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Alain Kelder
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A simple spreadsheet to find a time when everyone is available. Sometimes this makes more sense than a service like Doodle, Vyte, NeedToMeet, WhenIsGood, etc.
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Akismet had worked well for me for years, until last month, when it failed miserably. While looking for a replacement, as a temporary fix, added a web server based layer in front of Akismet. It has worked incredibly well, catching over 96% of spam comments with Akismet handling the rest. This new setup is a keeper. :-)

Details: http://giantdorks.org/alain/supplement-your-existing-comment-spam-detection-solution-with-a-web-server-level-dnsblrbl-based-approach/
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Anatomy of procrastination.

One of my last tasks for the day was to call some hardware errors in to IBM and Dell, but thought I'd check out hacker news real quick first. Reading a discussion titled "Could the eagles have flown Frodo into Mordor?", made me want to read up on Tolkien. Learning that one of his influences for the Elvish language was Finnish, and for LOTR -- Kalevala, made me want to read up on Kalevala. Larned that 20 of its 45 poems are of possible Ancient Estonian origin. Which made me want to read up on the connection between Finnish Kalevala and Estonian Kalevipoeg, which led me to want to find some children's books in Estonian to read to Olivia. Couldn't find any to buy on Amazon (to do for summer: brings some back from Estonia), but I did find a nice Estonian folk song: "Linnamuusikud: Estonian folksong (Audio)".

To do for tomorrow: call some hardware errors in to IBM and Dell.
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Kdenlive is one of the best known video editors for Linux but it also works under several other platforms including Mac and FreeBSD. It is free for everyone to use and also to modify (open-source). With its current feature set it is aiming towards beginners as well as semi-professional users. Lately a few important features have been added, like the ability to use proxy clips for fluent editing on every machine or scopes for color correction.
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