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Is Free Software Ready For E-publishing?

bbk Pandoc (221 comments)

I've found pandoc (here: http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/) to be very useful for generating PDF/ePub/LaTeX/etc from Markdown formatted text files.

more than 3 years ago
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Interviews: Ask Technologist Kevin Kelly About Everything

bbk difficultiesd (135 comments)

the SeaMicro servers handled the load with no difficultiesd

Hmm... now there's a daemon you really don't want to see running...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked

bbk Brute force tool, not a "crack" (208 comments)

This just lets you brute force the passkey, easy as if you're using a 4-digit numeric passkey there are only 10000 combinations.

If you're using a more complex alphanumeric key, which can be enabled with the iPhone config utility, then this probably won't work that well...

more than 3 years ago
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Freetype Lands In... Microsoft Office?

bbk Re:Must burn. (212 comments)

Well of course. The Mac ports have pretty much always been a second-class citizen to the Windows version.

Only recently. Excel originated on the Mac - 1.0 was Mac-only in 1985.

 

about 4 years ago
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Most Useful OS For High-School Science Education?

bbk Re:Educational environment (434 comments)

FYI, Apple's netboot environment coupled with something like DeployStudio is far easier than trying to get PXE booting set up - it's pretty much plug and play with an OS X server.

While your application availability probably dictates what platforms you can use, don't write off Apple because their deployment strategy is different.

more than 4 years ago
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Hot Sales In China For Wi-Fi Key-Cracking Kits

bbk Re:Are these available in the states? (207 comments)

There are certain AP's and firmware that have a built-in RADIUS server for WPA/WPA2 Enterprise.

more than 4 years ago
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Large-Scale Mac Deployment?

bbk OS X Server + method of your choice (460 comments)

Apple has a robust remote installation suite with OS X Server, which is darn cheap compared to most other commercial offerings.

10.6 includes a first party version of NetRestore (full system image deployment, similar to Ghost or Flash Archive on Solaris), but most people deploying across a large number of systems should roll their own images with packaged based tools like DeployStudio or InstaDMG:

http://www.deploystudio.com/
http://code.google.com/p/instadmg/

Some other good sites for finding info:
  http://www.afp548.com/
  http://www.macenterprise.org/

more than 4 years ago
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88% of Electronics Exports Reused, Not Dumped

bbk ASU not UofA (157 comments)

Arizona has two universities, the Tucson based University of Arizona (UofA), which has been around for much longer than the Tempe based Arizona State University (ASU). This article was written by people at latter, not the former, so the post attribution is incorrect.

more than 5 years ago
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220-mph Solar-Powered Train Proposed In Arizona

bbk That's Phoenix (416 comments)

Phoenix is as you describe. Other parts of Arizona have a greater percentage of multi-generational residents.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Test Drive Bus With Automated Steering

bbk Re:Sabotage? (180 comments)

Exactly what I thought - what about other sources of mangentic interference (say the motor of an electric vehicle, etc.)?

about 6 years ago

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