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Alexander Patrakov
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Attempted to reorganize the home network, so that I can use virtual machines with IPv6 both on the desktop and on the laptop. This requires either bridging (not possible on the laptop because it only has WiFi), or routing. Routing requires several /64 subnets. However, trying to get a /48 from Hurricane Electric results in a failure. So, I declare that we have a shortage of IPv6 /48 subnets right now.
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Currently I am flying from Bangkok to Moscow. On an Aeroflot flight. And I decided to use internet in flight. Problem: they block some sites. Including http://planet.debian.org/ . Time to use my VPN, again :(

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Tried to download an evaluation version of Windows Server 2016. Got this. The only other thing that was done with the same account was a purchase of Windows 10 Professional.
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I tried to report a bug in a third-party MediaWiki skin. Described it by words, then decided to attach a screenshot. Did what I usually do - PrintScreen, then opened the result using GIMP so that I can select only the wanted area and remove confidential information (actually, there was none in the area of interest).

One problem: I did it on a HiDPI laptop. The one that requires devPixelsPerPx = 2.5 in Firefox, or 240 DPI in non-HiDPI-aware desktop environments. So, just a screenshot of a small menu ended up 1000+ pixels wide. Not something that people would expect. OK, downscaled by a factor of 2.5x and uploaded.

But this leads to a big design question. I think that GIMP is a specialized tool, and not everyone has it installed by default. Previously, before HiDPI, it was not required to use any tool in order to publish screenshots that people would accept on the web.

So - if you faced a similar problem, what did you do? Published the screenshot as it is, downscaled it with GIMP, downscaled it with some other tool, or temporarily disabled HiDPI? How can this workflow be made more natural?

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Just a rant

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Strawberries (from Spain) are now available in local food stores.
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On one of the servers that the company has in Hetzner, a disk failed (no worries - it was in MD RAID1). After the report, the server was online with a replaced disk in only 11 minutes. That's quick!

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I got an interesting conversation today with my employer. The context was that I suggested to try NoVNC, and he replied that that he had tested it in the past, and suggested not to waste my time on it. The thing that annoyed him then was that he could not use the F5 shortcut in the application inside the VNC session, because the browser handled that key and refreshed the page. His impression was that it is an unsolvable problem. But quick googling proved otherwise - it is indeed possible to disable the F5 handler in the browser.
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