperatures frequently to adjust the electric heaters we're using. And yes, there have been significant differences between the fixed displays and the infrared thermometer that I carry around with me. But then, the fixed thermometers have significant hysteresis, so I accepted that.

Sun, 09 Jun 2024 00:51:32 UTC

dereel upgrade, completed

Posted By Greg Lehey

Brought dereel up to date today. It's a much slower machine than hydra, and the build took nearly 4 hours. Somehow clang is an exercise in navel contemplation: it seems to take longer than the rest of the build together. Next is to revive tiwi as teevee and bring it up to the latest stable release. Mañana.

Sat, 08 Jun 2024 02:33:32 UTC

More system upgrades

Posted By Greg Lehey

An interesting thing about solid-state disks is that, though they're generally more expensive than rotating disks, that doesn't apply to smaller sizes. There seems to be a lower price limit for old-style disks, round about $70, but ?small? SSDs can be much cheaper. Last week I bought 4 128 GB disks for $19.31 each, including postage. My intention is to use them as system disks for machines like tiwi (which currently has 17 TB of spinning disks) and lagoon (again with considerable image data on line). Don't I have enough to do to finally complete the migration to hydra? Yes, of course I do.

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 17:41:46 UTC

Podcast: Interview with Software Engineering Daily

Posted By Herb Sutter

Also in April, I was interviewed by Jordi Mon Companys for Software Engineering Daily, and that interview was just published on the SE Daily podcast. Here is a copy of the page’s additional details, including a transcript link at bottom. The U.S. government recently released a report calling on the technical community to proactively reduce … Continue reading Podcast: Interview with Software Engineering Daily →

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 02:10:15 UTC

Another power fail

Posted By Greg Lehey

On the way home, got a frantic call from Yvonne: she had plugged an electric heater into one of the power strips on the desk in her office, despite my warnings to only use the wall outlets: they were connected to the UPS for her computer, lagoon, rated at 350 W. Bang! Goodbye to the last system that didn't go down on Tuesday. But the worst thing about it was that, even after she disconnected the heater, the power didn't come back, and the UPS screamed continuously. Nothing for it, she had to wait until I got home, 20 minutes later.

Fri, 07 Jun 2024 01:40:44 UTC

Google Maps pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Coming home was a pain. In principle I know the way, but I let Google Maps guide me anyway, though the instructions are a bit vague round the south of Ballarat. Going down the extension of Humffray Street I saw warnings of road works up ahead, so I turned towards Barkly Street. But Google Maps wanted to take me in the wrong direction! Finally got to the end and found significant road works that encompassed Barkly Street too. After waiting for ever for the traffic lights and not getting through when they did turn green, turned off for another alternative. Oh.

Wed, 05 Jun 2024 04:46:43 UTC

RIP Mike Karels

Posted By Greg Lehey

Shock news today: Mike Karels, one of the original BSD troop, died yesterday of a heart attack on his way back from BSDCan. It was completely unexpected, and we're still trying to come to terms with the news.

Wed, 05 Jun 2024 04:04:41 UTC

Power fail!

Posted By Greg Lehey

Heating with electricity uses a lot of power, of course, something that we don't have much of. In principle we have 11.5 kW available, but even that got exceeded just before breakfast: tstamp                Pac       Status                 SOC     VBat    PacGrid  PacBat  PacPV   FromPV  W1 2024-06-04 10:42:16     0       Internal Bypass Closed  22      255     NULL    0       0       0       13750 2024-06-04 10:42:17     0       Internal Bypass Closed  22      255     NULL    0       0       0       13575 2024-06-04 10:42:19     0       Internal Bypass Closed  22   ...

Tue, 04 Jun 2024 07:07:00 UTC

April talk video posted: ?Safety, Security, Safety[sic] and C/C++[sic]?

Posted By Herb Sutter

Many thanks to ACCU for inviting me back again this April. It was my first time back to ACCU (and only my second trip to Europe) since the pandemic began, and it was a delight to see many ACCUers in person again for the first time in a few years. I gave this talk, which … Continue reading April talk video posted: “Safety, Security, Safety[sic] and C/C++[sic]” →

Mon, 03 Jun 2024 04:19:57 UTC

No mail!

Posted By Greg Lehey

Into the office this morning to discover that mail delivery had stopped during the night. Further investigation showed that the root file system on eureka was full. Why? Lots of searching with find didn't find anything obvious. No new large files in the last 24 hours. But looking through the backup logs gave me a clue: it happened during backup. And then looking at eureka from tiwi gave me the clue: === grog@tiwi (/dev/pts/9) ~ 1 -> df Filesystem          1048576-blocks      Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on eureka:/videobackup         39,662    31,535   4,954    86%    /videobackup eureka:/photobackup         39,662    31,535   4,954    86%    /photobackup eureka:/                    39,662    31,535   4,954    86%    /eureka eureka:/home   ...

