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December 31, 2006

Canon ZoomBrowser EX

Filed under: Photograpy — cygnl7 @ 10:34 pm

I recently bought a Canon S3 IS (mixed feelings right now; more on that later). It came with various bundled software including Canon ZoomBrowser EX. This looks like a decent piece of software at first. But then I started to actually use it.

Updated below.

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December 30, 2006

The Kel-Tec I Can’t Find Around Here

Filed under: 2nd Amendment — cygnl7 @ 9:38 pm

I’ve been looking (somewhat passively) for the Kel-Tec SU-16C but haven’t found any around in my area. I like to buy guns that I can see in person first, so I have a hard time having one shipped. Anyway, check this out:

Someone needs to try that in the mud next. (Don’t blame me if my suggestion breaks your SU-16.)

December 29, 2006

Who Thinks of These Things?

Filed under: Amazing — cygnl7 @ 1:52 am

This is just crazy.

X-Scream:

We Can Wash Clothes Again!

Filed under: Do-It-Yourself — cygnl7 @ 1:30 am

Two days before Christmas (Saturday night) Tara began the transfer of freshly washed clothes to the dryer. However, the clothes were not ready for the dryer. They were sopping wet! I wasn’t in the mood to really dig in and figure out what was wrong, but the thing absolutely would not spin. So Tuesday (the day after Christmas) we went to Home Depot and purchased a new washer. Lucky for us it wasn’t ready for delivery until January 3.
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December 28, 2006

Peter Gutmann’s Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Filed under: Usability — cygnl7 @ 10:40 am

It’s an interesting read, for sure. It will be interesting to see how much “the community” picks up on this and then how much Microsoft listens.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

If what he says is true then those who care most about high-end content won’t use Vista for their high-end content. There are things Microsoft absolutely must change before those people will accept this content protection. For example:
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December 9, 2006

WordPress and manual category/link orders

Filed under: Usability — cygnl7 @ 11:41 pm

As you can see this landing page is managed through WordPress. One of the annoyances of WordPress is not being able to specify a manual sort order of link categories or links themselves (without doing strange things to names or hacking php). No longer is this the case!
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December 1, 2006

ssh-agent, where have you been all my life?

Filed under: System Administration — cygnl7 @ 1:11 pm

I don’t know how I missed this one. I even had a friend who showed it to me once, but somehow it didn’t click. But the realization that I can use ssh (so it’s encrypted) to log in to remote machines only having to enter my passphrase once and never having any password or passphrase go over the wire is like that scene in Cars when Lightning McQueen emerges from the rock tunnel into a whole new world of beauty.
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