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[16:47] Security aside, I've found another reason why I want my users to lock their workstation when they leave their desk. Due to renovations we're a little short on rooms right now and there is one person on a desk right in front of the server room. I'm currently replacing parts of the network infrastructure and have to switch stuff around in the server room every now and then, but since I don't want to annoy this person all the time I try to time my works to when they are not at their desk. Easier said than done for a few reasons, so I made use of powershell to remotely check whether their computer is locked, indicating the office is not in use at this moment.
This did work a few times, but today, after a quick check of their lock status and finding the computer unlocked I decided to call it a day and go home, only to meet the coworker in the lobby. Apparently they left to take a break and didn't lock their computer. Narf.
[21:21] KeePass is kind of like a grimoire. It contains loads of arcane words that will unlock things for me. I'll have to find a new icon for the launcher. Like this one, maybe. And while I'm at it -- maybe replace the terminal icon with a magic mirror or something. Ah, stuff to to toy around with.
[22:08] Updated gmb again. Replaced the input method (
read) with a call to an actual text editor (defined in gmbrc). Way more comfortable to use now. I feel like gmb finally became the exact tool I wanted. ^_^
Update: Aaaaand I found a new bug. Great.
Update: Fixed it.
[21:33] Almost seven years old blog post, but still an issue: Blogger fails at showing content without JS. The blog mentioned there appears to have been moved to Wordpress in the meantime, but the problem persists and actually has gotten worse. I've set my browsers up to not execute JS by default (because security) and quite a lot of websites seem to be totally blank unless I allow JS to run. Seriously, how can people fail so hard at displaying text?
[20:58] I finally took the time to set up this old computer. Running Lubuntu though, not BSD. I'm a bit saddend that, despite it's age, this little machine easily outplays my ThinkPad when it comes to battery life.
[19:49] Weird things I do: When I have to click or tap "I accept $stuff" on any device with a camera that is not covered, I'll keep my face out of said camera's view when clicking. Just in case.
[19:22] Huh. Turns out I'm a bit of a tab hoarder. Firefox just asked me if I was sure to close 1256 tabs. oO (I have it set to re-open tabs in the next session, which usually works just fine, but this time I had a private mode window opened and was aboutto close the non-private window first, triggering the question.)
[20:44] I recently came to the insight that Powershell, albeit an efficient tool set, is no fun to use at all, because this thing is seriously fucking verbose.
[20:39] So this is what it is like to be fired by a machine. Nonfiction. Scary.
[19:55] A while ago I came across a community that used a shared Google doc as a makeshift web forum. I thought I had mentioned it here before, but I must have forgotten. Anyway, I like the idea.
"While you sign on to the Internet ... you are increasingly being watched and tracked."Clairvoyant piece of advice written in December 1996.
[21:02] While the GDPR aims to regulate the use of personal data, Richard Stallman proposes a law to stop collection of unnecessarry data altogether. He's right about that.
In this context I'd like to point you to paragraph 3a of the german federal data protection act:
"Die Erhebung, Verarbeitung und Nutzung personenbezogener Daten und die Auswahl und Gestaltung von Datenverarbeitungssystemen sind an dem Ziel auszurichten, so wenig personenbezogene Daten wie möglich zu erheben, zu verarbeiten oder zu nutzen."
("Personal data are to be collected, processed and used, and processing systems are to be designed in accordance with the aim of collecting, processing and using as little personal data as possible.", full translation here)
This concept is named "Datensparsamkeit", which roughly translates to "data avoidance", "data minimization" or "data reduction". So, german law actually requires what RMS proposes. (YMMV, though ...)
Personally, I refuse to add trackers like Piwik or Google Analytics here and on my actual personal website. Also I wont add external scripts, fonts et cetera, which I also consider trackers. Datensparsamkeit seems like a good idea.
One line is all it takes, apart from that it is all but plain HTML. Now, any volunteers ready to tell the "tons and tons of CSS plus JS to make everything responsive" jerks? :)
[22:49] Researchers on the University at Buffalo are working on a way to measure the heart in order to use it as a biometric identifier.
[00:27] Among the Lego sets of 2018 that I absolutely need to get is 75932, which features the control room of the original Jurassic Park movie. Yes, it does refer to the UNIX system scene. It has a work station with Dennis Nedry on one screen and, from what I can tell on the images on the box, fsn on the other.
There will be a Lego set including a UNIX workstation. I feel I'm a bit more enthused than I should be. :D
[00:18] I have a habit of saving interesting URLs in textfiles to later revisit those websites. Those textfiles are stored in a variety of places, I just found a load of those on an old flash drive. In them, some links to domains that are parked, articles 404'ing me and redirects to other domains that I don't even have a remote interest in. I really should start adding keywords and/or comments to those URLs ...
Also, since quite a few of those URLs went straight into links on this very blog, I guess should fiddle around a little and build a tool that checks my archive for dead links, 404 messages and redirects.
[00:18] Aww, cute. Old Friends Computer Rescue is taking care of "older, unused computers". I was a bit surprised to see an RPi and an iPhone in there, but I guess given modern release cycles these things may be reckoned old after all.