Thursday, June 5, 2014

My dream of a password system comes to life

I have been bitching about stupid password systems for years. Now finally someone has come close to what I would consider a good system:

The only thing I dislike about it is that actually recommending dictionary words for the very long passwords essentially (assuming most people follow this) reduces this to words of length three to six of an alphabet the size of the dictionary. Assuming that a lot of words are much more likely to be chosen than others this may not be as big as it first seems.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Great Review of Web App Speed

Recently came across Drew Crawford's article on the speed of web apps, what affects it, the reasons for that and finally some quanitative analysis. This is a must read.

Make Windows use a realtime clock

First off: Markus Kuhn's classic rant about windows storing the time in local time instead of UTC and why it's dangerous and downright moronic.

Create a DWord called RealTimeIsUniversal under
and set it to 1.
Beware that there are issues which Markus Kuhn details and that you should be aware of.

Friday, April 4, 2014

TED on Depression

I really like the TED talks and try to enjoy them when I have time for it, but this one hit home for me. Andrew Solomon talks about Depression and shows various angles, being both light and deep about it at the same time. A very talented speaker and this must be my favourite so far.

Friday, January 24, 2014

make Windows IME sane

Ok I have peculiar tastes, I want a US altgr intl no-dead-keys layout with Escape instead of Capslock. Windows already ships a US intl but it has dead keys which is really not only annoying but kills productivity, but some person, that just gained a lot of karma with me, has made one. You can find it here . For the Capslock remap install sharpkeys . Additionally I use autohotkeys for the xmodmap fix and I'm almost happy.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

X paste buffer analogue in Windows

There is a very great app over at that actually makes X style select paste possible. The most annoying thing is, that it only works in focused input windows. I have also played with which is actually even better but this unfortunately has the same problems as the non delaying focus switch. If it weren't for the wireless lan I'd even be willing to accept that.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Focus follows mouse under Windows

Back to Windows, many more tweaks coming I fear. Let's start with Focus follows mouse. There is an accessibility setting in the control panel but it also raises the window. If you don't want this, use regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop and add 0x1 to the key UserPreferencesMask (0x41 would be FFM with raising). Documentation can be found at technet. In order to be able to use this (yes it's unusable that way), add another dword-key called ActiveWndTrkTimeout that has the timeout in miliseconds. There are a lot of guides that call it ActiveWndTrackTimeout or ActiveWindowTrackTimeout, both of which don't do anything!