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I finished my graduate degree last fall, and I knew it was time to upgrade my server. I haven't really touched it since October 2012, and I have grown increasingly paranoid that my server will get hacked due to the out-of-date web applications. So I finally carved out a weekend and got to work ...

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I recently replaced my aging Thinkpad with a Dell M3800. I selected it over the 15" MacBook Pro after spending almost a month with the MacBook. It is the nicest laptop I have ever had, and I am not the only one to highly recommend it as a Linux laptop for developers. My machine was ...

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I have been surprised at the adoption of OSX by developers; it seems to have become the default choice, especially for open source savvy web developers. I find it especially odd when open source advocates tell me how they love free-as-in-freedom, but just can't give up their OSX. People frequently express surprise that I ...

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Jeff Potts and I have been hosting various Alfresco related conversations on Google Hangouts for about a year. It is so much better than our previous webinar platform that I a gratefully accept the many curiosities of the system. We have found that the broadcasts go much more smoothly if we prepare all the panelists ...

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I have been asked to produce a number of videos lately, mostly tutorial screencasts. These videos usually involve a series of screen recordings (video screen captures) with audio. Since some of these videos are for my employer, it is important that I am as productive as those using tools on other platforms. I would prefer ...

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I was a happy T-Mobile customer. Though I was occasionally disappointed by their spotty network coverage, I was won over by the advantages:

  • Their customer service was generally impressive. It wasn't perfect, but generally short hold times, and helpful staff.
  • My plan was relatively inexpensive.
  • They are the only major cell phone provider in ...

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 A Great Pair: Easy Tomato and the Asus RT-N16

For my home firewall and server I used to have an old laptop running Debian. It was a source of geek pride that I had configured by hand all of the necessary services (DHCP, DNS, iptables, Apache, Samba) and knew how everything worked. When that laptop died, I decided I was too lazy to keep ...

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I hoard information, and I am always looking for a better way to store it. As I teenager I used my Dad's install of AskSam and FolioViews to create hundreds of notes. I learned the hard way about proprietary formats; all that data is gone. Now I like to keep my notes in an ...

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This blog got a neglected over the past few months. Like most people, I have a lot going on. Though I have many ideas for articles, I haven't taken the time to post. Since I have been writing more for work and need a place to share that content, I decided it is time ...

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When did it get so hard to buy a Linux computer? From 2004 to 2010, every computer I bought had Linux pre-installed. I purchased from Dell and Lenovo, but HP and Asus also had them on offer. Sure, I had to make compromises, but it was possible.

I was unpleasantly surprised when in the summer of ...