tech

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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Messing about with Inkscape

The roleplaying campaign brought us to unmapped territory, and even the mapped territory was badly mapped, so I set about making a better map. After unsuccessfully trying to install Krita, and then (with Kubuntiac’s excellent script) successfully installing Krita, I loaded the existing map into Inkscape anyway because, confound it, I want my map to

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Well, that was easy

Last week I nipped into the little supermarket for some last-minute shopping and ran into D, who I know slightly. “You know about computers, don’t you?” she asked. I said “well…” because I wasn’t looking forward to solving her Windows malware problems, or setting up hardware, but it turned out that she wanted to try

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From the ashes

To counter the impression that this new incarnation of my blog is all about church stuff with a space to debate atheism, here are some pictures of Calcifer the server doing its phoenix thing: Here’s the little server behind the big laptop. A cable runs all the way to the router in the other room.

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Hello world!

I’m leaving in the title because it seems appropriate. (This is also a post to avoid having the very first post on a new blog be about St Mary of Egypt. Expect some Mary of Egypt ranting soon.) I’ve wanted to experiment with WordPress for my blog for a long time, and setting up a

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Activities rock!

(Republished from Found Objects 2 and post-dated at a conjecture, because I lost the original dates in a server move) I think I’ve got the hang of desktop activities now. For a while I liked the idea in theory, and even had a couple, but never really used them because I didn’t use a lot

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