Friday, November 26, 2010

an alert on my FRITZ!Box 7390: "internet: Bonk Attack detected"


I found this message today in my telnet session on my FRITZ!Box:
Nov 26 10:16:25 dsld[2178]: internet: Bonk Attack detected (1)
I think, this I saw this already a couple of months ago, and I think, the box rebooted then, but it didn't do that no.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

entering XML or literal HTML in the Blogger article editor is a PITA

At least the "<" you have to enter as "&lt;", which makes it rather unreadable. If you forget this, and enter tags, as you want to see them displayed, they simply get removed. Bad and sad!

DocBook: article.info.date … – why does date not get displayed?

Good question, isn't it? No, it's not a good question, I assume. Using <date> here is apparently just not the right way (I assume). Why?

I have used this combination for quite some time now.
I have no idea, whether I ever convinced myself, whether <date></date> gets displayed.
Just today I wondered, why it doesn't get displayed.
I went through the pain of searching the DocBook XSL documentation, and XSL files, and … .

This is the file, that actually showed me, how I should do it and that I should use <pubdate>…</pubdate> instead:
…/html/titlepage.templates.xml
Whatever it makes you feel like, if you look at this file (it really shows me, how little I understand of all this, so I feel desperate), it clearly lists the tags, that are taken into account for constructing the article info, and it doesn't include <date/> but <pubdate/>, so simply go and use <pubdate> in your DocBook article and stop crying!

I am really not sure, it was always like that, but that's the way it is now.

So what do we learn from this lesson?

Editing a DocBook file in emacs' nxml-mode does present you the entire list of syntactically acceptable tags. But that doesn't mean all these tags are being made use of by the stylesheets.

So either you always construct your DocBook files from the nice samples in TDG, or you keep verifying your files against the template files like the one quoted above, or …

my XML catalog had a prefer="public" attribute

How did it slip in there? I can't really say. All I can say is, that it got included with an entry for Apples's PropertyList DTD. But how did I know then, there is such an attribute with such a value?

I removed it now, actually I put it inside an XML comment together with some words explaining my confusion. In case this action now will break any processing in the future, I hope, I will find this blog article then.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ne-Yo feat. Cassandra Steen - Never Knew I Needed

Cassandra Steen - You Never Walk Alone

Apache sounds the attack against Oracle's Java policy - The H Open Source: News and Features

Apache sounds the attack against Oracle's Java policy - The H Open Source: News and Features

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5 update - The H Security: News and Features

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5 update - The H Security: News and Features

PGP warns of Mac OS X 10.6.5 update - The H Security: News and Features

PGP warns of Mac OS X 10.6.5 update - The H Security: News and Features

Oracle vs. Google: Google accuses Oracle of manipulating the evidence - The H Open Source: News and Features

Oracle vs. Google: Google accuses Oracle of manipulating the evidence - The H Open Source: News and Features

Oracle and Apple to join forces in OpenJDK project for Mac OS X - The H Open Source: News and Features

Oracle and Apple to join forces in OpenJDK project for Mac OS X - The H Open Source: News and Features

Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End" with lyrics

observing the procmail LOGFILE

I am a fervent user of procmail, have been such a user, since I found out, that sieve is far less available in any such mail environment as mine at my provider's site.

I really don't know of a lot of others, that also use procmail. I think, Axel uses procmail as well, I worked with Axel like almost 15 years ago at ERNO. I only found out, that "Sven G." (a rather prominent open source person living in Berlin) also uses procmail, when we had a pasta evening together in my kitchen last Friday.

Observing procmail LOGFILE is my way of finding out about new e-mail messages, that try to reach me. I think, usually people have a look at their single mailbox (in case they are POP3 users) or at their 5 IMAP folders (just guessing that "5"). I have like 50 IMAP folders, and because I quite often toggle the "READ flag" of messages back to "unread", observing procmail LOGFILE and also keeping separate track of important messages in my diary is my way of attempting not to lose track.

Now why did I start this article today? Sven G. is a "procmail LOGFILE observer", too. And by "observer" I mean using "tail -f" on that logfile – IYKWIM. I just remembered that and Sven G., when I restarted that command line yet once again, and that raised a smile in my heart, that I enjoyed.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

why I do not donate to wikimedia

I do not donate to wikimedia because of that awkward "wikipediacracy" game. Too many trolls showing how important they are playing police. This is far away from paradise. Get the trolls out of their control positions, and I start donating, because I still appreciate the wikipedias a lot – despite the trolls. I don't mind, if it looks a little chaotic.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mac OS X 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard): the Finder hangs again

I tried to make LibreOffice the default application for a file on a Samba network folder, and Finder hangs – not LibreOffice. I am now going to kill Finder, and I assume during the remainder of the day I also have to restart the entire OS again, which implies restarting almost all applications with all their current state. Annoying stuff! But it happens with other contemporary operating systems just as well. But ordinary OS X users keep telling the rest of the world, that you never experience trouble with OS X, which just isn't true.

