Tag Archives: Tools

letsencrypt and NearlyFreeSpeech

I’ve been running this site on nearlyfreespeech for some time now. Last week I created a cert using the tools and service made available by letsencrypt.org, and then configured my NFS server to use it. It was pretty easy, but not documented. I’ll share here what I did … Continue reading »


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Why is GIMP still so crappy?

Yes, it’s the question on everybody’s mind: Why does Gimp suck so bad? In the old days I used Windows almost exclusively. I had a nice Windows machine set up; it worked for me. I used cmd.exe and Powershell and WSH for scripting. I used Outlook and Word … Continue reading »


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“No technology can ever be too arcane…”

From an ironic fictional interview with Linus Torvalds on TypicalProgrammer, via @ckindel. Q: You released the Git distributed version control system less than ten years ago. Git caught on quickly and seems to be the dominant source code control system, or at least the one people argue about … Continue reading »


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HTTP apps? REST? JSON? XML? AJAX? Fiddler is invaluable

For developers, having access to and knowing how to use the proper tools is invaluable.  For any sort of communication application, I find Fiddler2 to be indispensable.  It is an “HTTP Debugging Proxy”, but ignore that – the main point is that it lets a developer or network … Continue reading »


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