the EFF is much too nice in wording their farewell letter; the register has an overview.

[ published on Wed 20.09.2017 18:50 | filed in interests/anti | ]
 conny at graduation certified conny

conny had her uni graduation ceremony yesterday.

very well done, dear daughter, "with distinction" despite working a fulltime job! you should be proud - but don't take this as an excuse to slack off totally now ;-)

[ published on Tue 16.05.2017 20:40 | filed in interests | ]

both my place's front and back doors have extra insect screen doors, a vital feature in this part of the world.

but almost every time i open it, the screen door flies open and bangs against the bricks. noise, scratches, ugly torquing of the flimsy hinges, clearly undesirable, and i was getting very sick of this.

(aside: when i bought the place it had automatic door closers on the screen doors, but these were far worse than the problem they attempted to solve so i took them off.)

so, what would az do? as usual i found a simple, quick, workable and cheap solution that makes creative use of stuff i had around.

 debumped screen door debumped screen door debumped screen door

cut 3cm of leftover pipe insulation foam (which i had bought for a purpose entirely unlike the official one...), slice longitudinally, contact-glue to the bricks, done.

now the door has an unobtrusiveand spongy 'soft' limiter and if and when it gets too gungy i'll just scrape off the glue and glue on a fresh bit of foam.

/me likes.

[ published on Thu 04.05.2017 19:25 | filed in interests/tinkering | ]

the area: quite beautiful (the town: hopelessly overcrowded with tourists)

 queenstown pano queenstown hill panorama queenstown hill panorama

the occasion: conny and andrew getting married

 leaving the chapel outside the chapel heliflight to the ledge at the reception at the reception at the reception

the funniest thing: what the kiwis call their shopping carts

 trundlers in queenstown
[ published on Wed 22.02.2017 07:27 | filed in interests | ]

this is not quite the cipherpunk's creed...because there is no such jingoist thing. but still:

"this is my pgp key. there are many like it, but this one is mine. my key is my best friend. without me, my key is useless."

...except that there are assholes out there who spend time on engineering pgp short-id collisions.

so, this is my key, as is this really ancient one and also this work key (ignoring some revoked and expired old keys). my set of keys is of course also available on this very website.

but if you search the keyservers for keys with my email address or by short key id, then you'll find some very clashing crap that does not belong to me at all:

$ gpg --batch --search-keys --keyid-format short B963BD5F
4096 bit RSA key B963BD5F, created: 2014-06-16, expires: 2016-11-02 (revoked) (expired)
4096 bit RSA key B963BD5F, created: 2013-11-03, expires: 2019-07-02

$ gpg --batch --search-keys --keyid-format short 5B586291
1024 bit RSA key 5B586291, created: 2014-06-16 (revoked)
1024 bit RSA key 5B586291, created: 1996-08-03

$ gpg --batch --search-keys --keyid-format short 42BD645D
1024 bit DSA key 42BD645D, created: 1999-06-06, expires: 2015-09-11 (expired)
1024 bit RSA key 42BD645D, created: 2014-06-16, expires: 2015-09-10 (revoked) (expired)

in all three cases the key created on (or with the clock set to) 2014-06-16 is not mine, despite the short form of the key id matching mine. the long ids are different, just as expected.

morale: short key ids are passé, use the long ones and only the long ones.

morale 2: there's always some asshole somewhere who tries to wreck things just to wreck things.

[ published on Sat 05.11.2016 11:34 | filed in interests/crypto | ]

das 'innenministerium' heisst auf ungarisch 'belügyminisztérium'.

[ published on Fri 26.08.2016 12:33 | filed in interests/humour | ]

...finding that photo. i still find it pretty funny.

 confused roos
[ published on Fri 22.07.2016 19:47 | filed in interests/au | ]

weil einen braunen arsch zu haben ist wirklich das letzte.

das wählen in österreich ist ja meistens mehr eine übung zum arschauswischen; aber diesmal brauchts grad das besonders dringend.

[ published on Sat 21.05.2016 14:54 | filed in interests/anti | ]
 best use for ms excrement, so far

i salute that 82 year old granny: hers is a perfect example of making things do what you actually /need/, completely ignoring what the ven$$or may have intended them for.

[ published on Sat 16.04.2016 12:46 | filed in interests/humour | ]

i though that i have to handle enough bullshit support stuff at work, but no; apparently you can never have enough of that kind of crap.

[ published on Sat 12.03.2016 11:03 | filed in interests/anti | ]

contrary to initial expectations ;-), neither collects nor presents any of az's quotes.

bummer. i'm clearly defunct in the notoriety department.

