Archive for April, 2007

Carputer Project Site

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

For my CS 4540 class, we had to do something related to Linux… but, really, theres not a whole lot of things that are particularly interesting to me that I haven’t done yet in Linux. So, instead me and my partner built a tiny computer and stuck it in my car! Its Linux based, tiny, and shiny! Its not quite done yet, but the pictures are quite neat! Check it out.

Dynamic SOCKS Proxy using PuTTY

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

 SSH is a powerful tool, and PuTTY is by far my preferred SSH client on Windows. Using SSH, you can use an SSH server as a proxy for any application that will allow you to use a SOCKS-type proxy. Of course, there are a lot of other tunnel types that SSH will allow you to do (X forwarding, remote to local, local to remote, etc), but this type of tunneling is especially useful. I’m posting this mainly because there isn’t a whole lot of documentation out there about this particular topic, and the stuff that did exist wasn’t so clear when I first started using this a few years ago. Without further ado…



Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Codepress is a javascript syntax highlighting editor, and is generally pretty nice to use. In fact, its one of the editors I include in my Onnac CMS. Its really nice to do a small edit/revision on a page. However, when I’m actually developing a site, it drives me crazy to actually use the thing to do any kind of sane development. In fact, if I’m working on something big, usually I’ll copy/paste it into Notepad++ (best windows text editor!) and work on it there and copy/paste it back. This is inefficient, which of course, probably means I need to revise the way I integrate it into the program…

However, theres three problems that really drive me batty.

  • No word wrapping
  • No auto-indent
  • Tab spacing is fixed at 8

The latter one is especially annoying, because in everything I always use 4 spaces for my tabs — yeah, I *probably* could use 4 spaces, but that would be way annoying.

Oh well. I’ve been doing my share, contributing random patches to the developer of codepress. I can’t think of a good way to get around those previous problems either — I almost had the tab problem fixed, until I remembered that it had to be aligned correctly… haha. HTML makes a lot of things really hard to do…


Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Weird… despite not using this blog, it seems like its a great target for spammers. The really amusing part is that once I put things in there to guard against comment spam, then they started increasing. Apparently the things have flaws in them… go figure. Anyone know of an effective spam guard for WordPress?