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Black Friday: Banned

I have noticed an increasing number of retailers promoting Black Friday sales in the last few years, but this year I have been inundated with "special" offers. The concept of Black Friday makes sense in the USA where a large proportion of the population have a four days off work due to the Thanksgiving celebration being on a Thursday. Anyone promoting Black Friday here is just partaking in a cynical marketing ploy.

Pinentry confusion

Signing email messages is a requirement that I have several times a day. Claws Mail handles this requirement very nicely with the GPG Plugin. The plugin provides a configuration option to set a time period for the pinentry passphrase to be stored. For example, I have set the passphrase to be stored for 600 minutes. This means that when I enter the passphrase in the morning it is being cached for the rest of the working day, i.e. for 10 hours. If I need to sign an email after this period, the pinentry dialog will appear again and I re-enter the passphrase. Once entered the passphrase is stored for a further ten hours.

From Hot Space to 32GB

I decided recently to dig out some of my old cassette tape music albums. Most of them are pre-recorded tapes of albums purchased in the 1980s, but there are also many home recordings of vinyl LPs . I wanted to make digital copies of the albums and include them in my collection, which I carry with me on my mobile 'phone. I had a quaint notion that with a bit of work the music on the tapes could be of acceptable quality. Boy, was I wrong.

Green capsicums

Call them what you like: capsicums, peppers, bell peppers, peperone, poivron, paprika or whatever, they are very popular in every shade except green. I have never conducted blind taste tests nor have a I seen any capsicum market research but I just know that the green ones are less popular. All the evidence I need is there on the supermarket shelves.

Hidden GTK3 scrollbars

My continuing journey of discovery after upgrading to Debian Stretch has led me to the hidden vertical scroll-bars in some of the latest GTK3 apps. Presumably, the idea is that hiding the scrollbars gives the user more visible screen area for displaying content. Another possibility is that scrollbars are considered to be a visual distraction and should be hidden until needed. I haven't researched the motivation behind the change.

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