Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

May 21
BBC wrestling with trademarks and spelling today:
2019-05-21 03:35 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in technicolour'
2019-05-21 06:05 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in Technicolour'
2019-05-21 06:35 Niki Lauda obituary: 'A remarkable life lived in Technicolor'
You'd sort of expect something like this would have been prepared in advance, wouldn't you?

May 16
This broadcast comes to you from our new digs on the west side of Dublin, since the regular spot is undergoing a bit of surgery that will make it somewhat uninhabitable. We actually moved in here last Friday, but it's taken a while to get things sufficiently settled, and we decided tonight should be a night off from moving / packing / unpacking.

The move weekend itself was a barrel of laughs: So that's why we're on a night off tonight.

May 5
Windows machine insisting that files suffixed ".pdf" are of type "Chrome HTML File (pdf)". None of the obvious tricks to change this to something sane - such as, say, "PDF file" - seem to have any effect. They're definitely PDF files, though. My understanding of this is that Chrome has, very much in the fashion of every other piece of Windows software, attempted to lay claim to the Default Application space in every area it can, and has done so in a way that sneaks beneath the standard control panel. The simple act of opening Adobe Acrobat seems to have changed the default app for opening these files to Acrobat, but they're still labeled as Chrome HTML files. What a pile of junk.

May 3
Keeping, somewhat, with the recent theme of Movies About Iconic English Queens: if it hadn't been in the credits, I'd have had a hard time believing that Martin Scorsese directed The Young Victoria. I mean, nobody gets bloodily dismembered at any point (there is a shooting, but only wounding and all very much shot in a way that emphasises the drama, not the blood). The story is funny, it's cute, it's romantic, it's believable, and apparently it mostly sticks to the facts - I suspect there's probably a good deal more historical accuracy going on in the set-dressing, scenery and backgrounds than the scant bits mentioned on the IMDb Trivia page.

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