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Publishing Genre

While there is quite a bit of literary genre everywhere alive and well, there are certain publication genre which are not. The Chapbook (still popular) and the Almanac(k), as well but we don’t hear about it much anymore. Chapbook in the Age of Print-on-Demand The Chapbook seems like a wonder in the age of Print-on-Demand. With a lovely history, the Chapbook nowadays means 40 pages or less. Of course, one can’t get a printed binding at that size, and the economics are not very good, but the e-chapbook should be popular, and of course its cousin the essay, may also
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Buddhism and Economic Development

Buddhism is not some religion of quietism, although it is that as well. But rather, Buddhism as a lived practice (specifically situated, as I am, in mainland Southeast Asia) could potentially inform economic development in the same locale. Let’s find out… The Language of Business As an aside, it is important to criticize those works which remain either hermetical in nature, or deeply embedded in religious discourse, as opposed to economic discourse. When titles such as Buddhist Virtues in Socio-Economic Development are promulgated, it is clear the focus is how one sphere of influence and discourse is supposed to impact
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Etherpad and WebRTC

So, Etherpad is a thing (actually, Etherpad Lite, which is a NodeJS thing). That is, a real-time collaborative editing tool. Essentially the answer collaborative web-based text editors, free and open source. Last year a WebRTC hook and plugin was made available for Etherpad (!!). WebRTC WebRTC is real-time communication for the web. Firefox Hello Earlier in March, 2015, Firefox 36 release came with the Hello feature of WebRTC calling (Firefox account needed, only). That is pretty cool and some say that Firefox is trying to steal thunder from Skype for Web, which Microsoft is supposed to be rolling out with
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fuser and lsof

fuser and lsof are two important tools showing which processes are using what files and/or sockets. Fuser is the simpler one focused on finding out what processes are using a given file (or port), while lsof can list processes without specifying, such as all open sockets fuser fuser stands for file user and lists process IDs of all processes that have one or more file open.1 Since everything is a file (even udp and tcp ports) then those namespaces can be queried and killed. A handy command to kill all processes listed as using a file is: fuser -k filename
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Cloud Security

A development server recently became compromised, and while this isn’t necessarily a good thing, it does raise awareness and provides impetus to strengthen security measures. Access Control A few axioms: Access control is better through certificates (what you have) than passwords (what you know) Two-factor authentication is better than both (what you have + new knowledge communicated) The point is to be reasonably hardened, but have monitoring which alerts upon compromise (intrusion detection) Regularly conducted penetration testing should help inform the hardening process Encryption is necessary, eventually end-to-end but in any case when logins are being used Apache is a
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SSL, SNI, Certs

HTTPS Everywhere is a wonderful concept, but of course we need functionality first, which means dealing with the whole PKI issue. So, when stuff is located in countries with limited IPv4 addresses, how can this be accomplished? Simply put SNI allows for any number of certificates to work on a single IP address. Basically it extends the HTTPS negotiation protocol to include the domain name. Without that, the connection is made to an IP address first, before the domain name is available. However, there are clients whose support for SNI does not exist, including Blackberry v7.1 and below, Android 2.x
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Open Source Cloud

The day has come when I have confidence it is possible to move off of all third party clouds, with the only exception being social media and social network sites. That is, the wonderful world of email, file sharing and synchronization, and even online document collaboration, can all be supported independent of third party services. Desktop Applications – Open Source Replacements Around 10 years ago I had decided to move off of all possible proprietary third-party applications. This has been largely successful, though there are a few smaller tools I do pay for. In those days the two monsters were
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Style Guide

This is a permanent page about style guides used in writing and for marketing. In particular there two kinds of Style Guides: Brand Style Guide (for product designers, pr types, and all public and corporate communications) Publishing Style Guide (for writers, editors, publishers) These two intersect and the Brand Style Guide should refer to the Publishing Style Guide. Publishing Style Guide This includes all forms of media (text, audio, video, graphics) and includes those elements and forms usually covered by manuals of style. Included are such things as spelling preferences, form of English (American, British, etc.), punctuation (Oxford comma), preferred
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