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Web Laundry, Smart Cards, Python and OS X Smorgasbord

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes, the author shall not be held liable for any actions taken on the basis of the information presented. I do not condone fraud, theft, or other malfeasance. In September 2010, Hans Viksler posted an article about the insecurity of the stored-value smart card system used by¬†Web Laundry (now […]

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M-Set update

So, I know that I’ve been harping on this a bit, but I’ve re-written my M-Set renderer in C, so it’s faster, and I’ve added a few more command line flags to make it easier to use. Get the code here.

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More Mandelbrot

I just recently revisited the M-Set code from my Perl Snippets post. The code I had was pretty ugly, so I decided to rewrite it in Python. The result is not only a lot cleaner and easier to understand, but it’s also a lot faster: $ time python mandel.py > \dev\null real 0m0.051s user 0m0.036s […]

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Conky Calendar with Date Highlight

Since I got a new desktop a month or so ago, I’ve been running Ubuntu as my main operating system, and am using Conky for a nice heads-up-display. There are a lot of articles on the web about both Ubuntu and Conky, but one thing I couldn’t find a good, accurate how-to on was getting […]

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iWork Autosave

So I had the wonderful experience this weekend of losing over 1,200 words of work on a paper because I forgot to save it regularly. I was really, really sad about that and really bummed that Pages, my word processor of choice (I love the formatting tools), doesn’t support either autosaving or document recovery. However, […]

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GPSd under OS X

Update 7-13-11: I’ve posted an updated set of instructions on getting GPSd to compile on OS X here; this post will remain for archival purposes. For information on installing GPSDrive, see this post. So I recently picked up a cheap GPS module on Amazon. It was about $30 with shipping, and I got a neat […]

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Fast and Simple Stock Quotes Using Perl

One of the things that makes perl so powerful and fascinating is the huge number of modules that are available online, especially through the CPAN repository. Today I stumbled upon one called Finance::Quote, which does one thing, very simply: it retrieves stock (or mutual fund) quotes. You feed it a ticker symbol and it gives […]

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Getting Songs Off of Your iPod

In the last couple weeks, at least four people have asked me how to get music off of their iPods. The answer I gave all of them was Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards). It’s great! It does exactly what you need: takes songs from your iPod and puts them into iTunes, and it’s super easy to […]

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Can Apple keep this up?

It seems to me that Apple has undergone a change in the past year or so. With the introduction of the App Store, the iPhone 3G, and Mobile Me, Apple seems to have lowered its quality standards. In the past there was the common knowledge that you shouldn’t buy the first revision of a product […]

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Flock Update

So I’ve been playing around with Flock a bit more, and I’ve discovered some more. I played with the webmail integration, which isn’t great… It just detects new messages and then sends you to the website. I’d appreciate if I could get POP or IMAP into the browser, but I can live with a separate […]

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