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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
Encryption (and cryptographic signatures) continue to fascinate me -- I firmly believe that encryption is an absolute necessity for every …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
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 …read more
I've been working very hard to track down and save up all of my comments on others' websites. Although there are still some comments out there, I've manually added over 300 comments, which has been a serious chore.
Tonight I slapped a little CSS together so that the comment viewing …read more