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              Devin, out of order Devin Carraway

Leftover Pieces
(see also leftover people)


PGP/GnuPG keys: DSA/ElGamal and older (RSA) PGP

Annotated acreenshot of my Linux desktop (probably old)

Some of my music.

Bits of poetry.

For most of the lifespan of Netscape's browsers (until the Mozilla project got underway), the non-crippled "US" crypto versions tended to lag substantially behind the crippled "international" versions, or sometimes never show up at all. At the time I found how to elevate the security settings of the "international" version back up to full strength using a text editor. The trick stopped working after Navigator 4.5, and better yet we now have Fortify to do the same job, but it's simpler than Fortify if you're stuck with an old UNIX version of Navigator/Communicator 4.0x.

Ever try to look at the source for a page and seen a lot of encoded URI-looking gunk with a condescending message at the top? Maybe you were looking at something run through PageParser, an HTML-encoding and pseudoencryption tool. If it gives you trouble, you might look into unpp, my GPL-ed counterutility in perl that decodes PageParsed pages back to something human-readable. "Code free or die." :)

A long time later, I came across a program called TagsLock from a company named AtomPark, which did much the same thing only more abusively. So I wrote another countermeasure.

The gradient-effect in my name up at the top there (assuming it's turned on at the moment) was done with a little program I wrote which generates the fade effect from one RGB color at one end to another RGB at the other (the current setting fades from black {00,00,00} to a random color, so the gradient variance per character can be anywhere from 0 to 2^24/14). Reload the page to get a different gradient. If you'd like to use it yourself, here's the source code; it's available in C and PHP3/4.

When I was young I used to watch The Transformers, concerning the exploits of good and evil as manifested in merchandised plastic toys.

For several years I used an IBM ThinkPad 365E, ani.devin.com. It was about the cheapest thing I could get at the time ($2k for a 486 w/ 8MB). Of the unit, the IBM technical reference sheet says "Disk is not removable (like 755/760 systems), but it can be upgraded via a screwdriver." I retired ani in August 1999, replacing it with an almost-as-old ThinkPad 760E (owl); I've submitted entries on both to the linux-laptop info pages, but there weren't any significant problems -- Linux went in quick and easy. Likewise on the iBook2 which replaced that, thanks in large part to the excellent work of the Debian PPC porters and Ben Herrenschmidt.

At one point I bought a used, cheap Sun Netra T1 105; I wasn't able to find any notes indicating people had installed Linux on these things, so I wrote up some notes about the process.

The light-grey lettering along the left edge (again assuming your browser renders it the way I had in mind, which is more likely with a CSS compliant browser, e.g. Mozilla) is selected at random from a pile of them. Reload the stylesheet to get a different one.

When expecting my daughter, I was annoyed with silly web baby-meters and made a parody.