Other news. I'm implementing a software that has to interoperate with some official network. I've got the official specs; those specs are only published in PDF format. They contain useful appendices, for example a list of gazillions of error codes, with the associated error messages, that are required to be displayed to the uncareful user by any software that implements those specs. So I want to cutnpaste those error message tables in some text document that I can process easily. Unfortunately the PDF document is encrypted with an owner-password. That means that Acrobat Reader, xpdf, an so on, won't let me cut and paste anything from it, or save it as a text or as a postscript file, or whatever. AAARGH. Unbelievable cluelessness from the guys who designed this brain-dead PDF "feature", and from the guys who USE IT.
Title of this journal entry by George & Ira Gershwin.