[ published on Sat 06.02.2016 09:15 | filed in interests/humour | ]

after 2.9 years half of them will have died.

i have two colo'd servers, each with two disks, hosted in a well cooled and ventilated datacenter, all four disks have had less than 75 load cycles, have never been hotter than 29 degrees celsius - but regardless of that nice environment, the barracudas suck.

the second out of my four Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 is dying, after a measly 2.9 years of constant operation. the first of the bloody things died precisely at the 2 year mark.

[ published on Mon 25.01.2016 07:24 | filed in interests/comp | ]

english is pretty inconsistent - but hold the presses: this can't be news to anybody.

this is pretty silly but fun, maybe even news: a few years after the austrians, the czech now also accept pastafarian traditional headgear!

this is pretty cool and not silly at all: the czech team of developers around Jan Mate ( have developed two pretty calendar and contacts web applications that talk calDAV and cardDAV - and it's all self-contained ECZEMAscript: you park it somewhere (not necessarily on a server), configure it a little and hey presto, it'll talk to your calendar server. even better: both CalDavZAP and CardDavMATE are open and free software under the (A)GPL. i use both occasionally (with my radicale server), works really well.

colanders off to these guys!

[ published on Fri 01.01.2016 09:37 | filed in interests/comp | ]

maybe it's the Mother Of All Rants? Well, maybe not - but he's got a very good point there (one that i totally share, not that anybody'd care about me): that unnecessary obscurity is a lousy design choice.

very much related: ESR's The Art of Unix Programming, which I used quite a lot when I was teaching - some of my students may even have gotten the point...

(I also like the nicely captured photo on this report...)

[ published on Sat 28.11.2015 08:32 | filed in interests/comp | ]

it'll complement my nirvana shirt - multi-cultural life and all that :-)

[ published on Sat 14.11.2015 11:50 | filed in interests/humour | ]

(source: somewhere in milano)

every time one of the local(ish) Big Bastards trumpets their advertising slogan 'we live in your world' my immediate response is "i wish you damn parasites STAYED OUT OF MY WORLD!".


[ published on Sat 19.09.2015 10:55 | filed in interests/anti | ]

at work i have to use an outbound mail server that requires smtp auth. that's fine, except postfix expects that you save the password in a file for sasl. my paranoia level disagrees with passwords ending up on disk unencrypted, so i decided to improve matters by convincing postfix to use the kernel keystore for accessing passwords.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Sat 12.09.2015 15:31 | filed in interests/crypto | ]

I don't know why I'm so reluctant to document or write about trips; do and see and sponge up experiences and enjoy: yes, absolutely. photograph stuff and write up: not really. So it's no surprise that I've been back a full week already before writing this, and haven't got too many photos to show.

Anyway, to the story: this year I booked three weeks of vacation in one go, with the aim to hit the roads and dirt tracks westwards and see what I can see and wander around until I run out of time or energy. One tentative aim or pivot point, so to speak was to be Cameron Corner, where the borders of Queensland, NSW and South Australia meet in one spot.
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[ published on Fri 07.08.2015 20:57 | filed in interests/au | ] pure hardship, just plain horrible.

 gold coast beach
[ published on Mon 08.06.2015 17:27 | filed in interests/au | ]

...eingekastelter! lt. dem standard ist österreich "führend" beim haftstrafen-verhängen - leider negativ-führend.

"ob gross, ob klein, mir kastln alle ein!"

(klaro, das passiert natürlich nur denen die keinen Politischen Papa haben der's einem richtet. warum die bladen weniger wegen brutalität eingekastelt werden ist nicht ganz so klar.)

[ published on Tue 19.05.2015 21:31 | filed in interests/anti | ]

i've given up paragliding. sold 2/3 of my kit already (my somewhat-but-not-totally old and very little used glider is still for sale - my older-than-remembered but totally unused reserve is not for sale, as i don't know what to do with it).

i miss being in the air. a lot. i don't miss the perpetual worries and the feeling of utter helplessness - not if, but when - the moving masses of air take control out of your hands. i also don't miss not having become yet another data point in the PG accident statistics.

so, for now, that's it. flat earth. blue sky. me dreaming.

i hope to return, but if it happens it'll likely be in something more rigid than a paraglider.

