OS

Using Encrypted Email

Have you read these articles? Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov’t – Slashdot.  Silent Circle Preemptively Shuts Down Encrypted Email Service To Prevent NSA Spying – TechCrunch. Encrypting your email isn’t terribly difficult, and ensures that the contents are encrypted end-to-end from sender all the way to recipient. SSL only protects the contents while in transit, from your PC to your mail server. Your email may still be transferred unencrypted (plain text) Read more…

OS

1,000 Tweets Math

We take my first tweet on July 08, and convert it to epoch time. date –date=’08 Jul 2009 14:08 -0500′ ‘+%s’ 1247080080 My 1, 000th tweet takes place on Feb 20, 2013 @ 16:00. date –date=’20 Feb 2013 16:00 -0500′ ‘+%s’ 1361394000 The difference between the two dates in seconds … echo “1361394000 – 1247080080″|bc 114313920 … and the average seconds between each tweet … echo “scale=2;114313920 / 1000″|bc 114313.92 …for an average of … Read more…

OS

Creating an OS/2 WARP 4 Virtual Machine – Part 2

Before installing FixPack 15, a few utilities are in order. And since WebExplorer is essentially a broken browser, use FTP to retrieve them. Info-Zip Some of the updates involved are in .zip format, so first retrieve Info-Zip’s UnZip utility. Place it somewhere for keeps, like C:Unzip,  and run it in an OS/2 Terminal window. ftp open ftp.info-zip.org anonymous <any password> cd pub/infozip/os2 bin get unz600.exe quit unz600.exe RSUINSTN.EXE An updated version (1.99) of the RSUINSTN.EXE utility is Read more…

OS

Creating an OS/2 WARP 4 Virtual Machine – Part 1

When OS/2 WARP version 4 was first released I installed it because it was supposed to be technically superior than what Windows offered. I came across OS/2 again a couple of years ago while flipping through some old CDs, and thought “Wouldn’t it be fun to get this up running again, for jokes?”. So I downloaded VirtualBox and installed it as a virtual machine. The installation, and necessary upgrades with FixPacks in order to run a Read more…

Scripts

Ubuntu Trash maintenance

The functionality of the old Trash folder is something that’s always annoyed me. You either never remember to empty it, and if you do, it’s all or nothing. While playing around with Ubuntu, I noticed this and a lack of a secure delete option. Nor was there any simple way to clear your history of recently opened documents. Missed features like this are fun to script around. Pretty similar to an OSX script I’ve written Read more…

Scripts

GeekTool Network Info Script

GeekTool, in their words “is an application for Mac OS 10.6+. It lets you display various kinds of information on your desktop via 3 default plug-ins.” With a little bit of scripting ability, you can display all sorts of useful information on your desktop. Here I have some weather, and whatever network interface my MacBook using along with my current IP address. You can download my network interface script here. To get it running, you’ll Read more…