Articles in category “Computers”

The loss of local content

It’s interesting to me that we’ve come so far from where we started when looking at the landscape of the Internet. As originally built, content was hosted locally and it was a benefit to obtain it at a distance (over the Internet). Now, all content is hosted in …

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Moving to Pelican

I’ve maintained a blog for the previous ten, or so, years in one form or another. The first iteration was hosted on some platform that I don’t remember followed by WordPress (.com and self-hosted). I’ve grown weary of all the third-party stuff that gets brought in when …

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A response to 'Strong Encryption and Death'

I recently read an article on the TriLUG blog mirror discussing access to data after the death of the owner. I've also given this a lot of thought as well and had previously come to the same conclusion as the original author of the article has:

"I created a file …

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CERN cares about information security... what about you?

As a security engineer it's usually difficult for me to endure many of dumb things companies do.  It's quite sad when a company that prides itself on creating solutions for building internal solutions to protect customer data actually starts pushing its own data out to Google and other "solution" providers …

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SouthEast LinuxFest 2014 - Day One

After a crazy cab ride from the train station I arrived at a hotel that is in the general area of SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) but not co-located.  *sigh*  This side of Charlotte isn't as pedestrian-friendly as it could be.

The first day (Friday) of SELF was pretty good.  I generally …

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How do you collaborate remotely?

Recently at my $dayjob the remote workers were asked what collaboration tools we used to get our work done.  I thought this was a good topic and so I provided the following:

  1. IRC - This is the bread-and-butter tool for communicating with people inside and outside of my team.  If I …

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create-tx-configuration

Last week while publishing a new guide I ran into a problem creating the Transifex client configuration file (.tx/config).  The configuration file is generally a hateful file that requires a lot of manual manipulation to add in all the POT files for translation.  This file exponentially increases the hatefulness …

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Git access from within vim

Today a line was crossed.  I'm not sure if it was the insanity of spending all day writing nine lines of Python (I am not a developer... I am not a developer... I am not a developer.) or what, but I really wanted to do git commands from within vim …

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Open Source Libraries

An article on Opensource.com caught my attention today.  The article focused on developing and using open source solutions in libraries.  Libraries are one of the places where openness and sharing go hand-in-hand.  Why more open source software solutions aren't found there I don't really understand.

Take my library for …

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Petition to add more open source software to US schools

Earlier this morning I took a quick look on identi.ca to see what I had been missing.  I was a bit surprised to see that someone had started a petition on the Whitehouse.gov website asking for more open source, specifically GPL-licensed, software to be included in our public …

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