Category Archives: Computers

The Computer History Museum

The museum, in Mountain View, California, is a short 10 minute drive from us. We’ve lived in the Bay Area for 6 years and hadn’t been yet, so we decided it was time. It was a great way to spend … Continue reading

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Review of Android Devices

Edit: The first version of this post said the Nexus S battery life was bad. This was inaccurate. The battery life was only bad when an Exchange-based email account was added. Edit 2: Added disclaimer to bottom, and examples of … Continue reading

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Flickr Backup Script

I wrote a basic python script that grabs most of my data from Flickr and saves it to my local hard drive, so I have a local backup. It takes a while to fetch all your photos the first time … Continue reading

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Announcing our four Summer of Code students!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve accepted four students for this year’s Summer of Code! Gadu-Gadu PRPL improvements by Tomasz Wasilczyk, mentored by Ethan Blanton Plugin website by Nikhil Bafna, mentored by Kevin Stange Usage stats collection by Sanket Agarwal, … Continue reading

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Pidgin Accepted to 2012 Summer of Code!

Good news, everyone! Google has accepted the Pidgin project‘s application to be a mentoring organization in this year’s Google Summer of Code. If you love programming and are looking for a chance to help an open source project, look no … Continue reading

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Tool to View DNS SRV Records for XMPP

I wrote a crummy tool that displays the current DNS SRV records for a given XMPP domain. After writing it I discovered that Olark has already created something similar. My tool attempts to do some really basic sanity checks and … Continue reading

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No Summer of Code for Pidgin This Year

Pidgin/Finch/libpurple/Instant Messaging Freedom, Inc. didn’t apply to be an organization in Google’s Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. Why not? The short answer is that I didn’t feel we had enough developers willing to mentor students for it to be … Continue reading

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HTTPS User Guide

In light of my previous post where I talk about how it’s relatively easy to commit a man-in-the-middle attack, I feel like I should explain how people can protect themselves. If you’re typing information that you consider private (typing your … Continue reading

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