Gnome 3.28 – Click the touchpad with two fingers for right-click

After spending some time trying to figure out why my right touchpad button no longer worked, I must confess I found the reason to be rather amusing. So, it doesn’t work because the Gnome developers believe the “right way” to right-click is by using two fingers.

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Python 3.6 default target reverted on Gentoo

After a long rebuild session yesterday due to the Python 3.6 upgrade, I was not overly impressed when issuing emerge --sync eventually resulted in a proposition to revert yesterdays work:

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Python 3.6 is now the default target on Gentoo

Python 3.6 recently replaced Python 3.5 in the default Python targets on Gentoo systems. The change was announced a month ago, which provided more than enough time for me to forget all about it. Because of this, I was somewhat surprised today as Portage complained about unmet requirements for the fail2ban-0.9.6 ebuild.

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Signal backup and restore woes

As a firm believer in online privacy I refuse to use Skype, Google Hangouts or whatever non end-to-end encrypted service “normal people” are using for their online communication. As a consequence, friends who wants to message me are “encouraged” to install and use Signal. Recently this backfired as one friend insisted it was my responsibility to backup and restore messages on his new Android phone.

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Office 365 multi-factor authentication with Google Authenticator

I recently learned that it’s possible to use Google Authenticator (or any other authenticator app) with Office 365 for 2-step verification. That’s great as I’ve always believed it was Microsoft Authenticator or the highway. I’m sure Microsoft Authenticator works fine, but I don’t want multiple authenticator apps on my phone.

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Asus – Protecting your privacy is our highest priority

Like everyone else I’ve been bombarded with these privacy policy updates lately, and for the most part, I like what I see. However, an email from [redacted]@edm.asus.com explaining how Asus will guard my personal information made me feel less than confident in their ability to do so.

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Transitioning to Let’s Encrypt wildcard certificates

A month ago I issued a wildcard certificate for *.paranoidpenguin.net and patiently awaited the expiration of my old HPKP policy. Eventually the time to install the new key and certificate arrived, but to my great dismay, things did not turn out according to plan. Upon restarting the Apache web server, I got served with the following (epic) failure:

AH01909: www.blog.paranoidpenguin.net:443:0 server certificate does NOT include an ID which matches the server name

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Zapping crashed services on Gentoo Linux

While configuring my first Gentoo VPS I somehow managed to crash a service and discovered that I had actually no idea how to recover it. The service no longer had any matching processes but it still refused to stop, and simultaneously insisted it was already started. Severely embarrassed I made sure nobody was looking and rebooted the server.

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There are still privacy concerns with GNOME Software

I recently read a thread on reddit titled “A Privacy & Security Concern Regarding GNOME Software” that addressed a few issues regarding the fwupd daemon. The developer eventually responded and was able to justify and debunk most of the claims made against his software. However, that prompted me to have a closer look at the traffic originating from GNOME Software.

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Rickrolled by Google Search Console

So I noticed this new “Recrawl now” link that had suddenly appeared in Google Search Console (beta edition) and was immediately enticed. The result however was not what I had in mind. I can deal with being fooled on April Fool’s day, but getting Rickrolled in 2018… now that’s just pure evil. Anyhow, enjoy an animated gif of Google’s trolling below.

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