Category: Museum

Remotely boot your iPad and launch an app

I’m one step further along on the quest for the Holy Grail of kiosk displays. We use a lot of iPads here at the museum, most of them are either in Lab Shield brackets or built into cabinets. The whole

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Mac OS X user idle time in Python

I’m still on the quest for the perfect free kiosk app for Mac OS X. I’ve used Plainview to good effect in several exhibits. I’ve used Opera in one, and I’m using Firefox with R-Kiosk in another. Which program to

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WordPress client IP address, behind a proxy

At the museum, we’re running a site where we want people to comment but where we’re also sitting ducks for spam comments. Trouble is, the site is running behind a web proxy. That means that all the comments are seemingly

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Coming up with a question is also creation

To create is not just to produce objects or phenomena. Coming up [with] a question is also creation. In fact, a question that has a huge receptive capacity doesn’t even need a definitive answer. The very essence of a question

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Review: Rubbermaid 12-Slot Organizer as a Mac mini server rack

I needed to do something about the Mac minis that were accumulating on the table in my office. Digging around, I found this Rubbermaid organizer on Amazon. It turns out to be nearly perfect. The unit is very sturdy, was

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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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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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