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Locale revisited

So I thought I’d solved my Firefox language problems, but then I clicked on the empty-tab page. And that was still in Dutch. I did some more wailing on Mastodon, which duly crossed the bridge to Twitter, where a helpful soul on the Firefox support team picked it up. Hey, you can download Firefox in

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What the bleep, Firefox?

I thought I’d changed all the system settings: set the system language to en-GB and the fallback language to en-US, kept all the locale settings Netherlands (after all I want the right timezone, money format, etcetera) except Time-and-Date. But Firefox was partly in Dutch. I tried to find a language setting in Preferences but all

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Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen

Monday mid-afternoon the doorbell rang. LAPTOP! First impression: oh wow. Wonderful, wonderful non-reflecting screen (which was just about the only gripe I had with the dear little old Helix: one doesn’t want to stare oneself in the face all the time while writing). Decent Lenovo keyboard. Matte black case that’s just asking to have a

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Free as in beer

Drinking the alcohol-free beer Stuart gave me in Berlin. Surprisingly nice, slightly bitter without the sickly-sweet undertone that alcohol-free beer tends to have. Oh, and that laptop? It’s the new one. Running Ubuntu now, with Plasma on top (does that make it technically Kubuntu?) I sort of promise to blog about the trouble we had

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Sprint highlights

My other half already said all of it here, so I’ll just add my personal highlights. Most salient: I felt like a full participant this time, not just the cook and quartermaster and general dogsbody, hanging around while the cool people were doing cool things (to be fair, the previous time I would probably have

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Twitter following policy

(Linked from my twitter bio) Who I follow People I already know from another context (meatspace, Usenet, mailing lists, IRC) and like, or at least feel we have something in common. People I find myself in conversation with, or who follow me, who seem worth knowing. Local businesses I have a personal attachment to. Miscellaneous:

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I’m going to Akademy. Eeek!

The fact that I’m going doesn’t cause eeek-ness (that’s more like wheee-ness, it’s my first time and I’ve always been envious) but my other half said that it might be a good thing to give a fast-track or lightning talk about the Krita artist interviews. Called something like “showcasing our artists”. I like to be

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what the bleep

Apparently my laptop has discovered this “wireless power” thing all by itself. (this was in Madrid, which I’ll blog about more extensively when I have collected my thoughts and am not distracted by Deryni books)

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Search and replace spam

After the War and Peace ebook disaster, which I still think may be an elaborate hoax, I had a local search-and-replace deluge of my own. I had a few dozen in all before the self-learning filters got the message. The subjects varied, but they all came down to “we couldn’t process your bank payment” in

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It’s dead, Jim. But wait…

My old Lenovo had been making ominous noises for a while– it was the fan, not the disk, fortunately. When it was the disk a few months ago we fortunately had another broken laptop lying around with an unbroken disk, larger than mine too. On Wednesday night the noise changed into something so much like

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