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Dragon NaturallySpeaking roaming user profiles with Apache

Some editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking (including Medical) support a Roaming User Profile feature. With this, you can store your voice profile on a server and download it to/upload it from computers on which you dictate. Like most aspects of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, it’s unnecessarily complex and flaky, but I got it to work in my distinctly non-enterprise environment a few weeks ago. For anyone else in a similar situation who wants their...

Overriding DNS for domains in OS X Tiger

ACM@UIUC has a bunch of machines behind NAT, which are all in the non-publicly-served domain internal.acm.uiuc.edu, and as I started to need these machines more for my research, I got annoyed at having to do a nested ssh every time I wanted to access them. The obvious solution was a VPN. I set up OpenVPN on our OpenBSD router box. I’ve done enough OpenVPN evangelism here, so I won’t do more than say it’s worth checking out….

250 feeds, neatly organized

In honor of subscribing to my 250th RSS/Atom feed today, I sorted my feeds into groups in NetNewsWire. The flat scrolling list was breaking down pretty badly at this size. Sorting the feeds was a lot more effort than I expected, so I just finished submitting a bunch of bugs and feature requests (1 2 3 4 5 6, and some for the bug tracker itself: 7 8). Phew. Certainly, I hope 2.1 (or 2.5, or 3.0…) improves the process, but thankfully I…

Goodbye, arnold

19:00 = sabi [nicholas@arnold.sabi.net] quit (Quit: goodbye, arnold old friend.) […] overlord% console arnold Enter njriley@console’s password: [Enter `^Ec?’ for help] arnold console login: nicholas Password: Last login: Sat May 17 22:24:06 from […] {nicholas#console@arnold:1025} ~%sudo /usr/sbin/shutdown -i6 -g0 -y 7:21PM Shutdown started. Sun May 18 19:21:17 CDT 2008 Changing to init state 6 – please wait Broadcast Message from root…

Apparently I'm now syndicated at LiveJournal, through no effort of my own. (My guess is this was rugle's doing). If you're a LJ person, you may find it easier to follow my blog that way, I guess. I've been seeing a great deal of flakiness with my desktop G4 over the past few weeks; it often crashes several times on startup, and recently coreservicesd has been acting up. Last night it decided to stop providing icons, and…

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