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[21:38] I'm kind of impressed by myself that I was able to make it without a password manager all these years. Since I'm using KeePass I'm getting an impression of how many passwords I had in my brain all this time. On the other hand, I also realized how many I forgot and how some were comparatively weak. Feels better with this tool.
[17:46] A Googlewhack is "a Google search query consisting of exactly two words without quotation marks, that returns exactly one hit". Interesting challenge. For some reason, my brain just brought up Quines.
[17:37] Zero shadow moment, called Lahaina Noon in Hawaii, is a situation in which, due to the sun's position, objects do not have shadows. (To their sides, that is. Beneath them still, of course.) Try a Google image search, it looks interesting and a little spooky.
[17:12] A friend called for help because their computer would not mount a certain USB flash drive and require them to format it before use, which would result in data loss. PhotoRec to the rescue! Great tool.
To count as being part of the web, your app or page must:(via)
- Be linkable, and
- Allow any client to access it.
[20:32] Finally I have a fresh install of a more up-to-date version of Ubuntu on my laptop. My previous setup was pretty messed up witch a partially encrypted dual boot system and quite a few files and settings that I did not want to screw around with, yet did not have the time to clean up properly, so I just harvested an SSD from another machine that I was not using anymore and switched it with the old one. Keeping all my data, yet making room for a new setup.
I actually spent about an hour trying to get Xfce to suit my needs, but I've grown accustomed to GNOME Shell way too much, so I ended up with this DE again.
[22:15] While we're at mobile operating systems: I have also tried Windows 10 mobile last year. I did actually like the interface, however I was not satisfied with the available apps. Especially the preinstalled map was a real pain, plus I could not install Google Maps. Since I had to travel cross country and had to find my way in two pretty large cities at this time this was a big con. Had there been some more apps in the Store, I might have kept using it.
[19:33] I've been using an iPhone SE for the past six months. My first reason was to get to know iOS a bit better, since I had never had my fingers on it for more than a few moments. My second, rather long term reason was the fact that Apple provides updates for their devices for a longer time than most manufacturers shipping Android. My previous phone, for example, was stuck with Android 4.4 and would never see an update. A dangerous fact, which had me trim the Android back to a camera and portable audio player, always in airplane mode to keep it away from the internet.
In the beginning I liked the iPhone. Switching to it was fairly easy, quality seemed decent, the system responded quickly. The few apps I required did work without any difficulty. My only objection was the microphone, because more often than not people aksed me to call them from another phone because they could hardly hear me. An issue that I worked around using a headset.
However, in the last two months the overall picture began to shift. The phone app would occasionally be completely silent, me not hearing my conversational partners at all, neither regular, nor on speaker or headset. Also, sometimes the phone wouldn't dial but immediately quit the call, forcing me to fiddle with airplane mode. To boot, the phone would not accept my SIM card PIN when I restarted it, always forcing me to unlock the SIM with my PUK and set a new PIN -- which, again, it would somehow lose. (I'm keeping and updating this in my password manager. It is not like I'd always enter a wrong number.)
Some really annoying issues that I never faced on Android. Issues that could cause trouble, too. I missed an important call from the company I work for this morning, because the phone yet again decided to be all silent (which, as I double checked, was not a settings issue) and only responded two hours later. Good thing I can dial into our servers from home and quickly fix stuff if need be. Still, it cost me two hours, which might have been fatal.
Really bad impression I got from this phone. I'll most likely be back on Android sooner or later. Maybe Treble, to be introduced with Android O, will help improve this affair with phones not getting updates. Else I'll just stick with cheap devices to keep for one year and switch whenever those are out of support. Since my needs are pretty low, this might work for me.
[23:11] I found out today that Lego made an E.T. minifig and could not stop myself from buying it. I don't even know what Lego Dimensions is about, but I still wanted to have this minifig. Loved the movie.
"I love this insight that the internet which was designed to withstand a nuclear strike can't withstand an attack by rogue refrigerators."(Mark Shuttleworth)
[21:01] Uh, almost missed to mention the date. May the Fourth be with you!
(With Towel Day coming up, I wonder how my colleagues might react to me carrying a towel at work.)