that's one kilogram of chipotle morita, smoked mexican chilies.
today i'm out of chilies.
taking into account the 100g that i gave to a friend, i have a chili mileage
of 2880 seconds/gram. i'm sure that factoid will fascinate you beyond limits.
[ published on Sun 07.12.2014 11:35 | filed in brainfarts
-- karl kraus, wobei es sich fragt, ob der kraus über die (erlogene!) gschicht mit dem verschlampten hitler-brief gelacht oder gewettert hätte.
[ published on Sat 22.11.2014 22:46 | filed in interests/humour
[ published on Tue 18.11.2014 07:29 | filed in interests/humour
(see here if DSW is not a term you're familiar with...)
[ published on Thu 13.11.2014 18:17 | filed in interests/humour
i've been reminded that my original pam_recent module couldn't support
ipv6 because iptables' recent module didn't do so. nowadays that is no longer
true, and i've just updated the module to version 1.11 which plays nice with
ipv4, ipv6 and dual-stack setups.
here is the original post about pam_recent
for context; the newest version (with documentation) is here.
[ published on Sat 08.11.2014 13:26 | filed in mystuff
"clearly we can't have that! so, up the pain!" must be mozilla's
official line. point in case: firefox 31. (inflicted upon us as a
security update from debian's marginally bearable ff24.)
by and large humans are pretty lemming-like and flock to the "oh,
shiny!" but when it comes to FF 31 the natural reaction is more like
the ui layout is plain stupid. the options and choices are gone. it's
less usable than all the older versions of FF. it's a memory hog. it
manages to both waste more screen real estate and show less useful
information simultaneously, which is quite a feat.
An editor is a tool for saving programmer-bukkake to disk.
-- Anthony de Boer
oi! mozilla team: less wanking. please.
(unfortunately there are no real workable alternatives:
midori isn't flexible or solid
enough yet, and with chromium the stoopid never goes below 11.)
fortunately there are lots of other people who also hate the default setup
and have spent some time cooking up useful extensions for getting FF
back into a workable state:
[ published on Sun 19.10.2014 13:53 | filed in interests/anti
source: andrew bath's site
[ published on Thu 09.10.2014 19:40 | filed in interests/anti
wenn man das schiache enterl nach einem
stückl text vom ambros
fragt, dann bekommt man als allererstes resultat meine
(auch bei der elendigen bagage isses noch nummer zwei.)
das find ich recht lustig - und passend, weil ich den text im vorspann zitiert
hab: bei der arbeit gehts um kooperation, paranoia und misstrauen.
[ published on Thu 25.09.2014 21:41 | filed in brainfarts
So the local *unspeakable* *elided* with the big ambitions, glib tongues, short memories and minimal brains have decided to play the "nasty evil terrorist" sock puppet once again - very likely because
it's convenient for justifying all kinds of absolute abuse,
the sheep will nod their heads and be suitably subdued by your fear mongering propaganda,
and you never have to substantiate any of your divine inspirations - because you can always just handwave some soopersekrid rule that says you're not allowed to say anything about those "threats" - but hey, they're "imminent! honest, trust me". bwuahahaha...
As we all know pretty well there's a ridiculously low risk of the evil
bad torrorists (who are obviously "everywhere" according to the
*unspeakable*s) terminating you, yes you!; much lower than the risk of
you getting mushed by traffic & croaking, or slipping in your bathtub
& croaking or...gazillions of other
As a matter of fact i'm quite sure that you're much more likely to be
killed by your own government (or one of its allies and sundry henchmen)
than by the nasty oh-so-ubiquitous terrorists.
Refuse to be terrorized! (and please do enjoy your noodles)
[ published on Sat 13.09.2014 14:48 | filed in interests/anti
(dear english readers, sorry but that's all quite utterly
wenn ich mir die letzten 40 jahre globale realpolitik anschauen würde dann
wär mein resume
'mehr verlogene scheisse als die "seriösen" politiker kann so
eine krach-rosa bettina
auch nicht anrichten, und da wärs zuschaun wenigstens lustig.'