[ published on Wed 13.05.2015 19:14 | filed in interests/flying | ]

hello, i'm az and i'm an old fart: i really like graffiti - i always have, since 1998 when i bought my first palm iii.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Sat 25.04.2015 19:21 | filed in interests/comp | ]

The wind station has gone through its third and hopefully final R&D iteration, and I think now it's alright - but it was a bit of an odyssey to get to this point.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Fri 26.04.2013 15:07 | filed in interests/tinkering | ]

Even its original perpetrator agrees.

I don't like my browser running code provided by strangers (who are very unlikely to have my best interests at heart).

On the other hand, having a site that works reasonably well with dinky screens is nice.

Combine those two sentiments with my love of tinkering, and it won't come as a big surprise that I eventually did find a way to have both responsive layout with a popup navigation menu, but without any JS (or server-side magic).
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Sun 22.03.2015 11:13 | filed in interests/comp | ]

The Windows 10 announcement: certified hardware can lock out competing OSes means that it would become much easier and more common that the computer you've just bought does not boot anything but MS shiteware.

[ published on Sun 22.03.2015 10:03 | filed in interests/anti | ]

Beim Herumstöbern bin ich über diesen ÖBB-Unfallbericht gestolpert, und hab den sehr lustig gefunden.

(Den Italienern ist eine unbemannte ÖBB-Lok Richtung Villach "ausgekommen" und dem Bericht nach sind daraufhin alle kurz wie die kopflosen Hendln herumgelaufen.)

Der Bericht selbst ist wunderbar. Die Formulierungen sind eine wilde Mischung aus Altösterreichischem Amtsdeutsch, elendigen Abkz. u.dgl. - und sehr witzigen Nacherzählungen bzw. Übersetzungen der Zeugenaussagen.

Auf Seite 13 lässt sich da der Italienische Chef gscheit aus, und auf Seite 17 wird klargemacht dass zum "Energischen Auffordern" das mit den Armen wacheln ganz klar dazugehört.

Insgesamt sehr Österreichisch, das Ganze.

[ published on Thu 12.03.2015 20:37 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Da sind sogar die Trotteln besonders unbeschreiblich deppert.

[ published on Tue 03.03.2015 16:54 | filed in interests/anti | ]

Two of my unstressed WD20EARX disks have just crapped themselves almost simultaneously after 21846 hours of operation (or 2.493 years), with just 49 power cycles and disk temperatures never above 45 degrees C. Both disks were manufactured in June 2011, but WD's warranty period for consumer gear is only two years.

The culprit? WD's damn idle3 timer which I wasn't quite aware of until a few days ago; hdparm only says 'power management not supported' and I trusted that to mean 'no spindown'.

That timer contraption parks the disk after just 8 seconds of idleness. Guess what: both of mine shipped with the default setting, 8 seconds, and racked up a load cycle count around 2377000. (That WD disk series is rated for a minimum of 300000 load cycles, certainly not 3 million).

Update (Sun 22.02.2015 11:09):

Seagate: see data run! run, data, RUN!

Well, the competition isn't much more reliable. There are four ST2000DM001-9YN164 in my colo'd systems at the other end of the world (climate-controlled datacenter, stable power, no nasties whatsoever).

One of the damn disks is going tilt very, very quickly. After just a measly two years. See az not happy. Run, Seagate, RUN! >:-(

Power_On_Hours 17774
Power_Cycle_Count 24
Power-Off_Retract_Count 17
Load_Cycle_Count 131
Airflow_Temperature_Cel 25 (Min/Max 23/32)
Temperature_Celsius 25

And the damning:

Current_Pending_Sector 88
Offline_Uncorrectable 88

And it's deteriorating pretty quickly, about 16 new duds every day or two. Fortunately it's all RAID-1 and the replacement is already ordered.

[ published on Sun 23.02.2014 17:47 | filed in interests/comp | ]

The British Isles have a reputation for being a culinary wasteland (pickled eggs, offal pie, absolutely dead mashed vegetables combined with meat red enough to hop of your plate, etc. pp.), but I guess this here might be an example of colonial one-upmanship:

 wooster plastic wooster plastic

This Australian wooster sauce boastfully claims that it's made from 50% recycled plastic. I'm not quite sure whether I want to know about its other "premium quality ingredients".

[ published on Mon 16.02.2015 16:59 | filed in interests/au | ] least when the mail has finally brought you a toy like this one:

 udi 839 quadcopter

That's a UDI R/C 839 quadcopter, which cost me a measly AU$35 (shipped). Really tiny, lots of fun to fly, very much worth it.

[ published on Wed 11.02.2015 21:25 | filed in interests | ]

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