Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
I have been complaining about Daylight Saving time for as long as I can remember. It's good to learn that there is actually some science to back up my annual rants.
Friday, February 25, 2022
This comic, which portrays a very cynical view of the world (a common feature of comics by its author), calls to mind a very famous quote from the Talmud (Pirkei Avot, aka "Ethics of the Fathers", Chapter 4, mishna 1):
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
In other words, if you are victim of a ransomware attack, you're screwed no matter what you do. Even if you pay up, there's a good chance you won't get your data back and your confidential data may still be published.
So, (desptie the article's headline), the best you can hope for is to get yourself operational by restoring from a backup (be sure to retain several, in case your most recent one was corrupted by the attack), and don't pay the ransom.
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Which was a very welcome surprise. Then I saw the following article, posted only a few hours later:
So, apparently, the Human Rights Council opposes Jew hatred, but not when it's coming from other UN agencies. Why am I not the least bit surprised?
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
I completely understand the desire to censor all of Dahl's work from history because of his anti-semitism.
On the other hand, with Netflix buying Dahl's estate, I no longer feel uncomfortable buying his famous children's books because the money will no longer be going to his family (which seems to have taken a conspicuously long time to publicly disagree with Roald's statements).
Of course, I don't approve of Netflix's politics very much either, but that's another discussion.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Wow. A chain of good intentions all leading to an exploitable system vulnerability. I realize that Razer has (or will soon) fix this bug in their driver installation tool, but it seems to me that Microsoft should do something to prevent this from being possible in the future. Maybe do something so an installer trying to open a URL (or an Explorer process) does so at the user's normal privilege level instead of at the driver installer's level (which, of course, needs to be at a higher level in order to perform the installation).
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Homestar Runner is/was a web site full of silly animations and games, written almost entirely in Flash. Unfortunately, with the demise of Adobe Flash, most of the site ended up a giant mess of broken links. And for those of us who got rid of Flash before Adobe shut it down, the site stopped working a long time ago.
Fortunately, it appears that some enterprising engineers develpped Ruffle, a Flash Player emulator that can be embedded in web sites, and the Homestar Runner people have been busy converting their site over to it.
As its disclaimer says, "Not every cartoon and game works perfectly just yet so be patient and expect some jankiness here and there while we keep a-workin!", but it is pretty good. And I can once again enjoy all of the StrongBad Emails, not just the ones that have been converted to YouTube videos.
And since this post wouldn't be complete without them, here are a few of my all-time favorite StrongBad e-mail videos:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
I just saw this message this morning. So Google shuts down yet another really useful web service, forcing the rest of us to scramble in search of an alternative.
Once again, the point is hammered home: If you aren't paying for the service, then you are not the customer, you are the product. And cloud-based software means it can be taken away from you at any time and you will have absolutely no recourse when it happens.
And now I need to either switch back to using locally-stored bookmark files, create a web page somewhere to provide remote access, or switch to a different cloud service and risk them in turn going away.
And now my question to you: Is there a good alternative? Ideally, it should offer:
- Stored on an Internet-hosted server so I can access bookmarks when I'm away from home
- Cross-platform. Should work with multiple browsers (especially Firefox, but ideally others as well) and on multiple platforms (Windows, macOS and Linux)
- Have a convenient browser add-on so the bookmarks can be presented as a menu somewhere (ideally on its bookmarks toolbar)
If you know of any other good alternatives, please let me know.