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Happy 2015!

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 04:04:24 +0000

[en] Look, it’s 2015. How’d that happen? Blogging has been pretty much nonexistent this year, apart from a public service announcement about the Heartbleed bug and a public statement about boring encryption stuff.  (Which, if you’re actually interested in that sort of thing: I did finally get the requisite number of signatures and replaced my … Continue reading Happy 2015!

My Heart Bleeds (or, What’s Going On With Heartbleed)

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:19:49 +0000

[en] One of the big news stories of the week has been “the Heartbleed bug“.  If you know a techie person, you might have noticed that person looking a bit more stressed and tired than usual since Monday (that was certainly true of me).  Some of the discussion might seem a bit confusing and/or scary; … Continue reading My Heart Bleeds (or, What’s Going On With Heartbleed)

Old Keys Never Die

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:34:23 +0000

[en] Encryption is in the news a lot these days for some reason.  I’ve been doing encryption using the PGP family of encryption systems for quite a while now, but hadn’t been paying close attention until a recent reminder landed in my inbox from the Debian project.  They warn about “1024D” GnuPG keys being weak, … Continue reading Old Keys Never Die

Linux Is Hard, Except When It Isn’t

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:47:42 +0000

[en] Online tech news site Ars Technica (which I recommend, by the way) recently reviewed the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.  Its unique feature: it ships with Ubuntu Linux as the default operating system.  This preload deal had a few unique properties: It’s from a major system vendor, not a no-name or third-party integrator. It’s … Continue reading Linux Is Hard, Except When It Isn’t

Time Flies

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 19:13:09 +0000

[en] 18 years ago, I carried a baby out of a delivery room. MY baby.  What a rush. Looking down on him in the baby warmer, amazement and fear dominated my thoughts, clamoring for my attention. I was a father. What would I do now? My life was REALLY not just my own anymore; I … Continue reading Time Flies

FHS Refresh

Thu, 05 May 2011 02:37:02 +0000

[en] I’ve been busy tonight spamming mailing lists and otherwise getting the word out: the LSB workgroup is preparing to update the FHS.  This update has been a long time in coming; FHS 2.3 (the current version) was released back in 2004.  Since then, a lot has happened, and it’s starting to look like the … Continue reading FHS Refresh

Blog Refresh: Family Health Scare

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:35:34 +0000

[en] Some of you may remember that my wife has a genetic condition called Marfan syndrome.  If you do, you might remember that the syndrome can cause serious problems with the eyes and heart.  Both are treatable with surgery; in an ideal world, you’d deal with each problem as it comes up, and spread the … Continue reading Blog Refresh: Family Health Scare

Triumphant Return

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:51:53 +0000

[en] “When you don’t update a blog, it gets stale fast.” — Tim Bray Of course, I didn’t intend to violate this basic rule of blogging.  It just happened–one thing leads to another, and pretty soon you notice just how little your front page has changed in the past two-and-a-half years.  So, I shall begin … Continue reading Triumphant Return

HDTV Still Not Ready Yet

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 03:16:46 +0000

[en] So you put off buying a high-def TV for years, because you weren’t sure they had gotten all the standards right.  You recently gave in, thinking that the coming shut-off of analog broadcast TV in February meant that they had to have their technology figured out by now. Of course, you were wrong: CableCARD … Continue reading HDTV Still Not Ready Yet

Free Software EULAs?

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 05:39:54 +0000

[en] Ubuntu is now being forced to show a EULA before letting users run Firefox, on pain of losing the rights to the Firefox trademark.  (You know, End User License Agreements: those pop-ups Windows and Mac users have to put up with all the time, with the big “I Accept” button at the bottom.)  Mark … Continue reading Free Software EULAs?