A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- 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so I'm not wholly sure my list of outdated passwords is correct,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).
- January 29
- I've started learning how to write scripts for OpenHAB so I can do slightly
clever things like "if this TRV is checking in every five
minutes tell it to back off and save its
- January 27
- Twitter two-factor auth presents me with a QR-code. I scan it
with Google Authenticator, and get 4 identical accounts
added to the Authenticator. Whose fault is that?
Interesting. When I change the battery in a TRV, not only does its
temperature setpoint revert to 21°, it seems its default
wake-up time resets to 5 minutes as well.
- January 26
- The Lincoln Lawyer seems
like the sort of movie that should've turned into a franchise, or
maybe it should have been made-for-TV so they could make a series
out of it; the Lawyer in question is a nice mix of sleazy and
heart-of-gold, the story is good, and the cast is pretty
decent. Worth a look, especially if you've come across the book
version of the character.
- January 20
- Password cleanup: everything in the safe is now a year old or
less. This is good.
- January 19
Impossible: Rogue Nation: look, it's entirely predictable, or
near enough to that you won't be too surprised when the obvious
mask gag happens. But it's generally well-done predictable, and a
bit of fun for all that.
- January 16
- I got spam today in Irish. I was actually impressed.
(still fed it to my Junkmail system, though.)
X-Files: we've gotten to the end of Season 2, and I'm wondering
how much of this I actually saw when it was on the air - I was
never a follower, more I'd watch an episode if it happened to be
on the box. The season 2 ending is a pretty full-on cliffhanger,
and I have vague recollections of that railway boxcar, but in what
context I have no idea. Roll on season 3!
- January 13
- Despicable Me 3: loved it. Some
actual laugh-out-loud moments, plenty silly gags, a blast all
- January 12
- Rewatched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,
Spy, since Mrs. hadn't seen it and I recently re-read the
book. It's well-made, but I'm thinking Peter Guillam's live-in
lover was a bit extraneous given the original story already had
its implied other relationships that would have fit the bill, so
to speak; that aside, it sticks pretty closely to the book,
including making it difficult to figure out who the spy is until
late in the game - and of course when it comes to it, they make a
meal of the reveal. Good movie, worth a look, although oddly the
first time I watched it I was terribly disappointed with it. I'd
like to see the Alec Guinness version, mind you.
Actually, rereading my original comments on this I'm not sure why
I was quite so put off by the movie. Certainly I'd made the same
observation about Guillam, but I think the other things I disliked
about it are actually things that make it a deeper, more
engaging movie. (as opposed to the usual fluff I watch)
- January 11
- ...and then there's a NEW urgent Mac exploit to patch. Apple,
what's going on?
Reducing contact time for my collection of z-wave TRVs from 5
minutes to 15 minutes appears to be having a suitably impressive
impact on battery lifetime.
- January 9
- All Macs patched and rebooted.
- January 7
- Celebrating the last day of my Christmas holidays by coming down
with a cold. Feh.
- January 6
- Non-obvious learning of the day: if you have a password policy
in pwSafe, and you select the last checkbox - generate
pronouncable passwords - the only part of the policy that's
actually observed is the password length. The response I got to a
support request about this suggests that a fix may be in the
works. (pwSafe is a password manager for iOS and macOS).
- January 5
- Password-changing spree: Google sent me a notification that my
password had changed. To my gmail address. Which gmail filed as
Junk. NICE JOB, GOOGLE.
I now have no passwords older than 1600 days (a bit over 4 years)
except for the ones I couldn't change. I'm also deleting accounts
where relevant, and scrubbing passwords out of Safari entirely
since I read about sites sniffing your ID by generating hidden
How come noone told me I can link my DublinBikes account to my
Leap card? (to be fair, I'm not subscribed to newsletters from
either, so how else would I find this out other than by realising
that my DublinBikes password is in the Must Change list?)
The Limehouse Golem is a
nice little Victorian whodunnit, albeit a bit overcooked on the
gore in places, and the coda is ... odd. I figured out (ish)
whodunnit a little bit before the reveal, but that was close to
the end of the movie. Well worth a look.
- January 4
- Scanning in a bunch of photographs and prints for the
aforementioned genealogy backlog. I'd been using a
network-connected scanner to scan previously, but because of the
volume of stuff I need to go through I plugged the scanner
straight into the laptop. I'd forgotten that the macOS Image
Capture app had a bunch of nice features including "scan
everything on this page, but as individual items saved to separate
- January 3
- Safe was on satellite, so I
recorded it and watched it. Best described as "Jason Statham
needs to pay the bills".
- January 1
- Happy New Year, etc.
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