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Jeremy Cherfas

Currently reading: The Oldest Road: The Ridgeway by Fay Godwin and JRL Anderson, ISBN: 9780905483528



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Jeremy Cherfas

I find it curious that Strava offers handcycle ride but not Nordic walking. The new challenge of a 5 km “March” is my standard Nordic walk, and there isn’t actually an activity called March either.

Jeremy Cherfas

If it weren't for the fact that I love the actual camera (Nex-6) to bits, Sony's software for camera and iPhone would make me hurl it against the wall. Seriously, I put up with it because I have to, and I wish I didn't.

Jeremy Cherfas

Finished reading: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré

Jeremy Cherfas

2020-02-19

1 min read

Today I learned I have been utterly underusing Rogue Amoeba's SoundSource app. For that I have to thank Brett Terpstra's post Enhanced music listening on macOS.

I'm sure it is just a coincidence that we have the exact same speakers.

 

Jeremy Cherfas

2020-02-16

1 min read

Are unsecured cafe wi-fi networks deliberately hostile to VPNs?

I’m in Bill’s cafe in Cambridge, which offers ‘free’ Wi-Fi — which of course I don’t trust. So I switch on my VPN to find that, mysteriously, it can’t connect to its server. And I’m wondering if this is just some kind of glitch, or a policy by the firm that provides the Wi-Fi. After all, they don’t want clients sending communications that are encrypted and therefore inscrutable for advertising and tracking purposes. In this stuff, only the paranoid survive.

I had the same experience as John Naughton yesterday and Friday, signed in to the wifi in a bed and breakfast. No matter what, my VPN (Mullvad) would not connect. Rather than go unsecured though, I signed out of the wifi, but it definitely is strange and I think I am seeing something similar more and more often.

Jeremy Cherfas

Currently reading: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré, ISBN: 9780340552056





Jeremy Cherfas

Finished reading: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon, ISBN: 9780060777104





Jeremy Cherfas

My DropBox bill is going up, and while I get value from it, I wonder whether there might be alternatives. I don't think I want to be responsible for hosting something like NextCloud, but I'm willing to be persuaded. Could anyone who has done so offer an honest appraisal. Thanks.

Jeremy Cherfas

Rye (or spelt) ???

1 min read

Thanks to an unfollowable stream on Twitter, I came upon the website of Joshua Nudell, an historian with an interest in ancient Greek breads. A post of his, translating from Athenaeus’s Deipnosophistae, refers in passing to "the loaf from rye (or spelt)". That's strange. So I left a comment on the post, as follows:

I don't know Ancient Greek, but I do know some ancient and modern cereals, so I am hoping you can elaborate on this. Does the list mean two different loaves, one of rye and one of spelt? Or does it mean that rye is sometimes known as spelt, which would be a very interesting reading indeed.

Thanks.

This could be interesting.