• Where are the $1 Flash Cards?

    by  • 2008/12/16

    It used to be you could get a floppy disk for about a dollar. If you needed to give a colleague a document it was easy to do so with a floppy disk, and there was no point in returning it. Today, it’s easy to get a 1GB flash drive/card for $8 or so,...

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    Fedora 10 GPG Key

    by  • 2008/12/04

    To verify the Fedora 10 package downloads, you need the new key they’re signing the Fedora 10 packages with, but it’s only included in the -release rpm which you don’t want to install on some other machines, say your repository mirror. This works: rpm --import 'http://pgp.surfnet.nl:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xBF226FCC4EBFC273' I wonder why this is different than the...

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    Snow Leopard Comes in the Dark and Kills Your Tiger

    by  • 2008/11/21

    Apple’s Snow Leopard (10.6) operating system is due out in the next quarter according to slides shown recently at the LISA conference. It adds a small handful of features but it’s mainly an architecture, performance, and bugfix release. Leopard (10.5) is pretty buggy and Apple readily admits it’s not what an OS should be....

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    New server

    by  • 2008/11/08

    This blog is on a shiny (ok, flat black, really) new server, with much faster everything, and it’s a half-U low-power para-virtualized beta product I’m working on (more on that to come, now that I have room for pictures!). Just typing this it’s immediately apparent that there’s way more snappy (live preview with round-trips...

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    The OpenSSL / GPL Debate

    by  • 2008/10/22

    GNOME has a good page describing some of the concerns with linking GPL’ed software against the OpenSSL libraries. Debian believes that as long as OpenSSL and the GPL’ed software are delivered on the same medium or in the same distribution, the GPL’s ‘accompanying clause’ is invoked: There is some disagreement about what this exception...

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    Presidential Debate to mp3 HOWTO

    by  • 2008/10/16

    To get the presidential debates as mp3’s: go to the (www.youtube.com/cspan) Play the debate (before you go home, e.g.) Pull the debate .flv file from your cache (e.g. FlashTmp0) run it through ffmpeg to extract the mp3 To get the file from your cache, figure out where the flash cache is and...

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    Geek

    by  • 2008/10/14

    Saw this train car at Clark’s Trading Post: and it made me think of SSL certificates. I think that qualifies me as certifiably hopeless.

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    My Last Mac

    by  • 2008/10/14

    From today’s new Macbook announcement: 11:01AM Q: Concern about the glossy screens. Are you going to offer another option? A: Steve: We're going all glass -- we won't offer another version. Phil: You offset the reflection by the brightness, and consumers love it. One of the great things about a notebook is you can...

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    Anybody Heard of CISSE 2008?

    by  • 2008/10/13

    I got a spam today advertising a ‘virtual conference’ called CISSE 2008. Apparently they compiled at least part of their spam list by harvesting the Mozilla Bugzilla database. Their address harvester had trouble with basic e-mail parsing but got enough of my address there to positively identify the source. It’s apparently organized by: Tarek...

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    The End of CD-R

    by  • 2008/10/13

    I noticed today that quality CD-R media has crossed the price line with quality DVD-R media, and is now more expensive than DVD-R*. This means for daily data archiving purposes CD-R is dead. I’m ordering one last hundred pack for specialty use in machines that cannot handle DVD-R (very old computers, CD players, and...

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