Author: Allan

QR Codes in exhibits

We’ve put our first QR Code up at the museum as an experiment. This seems like one way to deal with “nth level” information that might be interesting to some visitors but not to others. And it’s a way to

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Ubuntu on Eee Box B202

I’m always on the lookout for low-cost, easily maintained computers to drive displays or do other odd jobs around the museum. The Mac mini is still the gold standard for me. But even with the educational discount, a Mac mini

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newsyslog on Mac OS X

So, just to finish off what I’ve learned about newsyslog on Mac OS X… In addition to figuring out how to deal with denyhosts, here’s how to set up Apache and Mailman log rotation. I’m running standard Apache 2.2 that

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denyhosts on Mac OS X

I just spent some time figuring out how to set up denyhosts on Snow Leopard. I’ve used denyhosts before, but never felt like I had things set up properly for Mac OS. Now I think I have it figured out,

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NASA Web Services session roundup

Last week in Santa Barbara, during the ESIP Federation summer meeting, the NASA SPG hosted a Web Services technical session. I somehow got the job of lining up speakers and moderating the session, always a bit of a nail-biter. The

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Service Discovery and Orchestration (in IEOS or elsewhere)

Has anyone ever run a service discovery and orchestration scenario like the one on page 7 of this document in any setting other than a demo? How far away from being able to do this in “real life” are we?

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Dear Safari 4 developers:

My overall impression is that it’s slower than the beta and slower than Safari 3. But that’s gut feel, not with hard data. The “loading” bar is also far less obvious now, and I always find myself wondering whether Safari

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Moving the server

Is there anything that’s more nerve-wracking than taking down a perfectly functioning server in order to do something with it? This morning I had to move two servers (a PowerMac G5 running Leopard Server, and a Mac Mini running 10.4)

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The IFC Media Project came to town today, to hold a panel discussion at the MIT Museum. They brought in more equipment than we’ve ever had anyone bring in. We had to run an auxiliary 60 Amp power drop for

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Ode to the Mac Mini

Rumors about the death of the Mac Mini and now, the rebirth of the Mac Mini prompted me to post my own personal wish that the Mac Mini retain many of its current characteristics. At the MIT Museum, we use

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