Sun, 02 Jun 2024 19:35:54 UTC

Against Lore

Posted By Cory Doctorow

This week on my podcast, I read Against Lore, a recent piece from my Pluralistic blog/newsletter, about writing and the benefits of nebulously defined backstories. Warning: the last few minutes of this essay contain spoilers for Furiosa. In the recording, I give lots of warning so you can switch off when they come up. One... more

Sun, 02 Jun 2024 03:24:42 UTC

Porting enblend 4.1.4

Posted By Greg Lehey

House photo day again today, and I still haven't ported the last functional version of enblend to hydra. Tried again today, with limited success. For some reason it tried to refer to strerror_r() as returning a string, when in fact it returns an integer. OK, not an issue, hack the source. Oh. The whole semantics are different. But it seems that the port had prepared for that, and it had alternative code for what proves to be the POSIX version (the other version is the GNU version; rms has something to answer for). But try as I might, I couldn't persuade it to accept my hacks.

Sun, 02 Jun 2024 03:24:18 UTC

Two years of core, over?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Two years ago today I became a member of the FreeBSD Core Team. It should now be over, but for reasons to which I wasn't privy (midnight teleconferences), it has been delayed. As I said at the time ?Video meetings aren't going to work effectively. ? So now we're hanging on to our power for another few days. The elections are almost over, and after several weeks, only 52% of developers have voted. Why? Apathy, I suspect. I certainly failed in one of my stated goals, to make the Core Team more visible. But it seems that I was the only one who wanted to do that.

Sun, 02 Jun 2024 03:23:21 UTC

Five years of phone smart

Posted By Greg Lehey

Five years ago today I grumbled about the same things that still annoy me with Android. Now I need a new phone just to be able to make calls. At the time I wrote: I'm thinking of reverting to my old steam-driven mobile phone: at least I can always make calls and terminate them without scratching my head. Of course, that's no longer a solution either. If my 3 year old phone can't make calls after the end of August, certainly no steam-driven phone will.

Sun, 02 Jun 2024 02:24:29 UTC

Another power issue

Posted By Greg Lehey

As a result of the air conditioner issues, I listened carefully to what it was doing. And then round 7:10 it just cut out, stopped dead. That's unusual. Normally it gradually winds down. Damn, what is it this time? Into the office for some reason, where I saw the display on the ATA: only 2 LEDs on, out of 4. That's a reasonable first indication that we're off the net. What does the NTD say? All looks normal, for once. But the display on hydra was funny: window manager gone. A look on eureka confirmed my worst suspicions: Boot:. Somehow it had restarted.

Sat, 01 Jun 2024 19:00:00 UTC

Parable of the Sofa

Posted By Tim Bray

When Lauren was pregnant with a child who?s now turning 25, we purchased a comfy dark-brown leather sofa which fits our living room nicely. What with kids and relatives and employees and cats and Standards Comittees and friends and book clubs and socials, the butt-support cushions had, a quarter century later, worn out. So we had them replaced, at a fair price, by a small local business. Which is something that modern capitalism is trying to make impossible. I?ll be honest; when we realized how ratty the sofa was getting, my first thought was ?crap, gonna have to buy a sofa?.

Sat, 01 Jun 2024 00:57:52 UTC

More clipboard pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yesterday I found various ways to bridge the gap between the cut buffer and the clipboard. But they all seem to have issues, and I spent quite some time today trying to understand how to do things correctly. The only thing that I established with any certainty was that things don't ever seem to work the way they're documented. Emacs documentation contradicts itself, but claims that the normal c-y should copy from the clipboard, when in fact it copies from the cut buffer, as it always has done. Why is this so difficult?

Sat, 01 Jun 2024 00:51:52 UTC

Another mobile phone search

Posted By Greg Lehey

So I need to buy a new mobile phone in the next 3 months. What should it be? Xiaomi, definitely. Not because I like them?after all, it is a ?smart? phone?but because I have come to terms with their particular wrinkles. And there are now 5 generations of newer phones, with prices between $375 and round $2000. Which do I choose? Definitely nothing over $1000, almost certainly nothing over $500. What features? I recently discovered that my current phone either doesn't have a telephoto lens for its camera subsystem, or it's so well hidden that I couldn't find it.

Sat, 01 Jun 2024 00:40:52 UTC

Digital driver license: scam?

Posted By Greg Lehey

Thinking about yesterday's experience with trying to register my digital driver license, it occurred to me: I already have it! My article on the subect last August was when I installed the app and noted that I could authenticate myself with a thumbprint. And later I tried to use it at the Napoleons post office, but they didn't accept it, probably correctly. So what's all this about? Somebody trying to scam me? First, let's change the password from a Real Computer. How about ?W4s I breached??? No, not valid: Please enter a valid password.