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Now What? [Mar. 29th, 2009|06:46 pm]
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Originally published at AEIOU (An Electronic IOU) Dev Blog. Please leave any comments there.

Here’s what I’ve got planned for AEIOU now:

(OpenPGP Integration, Separate Issuing of Electronic and Paper IOUs, Name Changes, Rewrite, Chaumian Blinding) »

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PGP Keysigning Party at BarCampRochester4 [Mar. 26th, 2009|04:17 pm]
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Originally published at ChrisAcheson.net. Please leave any comments there.

I’m organizing a PGP keysigning party at this year’s BarCamp Rochester.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with PGP, it’s a system for sending encrypted messages.  More information can be found in this guide.  The purpose of a keysigning party is to integrate yourself into and expand PGP’s web of trust, which prevents participants from being tricked into addressing their messages to a clever eavesdropper rather than to their indended recipient.

BarCamp will take place on April 18th, on the third floor of the GCCIS building (#70) on RIT campus.  The keysigning party will happen at 2:00 PM.  If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to do a little bit of preparation:

Before the Party

  1. Send me an email to let me know you’ll be there.  This isn’t absolutely necessary, but I’d like to get a rough estimate of how big the party will be.  You’re also encouraged (though not strictly required) to sign up for BarCamp and give some kind of presentation.
  2. If you don’t have one already, create a PGP keypair.
  3. Print out slips of paper with your key’s fingerprint, along with your name and the email address associated with the key.  You should be able to fit several of these onto a single sheet of paper (18 if you lay them out like so).  As of this writing I don’t know what the turnout will be like, but I’m guessing one sheet will be enough.
  4. Bring a pen and the slips of paper with you to the party.  Also bring identification, preferably two forms, at least one of which is a photo ID and one of which is government-issued.  Driver’s license, passport, etc.  Don’t bring a computer (or if you do, leave it powered off), you won’t need it.

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Oh BTW [Mar. 21st, 2009|03:23 am]
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I have a programmer blog now. In addition to the other one. I figured it would be a good idea to have a separate place to put writings that I want to be more visible to clients/employers/professional contacts.

Add me to your RSS readers, you nerds. You know you want to.

Edit: It also supports OpenID (as does LJ), so if you want to comment on something you can put username.livejournal.com in the website field and leave name and email blank.
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How to get ProFont working in Ubuntu [Mar. 21st, 2009|02:16 am]
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Originally published at ChrisAcheson.net. Please leave any comments there.

At the suggestion of a friend, I’ve recently started using a font called “ProFont” for my programming and other terminal-related activities.  It’s quite nice, and designed to be readable at small sizes.  I use it at 8 point:

8 point ProFont in an 80x24 terminal

8 point ProFont in an 80x24 terminal

I don’t actually use 80×24 anymore, but you get the idea.

It didn’t immediately work when I installed it on my main machine (which runs Kubuntu), and it took some digging to figure out why.  It turns out that fonts on modern Linux machines are handled by a horrible chimera.  There’s the new font system, “fontconfig”, as well as the old “core X font subsystem”.  The instructions that I had found online installed ProFont into the old font system, but not into the new one.  I also tried using the GUI font configuration tool provided by KDE, but it did nothing.

After much searching and frustration, I discovered that Ubuntu and its variants have fontconfig configured to not use bitmap fonts by default.  ProFont is a bitmap font, and such fonts are usually used by old X applications that use the old font system.  The reason for this configuration is that a lot of the bitmap fonts have the same name as other fonts on your system, and if they’re enabled they may in some instances end up being used instead of the typically better-looking vector fonts that you usually see.

In order to get ProFont working, you’ll need to add an exception to your fontconfig configuration.  I suggest editing the ~/.fonts.conf file, which contains user-specific options.  Here’s mine, with the part that I added in bold:

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Unemployed [Mar. 8th, 2009|01:28 pm]
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I was laid off from my job this past Tuesday. Since then, I've been working on my resume and website. If you're looking to hire a programmer, or know someone who is, let me know.

Also, how does the website look? Be honest, because I'm not sure how much I like it at this point.
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Currency project development blog [Feb. 14th, 2009|03:14 pm]
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I've started a development blog for AEIOU (the currency project that I've been working on). I'm looking for feedback on the project and my design ideas, so if the technically-minded among you would check it out, I'd be much obliged:

http://chrisacheson.net/aeiou/blog/
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Let me out of the box, please? [May. 22nd, 2008|04:58 pm]
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I kind of want to try this:

The AI-Box Experiment
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AEIOU (An Electronic IOU), version 0.5.0 [May. 13th, 2008|03:49 am]
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Released version 0.5.0 of AEIOU on sunday. Still working on it. Slowly but surely.
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Stuff White People Like [Mar. 2nd, 2008|12:13 am]
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http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/
#64 Recycling

Recycling is a part of a larger theme of stuff white people like: saving the earth without having to do that much.

Recycling is fantastic! You can still buy all the stuff you like (bottled water, beer, wine, organic iced tea, and cans of all varieties) and then when you’re done you just put it in a DIFFERENT bin than where you would throw your other garbage. And boom! Environment saved! Everyone feels great, it’s so easy!

This is important because all white feel guilty about producing waste. It doesn’t stop them from doing it, but they feel guilty about it. Deep down, they believe they should be like the Native Americans and use every part of the product or beast they have consumed. Though for many white people, this simply means putting plastic bags into a special drawer where they will accumulate until they are eventually used to carry some gym clothes or bathing suit. Ultimately this drawer will get full and only be emptied when the person moves to a new house. Advanced white recyclers will uses these grocery bags as garbage bags.

If you are in a situation where a white person produces an empty bottle, watch their actions. They will first say “where’s the recycling?” If you say “we don’t recycle,” prepare for some awkwardness. They will make a move to throw the bottle away, they will hesitate, and then ultimately throw the bottle away. But after they return look in their eyes. All they can see is the bottle lasting forever in a landfill, trapping small animals. It will eat at them for days, at this point you should say “I’m just kidding, the recycling is under the sink. Can you fish out that bottle?” And they will do it 100% of the time!

The best advice is that if you plan to deal with white people on regular basis either start recycling or purchase a large blue bin so that they can believe they are recycling.
Who is this person, and why are they so amazing?

(Stolen from sunlit_window)
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2008|08:52 pm]
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Stolen from anaisbakunin
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