Recent Changes

Put up in a place
where it's easy to see
the cryptic admonishment
When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it's well to remember that
Things Take Time.

Piet Hein

This page lists all recent changes to my web site except for new journal entries, along with a brief description. Some of this information will be repeated in my journal, but more minor changes will only be noted here. An RSS feed of this information is also available.

Also see changes from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

January 2017

2017-01-15 — Multiple updates to NNTP page

Include the new TLS recommendations draft. Update the information about implementations of the NNTP compression standard. Update the description of the NNTP parameter registry and add a link to the SASL mechanism registry. Get rid of the incomplete summary list of old drafts on the main NNTP page in favor of just linking to the draft archive.

2017-01-14 — Review: Enchanters' End Game

Review of Enchanters' End Game by David Eddings.

2017-01-14 — Add new murchison-nntp-compress I-Ds

Add the five new drafts for draft-murchison-nntp-compress to my Internet-Draft archive. (This will soon be published as a new RFC.)

2017-01-07 — Make clear there's only one list of books with review links

I was going to add more, but haven't gotten to it yet, so make it clearer that there's currently only one list.

2017-01-02 — Review: Castle of Wizardry

Review of Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings.

2017-01-02 — Remove journal link to a LiveJournal feed

Remove the sidebar link to a LiveJournal version of my journal RSS feed. Given recent events, I don't feel comfortable advertising that service.

2017-01-01 — 2016 reading in review

Add an overview of my 2016 reading, main book recommendations, and reading statistics.

2017-01-01 — Converted all old changes links to https

Replaced the links in all archived changelog pages with https links to reflect that my web site is now purely https. (The archiving process turns them into absolute links, and previously had used http for the URLs.)

2017-01-01 — Rotated 2016 changes

Move all web site changes from 2016 to a separate page and remove all entries older than December of 2016 from the current changes page.

December 2016

2016-12-31 — Review: Secrets of Productive People

Review of Secrets of Productive People by Mark Forster.

2016-12-30 — Review: Magician's Gambit

Review of Magician's Gambit by David Eddings.

2016-12-29 — Review: Queen of Sorcery

Review of Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings.

2016-12-28 — Review: Pawn of Prophecy

Review of Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings.

2016-12-26 — Switch journal base URLs to https

Use https for the constructed URLs for generated links from my journal's RSS feed.

2016-12-26 — Review: The Kingdom of Gods

Review of The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin.

2016-12-25 — krb5-strength 3.1

New configuration option, cracklib_maxlen, to not test longer passwords with CrackLib. require_classes can take a numeric argument, meaning to require that many classes. Start error messages with a capital letter. Work with the default (buggy) DB_File::Lock. Apply SuSE patch for a buffer overflow in the embedded CrackLib (not reachable in this package). Patch the embedded mkdict and packer to not create invalid dictionaries. Install configuration instructions as man pages instead of putting everything in README.

2016-12-25 — DocKnot 1.01

Add template support for generating the build and testing sections for Autoconf and Perl packages. Add support for license notices and formatting for them. Add support for short quotes in thread output. Add support for additional bootstrapping instructions.

2016-12-24 — Review: A Man Called Ove

Review of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

2016-12-24 — rra-c-util 6.2

Correctly handle -Wno-* options when probing for compiler warning flags. Always add -Werror for both GCC and Clang. New is_file_contents test function in Test::RRA. New test for non-https URLs and my old email address. New utility function to find interesting files in an Automake distribution. Require Test::Strict 0.25 or later for better behavior in the strictness test.

2016-12-23 — Review: Warchild

Review of Warchild by Karin Lowachee.

2016-12-23 — C TAP Harness 4.1

Add is_bool function to the C test library.

2016-12-17 — INN 2.6.1

Support for the new COMPRESS extension. Fixes various bugs around state changes when negotiating various compression or integrity layers and fixes some issues with nnrpd's validation of newly-posted messages. (Messages with Received and Posted headers are no longer rejected; messages with all-whitespace headers now are.) This release also supports OpenSSL 1.1.0 and fixes an nntpsend bug under systemd.

2016-12-17 — Minor fixes to INN software page

Update license dates, fix link to the Debian package tracker.

2016-12-10 — git-pbuilder 1.43

Run non-building commands under set -x for better debugging information and more details about the exact command being run.

Last modified and spun 2017-01-15