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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The SSL certificate industry is a messy business on: February 22, 2008, 05:46:58 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.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you tag (or even organize) your files? on: November 05, 2007, 07:49:49 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. Wink
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you tag (or even organize) your files? on: November 05, 2007, 04:17:24 AM
Windows XP (and Vista I presume) has built-in metadata support. Properties -> Summary on a file gives you this:

[attach=#]

These fields should be searchable.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Open Source apps compete with commercial ones? on: November 05, 2007, 03:49:57 AM
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. Wink

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.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Making the switch-02: Which Linux distro to choose? on: June 17, 2007, 05:16:10 AM
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).
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CD Ripping on: February 11, 2007, 08:13:49 AM
If you have a Plextor drive, PlexTools is accurate and fast.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Be the author of a scientific paper on: August 18, 2006, 12:28:24 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 cheesy

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

(This find was shamelessly stolen from kimsnarf, who found it here:
http://glinden.blogspot.c.../blog-spam-at-airweb.html)
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 17 Different Ways To Tie Shoelaces on: August 18, 2006, 11:55:03 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 cheesy
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