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My website has been languishing without updates for too long. Here I mean both in terms of content and in terms of the underlying software. This entry is intended to start fixing the content, assuming I can make myself sit down and write. (I have trouble writing about things before I feel they're "finished ...

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Starting at the End

I used 3D printing to create a pendant for a friend.  The steps I took are below.  However, I'm so excited about the end product that I wanted to start by showing it off.

Picture of the finished pendant

The Adventure Begins

On a whim, I asked a friend to give me an idea for ...

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I run Gentoo Linux on my personal servers, including my RAID server.  (I have a dedicated server for raid and file dumps.  What, you don't?).  When I first set this machine up 2-3 years ago, I gave it a single HDD (yes, spinning iron!) to boot from.  At the time, my rationale was ...

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Recently (July 22), the 9/11 commission published "Today‚Äôs Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report" (executive summary), a ten-years-later reflection on how the world has changed since they issued their first report.  There are a number of sections to ...

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Over the last few months, I've been silent as I transitioned from the life of a student to the life of a professional.  But!  I have finished that transition (for the most part) and am now back.  I even bring new software with me.

This new software (which has the rather uncreative name "gcode ...

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I recently found myself in a position where I wanted to extrude a logo so I could 3D print it.  Unfortunately, this is a pretty difficult process to figure out without instructions.  Therefore, I decided to document it.  This process assumes you're starting with a pixel-based image (bitmap, jpg, etc).  If instead you have ...

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In my last entry, I mentioned that the United States Department of Defense had requested Defense Distributed remove the plans for their 3D printed firearm from the internet.  I also mentioned that I believed this was Defense Distributed getting the legal fight it had been spoiling for.

Eating my Words

However, I believe I have ...

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Edit: Just before the publication of this article, Defense Distributed voluntarily removed the designs for the Liberator from their website, at the request of the Department of Defense.  In my opinion, this is Defense Distributed getting the legal fight with the government it was spoiling for.  More on that to follow.

Hello again world.  How ...

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So.  My laptop primarily runs linux.  However, I've got a few reasons to run Windows - gaming being one of them, watching streaming SilverLight video (*chough*netflix*cough*) another.  Rebooting a machine every time I want to switch operating systems is rather a drag.  However, for some things (gaming), I'll want to be doing ...

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I run a little server on my apartment network for small services (an IRC bouncer, some screens, SSH and MD-Raid).  However, I'm not always at the machine when I'm working on it.  I have, in the past, been lucky and not taken it totally offline when doing upgrades remotely.  Until this week.

Having ...

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