My last name is a technical hurdle. At least, for many people. In this high-tech, modern, globalized society, one would expect that a simple accented character shouldn’t be an issue. After all, even a small child can write Stüvel correctly with a stick in the mud.
My favourite password management tool, pwsafe, is getting old. It’s no longer part of Ubuntu and I’ve had to compile it myself for quite a while now. It’s also not supported on Android, and shows other signs of aging.
New laptops often are shipped with the Windows product key stored in the EFI/BIOS/whatever. The result is that you don’t get a product key prompt any more. Great for reinstalls, as copying the key by hand is very error-prone.
The Android XBMC Remote app has a “Power on” button. This button sends a wake-on-lan (WOL) packet to the XBMC server, so that it can wake up. However, my XBMC server runs all kinds of server stuff, so I don’t want to let it sleep.
To sync my mail between computers I use offlineimap on a secure filesystem. Today I mistakenly ran offlineimap before mounting the secure filesystem, which caused it to duplicate all emails. Not wanting to do any manual work to fix this, I wrote a small Python 3 program that repaired the damage.
Big Brother is watching you. More and more invasions of your rights are done in the quest for “digital rights management” and “protection of intellectual property”. Check out Farhad Manjoo’s post Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four, as he describes it much better than I ever could.
Ubuntu uses quite a nifty package manager. It keeps track of which file belongs to which package. Not only that - it also keeps track of which packages you requested, and which were installed as a dependency.