A short list of things to make purchasing an SSL cert easier.
This is a rough watchdog script to restart apache on the local machine when the website gets slow. If a GET to the url fails, or takes longer than 60 seconds, the local web server is restarted.
10. Drop shadows.
9. Crescent swoosh.
8. Gradient background.
7. Rounded corners.
6. 8-bit video game pixel nostalgia.
5. Glassy reflection on buttons.
Does BluRay matter yet? Beats me. I'm always paying attention to this because I need to know when to buy BluRay equipment for work.
The common computer battery is a CR2032. The C means lithium. The 20 means 20mm diameter, and 32 means 3.2mm thick.
This is a good 10 minute presentation about how to use social media. I got it from a podcast I listen to.
Having failed at using Unity, I decided to try the Gnome Shell.
Ugh. It's just as bad. And I just found out it's the future of Gnome.
Conclusion is that I've installed KDE, then ended up loading xubuntu on top of that. So it starts up with kdm, and logs me into xfce4. The themes are simple, and the design (or lack of) is restrained. They're not trying to copy Apple, or Microsoft. It looks like a cross between Mac OS 9 and Windows XP, without the obnoxious colors and toned-down gradients.
Tomorrow is May Day! In Los Angeles, this means an annual Los Angeles May Day march for immigrant worker rights.
A story about Google losing a patent lawsuit against Bedrock, an East Texas "patent troll" has been making the media rounds, but I haven't yet seen an analysis of the patent. All I see is talk about Linux being at risk. If Linux is at risk, so is Windows, and so are the Apple OSs, because there's very little novel about the patent.
I'm on a low-volume personal boycott against Adobe because of the Dimitry Sklyarov bust 10 years ago. See Wikipedia's entry. It was a long time ago, but, it remains an attack against the First Amendment. /soapbox
Aside from that, Acrobat is expensive. Mac and Linux users don't pay anything to produce PDFs because it's built-in to the printing system. Windows users have to pay.
Also, in 2010, they were pretty lax about dealing with some security issues that led to the proliferation of malware being delivered as PDF files.
The top PDF makers are:
Most of the information in this post is derived from http://www.tech-faq.com/convert-word-to-pdf.html. It's posted as a service, because the code there needs some editing.
Also, a useful thread about executing OOo macros is at http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=2619.
Here's the code to automate the opening and saving of a file as PDF, using Open Office. Paste this into your standard macros.
I have been holding back on writing this post, but we just bought a bunch of Bytespeed brand computers at work. They're boring but nice. The boring part is the generic looking black case. The nice part is that they only use Intel motherboards, and they have a good return policy and warranty. Hopefully, they'll also be boring and not crash or break.
The other pluses are that it's put together in the US, and tech support is also domestic.
So I was reading the CRM114 documentation, and he notes that CRM is hard to DoS because iterators are designed not to use iteration indices. What an interesting thing to say.