Category Archive: Technology

Nov 30 2017

Rebooting MacOS into recovery mode to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) without the command key

My love for Apple and especially MacOS does not run deep. Actually, it is essentially nonexistent. I was recently reminded of the myriad reasons why I don’t like MacOS, and one of them is that the OS should never stand in the way of what the operator wants to do. In this case, I found …

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Nov 17 2017

Python’s M2Crypto fails to compile

When updating my music server, I ran into a compilation error on Python’s M2Crypto. The error message was a little bit strange and not directly related to the package itself: fatal error: openssl/ecdsa.h: No such file or directory Obviously, that error is generated from OpenSSL and not directly within M2Crypto. Remembering that there are some …

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Sep 27 2017

Ugly fonts in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird under Linux (skia and cairo)

Recently, after updating to Mozilla Firefox to version 52 or later (55.0.2, in my case), and Mozilla Thunderbird to version 52 or later (52.3.0, in my case), I found that fonts were rendering horribly under Linux. It looked essentially like there was no anti-aliasing or hinting at all. Come to find out, this was due …

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