Monthly Archives: April 2008

Mesmerizing little toys…

Have you ever played with a kaleidoscope? They’re pretty cool, but you can make your own simulated, online kaleidoscope with this or this. When I get a chance, I’m going to dig deeper into the source, zefrank.com. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Like Sci-Fi? Try these series…

Some of these science fiction series may be more appropriate for older readers, but it’s a nice list of the Top 15 Science Fiction Book Series. Because there are so many series out there now (spurred on no doubt by … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Unix Toolbox?

Unix Toolbox is not for newbies. It’s the real stuff: command line commands that you need if you’re doing real work with real systems. Want to set disk quotas? Change MySQL logins? Set file permission? Encrypt partitions? All those questions, … Continue reading

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Open Source Software bringing down hardware costs?

Ever wanted a very serious server for cheap? Here’s one way: Build a quad-core, 8-gig server for $900. It runs Linux. You’d have to a few hundred bucks (at least) if you wanted it to run Windows, though. Remember the … Continue reading

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Make your own dancing GIFs, with Open Source Software

This, Making Animated GIFs With Free Software in Four Steps, is just the kind of "howto" article that I like best: it explains what you’re trying to do, tells you just enough to do it, and gives a couple of … Continue reading

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Teensy tiny gardening

We don’t have a very big yard, but even we probably have room for this kind of garden: How to Build a Square Foot Garden. It’s spring, even if it doesn’t entirely feel like spring here in Massachusetts. But the … Continue reading

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My bicycle

My favorite mode of transportation is the bicycle. And this is my main ride. It’s a regular Trek 520 touring bike, but with some modifications: the rear wheel is set back with an Xtracycle kit, so I can carry anything … Continue reading

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