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Archive for August 12th, 2016

The End of Gmane? – via: Random Thoughts

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/12

Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen at the end of July posted:

In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces.

The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks.

But I ask myself: Is this fun any more?

And now the DDoS stuff, which I have no idea why is happening, but I can only assume that somebody is angry about something.

I’m thinking about ending Gmane, at least as a web site. Perhaps continue running the SMTP-to-NNTP bridge? Perhaps not? I don’t want to make 20-30K mailing lists start having bouncing addresses, but I could just funnel all incoming mail to /dev/null, I guess…

I feel like I’m letting down a generation here. And despite what I rambled about in that paragraph up there, I’ve had many fun interactions with people because of Gmane. And lots and lots and lots of appreciative feedback over the years.

Later that day he posted a comment explaining a few more details.

Cutting things short: NNTP and MX work (for now), he is talking with parties for them to continue gmane, but for now the web-site is offline.

So I looked at which posts I had been using gmane links to correct them into linking to the Web Archive (a.k.a. WayBack machine) as much as possible. There were quite a few (even more than a simple Google search revealed) as shown in the list below.

Lesson learned
Counting how many of the gmane links were not at the WayBack machine I learned that for every blog post, I should links before posting them. Problem: I’ve scheduled about 400 posts and published some 3200, so that’s going to be a lot of edits.

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Setting the language of HP Solution Center needs a full uninstall/install cycle *and* the non-Unicode Windows Language to be set

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/12

I can imagine why some people hate the HP Solution Center software: it’s a dork on the language front and not even Unicode-aware.

You cannot set the language form inside it. The language is fixed at install time. You’d think it would take the users language settings for that. But it doesn’t: it takes the users non-Unicode language setting for it. Which – of course – you cannot find when searching in the control panel for Language (or Dutch Taal) you get there by searching for Region (or Dutch Regio).

This succeeds:

Nederlands (Nederland)

Nederlands (Nederland)


It fails when it is set to:

Engels (Verenigde Staten)

Engels (Verenigde Staten)


Posted in HP Printer Drivers, Power User, Printer drivers, Windows, Windows 10 | 2 Comments »

Infrared ceiling fan and light control repair

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/12


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