Dispatches from the frontier … I can’t read this … VNC made easy 28th of July, 2006 POST·MERIDIEM 04:21
So, yes, to my surprise Tettnang is not remotely Vietnamese, despite what the name would indicate. (You know? The Tet offensive, Da Nang Officers’ Open Mess? Okay, don’t indulge me.) The air seemed somehow better down there; less crap in it. I swear that living here has accelerated my aging— my face no longer looks like I’m twelve, and no-one here over twenty has the skin of a teenager.
Anyway, back in Berlin, uncomfortably warm, waiting for the storm that this
humidity presages, tempted to buy a Mac mini because I’ve just been paid and
my Dell laptop can’t be trusted to compile
without overheating in this weather. For some obscure reason am also having
trouble reading my monitor and feeling slightly queasy.
Webex (dot com) is great, people. It’s basically VNC implemented in Java over SSL, with a central service to handle invitations and to coördinate letting other people access your machine; no need to mess about with firewalls, installing programs, ssh port forwarding. Kudos to them. (Of course, it costs money.)
Word of the day: la guajira is a Cuban Spanish word for a folk song.
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