The world according to Sven-S. Porst
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- The Guardian has a funny but on nasty immigrants.
Mark Pilgrim on, err, something.
John Gruber on
spray-on usability and the flawed perception of Linux advocates. While John nails it as far as the Linux guys are concerned – I'd still say that Apple's managing of printers isn't particularly intuitive these days. I mean, what do I know about ways to connect a printer? (More than I'd like to.) And how much do I care about them? And what are all those options for connection types/protocols? I want to see printers!
Another joke: Our student mail server was offline for two days because of a hardware fault. Sounds like a joke – sadly it isn't. Can hardware faults still count as an excuse for services as vital as e-mail these days? Luckily e-mail was designed fault tolerant enough to make sure messages still arrived after this. But it was sending messages which required a bit of trickery.
My approach to e-mail is a simple one: Send and retrieve all messages from one server. This seems to be the least painful method when wanting to be able to use e-mail from everywhere. I'll always have to ssh-tunnel my way to that server – giving the additional advantage that communication is encrypted. But it's always the same procedure and it tends to work even from the most 'secured'/inconvenient networks. By now I even have a script for it, thanks to a generous reader. Of course this means I totally have to rely on that e-mail server.
Another option I thought about was using encrypted POP/SMTP with authentification. But I don't have a server that's capable of those techniques and it seems to be more prone to failure as some overzealous firewalls might forbid those types of connections (cf. our department).
Another extremely bad joke: Apparently I can't send e-mail to an address in my department using my address from my department via another server because of
451 Temporary local problem - please try later
as I am told more than a day later. All other combinations of servers and sending/receiving addresses work. (Needless to say that the 'temporary' problem is persistent.
Is it possible that our Windows 'friends' have a new virus going? I have unprecendented levels not only of spam but also of messages with dodgy attachments in my inbox.
April 3, 2004, 13:16
Trackback “CUPS and Usability”
from Michael Tsai’s Weblog:
Eric Raymond: I’ve just gone through the experience of trying to configure CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System. It has proved a textbook lesson in why nontechnical people run screaming from Unix. Eric Raymond: Good UI design, and doing the rig…
April 3, 2004, 23:43
Out & About
- Apr 20 Faber, Mojo
- Apr 21-23 Frankfurt
- Apr 22 see #12, Wiesbaden
- May 5-7 Frankfurt
- May 17 HH.js
- May 25-28 Frankfurt
- Jun 3 Göttingen
- Jun 4 Cardiff
- Jun 5 Bath
- Jun 6-10 Cornwall
- Jun 11-13 Brighton
- Jun 13-14 London
- Jun 15-16 Cambridge
- Jun 17-18 Bremen
- Jul 2 Arcade Fire, Berlin
- Jul 14 Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen, Hafenklang
- Jul 22-23 Frankfurt
- Aug 10-12 Haldern Pop
- Aug 18-20 Göttingen
- Sep 16-17 Freiburg
- Oct 12 Sigur Rós, Hamburg
- Oct 26 Cédric Pescia, Elbphilharmonie
- Nov 26 Herbert Schuch, Elbphilharmonie
- Jan 31 Claire Hugancy, Elbphilharmonie
- Mar 19 Lilit Grigoryan, Elbphilharmonie
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.