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Being The Geekly Diary of Waider
(may contain traces of drinking, movies, and sport)
March 18
Ooop, been a bit quite here lately.

Had a "six nations, beer and dinner" weekend with The Lads in Tramore. That was fun, not least because Ireland won their match.

Ireland went on to win the six nations with a game to spare, then beat England to win the Grand Slam and the triple crown. Note, fourth Grand Slam, not third: the women's team took the grand slam in 2013.

We're up to Season 5 in the X-Files: this is apparently the season where the writers stopped caring because David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and occasionally Mitch Pileggi and frankly who needs a coherent script? There're a few iffy episodes here, and then a bunch of retreads of previous episodes, then an actual retread complete with the bad guy from the previous episode. But hey, David and Gillian and Mitch!

I'm being harsh. We're enjoying it, even if we're mocking the fact that Scully is still coming up with impossible scientific explanations after five years and first-hand experiences, and both Mulder and Scully are taking risks in pursuit of the unknown that normal people wouldn't take, much less trained FBI agents (e.g. let's split up and not keep each other posted on each other's progress so that we're both in constant jeopardy).

Updating TomTom GPS, once again proving to be as "good" as Garmin ever was: "Your GPS is up-to-date!" "But we're downloading a critical update!" "But your GPS is definitely up-to-date!" "Wait, have you logged in?" "The account you've supplied doesn't exist!" "Your account is locked for Security Reasons!" "It’s tricky remembering all those passwords, isn’t it? Thankfully, updating your TomTom password is easy."1 "Hey, there's an update for GPS, but it will take a long time to download on your 9,600 baud modem!" "We're updating your GPS from the USB key you've plugged in. Please note that the GPS will try to sleep from inactivity before the update completes, at which point you'll need to start over, so please periodically prod the display to convince it it's being used."

1This is an actual message if you request a password reset because - I am inferring - the desktop app saved the old password and hammered your recently password-changed account with it until you got locked out, and the app doesn't understand "your account is locked out" as an error message so tells you your account doesn't exist instead.

February 25
And now back in Dublin watching Ireland's women's team taking on Wales and (so far) doing as well as, or better than their male counterparts.

In the finest Irish tradition, the Irish let their guard down, but managed not to lose the plot entirely and came back to a fantastic win including bonus point.

February 23
In Tramore to watch Ireland wrestle a win out of Wales, and Scotland do a joyful stompy dance on England. The atmosphere in the pub was something else entirely. I imagine there'll be a few broken chariots on the island next door tomorrow morning.

February 22
Hmm. Seems like my OpenHAB script is not actually taking effect: it's apparently not sending the command(s) to the TRV, so the next time the TRV checks in it's still at the old temperature. Need to figure this one out.

Hmm. Seems I need both a sendCommand and a postUpdate. Documentation for this stuff is sparse, so I'm intuiting that the former updates the device, and the later updates the control system.

February 17
The Great Password Scrub is largely complete. I'm left with a bunch of warnings (I decided that my audit script should flag entries without a URL, for example) and some sanity-checking, but for the most part everything has been updated or deleted as appropriate.

We're well into Season 4 of the X-Files, and both Scully and Skinner have been roped into Mulder's crazed worldview somewhat, but what impressed me recently was the "Memoirs of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" episode; the episode itself was a bit twee, but the attention to detail in the JFK segment was applause-worthy. References to curtain rods, Oswald being startled by his boss and a cop on the stairs, Oswald yelling about police brutality as he was removed from the theatre... all factual, or at least presented as evidence during the subsequent investigations. Nicely done, X-Files.

February 14
With some effort, managed to write a hook for OpenHAB that detects that I've replaced the battery in a TRV (well, ok, it detects that the temperature is below what I'd normally set it to) and resets it. I'm actually kinda surprised that this took no more than ten minutes to get right, but on the other hand I did spend a few hours looking at this some weeks ago so it's not like I was starting from zero.

February 10
Went to a cookery class and made macarons. NOM.

February 09
Printers: the eternal bane of my IT life. This morning I am attempting a simple task, printing a 16-page PDF on my slightly aged Canon Pixma MP480. I have had to resort to printing no more than two pages at a time, as any more causes the printer to crash. And by crash I mean it sits there displaying its "I'm doing something, honest" display, while nothing actually happens, and neither the cancel nor the (soft) power button elicit any response - I have to pull the power cord to get it back.

Further weirdness: accidentally spool to wrong printer. Drag print job from wrong printer to right printer (I love that this actually works on the Mac). Job which was sent to wrong printer as B/W miraculously becomes a full-colour job on the right printer.

Star Trek: First Contact is kinda fun, although there're a few bits where it feels like the pace could've been tightened up a bit. Picard going all Ahab and being called out by a "primitive" is amusing. The Borg themselves, though... they only attack if you're a threat. Or if it's convenient to the storyline. Or they don't attack, if it's convenient to the storyline. Trying to figure out if they will or not seems to be a dice-roll at best. Also, no paradox loop on account of Geordie and Riker being Zefrem's copilots? I guess this movie isn't one for thinking too deeply about.

February 02
Kingsman: the Golden Circle: fun, silly, but not quite as good as the first one. In particular, it felt a bit overdone on CGI in places, and if it wasn't, that's even worse, because that's how it looked.

January 31
Still trawling through passwords. It's an interesting exercise in archaeology if nothing else: some of the sites I had passwords for are long gone, some have changed sufficiently that my login no longer works. At some point I turned on password history globally so I'm not wholly sure my list of outdated passwords is correct, but the threshold is now down to 180 days - which I think is a reasonable place to leave it - so it won't take too long for any I missed to shake out. Current count: 59 passwords needing attention; either the password needs changing or the detail in the safe is missing some information (such as a URL).