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Repairing my own laptop

Posted by Erica on Dec 5, 2012 in Electronics, Making, Web and Computer

This was a short but sweet project — very empowering.
For years I have owned a Dell Precision M4300. It is not a sexy computer by today’s standards, but it has a very large screen, comfortable keyboard, runs fast, and has all the ports I need. Therefore, no reason to replace it. I figured at some [...]

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Free Coursera online course: Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

Posted by Erica on Nov 27, 2012 in Making, Web and Computer

I’ve posted before about Stanford and Udacity free online courses. Tomorrow I am going to be starting another one, offered by Coursera. The topic is Heterogeneous Parallel Programming. From the course description:

All computing systems, from mobile to supercomputers, are becoming heterogeneous parallel computers using both multi-core CPUs and many-thread GPUs for higher power efficiency and [...]

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Automating Windows

Posted by Erica on May 13, 2010 in Web and Computer

I have a great job (read: limited hours, excellent pay) but one of things I like least about it are the repetitive IT tasks I have to do. Things are stable enough that a full sysadmin would be a waste of money, but still, certain things have to get done. For a long time I [...]

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A nice coasterbot surprise

Posted by Erica on Apr 20, 2010 in Making, Web and Computer

This morning, I got an e-mail from YouTube asking me to sign up for revenue sharing on my “popular video” of coasterbot folding. I didn’t think too much about this, because that was a 10 second video I shot one-handed. I hadn’t even bothered adding an audio track, or a link back here. The only [...]

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WordPress e-mail password recovery

Posted by Erica on Feb 21, 2010 in Web and Computer

I had quite a scare this morning. I went to add a new blog post, and discovered that I had forgotten my password. GoDaddy insists on stronger password protection than I normally use for sites like this, so I couldn’t remember it. No big deal, there is a nice “Lost password?” link on the page. [...]

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Shmoocon, Day 1

Posted by Erica on Feb 5, 2010 in Web and Computer

A few weeks ago the HacDC e-mail list alerted me to the fact that Shmoocon was coming to DC. I had never heard of it before but it is one of the better known hacker / security conferences, and is strictly limited to 1,500 attendees. I then discovered that all the tickets were gone, and [...]

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thekanes.org relaunched!

Posted by Erica on Jan 29, 2010 in Web and Computer

We have owned this domain name since, oh, at least 2003. We had two pages and one photo. The site was hosted on Verio which quietly sucked out $25 a month for the privilege of being there, and offered nothing special.
I finally remembered this, and moved to GoDaddy. Only $5 a month and there are [...]

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