jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

Follow jcomeau_ictx on Twitter This is the weblog of Intrepid Wanderer. You never know what you might find here; graphic descriptions of bodily functions, computer programming secrets, proselytizing for the antichrist, miscellaneous ranting and kvetching, valuable information on living off the land... if you don't share my rather weird interests you may want to try slashdot instead.

You can consider my Del.icio.us links an extension to my blog, as are my LifeTango goals and my other to-do items. My to-buy list is also public, but only for sharing any useful ideas that might be there; I'm not requesting charity, neither do I offer it.

You can find me easily in google searches, as jcomeau, jcomeau_ictx, or jcomeauictx. There are lots of other jcomeaus, but AFAIK I'm the only jcomeau_ictx out there so far.

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2022-06-19-2010Z

Intrepid Wanderer's Law of Found Clothing: any piece of clothing found by itself is likely to have been used as toilet paper. [comment]

2022-06-13-1539Z

Tips for Starbucks summer game, level 6, that as far as I know aren't mentioned in the instructions: groups of 5 or more are counted double (20 per square rather than 10). That's what makes The "object" booster so powerful. I think it also works when you have 5 or more of the same object in a "row", "column", or "area" clear, but don't want to waste one to be sure. Only 4 more days of it after today, and only 1 for me, because I'm headed into the foothills starting tomorrow. So save up your boosters, use any combination of row, area, and column clears to join together groups of 5 or more of the same object, and make good use of object clearing boosters. Oh, and remember the objects refill from the top, so make sure to click upper groups before lower, because if you click the lower one it may misalign the upper one. [comment]

2022-06-07-1820Z

Weird exim4 problem: I added a spammer's IP range from whois to my /etc/exim4/local_host_blacklist file and, checking over an hour later, noticed I was still getting spam from that range. Checked using the -bh option and the entry wasn't being recognized. Moved the entry to the top of the file, and it worked. What? The file clearly wasn't too large, only 122 lines, but I cut it down to the latest 20 or so and tried again. Nope, again it didn't block the spammer's IP. Looked at the file more carefully: there was one misformed entry with just the number 8. Exim was obviously reading up to that line, and discarding the rest. Edited that line out of the saved blocklist, restored the entire blocklist, and tried again. Success.

The command used for testing: swaks --to jc@unternet.net --from spammer@unternet.net -pipe "exim4 -bh 72.11.129.2" > /tmp/exim4.log [comment]

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