Fri, 19 Aug 2005

Branden Robinson, please fix your attitude

Upgrade: If you intend to read this, please read my next blog, too. Or even better: Just skip this one.

Branden, imagine this: After a long day at work (at a really nice BBQ after that), you get home around midnight (local time). You decide to take a last beer, sitting in your garden (first warmer night in weeks), while looking into the stars (first not cloudy night in weeks), looking in your irc clients away log, if something important happened.

Nothing really important... a question about a talk I once delivered... a friend asking how I'm doing... and a guy named "Overfiend" shouting your name in a public channel.

And why? Because my old gpg key is somehow broken, so your gpg sends you some waring messages! Good god, is that all? Why shouting? Why blogging about that? Shouldn't you as DPL have more important things to do, than embarrass other people in the public?

To answer your questions: No, I don't know exactly what's going wrong with my key 1024D/CD15A883, if you would like to know the details, ask Peter "weasel" Palfrader. His knowledge about the internal structure of keys is better than mine. All I know is, that suddenly, after a medium sized key signing party, without me doing anything special (but giving out fingerprints), my key got broken that way. It still works, but gpg will send out those messages. Yes, I tried to resend it to key server, which didn't work. You can take caff's pgp-fixkey script, to repair the key, and you won't see any of those messages again (until you refresh my key). Yes, I already tried to resend a fixed key to the keyservers. It didn't work, since they simply re-add the broken removed packages again to my key. No, I don't know if it is possible to tell gpg, to ignore a specific key and never refresh it. And you don't need to do this! I don't use that key any more for exactly that problem! You could simply remove my key from your keyring, and could happily live ever after!

So, could you please explain to me, what you damn problem is? Instead of asking me via mail, if I know that my key is broken and what to do about it, or open an query (even if you don't know my nickname, it's quite easy to find out) and asking me directly, you choose to complain in a public channel and after I don't react (as said: I was away. Even I can't be online 24h/7d) you blog? Why? Of all possible forms of communication, blogging is in this case the worst! How do you make sure, I read your blog? I'm quite busy these days, don't read planet daily, and if Erinn wouldn't have told me, I might have completely missed it. Why blogging at all about that?

Oh, and yes, I know I'm doing the same error he does, complaining on planet instead of direct communication. If you like you blog something titled "Alexander Schmehl, please fix your attitude", but I'm currently in some kind of "G* and f*ck yourself" mood, so don't expect me to care about any blogs written about me...

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.