Herr Bischoff

Scratchpad for August 16 2020

The Mutt email client is 25 years old now. Still my preferred way to read email. If only there was no HTML-only email.

Oh Shit, Git!?! Essential overview of Git commands to un-fuck your repository. I knew most of them already but some I did not. Worth your time to read through it — and as a reference when you actually need it.

What is it like to go into lockdown for the second time? Australia is back in full lockdown and it’s taking its toll. This is what we’re all up against if we still think traveling during the summer vacation and going club hopping is a good idea right now.

AMC movie theaters will reopen on Aug. 20 with 15-cent tickets. In case there still wasn’t sufficient evidence that the US economy has lost its marbles, how about luring reluctant movie-goers with close-to-zero pricing into closed rooms for hours on end? In a country with now over 5 million COVID-19 infections no less.

We will pay for our summer vacations with winter lockdowns. COVID-19 is on the rise in Europe again.

Facebook claims Apple is damaging small businesses by collecting fees from paid events. This is rich, coming from Facebook. In fact, the sleaziness of this is right on character for them.

How to poison phishing sites with fake data. Awesome.

I Love MDN, or the cult of the free in action. This is a bitter rant in some way, yet I’m afraid the bitterness is rooted in a realistic assessment of the current situation and the probable future.

howdoi provides you with instant coding answers via the command line. Works better or worse, depending on your use case. Still, I commendable idea and undertaking.

Cache Directory Tagging Specification: Stumbled over this specification by chance. Despite first being released in 2004, I’ve never heard of it until a couple of days ago.

Police use live fire on protesters in Brest, Belarus. This is what an oppressive government in its death throes looks like.

Elite do-gooders ‘fixing’ the world are part of the problem. Nothing new to me but good to see that realizing this is gaining more mainstream appeal.

Reading a Panic Log in Catalina: Good explanation and very useful to know.

5G just got weird. I tremendously worry about the future of connectivity vs. privacy.

Windows 10 HOSTS file blocking telemetry is now flagged as a risk. The claims are a bit hyperbolic but it’s certainly interesting to see how Microsoft is going all-in on telemetry collection.

IPv4, IPv6, and a sudden change in attitude. Very much worth your time if your at all interested in networking and/or computing history.

The world in which IPv6 was a good design is another excellent article by the same author.

My GPT-3 Blog Got 26 Thousand Visitors in 2 Weeks: How a blog written by a computer program made it to #1 of Hacker News. Somehow, this is the logical conclusion of our current time.