[ published on Sat 13.09.2014 09:20 | filed in interests/humour
They are pretty cheap to buy, nowadays, but I prefer making my own
if possible - that has the added benefit that I get to understand how it
works (or why not).
The intertubes have linked to that diagram for ages, but that one doesn't work. The diode needs to be installed
blocking the MAX's TTL output connection, not the input.
This is because the Yaesu radios use the Dallas 1-wire "bus" system, which
works by holding the line level high when idle, and to transmit either
of the two parties pulls the bus low (for different amounts of time to
With the diagram as shown above the MAX's pull-up output overpowers
the Yaesu's minimal current sink when it tries to pull low, so its
transmissions go nowhere.
With the diode blocking against the TX pin, the Yaesu can pull the signal low
to send and the MAX TX pin level is isolated. Transmitting to the Yaesu works
because when the MAX pulls low, current flows across the diode and the Yaesu
sees the low level. Slightly weird, but it works.
Here's the trivially simple Yaesu programming cable that I whipped up:
one FTDI breakout board (I have lots of MAX232s around,
but dealing with the extra 5V power supply is less appealing than just
using a cheapy usb-to-rs232 module), one diode and one dismantled
CHIRP works fine
with that cable and both my VX-5R and VX-7R.
[ published on Sun 07.09.2014 14:26 | filed in interests/tinkering
"Gold Coast Show Day" - das ist ungefähr so
weltbewegend als wie ein Kirtag in der Provinz irgendwo hinter St. Blöden.
Mehr weltbewegend find ich das Feiertags-Faktum an sich; etwa so unglaublich
als wie wenn in Wien alle frei hätten und alles zu wäre, weil's in Sopron
den "Tag des Kukuruz" zelebrieren.
[ published on Thu 28.08.2014 21:09 | filed in interests/au
I find the new 'good & cheap'
cookbook by Leanne Brown pretty cool and very inspirational - and
it's free :-)
Cooking for just myself isn't my idea of fun, but a number of the
eminently practical ideas from Leanne's book I've already used
I'm lucky in that I don't belong to the prime audience for her book,
however; for me the appeal lies in her simple,
straightforward, low-to-no-frills and fast-ish cooking projects.
[ published on Mon 11.08.2014 19:58 | filed in interests
I just finished rebuilding an Ikea Jansjö lamp into
a portable camping lantern. It's not quite Luxo, Jr. but it'll do.
The Jansjö has a very long flexible neck, and to me that's the most
essential aspect: it lets me have light on the table surface without
having anything to suspend a lantern from. All the other common camping
lanterns suck in that regard as they need to be suspended - or they
produce lots of glare and no light on the table.
The Jansjö has one 3.5W white LED and needs 4V.
I threw away the transformer and the concrete weight for the base, then glued
the base to a plastic cylinder that once held 25 dvds - that has just the
right diameter and has space for one adjustable LM2596-based step-down
converter, and one set of repurposed laptop lithium cells (four in series).
Very simple, same XT60 plugs as all my other rechargable stuff, and packs
up reasonably small.
[ published on Thu 24.07.2014 19:41 | filed in interests/tinkering
(alternate title: patience, grasshopper...)
Recently I complained about the underwhelming replacement receiver, which my readers (yes, all ten of you!) might actually remember.
The issue wasn't just that it was doing poorly in stereo mode, but
rather that it didn't drive the main/front speakers worth a damn. Next
to no sound even with the volume at 11.
Well, there's a reason for that Sony box not doing its job - and I found it
and fixed it. Poring over the service manual (yes, there is one
and I found in less than an hour) after work today
I thought Hmm, mostly digital, zero adjustments, few discrete components. As it's a deader I might as well open it up and look for obvious problems and/or gut it.
(For the youngsters out there: "service manuals" are magic tomes of
arcane knowledge, hardly heard of on this side of y2k. In the
hands of a wiza^Wstubborn old phart these can provide great
Alas, no obvious leakers of the magic smoke presented themselves. So,
after staring at the circuit schematics in the service manual a lot
more (yes, I have no life), I decided that checking the power amp
transistors and the driver IC would be Good Things To Try, given that
the manual specified test voltages for them.
