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Postings for August 2022:  (6 posts)
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 00:20:25 UTC

Notwork outage!

Posted By Greg Lehey

On the whole the National Broadband Network has been working relatively reliably in recent months, modulo their continual ?scheduled maintenance?. But this evening things were different. Outage at 18:27. Their fault or mine? The NTD showed normal indication, which at least meant that it was probably not the NBN itself. My system? I've had issues in the past where dhclient hung itself. OK, shoot down and restart: === root@eureka (/dev/pts/8) /src 45 -> dhclient  xl0 DHCPREQUEST on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 DHCPNAK from 180.150.2.4 DHCPDISCOVER on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6 DHCPDISCOVER on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 12 DHCPDISCOVER on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 7 DHCPOFFER from 121.200.8.1 unknown dhcp option value 0x52 DHCPREQUEST on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 DHCPREQUEST on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 DHCPDISCOVER on xl0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6 ...

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 02:00:11 UTC

POSTIDENT, next three failures

Posted By Greg Lehey

Do I trust POSTIDENT? Not further than I can throw it. So while I was in town, decided to get my ?life certificate? witnessed by a Justice of the Peace. To the police station, where I found: Nobody there. But then, there was nobody at the police counter next to it either. I was there at the right time (12:23), right? Yes: But elsewhere, far enough away to not be obvious, there was an exhortation to use one of the longest URLs I have seen in a long time: It's not just the Germans who make ...

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 01:59:38 UTC

More fun with POSTIDENT

Posted By Greg Lehey

Last month I had lots of fun with Deutsche Post's POSTIDENT app. But I have to prove that I'm alive, so a couple of days ago I ran the thing, which was relatively straightforward. It accepted my images and told me that I would be informed. That came today: leider konnte Ihre Identifizierung für rentenservice.de/DLN noch nicht abgeschlossen werden. Grund: Es konnten nicht alle Aufnahmen erfolgreich geprüft werden. Bitte führen Sie den Vorgang erneut mit einem unterstützten, gültigen Dokument durch. Sie können die betroffenen Aufnahmen erneut erstellen.

Sat, 06 Aug 2022 03:04:00 UTC

More Mod2 observations

Posted By Greg Lehey

Removing Mod2 from my X modifier map on teevee worked round the issue of stuck modifier keys. But why did it only happen there? A quick check on eureka shows: it doesn't exist there! I wonder why.

Sat, 06 Aug 2022 02:36:58 UTC

Translating Russian

Posted By Greg Lehey

Yesterday's attempts to translate the Kiev 3A instructions were less than successful. But surely there must be something on the web. Did a bit of searching and came up with this page, which offers a far-too-mouse-happy interface to first ?scan? and then translate pages. Here an example: The translation is less than stellar: - 32 -. gear, and the rotation of the lenses themselves for (Fig. 30). on the- focus ring roller , Rice.

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 01:48:40 UTC

X modifier issue: fixed

Posted By Greg Lehey

Last week I came up with a strategy to fix sticking modifier keys in X: remove them. How? xmodmap is your friend, and it seems that to remove NumLock (well, in fact all keys that are interpreted at mod2) from the modifier map, you get it to execute the command clear Mod2 I could also presumably have entered remove Mod2 = NumLock But I really don't want any kind of Mod2, so the first one seems better.