It’s spring in Helsinki!


My Backblaze backup has entered some kind of “safety freeze”. Apparently, if you use their client-side encryption, this is an unrecoverable state where they ask that you manually (using their web-based file browsing UI) check the difference between the Backblaze backup and your local system. I have 3 million files and 3 TB of data backed up. That would be … interesting.

After that I’m supposed to manually uninstall, reinstall, and transfer the backup state. There is no explanation for what caused the freeze except a “major inconsistency between the backup records on your computer and the records on the servers”. I haven’t done any OS reinstall, restore from backup or anything really - this came out of the blue.

I’ve used Backblaze for 10+ years with no major issue, so this one snag in a decade of use I can maybe forgive.

I unironically love it when you open a man page and it just straight up assumes you don’t know what a file system is.

När man är utvilad nog att vara vaken och man stiger upp
Vrider upp musiken av bara farten
Förvånad sträcker man på sig och beter sig
Som om man aldrig sett solen förut när man ser sig om
Efter ett gyllene tecken av säkraste sort
Folk som fånler som om kyla räknades bort
Kort sagt spenderar man vintern inklämd mellan tätade skott
Så kommer man ut sen och ler som om man flätats för hårt

Here’s a rare plug for my work: try the (free) F-Secure beta, called FS Protection! It includes anti-malware, a simple cross-platform syncing password manager (native UI on macOS, iOS, Android and Windows!), identity protection and parental controls. Sign up here:

Turns out I had been triggering various security monitoring alerts, which in hindsight is quite understandable as I did some 144 (or if it was 288) logins per day to check my account balance.

About 20(!) years ago, my bank had a simple password login option with read-only access e.g. account balance. I wrote a script which polled every 5 or 10 minutes and sent an SMS whenever balance changed. After a few weeks they called and told me quite firmly to stop if I wanted to keep my accounts.

My bank has innovated so much I now get three different push notifications when I pay for something with my phone

My UTM Documents folder with all my virtual machines now amount to 8.8 TB of disk space, or possibly 2.63 TB. I have a 2 TB SSD in my laptop, with 963 GB free according to “df”, and 1.24 TB free according to Finder. Copy-on-write file cloning sure is interesting.

Speaking of UTM, it may be time for me to clean up my temporary virtual machines. I miss the snapshot feature of VMware a bit.

Has anyone concocted an /etc/fstab entry that would automatically mount a virtiofs shared with a macOS guest in UTM?…

a screenshot from the game Townscape


Our HomePods have gone completely mad in the last few days. First geolocation automations started glitching and turning off the lights when only one of us left home, instead of when the last person leaves. Then after a power cut all HomeKit accessories were offline until I restarted pretty much everything. Today they have forgotten I have any HomeKit accessories at all, as well as all my shortcuts. What’s going on?

I rarely see this level of CPU utilization. My lap is very warm now (yes this is on Intel, an 8-core i9).

Activity Monitor screenshot showing ffmpeg using 1571% CPU

I live in Finland, my device language is set to Swedish, so obviously Disney+ presents a dialog in Norwegian (or is it Danish?).

I miss this

Pick your fighter

Oh shit I have only five minutes of screen time left, say something fun real quick!

Hakaniemi/Hagnäs as seen from Kruununhaka/Kronohagen, 5 years apart

Mastodon followers, could anyone of you actually see the photo in this post in your timeline (without clicking through to the original post)? It shows up as blank in my test Mastodon account but don’t know if it’s an issue with Mastodon or

Pile of Hardware™ behind my desk at the office

An overflowing cardboard box - on the top of the pile is a Mac Studio (powered on), sitting on top of a MacBook box, sitting on top of a Commodore 128. Next to them is a computer manual in a thick green binder labelled “OPERATIONS MANUAL” and “16 BIT PIC • 80286 • TURBO PC • … DOS 2.11 • … 10 M … HARD DISK • DOS 3.20…”

Anyone know what was going on on Porthaninkatu/Fleminginkatu around 19:00? Street was blocked by police, saw a fire truck parked with lights on.

Re-ran my script with the latest Fedifinder export, and it looks like I now follow 25 more users, nice!