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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...

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…

SMART monitoring on USB/FireWire enclosures

As a followup to my prior post on external enclosures, a helpful commenter mentioned the OS X SAT SMART Driver, a third-party driver which provides SMART monitoring via USB/FireWire on OS X. Other operating systems provide SCSI command pass-through support, meaning a separate driver is not required. The installation instructions for the driver are confusing and contradictory in places, but you should be fine if you download a snapshot of the...

Finally realized what was using all the hard disk space I kept on losing, seemingly at random. Core files! In /private/cores on OS X: [p2:6] /private/cores%ls -l total 311M -r——– 1 root wheel 59M Mar 7 21:18 core.225 -r——– 1 root wheel 69M Mar 6 23:20 core.226 -r——– 1 root wheel 61M Mar 20 18:17 core.230 -r——– 1 root wheel 68M Mar 11 17:13 core.239 -r——– 1 root wheel 54M Mar 15 23:17 core.241 I have core files enabled…

Pester 1.1b5 released

Pester 1.1b5 is out. If you’re wondering where betas 1–4 went, they were released privately…in 2003. Looking back at my weblog posts from May 2003, I see my comment about my parents “finally finishing up renovations on their house in Boston”—four years later, they’re still living in a single room of that house, though they continue to make steady progress on fixing the disaster left by their…

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