Geek stuff

Written by Ron Diebert, the director of the Citizen Lab at U of T, Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace contains some very interesting information, of importance to anyone concerned with the future of the internet and communication. He discusses the major discoveries made by the lab, including massive criminal malware enterprises, government surveillance […]

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One article and one paper

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After years of using Etymotic earbuds (first the ER-6is and then various telephone headset versions), I grew frustrated with how they always break when the cable frays at the point where it connects to the miniplug jack. Because they have a $35 replaceable cable and sounded good in an in-store trial, I switched to the […]

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With a couple lost to the CUPE 3902 strike, I taught twelve sets of tutorials this year. The histogram below shows how many students attended more than any particular number of tutorials: Any thoughts on the distribution? It looks approximately unimodal and symmetrical, with the largest number of students having attended six to nine of […]

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I fear that my list of project ideas, which I assemble out of an optimistic hope that the future will bring a long span of free time for such undertakings, includes an idea for a screenplay. It would be a film in the style of Apollo 13 (technically and historically accurate, and developed with lots […]

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Cameras since 2010

February 17, 2015

in Geek stuff, Photography

It has been a while since I have updated my chronology of cameras at: All my cameras. These days I use two overwhelmingly: my old 5D Mk II (with my excellent four-lens system), which is doing well despite several repairs, and my Fuji X100s. There are distinctive examples of both types of photography in my […]

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‘Roguelike‘ refers to a class of turn-based role-playing computer games, characterized by simple graphics and automatically generated levels. Angband is a great example of the genre, available free for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

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Using a large number of my photos from Massey College events, I made a few mosaics. These are my favourites: Massey bull Master Fraser Dining hall at high table Pond at night Hockey in the quad Self with X100s Clock tower Umbrella in pond

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There is a wistful myth that if only we had enough money to spend – the figure is usually put at a hundred billion dollars – we could wipe out all our slums in ten years, reverse decay in the great, dull, gray belts that were yesterday’s and day-before-yesterday’s suburbs, anchor the wandering middle class […]

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I recently updated the SSL certificate used to provide encrypted access to this site via HTTPS. Chances are, nothing sensitive is passing between my server and your computer. Running the site this way by default does, however, increase the overall volume of encrypted traffic on the web, which may hamper some ubiquitous surveillance efforts. In […]

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