This meant a total disassembly of the box as you couldn't get to any
of the test points from above. A while (and hundreds of screws) later
I had it all in pieces. The transistors proved to be ok. The driver IC
wasn't testable with everything disconnected.
A bit of online research revealed that these driver ICs (NEC
µPC2581V) do run very hot, are not unheard of dying themselves and
easily fry components in the vicinity. Sony didn't put any heatsinks
on them in this model and a number of electrolytic caps were basically
touching the IC cases - and there's your problem.
These caps weren't testable in circuit, so I started desoldering.
Three out of the four that I replaced were cooked, one still had some
marginal capacitance left.
Lots of screws later, a final function test: the thing works! Evenly firing
on all channels. Hooray for being stubborn!
(Never mind that this exercise took me a good five hours this evening, and
that in the meantime I had given up on the Sony and replaced it with a NAD
[ published on Tue 22.07.2014 23:00 | filed in brainfarts
Two weeks ago my old, well-used and -liked Yamaha CR-840 receiver lost
its magic smoke - literally: Sparks, loud popping sounds, and a fair
amount of smoke - in the room, not in the electronics
where it belongs.
Being the cheap bastard^W^Weconomical person that I am, I started
looking for a slightly more modern replacement. This may have been a
In the end I bought a Sony STR-DE695 'AV' receiver for $70. Well, the FM receiver part of it
is junk - it receives very little. With the same (admittedly lousy) roof antenna I get a quarter
of the stations. Sensitivity, zilch.
And that newfangled 5.1 stuff? I begin to think that it's just a
shorthand for "5 speakers and 1 sad sucker" . My much older Sanyo
(mid-70s, 2x2 speakers in Glooorious Stereo) sounds heaps better than
the new thing. What the Dolby PL this and DTS that and 'NEO'
whatever does to stereo inputs sounds pretty underwhelming - at least to
I'd seriously consider to disconnect my center speaker (again) and
just drive the other 2x2 speakers as two stereo pairs - if only the
Sony wasn't so totally anemic when run in stereo mode...
So, am I in danger of becoming a total loonie audiophart? At 42 I
certainly qualify for the Old Fart part, but I'm not so keen on the
Audiophool side of things. At least I'm nowhere near ordering vegan
99%-fat-free hand-spun oxygen-free enchanted platinum-plated
triple-distilled bespoke cables for digital transmission...
[ published on Mon 14.07.2014 20:35 | filed in brainfarts
There are very good technical reasons for why SMTP has an envelope that
is separate from the mail
headers. DMARC ignores those
completely and insists that the envelope matches the mail body and
DMARC completely breaks mail forwarding and mailing lists.
The fun part for anybody running mailing lists (like me) is that there
are no alternatives - to appease the DMARC cretins you'd have to
violate real mail standards or make your lists broken by disabling
useful features of proven efficiency (like VERP) and exposing all your
subscribers to bounces and other crap.
In the physical world DMARC would be like prohibiting blank envelopes
and requiring that all letters must have the full letter head printed
on the front of the envelope.
"this letter contains a new credit card - please steal me!"
Clearly only cretins would think that's a good idea. The list of
cretins who insist that DMARC being a great idea includes yahoo, aol and
I hope yahoo's dumb move does serve to 'improve protection' - by
prompting people to go to somebody more sensible for their mail
[ published on Sun 22.06.2014 12:49 | filed in interests/anti
bundjalung n.p. was pretty nice, if busy and very windy. we had a good
[ published on Mon 09.06.2014 17:58 | filed in interests/au
...für sonst nix gut aber immerhin brauchbar als Anlaß für Feiertage.
Bissl ein Kontrast: In Ö feiert man
jeden noch so mickrigen Heiligen - hier in AU hauptsächlich die Scheinheiligen.
