Haakon Dahl

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    Welcome! Get out there, comment, post, etc. It’s your site now, too.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    EDIT: RESOLVED.

  • Haakon Dahl posted an update in the group Group logo of Bug ReportsBug Reports 1 week, 2 days ago

    I cannot comment on the most recent private post. Is this a feature or a bug?

    • EDIT: RESOLVED.

    • This is another mystery to defuddle. Yes, what appeared to happen is that the user de-selected TinyMCE comment field (it was unchecked when I edited the post as Administrator). I have no idea why that was done. But that is not supposed to close comments on the post, just disable the fancy TinyMCE editor for comments, as opposed to idiot built-in WordPress comment editor.

      However, unchecking that box and saving the post marked the post closed for comments. Checking the box and updating the post does not re-enable comments, even though the box now shows as checked. Neither does…[Read more]


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  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    Again, no slowdown here.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I’m sure you’re doing your own troubleshooting, but just as an additional data point — I have seen no slowdown.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Oh, I believe it. I could never get security to work with BuddyPress, and I ditched BuddyPress rather than try to figure out its issues.
    Dime hardest hit.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I was able to post-publish my A380 post just a day (or three) ago.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hey WordPress: “No thanks and
    never ask me again”.

    “Okay, remind you in four days.”

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  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    There’s an Android app called “DiggieDog” for perusing gopherspace.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    You can find an article of mine at my gopherhole, under haakonda

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    I use Nano. I’ll see about (yet again) getting JED as JSTAR or sommat.
    John, I agree, the 8859-1 or 12-something-15 encodings *should* work. But it doesn’t. Neither do any of the usual suspect ANSI, DOS, or WIndows encodings. And when iconv pukes on input, there is of course, no output.
    I can see plain as day in the hex viewer that I’m dealing with \x93 and \x94, but but but…
    I could simply go through the thing by hand, but (and I’m really calming myself to say this) that’s not what we have computers for.

  • Haakon Dahl posted an update in the group Group logo of R.O.U.S.R.O.U.S. 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Subj: God Damn.

    Body: I am happy with my membership at thunix.net, run in part by fellow Ratburgher ubergeek. But [insert title here], it’s frustrating. And it shouldn’t be. I come from Unix a little. I used it in college, back when Bill Clinton was president. And heaven knows I am comfortable in DOS, which is what most modern humans think of when they see a unix.

    But I was defeated in my attempt to get some documents online. I could not overcome the *^&%#)( curly-braces problem. They’re not UTF-8, they;re not ISO 15 something something, and I DO NOT CARE. But apparently I…[Read more]

    • I’m not sure what problem you’re having with moving documents from Ratburger’s WordPress environment to *nix text files. All of the content output by WordPress is in UTF-8 (Unicode encoded as a stream of 8 bit bytes). If you export that content (for example, by saving an HTML file, or by copying from a document and pasting into an editor that supports UTF-8 then saving the file, you should end up with a UTF-8 file. On Unix, you can determine the character code of a text file with the command:

      file –mime-encoding myfile.txt

      which will show you the encoding like:

      index.html:…[Read more]

    • I use Nano. I’ll see about (yet again) getting JED as JSTAR or sommat.
      John, I agree, the 8859-1 or 12-something-15 encodings *should* work. But it doesn’t. Neither do any of the usual suspect ANSI, DOS, or WIndows encodings. And when iconv pukes on input, there is of course, no output.
      I can see plain as day in the hex viewer that I’m dealing with \x93 and \x94, but but but…
      I could simply go through the thing by hand, but (and I’m really calming myself to say this) that’s not what we have computers for.

  • Haakon Dahl posted an update in the group Group logo of R.O.U.S.R.O.U.S. 6 months ago

    Made it! Got my account underway with thunix.net.

    Ohh, I have much to learn. I already had to finally learn to use text PKI (as opposed to token-based, which I’ve had for fifteen years through employers). Just to log in, indeed, to request an account, I had to learn how to generate a keypair.

    I saw a directory called Maildir, so I tried pine No dice. Alpine. Dice! Ran the setup and bailed once it got its feet under itself. Then tried ‘mail’ which worked, but (long story short) alpine has already grabbed responsibility for my mail. So even if I send from mail, the response…[Read more]

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    uber, I tried again, having mastered the art of puttygen in a damned hurry on a laptop with 12% battery. Heh. I spared the intro, and just dropped your name.
    Thank you!

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    “As long as you carefully protect your private key, you’re secure.”
    So, as long as I never use it on any operating system made since about 1997, I’m good.

  • Haakon Dahl posted an update in the group Group logo of R.O.U.S.R.O.U.S. 6 months ago

    Welcome to the tildeverse…
    https://tildeverse.org/
    That links to the top site of the “webring”. I have applied at thunix.net, which is one of the participating *nix sites in the tildeverse.
    Hmmm, it seems I will need to generate an SSH key. It asked me for one on the login page, which I of course left blank. I’ll get hot on that. I want to get my PGP on anyway.

    • When setting up an account, you need to specify an SSH public key because that’s how login works (most sites have abandoned password authentication due to its many risks). You generate an SSH “key pair” consisting of a private key and public key. You keep the private key secure in your own possession, and install the public key on systems to which you wish to log in. Then, when you go to log in, you supply the private key to your SSH client, which sets up a secure channel to the remote system which has your public key. Since it isn’t possible to recover the private key from the…[Read more]


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    • “As long as you carefully protect your private key, you’re secure.”
      So, as long as I never use it on any operating system made since about 1997, I’m good.

    • Let me know if your account wasn’t created, with the username you had. I’ll get it done in short order for you 🙂

    • uber, I tried again, having mastered the art of puttygen in a damned hurry on a laptop with 12% battery. Heh. I spared the intro, and just dropped your name.
      Thank you!

  • Haakon Dahl posted an update in the group Group logo of R.O.U.S.R.O.U.S. 6 months ago

    So user ubergeek commented on a post of mine [https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2018/10/22/the-sorry-state-of-public-access-unix/#comment-43093], pointing me to an heretofore-unknown-to-me collection of thriving (?) *nix sites / collections, the tildeverse.

    I’m in.

  • Haakon Dahl posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    .gitpetitionsystemtoignoreprettyplease

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