Monthly Archives: August 2010

birthday reminders, vCard to e-mail

A couple of months ago I wrote a Python script which parses my vCard address book and reminds me about upcoming birthdays. Given that it has worked well for me I figured I would share it with the rest of you.

I have not added any e-mail capabilities to the script, as I find it cleaner to simply let cron pass along the output. For more information, see the README file.

(The actual vCard parsing is handled by  the Python vobject library.)

OpenPGP key transition

I’ve recently set up a stronger (4096R) OpenPGP key, and will be transitioning away from my old (1024D) one. To a large extent this is about being able to use the SHA-2 family for signatures.

The old key will continue to be valid for some time, but I prefer all future correspondence to come to the new one. I would also like this new key to be re-integrated into the web of trust. Please see this statement signed with both keys, certifying the transition.

The old key was:

pub   1024D/FAF2463A 2006-11-20
      Key fingerprint = 4947 BB72 9192 8645 CC8B  F142 8AF2 8D1C FAF2 463A

The new key is:

pub   4096R/13CD4F59 2010-07-11
      Key fingerprint = AFEB 2D24 4715 3F0D 9250  8A8B 5882 A0DC 13CD 4F59
uid                  Andreas Olsson
uid                  Andreas Olsson
uid                  Andreas Olsson
uid                  Andreas Olsson
sub   4096R/9A943D4A 2010-07-11

To fetch my new key from a public key server, you can simply do:

  $ gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-key 0x13CD4F59

If you already know my old key, you can now verify that the new key is signed by the old one:

  $ gpg --check-sigs 0x13CD4F59

If you are satisfied that you’ve got the right key, and the UIDs match what you expect, I’d appreciate it if you would sign my key:

  $ gpg --sign-key 0x13CD4F59

Lastly, if you could upload these signatures, I would appreciate it:

  $ gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --send-key 0x13CD4F59

Please let me know if there is any trouble, and sorry for the inconvenience.

Vacation in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC?

Hello Lazyweb

Currently I have my vacation coming up.  During that time off me and a friend will be spending the last two weeks in August visiting the north-east part of the US. More specifically we will be visiting the cities New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Any suggestions on things to do, places to see, etc would be most welcome.

(Yes, I have found my way to wikitravel.org. Great site!)