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Living Room / Re: The SSL certificate industry is a messy business
« on: February 22, 2008, 05:46 AM »
We use http://www.rapidssl.com/ at work, and have been very happy with their service. Certificates are not chained, prices are reasonable, and the registration process is very quick. They also have free trials.

If you need a certificate with more "weight" behind it you can get one from GeoTrust (RapidSSL is owned by GeoTrust), though I think that's unnecessary for most certificates.

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Living Room / Re: How do you tag (or even organize) your files?
« on: November 05, 2007, 07:49 AM »
unfortunately, these fields are NOT always:
1- reliable (not always accessible for all file types, etc.)
2- searchable (through most desktop search software)
3- portable
Too bad. I should have known there was a reason I haven't seen anyone use those fields. ;)

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Living Room / Re: How do you tag (or even organize) your files?
« on: November 05, 2007, 04:17 AM »
Windows XP (and Vista I presume) has built-in metadata support. Properties -> Summary on a file gives you this:

file-summary.png

These fields should be searchable.

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I find that the type of application, open-source or proprietary, doesn't really matter from a practical use perspective. It's all about the users and the knowledge they have. In the company where I work we now exclusively run Linux servers and open-source server software. This requires a certain amount of knowledge for it to work, and because we have that our Linux-based platform blows a similar Windows-based one out of the water, and at a fraction of the cost. If our technicians had been less knowledgable and/or Windows oriented, the tables would likely have been turned. Although, having worked with enterprise setups on both platforms, I prefer Linux. ;)

It can often be difficult to evaluate software as being "better" since it all depends on how effectively it is used, which is directly related to the amount of knowledge the user has. Assuming, of course, the software isn't severely impaired by bugs, a terrible user interface, or something else.

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One of the things I really enjoy about Linux distributions is that they are more or less tuned to a certain skill level (and philosophy). Windows often wants to do some hand-holding no matter how proficient you are.

This has been my journey so far: I started out with the typical distros; Mandriva, Fedora, Ubuntu. Then I wanted more flexibility and power, and moved to Gentoo. Gentoo is great (and fast!), especially as a server OS, but compiling everything from source can sometimes be very time consuming. So I moved on to my current distro, Arch Linux, which in short can be described as Gentoo without compilation (but you can if you want to). If you're really hardcore (and have a lot of free time), you can also make your own distro via Linux From Scratch.

In the Linux world there is something for everyone, which is both its strength (diversity) and weakness (too much diversity).

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General Software Discussion / Re: CD Ripping
« on: February 11, 2007, 08:13 AM »
If you have a Plextor drive, PlexTools is accurate and fast.

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Living Room / Be the author of a scientific paper
« on: August 18, 2006, 12:28 PM »
This generator does a remarkable job of creating a scientific paper with the proper structure while containing gibberish. The result certainly feels like some of the papers I had to struggle through at university :D

http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/

(This find was shamelessly stolen from kimsnarf, who found it here:
http://glinden.blogs...-spam-at-airweb.html)

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Living Room / Re: 17 Different Ways To Tie Shoelaces
« on: August 18, 2006, 11:55 AM »
I love sites like that which try to make everyday things better.

I've been using Ian's knots for well over a year now, and they really are an improvement. The technique can be a bit tricky at first, but when it's "in the fingers" you don't want to go back.

Hmmm, I hardly ever post, and now I reply to a thread about, uh, knots :D

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