Hacker's Diary

A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.

March 5
Last night, the phone refused to get on the wireless network, so I wound up restarting the Apple wifi box which sadly fixed the problem. Reassuringly, however, it appears that the MacBook is still refusing to get with the program.

(I hate when a simple reboot fixes things with no apparent explanation.)

Recent diggings in the family tree reveal that a townland in Clashmore, officially designated Ballynamultina (that's how it shows up on Griffiths', and that's generally taken as the official land registry version from 1850ish onwards) is more or less randomly rendered as Ballinamultina over the course of about 150 years of newspaper articles; the latter spelling is definitely preferred, but the former crops up as recently as the 1970s. This probably is of no interest to anyone except me.

(We will not speak of the other renderings.)

March 1
Transcendence does not know what sort of movie it wants to be: technology is bad, or technology is good. And there are plot holes you can drive a bus through. And the ending is screwy. And frankly this is a waste of good talent (Johnny Depp? Morgan Freeman?). It is not an actual terrible movie, but it's definitely not an actual good movie, either.

Hurrah, Ireland v. England rugby, in which Ireland triumphed. I spent most of the match making smart-arse comments on Twitter, some of which may actually have been funny.

I am having persistent wifi annoyance chez Waider. I bought an Airport box to break the reliance on the crappy wifi doodad that my current ISP provides, and you'd expect that Apple hardware would talk to other Apple hardware in a nice, sane, reliable fashion. Instead I periodically get the wifi icon doing its "I'm looking for the network" thing, followed by said icon presenting me with itself greyed out and with an exclamation mark over it. I've tried futzing with the channels in use to avoid channels used by other visible networks, and I've tried randomly swapping from the 5GHz network to the 2.4GHz one and back, and I've tried disabling and reenabling wifi, and basically the only thing that seems to work is giving up in frustration and trying again ten minutes later. What's really annoying is that I'm sitting here with an iPad and an iPhone connected to the exact same access point, and neither is having any trouble - it's just the MacBook that's complaining.

(Of course it'll turn out that Apple is doing something "clever" like trying to verify that I've got an actual Internet connection, or that I'm reaching a DHCP server, and the DHCP server is unhappy with me, or the routing is flaky, but the Mac won't actually tell me that, it'll just give me an exclamation mark. Bringing to mind the classic criticism levelled at Unix many years ago: car designed by Unix guy has a single warning sign on the dashboard, a question mark; the experienced user will know what's wrong.)

(Problem solved by manually setting up IP address, which suggests it is indeed a DHCP problem, which once more points the finger at my ISP's crappy hardware.)

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