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Use QR Codes For Accessing Wireless Access Points

If you have an Android device with a camera, you can install the ZXing Barcode scanner [1] which supports the following method. It is my understanding, however, that other barcode scanners do not support this, so as cool as this is, it may only serve a very limited audience. The ZXing app doesn't even support […]

The Sad State of Hashcash

So today, I received an email from one of the readers of this blog. He wanted to get into OpenPGP with his email, and asked if I could help him get started with some tutorials, how-tos, etc. I was flattered that he valued my opinion. So, I responded to each of his questions and discussion […]

Image Puzzle - 2

In keeping with my previous post almost 4 years ago, these images will circumvent Digital Restrictions Management on Sony PS3 consoles. I have also licensed them under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States license. Enjoy!

The Three Laws Robots Can Read

Since first discovering QR codes, I've always been a fan. I think they're a lot of fun, and I totally dig that they are effectively open and free- meaning that anyone can generate and use QR codes without fear of royalty payments, licensing restrictions, etc. I even made my own business cards out of QR […]

Synchronize Mozilla Lightning with Google Calendar

More and more, I'm impressed with the capabilities of Mozilla Thunderbird. Although there are a lot of default options that I don't think are set correctly, It's got to be my favorite mail user agent (MUA). However, Thunderbird by itself does not have any calendaring or tasks management. As such, proponents of Microsoft Outlook like […]

Email Netiquette - Part 4

This is the last in this series. The third can be found at http://pthree.org/2010/09/18/email-netiquette-part-3/. Continuing our discussion from the previous post, I'll expound on the last three points in this post. Use plain text (preferred) or HTML Top-post only when forwarding. Bottom-post otherwise. Trim your replies. Keep you signature under five lines, and use the […]

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Email Netiquette - Part 3

This is the third in a series of four. The second can be found at http://pthree.org/2010/09/19/email-netiquette-part-2/. Continuing our discussion from the previous post, I'll expound on points seven through nine in this post. Use plain text (preferred) or HTML Top-post only when forwarding. Bottom-post otherwise. Trim your replies. Keep you signature under five lines, and […]

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Email Netiquette - Part 2

This is the second in a series of four. The first can be found at http://pthree.org/2010/09/18/email-netiquette-part-1/. Continuing our discussion from the previous post, I'll expound on points four through six in this post. Use plain text (preferred) or HTML Top-post only when forwarding. Bottom-post otherwise. Trim your replies. Keep you signature under five lines, and […]

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Email Netiquette - Part 1

This is the first in a series of four. It's been sitting in my archives since 2007, and I've been putting it off further and further, refining it here and there. I was going through my blog drafts, and thought I should finalize this, and post it. The other two will come in short order. […]

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Newsbeuter, Mutt and Google

I just discovered Newsbeuter supports synchronization with Google Reader. Not only your read/unread feed items, but you can also share and star items in Newsbeuter as you can in the Google Reader interface. This blog post is documenting how. Further, by using Buzz, you can also comment on your shared items, and others. I'll cover […]

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Identica's Unwritten Rules

I guess now that I've published this post, the rules are written down, even if they are still unofficial. However, with that said, I'd like to address a few things with the popular microblogging service Identi.ca. I've been actively involved with the service since July 2, 2008, which means I've been on the service now […]

Breakfast, Anyone?

I'm constantly amazed to read, over and over again, about people who don't "tweet", because they don't care what you had for breakfast. When I first heard about Twitter in early 2007, I had the same feeling. What am I supposed to do? Tell people when and what I'm eating, how often I'm using the […]

My ZSH, Irssi and Screen Themes On White And Black Backgrounds

Now that school is out for the summer, I have a bit of time to work on some of the themes I've created for my ZSH prompt, Irssi and GNU Screen. The first focus of mine was to get all themes working well with both white text on black backgrounds, and black text on white […]

Chromium Removing http://

A recent build of Chromium removes "http://" from the Omnibar in the browser, and replaces it with a globe icon. As a result, typing "http://www.google.com" will result in "www.google.com/" being displayed, rather than the full URI. There's been a lot of heat and discussion about this, and near and far as I can tell, people […]

Hair Poem

Yesterday, while at school, studying for a quiz, I saw that there was an open mic poetry reading. While passing the sign, I recalled a poem that I wrote about my wife's hair while bored in church. So, I told my wife about it, asked if she and my daughter wanted to come, and we […]

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