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Support your favorite …

The open source community is an amazing place.  No matter what software you want there is an extremely good chance that it exists. You can use Gimp for manipulating graphic images, LibreOffice or Apache Office for word processing, piviti for … Continue reading

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fighting the last war – playing Blu-ray movies on Linux

How exactly did the product meeting go. We never had a graphical desktop and so lets just continue on with a 25 x 80 character green text only screen, the customer always loved those. Today a personal computer or even … Continue reading

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The perception of power (of 9 volts)

When travelling I want to arrive at my destination ontime and unhurt.  I do appreciate that the world’s governments are just as interested and do take steps to ensure that dangerous people don’t hijack the plane or even worse. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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creation of a more responsible padlock

I have been cleaning up my flat in preparation for the move when I ran across a few small TSA locks.  Sure I have used them when traveling to and from the United States but it certainly seemed to be … Continue reading

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airplane data security

When I think about airlines I think about a lot of things but I don’t think of high tech. That isn’t very realistic as jet engines are pretty high tech devices and the ability to book reservations over the internet is … Continue reading

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facial scans coming to an airport near you

We want to protect you from the world. I think that a lot of people want to do the right thing and protect others from bad things. Sometimes this takes shape in the form of a law or a rule that … Continue reading

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safe computing – weak case for weakening encryption

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. William J. H. Boetcker This quote has been often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln.  This is actually a very relevant thought with the respect to economics.  Indeed you cannot improve everybody’s lot … Continue reading

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The power of mathematics in government

DEBT This is a word that you rarely hear mentioned much by politicians especially if they are campaigning for office.  Oh, sure you might hear something about how they will fix the deficit.  The deficit that the other guys have allowed … Continue reading

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… and because perception matters

“I am from the government and i am here to help”                                             Ronald Reagan It has certainly been a while … Continue reading

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professionalism in IT … at the movies

My first boss was a real ball-breaker.  He had a very good idea of what was possible with computers, what the users might need and how to achieve that.   He could have literally done it all himself except there were … Continue reading

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