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Rebus (TV Series 2000–2004)
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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
October 06
Updating 2FA stuff to no longer use Google Authenticator; I've switched to Authy instead. Old phone came back to life sufficiently for me to help with this process, but I no longer trust it to actually remain running. I'll factory wipe it while I still can and investigate if it's worth repairing (it'll need a new battery regardless of what else is up with it) or if it's now recycler fodder.

TouchID on the new phone is scarily improved over the old phone (to be fair, I've skipped from a 6 to an 8). I tried it briefly on the old phone and gave up in frustration; new phone actually makes it seem like a viable option, although I'm balking at enabling TouchID for my password safe.

I'm bemused that Google's own spam algorithms chose to classify their own security alert emails as spam. But then, when you enable 2FA, they default to "on" the checkbox that says "don't use 2FA on this browser" which I think somewhat defeats the purpose of enabling it. Let people think about the risks involved, rather than allowing EULA-driven mindless clicking of "Next" buttons to turn off the security feature they've just enabled.

My shiny Bose headphones, a gift for my birthday, have stopped working. This is annoying, more so because it appears to be some sort of known fault going by the prevalence of similar symptoms on the Bose message boards. I am awaiting a return contact from their customer service to tell me what happens now.

October 04
My phone woke me up this morning with its alarm, and then keeled over and died - it looks like the battery has reached MAX_CYCLE_COUNT or some such as it's no longer charging. This is ... inconvenient.

And now I have an iPhone 8. I'll still need to go visit an Apple dealer with the old one because I can't turn it on to factory-wipe it.

September 29
Two terminals, both alike in connectivity,
In fair MacOS, where we lay our scene,

at which point I ran ssh raspberrypi.local in both; one could not - and still cannot connect, while the other has no such problem.

After much theorising about independent name caches and what not I eventually noticed that I'd left out the second "r" in "raspberry", and somehow instead of getting a resolution error it just sat there waiting for such a hostname to appear on the local network (I guess).

September 28
Watched S1E4 of Rebus which remains a solid, gritty rendition of the books. We've only seen half of S1E2 because Virgin Media had their spat with UK Gold while we were DVR'ing the season, and since we'd figured that the Alibi channel was gone for good we rather too hastily deleted the subsequent seasons (with Ken Stott rather than John Hannah as the titular character). So now we wait for the later seasons to come around again.

On the positive side, Doctor Who starts up again soon.

September 23
Continuing to upgrade a bunch of Django apps, and learning how to use Python's six module to write code that's compatible with both Python 2 and Python 3.

September 19
As noted elsewhere: first day of my fourteenth year in my current employment.

Upgraded Safari - I presume it's to fix that crashing CSS bug that's been doing the rounds - and it informed me it was disabling "extensions that slow down web pages" or some such. One of which was uBlock Origin, the content blocker I use to clip adverts and what not out of my browsing. THANKS, APPLE. So I go to turn it back on, and the "Are You Sure?" popup has "Uninstall" selected by default. NO REALLY, THANKS, APPLE. Mutter mutter mutter.

(The less said about the App Store telling me it couldn't update Safari because Spotlight was using its extensions, which I could find no way to fix other than force-installing the update via the command-line, the better)

Oh tsk. It looks like the Safari version of this has become abandonware. Dammit.

September 16
Converting a bunch of Django code to the latest 1.x release, as you do. I'm aiming to move it all to Python3/Django 2, but doing it step by step since I tried a big-bang upgrade on one project and ALL the wheels came off.

September 15
The Post was really good and seems to have stuck pretty close to the truth. The critcism from NYT reporters that their role was played down seemed a bit petty given that ample screen time is given to the NYT being the ones breaking the story, the Post being ticked off that they've got nothing to match it, etc. I was sufficiently aware of the Pentagon Papers to know the name of the leaker, but I didn't know anything about what they contained or the fact that this was essentially the thing that tipped Nixon into full-on paranoia. The parallels with the current US Administratino are also somewhat startling.

September 14
Watched season 10, episode 6 of the X-Files... which turns out to be the season finale. Lots of WTF when we realised. The whole episode feels like it was cobbled together in a hurry, everyone's overacting, and to add to all that we've discovered that Prime Video isn't currently carrying season 11 so we've no way of finding out what happens next. Bah.

September 09
A little social observation: a recent planning grant for a Domino's Pizza joint on Bridge Street in Ringsend. Almost all of the conditions listed pertain to the construction itself; there's a restrictino on opening hours that outlasts the construction, but that's more-or-less it. Now, should you happen by that outlet on any given day, you'll find a line of delivery bikes (motor and not) "parked" along the double yellow lines. Because there's nowhere else within a reasonable distance to park your delivery bike. (delivery trucks for this Domino's, I'm sure, pull in on the pavement, blocking it and the road; or they'll pull in outside the church on Thorncastle Street, again on the pavement, causing a hazard for left-turning traffic from Bridge Street). I see a lot of this around the city: new uses for old places with no apparent consideration given to what changes they'll make to traffic in the area, or what access is required for deliveries to and from the place, and in the end you wind up with illegal and dangerous parking. I'm no expert on planning regulations, but this seems like an obvious point to consider in a city full of narrow streets.