[ published on Fri 06.06.2014 10:52 | filed in interests/au
Start with this:
Minus all this:
It's somewhat obvious that I have spent a bit of money
at subaXtreme, isn't it.
Weird coincidence: just a few days before the coffi^Wpallet arrived a
total bimbo bumped into my car: I was waiting behind her in a right-turn
lane, she committed to turning, successfully crossed the two lanes of
oncoming traffic - and then suddenly decided, for no good reason
whatsoever, to reverse back across those lanes...all the way into my
bumper - thunk.
I guess the new bar will be pretty good not just for the silly roos
but also for brainless suburban bimbos.
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 22:56 | filed in interests/au
It's pretty obvious that 15.875mm is more than 11.1125mm. It's
certainly not immediately obvious that 5/8" is more than 7/16".
(and by immediate I mean "at a glance, without mental effort".)
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 18:41 | filed in interests/au
A few weeks ago I was wearing my Nirvana shirt (x-eyed smiley on the front,
"flower sniffin, kitty pettin, baby kissin, corporate rock whores" on
the back) and waited in the queue at the supermarket.
A woman behind me asked me what kind of company I work for: she had read the
t-shirt text and thought it might involve gardening or rock walls...
[ published on Tue 27.05.2014 08:44 | filed in interests/humour
nachdem jetzt langsam österreich nimmer andauernd mit The Sound of Music
(falsch)verbunden wird, werdens wohl beim thema österreich jetzt für die
nächsten 50 jahre mit dem komischen würschtl daherkommen. wunderbar.
[ published on Sun 11.05.2014 17:28 | filed in interests/anti
my father wanted to know what kind of car i drive; apparently the
soobies aren't exactly common in austria? - at least that was his excuse
for not associating my answer ("2006 forester") with anything.
well, here you are:
[ published on Tue 18.03.2014 18:45 | filed in interests/au
the elevator billboards in the office building lobby have not shown
the correct weather screen a single time during our four months there.
mind you, the stock tickers are current down to the
milli-cent, but the weather? "feels like undefined".
i on the other hand feel reasonably good about work, what i do and who
i do it with. sure, the last five months have been pretty busy and
occasionally quite stressful but that comes with working in a small
it's nice to be able to make a difference; the downside is of course
that you do make a difference, whether you want it (e.g. having a stroke
of genius) or not (e.g. having a bad day slogging through hard-to-grok
undocumented complex tangles).
but i'm not complaining, except that i'm often too tired come
saturday morning to even consider going flying - and that, combined
with the vagarities of the wind & weather isn't ideal...
[ published on Sat 15.03.2014 21:25 | filed in interests/au
why? well, i've just rebuilt my blog engine to
use markdown instead of
raw html and homegrown hacks. (i had to rework surprisingly few articles,
xargs and of course
perl took care of that pretty quickly
what, you thought i meant having tw*itter, freakbook, gargle and
sundry 'social' garbage buttons on my site? YGTBK: in my book
all that stuff belongs to the category 'naughties' and i'm not naughty.
Update (Mon 10.03.2014 19:55):
another evolutionary change:
i've just finished the rebuil the site's engine using mojolicious instead of HTML::Mason 1.x.
i did it mostly for the fun of it, partially because i needed more mojo mojo
for work anyway, and last but not least because HTML::Mason and
mod_perl2 are somewhat uneasy neighbours.
[ published on Thu 18.04.2013 12:04 | filed in about/site
really still great; I've been offering a mirror of it for almost 15 years now (but the link has changed a bit); the official version nowadays comes
as html in frames (yuck), with the plain variant
[ published on Mon 10.03.2014 19:21 | filed in mystuff
I use strong crypto wherever I can, and naturally for email also.
All email I send is either PGP signed or signed and encrypted with
one of my keys.
If you receive email from any of my addresses without signature you
should doubt its authenticity!
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Sun 09.03.2014 01:44 | filed in interests/crypto
"Sie, mein Herr, sind ein Scheißschweizer."
[ published on Sat 22.02.2014 11:37 | filed in interests/anti