A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- August 31
- It appears that my banking scripts are not working due to
something deep in the heart of MacOS: neither Perl, python, nor
openssl s_client can connect to the bank's website, and the best
hint I have so far is that it's down to the fact that the OpenSSL
libraries on MacOS appear to support TLS 1, while the website
would prefer a newer version.
curl works, which definitely points a finger at openssl, since
MacOS curl uses a different security infrastructure. So now I need
to figure out if I can use that same infrastructure from Python or
Perl without going all HomeBrew on my system.
- August 28
- Sorcerer's apprentice script opened a large number of Safari
tabs on the Mac Mini, causing processes to start dying. Eventually
decided rebooting was the best option.
Oh yeah. DSPsrv SMTP is back on-line, but I've not yet done the
magic that makes it whitelisted, so your sending experiences may
- August 26
- Boston & New York. Did, approximately in order:
- One of the tunnels. Midtown.
- Downtown/Midtown bus tour
- Liberty Island / Statue of Liberty
- WTC Memorial Plaza
- Zuccotti Park food truck
- Chinatown (we actually stayed in Chinatown)
- Little Italy
- Central Park (including part of the uptown bus tour, and a hot
dog from a cart)
- East Village
- High Line
- Night tour (including Brooklyn Bridge)
- Drivebys (i.e. we didn't go inside) of the Liberty Tower,
Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Battery Park
"MIB" building, and a couple of others.
- Boston Duck Tour (I drove the Duck!)
- MIT Museum and a bit of the campus
- Part of the Harvard campus
- Boylston / Newbury shopping axis
- Cambridge Galleria
- Much less tourist and more slacking off stuff
On the way home, watched Captain America: Civil War; I spent
a good deal of the movie trying to figure out if the story was a
metaphor for something, which I guess means I wasn't fully engaged
with it; add to that a small screen, constant external
distractions (crying children, engine noise), and encroaching
tiredness, and I guess the fact that I enjoyed it means it was a
pretty good movie. I will note that I've missed one of the
franchise, so there were back-references to events I wasn't aware
of, and a couple of characters I didn't recognise. Oh, and yet
another endearing Spider-man was cool, but really, how many
recent reboots of this character have we had now?
- August 15
- Sing Street: if you like 80s music
and a bit of Irish nostalgia, you'll love this. In particular, if
the sound of Phil Lynnot's Yellow Pearl doesn't
immediately make you think of a Top of the Pops countdown, this
movie might not be for you; otherwise, jump right in. Brilliantly
written, fantastic music (especially the original
- August 14
- DSPsrv should now be available for Web, DNS, IMAP/IMAPS and POP
access. I've not yet turned SMTP access back on as I need to get
AWS to whitelist it for outbound email and add a reverse DNS
record. Also, I've done very little update to the hosted domains,
so it's still probably advertising some incorrect addresses -
certainly the IPv6 ones still point at the old box.
- August 13
- More rewatching: Wolverine, which was
an ok movie this time around.
DSPsrv news: with some jiggery-pokery, the DSPsrv box is now
running in AWS. I need to do a bit more work before it's fully
back in service, but not much.
Watched about half of Gladiator as well. Funny how the
accents make it sort of hark back to the epic movies of the
- August 10
- Curious. My Perl banking modules - not updated publicly in ages,
but I've been nudging away at the private copy - are today
returning a 500 when I try to talk to the bank's website. Wonder
- August 9
- Watched Chef
again. Still awesome.
- August 6
- Oh look. My "good friends" at TomTom have sent me
... a customer satisfaction survey.
I have no words. Or at least no polite ones, anyway.
- August 3
- Well, that was just precious: TomTom got back to me to say,
whoops, that update we told you would fix everything is Windows
only and we don't plan on fixing the broken Mac software
until the end of the year. Awesome customer service. I'm only
using TomTom because it's embedded in the car; this certainly
dispels any notions I might have had about getting or recommending
them for non-embedded use.
Wonder if my car manufacturer would give me the option to flip to
Garmin? The software's little better, but at least it works on a
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