December 06, 2006

An Example of Ruby Introspection

In my blog post yesterday about Java, I made positive mention of the Ruby programming language. I pointed out that by giving you the power to do some potentially dangerous... (read more)

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December 04, 2006

Java is the Snubby-Nosed Scissors of Programming Languages

I've had to teach myself Java for my current contract. You may be surprised to find that with all the code I sling, I've not done any Java development up... (read more)

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November 13, 2006

web-chpass Release

I just released a small update to the web-chpass program. This is a small, secure, robust utility that allows users to change their (Unix/Linux) login password through a web form.... (read more)

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March 25, 2006

Movable Type Force-Preview Update

It's been three weeks since I released the Force Preview plug-in for the Movable Type blog system. I blogged about it upon release. Thought I'd give a brief update. First,... (read more)

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March 01, 2006

Moribund Type

Sometimes, I feel like the last blogger left using the Movable Type blogging package. All of the cool kids have moved on to Wordpress or Drupal or something else. Even... (read more)

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January 08, 2006

The Coconuts Problem...in Ruby

I'm teaching myself the Ruby programming language this weekend. I came across a Linux Journal column that discussed learning Python using the Coconuts Problem. (It has to do with dividing... (read more)

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January 04, 2006

Pundit-R BIOS Update Agony

I've spent the better part of the afternoon performing a BIOS update of my ASUS Pundit-R system. I finally found a procedure that works—and about ten that didn't. I'll describe... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:35 PM to: Home Media PC, SXSW 2005, Software
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December 31, 2005

A Couple of web-nsupdate Implementation Hints

I recently released a utility called web-nsupdate that implements a lightweight dynamic DNS update service. Now that you've had a few days to download and unpack and install the package,... (read more)

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December 26, 2005

web-nsupdate: A Lightweight Dynamic DNS Service

Earlier this year, I changed my residential broadband network gateway to a Linksys WRT54G running the OpenWrt Linux distribution. Back in July, I wrote about why dynamic DNS is useful... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:52 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 21, 2005

Where to Advocate Open Source?

Both non-profit and for profit organizations can benefit from open source software. Should open source advocates lump them together or treat them differently? The question is not just academic. Yesterday,... (read more)

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December 19, 2005

Bad Behavior by McAfee Anti-Virus

Now I understand why McAfee had a shrinkwrap license clause that banned people from criticizing their software. They'd be out of business if more folks knew how terrible their anti-virus... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:24 PM to: Holidailies 2005, Software
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December 08, 2005

Some Hard Lessons in User Interface Design

Today, I learned a couple of lessons in user interface design. Unfortunately, they were learned the hard way. Or, in other words, I sure fucked up that web site. When... (read more)

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April 29, 2004

Movable Type "better_spam_protect" Plug-In

Link: Software Archive: better_spam_protect In the Movable Type weblog system, the names of entry and comment authors often are linked to their email address. Movable Type has a spam_protect feature... (read more)

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April 19, 2004

CATool™ 1.3.1 Released

Today, version 1.3.1 of the CATool private certificate authority and X.509 certificate management system was released. I'm the lead developer, so this has been my focus of attention as of... (read more)

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March 16, 2004

SXSW: Open Source Panel

I mentioned in a previous posting that I was drafted onto an SXSW panel. Here is what happened. I ran into Hank Jones that morning. He mentioned something about dropping... (read more)

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March 01, 2004

Stroustrup on C++

Last week, the IEEE Computer Society Austin Chapter hosted a presentation by Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor of the C++ programming language. The event was amazingly well attended. I'd guess 250... (read more)

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February 23, 2004

Knoppix ... Ohhhh Pretty!

Earlier this month, there was an update release of the Knoppix Linux distribution. Knoppix is intended to be run as a live CD distribution. That is, you stick the CD... (read more)

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January 23, 2004

And the Winner is...not Gentoo

I've been doing a couple of Linux evaluations. One is to select a Linux distribution for my servers, another for workstations. It was time to make the workstation decision. After... (read more)

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January 20, 2004

Gentoo Linux offers Modest Performance Gain

Gentoo Linux is touted as one of the best performing Linux distributions. I recently ran some tests to verify this. My tests confirmed that Gentoo does indeed perform better. The... (read more)

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January 08, 2004

Debian Linux: First Step is a Doozy

With the new year, my server fell into limbo. It runs a version of Red Hat Linux that is a dead end. No further eratta will be issued and Red... (read more)

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December 20, 2003

Austin Considers Open Source Software

Link: Austin tests desktop Linux waters. Two words that make any technology manager tremble: software audit. These audits examine every computer with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring every installed program is... (read more)

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December 04, 2003

Another Day, Another Portal

I seem to be creating a cottage industry out of coding backends to personal publishing portals. It's keeping me busy, I'm getting very good at it, and--of course--not making a... (read more)

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November 24, 2003

Don't be Stupid, be a Smarty

I've puttered around with PHP programming a bit. Until this month, I had not used it for any significant projects. Although PHP may be better suited for web applications than,... (read more)

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September 10, 2003

Gentoo and FreeBSD: Not for Me

For the last many years, I used an old 486DX-33 computer as a router between my local network and the Internet. I powered it down yesterday, but when I tried... (read more)

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Product is Shipping

Link: CATool Product Information One of the reasons I like product design so much is because I get giddily excited when people are willing to pay good cash money for... (read more)

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August 14, 2003

postping: A Utility for Trackback Aggregation

Link: Software Archive: postping In one of the earlier incarnations of the Austin Bloggers web site, we used a simple utility to aggregate trackback pings into a meta-blog. This system... (read more)

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July 10, 2003

Postmortum on the Texas Open Source Bill

Link: Linux Access in State and Local Government, Part IV. In the linked article, Tom Adelstein discusses efforts to pass state-level legislation that encourages using open source software. He detailed... (read more)

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May 09, 2003

SB 1579: Is Texas Ready for Open Source?

For nearly two months I have been working in support of SB 1579, a bill that would expand the use of open source software by Texas state agencies. This is... (read more)

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April 21, 2003

Stylin' Code

I just got email from Eric Raymond saying he was planning to use some of my code in his forthcoming book The Art of Unix Programming. He is planning to... (read more)

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March 15, 2003

Talking 'bout Meta-Blog

Several folks around town have been blogging about the meta-blog technology that powers the Austin Bloggers web site. David Nunez wrote up an article on the presentation I did during... (read more)

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February 08, 2003

Jammin' on Aggregation

In a previous article, I mentioned some work I was doing on automatic blog aggregation via trackback ping. I've already turned a second generation on the system, and it's now... (read more)

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December 28, 2002

Santa Comes Late: New pxytest Released

I bet you thought I was being a lazy slug, shirking my weblog duties over the holiday week. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth. I was doing something... (read more)

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December 14, 2002

pxytest News

I released the pxytest open proxy tester last month, and it's received a great response. When I released the program, I did so without testing the cisco module. This test... (read more)

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November 27, 2002

New Toy! Open Proxy Tester

Software Archive: pxytest A significant portion of the spam today is delivered through unsecured proxies. Spammers use these proxies because they make the messages untraceable. I just released a new... (read more)

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