Monthly Archives: December 2010

End of the year list

It’s the last day of the year, and I don’t really have anything interesting queued up so you are getting a year-in-summary type of list. I know, I know – it is not the most original idea I have had … Continue reading

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Setup Assistant 0.7 and other apps

Setup Assistant 0.7 is now available for download. Much of the modifications I made to it were in response to the feedback here. For example, I added application cacheing, so that the third party tools only have to be downloaded … Continue reading

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Being a geek on Christmas

Here is a question: being a geek, do you often find that your family is at a complete loss when trying to buy you presents? I know mine is. Every single year. I mean, it’s not like it is hard … Continue reading

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Merry X-Mas!

It’s that time of the year kids! Lock your doors, nail your windows shut, and cower under the table with your friends and family while the Robot Santa rampages all over your town, leaving no stone unturned. Merry X-mas folks! … Continue reading

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Man after Man by Dougal Dixon

I recently stumbled upon this peculiar book titled “Man after Man” by Dougal Dixon. Just one look at the cover hooked me. I mean, look at this cover. Is it anything but intriguing? “Anthropology of the Future” eh? I’m interested. … Continue reading

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Temporary Public Key: Continued

As I mentioned last week, I’m working on a public key encryption tool. Something that requires very little setup, and no cumbersome key management that is usually necessary with established tools such as GPG or PGP. One of the things … Continue reading

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Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clarke

I really don’t know how to review this book without spoiling its ending. There is just not much else there to talk about. The characters are flat, one dimensional and barely realized. They come and go as Clarke cumbersomely steamrolls … Continue reading

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Stories from the daily life of a technologist

Every once in a while I have a silly store I would like to share, but it is not long or funny enough to warrant a full post. So I have been sort of mentally collecting these, until I had … Continue reading

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Temporary Public Key

“Luke, can you check the permissions again? It’s either that or the password you gave me does not work.” said the email. I rolled my eyes and started rummaging through the pile of papers on my desk searching for my … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

Can I just say one thing? I love my commenters. Seriously, the best part of this blog are the insightful comments I get on a lot of random topics I rant about. For example, my Utopia/Dystopia post prompted Ludvikas to … Continue reading

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, you probably heard that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm launched yesterday at 3am. It has been hyped up for months, advertised on TV and much discussed on the … Continue reading

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Theme Update

Over the weekend, I finally sat down and updated my blog theme. I have been using Kubrick (the old default WordPress theme) ever since I got this domain and migrated my blog from Blogger. So it’s been over 4 years … Continue reading

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When you watch the trailer for Ink, you may get the impression that this is yet another “SyFy presents” low budget, low brow SF flick. This impression would be dead wrong. While Ink is low budget, it is nowhere near … Continue reading

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Let’s Learn LaTex: Part 4

I sort of neglected my Let’s Learn LaTex series for a while now. The last LaTex related post I made was in April and now it is already November. I figured I might as well get back to it, and … Continue reading

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