A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
- October 23
- WTF Windows: Immunet managed to fill 170GB of disk with logfiles
which couldn't be removed without uninstalling it, and when the
disk filled an attempt to have Adobe Reader print a few pages
resulted in it claiming that no pages had been selectd for
printing. Well done, QA departments!
- October 22
- Mother's Day came across as a
disjoint first-time movie from some famous person's kid, as that'd
be the only way to explain the cast; turns out it's Pretty
Woman guy's last movie, and I have no idea why it was so
disjoint. There are genuine laugh-out-loud moments in this, and
then there's... long stretches of meh.
Caught the second half of Abraham Lincoln:
Vampire Hunter as well. I think everything you need to know
about that is in the title. I certainly wouldn't pay to see
- October 16
- After waiting on a du -s * invocation that ran for
several days I discovered the principal consumer of my
large storage array is, in fact, backups of the Mac Mini. So I'm
mining that right now to find out exactly why. I've already
discovered I was saving backups of a bunch of movie files (ripped
DVDs, mainly, which I'd done as an experiment in archiving the DVD
collection) among other things. And while Time Machine does smart
things with hard links to avoid duplicating static data, it
apparently doesn't help when I decide to move these files around
- October 15
- Watched The Fifth Element; can't
quite recall when I last watched this, but it's in my collection,
and it's a really sharp piece of work. By which I mean a funny
sci-fi which can't possibly even being to take itself seriously
(but at the same time it's not Spaceballs). Quite the
cast, too. If you haven't seen this, you really should fix
- October 11
- Seriously, BBC?
| 2016-10-10 10:14:08||'Creepy clown' police warnings as craze spreads|
| 2016-10-11 10:33:45||'Creepy clowns' craze: Professionals hit out at pranksters|
| 2016-10-11 11:54:32||'Creepy clowns' craze: Professionals hit out at pranksters|
| 2016-10-11 11:45:13||Clown sightings: Industry 'devastated' by prank craze|
| 2016-10-11 11:05:05||I am a 'killer clown'|
| 2016-10-11 12:05:18||'Clown' caught on camera peering at restaurant diners|
| 2016-10-11 14:20:52||'Creepy clown' sorry for chainsaw stunt amid rise in sightings|
| 2016-10-11 18:06:14||#killerclowns: Have we had enough of the creepy craze?|
- October 9
- Aside from having to run fsck when it booted, the
laptop seems to be showing no signs of stress. Hrm.
Entertaining paperchase trying to recover cert passwords. If you
use Apple's Server Manager to generate a CSR, you never actually
see the password used. It's stored in the keychain, and there's a
helper application to pull it out when required. If you kill your
Mac, you just need to fetch it from the keychain.
Did I mention it was the System Keychain? So, you just need to add
your backup of the System Keychain to Keychain Access, open up the
relevant certificate record, and you're done.
You can't open it because the Mac wants a password for the old
System Keychain. You don't have that, do you? And you tried all
your passwords. Turns out it's kept in /var/db/SystemKey, and the
tools that know about that can't be told to look elsewhere (so you
can't, for example, say "open this keychain with this
SystemKey) leaving you slightly stranded.
I contemplated setting up enough of a chroot environment to run
the keychain utilities, but then figured that it'd be talking to a
running daemon (kcproxy) which wouldn't have access to the
relevant data - or would be looking outside the chroot - so I hit
up Google instead.
all you need to do is give it the key. Easy-peasy: python
chainbreaker.py -f OldSystem.keychain -k $(cat OldSystemKey)
HAHAHAH. Seriously, getting tired of this.
So the guy who wrote chainbreaker has a website where he
describes the format of the SystemKey file, so armed with that:
python chainbreaker.py -f OldSystem.keychain -k $(echo $(od -tx1 -j8 -N24 OldSystemKey |cut -c10- )|sed -e 's/ *//g')
- October 8
- Just about have the Mac Mini back up and running, and then the
harddrive on the laptop goes CLICK and the whole thing freezes.
I'm going to bed.
- October 5
- Making various forays into restoring data onto the Mac
Mini. Curious what loses access - DropBox, for example, figured it
no longer knew me, and iTunes claimed the machine wasn't
authorised for purchases - then when I tried to authorise it, it
said the machine was already
- October 3
- Ok, so Drobo's finished its recovery, and now suggesting I
should add another disk. Y'know, to keep the other 4TB disk
HAHAHA NO. Not until I've done some investigation of what might
need offsite backup.
Started reading Neuromancer for the umpteenth time after
finding some Sprawl-branded tshirts and stickers
- October 2
- Back in Dublin, and Mr. Drobo... TA-DA! My 4TB of data has
reappeared. There's still another 30 hours of disk juggling for
Drobo to do, but I can't say I'm not relieved that I've not lost
all that data.
Now to actually see what's there.
- October 1
- Hurrah! Q4 is here! battens down hatches
Off to Waterford for another celebration of Dad's
birthday and my parents' wedding anniversary. When you get to
Significant Digits on these occasions, you get to celebrate them
as many times as you like.
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