a little update might be in order: quite a few years ago i first
mentioned that i do like mdev and that hasn't
changed. actually i like it much more nowadays, because i utterly detest
systemd & co, its perpetrators and the mindset behind that pile of
so here's what i have to share in the way of mdev-related, hopefully useful, stuff:
[ published on Mon 18.12.2017 14:30 | filed in interests/debian
Recently I've experimented a little with twitter, but so far I'm not a big fan.
I really don't grok people claiming the 140 char limit to be 'liberating';
to me it's just one big annoyance: if I don't have to say anything then
I tend to shut up - and if there is something noteworthy that I would indeed
like to share, then it's quite unlikely to fit into that dinky straightjacket
format. (It's pretty obvious that I'm not a big SMS user either.)
Most of what I've seen of twitter feels like looking at JPEGs with quality
level 1; sure,
you can recognize that there's something on that picture but its
nowhere near intelligible and and it hurts my eyes.
On the other hand, I do see uses for this kind of sparrowy chirping;
for example, as a platform for quick updates
about local speed cameras and the like
I think it's very good.
Ambivalence, thy name is az...
Update (Fri 20.10.2017 23:43):
nope, not for me. my twitter account is gone and i'm going back
to literate communication.
[ published on Thu 20.06.2013 16:48 | filed in interests/comp
i've been asked to extend kuvert a little, so that it optionally
completely rejects emails unless it can encrypt it for all recipients.
that's done now; version 2.1.0 includes that new option, and a variety of
minor fixes and code cleanup.
is downloadable here or
the updated manpage is available here.
Update (Mon 02.10.2017 13:09):
...but wait, there's more.
recently i've been getting more feedback/patches
via kuvert's github presence and kuvert has gained a few minor
features and improvements: optional custom config file,
you can configure your gpg path (welcome back, gpg1...)
better starttls support (and debugging) if you're using a recentish perl
and thus a modern net::smtp, better compat with weird clients if you
use kuvert as msp and so on.
we're at version 2.2.1 now and as always kuvert is
downloadable here or
from github; naturally it's in
debian unstable and will hit testing in a few days.
[ published on Mon 03.04.2017 19:01 | filed in mystuff/kuvert
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 21:40 | 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.
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.
[ published on Thu 04.05.2017 20:25 | filed in interests/tinkering
the area: quite beautiful
(the town: hopelessly overcrowded with tourists)
the occasion: conny and andrew getting married
the funniest thing: what the kiwis call their shopping carts
[ published on Wed 22.02.2017 08:27 | filed in interests