AppleTV doesn’t support 2-factor authentication

In my attempts to secure my account from the oddness that happened a few weeks ago where my devices in short order became untrusted, several times in a row even after being re-authenticated by me, I’ve activated the new 2-factor-authentication from Apple (the previous one is now called 2-step-authentication).

It seems to work great, I get approval requests for most login attempts, but so far I’ve seen two occasions where 2FA-login is not working or not respected.

The first and most annoying is that Apple TV does not seem to support 2FA-login. So I’m unable to login to my Apple TV for now. But so far it’s not a big problem since I can stream everything through my iPad or iPhone. But it’s still a glitch.

The second is maybe intentional, but when upgrading to iOS 11 I noticed that after the phone restarts and you’re asked to login, even if it’s not on the primary phone used for approving authentication, but a secondary phone, the 2FA approval request is not required, only username and password and then you’re logged in. Luckily I can see logged in devices through the account page, but I consider this a glitch as well.

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Upgraded to iOS 11

I’ve upgraded my things to iOS 11, and so far I can only see positive news in this.

It’s really incredibly faster on an iPhone 5S, and the new graphical design on the iPad is actually useful, even if not absolutely necessary.

I do miss updates on a few apps like Facebook and YouTube to allow them to run in the new multitasking, Side by Side or SlideOver modes, but hopefully that will come at some later point.

All in all so far the upgrade is great. It almost make me forget how nice the old iOS design looked like, before all this flatness happened.

Full post-width tiled gallery

In order to get the tiled gallery to use the full width of the post (currently 900px) instead of the built-in limit of 640px I’ve updated the /includes/functions.php with the following lines:

// Changes tiled gallery width

function custom_tiled_gallery_width( $custom_hello_text ) {
return 900;
}

add_filter( ’tiled_gallery_content_width’,’custom_tiled_gallery_width’);

This worked great, but I’m expecting it might get overwritten in future WordPress-updates and needs to be re-modified.

Windows XP mode no more

Today I discovered an odd problem. I wanted to make one last check of my virtual XP-machine after finally having completed migrating all info out of it, before shutting it down and removing it.

As it turned out, it wasn’t possible to even launch it any more. The error message stated lack of hardware support for virtualization, which simply cannot be the case since it’s been working great for many years. And the only thing I can think has happened since last time used are either the latest round of security updates, or .Net Framework 4.7

But I won’t spend any more time on troubleshooting it, since I did after all finish the migration, and so I won’t need the XP-machine any more. So I’m just writing this up as a memory note of what happened and have already completely uninstalled the OS support for Windows XP Mode on the Windows 7 machine.

Next up will be migrating of Outlook, which isn’t just as simple as it sounds…

Leaving Windows 3.1

Today is a great day, I’ve finally completed migrating all my years of calendar entries in the archaic “Calendar.exe” format. (For the moment only over to simple textfiles, but later they’re going into the personal diary-blog).

Reading all these old entries while copying them by hand brings back so many memories, sometimes from happier times, sometimes not.

However, from a more technical perspective this means not only will I finally be finished with Windows 3.1 emulation, I can also leave Windows XP mode (which was the only way to run calendar.exe), and thereby I can also in turn leave Windows 7, which I used for running the XP-machine. Not bad.

(Except I should have done this a long time ago, so it hadn’t prevented me from upgrading my only Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 while upgrades still were free).

And for my next challenge I believe I’ll be trying to find a way of migrating calendars from Lotus Organizer over to something readable on my current platforms.

Independent publisher theme

I’m trying out the new “Independent publisher” theme for WordPress. So far it looks quite nice, it’s interesting that there’s such a big difference in looks if you choose a header or not. I might re-add my old header but I’m quite fond of this clean look too.

I’m still not sure whether it’s good enough to switch my main website, since I expect it will as usual take a lot of reformatting of image widths, and other small design stuff which comes along with changing themes.

It could use a blueish color theme too, especially for the icons.

A new wave of spam

I noticed the other day that I’d gotten quite a lot of spam in one of my WordPress sites again. I hadn’t noticed initially since it was all automatically flagged as spam and not published, but just sat in the approval queue.

But the interesting part was the change in behavior, where practically all entries now were from an oddly generated number-string-email-adress, at gmail.com, all of them had a first name only (where previous spammers tried to look like a “real” person with both firstname and lastname), and most interesting, they all had the same phrasing, and all had the same kind of spelling errors in the test.

I’d guess it’s an attempt to look “human, less than perfect”, but it gets so obvious with batches of 20 almost identical posters with the same spelling errors, just repeated in so small ways that it could have been real. But weren’t.