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crossing the streams

Amazing that a music group formed in 2003 already had an album in 1982, no?

see you

Having trouble with your network? The Ubiquiti Cloud Key can reduce casting costs.

cloud key

The machines are learning. But what?

Posted 09 Jun 2017 03:12 by tedu Updated: 09 Jun 2017 03:12
Tagged: bugs web

HP Chrome Print fuckup du jour

Long story short, printing on a chromebook is still fucked, and now the incompetent dickheads who write drivers for HP have made things worse. With time and effort, however, one can still repair the damage. Writing this up in case somebody finds it useful, and because I have little doubt I’ll be referring to it again in the near future.

First, the problem: printing from a chromebook to a local network printer no longer works. There is an extension that used to make this possible. If one reads the reviews, one will quickly notice the many, many one star reviews saying that it doesn’t work. In particular, it used to work, but after the March 20 update it completely unhelpfully and uselessly does nothing but say “Printing unsuccessful”. That was more than a month ago. The rockstar talent at HP is apparently on tour and too busy to fix this.

Here’s the insane workaround. First we need the old version of the extension. Obviously Google will never let us have it, but there’s an archive site. Here’s the previous print extension. Download that. Rename the file to zip. Create a new folder and extract the contents of the zip file. Rename the _metadata folder to not_metadata. Open the chrome extensions panel. Delete the old HP Print extension. Flip into developer mode. Add an unpacked extension. Add back the printer IP address and rejoice.

For bonus fun, talk your mom through this procedure over the phone.

Posted 30 Apr 2017 22:00 by tedu Updated: 30 Apr 2017 22:00
Tagged: bugs rants software web

careful with the chrome HSTS

Updated to chrome and noticed I couldn’t login to my own site.

www.tedunangst.com normally uses encryption to protect your information. When Google Chrome tried to connect to www.tedunangst.com this time, the website sent back unusual and incorrect credentials.

That’s mostly not wrong, although the “this time” is. The cert has never been fully trusted by chrome, but I click through because I’m a bad person. This time, however, there was no option to do so.

You cannot visit www.tedunangst.com right now because the website uses HSTS.

I mean, yes, I set the HSTS header, but that was with the same cert that chrome is now insisting can’t be trusted. Why in the world would you permanently store “must have trusted cert” on the basis of an untrusted cert?

I suppose this warning is too late to save anyone, but you can clear HSTS sites if necessary via chrome://net-internals/#hsts.

Posted 14 Apr 2017 18:59 by tedu Updated: 14 Apr 2017 18:59
Tagged: bugs rants web

file considered harmful

Yes, actually harmful.

The file utility can be useful. Don’t know what program to open a file with? Run file and it will tell you. Of course, sometimes file will be wrong and misidentify the file type. This may be inconvenient, but at least as a user you still have the option of trying to run another program.

Except when you don’t. What happens when file (or its programmatic buddy, libmagic) is not a hint, but a gatekeeper? What happens when some application determines its behavior based on the output of file?

What happens is you can’t print on Tuesday.

Or you can’t print particular documents that contain inappropriate phrases.

Or you can’t launch a browser and consequently prevent Firefox from providing ASLR enabled builds.

Something tells me these won’t be the last three bugs.

A program that helps users is useful. A program that restricts users is harmful. Run file on your computer all you want, but don’t use file to limit what I can do.

Posted 18 May 2016 18:11 by tedu Updated: 18 May 2016 18:11
Tagged: bugs rants software

when preloads go sideways

How hard is it to preload a PC with the software it needs to work? Really fucking hard.


Posted 22 Jan 2016 21:09 by tedu Updated: 22 Jan 2016 21:09
Tagged: bugs rants security software windows

bring your own customer service

Skip the middleman to save time and money by simply telling your customers exactly what you would have told your customer service team. Simple direct communications mean nothing gets lost in translation. Not even funtioning.

cust serv

Best of all, if they screw up, it’s their own fault.

Posted 23 Oct 2015 17:42 by tedu Updated: 23 Oct 2015 17:44
Tagged: bugs web

the best sandwiches in town

Everybody knows the best sandwiches in town are made by your local neighborhood deli.

deli is not Delhi

Or, apparently, Delhi. Good work Apple.

Posted 07 Sep 2015 03:40 by tedu Updated: 07 Sep 2015 03:40
Tagged: bugs

no, i'm not running git

WTF is this? No, this is not a git mirror. Not here, not there, not anywhere.


Posted 07 Mar 2015 03:42 by tedu Updated: 07 Mar 2015 03:42
Tagged: bugs rants web

two mysterious background video bugs

I was watching some Netflix (Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men) on my iPad. I take a break and I’m catching up on some reading in Safari, when suddenly the next episode starts playing in the background. Not a short while later, but probably about 30 minutes later. It was weird and quite unexpected.


Posted 05 Jan 2015 17:15 by tedu Updated: 05 Jan 2015 17:17
Tagged: bugs software thoughts

time is running out

End of the year bug? Or always bug? Dunno. Seen at Starbucks.

null time

Also, “try not to lose this page“? For serious?

Posted 31 Dec 2014 13:16 by tedu Updated: 31 Dec 2014 13:16
Tagged: bugs