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iPhone "bendgate" saga

October 02, 2014 — BarryK
I have been following this closely. I was wondering how Apple is handling this in the background, in "damage control" mode.

Here is one answer:

I expected this. Media outlets that are dependent on Apple in some way, either with a pro-Apple stance or in receipt of advertising, or other favours from Apple, I would expect to give very muted coverage of #bendgate, even no coverage.

In the meantime, Apple will be frantically redesigning the case, but not after millions have been produced.
Also, I expect that some Apple employees will find their careers at Apple come to a sudden end, as scapegoats are sought.

A Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was also tested in the video -- it is interesting because the Note 3 is all-plastic, whereas the Note 4 has a metal rim -- meaning that the Note 4 might not "spring back" quite so well -- which will be funny, as Samsung have finally bowed to consumer pressure for a metal phone, partly anyway, when it might turn out that technically plastic is a better material to use.

Sorry that this blog still has comments turned off (for security reasons), but a comment can be forwarded via the "Contact Me" link above.

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Traveling light

September 10, 2014 — BarryK
I have been writing some web pages on the theme of "traveling light".

I have been hiking in the bushland near Perth, Western Australia, camping in a tent, and having fun with trying to make my backpack as light as possible.

So far I have only uploaded one page, on the electrical and electronic requirements:

...consider that to be the first draft of that page.

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Comments disabled

April 17, 2014 — BarryK

Comments have been disabled for this blog.


Fix for apostrophe character

March 30, 2014 — BarryK
Christina (forum member efiabruni) is the author of pe_pplog, which I use for the blog that you are now reading.

There was a bug discovered recently. If the apostrophe character (') was used in comment titles, the comment was corrupted.

Efiabruni posted a fix:

...the apostrophe fix is in files and blog/, and is actually found in both of the patches:
blog/ subroutine to replace a ' with &apos Disabled bbcode on comments for security reasons

The latter patch also disables bbcode on comments, however I was uncertain about that and did not implement it.
I will need more feedback as to what the security risk actually is.


Comments enabled again

February 13, 2014 — BarryK
Those who have been monitoring my blog will know about the trouble with a perverted individual who has posted pornographic content to this blog.

Efia, the author of pe_pplog, very kindly implemented email registration, that I announced recently:

However, the offending individual then used a "disposable" email address.

Efia has come to the rescue again, and added some extra security features, including blocking of disposable email addresses.

We do have some extra security measures that we can take, if still needed.

Anyway, registration is back, as is posting comments, and the Contact Me page works again.


Comments are back

February 06, 2014 — BarryK
I would like to thank efiabruni (Forum name) for her kindness in responding to my request for more security features for her pe_pplog, the blog that I am using.

efiabruni has been posting in this Forum thread:

Registration is now required, and a valid email address must be provided, to which a password is sent.

The username and password may then be used to post comments.

There is however one catch: the script doesn't support setting your own password, so you have to remember the one you are provided with. If you forget it, you will have to register under a different username.
The password is a number, not easy to remember, so needs to be written down.

User banning is now by email address. So, although someone can register multiple usernames with the same email address, they will all get banned if the email address is banned.

Also, only registered users can use the Contact Me page.

efia's latest pe_pplog code is here:

Note, I had to erase all prior comments. I will gradually put some back in.


New 1TB USB3 hard drive

January 17, 2014 — BarryK
I bought one of these, for A$79:

My laptop hard drive is "bursting at the seams", and it has one USB3 socket, so when I saw this little drive advertised, I went for it. Nice and small, and is powered off the USB cable.

I partitioned it into lots of partitions, for the purpose of doing many test installs of Quirky, and one large partition for general file storage and working area.

Now, a curious thing. I chose ext4 for most of the partitions, however, when I clicked on any of them (desktop icons) and mounted them, the drive activity-light started to flash, and would not stop flashing.
That is definitely not behaviour that I want. I like an activity-light, it is confirmation that files are being read-from of written-to the drive. But, if it blinks all the time, it defeats the purpose.

But, when I changed the partitions to ext3, all was well, the activity-light did not keep flashing!

So, I used GParted to change all of the partitions to ext3.

This is interesting. Why is ext4 triggering that activity-light continuously?

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Comments disabled

December 14, 2013 — BarryK
Due to the moron named "Author", I have been forced to disabled comments.

I will discuss with efia the best way to implement registration via email, and hopefully comments will be restored soon.

In the meantime, if you want to post a comment, do it via the "Contact Me" link above -- this uses Google's excellent filtering.
Identify the section that you want to comment under, and I will post it for you.

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