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    Portable Computer States

    by  • 2009/02/17 • Uncategorized

    Here’s a technology idea: combine a solid-state flash drive, a synchronization engine, advanced virtual memory techniques, and a portable hardware abstraction layer to create a portable computer state device. The idea would be like this: you have a small hardware device that you bring with your anywhere. When you plug it into one of...

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    Intel BIOS ISO image with SATA CD-ROM Drive

    by  • 2009/02/10 • Uncategorized

    Intel thoughtfully has some ISO images of their BIOS flash upgrades, so you don’t need to worry about finding the right flash software for your operating system and then timidly hoping that all works OK. You burn the image to a CD and reboot, then it flashes for you (using a FreeDOS/ISOLINUX system). However,...

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    Cyber Alert System Failure

    by  • 2008/12/18 • Uncategorized

    I got a National Cyber Alert System alert today about the Microsoft Internet Explorer security vulnerability, now that Microsoft has a patch out. The trouble is, everybody has known about this since last week, and anybody finding out about it today is already hopelessly in trouble. There’s nothing wrong with a notification, “hey, you...

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    Where are the $1 Flash Cards?

    by  • 2008/12/16 • Uncategorized

    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 • Uncategorized

    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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    New server

    by  • 2008/11/08 • Uncategorized

    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 • Uncategorized

    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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