The Finder does not get relaunched, and when you try to launch it yourself, this is what they show you:
The application Finder.app can't be opened.
-10180
[OK]
You can't really do a lot without a running Finder, so now I am going to restart OS X

Even the rebooting procedure stalled at "continuing", and I had to do a cold reboot. This is, how bad it really can get with OS X.

"Open Office" -> "Libre Office"

"The Document Foundation"

I decided to go for the OpenOffice fork "LibreOffice". I just hope, the names behind that organisation really mean, this is a steady thing.

I did not want to go through this entire customisation process with LibreOffice on my Mac (and so forth) again, so I copied OpenOffice.org/3 to (a fresh) LibreOffice/3. I am of course not sure, this is a good thing, but it seems to save time.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Skype 5.0.0.6378 on Mac OS X – how do I get rid of the photos?

Skype-5 on the Mac looks quite nice, but I don't like the contact photo, that I cannot suppress / hide. Am I just to dull to find the right switch or is there no such switch? Looks like they will make the switch available with the next release, that's what they promised at least for the Windows version.

Update:
Downgraded to 2.8.

Rooibos (tea) - en.Wikipedia.org

Rooibos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The plant is used to make a herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), redbush tea (esp. UK), South African red tea, or red tea. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. It is sometimes spelled rooibosch in accordance with the old Dutch etymology, but this does not change the pronunciation.
I was never attracted by rooibos tea so far, I always found it sort of strange, but somebody deployed 2 bags in my kitchen, and I am now going to risk my life and I will try one cup of each. If I will survive this, I will return to here.

Update:
Alright, I survived the Earl Grey version of rooibos tea.

Update:
Prepared a cup of "chocolate / almond / truffle" rooibos tea. I assume, this will be my only cup of this tea. I can't stand the idea of this kind of tea. I really don't like this flavour.

Friday, November 5, 2010

TEI = Text Encoding Initiative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Text Encoding Initiative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

… TEI is now the de facto standard for the encoding of electronic texts in the humanities academic community …

… The Guidelines define some 500 different textual components and concepts, which can be expressed using a markup language and defined by a DTD or XML schema. Early versions of the Guidelines used SGML as a means of expression; more recently XML has been adopted. …

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Contacts Manager within my Google Apps domain and contact picture

It looses its pictures, it doesn't accept new ones, it doesn't show an error message, it's weird and somehow broken. When I searched for this problem picture recently, I wasn't able to find other descriptions than mine.

When I "Add a picture", it let's me proceed, but finally after I want to "Apply Changes", nothing happens. After a while I decide to press "Back to upload".
Today they actually started telling me "Error while saving your picture." But I have no idea, what that refers to, and "the web" does not offer a solution here either.

This does not happen with my standard Google account, but only with my Google Apps domain account.

created my personal calendar 2011

Ran a couple of home-brewed perl scripts.

After I ran them last year I started coding my $HOME/diary in UTF-8, and obviously my scripts don't deal too well with UTF-8, they were written for Latin-1, but luckily enough (and that's the major advantage of UTF-8!) they don't break badly enough. "Of course" there is no time right now to teach these scripts, how to properly deal with UTF-8, but a few changes around him helps well enough.

I keep delaying this task every year, but it has to be done. I really fear every year, processing this task takes many, many hours. It only took like 2 hours this year / today.

Of course it's my fault, my scripts don't deal well with UTF-8. I am rather sure, Perl / Perl5 can deal with it just as well as other modern programming languages. So put it on my laziness!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

apress.com: The Essential Guide to HTML5: Using Games to learn HTML5 and JavaScript

The Essential Guide to HTML5: Using Games to learn HTML5 and JavaScript | Book Details

Distance Measurement in Google Maps / Labs

Distance Measurement in Google Maps Labs

Book+eBook: "Joomla! Social Networking with JomSocial" | Packt Publishing

Joomla! Social Networking with JomSocial Book & eBook | Packt Publishing Technical & IT Book Store

Book+eBook: "Building job sites with Joomla!" | Packt Publishing

Building job sites with Joomla! Book & eBook | Packt Publishing Technical & IT Book Store

WordPress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

WordPress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Open, Webby, Book-Publishing Platform - O'Reilly Radar

An Open, Webby, Book-Publishing Platform - O'Reilly Radar

WordPress as Book Publishing Platform