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I've been working on this email layout hack, and started to build it from content, and came to the inevitable conclusion that email and web are two different media.
It works. Haven't bought a graphics card since the mid 1990s, but did this because Gnome 3 feels a lot smoother with some extra cycles and memory. All the eyecandy effects now seem to run at around 20 fps, and the colors are nicer. Before, they were more like 10 fps and jumpy. This shows up in lspci as VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Caicos [Radeon HD 6450/7450/8450]. Seems to be a bit of a power hog, but it doesn't use a fan, so it's not going to burn too much coal.
I had to spend time logging a video. It's always a little bit of a pain, and always takes longer than just watching the thing... so if you care about inequality, and want some really pretty graphics, and risk some potential copyright violation (though I suspect that Fair Use allows it), here you go: List of Infographics in Inequality for All.
I'm working on this at work - using CSS to alter Salsa's rigid layouts. :/ Yeah, it's here because I wasn't in on the issue of building backlinks.
viudata created a Schelling Segregation Simulator in processing, and added a third race to it.
A while back, I made a little program called TPCalc to do one of my favorite mundane activities, which is to determine the best price for toilet paper at
LastPass is a password management add-on for web browsers and mobile phones.
Enforcing strong passwords is a good policy, because it increases users trust in your site. I think the same applies to 2-factor authentication.
I've avoided NTFS file permissions for the better part of two decades. First off, I'm not an enterprise admin, and secondly, it seemed like every network I came across had virtually no permissions. Unix, which has a primitive permission system, was usually more "locked down" in most cases.
Lately, though, there have been some mean malware in the wild, including one that encrypts your data, and then charges a ransom to decrypt it. Imagine that getting into your file servers. Yikes.
One corrective is to use those file permissions to protect your files from changes.
I didn't really grasp how Mailman integrated with Postfix, so I concocted a way to put Mailman aliases into the virtual.db tables.
I got the ezmlm migration working, which is cool. Mailman and mail migration will be easier. So I took a day off. (Web migration will be a headache.)
I'm not much of a Python coder, but I'm learning to be a pretty good Python re-coder.
This was posted as a correction to a note I made about some character encoding errors that appeared on the LA Indymedia website. It's poorly written. If you need me to edit and clarify, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's ISO 8859, not 8890.
I set up a server the past month that does FTP and backups of the internet server, as well as some video encoding and bittorrent, and I just added one more hard disk. The system is now: