Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to restore the classic Youtube interface

In classic large-company fashion, Youtube have managed to totally fuck up their latest no-reason-just-because interface "refresh" into bloatware.  From something that was clean, minimalist and informative it's now a "metro" mess of iconic rubbish that looks like Fisher-Price designed it.

No worries, just click the link to go back to the Classic interface, right?  Wrong, the pricks have removed that too.

To fix this (in Chrome) -

Start in a tab with Youtube open
Hit Ctrl+Shift+I to open the Developer Tools pane.
Change to the Applications tab inside that pane.
Find "Cookies" in the left hand menu and select the Youtube entry.
In the main table, find the row for "PREF" and edit the Value field to:  al=en&f5=30030&f6=8

Close the Developer Tools pane and refresh and you should be back to Classic.

Note this is a per-browser setting, not linked to your account, so you have to hack each PC you use.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bloody cars

The handbrake's POS runabout has been giving me the irrits for a couple of days with a large chunk of the gauge cluster shutting down intermittently.  Some stuff works, some stuff does not.  Doesn't seem related to vibration, heat or any of the usual suspect causes.  Fault resistant to foul language and percussive maintenance.

I chucked it at an auto sparky today who was very unenthusiastic about fault finding a complex, intermittent and generally pain-in-the-arse fault, he spent a couple of hours proving a whole bunch of stuff it wasn't, and gave up with the fault unwilling to reproduce.  I gave him $40 cash for his time, silently thought he could reproduce off and thanks for not much, and stalked off home.

When I returned a couple of hours later with the handbrake in tow to collect it, the bastard thing failed instantly on being started.

The only good thing about it now is that I'm pretty sure it's the cluster itself, which is absolutely unobtainium to get in the right combination of year model, trim level and all-electronic sensor type.  Best I could do is a repair service in Perth which would cost me a couple of hundred bucks and two weeks for the experiment.

Then I ran across this thread via Dr Google, which turned out to be very relevant reading.

With the cluster on the bench, flexible PCB track fracture hunting began.  The thing looks like this, click here for the full horror of the situation.

See the break?  Stop looking, because I can't see the bloody thing, and I know where it is.  It's here.  And this is what it looks like with some sort of clarity.

Luckily in a very accessible spot... it's pretty much the red circuit at the top of the image on page 2 of the thread I linked to.  Meter said clean open across the break on the bench, so I'm guessing it was heat related after all.

I just ran a bridge wire from a couple of the solder pads for the lights it feeds, and added a few boogers of hotmelt glue to prevent more vibration.

So far it works, we'll see how it goes on a full day's drive tomorrow.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Queen concert last night, a better display of glam rock I have never seen.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dear Google,

Please stop sending me bullshit "security alerts" for every gmail account I have because they have 3rd party application access turned on.

Not everyone in the world wants to use a webmail interface.  I happen to like using Outlook for my mail, and I have no intentions of stopping doing so anytime soon.  The same for things like smartphones and tablets, I'm not going to open up a web browser in favour of using the perfectly good mail application that does everything I need.

So pretty please, with sugar on top, stop scaremongering.  The accounts are set that way because I fucking well want them that way.

Monday, November 13, 2017

And the world's latest phishing attempt is:

Unicode text, yay.  Fuckers.

What's wrong with this e-mail?

Hello, Singapore Airline is giving away 2 Free FirstClass Tickets to celebrate 45th anniversary, Now you can get your tickets too ! go here to get it: http://www.singaporea─▒r.com/firstclass Enjoy your flight !.

Apart from the fractured chinglish, see anything wrong?

Now have a look at the second last character in the domain name, before the .com.  See it now?

If you mouseover it in Chrome, or copy the link address, what you actually get is:


ICANN has seized that domain, but this is the start of a new avalanche of spam with phishing attempts, I suspect.  :(

Friday, October 27, 2017

JFK assassination files release - HOLY SHIT moment!

Check out frame 229 onwards of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU83R7rpXQY .... now we know why his hands went to his throat!  He'd already been shot from the front by the other shooter.