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Senior Web Engineer. Open web / music. Remote DJ. Tall Dutch guy.

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On Settled Status

2 min read

So ehm... when a person requires the NHS emergency services post Brexit, how do the staff know that a person is an EU citizen that might requires an online settled status check (which in turn requires a passport, identity card or biometric residency card) and not a UK citizen which doesn't need to (and can't) be checked? If we exclude all measures that are discriminatory?

So either all UK citizens also take their passport with them going forward as well; or this is going to end in discrimination for people  including, but not limited to, those with an accent, "look foreign", UK citizens that've lived or studied abroad (affecting their speech), people speaking another language, or any other identifying marks or clothing.

As not all UK citizens have passports however,  the NHS cannot use the Home Office provided website  to rule out they're an EU citizen. That's just as well as the website doesn't work for UK nationals, it would only tell them they don't have settled status.

As a result this makes the process essentially voluntary for people who self identify as an EU citizen and want to be discriminated against.

Hey where are you from? London. You don't sound British? I was born in England but studied in Amsterdam.

The process isn't fit for purpose.

Trying an Ubuntu 18.04 setup with XFCE, plank, albert, Ubuntu fonts and unsplash.

We're in 2019 and browsers and web systems still lose form content due to session timeouts (despite a session extension popup). Seriously wasted an hour.

It turns out if you enable the otherwise amazing Gnome Tweaks " Keyboard & Mouse > Pointer Location" setting then all your keyboard shortcuts using CTRL require doubling up, took me a week to figure that one out! on the desktop.

If you had to build a website to last 50 years what tech would you use?

I've updated my upgrade script with the composer based installation method. https://vandragt.com/2019/updating-known

My Let's Encrypt Setup

1 min read

Scheduled Task (renewal)

$ sudo crontab -e

# Lets encrypt twice daily
0 7,19 * * * certbot -q renew

 

Script that reads le.txt and requests cert (updated list)

$ nano le.sh && chmod +x le.sh

DOMAINS=$(paste -s -d, le.txt | sed -e 's/,/ -d /g')
sudo letsencrypt certonly --webroot -w /var/www/html -d $DOMAINS
sudo service nginx restart

 

List of Domains (one per line, add to the end)

$ nano le.txt

vandragt.com
www.vandragt.com

 

For people who don’t understand UK Brexit, imho It’s all just about benefitting from a once in a lifetime realignment of how a nation is structured. Which explains the blinkers in use by some people in power. It isn’t going to result in a fairer society.

How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Ubuntu 18.04

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

If this fails because of a dependency that won't be installed, use apt for both the driver and the dependencies.

The Ethics of Web Performance

Sites that use an excess of resources, whether on the network or on the device, don’t just cause slow experiences, but can leave entire groups of people out.

Site performance is an accessibility issue.