I made a very small change to this web page. See if you can spot it. I just made it a bit clearer.

I somehow don't think this person has read my blog. If you think that my blog on has something to do with homeowners insurance, that's ridiculous.

Between eyeglasses, conference call headset, and occasional COVID masks, it feels like my ears are as much a handle for my face as they are a way to hear things.

I've been running iRedMail for my mail server for a while. Running your own mail server is a lot of work, if you do it right. But I think iRedMail makes it about as easy (and free) as possible.

Can we just admit that "special gift guide" is little more than advertisements elbowing out the content that I pay a subscription for? And it's either paid advertisements that are masquerading as spontaneous "news" about products for me to buy, or it's unpaid advertisements. And we don't free adverts that in an online world already overrun with adverts.

I'm amused that my blog post "Cosmic Rays Did Not Change Election Results" got a lot of hits in November 2020. :) blog.paco.to/2017/cosmic-rays-

I think this is a dumb take on passwords. There's the flip side: if you're intimate (or married) and everything is going well, you might NEED that access. And lots of companies don't LET you have 2 logins (e.g., telephone, power, insurance). And even if they did, it wouldn't protect you from a bad partner. It's just not well thought out.


Sometimes I see a complaint from the freeze peach crowd that they want their rights online to be the same as their legal rights.And that's when we get into the difference between privately owned online and "public" online. To me, "public" social means gov't owned and operated. Which means tax me and provide me a service via the gov't. I'm fine with that, but I don't think many libertarians and free online speech advocates are. Bit of a catch 22.

I had a PC that, for various reasons didn't sync time for a while. I fixed the reasons and it synchronised with a time server. It doesn't surprise me that error logs get some timestamps wrong. But you'd think that the TIME part of settings would get this right.

You can follow Foster's case with the #DisneyMustPay hashtag. If you're a writer facing similar tactics (even if you're not a SFWA member), they're seeking your story, via this form:



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Twas the Night Before Release Date (2020 Version). A funny poem that has been circulating the Internet for some 30 years. Updated to modern terms. blog.paco.to/2020/twas-the-nig

OMG I hate Capital One UK's credit card. Their whole web site is shit and does the dumbest stuff. I'm about to write a big old blog post about it, because I can't actually get through their stupid web site to tell them about how stupid they are.

That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

For those of you wondering about the evidence for voter fraud in the US, it’s rare. In fact, here’s the first case they’ve found in Pennsylvania in 30 years. And it’s a Trump supporter. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/-tr

Anybody wondering about the US elections from an election official's point of view, feel free to ask me questions. I served on Tuesday and I've been doing it a while. I can speak with authority on what we do in Virginia, and I have a good idea what happens elsewhere.

My editor has changed colour icons and my password wallet changed colour all in the same day. VS Code is blue, VSCodium is white/green. PasswordWallet was red, Enpass is blue. I can't find things. It's amazing how I'm unconsciously looking for the colours.

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