Kurt McKee

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Articles tagged with technology

Qotom Q350G4Y: My new router | 19 January 2020

I got a Qotom Q350G4Y fanless mini PC to replace my current router. This is going to be a big learning project!

Leveling up my tech | 12 August 2012

At the end of June I experienced a catastrophic hard drive failure: I turned on my computer and heard a metallic ping, followed by the gut-wrenching grinding noise of something dragged across the spinning platters. I turned the computer off immediately, but when I booted it back up a few …

Link Widgets for Firefox | 24 June 2010

For a long time I've loved having the Link Widgets extension for Firefox installed; it has very powerful navigational tools that look at the webpage content and determine what the "Next" and "Previous" pages are, relative to the current page. (As an example, if I'm viewing a comic from May …

This morning I woke up and the first thought on my mind was "If I write a feed reader that allows people to follow a conversation in a blog entry's comments, how will they participate in the conversation?"

I already had some idea that the technology might exist: a long …

Migrating back to Wordpress | 14 February 2010

I've started working to migrate my online presence back to kurtmckee.org; it's been two-and-a-half years since I self-hosted my blog, and in that time I've fragmented my identity across LiveJournal, Blogger, Tumblr, and a smattering of other services including YouTube and Flickr.

Thus far I've upgraded my Wordpress install …

Pidgin-encryption key | 16 August 2008

Although rarely online, I signed on today and realized that I hadn't installed and configured Pidgin-encryption. Pidgin-encryption encrypts your instant messaging conversations so that they cannot be read while in transit; without it, it is trivially easy for others to eavesdrop on your online conversations.

If you're not using Pidgin …

FireGPG and blogging | 14 August 2008

I installed a Firefox extension recently that has been blowing my socks off, and it's called FireGPG. FireGPG adds GPG support to Firefox, like how Enigmail adds GPG support to Thunderbird.

Encryption (and cryptographic signatures) continue to fascinate me -- I firmly believe that encryption is an absolute necessity for every …

Yahoo for search | 27 July 2008

I've been using Yahoo for all of my search needs for the past month (at least, since the news broke that Viacom convinced a judge to force YouTube, which is owned by Google, to hand over all of its user data). Seriously, I encourage you to try a new search …

As a first attempt at expanding my comment tracking software, I did a little testing in regards to scraping LiveJournal comments. Having written some uncomfortably convoluted XSL transformations in the past, I've become familiar with XPath. While BeautifulSoup has served me well in the past for quick excursions into the …

while read i | 8 July 2008

I have finally finished backing up all of my data. It took four DVDs, but I finally did it. It would have required several more had I not filtered my music files for backup, however. In particular, the only music that I truly had to save were the songs I've …

Of presidents and internets | 10 April 2007

What technologies would best encourage debate and communication between a politician and his adoring public?

Alarm clocks have bugs?! | 7 December 2005

Yesterday I rediscovered a bug in my alarm clock's programming, so I thought it would be fun to document the bug.

Gotta please the people | 22 November 2005

People seem to be finding the site because of my Xanga Archiver. I guess I'd better keep improving it!

Free Culture | 27 October 2005

Man alive, Allan stopped by tonight - we watched "Free Culture", a speech Lawrence Lessig gave in 2002.

A Xanga archiver | 25 October 2005

I've been working on a script to archive a Xanga user's posts and comments.

Soon, I hope | 25 October 2005

With Cherokee's latest bug fixes, I may just stick with it!

I hate script kiddies! | 20 May 2005

I finally checked my /etc/messages file today, and discovered that script kiddies have been trying to hack in.

Coolness to come | 15 April 2005

I'm going to take the plunge and register a domain tomorrow.