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enhancing the privacy we still have

Is privacy is simply too much work? The problem is not that technology cannot help out but in my case it seems that I am constantly installing or setting up new computers or virtual machines and there is never the … Continue reading

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Security in homogeneous systems

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been quite industrious in creating a new way[1] of tracking documents that could be “borrowed” from a person, business or government against the will of of that entity. This new document protection is the … Continue reading

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Is Agile development the Emperors new clothes

I had the opportunity to take a class on Agile development recently, Scrum, and it was a fascinating way of doing development. I have been pretty lucky over my career that I have not been dragged through a lot of … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – final piece

This is essentially a refinement of the previous steps. I have added a lot of new list data but instead of being limited to what political party they are in or even if they like to party, I have extended … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part VI

The entire example report up until this point has been nice with a cool feature or two but terribly unrealistic. It is important to have the data in mind when creating the form but the form that I have created … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part V

While preparing these articles I didn’t have an overarching goal.  I probably should have began with the header and footer and kept that through all examples but I changed my focus while writing this all up. This fifth example just … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part IV

This fourth example will extend upon my previous XSL-FO script to convert the list from a table with a few boxes into more of a polished form. The final result will generate a form and will look like this. You … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part III

This third example will extend upon my XSL-FO script to convert the list into more of a table. The result will generate a form and will look like this. What I find to be really well done in XSL-FO and … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part II

In my previous article, I went through the basics of what tools would be necessary to use Apache FOP to create PDF files. In this second example will extend upon my XSL-FO script to add a header and footer to … Continue reading

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Machine generation of PDF files the easy way – part I

The tools In order to reproduce this work you will need to download Apache FOP and have a recent version of Java on your computer. https://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/download.html Page layout There are a number of books that spend hundreds of pages to … Continue reading

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