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CoCo
Posted: Wintermute @ Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:39 pm

After a looong amount of downtime, I’ve resurrected my old CoCo page, including my old CoCo Serial# Database. The database likely needs an update… Maybe move it from a flat file to a MySQL database, and make the entries easily editable.

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Letsencrypt
Posted: Wintermute @ Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:36 am

Does anyone know how to get Letsencrypt working with U Host Full? I moved the website over, as my poor little netbook just couldn’t keep up, and it just fails when verifying ownership. Unfortunately, I can’t use DNS to verify the domain, as I can’t add TXT records. If I could, this would be a non-issue.

edit: It appears that it’s getting an error: 403 – Access Forbidden. When I visit the URL to validate ownership, it displays fine. When I use wget to access the same URL, I get the Access Denied error. And if I debug the letsencrypt client, it actually shows a bunch of headers that I don’t see when accessing it myself. Go figure.

edit2: It looks like U Host Full doesn’t like the user agent that wget or Letsencrypt sends be default. Changing it for wget to just “firefox” does the trick, even though “firefox” by itself isn’t a valid user agent. I think I can change the client reported by Letsencrypt as well, so I should have ssl enabled soon.

edit3: wget issue resolved, but U Host Full is serving up some javascript to Letsencrypt for some reason. Trying to figure that out.

edit4: The javascript that’s being served up is some anti-bot measure that U Host Full has in place. It’s also blocking validation for a couple other things I’m working on :/ I’ve opened a ticket with them, but it looks like I may be looking for a different hosting provider again. Granted, I’m using their free hosting plan, but I don’t mind upgrading to their premium hosting, but not unless they prove their serious about securing the web by allowing it to work on their free plans.

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Coded
Posted: Wintermute @ Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:13 pm
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number ten, number ten, number ten…
Posted: Wintermute @ Mon Jan 9, 2017 6:18 pm

ahcapella submitted this analysis of line 10 of the Anagram from Hell <tm>:

Woah! Did I just stumble onto the translation for line 10 of the anagram?

10 (I, B) ltnsIolB ruseur uyufft’o o e e (6)

As I was compiling some information on the Cassie anagram for our new SL friend, Stiletto Sorbet, I began puzzling (pun intended) over line 10—the line some people have assumed contained a mention of Bree due to the presence of a capital B.

I used Renegade’s Anagram Solving Assistant, into which I typed “But I’ll suffer”— I mean of course Cassie would have a line with “suffer” in it! “But I’ll suffer” takes care of the capital I, B, and the apostrophe.

These letters were left over: nosruyutooee. They had to form 3 more words for any chance of legitimacy.

I pasted nosruyutooee into the Mac anagram program,* forced it to find anagrams comprised of 3 words only, and it came up with 21 possible solutions. As always, most of them were nonsensical, such as OUSTER EON YOU, and NOOSE YOUR UTE. (What does Cassie have against Native American Indians?) But the line at the top looked as if it had potential: ENSURE TOO YOU.

But I’ll suffer ensure too you.

>>> But I’ll ensure you suffer too. <<<

Certainly sounds like Cassie! “My only friend Bree is dead, killed in The Ceremony thanks to you incompetent layabouts! You all failed; I hate you! I’ll make sure YOU suffer too!” lol! And it has the correct number of syllables. The scansion works.

If it is correct, then the “rhyming triad line theory” (the belief that Cassie had suddenly, inexplicably changed her rhyming pattern to aaa, bbb, ccc, ddd, etc. for the last anagram) was a misconception—or maybe even a gamejack—and the 2006 translations of lines 3 and 9 are entirely erroneous.

Hey, at this rate we could have the entire anagram solved by 2108!

* – There are Windows and Linux versions of this handy anagram software too. Click that link for the download page.

ahcapella

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Overkill
Posted: Wintermute @ Tue Jan 3, 2017 10:48 pm

Currently, it seems like WordPress may be total overkill for the site. I’m considering going back to a simple php script, but then there won’t be an easy way to allow comments without opening up the floodgates for spam.

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Happy New Year!
Posted: Wintermute @ Sun Jan 1, 2017 11:02 am

It looks like I scored 22 out of 31 for my Daily December challenge. Not great, but not bad for having neglected the blog for years 😉

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Problem Exists Between Chair and Computer
Posted: Wintermute @ Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:45 pm

So, I noticed that there have been zero visits to the site since implementing ssl the other day, and thus I noticed a major PEBCAC error… I forgot to forward port 443 to the web server :/ Problem resolved, so my one or two daily visitors can get through again 😉

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Merry Christmas
Posted: Wintermute @ Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:01 am

Merry Christmas!

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Happy Birthday!
Posted: Wintermute @ Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:57 am

Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife!

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https
Posted: Wintermute @ Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:20 pm

You may or may not have noticed, but the site redirects to https://www.nitemarecafe.com now. I’m using a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt and an automated client to update the certificate every 60 days. The certificate is good for 90 days, but renewing it automatically every 60 gives me plenty of time to take corrective action if the automatic process fails.

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