The US exports democracy with rootsquash, ro, and other serious
limitations on the foreign users. -- Anthony de Boer

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 22:43):

nope, not for me. my twitter account is gone and i'm going back to literate communication.

[ published on Thu 20.06.2013 15:48 | 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.

kuvert's source is downloadable here or on github. the updated manpage is available here.

Update (Mon 02.10.2017 12:09):

...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 18:01 | filed in mystuff/kuvert | ]

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 | ]

...pity that its topic totally applies to me.

 newest shirt

(source: the ever-awesome xkcd)

[ published on Sat 03.09.2016 16:20 | filed in still-not-king | ]

das 'innenministerium' heisst auf ungarisch 'belügyminisztérium'.

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

she's a cool person, i highly suspect her boyfriend thinks she's hot - i find her awesome, because i get the best birthday presents from her.

this year they included, amongst other things, some really hot stuff:

 supersaucy sauces

i opened one bottle yesterday, and wohoohoooooot! two hours after having a little on some toasted bread i still felt it burn around my mouth. very nice stuff, thank you conny!

[ published on Sat 30.07.2016 20:59 | filed in still-not-king | ]

...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 | ]

looking at my life so far i'd classify myself as a facultative perfectionist, in contrast to my father who is an obligate perfectionist: i can (occasionally) call something 'good enough' and leave it at that (but i won't be happy), whereas he just cannot stop until the required degree of perfection is reached.

(of course there's also the dark side of any degree of perfectionist affliction: lots of things don't get started, at all, if you know or feel that you won't have the time/energy/whatever to finish it off perfectly and completely.)

where that data point fits into the nurture versus nature discussion i don't know.

[ published on Sun 08.05.2016 15:10 | filed in brainfarts | ]
 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 ;-), azquotes.com 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 (inf-it.com) 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 | ]
leiberl

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

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

When my boss' father, john sinclair, mentioned that he could use some help with building and installing a rain gauge with online data collection on Fraser Island (for fido.org.au) I naturally said 'sure'; my experiences with designing and building two remote wind stations for the CHGC were good, and I find things like that interesting projects to tackle. The rest of this article documents the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the exercise - if you want just the goodies skip to the page bottom :-)
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Wed 04.11.2015 22:00 | filed in mystuff | ]
banking-reality

(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!".

*sigh*

[ 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 | ]
 conny, hunter valley

today my daughter cornelia turns 20. congrats and well done!

it's been quite a journey and i'm happy conny has grown up to be a pretty good person.

 conny frisch geschluepft
[ published on Sun 23.08.2015 12:51 | filed in still-not-king | ]

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.
click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Fri 07.08.2015 20:57 | filed in interests/au | ]

i'm still here. nothing especially newsworthy to report, except that i'm getting better at making my own bread - now without any machine help (well, except the oven).

 handgemachtes brot handgemachtes brot

oh, and the sunsets around here are pretty nice. pity that i get to see them mostly when i leave the office - i "work to live but live to work" and not much else.

 sunset at work sunset at work sunset at work
[ published on Sun 21.06.2015 13:50 | filed in still-not-king | ]

...is 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 | ]

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