Posts Tagged: OSX

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Snow leopard + wordpress + latex problem

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Ever since I’ve upgraded to Snow Leopard I’ve been having problems with the webserver. At first there were the ‘obvious’ problems : mysql-connection lost and php-error message. These were swiftly dealt with using the excellent Snow Leopard, Apache, PHP, MySQL and WordPress! advice from ‘tady’. Right now, access to this blog is extremely slow (and… Read more »

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math2.0-setup : mysql and php+

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Set up your own WPMU+BuddyPress site on a spare Mac in no time.

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yet another math2.0 proposal

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Tim Gowers’ dream of massively collaborative mathematics got me thinking…

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About a year ago I did a series of posts on games associated to the Mathieu sporadic group $M_{12}$, starting with a post on Conway’s puzzle M(13), and, continuing with a discussion of mathematical blackjack. The idea at the time was to write a book for a general audience, as discussed at the start… Read more »

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iTouch warwalking

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Four years ago I had a brief fling with wardriving. It went only as far as getting Ethereal to crack the security of our house-network. I simply couldn’t picture myself walking around the neighborhood with my laptop under my arm… However, jogging around with an iPod will attract far less attention. Starting an iTouch in… Read more »

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first things first : jailbreak

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You may have surmised it from reading this post : Santa brought me an iPod Touch! (( or rather : Santa brought PD2 an iTouch and knowing his jealous nature ordered one for him as well… )) Ive used an iPodClassic to transfer huge files between home (MacBook) and office (iMac) as well as for… Read more »

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NeB on Leopard and iPhone

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If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and point your Safari browser to this blog you can now view it in optimised format, thanks to the iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme. I’ve only changed the CSS slightly to have the same greeny look-and-feel of the current redoable theme. Upgrading a WordPress-blog running under Tiger… Read more »

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It has been a difficult design decision, but I‚Äôm going to replace the LaTeXRender WordPress Plugin for mathML as the default TeX-interface for NeverEndingBooks. I will keep LaTeXRender on standby as I may have to use exotic packages or commands that iTeX does not deliver, but for most math-related posts, MathML will do the job… Read more »

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command line interface

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Way back in 1999 I read Neal Stephenson’s pamphlet In the Beginning ! Was the Command Line and decided I should and would have Linux running on my clamshell iBook. Needless to say this was (a) a foolish idea and (b) not entirely trivial in those dark OS 9-days. Still, I somehow managed with the… Read more »

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minute changes

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These lazy days between christmas and new-year’s eve are ideal to do finally those things one would like to postpone indefinitely. Here is a list of the tiny changes made to this blog : At last, an upgrade from WordPress version 2.0 to 2.0.5. Something I always defer because of the warnings to back up… Read more »

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If you want to make your own ‘My Online Publications Page’ (MOPP) similar to mine here’s what you have to do : in case you are running Linux, all you need is the mopp package and follow the instruction on this page. if you are onto Mac OSX you have to get and compile a… Read more »

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MyLife@300dpi

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Three years ago I did spend three weeks next to my Canonscan, painstakingly scanning all individual pages of every preprint I ever wrote. Next, I converted every page to PDF, resized it (in order to control the size) and bundled them into PDF-files. A typical preprint would take me roughly three quarters of an hour… Read more »

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Inform

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Once upon a time, not so long before the video-games era, people needed the command-line and knowledge of esoteric commands like _examine_, _look_, _take_, _drop_, _go south_ etc. to get into the mysterious worlds of dungeons & dragons. If you have nostalgia to the heroic times of text-based adventure games (nowadays called IF for _interactive… Read more »

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Clearly, someone who subscribed to your brain shouldn’t have to check the arXiv every morning only to find out that you still haven’t posted _the_ paper s(h)e is expecting of you, based on your recent BrainActivity… So why not package this into your Brain subscription? It is easy enough to get all posts by a… Read more »

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chicken of the VNC

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If I ever get our home automation system configured I’ll use my (partly broken) old iBook as my Indigo-server (or my MisterHouse-server when I brush up my Perl-knowledge). It should then run quietly put away somewhere and I don’t want to take it out every time I want to add another routine to the program…. Read more »

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Singular via GAP on OSX

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The GAP-package is very good in working with finite fields or Abelian extensions of the Rational numbers, but sooner or later we will need to use the coordinate ring or function field of an affine variety for which it is hopeless. On the other hand, there is an excellent free package to do these calculations… Read more »

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combinatorial game software

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As I am going to give a talk on Combinatorial Game Theory early next month I have to update my rusty knowledge of canonical forms of two-person game positions, their temperature theory and the like. As most of the concepts in this field are recursive they are hard to work out by humans but easy… Read more »

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SSL on Mac OSX

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A longer term project is to get the web-server www.matrix.ua.ac.be integrated in our home-network as an external WebDAV-server (similar to the .Mac-service offered by Apple). But as this server runs all information about the master-class on non-comutative geometry connecting to it via HTTP to use WebDAV is too great of a security risk as all… Read more »

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one week blogging

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So far I found it rather easy to post one or more messages a day as I was installing a lot of software or trying to get things working and was merely logging my progress for future reference. These notes are useful to me but probably not to the rest of the world. Another thing… Read more »

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iMacBondiBlue

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We still have an original iMac (Bondi Blue). It runs at 233 MHz, has 192Mb RAM and a hard-disk of 4Gb, so is pretty outdated. Still, when Mac OSX was introduced I had a hard time installing extra RAM in it (for this model you have to take it apart disconnecting all sorts of cables)… Read more »

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WarWalking (3)

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This time we turn to Ethereal, ‘sniffing the glue that holds the Internet together’. Here is the description they give : “Ethereal is a free network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows. It allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture… Read more »

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WarWalking (2)

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MacStumbler and iStumbler are active scanners sending out probe messages to the basestations and can therefore be detected easily. Moreover, they are not able to detect closed networks. So let us move up one step in the secrecy scale and get some passive network scanners running. The first one is KisMAC which instructs the Airport… Read more »

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WarWalking (1)

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What exactly is a \’WarDriver\’? WarDriver: One who locates and logs wireless access points while in motion ;[benign]. WarDriving was invented by Peter Shipley and now commonly practiced by hobbyists, hackers and security analysts worldwide. More information about this trend can be found at wardriving.com. Even if you are not into this sport, the following… Read more »

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the best LaTeX system

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If you are a mathematician, you’d better have a functioning TeX on your computer which I do not have at the moment as I completely erased my HD yesterday and started brand new. Some time ago this would make me slightly nervous but as I did install TeX on a number of computers recently I… Read more »

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a blogging 2004

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As it is probably better to run years behind than to stand eternally still, I’ll try out how much of a _blogger_ I am in 2004. If you want to read more about blogging, Rebecca’s pocket is a good place to start. She has written an essay on the early days of the weblog, an… Read more »