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  • Stephen, King. Wizard and Glass. New York: Signet, November 1998. ISBN: 0451210875 (evanjones.ca)
    The fourth book in King s Dark Tower series is a prequel of sorts It tells a story about Roland that occurs long before we meet him in The Gunslinger I discussed this with someone who thought that this book is not a Dark Tower book I disagree Despite the change in the setting it may actually be my second favourite book in the series right after The Gunslinger However

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  • Testing Memory: memtest86 (evanjones.ca)
    immediately runs a battery of tests on all the memory in a system The tests take a long time but after they have run you can be pretty confident that the memory is working I recently used it on a laptop that was rebooting randomly memtest86 determined that the top half of the system s memory was not working well When I opened up the computer I discovered that one

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  • Laptop Batteries (evanjones.ca)
    got it I could easily get three hours of use out of it Now I m lucky if I can get 30 minutes It turns out that Lithium Ion batteries only have a 2 3 year lifetime I decided to buy a new battery which has a slightly higher capacity than my original battery It was well worth it My PowerBook is back to its old battery life I also

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  • Skype Rocks Part 2 (evanjones.ca)
    SkypeOut service which allows you to call telephone numbers via Skype The primary advantage is that it is very cheap The quality of calls is usually good but there is a very short perceptible delay However there is a secondary advantage I can now make calls from my laptop I am one of those rare individuals who does not own a cell phone but I nearly always travel with my laptop Being able to call nearly anywhere in the world as long as I have Internet access is useful For example I am currently in the Toronto airport and I just used Bell s Air Canada s free wireless Internet to call the person at my destination to make alternate arrangements for getting picked up The second Skype feature which is extremely powerful is conference calls I recently had a four way conversation with one person in Toronto one in Texas and two in Waterloo This would simply not be possible with traditional phone service or at least not cheaply I combined it with my SkypeOut service so only one of the other three people was on Skype The rest were using their normal telephones I am beginning to agree

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  • Security ... What!?! (evanjones.ca)
    Studio Unfortunately he makes one slightly misleading comment On Windows this would generally not be a security bug as the code can only run as you But if this were in an elevated process such as a setuid root application on Linux Mac OS X or Unix then this would be a bad security bug requiring a fix I ll give Mr Howard the benefit of the doubt I don

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  • First My Hard Drive, Now My iPod (evanjones.ca)
    top has no strain relief Basically it is just soldered to the printed circuit board and not anchored to the case This means that after long enough in my case 2 5 years the solder connections on the FireWire port break The result is that I can still charge my iPod but I can t connect it to a computer Apple s repair cost is 50 less than a new

    Original URL path: http://www.evanjones.ca/ipod-broken.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Fallout (evanjones.ca)
    has broken and you need to find a replacement part I finally bought a used version for my Mac after thinking about it on and off for a couple years I finished this game by playing it nearly non stop for three days except attending class cooking and a few other tasks that I could not avoid I enjoyed it immensely One thing that was very well done is that

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  • The Failure of Email Encryption (evanjones.ca)
    just want it to work It is really up to the implementers to get their act together They need to stop creating new email protocols and collaborate on something workable It would be beneficial to everyone if a single standard for email encryption was supported In the field of cryptography like many others a rising tide lifts all boats The usability challenge is more of a design problem So far the best email client that I have found is Apple s Mail If you have an S MIME digital certificate Mail shows a seal icon next to your emails indicating that it will be signed If the recipient has a certificate and you have received a signed email from them it also presents you with a lock icon allowing you to encrypt your message for that person However it turns out that getting a digital certificate is hard You can get a free digital certificate from Thawte but it is a long and complex process There is a very good guide to Apple Mail and digital certificates that describes exactly how to do it and includes screenshots of the UI The grand challenge as the author of the Apple Mail tutorial says widespread use of email encryption is most likely impossible as long as the process of acquiring a certificate is as difficult as it is today Why is this process difficult and how can we make it easier Getting a digital certificate is difficult because it is supposed to prove who you are In the real world we use government issued ID for this purpose When I show my passport it shows that the Canadian government asserts that the information about me is true In the digital world certificates are supposed to fill the same role Unfortunately it is

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