Author: mike

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Super Nerdy: Anki + Fedora 30

This is super nerdy, but Anki 2.1.15-1.fc30 simply would not run on my Fedora 30 machine. It kept crashing out with: Traceback (most recent call last): File “/usr/bin/anki”, line 6, in import aqt File...

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Bye SpamGourmet

The greatest email service hardly anyone ever heard of, SpamGourmet, is shutting down after the owner tragically developed GBM. I’ve used SpamGourmet for nearly 20 years to block spam from finding me. It was...

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30 Years!

This week marks the 30th year anniversary of me posting my first message on the Internet (and getting flamed back) just after the Great Renaming. It’s all been my very own Eternal September since....

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Mo Borders, Mo Troubles

Wrt Brexit’s Irish Question… During “The Troubles“, there were 3,600 people killed, over 50,000 injured, and thousands of bombs (this is only a small sample of notables). By the 1990s, the impact and economic...

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The Old Iron Dream

Noted radical activist for The Old Iron Dream, Jerry Pournelle, has died. He was a pioneer of word processing in fiction. Rather fittingly, his final blog entry from last Thursday suggested a “Service Guarantees...

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is You Takin’ Notes?

The NYT has a story that’s really something. An “earlier” copy of a memo Trump wrote firing FBI Director Comey is now in possession of the Mueller investigation. Some key takeaway points are that...

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Heavily Weathered

Bruce Sterling has a way of being so right, he throws out asides in his books that for many writers would be centerpieces. In the spirit of the times, I’ve been re-reading “Heavy Weather”,...

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Sonarr, Mono, and TLS, Oh My

So my Sonarr on CentOS 7.3 just stopped working. Error contacting all newsnab indexers over https. Among a bunch of traces to Mono, it was throwing this exception: Error: SecureChannelFailure (Object reference not set...

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With No Paddle

Venn diagrams have had quite a surge of publicity recently, trying to simplify representations of the different supra-national European organisations. I like this one, because it shows how the UK is now currently occupying...