March 2012 archive

Mar 31 2012

this video is private

I have just tried to (re)view a youtube video I last looked at a couple of weeks ago from a link that a friend sent me in an email. On clicking the link I got the message: “This video is private. If the owner of this video has granted you access, please log in.” On …

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Mar 29 2012

that didn’t take long

My last post contained two (non-existent) email addresses in my baldric domain in the extract from my postfix logs. As I said in the post, I had edited the log entry specifically to mask real details. Yesterday, only four days after that post, I received spam email attempts at those addresses. As I have said …

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Mar 24 2012

android mail client is broken

In January of this year I wrote about t-mobile’s apparent policy of actively looking for and blocking any TLS-secured SMTP sessions over their network. At the time I believed this to be a cockup rather than a deliberate policy. I still prefer to believe that, but the episode left a rather sour taste in my …

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Mar 19 2012

unlinked

Today I received two (make that four now – must sort out my spam filters) phishing emails from a source new to me. Each email purported to come from “linkedin” and each invited me to login to respond to “invitations from your work colleague”. Since a) I have never been a member of linkedin, and …

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Mar 14 2012

unplugged

A few days ago my sheevaplug died. Beyond the obvious lack of response either over the network or through the USB serial connection, the symptoms (single green LED rather than blue and green LED lit, ethernet LED light steady rather than flashing) were all consistent with a blown PSU. This problem is well known and …

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Mar 09 2012

steam locomotive

Most debian users will be familiar with the ASCII “moo” easter egg in apt-get. I have just stumbled upon a more elaborate piece of ASCII art by one Professor Toyoda Masashi who wrote a joke program to reprimand those command line users who misspell “ls” as “sl” (it happens). I installed it on my desktop …

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Mar 07 2012

iBomber Defence: Nuclear Option

Today’s G2 has a nice little article by Tim Dowling called “What’s on David Cameron’s iPad“. Dowling’s article says: “David Cameron is about to take delivery of a specially programmed prime ministerial iPad, reportedly at a cost of £20,000 (3G contract not included). An iPad devotee already – he uses it to catch up on …

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Mar 06 2012

banking stupidity

When I logged on to my new bank site this morning, I tried the “help” offered on the opening screen just to see what they had to say about the range of options available. I was not best pleased to be greeted by the message “Flash is not installed, is not enabled or is not …

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Mar 04 2012

am I kidding myself

I have recently moved my bank current and short term savings accounts. Partly this is a political statement in support of the move your money campaign, and partly because I feel that my money might actually be a bit safer (if only slightly) in a small UK Mutual than with the UK arm of a …

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Mar 04 2012

wordpress 3.3.1 bug update

Addendum to previous post. On further experimentation, the problem seems to be caused by a combination of graphene 1.6.1 and wordpress 3.3.1, not just 3.3.1 alone. I’ll post to the graphene support site to see if anyone else has seen this.

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Mar 04 2012

wordpress 3.3.1 bug?

As part of the move to the new site I also upgraded wordpress to the latest release (3.3.1). Unfortunately I found a small bug in that version so I have reverted to the earlier version. The bug is odd, and not particularly problematic but irritating nonetheless. It prevents upload of media (such as is used …

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Mar 01 2012

we’ve moved (again)

Back in September 2009 I moved trivia from its original home on a cheap shared web hosting platform to one of my first VMs at Bytemark. However, in that move I left the design relatively untouched. (Having sat through more than my fair share of tedious powerpoint presentations I’m a firm believer in the power …

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