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What follows is the journal of Ariel Millennium Thornton. Being a journal its main purpose is to express opinions on whatever subjects happen to be interesting on any given day. Any external links embedded within entries are subject to linkrot and may or may not be corrected at some unannounced date.

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I have intentionally destroyed a second computer
It happened this morning.  I ranted incoherently on Twitter about it, if anyone's interested.   The Evil of Multimedia ...
November 30, 2014 - Stopping the double click to edit behavior of Wagn 1.14
A feature that has been in Wagn since its earliest days is the ability to call up the card editor by double-clicking ...
March 18, 2012 - Copyright Math, or The $8 Billion iPod, a TED talk by Rob Reid
With a hat tip to YourAnonNews on Twitter (and also on Tumblr):
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November 28, 2014 - The Thornton 2 Library is back
After entirely too long a hiatus, the library is back online. The reason for the site going away in the first place was a ...
August 25, 2014 - Remove from Debian an ancient package crashing on install-info
Swiped from this StackExchange question: If you can't uninstall an ancient package from Debian, the package axe for example, because you ...
January 31, 2014 - Kickstart CentOS 6.5 from Minimal or Netinst CD-ROM

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I don't like Red Hat or RPM-based Linux distros, but I maintain a CentOS server farm. After building a new server, I sought ...
May 9, 2013 - A Brief Overview of McAfee Security Scan
The TL;DR version: McAfee Security Scan is basically scareware. It has only one purpose, and that is to scare you into buying a subscription ...
May 5, 2013 - Firefox, stop previewing PDF documents and let me download them
2218 iconMozilla Firefox made another change a few versions ago that really amounts to feature creep: Previewing PDFs in ...
March 5, 2013 - Stupid but amusing YouTube videos
Yup. Just some short time-wasters. ...
January 5, 2013 - Random Wallpapers
I can't decide what image I want to use for my desktop background/wallpaper, so I set it to be changed every 10 minutes to ...
Jauary 1, 2013 - I Have Keyed My Operating Systems
I continued toying with encrypted multibooting, and I've written so far two journal entries about my attempts.  My first attempt was a ...
December 25, 2012 - A Far More Elegant Encrypted Multi-Boot Solution
So immediately after hacking together something with TrueCrypt (described in my my previous journal entry) and realizing how unworkable it is with ...
December 16, 2012 - The Ugliest Multi-Boot Hack I Have Ever Seen
And I wrote it. Installing multiple operating systems with full encryption should not be as hard as it is.  Installing multiple versions of Windows ...
December 3, 2012 - Windows 8's boot manager sucks
Windows 8 sucks overall, but the boot manager is terrible. Also, like the rest of Windows 8, the boot manager is unintuitive, surprising, undocumented, ...
October 2, 2012 - An Interview with Brian Kernighan on C
An Interview with Brian Kernighan on C and The C Programming Language | | InformIT - http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1960359 Among the things ...
The Saga of the Incredible Self-Bricking Cell Phone
I've been putting up with an LG Accolade for most of two years, and it (and two replacements) has given me a wealth of ...
September 15, 2012 - The Bozo Event Horizon (from Harvard Law School's CTO)
This is a very interesting observation about hiring, promotion, and how even the best companies can succumb to a self-destructive bozo effect. Original URL: ...
September 12, 2012 - A Test of Free Speech
A news story crossed my wire yesterday, and it got me thinking about something very important to modern American life.  The story was about ...
August 24, 2012 - Create a Local Ubuntu Mirror Using Apt-Mirror and Apt-Cacher
It's three years old now, and it's geared toward Ubuntu specifically, but this is a pretty neat explanation of how to save ...
August 12, 2012 - Sorting and searching at the library
Sorting and searching at the library by Jason Orendorff for Nashville hack day. What a not-necessarily-computerized library can teach about computer ...

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